Gambling News Archives 2003

January 2003


Tokyo Governer Takes to Casinos - 04 January 2003
For two days the casino crowds hosted by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pumped the handles of slot machines and bet feverishly on the roulette wheel. Although better known for his hawkish advocacy of building a stronger, more assertive Japan, Tokyo's often controversial leader has found a new cause celebre: legalized cas - read more »
Casino to rise on hospital site - 27 January 2003
The six-story Cushman Hospital building, a symbol of the Native American rights movement since it was taken over by Puyallup Indians in 1976, is coming down to make way for a $200 million casino and hotel complex. Originally an Indian boarding school, the complex was operated by the federal government as an Indian tube - read more »
Anti-Gambling Support - 08 January 2003
The return to Republican control of the Senate could make it more difficult for the gambling industry to beat back a move to ban betting on college sports. The change in Congress means Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the leader of the effort to end legalized betting on NCAA sports at Nevada casinos, will resume chairmanship - read more »
‘Las Vegas' Repeal Leads To Charges Of Racism - 08 January 2003
On the floor of the House of Representatives and inside the caucus rooms of the Capitol on Monday, the debate over the future of casino gambling in Connecticut largely turned into a debate over race. American Indian leaders and their allies in the General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus leveled charges of raci - read more »

February 2003


Casino dispute settled - 01 February 2003
Industrial action planned at Melbourne's Crown Casino this weekend has been called off after a pay dispute was settled.The casino and the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union (LHMWU) have been at loggerheads over a 15 per cent pay claim since late last year.On January 3 about 500 union members went on s - read more »
Gambling a top issue in legislature - 24 February 2003
Gamblers could lose at least a billion dollars more each year and government could reap nearly $320 million in taxes if all the gambling bills under consideration by the Indiana House become law.That prospect is unlikely, given the opposition to the expansion of gambling by Senate President Pro Tem Robert Garton, a Rep - read more »
STAR Group adding to its list of casino clients - 10 February 2003
STAR Group Communications Inc. is vesting itself in the gaming industry - but says this is no roll of the dice. The Cherry Hill advertising agency now has nine casino clients and is looking for more. Gaming is hot right now. "States that are having a hard time balancing the budget, the ones hurting for money, are all p - read more »
Nevada hotel-casinos lose millions in 2002 - 07 February 2003
Nevada's major hotel-casinos, pinched by terrorism, Indian gaming and a sickly economy, lost $33.5 million in fiscal 2002, according to a state report released Thursday.It marks a reversal of fortune in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2002, after a $554.4 million net gain in the previous year, according to the annu - read more »

March 2003


CryptoLogic confirms Rose as CEO - 11 March 2003
Online casino Software developer CryptoLogic Inc. has confirmed Lewis Rose as its president and chief executive, eight months after he was installed in the positions in an interim capacity.Toronto stock exchange-listed CryptoLogic said Rose will continue to focus on capitalizing on growth in the online gambling industr - read more »
Herbst posts strong gain in cash flow - 18 March 2003
Herbst Gaming Inc. reported increases in profit, cash flow and revenue in 2002 driven by strong performance at its locals casinos.The company said it earned $5.2 million in 2002 compared to a net loss of $12 million in 2001.The prior year loss included a non-recurring charge of $13 million in conjunction with the restr - read more »
Negotiations begin on California's Indian gambling - 25 March 2003
Formal talks have begun on renegotiating California's Indian gambling compacts, as Gov. Gray Davis pushes for a share of tribes' profits to help with the state's budget shortfall.The governor's administration would disclose neither which tribal representatives were at the first meeting Monday, nor even how many attende - read more »
Lawmaker files bill to help offshore gambling - 15 March 2003
Gambling ships would have less water to cover before opening their casinos under a bill filed on Friday.Rep. Ron Wilson, D-Houston, filed a bill that would allow gambling beyond three miles from the shore. Ships must now travel 10.36 miles to federal waters before the cards and chips start flying.But supporters were be - read more »

April 2003


Kitchen fire flares out of control at Pahrump casino - 30 April 2003
About 50 people fled a rural casino early Tuesday when a kitchen fire flared out of control and gutted the building, authorities said.“It's a total loss,” Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo said as firefighters doused pockets of fire at the Mountain View Casino & Bowl. “Thank God no one was hurt.”Nye County Fire Chief Scott - read more »
Station Casinos shows profit,sees business rebound - 30 April 2003
Station Casinos Inc. STN.N , which runs gambling halls catering to Nevada locals, reported a quarterly profit on Wednesday, and said softer business levels have rebounded since the first week in April.Las Vegas-based Station reported a net first-quarter profit of 12.6 million, or 21 cents per share.Before certain items - read more »
Native casinos face long odds at getting approved in Alaska - 18 April 2003
Legalizing video gambling machines would bring Alaska a step closer to allowing tribal casinos. But large hurdles would remain because of the unique status of most Native lands in the state.Federal law limits tribal gambling to games that are legal in the state where the tribe is based. Alaska law allows only bingo, pu - read more »
Gambling coalition threatens to sue state - 22 April 2003
The non-tribal coalition pushing for gambling expansion has threatened to sue the state's Public Disclosure Commission to speed up investigations of alleged delays in campaign finance reporting by the group opposed to expanded gambling.Regulators have been investigating a complaint that Citizens Against Gambling Expans - read more »

May 2003


Closed: Marshals enforce order to shut down casino - 24 May 2003
Within hours of a special tribal election, federal law enforcement arrived on the Meskwaki Nation and closed the tribe's casino, one of the most lucrative in the state and the tribe's sole source of income.At least a dozen U.S. Marshals filed into the casino about 6 a.m. Friday after Judge Linda Reade signed the order - read more »
Poll results about casino bill may influence Pawlenty - 03 May 2003
Gov. Tim Pawlenty seemed to soften his opposition to a state-operated casino Friday after seeing a new poll that shows an overwhelming majority of Minnesotans favor using gambling revenue to help solve the state's budget $4.2 billion deficit.Seventy percent of Minnesotans support having the state operate a so-called "r - read more »
Anti-casino alliance organizes - 20 May 2003
Volunteers met Thursday to plan their strategy opposing the proposed Graton Rancheria resort casino, and learned that the tribe's partner - Station Casinos - already owns 321 acres near the intersection of Highway 37 and Lakeville Highway.During an open question-and-answer period, 1st District Supervisor Valerie Brown - read more »
Gambling Fever Pays Off For Game Maker - 14 May 2003
Casinos continue to push into new markets by opening in new cities, near racetracks and on rivers. Each opening is a risk, since customers, regulators and the tax man all have a say in gaming profits.But there's always one winner: the game maker.International Gaming Technology (IGT) controls more than two-thirds of the - read more »

June 2003


Win by casinos declines in April - 08 June 2003
The war with Iraq took a toll on Nevada casinos in April, cutting their total win to $744.6 million compared with $799.6 million in April 2002, a Friday report by the Gaming Control Board shows. The month's total was a 6.9 percent decrease compared with a year ago and a 4.1 percent slip from more "normal" 2001 levels, - read more »
House panel to consider gambling bill - 25 June 2003
The House Finance Committee is scheduled tomorrow to consider a bill asking voters whether they support allowing a casino in the state.The bill would put the question to voters this year, before a project and location are chosen.A gambling control board with members appointed by the governor would issue a license for a - read more »
Tribe explains casino plans - 10 June 2003
Overflowing into the hallways and out onto the patio, about 400 residents gathered Friday in Burlingame Hall on West Spain Street to hear and question the casino plans of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria.Friday's meeting was the last of three sessions held throughout the county by the tribe to solicit prel - read more »
Casino owner charged with illegal gambling - 14 June 2003
A Billings casino owner who plans to develop a multimillion-dollar entertainment complex near Rimrock Mall said Friday he will fight an allegation that he broke state law by giving gambling credit to high rollers. In a complaint filed in Yellowstone County District Court, state prosecutors say Philip Keith allowed a ca - read more »

July 2003


Video poker sweep snags 11 - 10 July 2003
County and federal law enforcement officials closed 13 video poker rooms Wednesday in a countywide sting that resulted in 11 arrests and more than $13,800 confiscated.While the chances are high that these poker rooms will soon relocate, for now the closings mean fewer gambling places, said Mecklenburg County Sheriff Ji - read more »
Fumo threatens effort to OK slots - 17 July 2003
Senate Democrats who handed Gov. Rendell his first major victory when they passed slot-machine legislation three weeks ago now stand to block a revised gambling bill from reaching his desk.Rendell and House leaders have proposed expanding gambling venues by allowing one non-racetrack facility each in Philadelphia and P - read more »
Two heists in three days at Atlantic City casinos - 29 July 2003
Casinos were double-checking their surveillance and alarm systems Monday after two strikingly similar robberies in three days.In both, an unidentified man with a pistol held up a coin redemption window and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.In the first, a man in a Phillies baseball cap walked up - read more »
Monica Yant Kinney | The highs and lows of gambling taught on casino field trip - 27 July 2003
It was only 10:30 in the morning, but the addicts were already at it. Look, two guys sitting poker-faced at a couple of video poker machines, as if the cash-devouring computers care if they're bluffing.Look, a blackjack player shouting and slamming his drink - Orange juice? Screwdriver? Who knows. - on the table in bet - read more »

August 2003


Land spat develops in gaming proposal - 07 August 2003
A legal battle about 82 acres in Botkins won't hold up a large gambling resort proposed for the Shelby County village, though the disputed land could be important to latter phases of the project.In November, the village's administrator successfully sought a three-month extension of an option to buy the 82.45 acres for - read more »
UK plans to ban ‘cornershops’ - 09 August 2003
Ministers cleared the way for big gambling companies to dominate an expanded casino market yesterday by proposing a ban on small 'cornershop' casinos. The minister for gambling, Lord McIntosh, and the planning minister, Keith Hill, said they wanted to see a 5,000 sq ft (464.5 sq metre) minimum size for new casinos when - read more »
Four Illinois casinos gain state approval to reduce hours - 14 August 2003
Four Illinois casinos will be open fewer hours and some expect to lay off workers, a move casino executives say is a result of higher state gambling taxes that lawmakers approved this spring.But the move also could mean less revenue to the state and a loss of gamblers to neighboring states where casinos are open 24 hou - read more »
Governor: Casinos trying to decrease profits - 15 August 2003
Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday accused some riverboat casino owners of a "cynical" attempt to avoid paying higher state taxes by reducing profits.The governor again suggested the state should take away casino licenses from private owners and run the boats itself.Blagojevich criticized boats that are planning to cut - read more »

September 2003


Volker opposes Cheektowaga casino - 18 September 2003
Western New York's longest-serving state senator has joined the growing chorus of officials opposed to a possible casino in Cheektowaga across the street from an elementary school. In a letter to a casino opponent released by his office Tuesday, State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, said a casino in the Cheektowaga-Lanca - read more »
State casino agency losing its chief - 18 September 2003
As expected, the longtime chief executive of New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority plans to leave his post for an administrative position at Richard Stockton College, a state school.James Kennedy's move after 10 years at the authority was forced by Gov. McGreevey's desire to install his own person at t - read more »
Plymouth balks at casino proposal - 02 September 2003
Two Mother Lode American Indian tribes have encountered very different scenarios while planting their respective 21st century economic development seeds: gaming casinos. The Tuolumne Band of Mi-Wuk Indians met virtually no resistance in building and opening Black Oak Casino just outside Sonora and has had no major prob - read more »
Gambling in cyberspace: seemingly lawless - 10 September 2003
Gambling in the borderless world of cyberspace is much like playing cards in the Old West. Every island on the modern map seems to operate an online casino, much like every railroad stop in Nevada had a card table.The comparison doesn't end there: Not only is cyberspace borderless, it's seemingly lawless. States are fi - read more »

October 2003


Tribal election only adds to dispute at casino - 15 October 2003
A primary election on the Meskwaki Settlement on Tuesday was supposed to move the tribe closer to resolving a long-simmering power struggle and to reopening its lucrative casino.Instead, two rival factions of Iowa's only federally recognized Indian tribe could not agree on the ground rules for the election - even disag - read more »
Jacko's the key man in Vegas - 28 October 2003
King of pop Michael Jackson has been awarded the key to the city of Las Vegas. Jackson wore a red shirt with embroided leafs, two chunky belts and black trousers with a red stripe down the leg to the ceremony at the Aladdin hotel on the famous Vegas strip. On his feet he also wore sparkling silver boots.Earlier on at t - read more »
Casino vendors fill GOP coffers - 19 October 2003
The June primaries were two weeks away, and some prominent Senate Republicans were fighting for political survival.At the same time, the Atlantic City gaming industry was in the middle of its own fight, six weeks away from the deadline for a state budget that included a $135 million casino-tax hike.That's when the mone - read more »
Texas opts to get in on Mega Millions - 17 October 2003
Texas officially became the 11th state to join Mega Millions on Thursday, and lottery officials said the first tickets could go on sale in the state soon after Thanksgiving."Texas joining a multistate jurisdictional game is huge," said Texas lottery director Reagan Greer, just minutes after the three-member lottery com - read more »

November 2003


State will focus on Blue Chip Casino - 27 November 2003
The Indiana Gaming Commission will investigate dealings between the Blue Chip Casino and its former owner, who was stripped of a casino license in Illinois.The Illinois Gaming Board moved to strip bankrupt Emerald Casino of its license after it said top Emerald officials, including Kevin Flynn, lied to regulators and t - read more »
California's advance on gambling raises alarms - 28 November 2003
The course California elects to take on expanding gambling to clip the state's budget deficit has industry experts concerned about the possible impact on Nevada. At least one industry expert is warning that political leaders in Nevada need to make the case that the economies of the two states are linked and increased g - read more »
Casino firm may be named by early May - 17 November 2003
The Indiana Gaming Commission plans to move as quickly as possible to name the company to operate an Orange County casino voters approved this month, the panel's director said.A decision on proposals by five groups to operate the casino could be made by early May, according to a tentative timeline announced at Friday's - read more »
Gaming shake-up could bring £3bn boost - 20 November 2003
The Government yesterday announced a radical shake-up of the gambling industry, setting the stage for the arrival of a myriad of Las Vegas-style casinos into the UK, as it published its long-awaited draft gambling Bill.The move could also prove a winner for Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, since liberalis - read more »

December 2003


A complicated gambling debate awaits lawmakers - 09 December 2003
A complex and contentious gambling debate awaits lawmakers, probably shortly after they convene the next legislative session on Jan. 12.Leaders have managed to steer clear of this very divisive issue for a few years, but it now has been placed squarely in front of them. Whether they actually will be able to settle anyt - read more »
Harrah’s may have its eyes on Lincoln Park - 18 December 2003
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the Narragansett Indian tribe's partner in the effort to win approval of a gambling casino in West Warwick, may have its sights set on troubled Lincoln Park. Spokesman Gary Thompson said Harrah's "primary goal, depending on what happens with the referendum next year, is to develop a full-se - read more »
Vegas casino's new aquarium features sharks - 09 December 2003
There's a new shark in Las Vegas - but this one isn't a card shark. A great hammerhead shark is now attracting tourists at the massive aquarium at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. The Shark Reef exhibit has a total of 15 other shark species on display. The hammerhead was captured off the coast of Florida more than two ye - read more »
Senecas choose name for new casino - 17 December 2003
The Seneca Nation of Indians has come up with a name for its second casino. The new gaming facility, under construction in the nation's Allegany Territory in Salamanca, will be called the Seneca Allegheny Casino. The casino is located just off Exit 20 along I-86 in Salamanca. The Seneca Nation leadership chose the mo - read more »