Gambling News Archives 2003

January 2003


Problem betting peaks with Super Bowl - 24 January 2003
More than $80 million will be legally bet at Nevada sports books on Sunday's Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, Calif., but nearly 50 times that - $4 billion - will be illegally bet on the event with independent bookmakers and over the Internet.The Super Bowl is the biggest single sporting event in the nation and is also - read more »
Nevada keeps on growing - 29 January 2003
Although population growth has slowed, Nevada gained 73,524 residents in the year ending July 1, 2002, and remained the fastest growing state, demographer Jeff Hardcastle said Monday. Nevada had 2,206,022 residents July 1, an increase of 182,644 over two years. Of the total, 70.2 percent, or 1,549,657 people, lived in - read more »
Tribes offer deal on gambling profits - 31 January 2003
Two American Indian tribes said they would give Kansas a share of profits from a proposed casino in Wyandotte County if the state would block future competition. Testifying Thursday before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Federal and State Affairs committees, the Kickapoo Tribe and Sac and Fox Nation said they w - read more »
Illinois casinos taking 2 hits - 19 January 2003
Took in $11 million less, saw $27 million tax increase in 2002 Illinois' new gambling tax is eating into revenues at the state's casinos even as Indiana casinos are draining cash from the Chicago-area market, according to an analysis of 2002 gaming receipts which also shows that the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has - read more »

February 2003


Help available for families of compulsive gamblers - 25 February 2003
If there is a gambling problem in a home, the Gam-Anon family group may be able to help. People living with a compulsive gambler, will answer "Yes" to at least six of the following questions: 1) Do you find yourself constantly bothered by bill collectors? 2) Is the person in question often away from home for long, unex - read more »
State's last eligible tribe close to winning a casino - 08 February 2003
The state's last federally recognized Indian tribe without a casino is one court ruling away from building a gambling resort on the Oregon coast."If we get the green light, we would hope to have it up in 18 to 20 months," at a site near Florence, said Ron Brainard of Lebanon, tribal council chairman for the Confederate - read more »
Dunne fights for jackpot in Las Vegas - 06 February 2003
Dubliner Ben Dunne hopes to finish off his apprenticeship in style when he boxes his final four-rounder against Eric Trujillo, a reigning Golden Gloves champion from Colorado, at Sam's Town Casino in Las Vegas tomorrow night.“From here on we will be thinking in terms of six rounders,” his manager, Dunshaughlin business - read more »
Bear Stearns analyst resigns - 12 February 2003
Jason Ader, Bear Stearns Cos. casino and hotels analyst, left the No. 6 U.S. securities firm last week to explore other options, he said.Ader, ranked No. 1 by Institutional Investor magazine from 1999 to 2001 and No. 2 in 2002, will hand coverage of companies such as MGM MIRAGE and Hilton Hotels Corp. to Mark Abramson. - read more »

March 2003


Montana Problem Gamblers Get Increased Help - 06 March 2003
As video gambling continues to grow in Montana, so does the number of problem gamblers taking part in subsidized treatment programs across the state. Gary Knopp founded the Billings-based Montana Council on Problem Gambling five years ago, mainly to provide counseling for people struggling, as he once did, with the com - read more »
MGM MIRAGE Online appoints UK talent James Hilton to head up online marketing for PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com - 08 March 2003
MGM MIRAGE Online has appointed James Hilton as Director of Online Marketing as it strengthens its push into the UK gaming and gambling market. James' role will be to maximise the awareness and understanding of PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com (http://www.playmgmmirage.com) amongst its online target audience, encouraging both trial a - read more »
Commission to consider tabling Fox Farm casino issue - 31 March 2003
If Great Falls city commissioners take the advice of their attorney, they will postpone rezoning a Fox Farm property to allow a bar and casino and include it in plans to revamp zoning throughout the city. A recommendation to table action that would rezone the new Town Pump property is on the agenda for the city commiss - read more »
Gambling Figure Pleads Guilty - 12 March 2003
A figure long associated with gambling in Pennsylvania was back in federal court to plead guilty to running a gambling operation that netted him as much as $2.5 million annually, according to prosecutors. Adolph "Junior" Williams, 69, of Scott Township, on Monday acknowledged his role as organizer of an illegal gamblin - read more »

April 2003


CryptoLogic signs deal with U.K. firm - 02 April 2003
CryptoLogic Inc. has won a contract to supply its gaming software to a British sports betting company hoping to offer on-line poker and casino games to millions of its international sports customers.The Toronto company said Wednesday it had struck a deal with ukbetting PLC, a licensed on-line sports bet taker and the l - read more »
Tribe hopes it has a winner in Las Vegas-style gaming hall - 01 April 2003
Visitors to the new Tulalip Casino won't have to go far to spend their winnings.The casino -- scheduled to open June 6 -- is the Tulalip tribe's latest development at Quil Ceda Village, a 495-acre business park that already includes a Home Depot, Wal-Mart and several smaller businesses. The new 227,000-square-foot buil - read more »
Mississippi gambling regulars OK new Biloxi casino - 19 April 2003
The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Wednesday approved site development for the $58 million Rock-N-Roll Casino in Biloxi.The casino would be the first new gambling house in Mississippi since the Beau Rivage opened in Biloxi in 1999.The music-themed resort will sit just behind the Palace Casino.The riverboat that will - read more »
BetWWTS.com Announces Odds on Which TV Series Will Be Axed this Spring - 23 April 2003
Every spring, network executives make key decisions about several television programs, often resulting in the cancellation of a number of underperforming series for the Fall season. Recognizing that the next few weeks could spell doom for a number of popular TV series, BetWWTS.com today became the first bookmaker to ac - read more »

May 2003


Supreme Odds Selects Chartwell Technology - 22 May 2003
Chartwell Technology Inc. (TSX-VEN: CWH) a leading developer of online gaming systems announces it has completed an agreement, through its wholly owned subsidiary Chartwell Games Corp. to design, develop and supply Supreme Odds Ltd. with its leading edge non-download flash based online gaming system.Supreme Odds Ltd., - read more »
Betting parlor to compete with Churchill Downs - 14 May 2003
County officials approved Indiana Downs' plans for an off-track betting parlor across the Ohio River from Kentucky that would compete with one operated by Churchill Downs.The Clark County Council voted 5-2 Monday to allow a betting parlor in either Jeffersonville or Clarksville. Both cities are less than five miles fro - read more »
What do opponents of gambling suggest instead? - 04 May 2003
It is a shame that most residents of Canton are frightened to come downtown, even for a court appearance. I hope all the mayoral candidates realize that the city is certainly not going to be expanding its residents unless something really unique is established downtown.If downtown Canton were to be turned into “Mountai - read more »
Closing shocks Meskwaki casino workers - 25 May 2003
When U.S. marshals closed the Meskwaki casino, David Couser and many of his co-workers were taken by surprise."I really didn't think it would happen," Couser said of the closure, which halted a $3 million a week revenue stream to nearly 1,300 tribal members and forced the layoffs of 1,100 casino employees.Couser, 60, w - read more »

June 2003


Indiana looks for help in creating 'self-ban' program for addicted gamblers - 22 June 2003
Indiana casino regulators are looking to Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey for guidance in devising a program to help people with gambling problems. The program - authorized this year by the General Assembly - would make it easier for gamblers to ban themselves from the state's 10 casinos. The options could include a l - read more »
Gender change atop A.C. casinos - 17 June 2003
Park Place Entertainment promoted Donna Graham to be president of the Atlantic City Hilton, putting women in charge of daily operations at five of the city's 11 casinos."They're taking over the town," joked Mark Brown, chief operating officer for Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts.Brown is qualified to joke because earlier - read more »
Thunder Valley Casino To Open June 9 - 05 June 2003
After working for nine months straight, seven days a week and almost 24 hours a day, the builders of Thunder Valley Casino are only days away from opening the doors to the newest Indian gaming casino in the Sacramento area.With Cache Creek, Jackson Rancheria, Colusa and Feather Falls Indian Casinos already in operation - read more »
Ho-Chunk wants to expand in Chicago suburb - 07 June 2003
The Ho-Chunk Nation is looking to expand its gambling and entertainment operations into Illinois. Tribal officials announced plans this week to build a $120 million casino and family entertainment complex in the northwest Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. Their plan has the blessing of Hoffman Estates' mayor, but n - read more »

July 2003


Longshot casino eyes foothills - 28 July 2003
A Mississippi company just completed a $1 million reverse merger into a failed Minnesota software company to create a public company whose aim is to develop a $100 million tribal casino in Amador County for the Ione Band of Miwok. That's the easy part; the rest gets complicated. The Ione Band of Miwok doesn't have an - read more »
Vargas angling for casino bout south of Tucson - 28 July 2003
In the battle to reclaim a major title and move toward a possible rematch with Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas wants to fight Oct. 3 at Casino Del Sol, south of Tucson.That step was disclosed before and after Vargas' sixth-round TKO Saturday night of Fitz Vanderpool at Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium in his first bou - read more »
State appeals casino decision - 25 July 2003
A seven-year legal battle over a proposed tribal casino in downtown Kansas City, Kan., continues to rage in the courts.The latest development involves an appeal by the state of a federal agency's decision that was favorable to the tribe.The Wyandotte Tribe left Kansas more than a century ago for its reservation in Okla - read more »
Casino gala fit for King - 04 July 2003
Elvis impersonators and casinos go together like chips and salsa. So it seems only appropriate that the Flying Elvi sky-diving team, made famous by the movie Honeymoon in Vegas, will drop in on tonight's grand opening of the expansion at Casino Del Sol in Tucson. After all, the casino went big-time Las Vegas with its h - read more »

August 2003


Bill will send more gambling money to state's poorest tribes - 13 August 2003
Each of California's poorest tribes will get an additional $680,000 this year under legislation that shifts the money from some of the long-term gambling tribes. The tribes were supposed to get up to $1.1 million under the 1999 tribal gambling compacts, but were paid only about $410,000 because the fund fell short. To - read more »
Narrow window for double gambling vote - 21 August 2003
A "very narrow window" of opportunity exists for proponents of gambling at Waterloo Greyhound Park to hold a slots-at-the-track vote concurrent with an Oct. 7 gambling boat vote, Assistant County Attorney Pete Burk said Tuesday."What they (county officials) are hoping for is that this other group that's interested in p - read more »
Ameristar boat taking market share in St. Louis - 14 August 2003
The Ameristar Casino St. Charles continued to see strong growth in July, apparently at the expense of most other St. Louis area gambling establishments.Figures on the Missouri Gaming Commission website Tuesday showed that Ameristar St. Charles reported $22.97 million in adjusted gross receipts -- total bets minus total - read more »
£43m Lotto jackpot whips up gambling frenzy in Italy - 08 August 2003
Italy is in the grip of lottery fever after the country's main game rolled over for a 43rd time in a row this week pushing the jackpot in tomorrow evening's draw to £43m. The huge prize in the "SuperEnalotto" is seducing people who do not normally buy tickets, as well the occasional players and foreigners. Italy's AGI - read more »

September 2003


Video Gambling Trial Under Way - 06 September 2003
The man who once ran the state's largest video gambling operation came close to a contempt charge during his trial Thursday, a federal judge said. 'We are very close to a contempt situation,' U.S. District Judge Joe Anderson said after the jury was removed from the courtroom, the second of many trips to a secluded room - read more »
Six candidates voice opposition to expanded gambling - 17 September 2003
During a public forum at an Indian reservation casino, six of the seven major candidates for governor voiced a general reluctance to expand gambling.But the candidates all pledged to work with Louisiana's four federally recognized Indian tribes in other enterprises and economic ventures.Republican Bobby Jindal said he - read more »
Dianne Feinstein bill would delay Indian casino - 28 September 2003
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to halt an Indian tribe's conversion of the Casino San Pablo card room into a Nevada-style casino, at least until it completes the administrative review and public hearings such a project usually requires. The Interior Department now stands ready to place the Moorish-styled card roo - read more »
Casinos colonize Gulf Coast - 03 September 2003
A decade ago, Mississippi newspaper publisher Roland Weeks thought his community was threatened.Casinos had arrived in Biloxi, bringing with them a bundle of pros and cons, and Weeks sensed the town would soon face trouble."The bottom line is whether gambling is going to be part of Biloxi or Biloxi is going to be part - read more »

October 2003


Beaver County's Veon eyes gambling revenue for airport - 17 October 2003
State House Democratic Whip Mike Veon wants to designate a portion of the revenue raised from proposed slots gambling in Pennsylvania to help cut Pittsburgh International Airport debt and preserve the US Airways hub.Veon, of Beaver County, is expected to unveil his plan at a news conference this morning at the airport. - read more »
Indian tribe gets private State House meeting to push for casino - 30 October 2003
As state lawmakers weigh legalizing casinos, most gambling lobbyists are forced to chase harried lawmakers down the halls of the State House to plead their case for a few minutes. But today, a lobbyist and lawyer for the Nipmuc Indian tribe of Sutton, which hopes to receive special consideration from legislators to dev - read more »
Phony credit cards used to steal from casinos - 09 October 2003
Identity thieves used phony credit cards to steal thousands of dollars from casinos in Indiana, Illinois and Nevada, authorities said. The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday that at least $62,000 was swindled from five Lake Michigan casinos in northwest Indiana - including more than $26,000 at Horseshoe Casino in Ham - read more »
Everyone Wins With Indian Gambling - 26 October 2003
Most Americans just observed “Columbus Day” to honor the “discovery” of America. Yet, for the First Americans, the millions of people who had inhabited the “New World” for thousands of years before Columbus, 1492 marks the beginning of the American holocaust. For the next five centuries, disease, dispossession and pove - read more »

November 2003


Are you addicted to gambling? - 02 November 2003
A few lucky wins at the casino can turn a casual gambler into a casino regular. But at what point does a love of gambling become a full-fledged addiction? According to the American Psychiatric Association, people have a gambling disorder and should seek help if they experience five or more of the following symptoms:Pre - read more »
MGM Mirage Gets Approval for Interest in British Casino Firm - 08 November 2003
MGM Mirage says today that it has regulatory approval to acquire a minority interest in a British casino company that plans to open a casino in England next year. The Las Vegas-based gambling giant says the Gaming Board for Great Britain approved its acquisition of a 25 percent interest in R-J Bown Holdings Limited's M - read more »
Aztar reopens remainder of Atlantic City casino - 13 November 2003
Phoenix-based Aztar Corp. Wednesday announced the reopening of the 950-space parking garage and pedestrian bridge at the company's flagship Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The garage and bridge had been closed since a fatal construction accident Oct. 30 on an adjacent site. Four workers were killed w - read more »
South African Gambling Regulations Approved - 13 November 2003
Legislation aimed at revamping the way gambling is regulated in South Africa was approved in the national assembly on Tuesday. Although the National Gambling Bill is intended to replace the National Gambling Act of 1996, it re-enacts many of its provisions in a new form, while adding several new ones. The bill addresse - read more »

December 2003


Largest casino company starts list to bar problem gamblers, even involuntarily in some cases - 10 December 2003
The world's largest casino company is creating a list of problem gamblers who would be barred for life from all Park Place Entertainment casinos, company officials said Tuesday.Problem gamblers on the list would also lose any jackpots they win on return visits to Park Place casinos, which include Caesars, Bally's and H - read more »
Mandalay Resort Group reports record third quarter earnings - 04 December 2003
Mandalay Resort Group will raise dividends to 27 cents per share after reporting record third quarter earnings, company officials said Wednesday.For the quarter that ended Oct. 31, the company reported net income of $40.6 million, or 63 cents per share, compared with $32.2 million, or 47 cents per share, in the same pe - read more »
U.S.-backed $1 billion Las Vegas-style resort one step closer to reality in Vietnam - 29 December 2003
Vietnam's Ministry of Planning and Investment has said "Viva Las Vegas!" to a proposal for the communist country's largest-ever resort and casino - but now it's up to the prime minister to place his bet on the venture, an official said Monday.The proposed $1 billion Las Vegas-style project would cover 1,112 acres, incl - read more »
London Clubs International bets on Expansion Moves - 18 December 2003
London Clubs International is looking to expand in advance of a shake-up in the gambling laws in the coming year.Exceptional trading at Les Ambassadeurs in Mayfair helped the casino operator boost half-year turnover by 17% to £88.3m and turn a £0.3m pre-tax loss into a £1.2m pre-tax profit.The group said its casinos at - read more »