Gambling News Archives 2003

January 2003


Web posting was wrong, gambling ship company says - 08 January 2003
The people working to bring a gambling ship to the Port of St. Petersburg say it was all a mistake. Early Tuesday, their company, Titan Cruise Line, was featured on the Web site venture-capitalist.com as "Today's Featured Entrepreneur." The Web page at that link said Titan was seeking $25-million in venture capital to - read more »
England Players in Gambling School – Cascarino - 14 January 2003
Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino claims that England players gambled thousands of pounds in a card school during the World Cup. Cascarino made the claim in the wake of weekend revelations by Chelsea frontman Eidur Gudjohnsen that he had lost up to £400,000 gambling in casinos.Cascarino also claimed tha - read more »
Australians Gamble $1,000 per head - 04 January 2003
Australians gambled AU$14 billion, or $1,000 per adult last year.There are about 300,000 Australian adults with 'significant' gambling problems and about 130,000 with severe problems, according to a Productivity Commission report. Gambling is blamed for 35 to 60 suicides each year yet Commonwealth and state laws urgent - read more »
Harrah's ordered to pull old slots - 07 January 2003
Gaming regulators last Thursday forced Harrah's Casino to remove 109 slot machines at Harrah's Atlantic City and Showboat because they did not replace or upgrade them before the end of their 12-year regulatory lifespan.The Division of Gaming Enforcement told Harrah's last year that the slots needed attention. A 2-year- - read more »

February 2003


Critics say casino contributions stack deck on gambling committee - 05 February 2003
A new House committee designed as the starting point for all gambling legislation is stacked with members who've received money from casinos and horse tracks, leaving gambling critics crying foul.All but two of the 14 panel members received gambling money to run their campaigns last year. The 12 members, three of whom - read more »
Two casino bills voted to the floor - 20 February 2003
Soon after the General Affairs Committee sent her casino gambling proposal to the floor Wednesday, Sen. DiAnna Schimek of Lincoln strode to the speaker's office and made it her priority bill. Arriving shortly after Schimek was Sen. Ray Janssen of Nickerson, whose own casino proposal also made it out of committee. "She - read more »
Banks Agree To Block Use Of Credit For Online Gambling - 13 February 2003
People's Bank has joined several other banks in blocking the use of bank-issued credits cards for Internet gambling.New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced Tuesday that People's and nine other banks are following in Citibank's footsteps in blocking transaction codes for online gambling sites.The actions mean - read more »
Prefectures seek casinos - 07 February 2003
Five prefectural governments delivered a petition to the central government today calling for legal amendments to lift a ban on establishing casinos, the Kyodo News Service reported.Osaka Gov. Fusae Ota and senior officials of Tokyo, Shizuoka, Wakayama and Miyazaki handed the petition to Yoshitada Konoike, state minist - read more »

March 2003


Venetian unit awarded license for Internet gambling - 08 March 2003
A sister company of The Venetian casino resort in Las Vegas has been awarded an Internet gambling license from regulators in Alderney, one of the British Channel Islands and one of a few jurisdictions worldwide that has crafted regulations allowing for the lawful operation of Internet casinos.The license paves the way - read more »
McGreevey taxes casino audience in Absecon - 01 March 2003
They came to hear the governor talk about his proposed taxes on the casino industry.Instead, they got a subtly rehashed version of the governor's budget address.Returning to Atlantic County for the first time since proposing a tax hike on casino revenue and a new tax on casino complimentaries, Gov. James E. McGreevey a - read more »
Gambling Fears Lost In Casino Debate - 10 March 2003
Seemingly lost in the legislative debate over whether to allow casinos in Nebraska is the concern over the social ills that might come with expanding gambling.To be sure, gambling opponents have raised the issue, but most of the attention instead is being focused on how many casinos might be allowed, where they would b - read more »
Hamilton gambling idea has fans - 31 March 2003
Getting opinions about whether Hamilton should try to bring riverboat gambling to town is as easy as pulling the arm of a slot machine. City Councilman Richard Holzberger hit a nerve when he recently proposed exploring the legality of attracting a riverboat casino to the Great Miami River in the city's slumping downtow - read more »

April 2003


Cash-strapped states look at Indian gambling - 22 April 2003
Gov. Gray Davis angered California Indian tribes when he asked for $1.5 billion in casino revenue to help close the state's $34.6 billion budget deficit, but he was only the latest governor to reach for a share of tribal gambling money.With Indian casinos booming and budget deficits hitting capitals nationwide, more an - read more »
Gambling opponents speak out - 15 April 2003
Gambling opponents teamed up with the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Council of Churches on Monday to ask lawmakers to reject an expansion of gambling in the state.The Senate Finance and Taxation Committee will consider a bill (SB 1920) today authorizing video lottery terminals at the state's 27 pari-mut - read more »
Iowa's casinos expect little new growth in 2003 - 17 April 2003
Iowa's casino industry is in sound financial condition, although it isn't generating the double-digit revenue increases recorded in the 1990s, the administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said. "They are experiencing little or no growth in the present year, which I think is a reflection of the overall eco - read more »
Groups worry that gaming bills will cut funding to charities - 28 April 2003
In the tiny Aleutian Islands village of Nikolski, residents rely on pull-tab gambling money from games played 900 miles away for basics such as the satellite phone that links them to the outside world in bad weather.Around the state, people newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis get detailed information about the dise - read more »

May 2003


Station offered best deal for San Francisco-area casino - 10 May 2003
When an Indian tribe near San Francisco decided this year to build a casino, it bypassed suitors at some of the nation's largest casino companies to select Station Casinos Inc. for the job.Gaming giants are pursuing contracts with tribes to expand their nationwide reach at a time when few states are likely to legalize - read more »
Tulalip casino readies for opening - 20 May 2003
Like a performer tuning up offstage, the new $78 million Tulalip Casino is being tuned up for its grand opening June 5. "It's virtually complete," Ellis Conklin said. "It's just fine tuning now. They're just testing lighting and touchups." Those touchups include testing the gaming equipment, video machines, lighting an - read more »
Legalizing Slots vs. Casino Gambling - 18 May 2003
Would a bid by Delaware indian tribes to establish casino gambling in Pennsylvania help or hurt Governor Rendell's bid to legalize slots at racetracks? That's the question that's dominating discussions in the state capitol these days. Passage of racetrack slots is dicey because some who support them want only racetrack - read more »
Playing field leveled for Aladdin bidders - 09 May 2003
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved a sale procedure for the Aladdin hotel-casino, but not before reducing the amount by which the successful bidder must win.Judge Robert C. Jones on Wednesday approved a motion establishing a partnership that includes the co-founder of Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels and Re - read more »

June 2003


New York court rules casino compacts invalid - 14 June 2003
A ruling on Thursday by the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, deemed the compact allowing an existing Indian casino to operate in northern New York State is invalid, but does not appear to affect the installation of video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks, including Aqueduct and Fing - read more »
Legislators get bingo law squared away - 30 June 2003
Attention bingo players throughout Ohio: The rules behind your game are about to change -- this time for real.A new law designed to remove millions of dollars' worth of fraud from "charity-sponsored" bingo takes effect Tuesday.Maybe you've already noticed differences. Many storefronts that sold pull-tab instant tickets - read more »
Some Internet Credit Card Gambling Banned - 11 June 2003
The House has voted to prohibit gamblers from using credit cards to bet at illegal offshore Internet casinos.Some lawmakers worry that an exemption in the legislation aimed at protecting legal U.S.-based gambling could expand operations like horse racing, lotteries, dog racing to the World Wide Web.The vote banning Ame - read more »
UK Gambling Law Shelved? - 03 June 2003
A shake-up of gaming legislation that would've let casinos open terrestrially 24 hours a day and offer million-pound slot machine payouts, and could have raised £1.5bn a year in tax, is now set to be postponed until after the next General Election, and may never be introduced at all. The legislation also made room for - read more »

July 2003


Former Vegas exec to run Carson City's newest casino - 30 July 2003
Carson City's newest casino, the Fandango, will open by Friday and it will be run by a former Las Vegas gaming executive.Larry Woolf, a former executive at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and at Caesars Tahoe, will be operating the club that will initially have 175 slot machines and five table games.The club, located in an aban - read more »
Casino foes seek county support - 09 July 2003
Angry neighbors pressed the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to stand with them against the expansion of San Manuel Bingo and Casino and intercede with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.Arguing that the expansion would bring unacceptable levels of traffic and pollution into their San Bernardino neighborhood al - read more »
Deal settles Lucky Lady casino charges - 19 July 2003
An attorney for a Billings casino owner charged with allowing customers to gamble on credit said Thursday a deal has been struck with prosecutors to drop the felony charge. Philip Keith will pay “a modest civil penalty and fine” and agree to other conditions in exchange for the dismissal of a felony charge of credit ga - read more »
Play blackjack with Elvis and Marilyn Monroe - 18 July 2003
You might be surprised if you take a visit to the Imperial Palace Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Especially if you believe Elvis is alive. Probably more so if you're Madonna. They've recently added a new twist to their casino. They've replaced some of their dealers with famous celebrities, living or dead, fictional or real - read more »

August 2003


Gaming operators dealt tough hand - 11 August 2003
Regulatory changes and a run of bad luck have the gaming sector headed for its worst reporting season since the Asian economic crisis five years ago and, according to some analysts, another round of mergers and acquisitions.Smoking bans, reduced operation hours for poker machines, higher taxes, SARS (severe acute respi - read more »
Can Net Casinos Catch Saddam? - 12 August 2003
There is a hefty reward out for information leading to the capture or confirmation of Saddam Hussein's Death, but perhaps online betting exchanges can sweeten the pot for the future-million that turns in the deposed despot. Last week the Pentagon reported that they were pulling plans to open an online betting exchange - read more »
Judge says Meskwaki casino should open - 14 August 2003
The appointed Meskwaki tribal council received a small victory Tuesday. An administrative law judge is recommending the National Indian Gaming Commission dissolve its order to close the Tama casino and allow the group led by Homer Bear Jr. to manage the gaming operation.The decision from Andrew Pearlstein, a judge with - read more »
County gets casino funds - 14 August 2003
Lawrence County is receiving $290,379.86 in riverboat taxes because of a 2002 state law that distributes the casino money to communities throughout the state.A letter from State Auditor Connie Kay Nass dated Aug. 5 informed the Lawrence County Auditor's office the county will receive its share of the first Riverboat Wa - read more »

September 2003


Casino backers promise openness - 21 September 2003
Barrett Singer visited Butte this week to continue work on the $1.8 billion proposed casino and entertainment project planned for Uptown Butte. “The next time we do this, it has to be done absolutely right, and that takes planning,” Singer said. Formerly called Destination Montana, the massive project - proposed for th - read more »
IGT rolling out 150 new slot machines for Vegas gambling expo - 15 September 2003
International Game Technology, the world's leading slot machine manufacturer, intends to send a message this week to its competitors when it features 150 new games at the Global Gaming Expo Conference in Las Vegas."We want to defend our place in the market,"said Joe Kaminkow, IGT's vice president of game design.The new - read more »
Gambling revenue increased 11.2 percent over Aug. 2002 - 12 September 2003
In its second month, Borgata increased its helping of the gambling pie to $53 million, fueling a record month of revenue citywide and generally causing less pain to other casinos than it did during its debut month.Overall, gamblers lost $475 million to the city's 12 casinos in August, a month that included five weekend - read more »
Casinos finding it hard to return to pre-2001 boom - 11 September 2003
Two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Southern Nevada casinos are still struggling to match the returns they had achieved before the attacks and a lagging economy stalled Las Vegas' powerful tourism engine.Gambling revenue, occupancy rates and other key financial indicators of casino health are still down fro - read more »

October 2003


Davis signs 4 bills that aid Indian casinos - 14 October 2003
Wielding the influence he still has in the waning days of his administration, Gov. Gray Davis signed four bills yesterday broadening the reach of Indian casinos in California.Two of the measures ratified agreements the Davis administration had already negotiated this summer with Indian tribes that want to open new gamb - read more »
Antioch council to weigh casino proposal - 10 October 2003
The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians intends to pitch plans for a casino, hotel and convention center for the Kerley property east of Hillcrest Avenue to the City Council on Tuesday.The Guidiville Pomos, one of several bands of landless American Indian tribes, are eyeing Antioch as the site of a casino, with a full comp - read more »
2 tribes may get together on casino - 05 October 2003
Looking at its Barstow casino project as "a shot in the dark,' The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe has a fall-back plan to build a resort casino on its reservation with the help of the San Manuels.Les Marston, the Chemehuevi's attorney, said the Chemehuevi have been talking to the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians abo - read more »
Official says Davis plans Indian gaming control changes - 13 October 2003
A state official said the administration of outgoing Gov. Gray Davis is trying to help powerful Indian casinos by making last-minute changes to California's gambling control commission. Acting Gambling Control Commission Chairman Arlo Smith told the Los Angeles Times that he was asked last week by a Davis administratio - read more »

November 2003


Vegas, gambling images go mainstream in ads - 13 November 2003
Decades after Elvis Presley warbled "Viva Las Vegas," marketers, agencies and media companies are lustily joining the chorus, flooding the commercial culture with images of gambling and Las Vegas to woo consumers.The allure of slots, showgirls, roulette and raffish Rat Packers is being invoked by blue-chip companies li - read more »
Racing and Gaming passes gambling issue to Legislature - 23 November 2003
Competing pro-gambling groups in Black Hawk County plan to mount a full-court press with local lawmakers to encourage the Iowa Legislature to break a regulatory logjam on the issuance of new state gaming licenses."We're disappointed, but we're not discouraged," Don Hoth, co-organizer of the Black Hawk County Gaming Ass - read more »
Indiana Casino Workers Stole $62,000 in October, Police Reports Show - 17 November 2003
Employees at Indiana's casinos must be fingerprinted and pass background checks. They work under the constant scrutiny of security cameras. Many must wear uniforms without pockets and carry their belongings in clear plastic purses, all in an effort to prevent theft.But the aggressive security didn't stop casino employe - read more »
Counseling Available For Problem Gamblers - 12 November 2003
Individual and family counseling for problem gamblers is now available at 2 Center Road West. The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services opened the new office as the result of a significant rise in the number of people seeking help for gambling problems. The department has been working with problem ga - read more »

December 2003


Plans for Golden Nugget on hold until sale is complete - 12 December 2003
Professional tennis star Andre Agassi could soon be one of the new owners of the Golden Nugget in Laughlin and Las Vegas.Agassi and Chuck Mathewson, former chairman of International Game Technology, have invested $5 million each with Poster Financial Group, a company in the process of purchasing the Golden Nugget prope - read more »
Gambling expansion not likely - 28 December 2003
The apparent economic recovery now under way may be lining some U.S. consumers' pockets with extra cash, but it's also slowing the spread of gambling around the country.On this, at least, American Gaming Association President Frank Fahrenkopf and the Rev. Tom Grey, a top gambling opponent and executive director of the - 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 »
New Cocopah Casino to open Dec. 12 - 02 December 2003
The suspense is nearly over for the opening date of the new Cocopah Casino.The new 98,000-square-foot Cocopah Casino will have 475 slot machines, eight blackjack tables, a bingo room, a dining room, banquet facilities, a 24-hour snack bar, a sports bar and a stage for various productions. Photo by Charles Whitehouse "W - read more »