Gambling News Archives 2004

January 2004

Genting casino king calls it a day - 01 January 2004
Genting Bhd founder Lim Goh Tong, who turns 86 in February, quit as chairman of Asia's largest casino group. He will be succeeded by his son, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who took over from him as chief executive last year.The move marks the end of the elder Tan Sri Lim's 35-year career at a company he built into a group with - read more »
Green Bay Chamber chips in on gaming compact lawsuit - 06 January 2004
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has added its two cents to a lawsuit challenging the governor's power to negotiate Native American gaming compacts.In a brief filed with the state Supreme Court, the chamber said the Oneida Tribe of Indians' gaming activities help the area economy through job creation, service pay - read more »
Iowa lawmakers eye new direction for gaming industry - 31 January 2004
As Iowans prepare to sound off Monday on the possibility of expanded gambling in the state, a core group of lawmakers and lobbyists is already hard at work crafting legislation that could chart a new direction for the industry and communities betting on riverboat casinos.Lawmakers and lobbyists alike are praising what - read more »
Island Gaming Appoints President - 27 January 2004
Geoff Andres, 37, has been appointed as the new president and general manager of Wheeling Island Gaming Inc. He replaces Scott Cooper, who has taken on a new position as vice president of business development with Sportsystems Corp., Wheeling Island Gaming's parent company. Sportsystems is owned by Delaware North Compa - read more »

February 2004

Rolling the dice on slots - 08 February 2004
Penn National Gaming, headquartered in Wyomissing, owns and runs casinos, racetracks and off-track betting facilities in seven states, including the Downs at Pocono on Route 115 in Plains Township.If the state legislature approves Gov. Edward Rendell's plan to legalize slot machine gambling, the company hopes to expand - read more »
D'Iberville casino plan OK'd at last - 06 February 2004
Plans for a casino in D'Iberville, after nearly a decade of wrangling with environmental and other issues, cleared a final governmental hurdle on Thursday, with Secretary of State Eric Clark announcing he and developers had reached a lease agreement on public tidelands the project will occupy."I'm pleased to report tha - read more »
Casino Aztar riverboat business up - 14 February 2004
Business at the Casino Aztar riverboat at Evansville was up more than 8 percent last year, parent company Aztar Corp. reported. Casino Aztar generated $126 million in revenue up from $116.3 million in 2002. Operating income jumped 25 percent to $30.2 million, an operating-profit margin of 24 percent. Hotel occupancy wa - read more »
London's top members' clubs - 02 February 2004
Here are London's top ten members' clubs - if you can afford them: White's. 37 St James's Street SW1. Tel: 020 7493 6671. The oldest of London's gentlemen's clubs, it was founded in 1693. Prince William is interested in joining. Boodle's. 24 St James's Street SW1. Tel: 020 7930 7166. Ian Fleming was a member of William - read more »

March 2004

Bidder for SunCruz Casinos says money is coming - 02 March 2004
One of two groups competing to purchase the assets of bankrupt SunCruz Casinos says it will have the funding in time to buy the company for $7.1 million more than the current bidder. SunCruz LLC, a Dania Beach, Fla.-based company, currently operates 12 gambling cruise ships on half-day cruises from Port Canaveral, Ja - read more »
Tribe chides Carcieri, calls for casino vote - 26 March 2004
Irked that Gov. Donald Carcieri "won't give us the time of day" to discuss a proposed casino,Narragansett Tribe Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas charged Wednesday that the governor has flip-flopped on the principle of the people's right to vote. "The governor has been totally inconsistent on Rhode Islanders' right to vote, - read more »
State OKs more slots at Bluffs Run casino - 05 March 2004
State gambling regulators approved plans Thursday for a $38 million expansion and renovation project at Bluffs Run Casino in Council Bluffs, rejecting arguments that there are too many slot machines in town.The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted 4-0 to endorse the project, with Commissioner Diane Hamilton of Storm - read more »
Head of Indian gambling office urges cap on tribal payments to states - 25 March 2004
Congress should limit the amount of casino revenue tribes can give to states because large payments can constitute an illegal tax, an Interior Department official said Wednesday.George Skibine, director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Gaming Management, said at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearin - read more »

April 2004

Governor pledges casino incentives - 08 April 2004
One year after dealing them a round of tax hikes, Gov. Jim McGreevey offered a kinder hand to casinos yesterday, promising $92 million for capital construction projects at the gambling halls. The money -- $60 million of which would be borrowed -- would go toward construction of new hotel rooms and other non-casino amen - read more »
Federal appeals court rejects Hudson casino lawsuit - 30 April 2004
A federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit Thursday challenging the governor's ability to block Indian tribes from acquiring a western Wisconsin dog track.The decision by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago was the latest ruling to go against three Chippewa tribes in their efforts to open a casino at the S - read more »
Casino Windsor closed temporarily before anticipated strike by 3,000 workers - 03 April 2004
Casino Windsor closed its doors Friday just hours before an anticipated strike by more than 3,000 workers, and will remain shut until a new agreement is reached, casino officials said. "Despite our best efforts to reach a fair and workable agreement, we unfortunately find ourselves in this position of having to tempor - read more »
House OKs bill to regulate slots at harness racetracks - 13 April 2004
Lawmakers mowed down a series of amendments Monday to a bill to regulate slot machines at harness racing tracks, then approved a package of new rules that's been debated and refined since December.The bill would create a Gambling Control Board to regulate slots at the tracks, and it would set a formula under which slot - read more »

May 2004

Problem gamblers invited to enroll in self-exclusion program - 31 May 2004
Representatives from the Casino Control Commission will be at AtlantiCare Behavioral Health in McKee City on June 8 to allow problem gamblers to sign up for the state's Casino Self-Exclusion Program."People can come to our offices during normal business hours to enroll in the program, but we know some people with gambl - read more »
VP sees Vegas as model for Pingtung - 31 May 2004
Vice President Annette Lu, who is currently visiting the United States, said yesterday Lake Las Vegas could serve as an example for the development of Ta Peng Bay in the southern Taiwan county of Pingtung as a tourism destination.Besides meeting with local tourism and trade officials, Lu took a boat ride on Lake Las Ve - read more »
Will electronic bingo roll into S.C.? - 24 May 2004
Four years after unplugging the last video poker machine, S.C. lawmakers are trying to decide whether to let high-stakes electronic gambling back into the state.The Catawba Indian Nation says a 24-hour video bingo parlor near Santee, S.C., would lure travelers off Interstate 95 to Orangeburg County, an area that badly - read more »
State appeals court allows slot machine initiative to proceed - 13 May 2004
A state appeals court has ruled that card clubs and racetracks may proceed with a ballot initiative that could threaten California Indian tribes' current monopoly on slot machines. The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles on Tuesday declined to consider separate challenges to the initiative brought by the Agua - read more »

June 2004

Upper Sioux tribe working to advance on economic ladder - 02 June 2004
It takes only a few minutes to tour the new housing development on the Upper Sioux Indian Community. The circle of homes is a speck in the vast prairie.Children run and jump on shiny new playground equipment, bracing themselves against gusts of wind that rake the freshly plowed soybean fields.Helen Blue-Redner, the ban - read more »
Asia puts its chips on the gambling industry - 28 June 2004
Suddenly, it seems, everyone in Asia is placing bets on gambling. While Singapore debates the merits of having a casino on its soil, others such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia are getting into the act by relaxing or relooking their anti-gambling laws to allow for casinos.Those which already have them, such as - read more »
Students rack up debts betting on basketball games - 15 June 2004
High-stakes gambling, particularly betting on basketball games, is rampant in many private high schools and colleges in the Philippine capital, causing an alarming number of students to sink into a quagmire of debt.A report published yesterday by the Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism said many students dra - read more »
U.S. casino visitors increase - 03 June 2004
Roughly two million more Americans visited a casino in the United States in 2003 than in 2002, according the annual survey conducted by the American Gaming Association in Washington.But otherwise the expansion of gambling remained relatively flat, according to the survey.“From an economy standpoint, 2003 was not the gr - read more »

July 2004

Gov. signs bill to bring 61,000 slots to Pa - 06 July 2004
Gov. Ed Rendell signed laws on Monday authorizing 61,000 slot machines in Pennsylvania - more than any other state except Nevada - and using most of the government's share to pay for a $1 billion cut in property taxes a year.Revenue from the slots, which would be at 14 sites, including seven horse tracks, would be used - read more »
For gambling town residents, 'racinos' have been beneficial - 19 July 2004
In the OK Corral, the lights are low, but you can still see Pennsylvania's future.Gray-haired men and women - women, mostly - are perched in front of hundreds of whirring, blinking, ringing slot machines, feeding in coins and bills, methodically enriching the state.The OK Corral is one of four themed slot-machine parlo - read more »
Heiress to attend blackjack tournament at A.C. Hilton - 12 July 2004
Actress and hotel heiress Paris Hilton will visit the hotel that bears the family name next month.Hilton, half of the The Simple Life reality show duo, will be the star attraction at the Celebrity Beach Blackjack Invitational Tournament, which will be held noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Atlantic City Hilton. The event al - read more »
Aitken eyes gambling venture with Gtech - 26 July 2004
Aitken Spence, a Sri Lankan hotelier, said an online gambling venture with Gtech Holdings may start at end-2004, helping the company diversify as stalled peace talks hurt the island's tourism. Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka's largest operator with eight hotels, said legal issues with a lottery board, which delayed the ventur - read more »

August 2004

Casino developer promises to help revive Rockaway Beach motels - 02 August 2004
Janice Peterson has several ideas for improving the six cottages she rents to tourists coming to fish and boat at Lake Taneycomo.But with the bulk of business limited to the summer months, there is little money for remodeling the structures that date back to the 1950s or for building a tent campground and a bathhouse.T - read more »
Las Vegas resort deal endorsed by Nevada regulators - 12 August 2004
New owners of the bankrupt Aladdin and soon-to-be Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip won a licensing recommendation Wednesday from Nevada casino regulators -- after a key investor was grilled about his business judgment. "You are the weakest link in this," Gaming Control Board member Bobby Siller told - read more »
Two Indian Bands Near Deal to Build Casino - 25 August 2004
The Manzanita Indian band and the Viejas band are developing an agreement that would establish an off-reservation casino in the border town of Calexico. Under the tentative agreement, Viejas would provide funds to help the Manzanita band purchase land in Calexico, build the facility and cover start-up operational costs - read more »
Eyman's Gambling Initiative Makes Fall Ballot - 04 August 2004
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman's initiative to expand gambling and lower property taxes has made it onto the fall ballot. Initiative 892 would allow nontribal businesses to have electronic slot machines, which currently are allowed only in tribal casinos. A 35 percent user fee on the machines would pay for lowering proper - read more »

September 2004

Thriving gaming company takes a gamble on pools relaunch - 16 September 2004
GAMING group Sportech yesterday reported a 7% increase in pre-tax profits as it embarks on a major relaunch of its pools operation.The company, which is based at Wavertree Technology Park, said pre-tax profits for the six months to June 30 were up to £5.9m from £5.5m the previous year.Turnover soared from £157.8m in 20 - read more »
A better payoff for gamblers and the state - 11 September 2004
Would you play scratch tickets or Keno if you visited Foxwoods or a casino in Las Vegas? Probably not. Most gamblers know how poor the odds are for these games and prefer to play poker or slot machines where there is a much better chance of winning. Most casino games pay out over 90 percent of the money wagered as oppo - read more »
CryptoLogic Announces New Poker Software For Satellite Tournaments - 22 September 2004
Enhanced tournament capability drives bigger prizes and excitement for online poker fans worldwide CryptoLogic Inc. (Nasdaq:CRYP) (TSX:CRY) (LSE:CRP), a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market, announced today the release of expanded tournament capabilities in the newest version of its highly po - read more »
Beckham Ball Scores For Charity - 06 September 2004
Only a few weeks ago, made headlines worldwide by winning the e-Bay auction for The Beckham Ball, and announcing plans to use The Ball to raise money for charities worldwide. The online casino has already launched the first phase of The Ball's tour around the globe, helping to raise approximately US$16 - read more »

October 2004

Betting firm becomes CFL sponsor - 13 October 2004
The Canadian Football League is going where no major North American professional sports league has gone before, announcing a two-year sponsorship agreement with a British-based on-line sports book and casino.The deal between the CFL and Bowmans is believed to be the first of its kind. Bowmans will place advertising sig - read more »
Fears over new casino laws - 22 October 2004
Grave concern over Government plans to relax the rules governing gambling have come from Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins. There are fears that almost every town in Britain will now have its own Las Vegas-style casino.The Gambling Bill was published this week with warnings it will lead to a rise in the number of gambling - read more »
Casino workers poised to walk with contract talks unresolved - 01 October 2004
Over 10,000 Atlantic City bartenders, cooks, servers, maids and other hotel staff plan to walk off the job at 6 a.m. today after contract negotiations with seven of the city's 12 casinos stalled late yesterday. "It's going to be a mess," said Al Tabai, who has been a bartender at Bally's Atlantic City for 14 years. "I - read more »
US gov wins settlement in online gaming suit - 01 October 2004
Three US radio stations have agreed to pay US$159,000 to the US Attorney's Office in Missouri to settle charges they broke federal laws by accepting online gambling ads. The firms involved, Missouri Sports Radio, Simulcast and All Sports Radio, agreed to forfeit all monies received for ads placed between mid-2000 and - read more »

November 2004

Penn National to acquire Argosy in $1.4 billion deal - 04 November 2004
Penn National Gaming Inc. is acquiring Argosy Gaming Co. for $1.4 billion cash in an effort to turn itself into the nation's third-largest operator of gambling properties.Penn National, based in Wyomissing, Pa., said Wednesday it will pay $47 per share for Argosy stock -- a 15 percent premium to Argosy's closing price - read more »
Vegas Becoming Hawaii's 'Ninth Island' - 23 November 2004
Joel and Melodi Kekauoha began hearing the term "ninth island" when their flight from Honolulu descended over the Nevada desert toward the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. They learned the meaning later that morning, when they bumped into a neighbor from their hometown of Kaneohe, which is on Oahu, one of Hawaii's eight - read more »
Boyd Gaming Buys Land Next to Stardust Las Vegas - 25 November 2004
Boyd Gaming has acquired 13 acres adjacent to the southwest side of its Stardust Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, the casino operator said in a regulatory filing. Boyd has said in the past that it is in "the very early stages of beginning to master-plan redevelopment of the Stardust site," company spokesman Ro - read more »
Celebrity Poker Tournament on 28th November at Southend following Launch of New Software Including Teddy Sheringham, Paul Ince, Nick Leeson - 18 November 2004
Celebpoker is hosting a celebrity poker tournament for 50 players on Sunday 28th November. Celebrities from the world of football that are taking part are as follows: Paul Ince, Kenny Miller, Teddy Sheringham , Matthew Etherington, Simon Davies, plus Scott Robinson, Chris Brooks, Nick Leeson and many others are current - read more »

December 2004

Online Poker Site to Donate Proceeds to Tsunami Relief - 31 December 2004
Online poker leader has announced that it will donate all tournament fees from this Saturday's activity to the International Red Cross to be dedicated to helping those people injured or left homeless by last weekend's earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in Southeast Asia.Poker Room Manager Gian Perroni - read more »
Singapore to Restrict Residents' Access to Casinos - 29 December 2004
Singapore's government said it will restrict its residents' use of a proposed casino, moving to reduce opposition to the venture among church and social groups. The casino would restrict credit for Singapore citizens and permanent residents and charge them membership fees of S$100 ($61) a day or S$2,000 per year, the M - read more »
Las Vegas Sands Looks To Become Gambling Giant - 11 December 2004
When billionaire Sheldon Adelson sold his successful Comdex computer show and decided to build a lavish hotel-casino with thousands of rooms, gambling executives ridiculed his business model.They said Adelson's plan for The Venetian to cater to business travelers and profit from hotel rooms and conventions wouldn't wor - read more »
GSA Hits the Road in Europe at ICE 2005 - 07 December 2004
With worldwide membership now exceeding 75, the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) will bring its new, landmark standards to Europe, exhibiting for the first time at the International Casino Exhibition (I.C.E.) in London this January. The trade show takes place January 25-27, at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in Lon - read more »