Gambling News Archives 2004

January 2004

Western Connecticut casino is possible - 30 January 2004
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs reversed itself Thursday and granted coveted federal recognition to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of western Connecticut, creating the possibility of another Indian casino in the state. The reservation is on the border with the Town of Dover in Dutchess County, not far from Wingdal - read more »
Gaming industry was the comback kid during 2003 - 02 January 2004
Because a review of last year's performance by the gaming and hospitality industry is tantamount to a diagnosis of the city's - if not state's - economic health, then 2003 will best be remembered as a year of both recovery and growth.The casino industry continued to slowly recover from the disastrous blow caused by the - read more »
Tribe to seek gambling expansion - 22 January 2004
Opening a new front in a coming battle over gambling, a wealthy California Indian tribe has proposed an initiative that would expand tribes' gambling operations and protect their monopoly, while also requiring that they pay the equivalent of a corporate profits tax on their winnings. The proposition, a state constituti - read more »
Ehrlich's new slots bill likely to expand venues - 26 January 2004
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is expected to present legislation this week that would expand slot-machine gambling to locations other than horse tracks and possibly cut either the Pimlico or Laurel Park track out of the action, said an administration official. The governor's new bill to legalize slot-machine gamb - read more »

February 2004

Casino operator settles Missouri suit - 12 February 2004
Station Casinos Inc. will pay $38 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company used improper contacts between its lawyer and a Missouri Gaming Commission official to obtain its Missouri gaming license in 1997.The lawsuit focused on $500,000 in bonus payments made to the company's now-disbarred lawyer in Missour - read more »
BLM wants casino to cash out - 16 February 2004
On a wish list that includes ranches, creeks, canyons and basins, it sticks out like a tourist. It's the Hacienda Hotel and Casino on U.S. Highway 93 near Boulder City, and it's on the Bureau of Land Management's proposed list of environmentally sensitive lands that could be purchased by the government later this year. - read more »
MGM MIRAGE and The British Land Company PLC to Construct Major Mixed-Use Development Alongside Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield - 03 February 2004
MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGG), the most respected U.S.-based gaming and entertainment company, and The British Land Company PLC, today announced their intention to develop a leisure and entertainment complex, with a projected cost of between 200 million British pounds sterling (approximately $364 million U.S. dollars) and 250 - read more »
Police raid home of betting millionaire - 13 February 2004
POLICE have raided the home of a self-made millionaire on the instructions of the Financial Services Authority.Last Thursday they carried out a search warrant obtained by the FSA at the home of former cabbie Kevin Foster, 48, of Seed Road, Doddington, near Sittingbourne, who claimed he was being treated "like an intern - read more »

March 2004

Zodiac Casino Goes Viper - 02 March 2004
The very latest and most technologically advanced gaming software has now been launched on Zodiac Casino (, powered by Microgaming Software.Microgaming continue to pioneer online gaming, breaking new ground in global markets and their new VIPER software has been developed to meet international play - read more »
Indian Gaming Commission Shuts Casino - 26 March 2004
The National Indian Gaming Commission has ordered the shutdown of a casino operated by a tribe in downtown Kansas City.The commission issued a letter Wednesday announcing its decision to the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and to the state and local government officials who have been fighting the casino since it opened in - read more »
Gamble on betting pays off for website - 14 March 2004
A Glasgow entrepreneur has launched Europe's first online recruitment agency for the gambling industry.Managing director David Copeland set up to take advantage of an expected windfall following the deregulation of the UK sector in 2005, but has already won gaming clients in Gilbraltar and the Carib - read more »
Game makers are ready to go after the cash Macau - 20 March 2004
In conjunction with game maker Aristocrat Technologies, Paltronics Inc, a gaming technology company, has just signed a deal to place its One-Link slot and media systems at the Venetian. But it isn't just a sale, it's an opening into what is probably the hottest gaming market in the world: Macau.The heat in Macau isn't - read more »

April 2004

Lucio bets on Texas gamblers - 29 April 2004
State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. says he is not a gambling man.“But, I bet that a casino on South Padre Island would bring so many jobs, tourists and economic development throughout the Rio Grande Valley,” the Brownsville Democrat said Wednesday.And if he garners support from both the community and colleagues in the Legislat - read more »
Betfair takes out honesty adverts - 01 April 2004
Betfair, the betting exchange, yesterday took the extraordinary step of defending itself against the charge that it facilitates corruption, by placing full-page advertisements in national newspapers. Because exchanges allow punters to lay horses to lose as well as win, Betfair and others have been criticised in recent - read more »
Profits soar at Caesars Entertainment in first quarter - 23 April 2004
Strong operating results at its casinos helped Caesars Entertainment Inc. post record first-quarter revenues and a 93 percent increase in profits, the company announced Thursday.Net income for the largest gambling company in the U.S. increased to $79 million, or 25 cents per share, from $41 million, or 14 cents per sha - read more »
Malaysia's Star Cruises Gets US$400M Loan To Buy 6 Ships - 22 April 2004
Malaysia-based Star Cruises Ltd. (0678.HK) said Thursday it secured a US$400 million revolving loan facility to partly finance its purchase of six ships from its Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. unit. DnB NOR Bank ASA and HSBC are coordinating arrangers of the facility, which will be repaid within seven years from the first - read more »

May 2004

Seneca Indian Nation's second casino opens for business - 03 May 2004
The Seneca Indian Nation's second casino has opened for business in a scene that included traditional American Indian dancers, music and fireworks. The Senecas already operate the profitable Niagara Falls casino, which opened New Year's Eve 2002. The $71 million Seneca Allegany Casino, which made its debut Saturday nig - read more »
Battle lines emerge in remote gaming debate - 25 May 2004
Battle lines are being drawn between opposing sides of issues surrounding intrastate remote gaming -- gambling using high-tech devices that allow gamblers to wager without being on a casino floor.The most contentious issues so far: whether problem gambling would increase with the introduction of the new devices, and wh - read more »
Sega crushed by massive gambling firm - 20 May 2004
Japanese gambling giants Sammy have finally bought Sega, following months of rumours that they would do so. Sammy, already Sega's top shareholder, will merge the two companies in a deal worth $1.4 billion.An attempted merger between the two gaming outfits failed last year following disagreements about management style - read more »
Daughter 'sold to settle gambling debt' - 10 May 2004
Attempts are being made to prevent the flight to Bangladesh of a teenage girl allegedly committed to marriage by her father in exchange for a £15,000 settlement of his gambling debts. The 15-year-old girl has contacted West Yorkshire police and social services in an attempt to avoid the private arrangement, although it - read more »

June 2004

Tribal status is not just about casinos - 18 June 2004
Nearly 25 years have passed since our tribe, the Nipmuc Nation, began the arduous process of gaining federal recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Back then I worked at Bay State Abrasives, my family was much younger, and our tribe's bid for federal recognition seemed inevitable, if not imminent. Now I am retir - read more »
Rhode Island House, Senate committees approve casino bills - 23 June 2004
Voters would get to decide whether the state's first casino should be built in West Warwick, under bills approved Tuesday by House and Senate committees. The bills were approved after Harrah's Entertainment sweetened its offer to the state. The company agreed to a higher maximum tax rate and to paying a $100 million li - read more »
Coming soon: £1m fruit machines - 15 June 2004
Las Vegas-style fruit machines offering a £1m jackpot will be introduced into Britain within two years under government plans to reform the country's antiquated gambling laws. Insisting that allowing vast halls of "high roller" machines in new regional casinos was part of a tougher approach to protect vulnerable gamble - read more »
Casino giants eye Singapore and Thailand - 23 June 2004
The casino war in Asia is hotting up as gaming giants eye potential markets in Singapore and Thailand while Asia's gambling 'king' Stanley Ho plans to bet US$380 million (S$646 million) on re-inventing his empire in Macau.Following in the footsteps of three others, America's No 3 casino company said yesterday that it s - read more »

July 2004

Salamanca still waiting to cash in from casino - 11 July 2004
The Police Department needs more officers. The Department of Public Works will need to hire more workers and buy new equipment. The Fire Department needs a new truck and more personnel, and the Board of Public Utilities needs to upgrade its electricity facilities.It all adds up to one thing - the city of Salamanca need - read more »
Viva Las Ipswich - 28 July 2004
Ipswich waterfront could soon be up there with Monte Carlo and Australia's Gold Coast, depending on the roll of a dice in Whitehall.A new multi-million pound development incorporating a casino complex, hotel, apartments, restaurants, bars and a cinema could be set to provide a massive boost to the regeneration of Ipswi - read more »
Tribal casinos generated $4.2 billion in 2003 - 19 July 2004
At about 21 stories tall, Harrah's Rincon Casino and Resort's new hotel addition towers over virtually all other North County structures. It could easily be a symbol for the state's booming American Indian gambling industry.When completed in mid-December, the hotel in Valley Center will have 650 rooms to accommodate an - read more »
New Poker Commuity Site Launched - 20 July 2004
Today sees the first cross poker room community website launched at Poker Faces ( site is aimed at every poker player on the net and hopes to deliver communication as it's key to all players.Various features set this site aprat from the rest, the ability to enter your own profile is somewhat typ - read more »

August 2004

Lake Charles may lose one riverboat casino - 14 August 2004
The Isle of Capri is considering moving one of its two riverboat casinos, but Val Loiacano hopes they won't. Every chance she gets, the 73-year-old Vidor resident enjoys driving to Lake Charles to play -"As often as I save enough money to go," Loiacano said. While the other boats have plenty of slot machines, table ga - 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 »
Trump casinos plan to file bankrupcty protection - 10 August 2004
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts plans to seek bankruptcy protection under a restructuring plan that would to trim its $1.8 billion worth of debt and cut interest payments in half as a way to revive the company as a player in the gaming industry. Under a plan announced late Monday, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, an arm of - read more »
On-line lottery site just the ticket - 12 August 2004
Thanks to AOL, the mantra of computer users in the 1990s was "You've got mail." Thanks to ALC, for lottery players in Eastern Canada it may now become "You've got money."The Atlantic Lottery Corp. (ALC) is launching Canada's first on-line lottery ticket sales system, allowing people across the four Eastern provinces to - read more »

September 2004

Harrah's, ESPN to launch poker tournament road show - 21 September 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and ESPN are aiming to capitalize on poker's best-known event by beginning a series of high-profile tournaments across the country next year. The Las Vegas-based gambling company hopes name recognition will shuffle rival tournaments to the back of the pack in the lucrative and fast-growing p - read more »
US casinos may reap fruit of limit on slots - 24 September 2004
SLOT machines that pay out up to a £1 million jackpot are to be banned from all but the biggest casinos in the UK under a new gambling bill to go before the Wesminster parliament. In a predicted move to rein in the wholesale liberalisation of the country's gaming laws, Tessa Jowell, the Aecretary of State for Culture, - read more »
The Reno Peppermill Hotel Casino Website is a 2004 WebAward Winner - 21 September 2004
"'s success in the WebAwards competition is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers the best online service possible," said Kelly Richmond, Peppermill Web Director, "We strive to offer customers the highest quality customer experience online and we are honored to receive this recognit - read more »
Poker proves a hot hand for gaming industry - 06 September 2004
Jan Edward Helfeld moves along the bar at the Hawk and Dove, a popular after-work watering hole on Capitol Hill, scanning his quarry. He seems almost desperate, although he is not looking for romance.Instead, he stops several people to ask: "Are you here for the poker meeting?"Like others who have turned out, Helfeld i - read more »

October 2004

Gambling laws set to be relaxed - 14 October 2004
Anti gambling campaigners fear that planned changes to the law mean mega-casinos will spring up across Britain, along with a huge increase in betting addiction. It all follows the Government's decision to fast track the new Gambling Bill to get it on the Statute Book before the election. Ministers denied it would creat - read more »
Bettors risking millions online to predict election outcome - 31 October 2004
We bet on ballgames and poker, the Oscars and the Emmys, so why not the presidential election -- especially one as tightly contested as this one? It's better than even money that somebody's got to win.Oh, sure, it's illegal to wager on a presidential race in the United States. But thanks to the Internet we now live in - read more »
Gambling bill 'has full government support' - 28 October 2004
The controversial gambling bill has the support of the whole government, culture minister Lord McIntosh insisted today - as the first sign of a backbench rebellion grew, with 11 Labour MPs signing an early day motion criticising the bill.Yesterday Lord McIntosh refused to comment on Labour backbenchers' fears over the - read more »
The way to go on Indian gaming - 26 October 2004
(Doug Bandow of San Diego Tribune) American Indians make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population. They tend to earn less and die earlier than the rest of us. But many of them now profit from the $17 billion American Indian gambling industry. Federal law creates an Indian gambling monopoly in states where other ga - read more »

November 2004

Casino hosts grand opening - 17 November 2004
Iron Horse Bar and Casino in Emerson will celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. on Friday. The event will feature an opening ceremony, ribbon-cutting and an open house. The public is invited.Iron Horse Bar and Casino features a 2,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and casino on Emerson's main street and can seat up to 80 - read more »
Football club unveils its plans for £80m casino - 05 November 2004
SHEFFIELD United unveiled detailed plans for an £80m casino complex yesterday, amid continuing uncertainty about how council chiefs will decide on whether to approve the planning application.The Blades scheme, which includes an eight-storey hotel, is one of three proposed for the city, but it is possible only one will - read more »
Season Three: Foxwoods World Poker Finals; WPT and Foxwoods Set New Record with Fourth Largest Tournament in the History of $10K No Limit Texas Hold'Em Poker - 15 November 2004
Foxwoods Resort Casino kicked off the seventh stop on the acclaimed WORLD POKER TOUR(TM) (WPT) Saturday, setting new records for the sport of poker and the WPT (WPTE). The largest poker room on the East Coast at the largest casino in the world attracted 674 players to this year's World Poker Finals. This marks the bigg - read more »
Tribes plans to proceed with casino gambling - 26 November 2004
Citing a recent court decision, the Northern Arapaho Tribe is preparing to move ahead with plans to offer high-stakes casino gambling on the Wind River Reservation near Riverton.On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court ruled in the tribe's four-year legal dispute with the state of Wyoming over the t - read more »

December 2004

Rank calls for fairer rules on mega-casinos - 03 December 2004
Rank, the leisure group, yesterday called for "a level playing field" in the casino market as the company revealed its gambling business had returned to double-digit profit growth.Issuing a trading statement for the 22 weeks to November 26, Rank said rules on mega-casinos remained skewed towards new entrants, notably A - read more »
Mandalay Shareholders OK MGM Mirage Merger - 11 December 2004
Shareholders of Mandalay Resort Group approved MGM Mirage Inc.'s takeover of Mandalay on Friday that would create one of the world's largest casino companies.The approval came during the company's annual shareholders meeting. The deal is subject to state and federal regulatory approval.In June, MGM Mirage agreed to pur - read more »
A.C. casinos' winnings fall short - 11 December 2004
The effects of fewer weekends and a labor strike hurt Atlantic City casinos' winnings last month.The 12 casinos reported a win, or what they kept from gamblers, of $375 million for November, down 1.1 percent from November 2003."Having those extra weekend days in the mix always means more business," said Linda Kassekert - read more »
Gamblers using laser device won't face prosecution, allowed to keep casino winnings - 06 December 2004
Three gamblers who used a James Bond-style laser device to win over a million dollars at a London hotel casino will not face prosecution, as they did nothing illegal, police said yesterday. The trio who pulled off an audacious coup at the Ritz using gadgetry on March 16 to calculate where a roulette ball would land are - read more »