Gambling News Archives 2004

January 2004

Sky City pulling poker face over Christchurch Casino - 10 January 2004
Sky City Entertainment is putting on its best poker face over the possibility of fresh talks to buy a $92 million stake in the Christchurch Casino The Auckland casinos business has held talks over the past 18 months with the Christchurch landmark's 41 per cent shareholder Aspinall, the London gambling business, but fai - read more »
House committee approves video gambling machine bill - 15 January 2004
Indiana tracks could install video gambling machines to prop up the horse racing industry, help the state budget and provide cash for cities and counties across the state under legislation approved yesterday by a House committee. House Bill 1188 - which would produce nearly $94 million annually for the state budget - n - read more »
Arizona rakes in $6.7 mil as share of tribes' gambling revenue - 31 January 2004
Arizona Indian tribes sent $6.7 million of their gambling revenues to the state for the quarter that ended Dec. 31, the state Department of Gaming reported Friday. It was the third revenue-sharing payment to Arizona under Proposition 202.The measure, approved by voters in 2002, allowed tribes to expand gambling and add - read more »
First visit to Las Vegas is a rite of passage - 18 January 2004
Huddled inside the Luxor hotel-casino, a trio of newly minted 21-year-olds are big on dreams, but short on know-how. The girls want to play blackjack, but where do they get the chips? Leslie Berlin, a junior at Vanderbilt University, shrugs off their inexperience and throws her arms around her best friends."We're gambl - read more »

February 2004

Hard Rock International strikes a new note - 16 February 2004
Hard Rock Cafe International, the Orlando-based global pioneer of the theme-restaurant business, is moving closer to remaking its image as a hotel-casino brand.The company's two high-profile Florida gambling venues -- ventures with the Seminole Tribe -- are opening soon, and ground has broken on a Las Vegas-style casin - read more »
Casino job fair runs overtime - 28 February 2004
Casino officials expected to process another 2,500 people Friday, the second day of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's job fair.Thursday, the first day of the fair, ended very late with the last of 2,500 applicants processed at 3:30 a.m. The final count at the end of Day One was 717 new hires, and company official - read more »
Casino's high-roller activity a 'shambles' - 07 February 2004
The ability to prevent fraud, money-laundering and tax evasion in Crown Casino's high-roller gambling operations was in doubt because of the casino's failure to follow proper procedures, the Federal Court has said.In a decision late last month by the full court, justices Ronald Sackville, Bradley Selway and Bruce Lande - read more »
Lawmakers threatened over stance on gaming bill - 25 February 2004
A second member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives claimed Tuesday he was threatened over his opposition to a gaming bill pending in the House. Rep. Bill Mitchell, D-Lindsay, said he received a call from an individual Tuesday morning before he left for work at the State Capitol. “They said they would see to it th - read more »

March 2004

Macao's casino tax expected to soar in 2004 - 17 March 2004
The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government can expect to collect 12 billion patacas (1.5 billion US dollars) in casino gross-revenue taxes this year, Wednesday's Ponto Final, a Macao-based Portuguese-language newspaper quoted an anonymous gaming-industry executive as saying. The source said that the recor - read more »
Bill would allow slots at some keno sites - 19 March 2004
Bowling alleys and other recreation businesses could offer gambling under a bill sent to the full Senate on Thursday. A Senate panel significantly expanded Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' gambling proposal to allow slot machines at sports or recreational businesses that already offer the state's Club Keno lottery game.The bill - read more »
Casinos a safer bet than stock market - 31 March 2004
It's been a hot topic ever since Trade and Industry Minister George Yeo told Parliament on March 13 that the Government might (in other words, will) allow a casino on the holiday resort of Sentosa and the Southern Islands.Even more controversial than the casino proposal is Mr Yeo's subsequent remark that only Singapore - read more »
President Casinos Seek Buyer or New Partner for Biloxi, Miss., Operation - 14 March 2004
President Casino officials are considering refinancing or selling part or all of the Coast's second-oldest casino.The St. Louis-based company announced Thursday it had hired Innovation Capital Holding to help determine the fate of the financially troubled Biloxi resort, which includes the Broadwater Beach Resort.John A - read more »

April 2004

Las Vegas to close Sky-Vue - 26 April 2004
Las Vegas officials today were to give notice to the remaining occupants of about 40 trailers at Sky-Vue Mobile Park that they have 72 hours to move out because the park is too unhealthy and dangerous to live in, Elaine Sanchez, spokeswoman for Mayor Oscar Goodman, said."We'll be providing the notice to the residents a - read more »
New study downplays impact of college-age gambling - 17 April 2004
College gambling may not be as pervasive as previously thought, according to a recent Harvard Medical School study.The study, the first nationally representative survey of gambling among college students, found that college students also are at no more risk for problem gambling than the general adult population. The st - read more »
Pennsylvania Gambling Vote Delayed - 01 April 2004
It now appears there will be no vote this week on expanded gambling in Pennsylvania. Supporters of legislation that would legalize slot machines in order to finance property and wage tax relief in Pennsylvania had hoped for a vote in at least one chamber, the senate, this week. But sources say the major problem now is - read more »
Profit improves for Icahn's Vegas casinos - 27 April 2004
Investor Carl Icahn on Friday reported higher revenue and cash flow for his three-property collection of Las Vegas casinos in 2003.Icahn's American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC (ACEP), a subsidiary of his American Real Estate Partners (AREP), announced the results for the Stratosphere and the two Arizona Charl - read more »

May 2004

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 »
Hopis to Vote on Winslow-Area Casino - 12 May 2004
Members of the Hopi Tribe will have to choose between building a casino or not building a casino when they vote on gaming next week. A third option to lease all of its allocated slot machines to other tribes has been dropped from consideration, according to Hopi spokeswoman Vanessa Charles. The Hopi Nation heads to the - read more »
New Cayuga bingo hall now open - 29 May 2004
This isn't your grandma's bingo game. At LakeSide Entertainment, the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York's newly minted high-stakes electronic bingo hall in Union Springs, there are about 90 video slot-like machines with bells a-ringing, neon lights a-flashing and a dizzying combination of ways to win a pocket full of mon - read more »
Pataki proposes new bureaucracy for gambling - 28 May 2004
Governor George Pataki is proposing a state gambling commission.The commission would regulate the indicted New York Racing Association, slot machine-like video games and all facets of legalized gaming and horse racing.If approved, the commission could temporarily operate a racetrack or video lottery terminals, which pr - read more »

June 2004

Harrah's now sees jackpot in Mississippi - 12 June 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. sold its Vicksburg casino, a property that boasted 700 slot machines and 117 hotel rooms, but now sees a hot market in Tunica - and a major venue for World Series poker.The Federal Trade Commission has given Las Vegas-based Harrah's its final approval to buy Harrah's major competitor in Tuni - read more »
U.S., Antigua Seek Solution to Internet Gambling Case - 30 June 2004
The United States and Antigua have suspended litigation over Internet gambling and want to resolve the World Trade Organization dispute through negotiations, an American official said on Tuesday. "We look forward to working with Antigua to discuss the issues surrounding the dispute and hopefully to resolving it," said - read more »
Fox Tones Down "Casino" - 15 June 2004
Fox is looking to take the sin out of Sin City. The network, apparently gun-shy in the wake of Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction, has ordered Mark Burnett to remove some of the reality from his newest unscripted TV show, The Casino, namely all the explicit sexual content. According to the Los Angeles Times, - read more »
Cherokee Nation To Unveil Multi-Million Dollar Casino - 17 June 2004
The Cherokee Nation is about to unveil a multi million dollar casino just off of Interstate 44.The future development could bring millions of dollars to the area economy. The hotel and casino will have 150 rooms, conference center, business meetings, 350 seat buffet, and a piano bar.Finishing touches are currently bei - read more »

July 2004

Gambling dollars going to Indiana - 11 July 2004
Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken had a bad dream, and it's Northern Kentucky that had him spooked. "My nightmare," Luken recently said, "is that I'm going to wake up one morning and see casinos on the Ohio River, but they're on the Kentucky side, looking at our skyline." Rest easy, mayor. Aliens will land in Covington be - read more »
Potawatomi Tribe Makes Full Payment on Gaming Compact - 01 July 2004
The Forest County Potawatomi paid the state $40.5 million Thursday under terms of its gamingcompact. That allows the tribe to continue offering Las Vegas-style games like craps and roulette.Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford says the tribe secured a loan from three banks this morning.Administration Secretary Mar - read more »
Harrah's Profit Up Despite Atlantic City Weakness - 22 July 2004
Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment Inc. posted an 18 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday as Las Vegas pulled in business but Atlantic City showed signs of weakness. Shares of Harrah's, the No. 2 casino operator which last week agreed to buy its bigger rival Caesars Entertainment Inc. for $5 billion, rose - read more »
Caesars’ Northern Nevada casinos mixed - 23 July 2004
Casino operator Caesars Entertainment Inc. on Thursday said second-quarter earnings more than tripled, helped by a hefty gain from the sale of the Las Vegas Hilton.Caesars owns the Reno Hilton, which has been on the market since last year. Its other Northern Nevada property is Caesars Tahoe in Stateline.Those two prope - read more »

August 2004

Casino given green light - 07 August 2004
The provincial government has given the go-ahead for a new casino on the Whitecap Dakota Sioux First Nation, but expects conditions to be met before the first hand is dealt.The conditional approval paves the way for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and its gambling arm, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Au - read more »
Batavia racetrack to reopen with VLTs in January - 27 August 2004
The owners of Batavia Downs Race Track agreed Thursday to reopen the track next summer and install video lottery terminals to cover the track's debt and operating costs.The decision by Western Regional Off Track Betting comes after it has struggled for years to recoup deficits at Batavia Downs and find a way to bankrol - read more »
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 »
Casino debate heads to Supreme Court - 07 August 2004
Friday's 90-minute oral argument before a three-judge panel of the RI Supreme Court considering Gov. Donald L. Carcieri's request for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of the casino referendum bill hinged less on legal argument and precedent than the meaning of words. Words like lottery and casino, operation - read more »

September 2004

San Pablo casino backers pad Schwarzenegger campaign account - 01 September 2004
When they organized a $1 million fund-raiser for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in February, Sacramento Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof's family casino business was negotiating a deal that would net them millions from running what could be one of the world's largest casinos, according to interviews and state records.Six - read more »
Governor opposes effort to repeal San Pablo casino amendment - 22 September 2004
In the political firestorm that engulfed his approval of a massive Indian casino in the San Francisco Bay area, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repeatedly said a local congressman made him do it. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, had quietly pushed through an amendment that skirted a lengthy, uncertain process and gave the Ly - read more »
Casinos paved way for Indian museum - 23 September 2004
The National Museum of the American Indian, which opened Tuesday, honors the culture of the first Americans and also represents the new wealth of tribes from casinos.Three Indian tribes that operate eastern casinos - the Mohegans and Pequots of Connecticut and the Oneidas of New York - each pledged $10 million to the m - read more »
Racetracks Sue Over Gov.'s Indian Casino Deals - 17 September 2004
Racetracks that want to add slot machines to their enterprises through a November ballot measure filed a lawsuit Thursday aimed at derailing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's deals granting five Indian tribes the right to unlimited numbers of slots.Tracks and card rooms backing Proposition 68 also announced a statewide tele - read more »

October 2004

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 »
Poker just got Sexier: launches Sexy Poker Product - 04 October 2004
Sportingbet PLC (LSE SBT.L) announced today that the sexiest Sportsbook on the internet,, has added a new poker room to its existing sports book and casino., a sportsbook known for its seemingly endless collection of free online beauties as well as fantastic odds and captivating props, n - read more »
City turns to big shows to draw tourists - 30 October 2004
As the television commercials constantly remind us, what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.While this cheeky slogan ostensibly pertains to visitors' behavior, it also can be applied to a good deal of the city's casino-produced entertainment.With the advent of legal gambling across the country, slot machines and g - read more »
Gaming Bill won't end fun of the fair - 31 October 2004
The Government has denied claims that the controversial new Gambling Bill will signal the end of seaside arcades and end-of-pier family entertainment centres. Fears that cheap and popular games such as 'penny pusher' and 'grab a toy' machines were under threat came after the Culture Minister, Tessa* Jowell, said that ' - read more »

November 2004

Ultimate Poker Babes Play Strip Poker on Pay-Per-View - 06 November 2004
Adam & Eve's Carmen Luvana is one of seven women that can currently be seen playing strip poker on pay-per-view, on a show called Ultimate Poker Babes that debuted last night. Seven women compete for a $5,000 prize and the Ultimate Poker Babe crown by playing a strip-poker variant of Texas Hold ‘Em. Besides Luvana, oth - 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 »
Internet Casino's UK Charity Shootout Kicks Off - 22 November 2004 Launches Charity Shootout UK Tour - First Stops Hosted by Aston Villa and Crystal Palace Golden Palace Online Casino ( hit front pages worldwide in July 2004 by winning an eBay auction for the infamous ball: the ball that David Beckham sent rocketing over the crossbar during - read more »
UK govt set to roll dice on casino operator quota - 16 November 2004
Britain is likely to allow fewer of the new Las Vegas-style casinos than first expected as the government deregulates the industry, analysts said on Monday.Amendments to the government's Gambling Bill reforms, which mark the biggest shake-up in the industry in 40 years, will be announced on Tuesday, a government source - read more »

December 2004

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 »
Belle Rock Gaming Launches Biggest Ever Promotion - 14 December 2004
Belle Rock Gaming, the group of online casino, poker and sportsbook brands owned by the Carmen Media Group, has scooped the industry's leading awards this year, in both the 2004 Gambling Online Reader's Poll Awards and 2004 Strictly Slots Best of Online.The Gaming Club, one of Belle Rock Gaming's leading brands, won th - read more » Voted Top Sportsbook By Gambling Online Magazine Readers - 03 December 2004
Online gaming pioneer WWTS (World Wide Tele-Sports) today announced that the company's sports betting site was voted the top sportsbook of 2004 by the readers of Gambling Online Magazine (GOM). The Readers' Choice Award is the top attainable honor for an online sportsbook and was determined by polling over - read more »
Chukchansi Gold Casino to Make Donation to Charity in Slot Tournament Winners' Names - 29 December 2004
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will make a $250 donation to each the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Indian College Fund in the name of the first place winners of recent "Give and Take Slot Tournaments" held on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Participating guests battled on the slot machines to earn the - read more »