Gambling News Archives 2004

January 2004

World Poker Open starts next week - 02 January 2004
The fifth annual Jack Binion World Poker Open begins next week at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Robinsonville.. Omaha (pot limit) re-buys starts Thursday. But if you're a fish, go get your money - Super Satellites start Tuesday and Single Table Satellites Wednesday. Satellites are for Cinderellas dreaming of winning thei - read more »
Broken casino slots make winners of non-spinners - 03 January 2004
Talk about gambler's heaven. People who fed money into 26 slot machines at Trump Casino in Gary won twice what they bet -- before they even pushed a button.Investigators said a programming error appears to have caused the machines to spit out the winnings in error on Dec. 7.The slot machines apparently were in service - read more »
Dog track fights back in VLT war - 20 January 2004
You might have seen it on your way to work this morning. A billboard facing drivers headed north into the city on Route 95 is equipped with a digital counter scrolling upward as it tracks Lincoln Park's contribution to the state's coffers.The billboard, according to Lincoln Park spokesperson Michael Trainor, is the cen - read more »
Alaska casino plan surfaces - 21 January 2004
Once again, talk is circulating among lawmakers in Juneau to bring a large casino to Anchorage.Poker champ and furrier Perry Green is getting credit for the idea, according to the Anchorage Daily News. He wants the casino installed at the site of the former Alaska Seafood International plant. Green estimates it would r - read more »

February 2004

Online gambling may soon be banned - 24 February 2004
Thousands of people in the online gambling industry would lose their jobs if the new National Gambling Bill is enacted, says attorney Reinhardt Buys.The National Gambling Bill, effectively banning Internet gambling and the advertising of online casinos, is soon to replace the 1996 National Gambling Act.The bill would i - read more »
Legislators get earful on gambling - 03 February 2004
Iowans wanting a new casino in their area argued passionately Monday night that an expansion of gambling would be good for economic development, but several compulsive gamblers told a different story."My estranged husband is a compulsive gambler and our estrangement is a direct result of his gambling," said Stacey Crow - read more »
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 »
Casino going next to the dogs - 25 February 2004
Birmingham's fast-growing gambling industry could be boosted by a new casino alongside the city's Perry Barr dog track.Track operator Wembley - in the process of being taken over by Las Vegas-based casinos giant MGM Mirage - said yesterday that Perry Barr had “strong demographics” for a casino operation.The company, wh - read more »

March 2004

Slot tournament winner takes shot at $8 million - 19 March 2004
Kathy Peavy got to live out the fantasy of millions of gamblers Thursday when she got a free pull on nearly 900 slot machines for winning a slot tournament last weekend.By mid-afternoon Thursday, Treasure Bay officials said Peavy had won "a couple of thousand dollars" and had played about half the machines. During her - read more »
Creighton Study Finds More Bankruptcies In Casino Counties - 15 March 2004
A Creighton University study on possible casino links to bankruptcies revealed differing results for individuals and businesses.The recently released study showed personal bankruptcy filings in counties with casinos were higher than in non-casino counties in the United States during the 1990s.However, the study showed - read more »
U.S. wages quiet fight against online casinos - 16 March 2004
Federal prosecutors have begun a wide-ranging effort to curb the growing popularity of online gambling in the United States by quietly threatening legal action against American companies that do business with Internet casinos and sports betting operations based outside the country, lawyers and industry executives say.T - read more »
Warning over traditional gambling - 02 March 2004
The government's reform of gambling legislation could harm pubs, arcades and bingo halls, a report has said. In addition to closures new laws could boost numbers of gambling addicts, the study from marketing company the Henley Centre says. The draft Gambling Bill, currently in its committee stage, will see the numbers - read more »

April 2004

Neteller Floats on London Stock Exchange - 14 April 2004
Today saw the floatation of one of Europe's biggest and much awaited technology stock on the London Stock Exchange. Neteller (NLR) was incorporated in Canada and has since spread across the globe as a foremost electronic payment solution. Their listing on AIM has been touted at valuing £50million ($93.4 million), valui - read more »
9 out of 10 bettors prefer resort casino - 24 April 2004
A poll conducted by Lincoln Park shows that nine out of 10 of its bettors would bolt to a resort casino if one were built in West Warwick. Not only that, but a full 50 percent of those who visit the park 25 times a year or more would visit the casino with the same frequency.That would not only would this reduce the num - 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 »
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 »

May 2004

Chicago casino might have to be privately owned - 19 May 2004
To get a casino for Chicago, Mayor Daley may have to give up his idea of the city owning the venture.Republicans are threatening to scuttle the mayor's plan unless Daley makes the concession, a key lawmaker said Monday.But Daley isn't likely to fold so easily, several confidants said, because Chicago taxpayers would lo - read more »
US firm pulls out of Wembley bidding war - 06 May 2004
MGM Mirage has decided against increasing its £308m (€454m) bid for Wembley PLC in the face of a higher rival offer.MGM Mirage's move takes it out of the running for Wembley, but spokesman Alan Feldman said his company could restart the process if rival BLB Investors failed to complete the deal.Last month, BLB Investor - read more »
Senator tries to revive gambling bill - 11 May 2004
Even though the Texas House has shot down a proposal to legalize video slot machines at racetracks and Indian reservations, a state senator filed new legislation Monday that would allow the gambling devices at those places and others, including Dallas' Reunion Arena and Trinity Meadows in Willow Park.Then another senat - read more »
Defending poker champion knocked out of famous tournament - 24 May 2004
Defending World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker was knocked out of the legendary tournament Saturday. The darling of the poker world lost all his chips three hours after the 35th annual tournament got underway at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Moneymaker, 28, said Lady Luck was nowhe - read more »

June 2004

Billion dollar gambling deal more than just about money - 07 June 2004
Three local tribes and two more from the Sacramento area could be close to reaching a deal with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to provide as much as $1 billion to the state to help California with its budget troubles.In exchange, tribes are likely to get exclusive rights to operate the popular Vegas-style slot machines tha - read more »
Majestic Star Casino to unveil park Sunday - 26 June 2004
Majestic Star Casino on Sunday will unveil its new festival park at a 1970s-style concert featuring former Chicago Bears player Otis Wilson.The concert, which will include '70s funk legends Confunkshun, the Barkays and Cameo, will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Majestic Star Festival Park, 1 Buffington Harbor Drive.All proceed - read more »
Online gambling restricted from tomorrow - 30 June 2004
Sweeping law changes that will control the growth of gambling venues and restrict internet gambling come into effect tomorrow. It will harder to get gambling licences and easier to lose them, the Department of Internal Affairs said in a statement today. The Gambling Act, which was passed last year and comes into effect - read more »
Las Vegas gambling tycoon Steve Wynn to begin construction of megaresort - 04 June 2004
Las Vegas gaming mogul Steve Wynn's company announced that it will soon begin construction of its casino-hotel in Macau.Wynn Resorts made the announcement Thursday in newspaper advertisements - three days after Macau's legislature passed a law allowing casinos to extend credit to gamblers.The company said in the announ - read more »

July 2004

Trump to build casino in French Lick - 22 July 2004
Donald Trump bested two casino groups - including one backed by hometown hero Larry Bird - for the bid to build a casino in this struggling community where movie stars once vacationed.The State Gaming Commission awarded the contract to Trump on Tuesday, at the end of two days of public hearings. Commissioners said the - read more »
Winnebagos will open new bingo casino in Emerson - 02 July 2004
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska had planned to open a new bingo-based casino in Emerson, Neb., today, but it is taking longer than expected to get the machines, computers and staff up and running, tribal chairman John Blackhawk said Thursday.The tribe is opening the casino to position itself to quickly enter the Nebras - read more »
Branson businessman funding campaign against Rockaway Beach casino - 15 July 2004
A Branson businessman and his family have emerged as the only source of dollars for a campaign aimed at torpedoing a proposed casino in nearby Rockaway Beach.Campaign finance reports show Peter Herschend, his relatives and Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. have contributed the bulk of the Show Me You Care committee' - read more »
Bakers have spent $1.4 million on ads promoting casino - 08 July 2004
Television ads promoting a proposed Rockaway Beach casino in southwest Missouri are swamping the airwaves, contributing to what could be a record-breaking year for campaign commercials in the state.In the last two weeks, backers of Amendment 1 on the Aug. 3 ballot, which would allow casino gambling in the resort town, - read more »

August 2004

Voters Reject Rockaway Beach Casino - 04 August 2004
Voters across Missouri on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the state's constitution to allow a casino in the small Taney County town of Rockaway Beach. With 91 percent of votes counted, the amendment was rejected 56 percent to 44 percent, according to unofficial results.The amendment's supporters said allowing the cas - read more »
Pa. slots are raising the ante for neighbor states - 02 August 2004
Sam Waltz envisions a promising future along the banks of the Christina River.One fueled by gambling dollars."What we see are 500 to 600 jobs and a $50 million investment in the expansion of Wilmington's tax base," said Waltz, pointing to where his investor group, Delaware Program L.L.C., is proposing a $50 million slo - 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 »
Addicts Are Overlooked in Gambling Boom - 03 August 2004
A major expansion of casinos, the lottery, racetracks and card rooms is making California one of the nation's gambling giants. Yet one result of this betting binge has received scant attention from public officials: pathological addiction.Six years ago, the state created an Office of Problem Gambling but only last year - read more »

September 2004

Packer eyes Scots casino chain - 27 September 2004
Kerry Packer, media tycoon and one of Australia's richest men, is planning a series of casinos across Scotland as part of a £300 million push into the UK gaming industry. Packer, under the brand name Aspers, is the latest name to join a list of major casino operators all hoping to cash in on an expected relaxation of U - 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 »
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 »
Slot machines being promoted as way to raise money for Fla. schools - 21 September 2004
Saying Florida's public schools need the money, former state Education Commissioner Jim Horne has signed on to promote a constitutional amendment that would allow slot machines in seven South Florida racetracks and jai-alai frontons.Proponents of Amendment 4, which would let Broward and Miami-Dade voters decide in sepa - read more »

October 2004

Russian Tennis Star Kafelnikov Wins in Moscow Open Poker Tournament - 22 October 2004
Yevgeny Kafelnikov, former No 1 tennis player in the world, had his first major win at his new game of choice - poker - at the Russian Open in Moscow last week, The Independent writes.His prize for outlasting a field of 52 in the $300 Omaha hi-lo competition was just over $10,000.The winnings are not much compared to t - read more »
First machines arrive for Black Gold Casino - 22 October 2004
In preparation for its November grand opening, the new Black Gold Casino at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., received the first of six slot machine shipments from Reno, Nevada. The new $45 million dollar casino received 100 slot machines Wednesday from Reno-based International Game Technology. The casino is expecting to open o - read more »
Labour retreat over super-casinos - 25 October 2004
Massive opposition has forced a rethink of Tony Blair's planned gambling free-for-all, it emerged last night. Tessa* Jowell, who proposed the proliferation of Las Vegasstyle casinos across Britain just a week ago, suddenly promised there would be no more than '20 to 40'. The Culture Secretary also hinted at further con - read more »
Jowell attacks anti-casino 'snobs' - 24 October 2004
People who object to the liberalisation of gambling are snobs who do not want the less well-off to be able to enjoy visiting casinos, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said.Her comments came as unconfirmed reports suggested growing concern about her Gambling Bill within the Cabinet.Ms Jowell was defending the controversia - read more »

November 2004

Poker Games Becoming A Huge Hit In Tulsa - 25 November 2004
These days, it seems poker is more popular than ever before. Right now, 'Texas Hold'em' is the game of choice. Thanks to programs like ESPN's World Series of Poker, the average guy can see exactly how the pros play. Special cameras let you see a player's hidden cards, so you know who is bluffing and who really has the - read more »
Harrah's Says Singapore Will Be Key to Asian Growth - 30 November 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which is buying Caesars Entertainment Inc. to become the largest U.S. casino company, said it's interested in a planned Singapore gaming development that it will use to expand in Asia. Las Vegas-based Harrah's will seek a local partner if it is allowed to open a casino in the city-state, Ch - read more »
WPT Launches Poker Boot Camp - 11 November 2004
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:WPTE), the entertainment company that transformed poker into a riveting spectator sport, has once again broken new ground with the announcement of WPT Boot Camp(TM). This new initiative can put those who dream of playing in a WORLD POKER TOUR(TM) tournament on the fast track to a WPT Final - read more »
Stanley Leisure eyes supercasinos - 23 November 2004
The UK's biggest casino operator, Stanley Leisure, has linked up with a Malaysian firm to make the most of any opening up of the UK's gambling market. With the government looking to deregulate the casino industry, Stanley Leisure and Genting Berhad plan to create Las Vegas-style resorts. The two firms are forming a sub - read more »

December 2004

Big names show up for poker - 03 December 2004
Chris Moneymaker, jet-black shades propped atop his head, peered down at his cards, lifting the corners just above the plush felt poker table at the Casino Morongo. After a check, Dewey Tomko pushed a stack of gleaming white chips totaling $40,000 into the pot. Always striving to live up to his name, Moneymaker grimace - read more »
Ring in the New Year at Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino - 26 December 2004
The Island Buffet will feature the popular “Seafood Spectacular,” with cracked crab legs on ice, oysters on the half shell, lobster claws, house smoked salmon and prime rib. For serious food lovers the Steak House, White Orchid, Romanza and Oceano will each serve special menus which may be paired with fine wines select - read more »
Office Pools Go High Tech - 03 December 2004
Office pools are always popular this time of year. Not only do they offer a good rate of return on your stake, they liven up office life, encourage a bit of good-natured debate and competition between co-workers and build up a good team spirit in the office. To get everyone involved in pools has become a way to bet on - read more »
Drive to stop Scots super-casinos - 14 December 2004
MSPs and church leaders are stepping up their efforts to ban the spread of super-casinos to Scotland. Westminster is planning eight so-called resort casinos for the UK. Gambling is a reserved matter and Westminster wants to give the Scottish Parliament the power to rule on the issue in Scotland. The Scottish National P - read more »