Gambling News Archives 2004

January 2004

Vegas event planner keeps parties on track for MGM Mirage casinos - 13 January 2004
The woman who stages important parties, weddings and other special events for Bellagio, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Treasure Island and New York-New York is a big advantage for their parent company, MGM Mirage."Cheryl Fish and her team at MGM Mirage Events are a significant plus for Bellagio," said Randy Morton, Bellagio vi - 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 »
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 »
Golden Nugget buyers face first license vote Wednesday - 03 January 2004
The Golden Nugget will likely change hands in about three weeks, as Nevada gaming regulators are slated to consider the prospective buyers' license applications at meetings in Las Vegas on Wednesday and Jan. 22. Poster Financial Group's $215 million deal to buy the Golden Nugget -- downtown's most profitable casino, by - read more »

February 2004

Panel aims to expand slots plan - 19 February 2004
A Senate committee moved last night toward expanding Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s slots proposal to include a racetrack near Ocean City and a third nontrack location, while cutting the share of revenues for the owners of slots facilities.As part of the legislation, the committee proposed adding $98 million in aid to lo - read more »
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 »
Judge: Dispute over gambling money in SoCal tribe outside federal jurisdiction - 03 February 2004
Members of a Southern California tribe fighting an attempt to remove them from the tribe's ranks failed to win a temporary restraining order from a federal judge.U.S. District Judge Robert Timlin issued a seven-page ruling Monday saying the federal courts had no jurisdiction over the restraining order request, part of - read more »
Tribe and Plymouth at Odds Over Plans for New Casino - 10 February 2004
A landless Indian tribe in Amador County has been looking for a home, and it found one in the small town of Plymouth. It might not be a problem except the Ione Band of Miwok Indians wants to build a very big casino there.Many people in Plymouth don't want a casino in their town. "The location is inappropriate," said El - read more »

March 2004

UK gambling shake-up to hit pubs and clubs - 02 March 2004
Bingo halls, pubs and working men's clubs have been warned they will be the biggest losers from the shake-up in gambling legislation, which is progressing through parliament, the Financial Times reported citing a report by the Henley Centre, a marketing consultancy.It said the proposed changes to gambling legislation w - read more »
Maryland Bill Targets Gambling Contributions - 16 March 2004
As the debate over slot machines approaches a critical juncture in the General Assembly, some lawmakers are pushing legislation to prohibit campaign contributions from anyone seeking gambling licenses in Maryland. The measure -- similar to bans on gambling-related campaign contributions in New Jersey and Louisiana -- a - read more »
Online gambling makes poker stars flush - 16 March 2004
The game of smoke-filled dens is moving towards the sporting mainstream. Matt Born reports on the four Britons who picked up a million dollar deal.It is a game traditionally associated with smoke-filled gambling dens, shady deals and even shadier characters.But in the latest sign that poker is moving into the mainstrea - read more »
Texas closer to ending Louisiana’s casino party - 02 March 2004
A cold wind is blowing in from Texas - the kind that could chill western Louisiana long beyond the current winter.In search of $4 billion for public schools, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has advanced talk about legalizing video lottery machines in that state - a move that could also allow Texas Indian tribes to build casinos - read more »

April 2004

State could share casino profits - 19 April 2004
Time and again our leaders have assured us that tribal casinos are the property of sovereign nations and therefore exempt from local permit processes, code enforcement and taxation. This is not always the case. Twenty-four states have signed gambling compacts with tribes. Seven of those states -- Arizona, California, C - read more »
Problem Gambling Danger - 08 April 2004
Deregulating the betting industry could lead to a rise in problem gambling, a new report has warned. The high-level Parliamentary paper highlighted the dangers of developing Las Vegas-style supercasinos. In a 300-page report, the joint committee on the draft Gambling Bill made 139 recommendations, including scrapping p - read more »
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 »
UK Casino Granted Licenses - 28 April 2004
Millionaire entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne will open his first casino in Newcastle following the granting of gaming and drinks licences yesterday. The £5m (US$8.96 million) casino will be launched as an extension to the Bannatyne Fitness health club on the Newcastle Quayside and Mr Bannatyne said it would be the first o - read more »

May 2004

Baldacci heralds bills on gambling, departmental merger - 07 May 2004
Gov. John Baldacci held ceremonies Thursday to mark the enactments of two high-profile pieces of legislation.In Bangor on Thursday morning, the governor signed the so-called racino bill and also outlined an executive order to create a gambling control advisory council."The council is created to begin developing recomme - read more »
Lottery drops bid to use Nevada-style gambling themes - 19 May 2004
A state assemblyman has dropped efforts to add Las Vegas-style themes to California Lottery games, though he plans to keep seeking other changes officials hope will reinvigorate the lottery.On Friday, Assemblyman George Plescia, R-San Diego, had amended his bill to allow lotto and scratch-off games to be marketed with - read more »
Caprice fronts poster campaign for ParadisePoker site - 12 May 2004
Model Caprice is to front a multimillion-pound marketing campaign in the UK for the online poker brand The launch of the campaign follows the appointment of Total Media to handle the gambling site's media planning and buying following a three-way pitch. Total will work on a newspaper, magazine, out - read more »
Hobbs track could pay millions in gambling taxes - 25 May 2004
The state could see millions of dollars pumped into its coffers thanks to a horse track and casino under construction in Hobbs. A partner in Zia Park Race Track & Casino told members of the Legislative Finance Committee this week that the new track and casino is projected to pay about $12-million each year in gambling - read more »

June 2004

Underworld bans puts spotlight on casino - 12 June 2004
Melbourne's Crown Casino seems to be one of Australia's least policed and regulated casinos, writes Phil Dickie.Reports that an underworld hit was to be paid for in casino gaming chips have again drawn attention to the light regulation and policing of Melbourne's Crown Casino.A Government source has told The Sunday Age - read more »
Isle of Capri in Bossier City cuts 50 employees - 02 June 2004
The Isle of Capri, one of five dockside casinos in the Shreveport-Bossier City gambling market, has cut 50 employees. Those losing their jobs Tuesday included 13 salaried employees and 37 hourly workers, the casino said.The reductions were part of an examination "at all areas of operation to improve our efficiency and - read more »
Neighboring states reacting to Pennsylvania's gambling bill - 29 June 2004
Before Pennsylvania lawmakers cast their ballots on legalizing slot machine gambling, neighboring states are already weighing in on how the bill will impact their bottom line.Gambling states like West Virginia and Delaware are projecting revenue losses if the Keystone state allows up to 61,000 slot machines at parlors - read more »
Eyman has signatures ready to submit for gambling initiative - 28 June 2004
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman will head to the Secretary of State's Office triumphantly Monday morning, with about 235,000 signatures for his Initiative 892.The measure, sure to be one of the hardest-fought campaigns this fall, would expand gambling and use the tax revenue to lower property taxes.It takes about 198,000 v - read more »

July 2004

Macau opens new resort and casino - 05 July 2004
The glamor of Macau's gaming market was centered on the Galaxy Waldo Hotel yesterday, which became the newest-opened casino in Macau.Owned by the Hong Kong-based Galaxy Resort and Casino, the Galaxy Waldo Hotel is situated not far from the Las Vegas Sands, which was opened in May as the first foreign-invested casino in - 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 »
Emerson Casino Opens To Mixed Feelings - 12 July 2004
Residents who live near the newly opened casino on the Winnebago Tribe's reservation here are offering varied opinions about the new operation.Some are in support of the gambling venture, saying the Iron Horse Bar and Casino will bring more people and jobs to this northeast Nebraska town. Others have said the casino wi - read more »
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 »

August 2004

Casino faces suit over stolen $1m - 27 August 2004
An energy company may sue Melbourne's Crown Casino to recover $800,000 gambled away by a high-rolling former manager, a court heard today.Wayne John Seiler stole $1.04 million from electricity and gas provider TXU while working as a financial manager last year, the Victorian County Court heard.Over eight months, Seiler - read more »
Package Of Four Casino Gambling Measures Put On Nov. 2 Ballot - 21 August 2004
A second casino gambling proposal will be on the Nov. 2 ballot, the secretary of state's office verified Friday.Petition circulators had gathered enough valid signatures to put the four-part proposal before the voters, officials said.It will compete with a legislative plan to legalize two casinos anywhere in the state. - read more »
Munster rejects Ho-Chunk casino - 31 August 2004
The Munster Town Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the proposed Ho-Chunk casino in Lynwood. Town officials were presented with two resolutions for their consideration, one limiting the town's interest to the casino's potential economic impact and the other exploring broader issues, including t - read more »
Tribal casino resort proposed near Gilroy - 28 August 2004
A tiny Indian tribe from the Central Valley and a San Jose-based investment group are pitching a giant casino resort south of Gilroy, hoping to exploit a 250-mile long corridor along California's central coast where they would face no competition.The investors and their attorneys have met in recent weeks with several S - read more »

September 2004

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 »
Tulalips tell how casinos benefit other area tribes - 30 September 2004
Before the gambling began at Quil Ceda Creek Casino's grand opening party Tuesday for Tulalip Tribes members, tribal officials paid tribute to those responsible for making it possible to open a second casino."We are honoring and recognizing the tribes that we have partnerships with and honoring and thanking our people - read more »
County objects to Kenosha casino - 08 September 2004
In a move consistent with county policy for several years, Lake County officials are reiterating their objections to the location of a proposed Indian casino in Kenosha.County Board Chairman Suzi Schmidt listed the county's objections to the proposal in a Sept. 2 letter to the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of In - read more »
Casino backers continue fight in Rockaway Beach - 16 September 2004
Backers of a plan to bring a casino to this tiny southwest Missouri town are meeting Thursday to begin work on a new campaign, a month after they were dealt a huge blow with the defeat of a constitutional amendment to set the process in motion.Members of the town's gambling committee planned a public meeting to talk ov - read more »

October 2004

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 »
Gambling shakeup to allow mega-casinos - 19 October 2004
The government today published its contentious gambling bill, which ministers say will regulate "socially responsible" gambling but critics claim will see new mega-casinos cause an increase in addiction.The bill will for the first time regulate online gambling, create a new regulator for the industry and allow unlimite - read more »
CelebPoker Announces the Arrival of Their Spectacular New Celebrity Poker Room Software - 11 October 2004
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£2.5m jackpots on the way - 28 October 2004
New London casinos could pay out slot machine jackpots of up to £2.5 million, it emerged today. The US firm proposing a mega-casino for Wembley said its development would include the high-paying fruit machines. The news piled fresh pressure on Tony Blair over his controversial Gambling Bill. Caesar's Entertainment spok - read more »

November 2004

$215 million budget eyed for Joliet - 23 November 2004
Joliet's $215 million budget for 2005 reflects an expanding local economy and an improving national economy, the city council was told Monday."It's a very positive budget," said city manager John Mezera. "From our standpoint, we see that the economy is good, it's improving, and that will result in additional revenue fo - read more »
Porn Stars Sought For Mainstream Cable Project - 14 November 2004
Porn Star Poker is the name of a mainstream television series being developed by multiple AVN Award winning adult director Nic Cramer and photographer Scott St. James that will showcase adult performers and personalities playing poker. Each episode will see five players compete, all either an Adult performer or an Adul - 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 »
BetonSports shares drop by 50% - 24 November 2004
BetonSports was left reeling today when its value fell by around US$100m as investors bailed out on the back of a profit warning. Shares in the publicly listed sportsbook nosedived as the company warned of a significant drop in profits for the last six months of 2004.And nervous investors caused the share price to dro - read more »

December 2004

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 »
Bravo Deals Aces for the 5th Tournament of hit show 'Celebrity Poker Showdown' - 23 December 2004
Beginning Tuesday, January 25 (8:00-10:00 pm ET), Bravo's hit original series "Celebrity Poker Showdown" will return on a new night with an all new tournament featuring twenty-five stars competing for $250,000 for charity. The tournament will consist of six two-hour episodes. The new season will again be hosted by Dave - read more »
Mirage - Mandalay merger moves ahead - 13 December 2004
Shareholders of Mandalay Resort Group approved MGM Mirage Inc.'s takeover of Mandalay 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 purchase Mand - 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 »