Gambling News Archives 2004

January 2004


Kenosha casino may create 6,000 jobs - 21 January 2004
A proposed Menominee tribal casino development in Kenosha would be the state's biggest grossing gambling hall, generating up to 6,000 new jobs and $500 million in annual economic impact, tribal officials said Tuesday.The Kenosha casino alone would generate $350 million to $450 million a year, the tribe said, making the - read more »
Coalition launches gambling petitions - 15 January 2004
A coalition of groups launched three petition drives Wednesday aimed at allowing casino and video gambling in Nebraska.The group, called Keep the Money in Nebraska, filed the proposed petitions with the Secretary of State's office.The coalition is made of the business people, local communities, the horse racing industr - read more »
Billionaire Gives Up Emerald Casino Claim for Settlement - 30 January 2004
A California billionaire who accused Emerald Casino executives of reneging on a handshake deal to own part of a Rosemont gambling venture with Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois has agreed to accept $650,000 to walk away from his claim. Top Emerald shareholders Kevin and Donald Flynn -- not their company -- - read more »
Greyhound tracks in £270m takeover - 30 January 2004
One of the world's largest casino firms has made a bid to take over six UK greyhound stadiums. The grounds at Portsmouth, Oxford, Wimbledon, Manchester and Hall Green and Perry Barr in Birmingham could be sold to the American-based company MGM Mirage as part of a £270m takeover of the leisure group Wembley plc. The dea - read more »

February 2004


Casino foes eye racino issue - 07 February 2004
For the Maine Harness Racing Commission , this week brought a number of new issues to the forefront, chief among them a request for legal standing from a statewide anti-gambling group.This and other issues related to a proposed racino in Bangor have added to the panel's already complicated task.At issue is the fate of - 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 »
Coast Casinos Merges With Boyd Gaming - 10 February 2004
A billion dollar merger is in the works here in Southern Nevada. Boyd Gaming is acquiring Coast Casinos. It will make the company the largest "locals" gaming company. Everyone wants to control the locals market, or at least have a piece of it. Experts say part of the reason this merger happened is because the locals ma - read more »
Gambling foes say casinos' contributions come at a price - 04 February 2004
Groups that redistribute millions of dollars of Iowa's casino profits to charities and nonprofit groups are touting the contributions they make to local communities, but opponents of expanding the gambling industry say that charity is coming at a price.By law, groups that hold gaming licenses are required to dole out t - read more »

March 2004


Gambling reform tops forum discussion - 01 March 2004
Rep. Dave Heaton urged fellow lawmakers Saturday to refrain from increasing Iowa's cigarette tax until next year, when the state may be hit by a huge Medicaid bill. Speaking at a public forum sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce at Iowa Wesleyan College, Heaton, R-Mount Pleasant, said changing federal po - read more »
Two States Trying to Keep Gambling Money at Home - 22 March 2004
People in this riverfront town say Maryland is losing money hand over fist to bandits in neighboring states. The one-armed kind, that is. For years, they have watched Maryland residents trek through on their way to horse tracks in Delaware, where slot machines buzz, clatter and ring with the sounds of cash all day long - read more »
Senate panel deals setback to more gaming licenses - 24 March 2004
Iowa communities hoping to land new riverboat casinos were dealt a setback Tuesday by a Senate panel as it approved a major gambling bill.The Senate State Government Committee rejected a bid by new casino backers that would have paved the way for as many as five additional riverboats in Iowa. But local casino boosters - read more »
Vilsack and legislative leaders are confident of gambling settlement - 30 March 2004
Gov. Tom Vilsack and legislative leaders remained optimistic Monday that a settlement on tax issues with the gaming industry can be reached in the next two weeks, but none would predict whether gambling expansion will be a part of a final gambling bill.The governor said he believes the Legislature, after working on the - read more »

April 2004


Casinos can't match record highs - 21 April 2004
Total gambling revenue at Northwest Indiana's five casinos reached $105.8 million in March, falling slightly short of February's record $106 million.Results were uneven, with Majestic Star, in Gary, and Blue Chip, in Michigan City, up over February and Harrah's, Horseshoe and Trump down.Hammond's Horseshoe Casino was t - read more »
A Flat No to Slots - 04 April 2004
Marylanders are about to find out just how determined their House of Delegates is to do the financially responsible thing: to say no, unconditionally, to opening the door even a crack to slot-machine gambling in the Free State. Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) already has shown that Maryland need not -- and ou - read more »
Gambling plans raise health concerns - 20 April 2004
Plans to liberalise gambling laws and allow Las Vegas-style casino resorts in Britain risk leaving more people in poverty and suffering from mental health problems, according to a public health expert. Geof Rayner, the chairman of the UK Public Health Association (UKPHA), has warned ministers to seriously consider the - 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


'Wheel' Slot Pays Out $11.2M Jackpot - 25 May 2004
The top prize on the "Wheel of Fortune" television show is a paltry $100,000. Paltry, at least, when compared to the record-breaking $11.2 million "Wheel of Fortune" slot jackpot won at the Golden Nugget last week. A Las Vegas resident who wished to remain anonymous hit the jackpot on the $1 machine, eclipsing the prev - read more »
Horse racing to sweep China - 18 May 2004
At the Beijing Jockey Club, you can wager a good sum on a horse race. Just don't call it betting. China's Communist government forbids gambling, believing it smacks of bourgeois sin and decadence.Government officials, however, allow fans to "guess" on the outcome of horse races.Fans who "guess" which horses will win we - read more »
Casino kings to make Macau `world's No 1' - 07 May 2004
The architect behind the Las Vegas Sands casino in Macau believes the former Portuguese enclave will become the world's biggest tourist attraction by 2009.I can see it happening in five years," Paul Steelman, the 48-year-old president of the Paul Steelman Design Group, said.Modern-day Las Vegas was really built about 1 - read more »
Council postpones decision on possible casino site - 26 May 2004
The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday tabled for two weeks a decision on whether to allow construction of a man-made basin for a speculative casino venture after Secretary of State Eric Clark raised objections.Back Bay Investments wants to create a casino site on uplands on the north side of Back Bay Boulevard. A similar - 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 »
County to share in proceeds generated by slots - 26 June 2004
Gov. Ed Rendell's expanded gambling initiative turned a corner this week when lawmakers agreed Wednesday to draw up legislation in the coming days. Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, R-6, of the Philadelphia area said the plan could generate up to $1 billion in property tax relief for Pennsylvania homeowners. There are plans in pl - 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 »
Casino opponents ask for different judge - 07 June 2004
Opponents of casino gambling in southwest Missouri filed court papers Friday asking for a new judge in their legal fight to block the measure from going to a statewide vote.Earlier this week, opponents filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court seeking to throw the proposed constitutional amendment off the Aug. 3 bal - read more »

July 2004


Canadians buy casinos in state - 08 July 2004
Great Canadian Gaming Corp., the biggest contributor to a campaign to expand gambling in Washington, is raising its stakes in the state by as much as $5.4 million.The casino company based in this Vancouver suburb said yesterday its subsidiary, Great American Gaming Corp., which already owns half-interest in Evergreen E - read more »
Lawmakers differ on impact of slots - 10 July 2004
Last week's passage of legislation authorizing up to 61,000 slot machines in Pennsylvania surprised many in this state known for conservatism on social issues, but not the area's elected representatives in Harrisburg. Similar legislation nearly passed last year, according to State Sen. Terry Punt, R-Waynesboro. He said - 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 »
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 »

August 2004


Ontario puts its money on massive new casino at Niagara Falls - 06 August 2004
I'm sitting in the lobby of the extravagant Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, and I can't quite get over the irony: It took this gleaming goliath to gambling to revive interest in one of the world's true natural wonders. And revive it has. Within a half-mile of this stunning structure have sprouted nearly a dozen other - 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 »
Big fallout seen from $97 million Siena-IGT casino suit - 20 August 2004
In a case that could have major implications in the increasingly technical realm of casino business, a $97 million lawsuit pits a gaming giant and a relative newcomer to the industry.The suit was filed by the owner of the Siena Hotel Spa & Casino in Reno nearly three years ago against Acres Gaming Inc., now a unit of R - read more »
Missouri in line to pass on casinos - 04 August 2004
Hopes for a casino appeared to be slipping away as early election returns Tuesday night showed voters across Missouri rejecting an amendment to the state's constitution to allow a casino in Rockaway Beach.With 48 percent of the vote counted, the amendment was failing 56 percent to 44 percent, according to unofficial re - 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 »
Harrah’s, Caesars to sell four casinos to satisfy regulators - 28 September 2004
Officials for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Inc. on Monday said they agreed to sell four casino hotels to an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC for about $1.24 billion.The sale of Harrah's East Chicago, Harrah's Tunica, Atlantic City Hilton and Bally's Tunica is intended to resolve any antitrust co - read more »
Gambling boats may have to close - 14 September 2004
Casinos along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are taking preliminary precautions as Hurricane Ivan approaches the Gulf of Mexico.Bernie Burkholder, chief executive officer and chairman of Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi, said the casino is open but will be ready if the state gaming commission issues a closure notice."We've ta - read more »
Wells' hand shines as banks play high-stakes Texas poker - 06 September 2004
Bank mergers that were struck in the slow days of summer underscore Wells Fargo's position in the catbird seat, given its dominance in some of the nation's fastest-growing states. In addition to the San Francisco bank's crown jewel -- it's status as California's second-largest bank -- Wells Fargo's strength in states s - read more »

October 2004


Kate goes 'ga-ga' over Blair's casinos bill - 28 October 2004
Northern Ireland's Kate Hoey, the former Sports Minister, has joined a growing group of Labour rebels which will vote against the Government's Bill to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in towns across Britain.Ms Hoey said: "Why do we need all these casinos? It seems crazy. I am going to vote against it. The whole deregulat - read more »
Poker legend Jack Binion to host tournament - 15 October 2004
Jack Binion, the original host of the World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe, has signed on to host the event as well as a recently announced World Series of Poker tournament circuit organized by Harrah's Entertainment Inc.Binion formerly managed Binion's Horseshoe and launched the World Series of Poker before rel - read more »
New Indian Casino - 19 October 2004
A new casino is one step closer to opening in Wyandotte County.The state today announced its gaming compact with the Sac and Fox and Kickapoo tribes. The tribes are set to invest over $200,000,000 into what they call a destination casino.Governor's Sebelius' chief counsel Matt All said, "A destination casino if run the - read more »
Opposing Sides Differ On Profile Of Average Casino Gambler - 09 October 2004
Max Clark and his wife recently planned a whole afternoon at a casino here -- a treat following a doctor's visit across the river in Omaha, Neb.The pair, from Atlantic, Iowa, visit the Council Bluffs casinos about once every two to three months -- with 66-year-old Marlene Clark spending about $40 on slot machines at ea - read more »

November 2004


Lottery shuffles budget, cuts $1 million - 19 November 2004
When Margaret "Peggy" Gordon took over the troubled Colorado Lottery early this year, she examined every contract and questioned every expense. That effort allowed the agency to cut nearly $1 million from its $22.8 million 2005-06 budget request in an era when many agencies are looking for additional funding from the a - 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 »
Hollywood Casino Shreveport Consents to Order for Relief - 02 November 2004
HCS I, Inc., the managing general partner of Hollywood Casino Shreveport (the "Company"), announced today that on October 30, 2004 the Company agreed to entry of an order for relief in the chapter 11 case that has been filed against it and that certain affiliates of the Company commenced voluntary cases under chapter 1 - read more »
Casino boat not in best interest of inlet - 20 November 2004
Murrells Inlet is a small, fragile fishing community. It's a beautiful sight to see all of the different fishing boats as they are put into the water at the public boat landing. It is so peaceful to watch the marshes and water surrounded by beautiful homes and ageless oak trees, Belin Methodist Church seems to be bless - read more »

December 2004


Edward Garruto Named General Manager of Caesars Indiana - 01 December 2004
Edward Garruto, interim general manager of Caesars Indiana, the Midwest's premier riverboat casino resort, has been named general manager of the property. "Ed Garruto is a seasoned casino executive who has held senior management positions at Caesars Indiana since it opened six years ago," said Caesars Entertainment Pre - read more »
New Player Wins $50,000 in sportingbetUSA Fantasy Football - 03 December 2004
Just two days after registering at sportingbetUSA.com, Esequiel Aguirre won the grand prize of $50,000 in the weekly Fantasy Football Contest. He is the first player to win this grand prize since the contest was launched two years ago. For its popular Fantasy Football Contest, SportingbetUSA.com selects 50 football pla - read more »
Super-casinos to ease in on Sewel motion - 08 December 2004
The vexed issue of gambling reform and the creation of so-called super-casinos is to be pushed through the Scottish Parliament on a Sewel motion with the minimum of consultation, it was agreed yesterday.The transport and local government committee voted five to three to call only a minister to give evidence, rather tha - 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 »