Gambling News Archives 2005

January 2005

Is an Online Poker Room or Casino a Realistic Alternative to a Land Based Casino or Card Room? - 13 January 2005
When you visit, you'll see it is unlike most other online gambling portals. You won't find any popup ads and you're not bombarded by dozens of large flashing banners or free money announcements. What you will find is truthful information and links to the very best online casinos and online poker rooms on - read more »
New Player Wins $265K Bermuda Poker Jackpot at - 26 January 2005
What a way for player Jonathan M to start 2005. On New Years Day he hit the jackpot playing Bermuda Poker and won a total of $265,099.85 at the poker table!“It hasn't really sunk in yet,” said Jonathan in amazement. “I'm not sure what to do with a huge chunk of cash like this. I gu - read more »
Full House Entertainment Launches New Poker Software - 31 January 2005
Full House Entertainment, the newest player in software development for Internet gaming and the e-commerce industries, is pleased to announce the beta launch of its Multiplayer poker system on February 1st, Full House Poker® V-1.3."Poker is growing at an astonishing rate, we are absolutely delighted to have reached thi - read more » Takes 100 millionth Bet - 22 January 2005
Texan's successful bet marks milestone for leading US online gaming companyA sports enthusiast from Texas had no idea that when he placed his wager last week, he had not only made a successful bet, but had also made history as's 100 millionth wager, a first in US online gaming."We're taking an average of - read more »

February 2005

Poker on TV has been worth gamble - 25 February 2005
Today, it's virtually impossible to flip around the television dial without seeing someone playing poker. There are probably execs at the Food Network taking meetings about a poker spinoff so fry-cook Emeril Lagasse can say "Bam!" when he hits an inside straight. If the high-tone Bravo network can sell a celebrity poke - read more »
Prize Pools for Online Tournaments Reach the Six-Figure Range - 23 February 2005
Poker online freeroll tournaments are a huge way to leverage a player's way into major tournaments and to win big money at no cost to the player. Casinos and poker rooms offer them to reward active players and to recruit new ones. Generally by playing a number of hands using real money, invitations are extended to play - read more »
Poker games attract full house - 18 February 2005
Poker great Doyle Brunson once referred to Texas Hold ' Em as the Cadillac of all poker games. It ' s been said to be a game that takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. The rules are simple enough: Everyone is dealt two cards face down. There ' s a round of betting. Next, the dealer flips over three face-up - read more »
It All Comes Down to the Grand Finale Table of Six in GSN's Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes - 28 February 2005
The name calling has been done, sarcastic punches thrown, and the men have won every single previous match in the series -- it all comes down to the final table of six players in GSN's POKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES where on Friday, March 4 at 9:00PM ET/PT one gender will prove once and for all who is better skilled - read more »

March 2005

Nautica Charity Poker Festivals Bring Texas Hold 'Em to Cleveland This Summer - 21 March 2005
Plans are underway for a series of weekly Charity Festivals that will bring poker, including Texas Hold 'Em, to the Nautica Entertainment Complex on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio this summer. The Nautica Charity Poker Festivals will consist of up to 12 four-day festivals operated by different c - read more »
Pacific Poker Room Promotions Announces March Madness $1,000,000 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament - 24 March 2005
On March 26th Pacific Poker will host one of the largest tournaments in the history of online poker. See for full details on the tournament. The prize pool will be a guaranteed $1,000,000 for this no limit texas holdem poker tournament. Even if you are too late for the tournament, drop by an - read more »
Andrew Beveridge, Chief Executive of the international regulatory body eCOGRA spoke out today on the recent discovery that the Gambling Federation Group software download had for some months included a covert element of malicious software (malware) designed to block users from the sites of competitors."eCOGRA believes - read more »
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi Wins See-Saw Heads-Up Battle at L.A. Poker Classic - 09 March 2005
World Poker Tour Insider (, the leading source in World Poker Tour coverage, was on site for the L.A. Poker Classic, the 11th stop of the third season of the World Poker Tour.Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi outlasted a field of 538 players to win the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold'em World - read more »

April 2005

Wynn’s new Vegas casino sparks gaming rivalry - 01 April 2005
When Wynn Las Vegas opens its well-guarded doors next month, Las Vegas's first new resort in five years is likely to set off a rivalry between casinos catering to elite high rollers.Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s new $2.7 billion glass-sheathed resort -- already a television commercial staple -- is gaming impresario Steve Wynn's - read more »
Gaming Corporation PLC UK Regulatory Announcement: Acquisition of - 06 April 2005
The Board of Gaming Corporation plc ("Gaming Corp" or "the Company"), the owner of the UK's number 1 gaming site, announces the acquisition of, a leading international Gaming portal.Got2Bet is one of the most recognized and innovative online gambling portals. Established in March 2000, Got2 - read more »
Wynn Las Vegas Resort to Debut at Midnight - 28 April 2005
Construction crews were hurriedly laying fake sod in front of the real trees around Wynn Las Vegas, the Strip's first new casino resort in five years on Wednesday as it readied for a midnight debut. Located toward the north end of the fabled gambling corridor, the $2.7 billion curved bronze tower is the latest project - read more »
Hong Kong's Lui Plans Publicly Traded Casino Operator - 19 April 2005
Hong Kong tycoon Lui Che-woo plans to turn his K. Wah Construction Materials Ltd. into the city's first publicly traded casino operator by selling a Macau venture to the company for HK$18.4 billion ($2.4 billion). K. Wah plans to pay shareholders led by the Lui family new shares and debt securities for Galaxy Casino SA - read more »

May 2005

Has Picked a Winner? - 30 May 2005
Chuck Champion, CEO of, has a dream: He wants to revive off-track betting on horse racing as a thriving Internet business. He's out to clean up the gaming industry's image, too. Unlike the many gaming and bookmaking Web sites that find homes overseas to avoid U.S. regulations, Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Yo - read more »
Wynn's new $2.7 billion Las Vegas hotel opens - 01 May 2005
Gambling impresario Steve Wynn has finally delivered. His $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas debuted early Thursday morning to hundreds of eager people clamoring to get the first glimpse of this city's newest attraction and the most expensive megaresort ever built here.They fanned out everywhere after the doors opened, swarmi - read more »
Online Poker Regulation, an Urgent Call by State Representative Jim Kasper (R-Fargo): Why Not North Dakota and Why Not Now? - 20 May 2005
Many industry experts estimate there are between 40 and 50 Million Americans currently playing poker recreationally, offline. Let's stop right there for one second, sip on that… between 40 and 50 million people! The U.S. total population comprehends a little over 291 Million people; that tells you that a whooping 17% o - read more »
4,500 college students vie for poker gold - 15 May 2005
Alisha Backus, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Illinois at Springfield, faces an important exam: the College Poker Championship semifinals.She's one of some 4,500 students who will be in front of their computers Sunday trying to make the cut in an online poker competition that began eight months ago, the Ch - read more »

June 2005

U.S. Box Office Hits Longest Modern Slump - 27 June 2005
"Batman Begins" took in $26.8 million to remain the top movie for the second straight weekend, but it could not keep Hollywood from sinking to its longest modern box-office slump. Overall business tumbled despite a rush of familiar new titles - "Bewitched," a "Love Bug" update and the latest zombie tale from director G - read more »
The Joke Is on the Pros as GSN Antes Up the Fourth Installment of 'POKER ROYALE: COMEDIANS VS. PROS' - 01 June 2005
GSN will premiere the fourth installment of its POKER ROYALE franchise when POKER ROYALE: COMEDIANS VS. PROS airs on Friday, July 8 at 9:00PM ET/PT. The 12 episode series includes ten preliminary matches, one wild card round, and a two-hour grand finale where the winner receives $50,000, a POKER ROYALE bracelet and tro - read more »
Eyes Down For UK Bingo Wars - 06 June 2005, the UK's leading bingo site, where members play alongside each other just like in a bingo hall - was launched last August and its players are already claiming £35,000 of prizes every day. Now Gala Bingo, Virgin and Yahoo have announced they too will be running bingo online, with Mecca expected to follow - read more »
Poker nation: Texas Hold 'Em is the hottest game around - 12 June 2005
RW Bishop, a 43-year-old Lynnwood man who remodels houses, officiates high-school basketball games in his spare time and used to teach Sunday school, surveys the two cards in his hand, then slowly but confidently pushes all his chips forward."I'm all in," he says, repeating a phrase that may come to define this decade - read more »

July 2005

Full Tilt Poker's Representatives Rake in the Dough at the World Series of Poker - 08 July 2005
The professional poker players representing have been dominating the competition at the World Series of Poker, banking a total of $3,599,766 through the first 26 open events, or a stunning 10.2% of the total $35,233,448 prize pool awarded so far. Making those numbers even more impressive is that F - read more »
Former Australian chiropractor cashes in to the tune of $7.5 millon - 17 July 2005
The sun set, the sun rose and still they played, caution trumping bravery, adrenaline fighting off fatigue, rare moments of drama breaking through the tedium, the chip lead shifting for nearly 14 hours at the 36th World Series of Poker -- the longest final table in tournament history for the richest prize.Nine players - read more »
European gambling restrictions doomed to fall - 11 July 2005
A BATTLE is unfolding in courts across Europe for control of the multi-billion-euro gambling market, pitting gaming companies against governments anxious to safeguard revenues from national lotteries. At stake is the European gambler's euro in a rapidly-growing market with turnover of over $100 billion per year. Expert - read more »
Gaming Corporation Launches New Casino - 21 July 2005
Gaming Corporation plc ('Gaming Corp' or 'the Company'), the number 1 gamingportal operator and owner of both and, todayannounces it has signed a deal with Virtue Fusion, the casino software developerto provide a multiplatform casino solution available both online and on mobiledevices. - read more »

August 2005

Permira to Buy Gala Stake, Invest 200 Million Pounds - 19 August 2005
Permira Advisers Ltd., a U.K. buyout fund, will purchase a stake in Gala Group Holdings Plc in a transaction valuing the casino and bingo-hall operator at 1.89 billion pounds ($3.39 billion). Permira will invest about 200 million pounds to become a joint owner of Nottingham, England-based Gala with Candover Investments - read more »
Gamble Online Gaming Companies Gamble on Stocks: An Editorial - 08 August 2005
When one stops to really think about it, there really is not much difference between purchasing stocks than an Internet sports wager; online poker game or online casino play: its all a gamble. The recent trend toward online gaming companies and their affiliation with worldwide stock exchanges further legitimatize what - read more »
Committee ushers Mega Millions bill past first obstacle - 17 August 2005
A Senate committee, on a bipartisan vote, approved a measure Tuesday to legalize California's participation in Mega Millions lotto - without the testimony of lottery officials who maintain the multistate game is already legal. "They had the audacity not to show up," said Sen. Dean Florez, a Bakersfield-area Democrat wh - read more »
"A Fantastic Event" Report on the CelebPoker Palm Beach Classic Tournament - 10 August 2005
What a smashing success CelebPoker's Palm Beach Classic turned out to be! Applications from celebrities, professionals and just plain players poured in, and by the start-time it was over-subscribed. In the end, 125 of the 140 who wanted to play were squeezed into the plush Mayfair casino, with priority given to the 25 - read more »

September 2005

Casino Chief Heads Clothing Drive for Hurricane Victims in Waveland, Lake Shore, and Bay St. Louis Mississippi - 16 September 2005
After witnessing first hand the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Silver Slipper CEO and project developer Paul Alanis returned to his home in Pasadena California and immediately began a clothing drive for the residents of Hancock County. According to Alanis, "when I saw the devastation for myself, I was speechl - read more »
Essex Grandmother Wins £200,000 with a 40 pence Bet at - 14 September 2005
Rita, a retired-post office worker, first visited the online casino at over eighteen months ago. She started by playing for fun with fake money, before depositing cash to bet with. On Thursday night, after her husband and her son had already gone to bed, Rita logged on to her computer, went to coralc - read more »
$10,000 Is Up for Grabs at, the Fastest Growing Poker Room Online - 15 September 2005
On Thursday, September 15 at 9 p.m. EDT (1 a.m. GMT), a Bounty tournament will take place at The players to beat this week include legendary Doyle Brunson, the "Mad Genius of Poker" Mike Caro and World Series of Poker Champion Todd Brunson. Each one of them has a price on their heads. If one player mana - read more »
Sports Betting Web Site to Donate a Portion of Pro Football Betting Deposits to Hurricane Katrina Relief - 25 September 2005
IGOT Gaming Group is donating 10% of all deposits made for pro football betting this weekend to aid in hurricane Katrina relief. IGG hopes customers will bet at to increase the donation. Through September 26, sports bettors can donate to Katrina relief, simply by betting on pro football at igotsports - read more »

October 2005

Harrah's Announces 2006 World Series of Poker Schedule - 25 October 2005
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. today announced the schedule for the 2006 World Series of Poker. Harrah's will stage the world's richest poker tournament at its Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the second year in a row.Satellites and live action begins June 25, 2006, and the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championsh - read more »
Carnegie Mellon University Student Wins Tuition in Absolute Poker's Free 'Win Your Tuition' Tournament - 29 October 2005
Jeremy Olisar, a 21 year-old Carnegie Mellon University student has won Absolute Poker's free "Win Your Tuition" tournament. To compete in the online tournament, which ended mid October, students only needed proof of enrollment for fall 2005 semester, be in good standing with their school, and have access to a computer - read more »
Hollywood Sportsbook Features Odds on NFL Game Between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on October 9, 2005 - 06 October 2005
Hollywood Sportsbook features odds on the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on October 09th 2005! This Sunday's matchup between the Patriots and Falcons is an important game for two teams that entered the 2005 season with the highest of expectations. The England Patriots are still one of - read more »
AusVegas Slots Goes To New Frontiers - 22 October 2005
AusVegas Online Casino has a reputation for providing great experiences for its online players by offering first class customer service and unique slots. The casino is now taking its players to new frontiers in its latest adventure slot, 20 000 Leagues. 20,000 Leagues is a 5 Reel 20 line slot game that will see players - read more »

November 2005

Leonardo DiCaprio and Many Other Celebrities Were On Hand to Honor the Legendary Doyle Brunson - 04 November 2005
Las Vegas' hottest new nightclub, Light -- situated at the plush Bellagio Hotel & Casino -- played host to the first ever player appreciation party, honoring the legendary poker great: Doyle Brunson.The mood was set for an electrifying evening on October 17th, 2005 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada - read more »
Casinos set dates to reopen - 26 November 2005
A vastly upgraded Imperial Palace will be the first of three Gulf casinos expected to reopen by the end of the year.In addition to the Imperial Palace, reopening dates have been set for the Isle of Capri and the Palace Casino in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The storm, which struck Aug. 29, damaged or destroyed most o - read more »
Sportingbet CEO: US Should Tax Online Gaming - 19 November 2005
Online gaming is licenced and taxed in 63 countries worldwide and the United States should be taking advantage of this $10 Billion market, said Nigel Payne, Chief Executive of Sportingbet PLC, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday November 20th on CBS 60 Minutes. Sportingbet operates a number of brands, the largest of - read more »
PartyGaming regains float price after poker scare - 30 November 2005
Shares in the world's biggest online poker operator PartyGaming regained their float price on Tuesday, 13 weeks after its warning on poker growth knocked over 3 billion pounds from its market value.Shares in the company were up 6.9 percent at 117 pence at 3:19 British time, having floated at 116p.After a high-profile - read more »

December 2005

City links casino to sport scheme - 16 December 2005
Cardiff council has made an official bid for a "super" casino to be built in the city. If the plans are given the go-ahead, the casino development would prompt early large scale investment into the £700m sports village, the council said. The authority warned that if the casino plan was turned down, the sports plans wou - read more »
Century Casinos Announces UK Casino Project - 19 December 2005
In its first move into the UK, Century Casinos, Inc. today announced plans to develop and operate a casino in Croydon, greater London, UK.Century Casinos' partner in the project is the Westmead Business Group Limited, owner and operator of the Airport House and the Aerodrome Hotel in Croydon. The project will comprise - read more »
Charlize Bonding With 007 - 05 December 2005
If the latest rumours are to be believed, 007's producers are casting a Hollywood heavyweight as the next Bond girl.After feisty Halle Berry proved popular in the last Bond film, another Oscar winner is being lined up to add class to the franchise.According to the Daily Mirror, Charlize Theron - who won her Academy Awa - read more »
Kiwi Bingo Launches Multi Window Support, Slots Auto Play and Three Brand New Games - 05 December 2005
All the familiar features that have been continually attracting players both new to online bingo and regular players alike are still there, along with some exciting new ones.“Kiwi Bingo has long been considered the best place to play bingo online.” commented Kiwi Gaming management. “This update represents our commitmen - read more »