Gambling News Archives 2005

January 2005

Microgaming starts a new year with a new website - 25 January 2005
Microgaming, the world leader in online casino and poker software, announced today the opening of its new corporate Head Office in the Isle of Man and the launch of its new look website. The announcement marks the completion of a strategic restructuring begun in 2004 to better support Microgaming's expanding business. - read more »
Roulette Strategy Inventor - Gambling Genius or Extreme Lucky? - 12 January 2005
Only a few weeks ago since professional roulette player and roulette strategy creator Kim Larsen also known as Vegasdude re-launched his website uncovering how he has been making a fortune literally robbing the casinos legally for years playing roulette and how any one else can do it by foll - read more »
Lawmaker pushes review of French Lick casino plans - 05 January 2005
In a move that could spell trouble for the French Lick casino, state lawmakers will review the project's progress and the state's decision to award the license to Donald Trump's company.Indiana Rep. Robert Alderman, chairman of the House Public Policy and Veterans Affairs Committee, on Tuesday said he's concerned about - read more »
Bodog Announces Bodog Bowl for Auburn and USC - 05 January 2005 Sports Casino Poker(TM) is still awaiting answer from NCAA Director Myles Brand regarding the $50 million Bodog Bowl. With USC handing the University of Oklahoma its first loss this season in the Orange Bowl, the Bodog Bowl would involve #1 USC vs. #3 ranked Auburn to determine the true NCAA National Champion - read more »

February 2005

Internet poker bill mulled - 02 February 2005
Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, wants poker played over the Internet to be defined in the state Constitution as a game of skill rather than gambling."I submit to you that poker is much different than gambling," Kasper told the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. "The skill is what you do with what you are given."Kasper is hop - read more »
PokerSchool.Com is for Sale - 18 February 2005
Long used as the top-producing affiliate for PokerSchoolOnline.Com, the domain name “PokerSchool.Com“ is going to be placed for sale by owner. Poker, casino, and gambling website owners should take note.There is no better virtual real estate for an internet-based poker school, and with its history and type in value, it - read more » Releases New Betting Exchange for Online Gambling - 22 February 2005
Silva's Global Entertainment, SA, a company settled in Costa Rica and formed by European entrepreneurs with several years of experience as punters, announces the launch of the new betting exchange BetFit, available at Betfit's present goal is to attract clients of the traditional sportsbooks who underst - 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 »

March 2005

Steve Wynn returns to the Strip - 13 March 2005
Master casino-builder Steve Wynn becomes a player on the Las Vegas Strip again when his $2.6-billion, 217-acre resort opens in late April on the site of the former Desert Inn.Wynn Las Vegas -- a gracefully curving 50-story bronze tower surrounded by a man-made mountain, lake and golf course -- debuts April 28, marking - read more »
Online Bookmakers Unanimous Over Anwar Robinson, but American Idol Contestants Bice and Turner Making Headway - 21 March 2005
American Idol may enjoy huge ratings success, but betting on the show hasn't exactly caught on like wildfire just yet., which regularly monitors wagering popularity on specific events, has noticed very little interest. Compare this with the over one million dollars wagered on both the 2004 Elections and 2 - read more »
Live Multiplayer Poker Goes All-In On Your Cell Phone With Maui Texas Hold'em - 31 March 2005
Capitalizing on the growing popularity of mobile games and online poker, Mobile Pioneer, Inc. today announced the release of a "no limit" version of Maui Texas Hold'em, its mobile multiplayer poker game. As seen on TV, no limit games allow players to "go all in" -- bet all their money -- at any point in the game. Maui - read more »
Packer, Ho in Macau casino deal - 22 March 2005
Australia's richest man Kerry Packer and Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho have stepped up their push into Asia's casino market after taking control of casino development company Great Wonders Investments.Under the deal, Packer's Australian-listed company Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (PBL) -- along with its joint vent - read more »

April 2005

Gala considering possible IPO - 08 April 2005
British casino and bingo operator Gala Group has met banks to get advice on a possible initial public offering, the latest in a stream of betting firms planning to go public, industry sources say. "Gala is looking at bankers to advise on strategic options including an IPO," one source told Reuters on Friday. However, t - read more »
Gaming Corporation plc Launches Mobile Gaming Service with Orange - 05 April 2005
Gaming Corporation plc, the owner of the UK's number 1 gaming website, announces that it has signed a contract with Orange, to launch a fully interactive mobile cash gaming service on the Orange World WAP portal. This service is due to be launched this month. The service which has been developed over t - read more » Brands World's First Human Billboard for Poker - 23 April 2005 announced today that one of their members will be paid $3000 U.S. for a TatAD of the logo. The TatAD member, who goes by the name SEEKNWSOP, (Seeking World Series of Poker) stated “If I'm not playing in a tournament, a poker night, or in a club, I'm online playing at It's - read more »
2005 World Poker Tour - 20 April 2005
This week, six poker players will be battling for a first prize of $1,770,218 at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Tour Classic Event.The World Poker Tour travels all over the world and arrange big money poker tournaments for the best poker players in the World. The Travel Channel broadcasted the first event in Mar - read more »

May 2005

Vinnie Jones and Celebrities Online Poker Showdown to Aid SPARKS - 23 May 2005
SPARKS has teamed up with Getminted to bring you a celebrity online poker night which will take place on Tues., May 24th at 8 p.m. Vinnie Jones and a host of celebrities are in preparation for this fun-packed poker challenge with the aim of raising thousands of pounds for SPARKS charity in the process. And you too can - read more »
France close to allowing online casino gambling - 04 May 2005
Online Casino gambling has long been popular in Europe. In some respects the online casino legislation may change sooner in Europe and the UK than in the US. French online casinos are no exception to this rule. The French online casino business has been in full swing for several years. It is estimated that the French g - read more »
$22.5 million LOTTO Super 7 jackpot - 06 May 2005
LOTTO SUPER 7 bonus draws continue with tonight's jackpot at $22.5 million! Over the last four weeks this series of bonus draws has offered jackpots of $12.5 million, $15 million, $17.5 million, $20 million and now tonight's big $22.5 million prize. Players can purchase tickets at authorized Ontario Lottery and Gaming - read more »
Top Poker Player Tony G Named CEO of Poker Champs Online Poker Room - 30 May 2005
Antanas Guoga, known in the poker world as Tony G was named the CEO of online poker room Poker Champs ( today, in a move that was welcomed by shareholders.Poker Champs is the online home of Gus Hansen, and Gus personally helped develop, and plan the site. Gus had this to say about Tony's appo - read more »

June 2005

PartyGaming Seeks $2 Billion in IPO Amid U.S. Concern - 24 June 2005
PartyGaming Plc, the world's largest online poker operator, is testing the willingness of European investors to bet against the U.S. Department of Justice. The operator of the PartyPoker Web site, which plans to raise 1.1 billion pounds ($2 billion) in an initial public offering in London next week, makes 87 percent of - read more »
U.S. irked by PartyGaming's British IPO - 17 June 2005
The U.S. Justice Department is advising British finance officials the principals behind an upcoming initial public offering are subject to U.S. prosecution.Ruth Parasol, a New York lawyer and daughter of a massage parlor tycoon, her husband and two Indian computer experts are behind PartyGaming's planned June 27 IPO, e - read more »
PartyGaming confirms IPO price range at 111-127p/share - 15 June 2005
PartyGaming PLC, the world's largest internet poker company, has confirmed the price range for its planned initial public offering at 111-127 pence.At the mid-point of this range a market capitalisation of approximately 4.76 bln stg is implied for the Gibraltar-based group, giving it a FTSE 100 index listing.However, t - read more »
Gaming Partners Affiliate Network Introduces CPA Compensation & Eliminates Negative Rollover - 01 June 2005
Gaming Partners, a leading affiliate program in the online gaming industry, offers its affiliates a new revenue earning option with the June 1, 2005 launch of its CPA compensation model. This new CPA (or Cost-Per-Acquisition) compensation opportunity nets affiliates one-time payments of up to $300 for casino players an - read more »

July 2005

Casino firm Stanley Leisure profit down 4 pct - 18 July 2005
Stanley Leisure posted a 4 percent fall in underlying annual profit on Monday as unfavourable sporting results at its recently sold betting operations offset strong trading at its casinos.The firm, which sold its betting shops to rival William Hill in June, said its casinos were trading satisfactorily so far in its new - read more »
Poker Professional Kristy Gazes Wins $250,000 at the FullTiltPoker.Net Championship at Wynn Las Vegas - 15 July 2005
Kristy Gazes won the FullTiltPoker.Net Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in dramatic fashion by defeating five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ted Forrest after nearly four hours of live tournament play on FOX Sports Net.Gazes, a representative of, collected $250,000 of a $500,000 prize po - read more »
Black Dog Promotions Launches Desert Poker Club - 27 July 2005
Black Dog Promotions announced that it has launched its poker promotion service, Desert Poker Club ( The Desert Poker Club will become the official destination for all poker events in Arizona and the southwest. The site will keep poker players and fans up to date on the latest tournaments, semi - read more » to be Exclusive Sponsor of New ITV Celebrity Show All Star Poker Challenge - 28 July 2005
Sportech is pleased to announce that its subsidiary,, is the exclusive sponsor of the new ITV Celebrity show, All Star Poker Challenge.The sponsorship extends to the show's related website The promotion includes programme idents at the start and end of each programme slot and exclusi - read more »

August 2005

Gaming board to consider licenses for Bangor racino - 19 August 2005
Maine gambling regulators on Thursday are to decide whether to grant final licenses to allow slot machines in Bangor.The Gambling Control Board was to hear the results of background checks on Penn National Gaming Inc., which is seeking a license to operate slots. The board was also to review the suitability of Nevada-b - read more »
Wynn Resorts reports highest room rates on Strip in second quarter - 03 August 2005
After opening April 28 with a blistering first five weeks, the $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas megaresort reported quarterly results late Monday that were more in line with what analysts had been expecting. Wynn Las Vegas reported a loss of $35.2 million in its first 64 days of operation after paying $43.4 million in pre-o - read more »
"A Fantastic Event" Report on the CelebPoker Palm Beach Classic Tournament, July 30/31, 2005 - 04 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 »
Sun Vegas Internet Casino Gets a Revamp - 06 August 2005
August 2005 sees Sun Vegas Internet Casino revamped with a new-look site and a host of new features to accommodate the growing number of online casino players. Part of the Vegas Partner Lounge group of online casinos, Sun Vegas is a well-respected gaming location renowned for its superior service and generous bonuses. - read more »

September 2005

Gaming firm down in morning trade - 29 September 2005
Online gaming firm 888 has seen its shares fall by 3.5p in London trade, after launching at 175 pence, a price valuing it at around £590m ($1bn). Institutional dealers started trade on Thursday, with full trading on Monday. The firm is the latest to come to market, although confidence in the sector was recently hit whe - read more »
Bluff Magazine Reaches 5 million New Readers through - 19 September 2005 and Bluff Magazine, the market leading poker magazine worldwide, have signed a deal to showcase content on's online poker, the largest men's portal on the Web, reaches over 5 million unique readers a month. That audience will now have access to Bluff Magazine's collection of cel - read more » Opens with $800,000 in Daily Tournaments - 05 September 2005
Among the many weapons available to the vast amount of online poker rooms which are currently battling for the attention of the world's poker fans one of the most popular is guaranteed tournaments. These are tournaments with varying buy-in but which have two things in common. First of all they are as most live as well - 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

New Site,, Offers Sports Fans First Online Professional Sports Forecasting Service - 02 October 2005
Orion Data Analysis Corporation (ODAC) announces the successful launch of, the first online sports forecasting service that enables people to see the results of 10,000 simulated games before the actual game is played. was launched at the beginning of the 2005 professional football season. Th - read more »
Connecticut Produces Another American DreamCard™ Sweepstakes Jackpot Winner - 19 October 2005
The American DreamCard™ MasterCard® Sweepstakes winner for June has claimed his prize. Richard Kearney, a cardholder since November 2004 and a Middleton city employee, is the second American DreamCard sweepstakes winner from Connecticut. Richard said, “This has been the luckiest year of my life. I bought a new house, I - read more »
House votes to end riverboat gambling, but intentions mysterious - 29 October 2005
The Illinois House voted Thursday to close the state's nine riverboat casinos, but Speaker Michael Madigan signaled that shuttering a multibillion dollar industry is not his real goal.Gambling foes say the casinos that were legalized 15 years ago to aid blighted communities have been a scourge on society instead. The H - read more »
PartyGaming plays a winning hand - 22 October 2005
Internet casino and poker room PartyGaming said a tactical split with partners this month had boosted poker growth, reassuring investors in its battered stock and lifting shares 10 per cent. PartyGaming's highly volatile shares have more than halved in value since the company warned in September that its rapid growth w - read more »

November 2005

Singapore woos 'starchitects' for casino project - 19 November 2005
Singapore is wooing top architects such as I.M. Pei and Daniel Libeskind to design an iconic casino building on a par with Sydney's Opera House and Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum. The city-state, better known for its shopping malls and rigorous urban planning, now wants a breathtaking skyline. It has invited gaming compani - read more »
315 million dreams for Mega Millions players - 16 November 2005
Rent a suite at the Ritz for the rest of your life - and then some. Buy 55 private islands, and a private jet to get you to them. Or, just for laughs, circle the Earth's equator with dollar bills.There'll be plenty of time and money to do it all, if you are the sole winner of Tuesday night's $315 million Mega Millions - read more »
PokerTek, Inc. Announces Exercise of Over-Allotment Option by Underwriter - 30 November 2005
PokerTek, Inc. today announced that the underwriter has exercised the option to purchase 225,000 shares of common stock under the over-allotment option granted in connection with its initial public offering. Pursuant to this exercise, the underwriter purchased 225,000 of the 300,000 shares available under the over-allo - read more » Scoops the Pool at the Inaugural 2005 eGaming Awards - 15 November 2005 stole the show at the eGaming Awards when they won the best online casino of the year and best overall online gaming operator of the year. Being the first year of the awards, there was a lot of competition to be the first casino to win such a prestigious honor and in a gala black tie event before 500 guests, 88 - read more »

December 2005

'Big Ron' Hargrove Trains With Poker Academy Texas Holdem Software, Wins $133,760 at Caesars Indiana Circuit Championship Event - 13 December 2005
Poker Academy, the leading Texas Holdem poker software developer with world renowned artificial intelligence, today announced that “Big Ron” Hargrove won $133,760 by making the final table and finishing third place at the Caesars Palace Casino Circuit Champ Tournament. Big Ron attributes a big part of his success to tr - read more »
Boyd Gaming joins competition for Pennsylvania license - 08 December 2005
Boyd Gaming Corp. announced Wednesday it will seek one of Pennsylvannia's two at-large, stand-alone gaming licenses and spend $325 million during the first of four phases to build a 3,000 slot machine casino and entertainment complex. The casino will be 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia on a 125-acre site. Boyd Gaming - read more »
New Online Casino Lifts Off - 05 December 2005
FastWin Casino represents Kiwi Gaming's commitment to providing a safe environment to make friends, have fun and enjoy playing casino games online. The exciting range of games on offer include six brand new additions to the traditional casino suite such as ‘Desert Treasure', ‘A Night Out', ‘Dr Lovemore' - all bonus slo - read more »
PBL in hot race of five for casino - 11 December 2005
KERRY Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Limited is closer to securing the rights to build a multi-billion-dollar casino in Singapore, but still faces stiff competition from four rivals following the announcement of a shortlist by the Singapore Tourism Board.Five groups including PBL and three of the biggest names in t - read more »