Gambling News Archives 2005

January 2005

MGM-Mirage, Mandalay deal seen as matter of when, not if - 15 January 2005
Federal antitrust approval of MGM Mirage's $7.9 billion buyout of the Mandalay Resort Group didn't materialize Friday. Still, gaming analysts and industry observers believe the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's blessing of the transaction is a matter of when -- not if -- it will be announced. On Friday, an FTC official s - read more »
It Must Be a Lucky Year for the Big Green $32.281.00 MPBingo® Winner at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in AZ - 15 January 2005
It's the end of the year and 2005 resolutions are being thought out. While some players are thinking of lottery riches, other players are more interested in winning one of the attainable big MPBingo® jackpots offered by Planet Bingo™.Lauren Johnson is one of those players. Lauren is a regular at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino - read more »
NY Poker Party - Poker Gear That Comes To You - 29 January 2005
NY Poker Party is your source for poker-themed fundraisers, charity events & parties! We supply professional tables, chips, cards, dealers, a tournament director & security for an evening of fun & Vegas-style excitement! Winners receive an engraved trophy as well as having their photo posted here! We come to you and se - read more »
US appeals against WTO ruling to allow online betting - 08 January 2005
The US government has challenged the smallest member of the World Trade Organisation, the tiny Caribbean island of Antigua, in an effort to stop the spread of what it deems "immoral" online gambling.If the US wins, it could hamper the fortunes of UK companies wishing to tap the $73bn (£39bn) market of US punters.The US - read more »

February 2005

Sleepy Macau becomes a temple for gamblers - 14 February 2005
Francis Lam is slightly embarrassed when a visitor asks why the security guards at the Greek Mythology casino are dressed as Roman centurions."Okay, maybe we mixed up Roman and Greek," the casino executive says. "But they're almost the same."Macau's newest casino, with its 10-metre-high Greek columns and its massive mo - read more »
Casino San Pablo expansion sparks public relations battle - 24 February 2005
Supporters and opponents of the proposed expansion of Casino San Pablo are waging a heated public relations battle over tribal gaming in this small city across the bay from San Francisco, with the two sides holding dueling news conferences Wednesday.The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians wants to replace its current card room - read more »
Gaming Resort and Casino Jobs are on the Rise - Traci McCarty Expands to Meet Demands - 24 February 2005
Traci McCarty and Associates - Executive Search and Consulting for the Gaming Industry, is pleased to announce David A. Bernard, PHR has joined our firm as a Managing Executive Recruiter for our Northeast office in Petoskey, Michigan. David Bernard, President of Bernard Performance Group, will begin serving our Michiga - read more »
Poker Retailer Signs Celebrity Christine Nguyen as Company Spokesmodel - 09 February 2005
Big Slick Attire has signed model/actress Christine Nguyen to appear in its latest marketing and promotional campaign.Christine is known for appearances on The Man Show, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and as host of Inside The Box on ESPN2. She has also appeared in campaigns and commercials for Pizza Hut, McDonald's - read more »

March 2005

Bluff Magazine Hits the Airwaves - 19 March 2005
America's #1 poker magazine has announced that it has taken over the airwaves. Upstart poker radio show, Poker Night Radio, has been re-launched as the Bluff Magazine Poker Hour and, every Wednesday at 6PM PT/9PM ET, brings news, insight and interviews from the thrilling world of poker, America's fastest growing sport. - read more »
World Series of Poker taping at Rincon Casino - 02 March 2005
Wednesday marks the final day that residents of San Diego County can catch world-class poker action in their own backyard. Harrah's brought its wildly popular World Series of Poker to the Rincon casino over the last 10 days as part of the inaugural Circuit Tour. The championship event began Sunday with a $ 10,000 buy-i - read more »
Las Vegas Sands in Deal for Macau Casino - 14 March 2005
U.S. casino operator Las Vegas Sands will team up with Hong Kong's Regal Hotels International on a hotel-casino project in the booming southern Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, the Hong Kong company said Monday. The first phase of the project in Macau's Cotai area will offer at least 1,500 rooms, a casino and a showr - 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 »

April 2005

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 »
Pink Poker Bunny speaks out on playing in the 2005 World Series of Poker - 10 April 2005
The Pink Poker Bunny - Jeremy Enke talks about playing in the 2005 World Series of Poker, how the idea originated and more. When asked if it was his hope all along that would be the eventual winner of his Ebay auction, Enke replies: "Not really, but when I learned of their interest I was pretty excited - read more »
Pink Bunny enters the 2005 World Series of Poker - 05 April 2005
If someone tells you they lost all of their chips to a huge pink bunny rabbit at the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker, don't just assume they had too much to drink while playing high stakes poker. One participant in the event will be wearing a pink bunny outfit complete with floppy ears and a fuzzy tail. Fu - read more »
Full Tilt Poker offers 10 Million Dollar World Series of Poker promotion - 13 April 2005 is planning to offer what must be the most valuable prize ever offered by an online poker room. A player that qualifies for the 2005 World Series of Poker at and goes on to win the $10,000 buy in Main Event will be awarded an additional 10 million dollars by Full Tilt. For a full rev - read more »

May 2005

LuminOre Coatings are a Safe Bet for Wynn Las Vegas - 01 May 2005
This week's grand opening of the new $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas -- built by Steve Wynn -- has completely energized Las Vegas, and the new mega-resort's architectural artistry and elegant sophistication has literally been the talk of the town. Creating an environment that insiders say ‘must be experienced to be underst - read more »
Kiwi Casino Player Turns $200 Deposit into $54,146 Winnings - 24 May 2005
Linda from New York state joined Kiwi Casino early May 2005 and made a $200 deposit. She played her first game on nine days later. Within a further two days later she racked up $54,146 in winnings. "Linda isn't the first player to win a 'life changing amount' at Kiwi Casino and she certainly won't be the last. It's rea - read more »
Gigi Bags Teams with Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation; Creates Gift Bags for Hollywood Celebrities, Lakers Players, and other Guests at Charity Casino Night - 20 May 2005
Gigi Bags was on the scene, handing out the “goodie” gift bags it created to the 1,200 Hollywood Celebrities, Lakers Players, and other guests in attendance at the Second Annual Lakers Casino Night Benefitting the Lakers Youth Foundation, held April 14, 2005 in Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California.Contents of the - read more »
Betting on the Preakness Could Surpass Kentucky Derby This Year - 18 May 2005
There is a good chance that betting on the 2005 Preakness may surpass that of the Kentucky Derby as believes many more people will be motivated to bet long shots with the hope of striking it rich.Giacome stunned the racing world by winning The Kentucky Derby as a 50 to 1 long shot. Alone, he paid $50 for - read more »

June 2005

Empire Online shares fall following negative press - 17 June 2005
Shares in newly listed egaming firm Empire Online fell by nearly 15% as the firm felt the backlash from negative press stories over PartyGaming. Empire, which derives the majority of its income from a white label of the Party Poker website, and had seen shares rise 8% in its first day of trading.But a series of storie - read more »
High Stakes Gambling Arbitrage - 12 June 2005
Seems like only yesterday that Ivan Boesky was taking off his handmade loafers for a pair of white KEDS and jumpsuit. He was the arbritrage king in the late 80's, millionaire over and over, started with nothing, and ended with nothing. A great greek tragedy of sorts. Boesky played a game in finance called arbitrage, wh - read more »
Mike Tyson vs Kevin McBride Odds Vary among Online Bookmakers: Public Relies on Luck of the Irish - 12 June 2005
Mike Tyson may be a huge favorite in this Saturday's marquee bout, but that doesn't mean he will win. With Kevin McBride close to a +600 dog across the board, there is tremendous value here. Then again, when we enter into the online bookmaker's realm of +600, this is about the equivalent of finding a pot of gold at the - read more »
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 »

July 2005

Online Bingo Player Wins a Whopping $50,000 with Her Very Last Dollar - 12 July 2005
For Christine P. of Tennessee, July 2nd is certainly a day she'll never forget. She'll always remember it as the day she turned her very last dollar into a whopping $50k while playing bingo online. On this past Saturday, about a month after she joined online bingo site, Christine deposited $50 to try her l - read more »
Lasseters Online and AusVegas Internet Casinos Join the CoProsper Affiliate Network - 19 July 2005
CoProsper is pleased to announce the addition of Lasseters and AusVegas to its stable of premium merchants. Both casinos have established world-class reputations in the online gaming industry and are known for exceptional customer support and a large variety of unique casino games.Affiliates can now promote Lasseters a - read more »
Poker Show to Search for Best Amateur player in North America - 04 July 2005
A new television show about poker is set to hit the air soon. The Small Town Poker Tour is as simple as the title states, blending everyday people with the exciting game of Texas Hold'em - a winning combination.The tour is set to travel the USA in search of the best amateur poker player, along the way featuring a uniqu - read more »
Early English Premiership odds have Chelsea the favorite to win title - 19 July 2005
Nearly all online bookmakers list Chelsea as the favorite to win the English Premiership title this coming season. Nevertheless, there are other teams competing to win it all and for punters, this can translate into a significant windfall.Case in point: Future odds of Chelsea winning at three select online bookmakers r - read more »

August 2005

Blair challenged on casino talks - 08 August 2005
Tony Blair is facing calls for a promise he will not weaken money laundering laws to attract foreign casino operators to the UK. The Conservative demands come after papers about government talks with casino firms about the rules last year. The Tories say there are "clear discrepancies" between the documents and what mi - read more »
The World First $5 Million Slot Machine with a $5 Million Jackpot is Online - 12 August 2005
Golden Palace casino is now featuring on the biggest jackpot ever offered by an online casino. A $5 million slot machine -- This incredible new jackpot is the largest have ever offered by an online-casino. The online casino making headlines with their outrageous purchases on Ebay featuring - 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 »
Win a Seat to the UK Open, Courtesy of Pacific Poker - 12 August 2005
Pacific Poker ( always sponsors the biggest and the best poker tournaments and the upcoming UK Open ( is no exception.Mike Herea, Promotions Department Manager for Pacific Poker, can't wait for the UK Open, which commences on October 11, to start."After th - read more »

September 2005

Full Tilt Poker's John D'Agostino and David Singer Reach Televised Final Table at Borgata Poker Open - 27 September 2005
Full Tilt Poker representatives John D'Agostino and David Singer each had strong showings at the Borgata Poker Open, finishing fourth and sixth respectively out of a field of 515. D'Agostino earned the biggest payday of his professional career, collecting $349,685 for his fourth-place finish at the World Poker Tour eve - read more »
Online casino 888 IPO to be cut by 20 pct - report - 15 September 2005
Internet gambling company Cassava Enterprises is to cut the value of the stock exchange float for its online casino 888 by at least 20 percent, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Thursday. The London flotation will be valued at between 550 million pounds ($1 billion) and 650 million pounds, the newspaper reported, ci - read more »
Shuffle Master, Inc. to Introduce New Products at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 13-15; Product Demonstrations Will Be Available at Stand 1656 - 07 September 2005
Shuffle Master, Inc. (NASDAQ National Market: SHFL) announced today that it will introduce several new products at this year's Global Gaming Expo being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 13-15. In addition to exhibiting well-established Utility Products like the Ace(R) and Deck Mate(R) automatic card shufflers and En - read more »
888 Raises 147.7 Million Pounds in Initial Share Sale - 29 September 2005
888 Holdings Plc, the world's largest Internet casino operator, sold shares worth 147.7 million pounds ($261 million) in an initial public offering to fund expansion. The company sold 84.4 million shares at 175 pence each, less than 888 Holdings first expected, Chief Executive John Anderson said in an interview. The sh - read more »

October 2005

The latest Las Vegas attraction: sumo wrestlers - 07 October 2005
Las Vegas knows how to host a heavyweight title fight, but the desert resort city has never seen giant, scantily-clad men square-off quite like this.Japan's ancient sport arrives at America's gambling, sporting and entertainment mecca for an exhibition tournament starting on Friday.Top-ranked sumo wrestlers from Japan - read more »
Celebrity tenants help fuel Vegas boom - 02 October 2005
The boom in high-rise condo projects in this city's canyon of casinos known as the Strip has spawned its own new status symbol -- the celebrity resident.About 8,000 condominium units are under construction or about to start, according to SalesTraq, a Las Vegas real estate information company. It's a building explosion - 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 »
Unprecedented eBay Auction Receives US$1 Million Opening Bid for Collection of Historic Casino Chips and Tokens, Announces Marina Capital LLC - 19 October 2005
In one of the highest legitimate bids in eBay history, a collection of Nevada casino chips and tokens -- some from the felt tables of Bugsy Siegel's Las Vegas -- has received an opening offer of US$1 million. The gavel is slated to come down on the auction Friday, October 21 at 3 p.m. (PST). Its owner, a private Denver - read more »

November 2005

Tonja Brings R & B with a Little Hip Hop When She Says, Not Now, But 'Right Now' on Echo’s Radio Show - 04 November 2005
Swat Production's first female artist, Tonja, will be introduced Friday, November 4, 2005 from 6 PM to 8PM (PST) on Echo's radio show. This show will air on Tonja will interview with Echo about her life and her love for music. Selections from her debut album will also be featured.Born and ra - read more »
U.S. And European Poker Idols Go Head-To-Head in Day One of Monte Carlo Millions 2005 - 22 November 2005
After 12 hours of intense tournament play on Sunday, poker titans vied for a shot at becoming an overnight millionaire at the Monte Carlo Millions. The $25,000 buy-in, invitation only event started promptly at 12:00 p.m., each player stacked with $50,000 in chips. Today, the international field begins with 60 of the wo - 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 »
23-Year Old Call Center Manager Wins Seat to the Caribbean Poker Classic - 25 November 2005
Jonathan Donde, a 23-year old call center manager, has been playing poker for about two years but had never entered a free roll tournament like the $10,000 Caribbean Poker Classic free roll event before. “I thought there would be at least 1,000 people. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw there were only 121,” he admi - read more »

December 2005

London Clubs recovering from July bombings impact - 16 December 2005
Casino group London Clubs International reported a first-half loss on Friday due to the impact of the July bombings, but said trading was recovering strongly.Its Cairo casinos performed well throughout."These operations undoubtedly benefited from the decline in business in London, with some Middle Eastern visitors choo - read more »
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 »
Doyle Brunson Creates Buzz at the Recently Concluded Poker Industry Expo Held in Beautiful Costa Rica - 13 December 2005
Costa Rica boasts so much rich and exotic scenery, that one might easily forget there is poker too! With the inception of poker tournaments televised to main stream America, poker has rapidly become a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry so diverse, that its revenue originates from an array of services - such as - read more »
Galaxy Casino SA Selects KISS Casino Management Systems for Two new Macau Properties - 13 December 2005
KISS is a turn-key software solution for casino floors, developed by Australian casino management and consultancy firm International Casino Services Pty. Ltd. (ICS) “The KISS system provides all the reporting capabilities that we require. It is robust, stable and regularly updated,” said Mr Gary Woo - read more »