Gambling News Archives 2005

January 2005

New Poker Tour to Travel Europe - 27 January 2005
The Small Town Poker Tour, and its parent company AMT Media LLC, have announced a new venue for 2005, "The amazing interest in the upcoming US Tour has lead us to push up the date for the European Small Town Tour ." said Mark Fracalossi CEO of AMT Media LLC. Fracalossi stated, "The format will be the same as the US Tou - read more »
California Adult Entertainment - 21 January 2005
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Company to Submit Casino Proposal for Singapore - 27 January 2005
Las Vegas Sands Corp. intends to submit a formal proposal to the government of Singapore to develop a casino in the city-state, the company's president said Friday.The company had previously expressed interest in Singapore, which is inviting several companies to submit informal concepts for projects.Companies have unti - read more »
Gaming efforts advance, casinos possible by 2006 - 03 January 2005
Pennsylvania's effort to become a major gaming venue has been slow and fraught with politics and conflict. As expected. Yet by the second half of 2006, Pennsylvania could have the second-largest concentration of slots in the country, with 61,000 machines, trailing only Las Vegas. Legislation signed into law by Gov. Ed - read more »

February 2005

Small Town Poker Tour Announces London, United Kingdom Press Conference - 23 February 2005
The Small Town Poker Tour, the world first Charity poker tour will hold a press conference Thursday February 24,1 PM at the Park Inn Heathrow, London, United Kingdom. The Host and Executive Producer of the Tour and television show Mark Fracalossi will be on hand to answer questions about the tour.The Small Town Poker T - read more »
Nevada regulators recommend OK for MGM Mirage-Mandalay merger - 23 February 2005
Nevada gambling regulators recommended approval Tuesday for MGM Mirage's plan to buy rival Mandalay Resort Group and create one of the world's largest gambling companies.Gaming Control Board members said they were satisfied the deal to create a company with 11 resorts, half the employees and almost half the 74,424 hote - read more »
The Island's e-gaming prospects are looking good, according to the Department of Trade and Industry.John Gilmore, the government's e-gaming ambassador, said the DTI is now receiving more interest from prospective licenceholders than at any time in the last two years.The DTI had a stand at last week's International Casi - read more »
Gaming Corporation plc annouces Poker site - 21 February 2005
Gaming Corporation plc, the owner of the UK's number 1 gaming site, today announces the launch of a websitefocusing on the rapidly growing online poker market which is currently estimatedto be worth in excess of US$1.2 Billion.Following the success of the market leading we - read more »

March 2005

William Hill blames casino U-turn for £453m refund - 03 March 2005
William Hill yesterday said it would return £453m cash to shareholders after the Government's U-turn on the Gambling Bill had scuppered its plans to expand in the casino market.The cash-generative bookmaker said the Government's decision to restrict new casinos to 24 reduced the scope for acquisitions or mergers betwee - read more »
"Pro-Am Poker Players Expo" To Kickoff - National Tour Oklahoma City, Ok March 17–19 - 09 March 2005
The Poker Player's Expo will feature vendors and special guests from around the world. Among the industry representatives will be poker authors, casino personnel, tournament promoters, gaming device manufacturers and a host of others. The expositions will also feature a vast array of poker collectibles including chips, - read more »
Northern California's Largest Casino School Adds More Casino Training Options - 15 March 2005
The Casino Dealer College with Casino Schools in San Francisco and Sacramento California, and recently featured on Good Morning American, announced major additions to their casino training options last week. On top of the very successful Poker, Blackjack and Pai Gow Dealer Courses, the Casino Dealer College is now offe - read more » Corp. Re-Launches Their Sites - 24 March 2005 Corp. announced today the relaunch of their Gambling Reviews site and their Gambling Search Engine. Both sites have a new look and feel and many additional features. Last month GameAbyss released the first online Gambling Blog having the latest casino news - read more »

April 2005

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 »
Poker Academy Selected by WPT - 12 April 2005
Poker Academy, a leading poker software developer, today announced that the WPT Boot Camp has chosen Poker Academy's Texas Hold 'Em software as part of its course materials for the two-day, hands-on seminar series held at hotels and casinos across the country. Launched in January 2005, the WPT Boot Camp features an int - read more »
WTO to Rule on Internet Gambling - 07 April 2005
A World Trade Organization appeals panel is expected to rule Thursday on whether the United States should drop prohibitions on Americans placing bets in online casinos - a decision that could open the nation to Internet gambling. If the appeals panel rules against Washington, it could allow U.S. residents to take part - read more » Plans Massive Kentucky Derby Coverage - 25 April 2005
With the Triple Crown just around the corner, is planning massive coverage of the Kentucky Derby and will feature unparalleled coverage of all three horse races.Most online bookmakers will agree that the baseball season in general tends to be unfulfilling with its lackluster betting activity and tendency - read more »

May 2005

Quinault Beach Resort and Casino Unveils New Website - 06 May 2005
Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores, Washington proudly announces the unveiling of their newly renovated website. Quinault selected Blizzard Internet Marketing, Inc. for the online restoration project. The new exquisitely designed website is as helpful as aesthetically pleasing. Visitors view and within se - read more »
Poker DVD Pair is Better than Pocket Aces - 16 May 2005
Buckles, snaps, boomerangs and slides are among the 40 plus card stunts and tricks you can learn from watching Official Poker Inc.'s "Card Stunts DVD", a companion to the best selling "Chip Tricks DVD." Award winning magician and monthly Bluff columnist Rich Ferguson is again our host for an up close and revealing look - 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 »
Flat Panel LCD Monitors to be Given to Tiki Bingo Players - 27 May 2005
Over the coming weeks five lucky players at Tiki Bingo ( will a win super sharp, 19 inch flat panel LCD monitor. Since its launch in October 2003, Tiki Bingo has grown a loyal following and is now well know for its bright Hawaiian themed graphics and exciting bingo-community atmosphere.“Online - 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 »
Take A Gamble On Macau - 28 June 2005
It is an incontrovertible fact that the Chinese love to gamble. It is clear from surging economic growth that the Chinese are becoming a wealthier population, perhaps not if you are a hapless rural peasant, but certainly if you are connected to the big end of town.Consider now that the island of Macau - once a Portugue - read more »
Maxim, Stuff and Blender Magazines Join Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to Present an All-Access Party Hosted by P. Diddy; Featuring Live Performances by Jet, Carmen Electra & The Bombshell Babes and DJ AM - 07 June 2005
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City's premiere hotel-casino, has teamed up with Maxim, Stuff, and Blender magazines for the second year in a row to present Maxim All Access at Borgata on June 25th, hosted by the ultimate master of ceremonies, P. Diddy. The unique party experience will feature special musical gues - read more »
PartyGaming IPO details come to light - 17 June 2005
PartyGaming has revealed detailed plans for its US$8.6bn IPO on the London Stock Exchange, which is due to take place on 30 June. The firm will have an estimated valuation of £4.76bn following the listing, with 20.6% of the founder shares placed with institutional investors.The final share price is expected to be anno - read more »

July 2005

Russ Bailey Texas Hold' Em Poker to Donate 100 Percent of Proceeds to Charity - 15 July 2005
In celebration of the First Anniversary of its hugely successful book, "The Russ Bailey Guide to Limit Texas Hold'em Poker" by Dan Krier, Puleio West Publishing will be donating 100 percent of proceeds from one month's book sales to the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, one of the world's top pediatric facilities. "Russ - read more »
Poker Academy Pro Texas Hold 'Em 2.0 Debuts, First Texas Hold'Em Poker Software to Feature Online Play and Chat, Multi-Table Tournament Simulation - 05 July 2005
Poker Academy, a leading developer of poker software products (, today announced the upcoming debut of Poker Academy Pro Texas Holdfem 2.0, which utilizes world-renowned artificial intelligence developed over more than 10 years.Designed for the serious player, Poker Academy Pro 2.0 is the first T - 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 »
Sumo Wrestling Invades Las Vegas for First Time in the Sport's 1,500-Year History - 22 July 2005
The Japan Sumo Association, the supreme governing body of the sport, will bring sumo to Las Vegas for the first time in the sport's 1,500-year history for the three-day Grand Sumo Championship tournament Oct. 7-9, 2005, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The highest level sumo athletes (Makunouchi Rikishi) will compe - read more »

August 2005

Robinson & Associates Will Discuss Its Guest Advocate Index During a Presentation at Global Gaming Expo 2005 - 16 August 2005
Martin R. Baird, chief executive officer of Robinson & Associates, Inc., will give a presentation on his company's Guest Advocate Index as a featured speaker at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.Baird will speak during a Sept. 14 session at the Las Vegas Convention Center where G2E will be held. More than 25,000 ga - read more »
Coral plans £800m float amid fears of gambling stocks glut - 01 August 2005
The owners of Coral Eurobet, Britain's third-biggest bookmaker, are preparing to cash out at the top of the gaming market with plans for an £800 million flotation, which could be launched later this year. The stock market launch is being planned as concern mounts in the betting community of an oversupply of gambling st - read more »
CryptoLogic betting on growth - 15 August 2005
In poker, the blue chips tend to be worth the most. In investing, blue chips are the most trustworthy stocks with stable returns.CryptoLogic Inc., which provides the software and support services to some of the biggest gambling sites on the Internet, scatters images of blue poker chips throughout its corporate literatu - 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 »

September 2005

Gaming operator Empire in bid talks - 02 September 2005
ONLINE gambling operator Empire Online has been targeted in a 270p a share merger just two months after its stock market flotation. The company, which runs its own gambling sites and markets those of other firms, said it is in early discussions with the unnamed firm over the possibility of a merger. Empire Online also - read more »
eFlyte Offers Inflight Gambling to Airlines - 20 September 2005
In a move designed to strengthen its position as the inflight entertainment (IFE) industry's leading game designers and developers, eFlyte announced the introduction of their latest product for the airline industry -- inflight gambling.At the conclusion of a two year development program, the company believes that the t - read more »
The Glamour of Gammon: Backgammon's Popularity Spreads to Television - 14 September 2005
As the A list of the social elite expands to absorb the wealth of rising gaming stars that events such as WSOP have produced, the playing field is opening to a new circle of celebrity gamers.The announcement therefore that UK digital channel, Pokerzone has commissioned TV production company, 8mm Productions to produce - read more »
CelebPoker Crashes the Hollywood Scene at the World Music Awards in LA USA - 07 September 2005
CelebPoker was in the house for the ‘05 World Music Awards backstage. As the celebrities walked in, Celebpoker lavished them with free gifts and merchandise from the world's first online celebrity poker room - show was hosted by Carmen Electra and Desperate Housewives star James Denton. Both performe - 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 »
Exclusive Mayfair Poker Club to Open in London - 05 October 2005
An up market, memberfs only poker club is set to open its doors in Mayfair, central London, in early 2006. The Fox Poker Club, as it will be called, has applied to the Gaming Board of Great Britain for a Casino License which will make it Londonfs first fully licensed card room.The club will become the first licensed - read more »
Casino debate realigning Mississippi politics - 02 October 2005
The politically sensitive debate about allowing onshore blackjack and slots is shaking up alliances in the Mississippi Capitol.Gov. Haley Barbour advocates letting floating coast casinos move a few hundred feet on land to reduce the structural threat from monster storms. Hurricane Katrina ripped walls off some of the 1 - read more »
Southern Gaming Solutions Opens Their Digital Doors - 19 October 2005
Southern Gaming Solutions LLC, a leading supplier of high quality poker chips, poker tables and gaming supplies for home and professional use, has launched its on-line eCommerce website. This new customer-focused, gaming-theme site makes it easy and inexpensive to find the best poker supplies on the internet. “With yea - read more »

November 2005

PartyGaming folds on Empire deal - 22 November 2005
PartyGaming has pulled out of its bid to take over rival online gaming operator Empire. A spokesperson for PartyGaming, which made an offer of 60p per share for Empire, confirmed that discussions between the two companies had been terminated. PartyGaming's offer fell far short of Empire's 175p float price, and the deal - read more »
Say ‘Bonjour!’ to Paris in March Courtesy of - 16 November 2005
In the past, ( has run some exceptional promotions for its VIP players but the chance to win a $40,000 plus trip to Paris would have to top them all.Mike Herea, Promotions Department Manager for (, is thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious prize. "I am not sure there i - read more »
Hollywood Sportsbook Features Odds on the NFL Game Between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers on October 30th 2005 - 01 November 2005
Hollywood Sportsbook features odds on the NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers on October 30th 2005.On the Eve of Halloween, the Niners return back to the Bay Area for the first of two consecutive home contests. This time, they host a frightening team of their own, the Tampa Bay Buccane - read more »
Florida woman a $2.5 million winner - 08 November 2005
Stephanie Thomas Fagan and her husband recently walked into the Reno Hilton discussing what would happen if they won the Wheel of Fortune Mega Jackpot. Fagan chose a machine on which she had won the previous night, won another $125 and was thinking of moving on when the MegaJackpot symbols aligned. She is now $2,540,42 - read more »

December 2005

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 »
IndoPacific Gaming Appoints Australian Distributor for Currency Equipment - 24 December 2005
IndoPacific Gaming (IPG), a leading distributor of gaming and casino products for the Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Maximum Gaming as its distributor for IndoPacific Currency Equipment to clubs, hotels and casinos in various Australian jurisdictions.“South Australia - read more »
Harrah's to build Las Vegas-style gambling complex in Spain - 01 December 2005
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., operator of casinos such as Caesars, on Wednesday announced a project to build a Las Vegas-style gambling and leisure complex in Ciudad Real, 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Madrid. Harrah's would undertake the project in a joint venture with El Reino de Don Quijote de La Mancha SA of S - read more »
Aces Poker and Medium21 to Sponsor 2005 Radio Music Awards - 19 December 2005
Medium21 announces that the company will be taking an important sponsorship role at the 2005 Radio Music Awards with (a subsidiary of Sportingbet, PLC). This year's annual event will be held on December 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Nominee's at this year's ceremony include such acts as 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, - read more »