Gambling News Archives 2005

January 2005

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 »
Crucial decision on super-casinos - 12 January 2005
A decision on whether to allow Westminster to legislate on super-casinos is set to be made by the Scottish Parliament. The government has plans for up to eight Las Vegas style resorts in the UK, one of which is likely to be in Glasgow. Scottish ministers insist they will still have the final say on whether a super-casi - read more »
Don't bet against the IRS - 24 January 2005
America has had a love affair with the professional gambler, courtesy of television, from its earliest years. Each generation grew up with its favorite gamblers and cardsharps -- Maverick, Bat Masterson, Yancy Derringer. These days, the Travel Channel airs the World Poker Tour. Bravo carries Celebrity Poker Showdown. A - read more »
British Workers are gambling on the truth - 07 January 2005
Although men will boast about their previous nights gaming activities towork colleagues, women feel their careers could be hampered if they admittedthat they enjoy a flutter in their own time, according to new research, the UK's leading online games and fruit machine website.With more and more employ - read more »

February 2005

Who is Going to be the Next James Bond - 25 February 2005
Clive Owen and Daniel Craig are fighting it out to become the sixth James Bond, insiders say. Executives for the next movie will choose either Owen or Craig to succeed Pierce Brosnan.Brosnan, 51, will not appear in the next film, Casino Royale, after he failed to agree terms.Owen, 40, and Craig, 37, are said to have be - read more »
Online Bingo Jackpot Winners at - 10 February 2005
At online bingo community, two lucky ladies became a few thousand pounds richer in 2005. They converted just £1 each into £6,000 with wins on the popular coverall jackpots while simply chatting online and watching those online bingo calls!Mrs Isaac and Mrs Adams, both from the midlands say its very - read more »
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 »
Poker Academy Donates $13,000 of Texas Hold’em Software to Lehigh University - 21 February 2005
Poker Academy, a leading software developer of poker products, has donated $13,000 in software to Lehigh University for students in computer science and engineering to use in artificial intelligence (AI) research projects.Hector Munoz-Avila, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, said the donated soft - read more »

March 2005

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 »
CEO says IGT 'will be as big as people anticipate' - 02 March 2005
Reno-based International Game Technology dominates the slot machine market and has major growth potential, but shareholder Frank Hammond of Reno wants to know why the share price is sinking.He got his chance to ask the top executives Tuesday at the annual shareholders' meeting at IGT's south Reno headquarters and manuf - read more »
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Reports Record 4th Quarter Net Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2004 - 03 March 2005
Rock Hotel, Inc. ("Hard Rock"), which owns and operates the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, today reported 4th quarter net revenues increased $3.0 million, or 9%, to a 4th quarter Company record of $35.4 million compared to $32.4 million in the year-earlier three-month period. The Company also announced - read more »
Mississippi's Grand Casinos may get new names with merger - 07 March 2005
The Grand Casinos in Mississippi may get new names with their parent company's pending acquisition by Harrah's Entertainment. The Grand Casinos have resorts in Gulfport, Biloxi and Tunica County. "You can expect that going forward we will have three trademark brands - Caesars, Horseshoe and Harrah's," Harrah's spokesma - read more »

April 2005

Whiz-kids gamble on TV channel for poker - 16 April 2005
As a theatre of cruelty, it is held by many to be the latest thing in cool. But can poker, possibly less exciting to watch than even synchronised swimming, really become a spectator sport?A small team of City whiz-kids and London media figures - one, improbably, is an Oxford classicist - have put their shirts on it. Th - read more »
Noah Wyle to Leave As 'ER' Regular - 03 April 2005
The doctor is out: Noah Wyle is leaving "ER" as a regular cast member at the end of this season, NBC said Thursday. Wyle, 33, the only original star who remained with the medical drama through its 11 years, will return for four episodes in each of the next two seasons. "ER" has been renewed through the 2007-08 season. - read more » $182,915 MEGA-Jackpot to Danish Slots Wizard - 05 April 2005 ( has announced that its latest monster ‘Rags to Riches' Progressive Jackpot has toppled straight into the lap of Danish player ‘Gesualdo'. The 30 year-old Dane plundered the ever-popular machine for $182,915 with an investment of only $14. Gesualdo is a roulette aficionado, but was - read more »
Sun International Introduces IP Audio Streaming on its Casino Gaming Floors with Barix’s Exstreamer - 18 April 2005
Barix today announced that Sun International, a leading international developer and operator of premier resorts, hotels, and casinos, is using Barix's Exstreamer to introduce IP audio streaming on its casino floors in South Africa.Sun International's casinos utilize state-of-the-art slot machines, where smartcards have - read more »

May 2005

YAHOO! Games To Unveil New Multiplayer Web-To-Wireless Games at E3 Expo - 04 May 2005
Yahoo! Games, the leading online games site[1], will make its mark at this year's E3 Expo, May 18-20, by showing off the next generation of multiplayer gaming. At the show, Yahoo! Games will be featuring Yahoo! Poker, a multiplayer, cross-platform game, fulfilling a promise made earlier in the year to bring PC-to-mobil - read more »
Call for Entries for AbsolutePoker's Free 'Win Your Tuition' Texas Hold'em Tournament Ends Thursday, May 19 - 18 May 2005
College students interested in winning tuition money for Fall 2005 semester at the school of their choice have until midnight PST this Thursday May 19 to enter the AbsolutePoker ( ) Free "Win Your Tuition" Texas Hold'em tournament May 26.Close to 4,000 students from around the world and fro - read more »
Golden Nugget Laughlin Might Go To Landry's - 27 May 2005
Barrick Gaming has terminated its agreement to buy the Golden Nugget Laughlin hotel-casino, leaving Landry's Restaurants in position to acquire it, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Las Vegas-based Barrick said in the May 17 filings that Poster Financial Group, the owner of Golde - read more »
Las Vegas Sands in Manchester United deal - 10 May 2005
Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas, has partnered with English football club Manchester United to build a resort and casino near the team's Old Trafford stadium.Financial terms weren't disclosed.The company said the proposal includes plans for a five-star luxury hotel, restaurants, - read more »

June 2005

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 »
Las Vegas targets China market - 01 June 2005
Las Vegas is looking East, betting that rising affluence will make China a big market for tourism and trade shows -- despite a gambling crackdown aimed at officials wagering with stolen public funds."China is one of Las Vegas' top emerging markets," Cam Usher, director of the city's Convention and Visitor's Authority, - read more »
Internet Poker Features in the Grand Prix Fast Lane - 09 June 2005
Leading online poker site, InterPoker has sealed a deal to display 30-second commercials for InterPoker ( and InterCasino ( during the Montreal Grand Prix, June 12th in Montreal, Canada and at other prominent sporting events throughout the year. “This deal is an indication of the - read more »
PokerPages Player Statistics (tm) instantly tracks and updates who the Poker Winners are around the world - 12 June 2005
Just in time for tracking earnings of the new 2005 WSOP Poker winners, announces release of their new PokerPages Player Statistics (tm) database and powerful search capability."PokerPages Player Statistics enables you to stay up-to-date who the top WSOP money winners are and how it affects their all-time - 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 »
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 »
Game Trust President Scott Coheb To Deliver Keynote Address To ChinaJoy 2005 - 15 July 2005
Game Trust, the world's leading casual game platform, today announced that Scott Cohen, Game Trust's President, will deliver a keynote address at this year's ChinaJoy, the third annual China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference taking place in Shanghai July 20th through 23rd. In only its third year, this influenti - read more »
GameAccount Launches £10,000 SuperCash Skill Gaming Tournament - 23 July 2005
The world's largest Solitaire tournament begins today, hosted by leading online skill gaming provider GameAccount ( The £10,000 multicurrency cashpot will attract over 16,000 players from 130 countries to compete in 14 rounds of the popular card game Pyramid Panic.The unique tournament structure al - read more »

August 2005

Coral Eurobet Announces The Launch of New Games - 27 August 2005
Coral Eurobet's launch of “The Pharaoh's Chamber” follows last month's successful launch of another game “Inca Trail”. These two new games will be followed by several new releases including new slot machines with progressive Jackpots (currently worth more than £190,000), skill games and virtual horse racing." We are ve - read more »
Director of Casino Marketing Appointed - 27 August 2005
Michael J. Broderick has been named Director of Marketing for The Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel, a tribally-run enterprise based in the Four Corners region of southern Colorado. Broderick will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the marketing department as well as strategic planning for the casino marketing - read more »
World Player Magazine Steps Out - 25 August 2005
The premiere edition of the exclusive Fortune Lounge magazine has been much-anticipated and is a global call for all players to epitomize the ultimate World Player, which is the name for this new title. Built on all the core traditions that have made the Fortune Lounge group stand out in the industry, World Player maga - 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

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 »
Skill Games Offered at Fortune Lounge Casino - 15 September 2005
The prestigious Fortune Lounge Group, one of the biggest, oldest and most-established online casino groups has launched a new and exciting skilled games website called Royal Vegas Games. This is in conjunction with a deal signed with GameAccount, a leading skill gaming software provider, who is top notch when it comes - read more »
Sun International Makes Big Wins On Slots, Tables - 01 September 2005
SUN International, the country's largest casino and hotel company, yesterday reported a 15% rise in group revenue to R5,1bn for the year to end-June.The company also managed an 87% increase in adjusted headline earnings to R435m, but adjusted headline earnings a share were only 45% higher at R4,11.Growth in earnings a - read more »
ROUNDUP Stanley Leisure casino takings dented by London attacks, shares slide - 08 September 2005
Stanley Leisure PLC, Britain's biggest casino operator, warned takings at its high-end London gambling parlours had declined in recent weeks following July's terrorist attacks on the capital. Stanley Leisure shares fell as much 3.4 pct before paring losses. In a statement, chairman Lord Steinberg, said the decline in a - read more »

October 2005

GameAccount’s Halloween Tournament Is The Ultimate - 26 October 2005
GameAccount ( - the #1 online P2P and Skill Gaming website - is paying out tens of thousands of dollars daily in their hugely popular Halloween ‘House of Cards' promotion; a new multiplayer knockout tournament for fast-fingered fiends!The ‘House of Cards' tournament is proving to be one of GameAccou - read more »
The Resurgence of Board Games For Adults - 11 October 2005
Board games for adults were very popular in the 1970s and they are seeing renewed interest from people, especially those in their 20s and 30s. Many people love playing board games at parties with large groups of people. And with all the fun new board games coming out there's no shortage of fun to be had.A very popular - read more »
Life at the World Poker Tour tourney - 02 October 2005
This year the $5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour tournament at the Bicycle Club in Los Angeles brought out more than 800 entrants. This championship finale, capping a one-month-long series of tournaments in August, has some serious history and prestige, and has been on all the top poker players' schedules for 17 years runn - 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 »

November 2005

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 »
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 »
KEEP Releases Plan for Racetrack Casino Revenue - 16 November 2005
The Kentucky Equine Education Project began lobbying in earnest for its racetrack casino plan with a letter to more than 3,200 community officials outlining how the state's share--a projected $437.5 million a year--from gaming would be spent under proposed legislation.KEEP endorses a constitutional amendment on casino - read more »
Harrah's third-quarter profit rises - 04 November 2005
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's biggest casino operator, on Thursday said its third-quarter profit rose 42 percent thanks to recently acquired Caesars Entertainment and gambling demand from its core customers.The company's shares were up $2.01, or 3.3 percent, to $63.11 in early afternoon trading on the New Yo - 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 »
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 »
Empire Online suing PartyGaming in Gibraltar - 06 December 2005
Empire Online said on Tuesday it had initiated legal proceedings in Gibraltar High Court against its former partner PartyGaming.Empire (EOL.L: Quote, Profile, Research), the brainchild of Israeli entrepreneur Noam Lanir, floated its shares in June and has since lost over half its market value.The legal action follows P - read more »
Back in a Flash, Coral Equestrian Success - 19 December 2005
Coral Bookmakers ( is proud to announce a new Virtual Horse Racing game called Coral International Horse Racing. This new version, designed in-house, will build on the existing success of the current Coral Virtual Games products that include; Virtual Football, original Horse Racing and Greyhounds - read more »