Gambling News Archives 2005

January 2005

Biloxi council OKs two casino changes - 05 January 2005
The Biloxi City Council has approved plans by the Isle of Capri to build a bigger gambling barge and Boomtown Casino to move from leased property to land it owns.Although the casinos had already received the go-ahead from the Mississippi Gaming Commission, they had to show to the city that the projects would not tie up - read more »
Indian Casinos Up the Ante on Vegas - 31 January 2005
The recent grand opening of the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino southeast of Palm Springs wasn't just a party with chilled lobster tails and the disco sounds of Kool and the Gang. It was the latest move by Southern California tribes to transform their once-scrawny desert casinos into Las Vegas-style resorts.The Cabazon B - read more » PPC Gambling Search Engine Web Ranking Climbs - 04 January 2005 Corp. announced the launch of it's PPC Gambling Search Engine,, on 11/07/04. In less than three months has generated substantial search engine traffic. According to Alexa, an company (AMZN), ended the year with a ranking of 64,611 on 12/31/04 and accord - read more »
No to slots, casinos - 04 January 2005
Every January, the buzz about slot machines and casinos begins at Beacon Hill, and this year is no exception. Each year, the debate fizzles out, and we hope this year will be no exception. Gambling revenue is fool's gold, as proven in southeastern Connecticut, where two glittering casinos have made hundreds of millions - read more »

February 2005

Christian Okoye Foundation To Host Celebrity Golf Tournament At Caesars Palace, Las Vegas - 11 February 2005
My Foundation will host a celebrity golf weekend at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on April 22nd thro 24th 2005. Proceeds will to go to kid related activities,” states Christian Okoye, former All-Pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs.“The weekend includes 2 nights stay at the fabulous Caesars Palace, private VIP Recep - read more »
Online casino antes up $35,099 to rename FleetCenter - 16 February 2005
Online casino Golden Palace hit the international media jackpot last year when it agreed to pay $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich with an uncanny likeness to the Virgin Mary. Today in Boston, it will put its name on what it hopes will be an equally visible prize: the FleetCenter.The online casino -- licensed in Can - read more »
$14,000 Free Poker Tournament set for Valentine's Day - 05 February 2005
As the poker craze continues to sweep the nation, one upstart online poker room has decided to up the ante. It was reported Monday at that recently launched Poker Host will be holding a free tournament on Valentine's Day and will be giving away $14,000 in prize money in the process. In what can o - read more »
Online gambling gaining popularity - 04 February 2005
At universities across the country, online gambling is on the rise, and along with it comes a more convenient way to gamble, and an easier way for college students to get addicted.Johns Hopkins junior Brian Benson says that he gambles at least 15 hours a week, mostly on, which boasts 65,000 registered me - read more »

March 2005

UK Betting PLC Launches new poker site - 05 March 2005
British online betting firm ukbetting Plc launched a new poker site on Friday, boosting its shares, as a new report predicted the global online poker market could double in 2005. Technological advances have made online gambling one of the few financial success stories for Internet businesses. "In the last year the arri - read more »
24-Year-Old North Carolinian Captures the $1.5 Million Top Spot in Million IV - 28 March 2005
In a calculating battle between maturity and youth, it was youth that won out in the Million IV, the world's largest Limit Texas Hold'em tournament this week aboard the cruise ship ms. Oosterdam on the Mexican Riviera. Michael Gracz, a 24-year-old a recent graduate of North Carolina State, outlasted 54-y - 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 »
Guaranteed $1 Million No-Limit Hold'em Poker Event to be Held by Party Poker - 29 March 2005
Party Poker proudly announces that on April 23rd a no-limit texas hold'em poker tournament will be held featuring a prize pool that is guaranteed to be in excess of $1 Million. News and updates, found at will be available until the day of the tournament. Entries for this potentially life-chang - read more »

April 2005

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 »
CelebPoker Offers New Free Roll Online Poker Tournaments to Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Launch of - 07 April 2005
Celebpoker is hosting two new weekly Freeroll tournaments to celebrate it's first anniversary. No deposit required to enter, try the fun and excitement of online poker. The freerolls will be held every Sunday at 21:00 GMT for $200, and every Wednesday at 21:00 GMT for $100. Further details at . Launc - read more »
Online gambling operators cheer U.K. commission to regulate Internet wagering - 10 April 2005
Canadian online gambling companies applauded Friday after the British government moved to regulate the industry and allow it to operate within Britain for the first time. The decision makes Britain the first G-7 country to establish a framework of rules aimed at securing a safe, regulated environment for online players - read more »
Triplet's Naming Rights Sold to - 12 April 2005
Three is a lucky number for mother-to-be Natasha, as Internet casino scored a hat trick by purchasing the right to name her soon-to-be-born triplets due in August. One of the babies will be called "" Using eBay's "Buy It Now" option, immediately added the triplets' nam - 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 »
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 »
Genting acts on gambling shift in U.K. - 09 May 2005
Genting, Asia's biggest publicly traded casino operator, has announced plans to combine its stakes in Stanley Leisure and London Clubs International, part of a strategy to expand in Britain's gambling industry.The move will enhance the company's "ability to leverage its investments in the U.K. and expand its leisure an - read more »
Poker News: Interviews Poker Pro and Tournament Master Kathy Liebert - 15 May 2005, the internet's leading source of free poker gifts, cash rebates, and pro interviews, talks to poker pro Kathy Liebert. Kathy was the first female poker player to win $1,000,000 in a poker tournament.Fresh off her victory in the WPPA's Battle of the Sexes, Kathy sat down with to discuss - read more »

June 2005

University of Florida Law Student Wins Tuition in AbsolutePoker's Free 'Win Your Tuition' Tournament - 02 June 2005
Derek Dilberian, a 24-year-old University of Florida law student has won Absolute Poker's ( free "Win Your Tuition" tournament. To compete in the tournament, which ended May 26, students only needed proof of enrollment for fall 2005 semester, be in good standing with their school, and have access - read more »
Full Tilt Poker's Erik Seidel Wins 7th World Series of Poker Bracelet - 15 June 2005
Erik Seidel bested a field of 1,402 of poker's best to take the top prize in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold 'em event at the World Series of Poker of 2005. Seidel took home $611,795 the lion's share of the $2,581,520 prize pool, and a coveted World Series of Poker bracelet for his victory in the ninth event of poker's bigges - read more »
Jennifer Tilly plays a new role: Poker Champion - 28 June 2005
In the new world of poker, you never know who is going to strike gold. People as diverse as actor Tobey Mcguire, NHL player Travis Green (who has cashed twice this year already, including a final table bubble in event # 2), and former tennis great Yvgeny Kafelnikov have played in the biggest events, and often held thei - 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 »

July 2005

MANSION Online Casino Launches Today - 08 July 2005
MANSION, a Gibraltar based online gaming company, continues their commitment to high-value gaming entertainment with the launch of their new instant-play online casino, MANSION Casino ( Millions of casino players have discovered the convenience of playing from home and MANSION furthers the benefits by - read more »
High Roller Lifestyle Magazine Announces a Grand Event in Vegas and a New Distribution Deal with, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million - 07 July 2005
After the strikingly successful release of its premier issue last June the 20th, High Roller Lifestyle Magazine has already become the most stunning event in the publishing industry and the sumptuous lifestyle of Las Vegas casinos. In a little over 2 weeks of its debut, the magazine has already acquired 8,000 new subsc - 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 »
CyberBingo Offers New Bingo Games and Cash Prizes - 05 July 2005
CyberBingo Corporation, a pioneer in the online gaming industry and the longest running online bingo site, has just announced an exciting new line-up of online bingo games, which allow participants to have six opportunities to collect a total of over $66,000. These games will be played each Saturday this month in Cyber - read more »

August 2005

New Small Town Poker Tour Show Blends Real Life and Texas Hold'em - 29 August 2005
The tour is set to travel the USA in search of the best amateur player in America, along the way featuring a unique blend of characters that make for some very exciting action. Mark Fracalossi, CEO of AMT Media LLC and Billy Frank Creative,Director/Executive Producer Make It Happen Productions, have announced a partner - read more »
Hard Rock Casino Biloxi - 27 August 2005
Workers are rushing to put the finishing touches on the gulf coast's latest gambling and hotel mecca. And this attraction is hard to miss- how can you not spot the world's biggest guitar, heralding the arrival of the latest re-encarnation of the original Hard Rock Cafe. But this cafe is complete with hotel and casino.. - 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 »
Full Tilt Poker Raises Over $100,000 For The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Las Vegas - 16 August 2005
Full Tilt Poker and Bluff Magazine anted up for a good cause at their Wynn Las Vegas Charity Gala and Celebrity Poker Tournament July 5, 2005, raising over $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. Held at the La Bete Nightclub in the prestigious Wynn Las Vegas, the stars came out to test their skills against t - read more »

September 2005

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 »
A Wonderful Opportunity for the Ladies of Poker at the Bicycle Casino - 05 September 2005
Ladies will have the opportunity to show their stuff in the WPT Ladies Night Out Invitational that will be shown on the Travel Channel, and the Bicycle Casino hosted a No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Poker Party on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:15p.m. The winner of this $100+$20 tournament will go on to compete with some of the bi - 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 »
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 »

October 2005

Megabucks (R) Jackpot Hits $11.9 Million at Aladdin Resort & Casino - 17 October 2005
Just one month and one day since its last hit, the Megabucks(R) top jackpot of $11,909,745 was won at the Aladdin Resort & Casino early Sunday morning.The lucky winner, who asked to remain anonymous, had seen the Megabucks (R) signs which read, "One pull can change your life" and said, "Now I know that it's true."The j - read more »
PartyGaming move points to peak in online gambling - 11 October 2005
Investor confidence in internet poker hit a new low yesterday as PartyGaming, the market leader, effectively forced a divorce on the so-called "skin" companies whose online marketing skills have helped to fuel the game's astonishing growth.PartyGaming's decision to sever long-standing partnerships with these "white-lab - 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 »
Coral Teams up With Chelsea FC in Online Deal - 02 October 2005
Under the terms of the two season deal Coral Eurobet's online betting arm,, will provide Chelsea's official website,, with an exclusive co-branded microsite, containing a wide range of football and sports odds as well as a host of special Chelsea-related bets. will actively promo - read more »

November 2005

Ute Mountain Casino - Hotel and Resort Teams Up With GSN On 'World Series of Blackjack 2006' - 15 November 2005
Ute Mountain Casino - Hotel & Resort is partnering with GSN, The Network for Games, on the broadcaster's third year of the franchise series World Series of Blackjack 2006. Ute Mountain Casino, the largest casino in southwest Colorado, is currently hosting three preliminary blackjack tournaments. The top winner of each - 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 »
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 »
Government fury over online casino advertising - 10 November 2005
The government is set to announce a crackdown on offshore internet gambling firms that are flouting advertising laws governing the sector. Foreign-based online casinos are allowed to advertise but must adhere to tight regulations, including a ban on offering free entry to online poker competitions and suggesting like - read more »

December 2005

PartyGaming shines in London - 08 December 2005
PartyGaming made the statement after it said trading in both poker and casino for the two months to Nov. 30 has been strong.Numis Securities said that consensus pretax profit currently stands at around 277 million pounds. It is forecasting the company to produce pretax profit of 286.5 million pounds and said it wasn't - read more »
Poker's Hot Streak May Be Nearing End - 23 December 2005
The worldwide poker industry appears to have hit every possible inside straight, flush and full house that it could, accumulating a large pot of cash in the process.But as this holiday season nears an end, the industry's luck seems to be running out as boxed sets of cards and chips are discounted, ratings fade for some - 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 »
Price Talk Emerges On Macau Galaxy Casino 2-Part USD Bond - 06 December 2005
Price talk on the US$500 million two-tranche bond from Macau's Galaxy Casino is for a yield in the 10% area for the seven-year fixed-rate bond, not callable for the first four years, and around 500 basis points over the London interbank offered rate for the five-year floating-rate note callable after three years, peopl - read more »