Gambling News Archives 2005

January 2005

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 »
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 »
Danish player wins $198,292 on Online Slot Machine - 06 January 2005
InterCasino ( player, known by his username ‘Sture', conquered online slot machine Rags to Riches with Viking-like celerity after just $21 of play. Sture, 38 year-old from Denmark, was playing the generous progressive early yesterday morning after his girlfriend left for work. Sture planned on playi - read more »
Washington Woman Wins Online Poker Tournament - 14 January 2005
A Washington woman placed third in the Saturday night poker tournament at Party, winning $7,500.00. The woman, Macy Shaw, who plays under the nickname MacyAA, credits the website with helping her place in the weekly online Texas Hold Em tournament. According to Macy, "The web - read more »

February 2005

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 »
Beijing police break Internet gambling case - 02 February 2005
broken an Internet gambling case, seizing more than 235 million yuan (28.4 million US dollars) and three suspects, Wednesday's Beijing News reported. Another suspect, surnamed Huang, believed to be a leader of the gambling ring, remains at large. The police said they received a report on Dec. 23, 2004 that an IP addres - read more »
WPT Insider Unveils New World Poker Tour Online Poker Satellite Section - 05 February 2005
WPT Insider (, the leading source in World Poker Tour coverage, unveils a new online satellite section, geared towards poker fans wanting to qualify online for World Poker Tour events.Filled with unique promotions for avid poker fans, WPT Insider has a complete list of online cardrooms that host Worl - read more »
Online gambling sites expect big payoffs - 08 February 2005
Online gambling has hit the jackpot. After years of escalating growth, it's poised for its biggest year. That reflects a growing obsession with poker, advances in broadband and wireless technology, and the temptation to strike it rich from a PC.More than 2,000 gambling Web sites this year will rake in nearly $10 billio - read more »

March 2005

Kathy Liebert, TV Poker Champ, Becomes Spokeswoman for PartyPoker.Com - World's Largest Poker Room - 11 March 2005
Fresh off a stunning victory in televised poker's Battle of the Sexes, Kathy Liebert--one of the all time leading female money winners in professional poker--has joined as its spokeswoman. With her decisive win Liebert has vaulted into the public eye. On a show that aired March 4, she prevailed over 11 m - read more » Puts an Early End to Woman's Auction - Their Newest "Body BillBoard Babe" Gets Bought After First Day On Ebay - 20 March 2005 Puts An Early End To Woman's Auction; Their Newest "Body Billboard Babe" Gets Bought After First Day On has added another living ad space their Ebay shopping cart. Fitness model, Tana Gabrielle, of Charlotte N.C. will soon be donning the online casino's infamous tattoo, only this - read more » Announces First $1.5 Million Paradise Masters Online Championships - 04 March 2005 is proud to announce the first Paradise Masters Online Championships March 1 to 6, 2005. This week-long celebration features a series of tournaments and events where players compete for cash and prizes.The highlight of the week will be a No Limit Texas Hold'Em tournament with a prize pool valued well - read more »
Table Mountain Casino Celebrated Over $4 Million in Payouts - 02 March 2005
Only three days apart, two Valley residents took home a combined total of $547,604 and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. This is proof positive that Table Mountain Casino is the perfect place to take a "Lucky Break."Guests need only travel 15-minutes outside of Fresno to enjoy 2,000 popular slot machines from five cents to - read more »

April 2005

iTouch Launches New UK Mobile Gaming Service - 20 April 2005
iTouch plc, a leading provider of mobile entertainment, is pleased to announce that it has signed a three year agreement with Eurobet UK, better known in the UK as Coral. The agreement represents the formal launch of iTouch's mobile gaming service in the UK.This will be the first time that iTouch will market mobile gam - read more »
Gambling Bill set to become law - 07 April 2005
The Gambling Bill has been approved by the House of Lords after the government scaled down plans for eight regional "super-casinos" to just one. It completed all its Lords stages on Wednesday and is set to become law when it returns to the Commons later. The bill appeared doomed until Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell str - read more »
$53.5 million refurbishment for Conrad Jupiters - 12 April 2005
Gaming and entertainment group Tabcorp have unveiled plans for a $53.5 million refurbishment of Conrad Jupiters hotel and casino on Queensland's Gold Coast.The refurbishment will involve the consolidation of all casino and gaming operations to one newly renovated and expanded floor, freeing up an extra 3500 square metr - read more » Releases Its New, Free DVD Campaign Aimed to Teach Users the Secrets of Poker - 25 April 2005
Getting crushed at the casino? Your friends always end up raking it in by the end of the night? "Britepoker's Guide to Dominating Poker," hosted by Harvard graduate John Barkett, contains 13 chapters of poker techniques aimed at solving these problems. The video teaches how often you should be calling (rarely) and how - read more »

May 2005

Full Tilt Poker's Phil Ivey Makes History - 27 May 2005
Team Full Tilt's Phil Ivey is on a winning streak and making history, landing at the final tables of four major televised poker events in a row, with buy-ins ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Over the past two months, Phil Ivey has been giving competitors a run for their money, winning close to $800,000.Phil Ivey started - 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 »
Football Betting Trends to keep an eye on this year. - 20 May 2005
Until last year, the past 10 years the winners of the Super Bowl are a combined 58-79 ATS for a lousy 42% win ratio following their Super Bowl victory. While the losers of the Super Bowl are even worse the following year at 64-94 for a 41% win ratio. Combined, that is a record of 122-173 ATS for a low 41% win ratio. I - 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

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 »
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 »
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 »
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

Celebrity Poker Goes From TV to Your PC - 27 July 2005
CelebPoker is the fastest growing new poker room. Allowing players to play with celebrities in weekly promotions. The action is very loose, with lots of beginners on the network as well as celebrity players scattered about the site. The graphics are nice and the functionality is quite good. Multi-table feature is one o - 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 »
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 »
Ladies' English Open Announces Title Sponsor - 06 July 2005
Online gaming company King Solomon's Poker has been unveiled as the title sponsor for the Ladies' English Open.The online gaming company has given its backing to the prestigious event on the Ladies' European Golf Tour, held at Chart Hills Golf Club in Kent.Officials at Chart Hills, which first staged the Ladies' Englis - read more »

August 2005

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 »
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 »
ITV'S All-Star Poker Challenge was the perfect show to tune into if you wanted to learn how NOT to play the game.The players were clearly selected for who they are rather than what they can do at the poker table.I was expecting to see celebrities with a modicum of skill but it seemed as if their only previous associati - read more »
Casino plan horrifies Gettysburg - 16 August 2005
Beneath the surface Gettysburg is engaged in its fiercest battle since the smoke cleared on the morning of July 4 1863 and the shocked and bewildered townspeople were greeted by the apocalyptic sight of more than 50,000 dead and injured men strewn across their fields. A group of developers led by a prominent local busi - 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 »
The Perils of Casinos That Float - 07 September 2005
Bernie Burkholder, dressed in scuffed tennis shoes, shorts and a dirty shirt, could have been any other shell-shocked survivor of Hurricane Katrina, desperate to find enough gas to motor out of town. Mr. Burkholder stood by a badly damaged hotel here in the coastal town of Biloxi, siphoning gas from a barrel into a pai - read more » to Sponsor the 2005 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Florida State Finals - 01 September 2005 is proud to announce it will be sponsoring the 2005 Miss Hawaiian Tropic State Finals for Central and North Florida, which will be televised across the state and reaching over a million households and an untold number of sports bars and other entertainment outlets.The pageant will be held at Antigua Nig - 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 »

October 2005

Casuality Europe: A Conference for Casual Game Developers, Publishers and Distributors - 02 October 2005
Casuality Europe: A Conference for Casual Game Developers, Publishers and Distributors will be held in Amsterdam on the 8th and 9th of February 2006.Casuality is an independent conference designed and organized by an independent group of casual game industry professionals to address the specific needs of casual game de - 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 »
Perini wins $462.8M for expansion deal at Foxwoods - 26 October 2005
Perini Building Company Inc. announced Tuesday it was awarded a $462.8 million contract by the Mashantucket Pequots Tribal Nation for the construction of a 2 million-square-foot expansion of the Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut. Foxwoods is a 4.7 million-square-foot complex with 340,000 square feet of - read more »
Bingo Boogie Plans the Classic Girls Night In - 12 October 2005
Jackpot Gaming Limited today launches a new online bingo site at Designed to appeal to a young, female audience, Bingo Boogie will offer three 90 ball bingo rooms on launch as well as complimentary games including Blackjack, Slots and Video Poker.Founded by two former directors of Elektronik Medi - 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 »
Ameristar starts $240 million expansion in St. Charles - 06 November 2005
Ameristar Casinos Inc. launched a $240 million expansion project at its St. Charles, Mo., casino to boost market share and better compete in the area. Work is under way on a 400-room, all-suite hotel, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and spa, a 2,000-space parking garage and a 20,000 square-foot conference center. The p - read more »
Sportingbet CEO: US Should Tax Online Gaming - 19 November 2005
Online gaming is licenced and taxed in 63 countries worldwide and the United States should be taking advantage of this $10 Billion market, said Nigel Payne, Chief Executive of Sportingbet PLC, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday November 20th on CBS 60 Minutes. Sportingbet operates a number of brands, the largest of - read more »
Casinos gamble on RFID gaming chips - 16 November 2005
Gaming Partners International Corp on Tuesday said it has secured a major contract with Galaxy Resorts to supply more than 600,000 RFID gaming chips to the new Rio and Grand Waldo casinos scheduled to open in Macau, China early next year. Casinos increasingly are turning toward radio frequency identification technology - read more »

December 2005 voted “The Safest Place to Play” online - 08 December 2005
With competition fierce in the online gaming market, success is no longer measured in dollars and cents but also in reputation, integrity and customer satisfaction. In 2005, readers of Gambling Online Magazine have acknowledged this trend and have rewarded pioneers ( as the ‘Best Onl - read more »
WagerLogic’s Millionaires Club™ Hits the Jackpot - 21 December 2005
On a ninety cent bet, one of the largest ever casino jackpots online was won last week with the winner receiving a cool US$1.77 million. Millionaires Club™ is a 9-line slot game with a fast growing progressive Jackpot ? a hugely popular Internet slot game licensed exclusively by WagerLogic Limited, a wholly-owned - read more »
Charlize Bonding With 007 - 05 December 2005
If the latest rumours are to be believed, 007's producers are casting a Hollywood heavyweight as the next Bond girl.After feisty Halle Berry proved popular in the last Bond film, another Oscar winner is being lined up to add class to the franchise.According to the Daily Mirror, Charlize Theron - who won her Academy Awa - 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 »