Gambling News Archives 2006

January 2006

Ebay Auction Results in Sponsorship Deal for World Series of Poker Player Scott Neuman - 09 January 2006
Professional Poker Player Scott Neuman is proud to announce the sponsorship by Riley Books for Poker Player Scott Neuman to enter the World Poker Tour event at the Borgata Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, on Jan, 21st, 2006. Scott Neuman will be competing against the best of the best in the No Limit High stakes game of - read more »
Stardust To Close In 2006 - 11 January 2006
The year 2006 will most likely be the last for Vegas visitors to grab a piece of Stardust.The Stardust Hotel and Casino, in business since 1958, will close later this year and be torn down in 2007 to make way for a $4 billion development to be called Echelon Place, it was announced last week. The 60-plus acre project f - read more »
Women find poker is their strongest suit - 04 January 2006
By day JoJo Hastie organises charity events and private functions. At night she is one of a growing band of women who are taking over the male dominated game of poker. Three years ago the image of poker was of large men chomping on equally large cigars in dark, smoky rooms with bottles of beer and tumblers spread aroun - read more »
Casinos pull in 18.7 million visitors to Macau - 12 January 2006
Southern China's gambling haven Macau pulled in 18.7 million visitors last year, attracted to the city's mushrooming casino industry, tourism chiefs said on Wednesday. More than half, 10.5 million, were arrivals from neighbouring mainland China, most of them entering under newly lowered restrictions on travel outside o - read more »

February 2006

888 Holdings Public Limited Company - 04 February 2006
888, one of the world's most popular online gaming companies, today provides the following trading update for the fourth quarter of 2005 and cumulative results for the year ended 31 December 2005.Key financials for the three months ended 31 December 2005:• Net Gaming Revenue rose to US$77 million, an increase of 56% ab - read more »
Full Tilt Poker's John D'Agostino and Erick Lindgren Turn up the Heat at the Borgata Winter Poker Open - 04 February 2006
Full Tilt Poker pros John D'Agostino and Erick Lindgren each had very strong showings at the Borgata Winter Poker Open, finishing second and third respectively out of a field of 381. Additionally, Peter Feldman, who earned his $10,000 tournament entry by playing online at Full Tilt Poker, just missed the final table, f - read more »
Gaming ethics get tightened - 14 February 2006
The state's Gaming Control Board adopted a strict policy yesterday that includes prohibitions against political activity, accepting gifts from the gambling industry, or owning an interest in any casino-related firm doing business in Pennsylvania.The new Code of Ethics "goes a long way" to ensure the integrity of the pr - read more »
Try Before You Buy--Blackpool Bingo Offer Free Games With Cash Prizes - 20 February 2006
Blackpool Bingo is offering its players the chance to ‘try before you buy'. Each day they have up to 45 games that are free to play, but have penny prizes. The free bingo games play every couple of hours between 1am to 1pm GMT. All you have to do is open a Blackpool Bingo account to try them out. No initial deposit is - read more »

March 2006

Citywalk Studios Helps Branson Attraction Make Big Splash - 16 March 2006
Award shows have been given a bad rap so to speak based on the Oscar's recent tribute paid to the song, “Hard to Be a Pimp”. If a movie needs a hit song to promote itself, it begs the question, what's wrong with the movie? Music, when it's incorporated into a story, should never draw attention to itself. It should mere - read more »
Betcorp Ltd. - Strong Move in Affiliate Marketing with Earn United Affiliate Program - 22 March 2006
Betcorp Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of its new Affiliate Program, powered by a global leader in Affiliate Marketing, With Betcorp's unique and diverse product offerings and Earn United's commitment to providing a leading-edge affiliate marketing platform, the partnership offers Affiliates a s - read more »
Margolis Deals Out a Full House at her Launch Party in L.A. - 02 March 2006
Cindy Margolis' launch party for her new poker room on February 18th catered to a full house featuring over 500 guests. Top poker pros Cyndy Violette and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and hot celebrities Mark McGrath, Adam Goldberg, American Idol's Constantine Maroulis and Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Ta - read more »
Pinnacle to buy Aztar for $1.45 bln - 13 March 2006
Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., which operates casinos in smaller markets, on Monday said it would buy Tropicana-owner Aztar Corp. for about $1.45 billion in cash, extending its reach into the prime markets of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.The first major casino takeover deal since last year positions Pinnacle -- which is - read more »

April 2006

Las Vegas mayor contacts San Diego Chargers about relocating - 27 April 2006
The Las Vegas Chargers? That would be the football team's new name if Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has his way.Goodman contacted the San Diego team this week about the possibility of starting talks to relocate to the gambling and entertainment mecca."Las Vegas is the fastest-growing city in the U.S.," Goodman said. "A - read more »
PartyGaming jumps on US gambling bill doubts - 06 April 2006
Shares in gaming stocks leapt on Thursday, with PartyGaming up by more than 13 percent, as dealers cited opposition to a U.S. bill aimed at cracking down on Internet gambling.Bills recently introduced in the U.S. Congress propose a ban on Web-based gambling and the use of credit cards to pay for online wagers.Dealers s - read more »
Professional Poker Player Jennifer Powell Has Launched Her Own Web Site - 20 April 2006
Professional Poker Player Jennifer Powell has launched her own Web site. Players and Poker fans alike are not surprised by this move. She is regularly approached for modeling jobs and is said to be in "talks" with playboy.Her site offers fans the opportunity to purchase posters or autographed head shots. And many playe - read more »
Betfair Poker Pick Up $1 Million WSOP Tab - 13 April 2006
Betfair Poker is offering an unlimited number of seats for the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Fast becoming the most popular place to qualify for this event, Betfair Poker is working hard to maintain its philosophy of bringing more to the table. Last year, the WSOP top prize was a huge $7.5m and nine players took home o - read more »

May 2006

Commodore Casino & Poker Sponsors Children’s Charity Event - 10 May 2006
Commodore Casino & Poker ( has announced its primary sponsorship of the ‘2006 World Stars Football Match'. The event to be held on May 23 at Stade Louis II in Monaco will feature some of the biggest names in world sport, as a team of F1 Drivers and Star Team Monaco face-off in support of worldwi - read more »
Online casino ups ante in advertising stunt - 01 May 2006
An online gambling Web site known for its oddball publicity endeavors is spending an extra $25,000 to turn a quaint stunt into a full-fledged bid $2,550 on eBay to have its logo and Web site adorn the side of a 1997 Dodge Neon when Will Stuckenberg drives it off a cliff near Joplin on Saturday. B - read more »
New Book Explains How Professional Gamblers Win - 22 May 2006
Before you accept that casinos always have an advantage over players, take a look at the newly released book “Advantage Gambling” (ISBN 1-4276-0088-0), a concise guide explaining exactly what professional gamblers do that allows them to win consistently. Whether you're an occasional player or a serious gambler, you'll - read more »
Small Town Poker Tour and Noble Poker to Offer Events - 15 May 2006
The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) the world's largest amateur poker tour announced today a partnership with Noble Poker to create online events to enhance the land based tour. Noble Poker will provide the platform for the STPT to run online events."We are very excited about being with Noble Poker," stated Mark Fracaloss - read more »

June 2006

Poker series starts Sunday, but H.O.R.S.E. is big event - 24 June 2006
First prize at the main event of this year's World Series of Poker is expected to be $10 million. Nice, but it's not the tournament that has Daniel Negreanu excited. Negreanu, who writes a weekly poker column in the Star, has red-flagged July 12 since the World Series of Poker announced the addition of the $50,000 H.O. - read more »
Industry Experts Gaming Corporation Plc Announce Attendance at KPI Summit 2006 - 15 June 2006
Gaming Corporation Plc ( has announced their attendance at the KPI Summit to be held at the London Stock Exchange on Friday 30th June with the aim to define the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the iGaming sector. Ten prominent iGaming operators have been invited to participate in the 2006 Summ - read more »
Michigan City jackpot from casino hits $113M - 12 June 2006
A vast majority of the more than $100 million casino boat dollars collected the past decade have been used to extend municipal services and other investments in the city's infrastructure. It appears the future will be no different, with millions of dollars more in bricks-and-mortar projects to be paid for with gambling - read more »
First Beatles sanctioned stage show opens in Vegas - 30 June 2006
Lucy swoops on a trapeze across a sky twinkling with diamonds, Mr Kite presides over a psychedelic circus of stiltwalkers and acrobats, and the unmistakable voices of John, Paul, George and Ringo fill the surround sound-equipped arena. With a little help from a lot of friends, The Beatles are brought back to life in a - read more »

July 2006 is Placing Singer Brian McFadden in the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event - 21 July 2006
Singer and songwriter Brian McFadden will add another credential to his already impressive resume when he turns semi-professional in the poker world by playing in the 2006 World Series of Poker. Poker players from around the world dream of playing in this, the biggest event in the industry, although few ever will. Cele - read more »
All Bets Are Off US Online Gaming Legislation Takes Away People's Right to Choose - 18 July 2006
The day we have all dreaded has finally arrived. On July 11, 2006, the US government passed legislation prohibiting US-based financial institutions from accepting payments for online gambling. This essentially disallows US citizens and people from around the world who transfer funds through a US financial institution - read more »
PartyGaming Selects KANA Response and KANA IQ to Improve Global Customer Support Operations Following Successful Pilot - 17 July 2006
KANA Software Inc., a world leader in multi-channel customer service, today announced that PartyGaming Plc, the world's leading online gaming company, has selected software from KANA to enhance its global customer support operations. PartyGaming handles more than four million customer contacts per year via telephone an - read more »
Poker’s youngest winner does it again - 25 July 2006
A week after becoming the youngest player to win a World Series of Poker event, 21-year-old Jeff Madsen of Los Angeles proved it was no fluke. The University of California, Santa Barbara film student who scraped together $9,500 for buy-ins from his parents and a college fund has now cashed in for a cool $1.4 million. A - read more »

August 2006

73,400,000 Elvis Websites Can’t be Wrong - 18 August 2006
As thousands of Elvis fans gather at Graceland, on Elvis Presley Blvd. in Memphis, TN, one lifelong Elvis fan, in Las Vegas has removed himself from the pilgrimage this year and taken vigil over his new website.Although he claims not to be a gambler, Jim Lodwig is willing to bet his brand new website, www.Elvis-Picture - read more »
Guns N' Roses: Las Vegas Gig In September - 16 August 2006
According to the web site of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Guns N' Roses are scheduled to play at The Joint on September 16 and September 17. Tickets go on sale on August 19. Guns N' Roses will headline KROQ's Inland Invasion 2006 on September 23 at the Hyundai Pavillion at Glen Helen in Devore, California - read more »
Jamie Gold Wins 2006 WSOP Main Event, the Bracelet and $12,000,000 - 13 August 2006
Jamie Gold, who is sponsored by Bodog poker, started the day as chip leader with $25,650,000 beat 8,773 entrants and won the event which started back on July 28th. The final table containing 9 players was played at the Amazon Room, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada and offered total prize money of $82,466 - read more » Announces Deal to Back Rugby - 29 August 2006 is the latest major company to become a key partner of Premier Rugby and the Guinness Premiership as a result of a contract that will see the company backing rugby at professional club level for the next two years.The online betting and gaming company has followed its title sponsorship of the Middlesex Seve - read more »

September 2006

$1B casino planned for Chinese territory - 05 September 2006
American billionaire Stephen Wynn will make one of his biggest gambles this week when he opens a sleek $1 billion hotel-casino in Macau - the booming Chinese territory that could soon bump off Las Vegas as the world's gaming capital.Wynn is betting that his lavish rooms and trendsetting casino, which opens Wednesday, w - read more »
Titan Poker's Launches Bold New Look to Meet Growing Demand - 25 September 2006
Titan Poker, (, one of the fastest growing online poker rooms, has introduced a new design to the lobby of its popular poker software and has added a Mini Table View that is already a huge hit among the site's poker players.Titan Poker launched the new lobby design in order to meet the growing - read more »
Playtech Licenses Advanced Multimedia Technology - 18 September 2006
Playtech (Cyprus) Ltd., the international designer, developer and licensor of software for the gambling industry, a subsidiary company of Playtech Ltd , listed on AIM, announced today the signing of a license agreement with 1st Technology LLC.The license agreement is in relation to 1st Technology's core multimedia pate - read more »
WJMC Pots Black With Sponsorship of Two of Snookers Brightest Stars - 04 September 2006
Wild Jack Mobile Casino (WJMC), the UK's first fully functional mobile casino, today announced that it is sponsoring two of the UK's most exciting and up and coming snooker players, Michael ‘The Hitman' Holt and Ryan Day, on the 2006/2007 World Snooker Circuit. Snooker has recently gone through a renaiss - read more »

October 2006

Interior Department employees spend hours on sex, gambling Web sites - 05 October 2006
In one week, several Interior Department workers spent more than 30 minutes on sexually explicit Web sites.That same week, another computer showed more than 2,300 log entries at two Internet game sites for about 14 hours.Still another was logged into an Internet auction for almost eight hours.Those were just some of th - read more »
Online Poker Room Celebrates the Billionth Hand - 24 October 2006
Royal Vegas Poker celebrated the billionth hand dealt by The Microgaming Poker Network with an incredible variety of prizes to the ecstatic Billionth Hand Promotion winners.The Billionth Hand Promotion gave poker players ( the opportunity to win large cash prizes, awesome Freeroll Tournam - read more »
Gala keen to bid for Tote, not for Internet rivals - 18 October 2006
Europe's biggest gambling firm Gala would bid for UK state-owned bookmaker the Tote as soon as it became available, but is not targeting any of Britain's listed Internet gambling firms, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The UK government is now considering its options after last month rejecting an offer of around - read more »
32Red’s Latest Acquisition Joins the World’s leading Poker Network - 25 October 2006
BetDirect has become the latest big name to choose Microgaming software for its poker and casino products, following its acquisition by 32Red Plc. The news means that BetDirect Poker becomes part of the Microgaming Poker Network with immediate effect.BetDirect ( brings the total number of new p - read more »

November 2006

William Hill Partners with GameAccount - 05 November 2006
GameAccount (, the world's largest integrated network of skill-based games, has been chosen by leading UK bookmaker and gaming group William Hill to supply them with sophisticated Skill Game products. The terms of the multi-year agreement allows William Hill customers to tap into the liquid GameAcco - read more »
The stakes are higher when playing tournament poker - 08 November 2006
In a typical cash poker game, you don't face the pressure of having to win every last chip on the table. Instead, you can play a steady, solid game, looking to make a small profit on the night by playing conservatively and making sure you have top hands when you do play.All that changes when you play tournament poker.I - read more »
Online betting sites wary of G2E - 13 November 2006
No one would confuse today's popular gambling Web sites with Bugsy Siegel's Flamingo. But the American government's decision to crack down on Internet gambling will be felt this week in Las Vegas when the head honchos of the land-based gambling industry gather for the annual Global Gaming Expo trade show and convention - read more »
Irish Poker Open 2007 Venue Announced - 15 November 2006
Paddy Power Poker today announces the venue for the €2 million guaranteed 2007 Irish Poker Open - Dublin's landmark Burlington Hotel. Players will experience 4-star luxury as they battle it out in Europe's foremost poker tournament.A Dublin tradition since 1972, the Hotel has played host to many international events an - read more »

December 2006

Ameristar Casino will donate $2 million for Riverfront Trail - 05 December 2006
Ameristar Kansas City Casino and Hotel has agreed to donate $2 million to help complete the Riverfront Heritage Trail bicycle and walking path along the Missouri River.The donation is part of a new five-year development agreement between the casino and the Kansas City Port Authority approved unanimously by the city age - read more »
Online Gambling's Largest Research Initiative to Publish in January - 05 December 2006
eCOGRA (eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance), the online gambling industry's player protection and standards authority, announces that it will launch its much anticipated Global Online Gambler Report at ICEi. The press conference will be held at 1030 hrs on Tuesday January 23rd at Earl - read more »
Singapore Bets on Genting - 11 December 2006
Move over Macau. It's now Singapore's turn to create some buzz in the global gambling business. On Dec. 11, the shares of Malaysia's Genting Berhad (GEBHY) shot up as high as 22% to 35.75 ringgit ($10.2) during trading in Kuala Lumpur after Singapore awarded the casino operator and entertainment concern the rights to b - read more »
Penguins to Focus on Deal With Casino - 19 December 2006
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux called a deal to sell the team to a Canadian billionaire "unequivocally" dead and said Monday he is trying to reach a deal with a casino that promises to build an arena for the financially struggling club. Isle of Capri has said it will build a $290 million facility for the Penguins to repl - read more »