Gambling News Archives 2006

January 2006

Card Shark Uses Skills to Inform, Not Exploit Casino Consultant Demonstrates Cheating Techniques to Casinos, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Now the General Public - 07 January 2006
Beginning Sunday, January 8, it's Vegas Week on the Travel Channel. Cheats & Scams 2 features Sal Piacente, an expert on casino scams. This airs in the advent of the (January 24) release of Poker Cheats Exposed, produced by Pocket Aces, LLC. The 2-1/2 hour DVD program features Piacente revealing the methods/devices use - read more »
Ruling Paves Way for Four Winds Casino - 07 January 2006
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an appeal by opponents of a land-based, tribal run casino in southwestern Michigan, a tribal spokesman said. Tom Shields, spokesman for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, called the ruling by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington a "resounding victory." Shields - read more »
Socialite and Top Selling Author Eric Schiffer Dazzles Celebrities at The Golden Globe Parties - 24 January 2006
The Golden Globe's after parties were a lot more interesting this year, thanks to the attendance of Eric Schiffer. Mr. Schiffer is one of Hollywood's most charming bachelors and socialites. He is a top selling author and entrepenuer with his next book, "Rock Star Entrepenuer" due to come out soon.The Golden Globes is k - read more »
Gamblers Flock to Last 'World Series of Blackjack 2006' Tourney at Ute Mountain Casino - 27 January 2006
The convention center at the Ute Mountain Casino, Hotel and Resort was filled with the nervous murmur of gamblers, stacks of red, green and blue chips, professional blackjack players and TV cameras Saturday. The convention center was the scene for the last of the casino's three World Series of Blackjack 2006 satellite - read more »

February 2006

Ron Santini to Speak at CAP Spring Break 2006 - 14 February 2006
CAP Spring Break, a unique networking event presented by “CAP” is excited to announce that CPA and financial planning expert Ron Santini will speak at CAP Spring Break 2006 in Miami Beach, Florida May 20-23, 2006. Mr. Santini is the President of Santini and Company CPA, Certified Public Acco - read more »
Canadian Losses May Improve U.S. Odds to Win Men’s Hockey Gold - 23 February 2006
After Canada's inconceivable losses to Switzerland and Finland over the weekend, odds of the U.S. Men's Hockey Team winning Olympic gold might have improved, but Tuesday's win over the Czech Republic leaves Canada the team to beat. The Men's Hockey Medal Round will be played Sunday, February 26th; wi - read more »
Gambling plan for casino resort - 24 February 2006
Blackpool is paving the way to become the UK's only super casino resort with a "robust" gambling policy. Councillors said that although the plan will reap massive rewards for the town, there also needs to be some protection. The planned policy will prevent gambling becoming a source of crime and disorder, set out rules - read more »
Titan Poker Launches Its Popular Poker Software in German, Italian and Spanish - 09 February 2006
Titan Poker, one of the fastest growing online poker rooms, has launched its popular poker software in German, Italian, and Spanish. The three new languages complement Titan Poker's existing software in English and French.New players are given the option to choose the language of their software when downloading the Tit - read more »

March 2006

Greektown Casino floats new $200 million hotel plan - 24 March 2006
Owners of the Greektown Casino have announced a revised expansion proposal that includes a $200 million, 33- to 35-story structure housing a 400-room hotel and 3,100 parking spots, to be built where a municipal garage now stands.The building would have 20 to 22 stories of hotel rooms atop 13 stories of parking, Greekto - read more »
GT Web Launches - the Canadian Online Poker Championship Series - 30 March 2006
GT Web, a small internet company based in Vancouver, Canada, has created the web's newest niche. The Canadian Online Poker Championship Series or COPCS as it is often called is an online community for poker enthusiasts to meet, interact and compete against each other in a series of Texas Hold'em tournaments.The premise - read more »
Louisiana casinos cashing in - 22 March 2006
Even with Harrah's New Orleans contributing just 13 days of revenue to the total, Louisiana casinos continued to rebound from a hurricane-affected fall, posting a 13 percent increase in gaming win in February.During the month, Louisiana casinos took in $214.8 million from gamblers, the state's Gaming Control Board repo - read more »
U.S. Government Ignores World Trade Organization Online Gambling Ruling - 22 March 2006
April 3, 2006 deadline looms and still no word from U.S.A. The U.S. government's move to effectively outlaw online casino and sports betting by prohibiting U.S. banks and Internet service providers from offering financial and Internet services to online bettors and the sites they frequent threatens to destroy the fragi - read more »

April 2006

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 »
Ameristar Offers About $1.5B for Aztar - 04 April 2006
Ameristar Casinos Inc. said Monday it has offered about $1.5 billion in cash to acquire Aztar Corp., a Phoenix-based casino operator, trumping previous offers from Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. and Colony Capital LLC.Ameristar said the move would give it prime real estate in the nation's top gambling markets in Las Vegas - read more »
Seven Springs says no dice to glitzy casino - 01 April 2006
Seven Springs Mountain Resort unveiled Thursday its design for a 26,900-square-foot casino in Somerset County, saying it will create 350 new jobs.Unlike the glitzy casinos that beckon gamblers in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, however, the local resort's proposed $5.4 million project will be "modest" -- maintaining the r - read more »
FHM Magazine Counts The Utopian Society Star, Malin Akerman, Amongst their 100 Sexiest Women in the World for 2006 - 23 April 2006
"The Utopian Society" movie, centers around Six College students from diverse backgrounds that are thrown together on a final project to create a "Utopian Society" on paper. they can't stand each other but as they break through their own walls they discover that it's really their differences and secrets that bind them - read more »

May 2006

Sam Feldman, CEO of S.L. Feldman & Associates (SLFA), Will Play in the CEO Poker Event - 15 May 2006
Sam Feldman, CEO of S.L. Feldman & Associates (SLFA), Canada's leading full-service entertainment agency, will play in the CEO Poker event at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Oct 22-27, for the title of Chairman of Poker.S.L. Feldman & Associates under the leadership of Sam Feldman in 1971, SLFA has grown into a diversifi - read more »
Gambling commision dealt dead man's hand - 22 May 2006
A federal commission's study of legal gambling in the late 1990s produced significant recommendations, many of which ended up like poker's dead man's hand.Dead man's hand is a term to describe the cards Wild Bill Hickock held - a pair of black aces and eights - when he was shot dead in a saloon in South Dakota in 1876. - read more »
3BWin takes on the established betting companies with a whole new approach to sports betting - 18 May 2006
Betting on football is by no means new - quite the opposite. It's one of the oldest sports betting forms across Europe. But when 3BWin ( opens for business, it's coming with a fresh approach and a promise to completely transform sports betting. 3BWin has been extremely receptive to betting trends, and has - read more »
Tribe wants to end deal with casino developers - 23 May 2006
The Seminole Tribe wants a judge to break what it calls an "illegal and unconscionable" contract with the developers of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino complexes, saying the deal negotiated by its leaders could cost tribe members $2 billion.The filing in Broward Circuit Court said developer Power Plant Entertainm - read more »

June 2006

Hearing on Internet gaming set for Monday - 04 June 2006
York County's first battle over Internet sweepstakes terminals -- and possibly the first such battle in the state -- will begin in a Rock Hill courtroom Monday morning.The question facing Magistrate Robert Davenport Jr. is whether 319 terminals that authorities seized three months ago are illegal.The state will argue t - read more »
UK Casino and Poker Operator 32Red Plc ( today announced the acquisition of Bet Direct ( from Sportech Plc, for a total of £11 million plus account liabilities.Bet Direct is one of the largest independent telephone and internet betting businesses in the UK, offering telephone, internet, - 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 »
Vegas firm takes over Jai-Alai - 04 June 2006
Like many older cities, Dania Beach has a list of institutions that never seems to change. Near the top of that list is Dania Jai-Alai.But a big change was announced last week when Jai-Alai executives said they were selling to the Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. for $152.5 million. The Aragon Group had owned Dania Ja - read more »

July 2006

Miss World Australia 2006 Sabrina Houssami Chooses Australian Designer Natasha Iwanov’s Label - 29 July 2006
Designer and founder of handbags, Natasha Iwanov is excited about the success of their unique designer handbag label and is thrilled to be in alliance with the ‘Miss World' Competition. The 2006 Miss World Australia Sabrina Houssami has selected handbags, based on luxurious pieces in quality leath - 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 »
US gaming bill to hit UK online stocks short term - 11 July 2006
he latest U.S. attempt to ban the multibillion-dollar online gaming industry from its virtual shores will take a step forward this week, but looks set to fall short of its goal, London-based analysts say.News flow is likely to hit shares in the sector, but will provide short-term buying opportunities, they added.Rep. B - read more »
Prescott in new sleaze storm - 05 July 2006
TROUBLED John Prescott was engulfed by fresh claims over sleaze last night.They centred on new allegations about his private life and links to the gambling industry.To Labour's acute embarrassment, the Parliamentary standards watchdog confirmed it had launched an inquiry into his controversial visit to the ranch of an - read more »

August 2006

Airport, bridge deals help HK, China cement ties - 05 August 2006
Hong Kong has advanced a long-debated proposal to build a $6 billion bridge to Macau and the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai and plans to set up a venture to manage Zhuhai's airport, accelerating efforts to tap southern China's economic potential. Chief Executive Donald Tsang said the city had submitted a detailed prop - read more »
Evansville casino gears up to compete with new French Lick casino - 09 August 2006
The city's riverboat casino is getting a new entertainment complex, hotel, slot machines and other improvements as it gears up to compete with a new Orange County casino set to open in November.The French Lick casino will be less than a two-hour drive from Casino Aztar in Evansville.‘‘We have new competition coming on - read more »
Online Gambling Hedges Its U.S. Bets - 22 August 2006
The U.S. Congress has yet to pass the pending legislation cracking down on Internet gambling. But in the meantime, the Justice Dept. has cast a much deeper freeze over the business with its July arrest of BetOnSports Chief Executive David Carruthers. Now, under pursuit of U.S. legal authorities, European online gaming - read more »
Lancaster firm gets casino deal - 05 August 2006
A Lancaster company has clinched a coveted deal with the nation's largest slot-machine manufacturer to be its exclusive distributor in Pennsylvania.PAP Security Printing Inc., which makes security-sensitive paper stock, blank lottery tickets, casino coin wrappers and automated teller receipts, has firmed up a multiyear - read more »

September 2006

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 »
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 »
Judge to freeze $6M -- half of record poker pot - 06 September 2006
Lawyers for World Series of Poker winner Jamie Gold and a Los Angeles-based TV development executive agreed to a court injunction freezing $6 million -- half of the top prize -- in a dispute about a deal to split the winnings.U.S. District Court Judge Roger L. Hunt was expected to sign the order soon, said Richard Scho - read more »
Fake Profile of Pam Anderson at - 13 September 2006, which has become an essential part of many teenagers' social life, is an online hangout where members can check out one another's profiles, share photos and messages. The social-networking sensation on the Web is home to more than 100 million members, and home of many celebrities. However, the proliferatio - read more »

October 2006

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 »
Poker players battle crackdown on Internet gambling - 12 October 2006
Online poker players are nervously awaiting President Bush's expected signature this week on legislation that would kick them out of their virtual casinos.The measure, designed to block the financial transactions that have fueled Internet gambling, was quietly attached to a port security bill in a flurry of last-minute - 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 »
Exclusive Mayfair Poker Club Applies for Three More Licenses - 12 October 2006
The Fox Poker Club ( has made further applications to the Gambling Commission for Certificates of Consent for another venue in London and elsewhere in the UK. The Fox Poker Club is therefore now seeking the necessary planning permissions from local authorities.This makes the total number of four ap - read more »

November 2006

Mansion's $250,000 Added Tournament Series: Daily dollars throughout December to fill players' pockets - 28 November 2006
Mansion Online fuels the festive spirit throughout the month of December with added dollars and extra value with the launch of our $250,000 Added Tournament Series.Mansion Poker is cranking up the holiday cheer with a generous boost of $250,000 added directly to the prize pools of regular tournaments from December 4 ev - read more » Surprises Many with Early Christmas Gift - 17 November 2006
Bodog agreed to buy out Betcorp for a reported $9 million. Betcorp operated the successful online sportsbook as well as the smaller Oasis sportsbook, BetHoldem Poker and Thunderbolt Casino. The deal which has been reported for weeks was finalized on the morning of November 15th, 2006 when Betcorp's sharehol - read more »
MPs looking at quiz TV 'rip-offs' - 28 November 2006
MPs have been told that some TV quiz shows "rip off" viewers by charging as much as 75p for phone calls even if customers do not get through. The Commons culture committee is looking at whether more regulation of the industry is needed. MPs heard some shows enticed viewers to call in with easy questions for big prizes, - read more »
Special Agent Parachutes Into New ‘Rich Pickings’ Game From Cyberslotz - 13 November 2006 today unveiled ‘Rich Pickings', its new action packed ‘James Bondesque' online slot machine game that invites players to meet secret agent Byron and the beautiful Monique en route to saving the world. Available now on it adds a topical flavour to the popular games already availabl - read more »

December 2006

Entrepreneur gambles, wins at Video Gaming - 11 December 2006
As a sophomore at Tennessee Tech in 1977, Jon Yarbrough turned his love for foosball into a business, placing a game table he had bought inside a Cookeville pool hall in return for a share of the profits.Thirty years later, he leads one of the United States' fastest-growing private companies, which has grown by leasing - read more »
PartyGaming to buy Empire, Intercontinental Online - 29 December 2006
Britain's PartyGaming said on Friday it was buying the Internet gambling operations of smaller rivals Empire Online and Intercontinental Online Gaming for $66.3 million in shares.PartyGaming said it expected Empire's Web sites, including and, to generate core profit of more than $6 mil - read more »
Station Casinos Gets $4.7B Buyout Bid - 05 December 2006
Private equity bidders extended their shopping spree for casino companies Monday as Station Casinos Inc. said it received a $4.7 billion buyout offer from its founding family and an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC. The $82-per-share offer for the Las Vegas-based neighborhood casino operator, backed by chief executive F - read more »
Protesters arrested outside gambling board headquarters - 11 December 2006
Eighteen people were arrested Monday during a nonviolent protest outside the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.The activist group Casino Free Philadelphia organized the event to draw attention to its claim that the board has not released sufficient information about the slots parlors that could be l - read more »