Gambling News Archives 2006

January 2006


PokerRoom.com launches tournament leader boards - 04 January 2006
Toronto-based PokerRoom.com has launched an innovation to rank and reward poker players, the Ace of Aces and Centurion Cup leaderboards.The Ace of Aces Leaderboard ranks players by most points across 12 scheduled, multi-table poker tournaments held each month and features a $5,000 first prize awarded to the number one - read more »
PartyGaming slides under shadow of new regulation - 31 January 2006
PARTYGAMING fell nearly 6 per cent as the spectre of a British government clampdown on online gaming encouraged profit-taking after last week's strong fourth-quarter revenue numbers from the poker website operator. Speaking in the House of Commons, Richard Caborn, the minister responsible for gambling, raised the possi - read more »
Developer Plans $4B Vegas Sports Resort - 26 January 2006
A California developer says he wants to build a $4 billion sports-themed resort on a plot of desert eight miles off the Las Vegas Strip.At a news conference scheduled for Thursday, Matt A. Rose will outline plans for the Ultimate Sports Resort that would include a 26,000-seat arena, a 5,000-seat aquatic center, an air- - read more »
Find Your Poker Heaven at the 2006 British Poker Open - 12 January 2006
Leading online poker room, PokerHeaven.com, has started running exclusive qualifiers for the 2006 British Poker Open, to be filmed in London in March. This prestigious tournament was founded in 2005 and with players such as Greg Raymer, Chris ‘Jesus' Ferguson, Howard Lederer and Dave ‘Devilfish' Ulliot competing in it' - read more »

February 2006


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 »
Newport Rhode Island's Ultimate Romantic Getaways Add New Sensual Spark at the Legendary Inns - 06 February 2006
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Legendary Inns of Newport, Newport's top luxury Inn group, has added three new romance packages for guests looking for the ultimate romantic getaway. Already Newport's only group of Inns named both "America's Top 10 Most Romantic" by American Historic Inns/ILoveInns.Com, and "Roman - 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 »
WagerProfits to Sponsor the 'Poolside BBQ' At CAP Spring Break 2006 - 14 February 2006
CAP Spring Break, a unique networking event presented by CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com “CAP” is excited to announce that top casino affiliate program WagerProfits will sponsor the poolside bbq at CAP Spring Break 2006 in Miami Beach, Florida May 20-23, 2006. WagerProfits is a CAP Certified Partner who manages affiliate p - read more »

March 2006


Circus Circus no fun for disabled woman - 06 March 2006
Gail Morrison's smile fades and she starts shaking her head, recounting what happened to her right after New Year's Day. The 70-year-old, who uses a scooter to get around as a result of a post-polio syndrome, was about to dine with her family at the Steakhouse at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino when it all started.A - read more »
PokerStars.com and Aston Martin Racing Are Driven to Win - 16 March 2006
PokerStars.com, the world's largest poker tournament website, and Aston Martin Racing, have today jointly announced the formation of an Official Partnership.On Saturday, March 18, both of the team's Aston Martin DBR9 racing cars will carry a special PokerStars.com livery when they start the 54th annual Sebring enduranc - read more »
Full Tilt Poker's Chris Ferguson Finishes Second at National Heads-Up Poker Championship - 16 March 2006
Full Tilt Poker's Chris Ferguson once again proved why he is considered one of the world's most skilled poker players, navigating his way through a tough 64-person field to score his second consecutive, second-place finish at the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.Ferguson, who won the World Series of Poker Main Even - read more »
James signs $30 million deal with Arizona - 13 March 2006
Edgerrin James prides himself on taking risks. He just took the biggest one of his career. James ran off to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, agreeing to a four-year, $30 million contract with a long-downtrodden franchise that had the worst running game in the NFL a year ago.The two-time league rushing champion, who bec - read more »

April 2006


Court rejects peace talks on Indian casinos in Ohio - 27 April 2006
A federal judge has rejected calls for peace talks in Gov. Bob Taft's all-out legal war opposing Indian casinos in Ohio. Lima Mayor David Berger, in a letter earlier this month, said he favored holding settlement talks with an Oklahoma Indian tribe. Dennis Shaffer, mayor of the Lima suburb of Fort Shawnee, also said th - read more »
Grey’s Anatomy’s, Katherine Heigl, Hits the Big Screen in Los Angeles for Exclusive Movie Event - 18 April 2006
Prior to its national DVD release, Los Angeles moviegoers will have an exclusive opportunity to see Side Effects, the timely, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the pharmaceutical industry starring Grey's Anatomy's sexy intern Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl). The film will run on the big screen for a last-chance showing fr - read more »
Midlothian gambles on super casino - 13 April 2006
The local authority has put forward a bid to the Casino Advisory Panel for the country's sole regional casino, which could generate more than 1,000 jobs.With the backing of a Straiton landowner and an international company, Midlothian Council hopes to strike the jackpot ahead of 26 other local authorities across the UK - read more »
Empire Online sales down after poker sale - 27 April 2006
Internet gambling group Empire Online reported a slight decline in first quarter gaming revenues on Thursday, following the sale of its Empire Poker site, but said it now had up to $259 million (145 million pounds) for acquisitions.Total first-quarter net gaming revenue was $21.1 million, compared to $22.5 million in t - read more »

May 2006


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 (www.3bwin.com) 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 »
Chip Leader -- CelebPoker Win's Business Britain Award - 11 May 2006
In excess of four million UK individuals gamble online each month, and since 2003 the amount staked online has risen dramatically by over 550%. Actuarial forecasting shows that this growth is set to continue into 2006 topping off around the World Series of Poker in July. This phenomenal growth in remote gambling, in pa - 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 »
Justice Department takes down $2.5 billion Internet gambling operation - 18 May 2006
The government dismantled a $2.5 billion offshore Internet gambling operation, the Justice Department said Wednesday, charging two fugitives and their companies with laundering gambling proceeds from Internet casino games and sporting events.A newly unsealed 12-count indictment filed in April 2005 accuses William Scott - read more »

June 2006


Youth Football Camp Taught by Top NFL Pro Bowl Players to Offer Youth and Displaced Hurricane Katrina Victims Camp Scholarships - 13 June 2006
The 2006 Pro Power Football Camp will offer Washington DC area youth and over 50 displaced youth of Hurricane Katrina full scholarships to participate in a week-long football camp taught by top NFL Pro Bowl players including Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys / Hall of Fame 1994), Santana Moss (Washington Redskins), Clinton - read more »
Video poker players don't get enough respect - 02 June 2006
Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, one of the few properties in the Greater Chicago area gaming market to offer what knowledgeable video poker devotees regard as "playable games," recently reduced some pay tables, adding to the frustration that skilled players have felt since casino gambling was introduced around here a d - 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 »
Aztar buyer happy with $2.75 billion deal - 12 June 2006
Gaming industry experts say Bill Yung is paying too much to acquire Phoenix-based Aztar Corp., the publicly traded parent company of the Tropicana casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J. Yung's Columbia Sussex Corp. agreed May 19 to pay $2.75 billion for the company, topping a rival bid from Pinnacle Entertainment - read more »

July 2006


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 »
Casino revenue hits record $1.15 billion - 13 July 2006
Gamblers are betting even more at the state's riverboat and racetrack casinos, spending a record $1.15 billion over the past 12 months, according to state records.That's up 4.8 percent from the same period a year earlier.The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says that between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, more than - read more »
Irish Online Poker Qualifiers Rule the Tables from Edinburgh to Las Vegas - 09 July 2006
Online qualifiers Dave Masters and Duncan Meekison battled through the 103 strong field of the recent Scottish Poker Championship at the Gala Maybury Casino, Edinburgh, to reach the final table of the £1,000 main event. Both players qualified for the £103,000 prize pool Scottish Championship through online satellites o - read more »
Documentary "Tocar y Luchar" to Premier at the Prestigious Montreal World Film Festival - 29 July 2006
Explorart Films announced today that the North American premier of the memorable documentary "Tocar y Luchar" ("To Play and To Fight") will be held at the 30th annual meeting of the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival. The documentary was accepted as official selection to the “Documentaries of the World” section o - read more »

August 2006


Arrest, bill won't deter online gambling - 21 August 2006
The recent arrest of a high-profile online gambling executive and a federal bill outlawing virtual wagers are generating headlines but will do little to curb the multibillion-dollar industry, gaming experts say.Former BetOnSports.com CEO David Carruthers is scheduled to appear in a St. Louis federal court Monday. He an - read more »
Poker is a big deal, but is it a sport? - 02 August 2006
IT IS going on 10.30pm in the city without clocks, and after nearly 12 hours of poker, Paul Azinger is a deep-down, someone's-just-starched-my-hamstrings tired. His eyes are glassier than a mounted marlin's."It's like playing 36 holes," said the 46-year-old winner of 12 PGA Tour events, including the 1993 US PGA Champi - read more »
PokerPro a natural for tech-age play - 05 August 2006
The popularity of playing poker on the Internet in spite of the fact the practice exists in legal limbo, is staggering. By some estimates it's a $2 billion dollar a year industry, with more than one million players going online to play each month. I've always considered it somewhat paradoxical that for a game in which - read more »
APAT Launches International Online Poker Series - 18 August 2006
The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (“APAT”), in association with PokerStars.com and PokerPlayer Magazine, announces the launch of the APAT Online Series.APAT Online is a series of 30 International tournaments hosted exclusively at PokerStars.com. The inaugural APAT Online Series event will be the English Amateur Poke - read more »

September 2006


Leisure & Gaming warns on betting margins - 25 September 2006
Internet gambling firm Leisure & Gaming warned on Monday a string of unfavourable NFL football results had hit betting margins, causing stocks across the sector to fall.L&G said its first-half pretax profit fell 8 percent to $6.8 million (3.6 million pounds) due to a non-recurring increase in head-office costs, and war - read more »
Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic Raises Over $1 Million - 13 September 2006
The second annual Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic, hosted by Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City and held Sept. 12 at Staley Farms Golf Club, raised $1,110,000 to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The Buoniconti Fund is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project, the world's largest and most comprehen - read more »
Titan Poker's Launches Bold New Look to Meet Growing Demand - 25 September 2006
Titan Poker, (http://www.titanpoker.com), 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 »
Costa Rica's lax laws shield online gambling industry - 25 September 2006
Think of Costa Rica and flashes of colorful birds, bright beaches and long hikes through the rain forest come to mind.But several recent arrests and indictments have thrust the country into the spotlight for another, less savory reason: its cozy relationship with the online gambling industry. The industry is under fire - read more »

October 2006


Household Slots Tournament Adds Excitement - 24 October 2006
Logged on side-by-side - one on the family PC and the other using WebTV - a husband and wife team at Slotland.com has created their own household tournament. When players TOOTY and REENY34 go head to head, the jackpot prize -- picking a chore for the loser to do -- can be better than cash they say.“My wife and I have - read more »
Optimal Group's FireOne Group plc Subsidiary to Cease Certain U.S. Facing Operations - 10 October 2006
On October 2, 2006, Optimal Group Inc. (NASDAQ:OPMR) made an announcement regarding the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 by the United States Congress and its impact upon FireOne Group plc, and therefore the Company. Optimal Group holds approximately 76% of the issued and outstanding sh - 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 (http://www.betdirect.net) brings the total number of new p - 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 »

November 2006


Preservationists battle Gettysburg casino - 28 November 2006
A new front opened up yesterday in the "second battle of Gettysburg,'' as a preservation group put the Civil War battlefield at No. 1 on a list of endangered historic places because of an effort to build a $200 million slots casino nearby."It wasn't a difficult decision to put the Gettysburg battlefield at the top of o - 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 »
Casino CEO sees chance for Internet gambling - 17 November 2006
New Democratic leadership in the U.S. Congress could provide a chance to explore legalization of online gambling, the chief executive of casino operator MGM Mirage said on Wednesday.A new U.S. law making it illegal for banks, credit card companies and online payment systems to process payments to online gambling compan - 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 »

December 2006


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 »
Lake County hopes casinos pay out more taxes - 25 December 2006
Lake County officials have hired consultants to try to extract more property taxes out of area casinos, an effort being met with resistance from riverboat operators.County Commissioners voted this week to pay Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, a Charlotte, N.C.-based law firm, $800,000 for work in this and next year and - 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 »
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 »