Gambling News Archives 2006

January 2006

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 »
Poker's Card Sharks Aren't Old Enough to Drive: Scott Soshnick - 11 January 2006
Turn on the television, even in the wee morning hours, and there's a good chance you'll come across either a "Law & Order" rerun or a group of guys playing poker. Poker is ubiquitous on the ESPN and Fox cable networks. Bravo and the Travel Channel broadcast poker programs, too. The ratings are good. On ESPN, poker-rela - read more »
Coral wins “"Bookmaker of the Year”" at UK Gambling awards - 29 January 2006
The public voted Coral as “Bookmaker Of The Year” from a list that included all the major British bookmakers, including Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill.“Everyone at Coral can be very proud of this award. It is just reward for the considerable contribution that all our staff have made to Coral's recent growth and succ - read more »
Brooke Burke and Stars of TV Network TEN Confirmed for’s Super Bowl Extravaganza - 16 January 2006
The online world's sexiest sports betting, casino, and poker destination is celebrating Super Bowl XL with “The Hottest Super Bowl Party Ever” in Santa Monica, California this February 5th. A hundred members and their guests will be on the VIP List.“Detroit's too cold for us and the Players Only Girls,” - read more »

February 2006

River Belle Partners with Poker Night Live Canada, Giving Poker Players the Opportunity to Become TV Stars - 08 February 2006
River Belle, one of the most recognized and trusted online entertainment brands in the world, announced today that it has partnered with Poker Night Live Canada to bring exciting poker activities to poker enthusiasts in Canada. The program will be broadcast daily by CGTV, a Canadian cable channel specializing in gamin - read more » to Auction Golf Foursome for Michael Irvin's Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament - 24 February 2006
Former Dallas Cowboys and University of Miami star and current ESPN analyst Michael Irvin, will host a celebrity charity golf tournament on Saturday, March 4, 2006 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Bonaventure Country Club, 200 Bonaventure Blvd., in Weston, Fla. The golf tournament will benefit Michael Irvin's foundation, Pla - read more »
Ex-Playmate Smith Faces Supreme Court - 28 February 2006
Dressed in all black, former stripper turned weight-loss promoter Anna Nicole Smith fought her way through a throng of photographers and autograph-seekers Tuesday on her way to a Supreme Court showdown in her bid to inherit her late husband's fortune. Smith didn't say a word and didn't sign any autographs as she and a - read more »
Britain's Love Affair with the Internet Casinos - 13 February 2006
Gambling on the internet is now big business, as more and more people in the UK are playing online every day. The industry is already worth a staggering £42bn a year. Analysts predict that this figure could rise to more than £60bn in 2006. The average amount a person spends during a during a typical session on an inter - read more »

March 2006

Jessica Simpson snubs Bush - 16 March 2006
Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, singer-actress Jessica Simpson on Wednesday turned down a invitation to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush, a snub that left Republicans dismayed. The apparent final word that Simpson would be a no-show at a major Republican fund-raiser with Bush and congressional - read more »
888 upbeat as profits rise - 16 March 2006
Internet gaming group 888 posted a 16 percent increase in full-year pretax profit on Thursday, and said it was confident of the outlook for 2006.Profit before tax was $50.2 million (28.7 million pounds) in 2005, compared to $43.1 million in 2004, it said."Trading is in line with management's expectations, and we remain - 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 »
Nevada agency paves way for mobile gambling device - 24 March 2006
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved rules yesterday that will permit casinos to offer wireless handheld gambling devices to people who want to gamble away from the casino floor.The 5-0 vote means that the devices will now be tested in various casinos here and in the commission's technology lab over the next three to - read more »

April 2006

Augusta Pictures Launches 2006 Screenplay Contest - 18 April 2006
Augusta Pictures is pleased to announce its second annual screenplay contest. The 2006 Augusta Pictures Screenplay Contest began April 15, 2006 and runs through October 15, 2006. The winning screenwriter will work directly with Augusta Pictures founder and producer Diana Osberg to develop the winning screenplay for pos - read more »
Are Pro Sports Leagues Supporting Internet Gambling? - 18 April 2006
Over the past couple of months there has been much debate centered on gambling related items such as the NHL Gambling Probe and the introduction of legislation to ban Internet Gambling. Rep. James A. Leach, a Republican from Iowa, cited in the Wall Street Journal on April 4th, 2006 in the article, “Should Online Gambli - 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 »
Hollywood Sportsbook Features Odds on the NBA Game Between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns on April 23rd 2006 - 23 April 2006
Hollywood Sportsbook features odds on the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns on April 23rd 2006! Last Wednesday night at Staples Center Kobe Bryant led the Los Angeles Lakers to the seventh seed in the Western Conference and their preferred first-round playoff foe: the Phoenix Suns, by winning - read more »

May 2006

4500 Digital Video “People’s Choice” Competition Being Hosted by Haydenfilms - 11 May 2006
The judges have voted, and now it's your turn to pick the "People's Choice" winner of the First Annual 4500 Digital Video Competition! Haydenfilms [] is proud to host a competition among young filmmakers in the Berks County area where your votes help to determine the “People's Choice” winning video! - read more »
Morgan Stanley unit buys land for 13th A.C. casino - 18 May 2006
The gambling subsidiary of Morgan Stanley has acquired 20 acres on the Boardwalk to develop what will be Atlantic City's 13th casino.The Wall Street firm confirmed it paid about $74 million for the land, which had been controlled by a group of developers and the Atlantic City Housing Authority.A Morgan Stanley official - read more »
Titan Poker Player Wins $100,000 Tournament Prize Without Ever Depositing - 01 May 2006
A twenty-three-year-old Titan Poker player won a $100,000 Fort Knox Jackpot Tournament Prize in April without ever having made a deposit at the popular online poker room.Player BIGSLICKD, a teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada, received the $100,000 prize after winning six consecutive online Fort Knox sit 'n' go tournamen - 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 »

June 2006

Celebrity Travel Expert, Adventure Girl- Stefanie Michaels to appear at Los Angeles Travel Show on Father's Day Weekend - 15 June 2006
Celebrity travel expert, Adventure Girl- Stefanie Michaels will be joining the Swiss Tourism team at KNBC/Telemundo's Travel Show in Los Angeles June 17 and 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center."I am really excited to join the Swiss Tourism people at their booth this year at the KNBC/Telemundo Travel Show," says Mic - 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 »
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 »
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

11 including CEO of offshore gambling Web site charged in Texas - 18 July 2006
Federal officials on Monday charged 11 people, including the CEO of a big gambling Web site, alleging they committed conspiracy, racketeering and fraud in taking sports bets from U.S. residents.The Justice Department is seeking the forfeiture of $4.5 billion, cars and computers from the defendants, including BetOnSport - read more »
Full Tilt Poker’s Mark Vos Wins the WSOP $2,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em Tournament - 06 July 2006
Mark Vos, a 22-year old Australian who has earned a reputation as one of the world's top online poker players proved today that he can play against live opponents equally well, becoming one of the youngest World Series of Poker bracelet winners in history.Vos collected his first-ever WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 buy-in - read more »
Players Network and Alta Loma to Co-Produce 'Playboy's Women of Poker' TV Series - 11 July 2006
The Players Network announced today that it has signed a contract with Playboy Enterprise's Alta Loma Entertainment to co-produce "Playboy's Women of Poker," a multi-part television series that will feature beautiful women competing to become members of Playboy's Poker Team and win all the perks that go with it, includ - read more »
Jailed Betonsports boss is sacked - 25 July 2006
Online gaming site Betonsports has removed its chief executive - who is being held in a US jail awaiting trial on racketeering charges. Betonsports said the decision to end David Carruthers' contract was "as a consequence of (his) continued detention by US authorities." He was arrested last week as part of a US move to - read more »

August 2006

Former class president jailed for robbing bank to feed online poker addiction - 18 August 2006
A minister's son and college class president who once had a bright future is instead off to prison, because he robbed a bank to feed his online poker addiction.Twenty-year-old Greg Hogan Junior was sentenced today to between 22 months and ten years in a Pennsylvania prison. As he was led off in handcuffs, relatives cri - read more »
Las-Vegas style supercasino at the Dome is 'no secret' - 27 August 2006
The chairman of the Casino Advisory Panel is claiming work being carried out at the Millennium Dome will "be taken into account" when the decision making process to award the UK's first supercasino license is underway."It's certainly no secret, because Greenwich Council have told us about it," Professor Stephen Crow to - read more »
SkyCity Entertainment's profit up 12.9% - 21 August 2006
Gaming company SkyCity Entertainment Group reported 12.9 per cent increase in its full year profit to NZ$120.1 million. Revenue went up 11.8 per cent to NZ$757.9 million.The company said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization rose 5.6 per cent to NZ$294.5 million. Operating revenue rose 7.9 per ce - read more »
Pamela Begins Married Life with New Ocean-front Home - 13 August 2006
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock are starting married life with a brand new ocean-front home in Malibu, California. The couple has spent $14.9 million on a sprawling new coastal spread in the same exclusive seaside enclave Anderson has called home for years. The actress recently sold her gated Malibu Colony home to Billy B - read more »

September 2006

Pam Anderson Text Message Leaves Tommy Lee Insulted - 05 September 2006
Contemporary futurists and trend watchers concur that the technology era we're about to enter will keep behavior and social analysts busy for years to come. In our ever-growing technology reliant world, more and more people opt for a "technical solution" to their problems. For example, email is being used to notify div - read more »
West High Grad Wins Nearly $1.6 million - 05 September 2006
Some of the biggest names in poker were at the final table on Wednesday in one of the major tournaments on the World Poker Tour. They were there to win the 2006 Legends of Poker championship at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, Calif. Most of them with millions in winnings in their bank accounts. Then there was Pelto - 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 »
The War Against Online Gambling - 12 September 2006
The US Department of Justice has consistently maintained that online gambling is illegal. In a letter to US broadcast organisations dated 11 June 2003, John G.Malcolm, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division,of the United States Department of Justice wrote; "Notwithstanding their frequent claims of leg - 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 »
Sportingbet Shares Rise on U.S. Sale as Web Gambling Ban Nears - 13 October 2006
Shares of Sportingbet Plc, the owner of Paradise Poker, rose as much as 12 percent after the company sold its operations in the U.S., where lawmakers are preparing to ban Internet gambling. Jazette Enterprises Ltd. bought the company's U.S. sports betting and casino operations for a nominal amount of $1, London-based S - 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 »
Poker Superstars Return to Asia - 19 October 2006
They are good friends and two of the hottest names in poker. Originating from Vietnam, they have built their poker careers in America.John “The Razor” Phan has close to $3m in tournament winnings. With numerous results on the World Poker Tour (WPT) and at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), he was inches from being poker - read more »

November 2006

$1.2 Million and Growing in Ongame Network Poker Classic - 05 November 2006
Only three days remain for poker players to enter the Ongame Network Poker Classic and have a chance at winning their share of more than one million dollars in this innovative tournament with both online and offline finals. 231 players currently have tickets for this $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em poker tournament and - read more »
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 »
Gold Reef gets nod to buy out Silverstar - 13 November 2006
HOTEL and gaming group Gold Reef Resorts and its empowerment partner, Akani Leisure Silverstar, received approval on Friday to purchase the entire issued share capital of Silverstar casino on the West Rand by the Gauteng Gambling Board. The decision follows earlier announcements by the group of the purchase of a 92% st - 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 »

December 2006

Isle casino lays off 200 employees - 19 December 2006
The Isle of Capri has laid off about 200 employees due to a slowing seasonal business and the lingering effects caused by the U.S. 90 bridge being out since Hurricane Katrina, the casino's general manager said."We still have more employees than we had prior to the storm," said general manager Bill Kilduff. "But we have - read more »
Purple Lounge Poker Heads Down Under for Aussie Millions Player Qualifies for Seat at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship - 16 December 2006
Purple Lounge is delighted to announce that another winner has struck success at its tables and has qualified for one of the coveted Aussie Millions packages. Purple Lounge players are no strangers to winning, with two players recently winning special prizes for being dealt cards in the billionth hand on the Prima netw - read more »
Bimini Bay Resort + Casino Opens in Fishing Capital of the World: Caribbean Hideaway Reels in Discerning Travelers - 07 December 2006
The historical island of Bimini has more to brag about beside sparkling blue water and world-class fishing. Introducing the first upscale resort community to break ground in Bimini, Bimini Bay Resort + Casino lies 48 miles off the coast of South Florida, now on the map as a premier destination and lucrative real estate - 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 »