Gambling News Archives 2006

January 2006

N.J. Casino Revenues Top $5B for First Time - 11 January 2006
Gaming revenues at New Jersey's casinos topped the $5 billion mark for the first time in 2005, bolstered by a strong December and the popularity of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in its second full year of operation.Results submitted to the state Casino Control Commission show that Atlantic City's 12 casinos won $5.02 - read more »
Wynn's return a defining moment for Strip - 12 January 2006
Looking back, 2005 will be remembered as a transitional year for Las Vegas. It saw a legend return and the groundwork laid for a transformation on the Las Vegas Strip.But how does it compare to another watershed year, 50 years ago?Las Vegas marked its semi-centennial in 1955 with a series of casino openings -- the Roya - read more »
What happens when gambling gets out of control? - 09 January 2006
Jane played her first slot machine shortly after her mother's unexpected death. The rush she felt from gambling helped her escape the pain of grieving. "I was out of my mind with depression," Jane said. Jane is a 48-year-old northern Michigan woman who requested that her real name not be used. Her gambling - read more »
Boyd Gaming Unveils Las Vegas Strip Development Plan - 04 January 2006
Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that it will develop a multi-faceted, world-class resort complex on its 63-acre site on the Las Vegas Strip. The development, scheduled to open in early 2010, is expected to be among the most significant projects in Las Vegas' ongoing evolution, which continues to tra - read more »

February 2006

PartyGaming's over for Segal - 28 February 2006
Richard Segal is to step down as chief executive of PartyGaming, as the company unveiled a 63pc rise in sales.Mr Segal, who joined PartyGaming in August 2004, is commuting to the company's headquarters in Gibraltar each week. He was asked by the board to relocate but decided he did not want to move from London. "My d - read more »
Tiny Macau, the 'Las Vegas of the East' - 14 February 2006
Once a backwater for hardcore gamblers, the former Portuguese colony of Macau is rising fast as Asia's entertainment and casino capital.Some now call Macau the "Las Vegas of the East," and Macau's gaming revenues are on par with those of the Las Vegas Strip.Macau, however, is growing even faster than Las Vegas. It's on - 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 »
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 »

March 2006

Harrah's will step back into Biloxi this summer - 22 March 2006
Harrah's Entertainment will reopen a smaller version of the Grand Casino in Biloxi, Miss., this summer as the company plans to reconfigure the Mississippi Gulf Coast site into a destination resort, officials said Tuesday.Harrah's didn't disclose a cost to redevelop its existing land-based casinos in Biloxi but said the - read more »
The Inside Story of the $20 Million Poker Game at Wynn Las Vegas - 08 March 2006
In what is considered the largest head-to-head poker game of all time, self-made billionaire banker Andy Beal matched $20 million against a rotating cast made up of the best high-stakes poker players in the world, including Phil Ivey, Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, and Ted Forrest.During the month of February, Beal pla - read more »
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 »
'American Idol' Predictions Announced by Wynn Las Vegas - 22 March 2006
Never mind March Madness. Forget about the mid-term elections. All eyes -- and bets -- are on the Fox reality show "American Idol" to generate the most intense competition of the year, according to John Avello, director of race & sports operations for Wynn Las Vegas .Avello, whose purview normally covers all on-site sp - read more »

April 2006

Ireland’s Richest Sporting Event in 2006, The Paddy Power Poker Irish Open LIVE on TV This Easter Monday - 12 April 2006
350 of the world's finest poker players descend on Dublin this Easter weekend to try and make the final table of the Irish Open 2006 which is being broadcast live all across Europe on Sky Sports 2 at 9.30pm on Monday 17 April (Easter Monday). What better way to wind down the Bank Holiday weekend tha - read more »
Player Hits $1.427,369.74 Jackpot at - 13 April 2006
Having placed $3.90 on ( at online progressive slot King Cashalot, Amanda R from Plymouth, England is one of the highest online gaming Jackpot winners in the UK. Taking home a cool $1,427,369.74, Amanda had spent$240 on the day before she won, and with her 61st spin took home the Jackp - read more »
Elvis Presley's Girlfriend Linda Thompson Joins John Krondes and 'Hit Making Team' VIPs On Easter Friday - 13 April 2006
To all Worldwide Hit Making Team Fans: Tune in this Easter Friday April 14, 2006 to Donn Webb's Cruisin' 66 Radio Show on for yet another super-cool live interview with singer John Krondes and Elvis Girlfriend Linda Thompson. Memory Lane TV & Radio Talk show host Joe Franklin of The Joe Franklin Show will join - read more »
Century Casinos Announces 100% Ownership of Casino Millennium, Prague - 13 April 2006
Century Casinos, Inc. announced today that the Company has acquired the remaining 50% of all issued and outstanding shares of Casino Millennium a.s. ("CM"), Prague, Czech Republic, that were owned by Strabag AG, a non-affiliated Austrian company. The transaction has been closed on April 13, 2006.The total consideration - read more »

May 2006

Arizona Bay Assists NETeller Gain Early Foothold in Asian Online Money Transfer Market - 03 May 2006
Northern California based technology consultancy, Arizona Bay LLC (, has been successful in helping Isle of Man based NETeller with a rapid development and deployment of NETeller's e-wallet service for Asia. The popular service enables customers (individuals who open accounts) to load, withdraw and t - 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 »
Women's Poker Club Hits the UK - 31 May 2006
Women's Poker Club is pleased to announce their first live tournament in Europe for women only.Women's Poker Club, which is known by the acronym WPC, is the largest organized international group of women poker players, with well over 3,000 members, they have been in existence for over three years. WPC is free to join a - read more »
Interest strong in developing second Singapore casino resort - 02 May 2006
All five groups that had previously expressed interest in Singapore's second casino resort, to be located on the island of Sentosa, have bought tender documents for the project, indicating there could be a considerable level of competition. The five are the consortium of Kerzner International Ltd. and CapitaLand Ltd.; - read more »

June 2006

Gambling excites older adults, but may be addictive - 11 June 2006
She swore she'd never play the slots. Eventually, she allowed herself to play, but only with quarters. Soon she was contemptuous of any machines that didn't let her bet up to $100. Then one day, Maureen Holland walked out of a casino having lost more than she ever had before - $5,000. "I looked in the mirror and felt l - read more »
TrueMoneygames Sponsors 31st World Backgammon Championship in Monte Carlo - 14 June 2006
As with the game of Poker a few years ago the popularity of Backgammon and online Backgammon has seen a rapid increase recently with over one million online players, bringing internet gambling experts to see one of the world's oldest and best known game as “the next big thing”. In this context world class online Backga - read more »
KPI Summit 2006 Postponed to Include Additional Operators - 24 June 2006
The KPI Summit 2006, scheduled at the London Stock Exchange for the 30th of June, will be postponed to include the opinions of additional operators eager to contribute, but unable to lend their suggested KPI definitions before that date. In order to ensure that the KPI Summit's findings will represent a homogenised set - 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 »

July 2006

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 »
Paddy’s Power Along in Las Vegas Poker Heaven - 23 July 2006
Paddy Power Poker is sending 16 poker players to Las Vegas over the coming days to compete in the World Series of Poker, which runs from Friday 28 July to Thursday 10 August. They will join a 100-strong contingent of Irish players for the $10,000 buy-in main event and will battle for almost two weeks against more than - read more »
Outlook dims in Senate for online gambling bill - 27 July 2006
Prospects have dimmed for swift U.S. Senate passage of a bill to outlaw most forms of Internet gambling as industry trade groups and lawmakers raise objections, congressional sources said on Wednesday.Efforts to move a House-passed measure through the Senate have run into opposition from lobbyists representing casino o - read more »
Bonds’ 715th Home Run Ball on eBay Meets $125,000 Reserve Price as Bidding Continues - 29 July 2006
Within 48 hours of becoming available to the public for bidding, Barry Bonds' record 715th home run ball ­ listed on eBay since Monday afternoon ­ met the reserve price of $125,000. As of Friday morning, 47 bids have raised the current price to $137,500. The listing ends Aug. 3 at 3 pm ET and can be viewed at www.eba - read more »

August 2006

Casino Perks Aplenty For High Rollers - 21 August 2006
Perhaps you've noticed them strolling toward the elevator with their butlers while you wait in the check-in line. Maybe you've seen them, from the 25-cent slots, as they stepped into the VIP room with enough chips to buy a Porsche, a house, or both.Most patrons will never be ushered to ringside seats or have extravagan - 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 »
Dome super-casino bid faces new row - 29 August 2006
A fresh row over the Millennium Dome casino bid is brewing as a series of public hearings into the venues wanting to host a Las Vegas-style attraction opens.It is understood the company behind the controversial bid to host Britain's first super-casino at the Dome has apologised after misrepresenting the views of religi - read more »
The Newest Name in Betting Entertainment for UK Players - 18 August 2006
One Club Entertainment initiated a bold entry into the UK Online Casino market with the announcement of its launch of One Club Casino, its first Online Betting product. As its casino software provider, One Club has chosen the popular Realtime Gaming software platform. In doing so it has broken new ground, as UK Casino - read more »

September 2006

Premier Issue of Poker Pro Europe Magazine Hits the Streets - 05 September 2006
The first issue of Poker Pro Europe magazine is now available at over 8000 retail outlets, bookstores, airports, casinos, card rooms and newsstands throughout English-speaking Europe. In addition, our rich media website, or was launched on August 24, 2006. T - read more »
Desperate Housewives Become Online Poker Affiliates - 05 September 2006
Three Housewives out of Toledo, OH have teamed up to become online poker affiliates after many long hours of searching for legit work at home jobs. After a year of buying and trying different programs and scams, they claim to have found their niche.Jennifer 26, Kandice 29, and Nikki 28, learned about affiliating for on - 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 »
GOP aims to crack down on Web gambling - 30 September 2006
Congressional Republicans attached a measure cracking down on Internet gambling to a bill aimed at enhancing port security that passed Saturday.Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., pushed for the gambling provision to be added to the larger bill.Online gambling is generally illegal in - read more »

October 2006

Online Gambling Flourishes in Costa Rica - 17 October 2006
Several operators of Internet gambling sites in Costa Rica known as "sportsbooks" say their businesses will not be significantly affected by a new U.S. law prohibiting bank and credit card payments to the sites.U.S. President Bush signed legislation Friday aimed at prohibiting the credit card and electronic fund transa - read more »
US drive against Internet gambling seen doomed - 03 October 2006
US lawmakers' high-stakes and morally charged offensive on Internet gamblers has as much chance of success as America's 1920s Prohibition against alcohol, several analysts said Monday. The Republican-controlled Congress Saturday hustled through a bill that outlaws US banks and credit card companies from processing onli - read more »
Online gambling won't be only losing hand under law - 10 October 2006
Late last month, as Congress rushed to adjourn, lawmakers passed legislation that would make it a crime for credit card companies and banks to send payments to Internet gambling sites.The measure was attached at the 11th hour to an unrelated bill on port security. If the president signs the legislation, as expected, it - read more »
Biggest online gaming company threatens to pull out of country - 03 October 2006
Shares in British online gambling companies, including Sportingbet PLC and PartyGaming PLC, dived Monday after the U.S. Congress passed legislation prohibiting the use of credit cards, checks and electronic fund transfers for online gaming.PartyGaming, the world's biggest online gambling company, said it would pull out - read more »

November 2006

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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »

December 2006

Casino adopts Caesars name - 16 December 2006
In an aggressive drive to win back American customers, Casino Windsor will become Caesars Windsor, adopting the most recognized brand in gambling and becoming the first Caesars casino outside the United States.Harrah's Entertainment, which operates Casino Windsor with Hilton Hotels as well as Caesars casinos throughout - read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »