Gambling News Archives 2006

January 2006

Daniel Negreanu’s Poker Column Reaches Four Million Newspaper Readers Every Week - 12 January 2006
Daniel Negreanu knows poker, and thanks to his syndicated newspaper column, Playing Poker with Daniel Negreanu, millions of readers each week across the USA and Canada are learning how to play the game of poker like a pro! Daniel Negreanu, the all-time money winner on the professional poker circuit, in partnership with - read more »
Find Your Poker Heaven at the 2006 British Poker Open - 12 January 2006
Leading online poker room,, 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 »
Stanley lifted by change to gambling law - 26 January 2006
SHARES in Stanley Leisure gained nearly 3 per cent yesterday after Britain's largest casino operator said punters were streaming into its regional outlets in the wake of the government's liberalisation of the nation's gambling laws. Bob Wiper, the chief executive, hailed a 15.7 per cent increase in attendance at its re - read more »
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 »

February 2006

Purple Lounge Introduces Political Sack Race - 20 February 2006
Poker is well known as a game that brings anyone and everyone together, but rarely if ever would you expect to see the likes of Bush and Blair, to Mugabe and Chirac at your side whilst you play!Used to dominating world events, the tables have however been turned on 6 of the world's leaders at sophisticated poker site, - read more »
Head2Head Sports Purchases All-America Fantasy Sports - 26 February 2006
Head2Head Sports, a leader in online and live event fantasy sports contests, has purchased All-America Fantasy Sports, a Pennsylvania company. All-America Fantasy Sports ( is a recognized leader in the delivery of salary cap contests with a large national customer participant database, highly compell - read more »
PokerShare and Excapsa Resolve Dispute - 21 February 2006
Playit Ownit Limited, the operators of, is pleased to announce an amicable resolution of its dispute with Excapsa Software Inc and its subsidiary, Game Theory Limited.Commenting on ending the dispute, CEO of, Lucan Toh said: "We're very pleased to have resolved our differences with Excapsa - read more »
Odds favor record betting on this year's Super Bowl - 06 February 2006
Sports bettors who just can't help themselves will wager an estimated $4-billion on this year's Super Bowl, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling reported Thursday.The amount is more than four times the record $90.7-million wagered in Las Vegas last year, and includes bets placed via the internet, through bookies - read more »

March 2006

Online Poker: Do you wanna bet? - 12 March 2006
If you're looking for a poker game, you can find one on the Internet 24/7. At any one time, hundreds of sites are running thousands of games for millions of players around the world. And though its legality is being debated in the United States, online poker is reaping billions of dollars for virtual casinos, and the - read more »
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 »
Betting on the 2006 Irish Poker Open begins - 06 March 2006
Paddy Power, Ireland's largest bookmaker, today launched betting on Europe's oldest poker tournament, the Irish Open. The tournament, being held in Dublin from 15-17 April 2006, is one of the richest in Europe with a €1 million guaranteed prize pool and €50,000 added by the sponsors, paddypowerpoker.comContinuing a tra - read more » and Aston Martin Racing Are Driven to Win - 16 March 2006, 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 livery when they start the 54th annual Sebring enduranc - read more »

April 2006

Blackpool Bingo Offers its Lucky Players Six Free Games with £100 Cash Jackpots - 24 April 2006
Blackpool Bingo is going to put a spring in the step of six of its players this weekend. Starting at 6pm (British Summer Time) and then every thirty minutes until 9pm on Friday April 28th, Blackpool Bingo will be running six Special Jackpot Games which have a guaranteed JP of £100 each. Good news you might think, but w - read more »
PartyGaming First-Quarter Sales Rise as Customer Numbers Climb - 18 April 2006
PartyGaming Plc, the world's largest online poker company, said first-quarter sales increased 54 percent as more gamblers made wagers on the PartyPoker Web site. Revenue climbed to $342.6 million from $222.6 million a year earlier, the Gibraltar-based company said today in a Regulatory News Service statement. The numbe - read more »
Hollywood Celebrates Independent Films & Filmmaker's - 23 April 2006
On October 5th, the 2nd Annual FAIF International Film Festival will open with the highly anticipated Filmmaker's Reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Universal City Hilton Hotel & Towers. The 2006 FAIF International Film Festival (FAIF) is a 10-day multi venue event which takes place October 5th through the 14th wit - read more »
MTV Studios and Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment Serve Up a Star-Studded Comedy From the Producer of "Bring It On," Featuring Grammy Award-Winner Ciara - 27 April 2006
The action is hot, the players are pumped and the stakes are high in the smart, edgy comedy ALL YOU'VE GOT, the first film from MTV Studios and Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in the exciting world of girls' volleyball, ALL YOU'VE GOT explores high school rivalry and romance in the tradition of films like Br - read more »

May 2006

Star Snowboarding Siblings Sign Full Representation Agreement With Arluck Promotions - 22 May 2006
Good things come in pairs. A perfect example is the brother-sister duo of Teddy Karlinski and Jordan Karlinski - the next great snowboarders to come from Aspen, Colo.ArluckPromotions is pleased to announce that both young athletes have signed with its company for a full representation agreement.Jordan, 16, made her deb - read more »
UK firms say U.S. anti-gaming bills doomed to fail - 25 May 2006
Attempts in the United States to ban the multi-billion dollar online gaming industry from its virtual shores are doomed to fail, London-based gaming executives and analysts say.Rep. Bob Goodlatte is the latest U.S. opponent to Internet gambling, which is estimated to generate about $12 billion a year globally through 2 - read more »
Get-rich-quick fantasies fueled by the expansion of legalized gambling - 22 May 2006
Clutching a handful of scratch-off lottery tickets, Sandy Bartholomew stares at the blue keno screen mounted on the corner wall at Ted's Stateline Mobil in Methuen, Mass., and waits for the winning numbers to light up.Anticipation of a match with her picks excites the 52-year-old nurse, who thinks nothing of driving an - 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

Tribal Rivals Clash in Charity Heads Up Poker War - 11 June 2006
In a first-of-a-kind event 22 poker players from Ireland and Great Britain will compete in the International Charity Heads Up Council (ICHUC) tournament on Saturday 8 July 2006 at 2pm in the Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin for the benefit of the Poker 4 Charity and OnePercentPledge charities.Eleven players from each team - 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 »
Betfair Poker Sweeten the Pot in Cork Classic - 30 June 2006
Betfair Poker will add €10,000 to the “Main Event” prize pool at the Irish Classic Poker Festival. Cork's Macau Casino is hosting the festival and has teamed up with Betfair Poker to put on the Main Event. With an expected 170 runners paying €1000, the anticipated prize pool is now €180,000.The televised Main Event run - read more »
20 mins of Casino Royale seen - 30 June 2006
Perceptibly confident that they've enough goodies to fill a small bag, Sony has shown 20 minutes of footage from the upcoming “Casino Royale” to patrons of the Cinema Expo International. Apparently what was shown, bought the house down. (I do hope someone got their hammer and putty and then put the house back up again) - read more »

July 2006

County questions casino's environmental impact - 15 July 2006
A draft environmental impact study fails to adequately assess the effects the Cowlitz Indian's casino would have on Cowlitz County, the county commissioners said this week.For one thing, the study does not evaluate the impact on public services and government budgets if many of the casino workers settle in the county. - 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 »
Internet Gambling Executive's Arrest Raises Questions on US Motives - 21 July 2006
The surprise airport arrest of a prominent UK internet gambling executive this week is a counter-productive application of US law that ignores complex international trade issues, says Larry Gaydos, partner in the White Collar Defense/Antitrust Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP."Selectively targeting foreign busin - read more »
Movie prompts Barrymore to take up poker - 29 July 2006
Now that Drew Barrymore doesn't have to stay in character, the actress says she's ready to learn poker from the pros.Barrymore, who stars in "Lucky You," a movie set at the 2003 World Series of Poker, said she missed out on lessons given to other actors by pros such as Doyle Brunson because she plays a lounge singer wh - read more »

August 2006

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 »
Top Bollywood actress adds glamour to gambling - 14 August 2006
Urmila Matondkar, the Bollywood's popular actress, opened Casino Shangri-la in the Nepali capital by lighting the traditional lamp Saturday evening. Wearing white sleeveless t-shirt with colourful Punjabi Lehenga, Urmila gave a killer smile while opening the seventh casino of Nepal in the premises of Hotel Shangri-La a - 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 » 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

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 »
Las Vegas Sands Gets Cheaper Casino Loan in Singapore Than U.S. - 13 September 2006
Las Vegas Sands Corp., the world's biggest casino operator by market value, is paying less interest on loans to finance the first gambling resort in Singapore than it does at home in Nevada. Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. are leading a group lending $1.4 billion to Las Vegas - 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 »
F1's Montoya begins transition to NASCAR - 26 September 2006
Juan Pablo Montoya has a request concerning his move from Formula One to NASCAR: patience.The former Indianapolis 500 champion made his first test run as a stock car racer Monday at Talladega Superspeedway, beginning his transition from open wheel racing star to NASCAR neophyte.Montoya arrives on the NASCAR scene knowi - read more »

October 2006

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 »
Private-equity firms make $15.05B offer for Harrah's - 03 October 2006
Harrah's Entertainment received a $15.05 billion offer for the company from two private-equity firms in what would be the biggest deal ever for a casino operator and the fifth-largest leveraged buyout in history.Harrah's said Monday that Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group are offering $81 per share in cash, a 22 - 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 »
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 »

November 2006

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 »
888 shares leap as Ladbrokes considers approach - 06 November 2006
Shares in online gaming group 888 Holdings Plc (888.L: Quote, Profile, Research) leapt more than 8 percent on Monday, boosted by news on Sunday that UK bookmaker Ladbrokes Plc (LAD.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is considering a possible bid.The British online gaming sector is consolidating fast in the wake of a U.S. ban - 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 »
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 »

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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »