Gambling News Archives 2006

January 2006

Anna Benson to play poker on ESPN - 31 January 2006
Anna Benson could find herself getting plenty of face time on ESPN in the coming year. Not during baseball games, but more likely during one of the network's ubiquitous poker broadcasts.The wife of Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has been polishing her game by playing nearly every day, whether online, on her cell phone or - read more »
No Limit for Borgata Winter Poker Open Winner - 26 January 2006
Limit poker may not be today's most popular form of poker but the game is still alive in Atlantic City thanks to the strong die-hard player base that is willing to come out and support this kind of event. Many of Borgata's limit cash game players and several more well known pros took to the felt for two days, Monday an - 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 »
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 »

February 2006

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 »
Columnist Jeff Haney: On LV's Negreanu plays 'small ball' to earn big win on World Series of Poker circuit in Tunica - 04 February 2006
Lee Markholt, a poker pro from Washington state, had just been eliminated from the final table of the World Series of Poker circuit tournament at the Tunica Grand casino in Mississippi last Friday night.Before he went off to collect his $183,160 prize for finishing fourth in a field of 241 entrants, Markholt was asked - read more »
20 Million Page Views On Launch Day Of’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2006 - 06 February 2006 , the largest online men's portal, unveiled its latest Most Desirable Woman on Tuesday, January 31st. After a month-long voting period that saw 2.5 million ballots cast, Jessica Alba was named's Most Desirable Woman of 2006, an honor that traditionally precedes a career year. British actress (and - read more »
Harrah's New Orleans Re-Opens Today as the Fun and Excitement of Mardi Gras Begins; Casino Gets the Party Started as First Carnival Parades Roll Through City - 20 February 2006
Harrah's New Orleans Casino re-opened today with a commitment to help rebuild New Orleans' tourism business and a pledge to get the Mardi Gras party started with fun and excitement. "We're back and we're excited," said Anthony Sanfilippo, president of Harrah's Central Division. "Harrah's is working with government and - read more »

March 2006

Pinnacle to buy Aztar for $1.45 bln - 13 March 2006
Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., which operates casinos in smaller markets, on Monday said it would buy Tropicana-owner Aztar Corp. for about $1.45 billion in cash, extending its reach into the prime markets of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.The first major casino takeover deal since last year positions Pinnacle -- which is - 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 »
ASA rushes to ban online betting ads - 30 March 2006
The advertising watchdog has ordered online betting company to withdraw its latest ad campaign immediately, saying it encourages under-18s to gamble.Lord Borrie, the chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority, personally ordered the ads to be pulled - a highly unusual step for the regulator, which usua - read more »
2006 Casino Affiliate Convention in Amsterdam will Discuss Italy and Other Countries Blocking Online Casino Sites - 16 March 2006
Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces that the 2006 European Casino Affiliate Convention will discuss the latest controversial issues concerning the Italian Government's decision to block over 600 online casino websites. The Casino Affiliate Convention will be held on April 9 - 10, 2006 in Amsterdam at the NH Grand Kras - read more »

April 2006

The Normandie Casino in Los Angeles goes to Las Vegas for the 2006 World Poker Tour - 04 April 2006
It all got started in September of 2005 when the Normandie Casino was designated as one of the Satellite Card clubs to send a representative to the 5 Million Dollar World Poker Tournament at the Bellagio Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. The World Poker Tour starts April 18th through the 24th.After 1350 players (participants) - 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 »
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 »
Publishers Cash In on Internet Poker Craze - 01 April 2006
With online poker sites raking in big money, the publishing world wants a piece of the action. Already poker strategy guides and get-rich books have flooded the market as television series, like the World Poker Tour and Celebrity Poker Showdown, have catapulted the game into the mainstream. Now, many publishers are hed - read more »

May 2006

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 »
eCOGRA Launches 100 Seals Campaign - 09 May 2006
Hard on the heels of its announcement of 7 new poker room certifications for the "Play It Safe" seal, eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) today unveiled a new campaign to increase the number of online casinos and poker rooms committed to player-safe gaming.Dubbed the "100 Seals Campaign," the - 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 »

June 2006

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 »
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 »
Leisure group buys casino operator in £5.9m deal - 20 June 2006
Stanley Leisure splashed out £5.9m on the Harbour House Casino group yesterday, the latest in its string of national acquisitions.The decision to buy the Southampton casino operator is Liverpool-based Stanley's second move in the southern port.Earlier this year, the Dale Street-based operator applied for another licenc - read more »
A 50/50 Chance to Win 10 Million Dollars! - 02 June 2006
There has never been a free-to-enter competition like it before! Sports fans predict the outcome of the 64 matches in the 2006 soccer World Cup to have a chance at landing the USD 10 million grand prize. The competition is open to everyone over 18-years-old up until one hour before the kick off of the opening match on - read more »

July 2006

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 »
Casinos winning big by betting on Asians - 29 July 2006
It's a little after noon, and a crowd has started to gather in Boston's Chinatown. Some are reading the Sing Tao Daily or Ming Pao Daily News. Others clutch plastic bags filled with snacks. All look up whenever the deep roar of an engine sounds like it's coming their way.Ip Kachuang and two of his friends share a smoke - read more »
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 »
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 »

August 2006

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 »
Sheen, Richards reach divorce pact - 16 August 2006
Estranged Hollywood couple Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, whose bitter divorce battle titillated the tabloids for months, have amicably settled most of their differences, their lawyers said.Lance Spiegel, an attorney for Sheen, said on Monday that issues connected with their divorce proceedings were resolved after - read more »
Mel Gibson’s Meltdown Written in the Stars - 18 August 2006
According to celebrity Astrologers Angelo Merlino and Lisa Sydney, Mel Gibson's recent drunken rampage could have been sparked by planetary positions. Unfortunately, for Mel Gibson, Mercury the planet of communications was in its reverse mode on July 28th causing its infamous breakdowns, mix-ups and discord in the uni - read more »
Controversial Baseball Card Scheduled for Auction - 09 August 2006
It may be the world's most famous baseball card. Fewer than 100 "T206" Honus Wagner cards issued in the early part of the 20th century are believed to exist today. Two Cincinnati men claim they have one, but the editor of believes it may be the ultimate case of 'caveat emptor' and warns - 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 »
Century Casinos To Present at the Roth Capital Partners Conference in New York, on September 6, 2006 - 05 September 2006
Century Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq and Vienna Stock Exchange: CNTY) announced today that the Company will attend the Roth Capital Partners Conference in New York. Larry Hannappel, Senior Vice President, is scheduled to present the Company to, and have one-on-one meetings with, selected institutional investors on September 6 - read more »
Increase in Poker Controversy - 13 September 2006
While lawmakers are working to establish rules to govern Internet gambling in the United States and are discussing its future, it's no stopping the millions of Americans who play online poker each moth. Evidence offers a proof that the increase in Poker has generated tens of billions of dollars and there is no doubt th - 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 »

October 2006

Betfair Launches Zero Edge Casino - 16 October 2006
Betfair Games, the Malta-based gaming arm of the world's leading betting exchange, has launched a revolutionary new casino with no house edge.The Zero Lounge is part of Betfair's new online casino and is expected to attract more than 80 percent of Betfair's casino users.Adapted versions of Blackjack, Roulette, Jacks or - read more »
Costner Takes Casino Battle to South Dakota Supreme Court - 05 October 2006
Actor/director Kevin Costner is asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to help him sever ties with two business partners in a Deadwood casino he owns.The star is asking the court to send the case back to a judge for a final decision so he can become the sole owner of the Midnight Star, an eating and gambling establishme - read more »
Will Players be Burning Down Our House? - 16 October 2006
Many online gaming companies may well wish they had come up with a better plot to deal with the impact of recent US legisliation. The likes of Sportingbet, BetonSports, Partygaming, Paradise Poker and the rest will be putting the finfishing touches to systemes to eleminate US play this has dec - 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 »

November 2006

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 »
Kerkorian to buy more of MGM Mirage - 23 November 2006
Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp. said Wednesday that it plans to boost its majority stake in casino operator MGM Mirage Inc. and sell off shares in General Motors Corp. Tracinda - which is solely owned by Kerkorian - said it would offer $825 million in cash for up to 15 million shares in MGM Mirage, - read more »
Playboy Cover Model Cindy Margolis Joins Tropical Poker - 06 November 2006
Tropical Poker announced today that it has signed Cindy Margolis to an exclusive poker representation agreement. Margolis will represent the Tropical Poker brand in the press, media interviews, poker events and appearances, as well as the 2007 World Series of Poker. Fans of Cindy will also be available to play poker - 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

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 »
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 »
Penguins to Focus on Deal With Casino - 19 December 2006
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux called a deal to sell the team to a Canadian billionaire "unequivocally" dead and said Monday he is trying to reach a deal with a casino that promises to build an arena for the financially struggling club. Isle of Capri has said it will build a $290 million facility for the Penguins to repl - read more »