Gambling News Archives 2008

January 2008


EU Probes Gambling Restrictions - 31 January 2008
EU regulators sent official requests Thursday for information about gambling restrictions introduced in Germany and Sweden that triggered complaints from online betting companies.EU rules allow national authorities to impose controls on gambling to protect consumers, but say they cannot discriminate against companies f - read more »
Ho's Macau Gambling Empire Goes Public - 09 January 2008
Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, Macau's dominant gaming group, controlled by casino tycoon Stanley Ho, kicked off an informal road show in Hong Kong this week, getting set for its initial public offering, aiming to raise up to U.S.$1 billion.SJM plans to issue 1.25 billion new shares, accounting for about 25% of its enlar - read more »
Battlestar Galactica's Aaron Douglas Headlines Dallas Convention in March - 07 January 2008
Fans of Science Fiction, Anime, Renaissance Arts, Costuming, Collecting, Film, Television, and even Women's Roller Derby will be converging on the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison (Dallas) Texas on March 7th-9th, 2008. Only one event can draw such an eclectic group together; Dallas' extraordinary convention: All-Con.All-C - read more »
PGA TOUR Launches 2008 Season As Recreational Golfers Gear Up At PGA TOUR Superstore - 07 January 2008
To get an early jump on their season, many golfers in colder climates are headed south to Myrtle Beach, S.C. where they can affordably tune up their games and get the kind of specialized attention that the pros take for granted. With more than 100 golf courses, Myrtle Beach is the ideal winter destination for golf in t - read more »

February 2008


PlayersOnly Extends Entry Deadline for $10K Video Contest on YouTube - 16 February 2008
PlayersOnly.com online casino and poker room is extending the entry deadline for their $10,000 video contest on YouTube.com. Video clips showing what it takes to be a “player” can now be uploaded until March 15 to YouTube.com/Group/UnleashThePlayer.“As word of the contest has spread, we've been getting lots of inquiri - read more »
Card Player Poker + Sports Magazine Partners with Genting Stanley Casinos for National Poker Championships - 05 February 2008
Card Player Poker + Sports is pleased to announce its exclusive media partnership with leading UK casino group, Genting Stanley, for the Genting Stanley National Poker Championships 2008.The championships, which take place from Mar. 26-30 in Genting Stanley's Manchester, Southend, and Nottingham casinos, will receive s - read more »
Bodog to Host Inaugural Bodog Poker Open - 23 February 2008
Online poker players will be competing this March for some serious cash, not to mention serious bragging rights, when Bodog hosts its inaugural tournament series, the Bodog Poker Open (BPO). Starting on Monday, March 3, the BPO will feature five preliminary events, all leading up to the series' championship, the $500 b - read more »
Absolute Poker Signs Contract with Astrophysicist-Turned-Model Liv Boeree - 22 February 2008
What does poker have in common with astrophysics? At first glace, not a whole lot. But that hasn't stopped popular online poker site AbsolutePoker.com (http://www.absolutepoker.com/) from bringing a 23-year-old astrophysics graduate on board to represent the site in the UK market.Absolute Poker today announced that Liv - read more »

March 2008


Golf Magazine Announces the 2008 List of "Best Golf Resorts" - 10 March 2008
Want to know the ultimate golf destinations in North America? GOLF MAGAZINE has the answer. This year marks the 20th anniversary of GOLF's "Best Resorts Awards," an honor bestowed upon the 75 greatest destinations in North America which appears in the April issue on newsstands today. A complete listing is attached. - read more »
3 local men accused in Internet gambling ring - 30 March 2008
Three Syracuse men who were arrested in a $20.3 million gambling operation in Central New York three years ago are now accused of being involved in a gambling ring that racked up more than $50 million in bets between September 2006 and this March. George Bedigian, 63, of North McBride Street; Salvatore Tumino, 70, of N - read more »
German Domain Name Casino.de Sold for USD 591,000.00 - 17 March 2008
The Danish Internet company Balslev Media has recently purchased the German domain name www.casino.de for Euro 400,000 / US $591,000. This is a new record price paid for a German domain name.According to the new owner of Casino.de, the domain name acquisition was a bargain. "The value of the domain consists of several - read more »
Scotland Tops Poker League at Ladbrokes After Hat Trick Wins - 10 March 2008
Scotland (www.ladbrokespoker.com) tops the poker (www.ladbrokespoker.com) league with Ladbrokespoker.com, and players bagged the Ladbrokes VIP party for less than the price of a pint.Four years ago, Edinburgh placed second in a Ladbrokes-commissioned poll to find the city with the most successful poker players. Now, it - read more »

April 2008


Bodog Boss Pulls Off April Fool's Day Prank with 'Calvin's Heir' - 05 April 2008
The show that was slated to rock the socks off reality TV has been revealed as a hoax. Calvin's Heir, the reality show where nine women compete to birth a baby worthy of inheriting the Bodog Empire is an April Fool's gag pulled off by Calvin Ayre himself.“Being surrounded by nine wailing babies? Not in this lifetime,” - read more »
Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott Makes Song and Dance as Keynote Speaker - 01 April 2008
Poker legend and wit Dave ‘Devilfish' Ulliott has been invited to give the keynote speech at the Poker Conference and Expo and Casino Affiliate Program (CAP) Spring Break conference at the Grand Resort in Limassol, Cyprus on May 21st this year following in the footsteps of the great Doyle Brunson who addressed delegate - read more »
Slotland Auctions African Art at CAC, Amsterdam - 06 April 2008
Like many other online casinos, Slotland.com is exhibiting at the Casino Affiliates Conference in Amsterdam this week. But Slotland isn't like any other online casino. Like their competitors, representatives from Slotland will be discussing online and mobile business opportunities with affiliates. But unlike the other - read more »
Asian Poker Tour Names Matt Savage as Tournament Director - 17 April 2008
The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is proud to announce that Matt Savage has signed on as tournament director for the APT's Manila Main Event next month.Few men are as qualified for the position. Matt was appointed tournament director for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) - the world's blue ribbon poker event - in 2002 after wo - read more »

May 2008


$75,000 Worth of Lotto Balls Roll into the Jackpot Factory - 19 May 2008
The Jackpot Factory (www.jackpotfactory.com), a leading online slots casino group known for first-rate customer support, has begun its newest lotto promotion where they will give out a total of $75,000 in bonuses.In each weekly drawing, the online slots casino group will give out over 10,000 credits worth of bonuses, i - read more »
All Bingo Club Shares the Wealth with its Players - 19 May 2008
All Bingo Club (www.allbingoclub.com), a vibrant online bingo hall and a proud member of the reputable Jackpot Factory (www.jackpotfactory.com), has launched their refer-a-friend program that pays its players £5 for every friend they introduce to the club. With no cap on how many friends a player brings in, the refe - read more »
Cryptologic Secures agreement with 888 holdings plc - 09 May 2008
CryptoLogic Limited, a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market, through its wholly owned subsidiary WagerLogic, has announced a three-year licensing contract with 888 Holdings PLC, one of the world's most popular online gaming companies. Under the agreement, 888 will select and integrate casino - read more »
Bodog Poker Announces Mini-SOP Online Tournament Series - 26 May 2008
Bodog today announced that it is launching a new online poker tournament series this summer that will mirror all 25 Holdem events of the 2008 World Series of Poker* in Las Vegas at just a fraction of the buy-in. The Bodog Poker Mini-SOP will run from May 30-July 3, with each tournament held on the same date as its coun - read more »

June 2008


$818,403.30 won on King Cashalot Progressive Jackpot at Jupiter Club Casino - 06 June 2008
“It's been a record year thus far for GrandPrive.com players,” says company spokesperson, Sonia Bradshaw. “In fact, 2008MILLION is truly living up to its name as the year where everything is possible for everyone who dreams, dares and plays at our casinos!” At roughly 11:22 PM on Thursday, 5 June 2008, regular GrandPri - read more »
Titan Poker Players Will Up the Ante in China this August - 04 June 2008
Titan Poker, the largest online poker room on the iPoker Network, has launched a series of qualifying satellites to determine which of its players will participate in the exciting Asian Poker Tour (APT) tournament in Macau from August 26th until August 31st.This second stop on the Asian Poker Tour will take avid poker - read more »
Bodog's Random Number Generator Scores Gaming Associates Certification - 11 June 2008
Bodog has made another leap forward in guaranteeing its players the safest, most secure and enjoyable online gaming experience possible by acquiring certification from Gaming Associates for its casino's random number generator (RNG).The Bodog Casino RNG has been certified by TST and their internationally accredited tes - read more »
Slotland’s New Slotris Slot Machine is Reminiscent of Iconic Falling-Blocks Video Game - 04 June 2008
Slotland.com's new Tetris-like online slot machine is two games in one, both inspired by the popular game of falling-blocks considered by some to be the best video game ever. The wheels on Slotland's new Slotris online slot machine spin the familiar multi-coloured cubes and the same squares fall into place on the grid - read more »

July 2008


Top Asian Poker Pros Look Forward to APT Macau - 24 July 2008
The list of renowned poker pros participating in the Macau leg of this year's Asian Poker Tour (APT) has just gotten longer. With 2008 APT Philippines champion David Saab already placing 46th at the World Series of Poker and confirming his participation in the main event of APT Macau, four big-name poker pros of Asian - read more »
Poker's biggest tournament gets under way in Vegas - 04 July 2008
The marathon grind toward the richest pot in poker is under way.Play opened in the 39th World Series of Poker main event Thursday, with nearly 1,300 players hoping to make it through a 10-hour day of no-limit Texas Hold 'em against high-profile players and unknowns who could come out of nowhere to win millions of dolla - read more »
All Bingo Club Joins BrightShare Affiliate Program - 28 July 2008
BrightShare Limited (www.brightshare.com), the exclusive affiliate program of the Jackpot Factory group, announced that as of today its affiliate partners can generate revenue by promoting online bingo via the Jackpot Factory's new All Bingo Club (www.allbingoclub.com). All Bingo Club, which launched in April 2008 unde - read more »
Scotty Nguyen wins US$2 million at World Series of Poker tourney - 01 July 2008
Poker professional Scotty Nguyen won nearly US$2 million at the World Series of Poker on Monday, topping a field of 148 players and emerging from a marathon final table with his fifth gold bracelet.Nguyen beat out 23-year-old Michael DeMichele in H.O.R.S.E., a rotating-game tournament that cost $50,000 to enter.The var - read more »

August 2008


Table Mountain Casino Congratulates Another MEGA MOUNTAIN JACKPOTS Winner - 24 August 2008
I never thought this would happen to me!" exclaimed Lorena of Madera, California, as she became the most recent Table Mountain MEGA MOUNTAIN JACKPOTS Massive Cash winner. Lorena's random winnings totaled $30,737 on a penny slot machine!The winnings just keep on coming for lucky Club Members at Table Mountain Casino wit - read more »
Atlantic City casinos are cutting down on the comps - 24 August 2008
For spending $100 or so on the slot machines, Gloria and David Hykes used to get a free room at Harrah's Resort casino.No more. The couple from York Haven, Pa., paid $99 for a room there last week, and they know why."I didn't even ask," said Hykes, 53, as he sat with his wife at a penny slot machine at Harrah's Resort. - read more »
Countdown to the Asian Poker Tour, Macau – Home Of Asia’s Largest Guaranteed Prize Pool - 26 August 2008
The excitement is building ahead of the second leg of the 2008 Asian Poker Tour in Macau. The event is being held at the bustling Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino, running from August 27 to 31, 2008. The first card of the Main Event will be dealt at 2.30pm on Thursday 28th after a welcome reception and satellites tour - read more »
Pokies unsafe, Xenophon tells industry - 24 August 2008
Anti-pokies campaigner and incoming senator Nick Xenophon told the gaming industry's annual summit that poker machines were "inherently unsafe" and conference attendees were deliberately ignoring the damage they caused.The independent MP from South Australia, who will take his seat in the newly formed Senate later this - read more »

September 2008


Charles Town Races & Slots’ new $21 million hotel set to open this weekend - 04 September 2008
Walking through the front entrance, a large flat-screen television in the lobby churns out the latest news from CNN. Behind the television and a fireplace is a nine-seat lobby bar where patrons can kick back and relax. Across a foyer is where hot breakfasts will be served. Welcome to Charles Town Races & Slots' new $21 - read more »
All Slots Online Casino Launches the $500,000 World Series of Slots - 01 September 2008
All Slots Online Casino (www.allslots.com), a proud member of the Jackpot Factory Group and a leading online slots casino, has launched the $500,000 World Series of Slots: a series of slots tournaments running between September 1st and November 10th, offering a record-breaking half a million dollars in cash prizes. Dep - read more »
Experts say Macau's success spurring Asia's gaming industry - 09 September 2008
Macau's success as a gaming haven is spurring the industry in Asia, with some countries already building massive casinos and others moving to legalise them, experts said Tuesday. The provision of wholesome entertainment, retail shopping, and hotel and convention facilities as part of the gaming experience is helping to - read more »
Online Gambling and eCommerce - 04 September 2008
Since the invention of the internet, more and more application of this technology seem to pop up ever now and then. But the biggest breakthrough came when people started doing business and earning money online. At the present, almost all types of products services could be offered and purchased on the internet.And spea - read more »

October 2008


New Horseshoe Casino Announces Impressive World Series of Poker(R) Ladies' Circuit Event Numbers - 29 October 2008
The new 500 million-dollar Horseshoe Casino, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, today announced an impressive final number of female entrants at this past Sunday's high-stakes action of the World Series of Poker® circuit event. The third No-Limit Hold 'em $200 buy-in circuit event drew 227 entrants who generated a - read more »
Absolute Poker Helps Players Improve Game with 'Show Folded Cards' Feature - 29 October 2008
Absolute Poker has introduced a new feature to help online poker enthusiasts keep track of their folded hands and ultimately hone their game. The 'Show Folded Cards' function lets players see the cards they folded at any given time during a hand. "Poker players love to remain a part of every poker hand, even after they - read more »
Victorians lose a record $4.8bn in gambling - 29 October 2008
Victorians lost a record $4.8 billion in gambling last year. Poker machines in pubs and clubs were the biggest money magnet, draining $2.6 billion from players' pockets. The remainder was blown at Crown Casino and on lotteries and wagering. The biggest winner was the Victorian government, with gambling revenue injectin - read more »
Bluff Europe Madness €1,500 Freeroll on Thursday - 29 October 2008
This Thursday (30th October) sees Europe's most popular poker magazine, Bluff Europe (www.bluffeurope.com) host another of its successful ‘Madness Freerolls' in association with Poker.co.uk. The event, which is hosted on www.poker.co.uk and will kick off at 20:15 GMT, has a prize pool of €1,000 with an additional two b - read more »

November 2008


Bluff Europe’s $10,000 Freeroll With DiamondBet Just One Week Away - 20 November 2008
Bluff Europe, Europe's largest poker magazine, has joined forces with DiamondBet Poker to provide their biggest ever online freeroll poker tournament, with a staggering $10,000 to be won.As part of their ongoing promotional series "Bluff Europe Madness", the $10,000 freeroll takes place at 8.15pm on Thursday 27th Novem - read more »
Cantor Gaming Acquires Las Vegas Sports Consultants - 06 November 2008
Cantor Gaming, an affiliate of the global financial services company Cantor Fitzgerald, today announced that it has acquired Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC), the world's largest oddsmaking company. LVSC provides odds and point spreads to all major Nevada sports books and its consensus line is considered the most va - read more »

December 2008


Wynn To Open New Casino Resort In Las Vegas Amid Downturn - 20 December 2008
His competitors face free falling stock prices and potential bankruptcies, but Steve Wynn's company is sitting pretty as it prepares to open the doors on Monday to its lavish new resort, Encore. The $2.3 billion, 2,000-room hotel-casino, which is attached to the three-year-old Wynn Las Vegas on the Strip, debuts at a m - read more »
Condé Nast Ranks Al Maha Top Overseas Leisure Hotel in Dubai - 01 December 2008
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, the luxurious desert retreat owned by Emirates Hotels & Resorts, has collected yet another Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Award. Jumping six places in its overall rating from last year, Al Maha was the only Dubai hotel to be listed in the prestigious top 20 list, for Overseas Leisure - read more »
David 'Chino' Rheem Inks Contract to Join "The Poker Pack" - 20 December 2008
AsianLogic Plc, owners of The Asian Poker Tour (http://www.asianpt.com), would like to congratulate two members of The Poker Pack - Steve Sung and David ‘Chino' Rheem - on making the final table at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio, Las Vegas. Sung signed his sponsorship deal to become a member - read more »
Marc Goodwin Tops Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Rankings - 09 December 2008
Marc Goodwin has topped the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour's Rankings leaderboard and taken the title of Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Player of the Year. He overtook long-time leader Nik Persaud after leg 9 of the poker tournament in Blackpool where he won a side-event and had two further final table finishes. Marc increased his l - read more »