Gambling News Archives 2008

January 2008

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 »
Largest Offer For Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City $950 Million - 22 January 2008
On January 11, 2008, Joseph Palladino, (on behalf of a company to be disclosed), submitted to Justice Gary Stein, trustee in charge for the sale of the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, an offer to purchase the property for $950 Million, outbidding a former offer of $850 Million submitted by Colony - read more »
$400,000 Already Awarded, $600,000 Left to Win in’s Richest Tournament Ever - 22 January 2008
This Sunday night is another monthly final in's Million Dollar Free Roll Tournament. $400,000K has already been awarded in the year-long series and there's still $600,000 left to win -- $100,000 at Sunday's final table.“We have a lot of relatively new players at our tables,” said Manage - read more »
Westlake Entertainment Announces the Release of Orange County Thriller, 'Loaded' - 09 January 2008
Westlake Entertainment, Inc. announces today the release of LOADED, a reality-based action thriller filmed against the sunlit streets of Southern California. LOADED, takes you on a journey behind the "Orange Curtain" of Southern California, through the world of exotic sports cars, modern day druglords and through the - read more »

February 2008

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 ( 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 »
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 »
PlayersOnly Extends Entry Deadline for $10K Video Contest on YouTube - 16 February 2008 online casino and poker room is extending the entry deadline for their $10,000 video contest on Video clips showing what it takes to be a “player” can now be uploaded until March 15 to“As word of the contest has spread, we've been getting lots of inquiri - 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 »

March 2008

Scotland Tops Poker League at Ladbrokes After Hat Trick Wins - 10 March 2008
Scotland ( tops the poker ( league with, 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 »
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 »
Seminole Tribe keeps low profile in Vegas - 02 March 2008
The Seminole Tribe, which operates seven casinos in Florida and purchased the Hard Rock restaurant chain in 2006 for nearly $1 billion, has become the envy of Las Vegas casino operators.While Vegas slots generally turn a daily profit of about $100, Florida slots, which actually are electronic bingo devices, make from $ - read more »
Bluff Europe’s ElkY EXCLUSIVE Out Now! - 04 March 2008
The March issue of Bluff Europe is on UK newsstands and in card rooms today -- featuring an in-depth interview with one of the games biggest online stars, Bertrand Grospellier.The Frenchman might not be a name you're all familiar with, but his online alias is one that is well known to online players. ‘ElkY' has been on - read more »

April 2008

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 »
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 »
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 »
Slotland Auctions African Art at CAC, Amsterdam - 06 April 2008
Like many other online casinos, 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 »

May 2008

All Bingo Club Shares the Wealth with its Players - 19 May 2008
All Bingo Club (, a vibrant online bingo hall and a proud member of the reputable Jackpot Factory (, 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 »
International Poker Champs Confirmed For Asian Poker Tour Manila - 16 May 2008
The action at the Asian Poker Tour Manila leg is sure to be sizzling hot with several international poker champs now confirmed. Layne Flack, Huck Seed, Roy Winston, Mansour Matloubi and Evelyn Ng are determined to take home the largest share in the $1,000,000 prize pool at the upcoming Asian Poker Tour Manila Event to - read more »
Littlewoods Casino pays out more than $1.3 million on CryptoLogic’s 9-line Millionaires Club jackpot slot game - 09 May 2008
CryptoLogic Limited, a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market, has made another lucky online casino slot player an instant millionaire. On May 3 at 12:35 a.m. GMT, Millionaires Club, one of the internet's most popular progressive slot games available exclusively to CryptoLogic licensees, awarde - 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

Slotland’s New Slotris Slot Machine is Reminiscent of Iconic Falling-Blocks Video Game - 04 June 2008'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 »
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 Casino Player Hits $200,000 Jackpot - 24 June 2008
It was a day like any other in the Bodog Casino for 55-year-old Howard G. of Houston, Texas, playing "Victory" slots like he'd done many times before, but that all changed when the reels spun and revealed four "captains" and a "ship". Acting as a wildcard, the "ship" gave Howard the equivalent of five "captains", which - read more »
Cantor Gaming Signs Deal with popular Cult Classic Brand, Heavy Metal Magazine - 26 June 2008
Cantor Gaming, operator of, has signed an exclusive deal with the fantasy magazine, Heavy Metal, to produce a range of world-class, online casino games based on the characters in the magazine.Cantor Gaming has teamed up with Kevin Eastman, owner of Heavy Metal magazine, to bring the characters and - read more »

July 2008

Bodog Casino Goes Mobile - 01 July 2008
Bodog is proud to announce the official release of its mobile casino client, Bodog Mobile. With versions specifically designed for mobile phones, BlackBerry® smartphones, PDAs and other Smartphones, Bodog Mobile puts your favorite Bodog Casino games in the palm of your hand. Anytime, anywhere, simply log in and enjoy t - read more »
E-gaming software leader unveils player-created tournaments, advanced sorting and filtering tool - 03 July 2008
CryptoLogic Limited., a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market, today introduced two unique features to its Internet poker software line-up: the ability for players to host their own tournaments, and a new advanced sorting and filtering tool that allows players to customize their own settings f - read more »
All Bingo Club Joins BrightShare Affiliate Program - 28 July 2008
BrightShare Limited (, 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 ( All Bingo Club, which launched in April 2008 unde - 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 »

August 2008

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 »
Five New Real-Series Video Slots at Club World Casinos - 22 August 2008
Real-Series video slots continue to be the most popular category of games offered by RealTime Gaming according to number of games played. They are second only to blackjack and are played twice as much as standard three reel slot games. These new Real-Series video slots offer stunning graphics, captivating sounds, encha - read more »
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 »
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 »

September 2008

Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel & Spa Now Open - 04 September 2008
Biloxi is experiencing normal weather conditions and all roads to the property are open.The casino opened today at 2 p.m. The hotel, retail and all food outlets are all open. The Grand Bear Golf Course will open on Friday morning.Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel & Spa closed on August 31 due to Hurricane Gustav.Grand Biloxi - read more »
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 (, 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 »
Phil Hellmuth’s 12th WSOP Bracelet and His Long Lost Twin - 25 September 2008
There is only one 11-time WSOP bracelet winner, but world-record holder Phil Hellmuth will have poker fans seeing double this week in London -- Saturday, September 27, 12:00PM -- when the UltimateBet pro will come to the WSOPE with a gaggle of men and women vying for the “Phil Hellmuth Look-A-Like” title. All are welc - read more »

October 2008

Bodog Casino Player Makes Change of a Lifetime - 29 October 2008
Kelly J. of Calif. made the decision of a lifetime when she opted to switch up her routine, giving Bodog Casino's Caribbean Stud a go instead of her usual game, Let 'Em Ride. Just three hands into her first round of Caribbean Stud she struck gold, and lots of it. Opting to throw an extra dollar into the mix for a shot - 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 »
Bluff Europe Madness €1,500 Freeroll on Thursday - 29 October 2008
This Thursday (30th October) sees Europe's most popular poker magazine, Bluff Europe ( host another of its successful ‘Madness Freerolls' in association with The event, which is hosted on and will kick off at 20:15 GMT, has a prize pool of €1,000 with an additional two b - read more »
Asian Poker Tour Announces Manila Event for 2009 - 09 October 2008
Having made its mark on Asia and players around the world with two highly successful poker events in 2008, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) has announced the first event for its 2009 tournament schedule.APT Philippines 2009, the Manila leg of next year's Tour, will be held at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel in Makati, Philippin - 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

Bluff Europe €1,500 Free Roll Set to be a Christmas Cracker - 23 December 2008
Christmas is on its way and leading European poker magazine Bluff Europe is giving away €1,500 over the festive season. Partnering with Poker Heaven, the Bluff Europe Cardgang event takes place on December 29th at 7pm.Bluff Europe and Poker Heaven offer poker players their chance to play for a €1,500 prize pool, all fo - 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 »
Experience Excitement of Vegas with New Virgin Casino Game, Vegas Blackjack with 20+ Bonus™ - 01 December 2008
Virgin Games Casino today announces the launch of its most generous Blackjack game yet, Vegas Blackjack with 20+ Bonus™. Players can enjoy all American Blackjack rules and the chance to win up to 30:1 on a Blackjack! Vegas Blackjack with 20+ Bonus™ is the ultimate casino game for both beginners and gaming experts. Play - read more »
Harrah's Entertainment Announces Oversubscription of Private Exchange Offers - 01 December 2008
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (Harrah's) announced today that its direct wholly-owned subsidiary, Harrah's Operating Company, Inc. (HOC), is extending to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 5, 2008, the Early Tender Date (as defined in HOC's confidential offering memorandum, dated November 14, 2008, the "Offering - read more »