Gambling News Archives 2008

January 2008

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 »
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 »
12 Charged in U.S. in Costa Rica Based Online Gambling Operation - 09 January 2008
U.S. officials have indicted 12 men for their involvement in an online gambling site based in Costa Rica. Arrests were made in New York, Maryland and Massachusetts, however, the ringleader, Carmine Cicalese, is still at large and may be in Costa Rica.Online gambling is illegal in the United States since 2006 when credi - read more »
Redesigned Backgammon Masters Game Lobby to Offer Full Line of Online Casino Games - 09 January 2008
BackgammonMasters recently revamped their Game Lobby featuring a streamlined new look and improved navigation for its members. Sources at the company are hinting that this is just the first step to integrating the BackgammonMasters software with a full online casino suite featuring over 200 popular online games includi - 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 »
French Open organizers taking online betting companies to court over gambling - 01 February 2008
French Open organizers have filed a lawsuit in a bid to ban online gambling companies from offering bets on the Grand Slam tournament. The complaint filed Friday in courts in Liege in eastern Belgium and in Paris claims that Internet betting companies stain the reputation of the clay-court championship at Roland Garros - 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 »
Titan Poker Players to Hit the Pubs and Play Poker in Dublin - 22 February 2008
Titan Poker (, the largest poker room on the iPoker Network, will send a delegation of the best online poker players from across Europe to participate in Ireland's biggest poker event. The internationally renowned online poker site will be sending players from countries including Denmark, - read more »

March 2008

Even in hard times, gamblers keep . . . ROLLING THE DICE - 30 March 2008
All the doom and gloom over the economy has Tony Marty seeking sanctuary in a familiar place. Behind a slot machine.Marty, 41, has intensified his gambling habit during this economic downturn. He used to frequent the casinos in Atlantic City once a month; now, he's at a gambling hall in the Philadelphia suburbs at leas - 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 »
Lucky Fish Hopes for More Good Fortune in Saturday’s Million Dollar Free Roll Tournament Monthly Final - 02 March 2008
This week, players are winning their way to Saturday's monthly final in the site's richest poker tournament ever, the Million Dollar Free Roll series. A player that came close to taking it all last month hopes to win the $75,000 first prize this weekend.“Just get this over with” moaned one of the oth - 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 »

April 2008

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 »
Ashley 'Rumbles' With Her Idol, WWE Champ, John Cena, Thanks to Kids Wish Network - 06 April 2008
14-year-old Ashley of Bellevue is a huge wrestling fan. She rarely misses a match on television and is absolutely crazy about the WWE's John Cena. That's why, when Ashley got to pick any wish that she wanted from her friends at Kids Wish Network, she decided that what she wanted most was to meet the wrestling star in p - 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 »
MIT “Blackjack Teams” to Test Backgammon Masters New Blackjack Platform - 22 April 2008
BackgammonMasters, the online gaming site that offers popular casino and board games including Blackjack, Backgammon and Poker, has enlisted the “Blackjack Teams” from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to test out their new Blackjack platform as well as their Basic Blackjack Calculator.Following the recent re - read more »

May 2008

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 »
$75,000 Worth of Lotto Balls Roll into the Jackpot Factory - 19 May 2008
The Jackpot Factory (, 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 »
Cryptologic Increases Poker Presence in Core European Market with OPoker - 13 May 2008
CryptoLogic Limited, a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market, through its wholly owned subsidiary WagerLogic, today announced an exclusive three-year licensing agreement with, a new online poker site launched by a group of Scandinavia's leading Internet poker executives. Under the - read more »
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 »

June 2008

Player experiences near shock after winning over $10,000 on Avalon - 24 June 2008
The Jackpot Factory (, a leading online slots casino group known for first-rate customer support, announced that an online casino player at its All Jackpots Casino ( recently won $10,620 from a single spin on the Avalon video slot game.The winner, Ellen J., was very excited th - read more »
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 »
$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 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 »
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

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 »
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 »
How to Win at Poker -- and at Business - 01 July 2008
Deepak Thadani learned how to play poker during a trip to Atlantic City in 2004, a few years after he launched a high-end network security company in Woodside, N.Y. He soon discovered that many of his clients-CEOs and CFOs of large New York companies-were also aspiring card sharps. So he organized a monthly game. "Poke - 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 »

August 2008

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 »
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 »
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 »
Casinos in the future for Milford and Marlborough? - 24 August 2008
Casinos could be in the cards for Milford and Marlborough, but local and regional officials aren't exactly starry-eyed over the idea.While casinos have yet to be approved by Massachusetts lawmakers, Marlborough City Council President Arthur Vigeant is skeptical of billionaire Sheldon Adelson's rumored interest in bring - read more »

September 2008

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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »

October 2008

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 »
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 »

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

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 »
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 »
Kim Kardashian Hits Diamond Jackpot at Vegas Birthday Bash - 01 December 2008
Kim Kardashian got the surprise of a lifetime at her LAX nightclub birthday bash on October 24, 2008. During her interview with Extra TV, Kim Kardashian was presented with a 34 Carat Diamond necklace from Director of Marketing for, Christopher Hernandez, the wholesale priced eCommerce jewelry company. With a - 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 »