July 6, 2007

New York, New York, Now With Real Shootings!

Recently, a gunman opened fire on players at the New York, New York casino.

From the CNN Story:

A man on a walkway over the New York-New York casino floor opened fire on the gamblers below early Friday, wounding four people before he was tackled by officers and patrons, police said.

The New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where a man opened fire on patrons Friday.

Two women and two men were being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, said Officer Ramon Denby, spokesman for the Las Vegas, Nevada, Metropolitan Police Department.

The gunman is believed to be in his early 50s and a Las Vegas resident. He was not a hotel employee or guest, Denby said.

This is both scary, and a real shame. No one wants to see any of the fun get spoiled by come crazy person with a gun, or worse. Lets all do our part to make sure that stpid stunts like this don't spoil the town we love so much! Everybody to the NY, NY for some gamblin fun!!

P.S. We 'd love to give a big shout out to the security AND patrons who helped subdue this nut!

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July 5, 2007

Home Poker Games going Too Far?

The Casino City Times had a story recently that caught our eye. The question here stems around a website called HomePokerGames.com. The idea of the site is to allow for your home poker games to get some variety by opening the typical invite list to encompass some strangers. The argument being that this can vary the poker crowd enough to keep the games interesting.

Like a gambling version of Internet dating, the site - www.homepokergames.com - lists buy-ins and limits for games as well as any house rules, such as no smoking, drinking or swearing.

But the amount of money at stake - buy-ins and organized tournaments that in some cases start at $20 and go up to $100 or more - is alarming some lawmakers and players.

At a recent gathering in Las Vegas, legislators from casino states beyond Nevada discussed how the Web site may be advertising games that are illegal or, at the least, generating tax-free winnings.

"I had no idea this was going on in my state," said Steven Geller, a Democratic state senator from Florida. "You've got all of the problems of casino gambling and none of the benefits. There's no job creation and there's no programs for problem gambling."

Geller also said players are risking their safety.

"You've got serious, hard-core gambling by serious, hard-core gamblers," he said. "You don't have to watch 'The Sopranos' to realize you've got a big security issue."

Now, while we can understand wanting to mix it up (our own poker games got stale after a bit), we think that inviting total strangers is just asking for trouble, either by unruly players, or in some case, by your local law enforcement. In our opininon, keep home games for fun, and only among friends. If you want to make real money, head to a casino, the watresses are better anyway.

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June 29, 2007

Europe Embracing Online Gambling

Its refreshing to see a country (or in this case, bloc of countries) actually trying to embrace onling gambling, instead of trying to find ways to rein it in. We hope the spirit of open-ness might hop over to this side of the Atlantic!

The story is over on Gambling Planet

The European Commission has taken action to put an end to obstacles to the free movement of sports betting services in France, Greece and Sweden. The Commission has formally requested France and Sweden to amend their laws following consideration of their replies to letters of formal notice sent in April and October 2006.

These formal requests take the form of "reasoned opinions", the second stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If there is no satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice. In relation to Greece the Commission has decided to send an official request for information on national legislation restricting the supply of sports betting services. This takes the form of a letter of formal notice, the first step in the Article 226 infringement procedure. Greece has two months in which to respond.

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June 21, 2007

Suing the Casnio Because You Lost Your Money

This is a crazy lawsuit, but if it works, we're gonna be rich!

Casino Gambling Web has the story:

Many people around the world would love to have the casinos in which they gamble give their money back at the end of the night if they lose. A man in Sydney is taking that thought to the next step, he is suing a Sydney, Australia casino, Star City, for allowing him to lose his money.

The sticking point to the case, is, the man, Behrouz Foroughi, voluntarily went on an exclusion list of problem gamblers, which, in turn, barred him from the casino.

He claims that not only did the casino let him back in, but they gave him access to the high rollers room. He said that since he joined the list, he has been to the casino 65 times.

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June 20, 2007

Endless Summer: Atlantic City Exploring Indoor Pools


Via Casino City Times, comes this story from the Philidelphia Inquirer about Atlantic City's next big gamble, a massive indoor pool. As noted in the article, the problem with Atlantic City, is that its not always summer. Harrah's has decided to change all that, and build a gorgeous glass dome enclosed half-acre pool.

Planners have aimed to achieve a tropical ambience, and Harrah's invested $1 million worth of landscaping in the attempt. Scores of palms, ranging from 17 to 45 feet tall, have been planted around the pool, including 20 towering Washingtonia palm trees, along with ficus, white birds of paradise and bamboo.

The pool itself will be kept between 78 and 81 degrees, and the water is specially formulated to eliminate the heavily chlorinated smell normally associated with indoor pools.

Several interesting points about the new Harrah's pool complex:

On Sundays, it's the setting for a luau.

Although it's open only to hotel guests during the day, themed public events are scheduled four nights a week, when anyone can attend and visitors can take a dip.

Now we have no reason not to visit Atlantic City, even in the off months. Huzzah! (or should we say.. Harrah!)

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June 13, 2007

Green Casino


The Casino City Times is reporting on the story of a woman's quest to make a new casino a green one.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Daniela Valdes kicked off her summer break with a petition drive that gathered 700 signatures calling for Pittsburgh's planned arena and casino to be built as environmentally friendly buildings.

"...Bob Oltmanns, a Barden spokesman, would not discuss today whether the casino's design includes plans to make it environmentally friendly. A Penguins spokesman could not immediately comment.

"City officials, including Planning Director Noor Ismail, said late last month that they hope the new casino will incorporate a 'green building' design to ensure energy efficiency. Casino design plans, which could detail the building's energy-saving traits, could receive the city Planning Commission's scrutiny late this month.

We think this is a fantastic idea. There's no reason that these new multi-million dollar complexes can't be made environmentally friendly. That way, when you lose your stake at poker, you can at least feel good that you weren't destroying the environment while you did it.

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The Congress Trudges Along With Internet Gambling Regulation

In a continuing attempt to get a handle on internet gambling with something other than just a sledge hammer, Rep. Jim McDermott is taking his stab at a tax framework. We certainly hope that some kind of agreement can be met on these issues because a flat ban is simply no fun.

From Gambling Planet:

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Taxation Enforcement Act (IGRTEA) today, just hours after Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) announced he would introduce a bill amending the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

McDermott's measure would create a tax regime for U.S. online gambling companies expected to generate $6-$25 billion in U.S. tax revenues in its first five years of enactment, according to the representative's press office.

The bill is meant to serve as the tax mechanism for Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA) and could possibly be discussed along with other U.S. Internet gambling legislation during tomorrow's House Financial Services Committee hearing at 10 a.m.

McDermott is slated to introduce the bill on the house floor this evening, according to spokesperson Mike Decesare, but he was unable to confirm whether the legislation will officially be a part of tomorrow's hearing proceedings.

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June 7, 2007

House of Reps to Meet on Internet Gambling

Via Casino City Times:

A US House of Representatives panel announced on Monday it will hold an inquiry on Friday to re-examine online gambling, which has effectively been prohibited in the country thanks to the introduction of 2006's Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

The hearing will asses whether Internet gambling can be monitored to protect the interests of consumers while simultaneously protecting the payments system, House Financial Services Committee stated.

Committee Chairman Barney Frank introduced a bill in April that would revoke an effective ban on online gambling, in opposition to the UIGEA's implementation by Congress in late 2006.

Cmon' Barney!!

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June 6, 2007

The Osbournes To Become Slot Machine


In the endless search for new and more interesting slot machines, manufacturers have hit upon a whole new category of potential one-armed-bandits: reality TV dysfunctional famillies.

Yes.. according to Jackpot.co.uk...

Online casino software developer Microgaming has signed a licencing deal with one of the most recognisable (though some would say dysfunctional) families in the world, the Osbournes.

In what it's a slight departure from Microgaming’s current successful licenced slots (including the massively popular Lara Croft and Hitman slots), the deal will see Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly feature in slick, graphic intensive video slots, set for launch later this year.

Now we wonder whats next... The Hogans?

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May 29, 2007

US Internet Gambling Restrictions Illegal, So Says The WTO, and... Antigua

It seems that the tiny country of Antigua, while not only a lovely vacation spot, is also an angry Internet gambling afficionado! When the World Trade Organization recently ruled that the US's Internet gambling restrictions were illegal, Antiugua, and other countries, expectected the US to comply with its obligations. The US did not, and now Antigua is on the legal warpath.

This might seem like David and Goliath, but it turns out David has lots of friends who also are none to happy with the US's ban on Internet Gambling. We will most certainly be keeping an eye on whats happening.

Find out more about this story over at the Gambling Planet news room.

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