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Archive for April, 2006

April 30th, 2006

IGCE a Huge Success

The International Gaming Conference & Expo (IGCE), which took place April
9th-11th in San Jose, Costa Rica, dramatically exceeded its goal of
addressing issues of growth, technology, legalities and consolidation as
they affect the companies competing within this burgeoning industry of
gaming. As the accolades continue to pour in from those who attended,
exhibited and sponsored, plans are presently underway for IGCE Europe, to be
held in Dublin, Ireland, September 10-12 at Fitzpatrick Castle. “It was
clearly our intention to take the lead as a conference destination for the
industry,” indicated Chris Dauer, Director of Conferences for The Sports
Network, organizer of the event, “and the final results have indicated that
the first step towards that goal has been achieved. Those are the facts, not
self-aggrandizement or breast-beating by ourselves, the organizers, but
truly the reflection of the results. The plaudits and kudos, the
compliments, have been ongoing and we fully expect that Dublin will be twice
as big and successful as Costa Rica.

“Consequently, one’s accomplishments and successes are best judged by what
others have to say about your efforts, and not by self-indulgence, so
inclusion of those comments are more than ample confirmation of the result,
as well as what the future holds.”

“I’ve been to many conferences over the years, as speaker, moderator,
chairperson and attendee in some cases but this was the best opening
cocktail party for those in attendance that I have seen,” said Joe Kelly, a
renowned attorney and Professor of Business Law at SUNY College at Buffalo,
who spoke on a panel addressing the political hurdles facing the industry
world-wide today. “It was not only planned down to the last minute detail
but organized in such a fashion that speakers, sponsors, attendees and
exhibitors were able to interact for extended periods of time without
worrying about dinner plans thanks to the repast offered. Just fantastic!”

“Congratulations on a really great conference! I don’t think I have ever
spoken before a more interested audience. And a lot of people told me that
our legal debate was the best of its kind they had ever seen,” stated I.
Nelson Rose, attorney and gaming law expert, who debated Bob Blumenfeld, one
of the lead counselors for Antigua in the case against the U.S. in the WTO.
“I am glad I was able to help make the conference such a success.”

Melissa Kearns, Assistant Director for Conferences at TSN, added that “Our
direction of analyzing and examining the gaming industry today, and what the
future holds, began, sustained and closed with presentations followed by
questioning and interacting with some of the preeminent names in the
industry and organizations that have helped to set the height of the bar.
It
is fully our intention to maintain that pace when we arrive in Dublin in
September and it is very encouraging to see that the inquiries for
sponsorship, exhibiting, speaking and attending are already coming to us in
great numbers. Those who have attended conferences for years, who are
extremely knowledgeable and respected, have added such laudatory comments as
the following:

‘The show had a good flow, interesting topics, and a great mix of panelists.
I was proud to be a part of the maiden voyage!’ – Terry Lefton, Editor at
Large, Sports Business Journal

‘The event was not only informative, but the most well planned event I have
attended in years. I will definitely be in attendance in Dublin.’ – Michael
Caselli, Editor, iGaming Magazine

‘The convention dramatically exceeded its goal of addressing issues of
growth, technology, legalities and consolidation as they affect the
companies competing within this rapidly expanding industry. With a brilliant
first effort behind them, the IGCE takes on Dublin, Ireland in the fall of
2006.’ – Buzz Daly, Contributing Writer, EOG.com

“It is expected,” Ms. Kearns concluded, “that everyone will be marking down
those dates in September for IGCE Europe and that ours, in Costa Rica and
Ireland, will be the mainstays and principal gathering places for conference
participants for the future.”

Post at 7:46 am UTC by Jerry

Casino Data Imaging Announces New Sales

Casino Data Imaging (CDI), the casino industry leader in data visualization
and report writing slot analysis solutions, announced today that Casino Del
Sol, Casino of the Sun, Paradise Casino Arizona, and Paradise Casino
California have licensed CDI’s CasinoCAD(C) v4 business intelligence
program. Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun (owned and operated by the
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona) and Paradise Casino Arizona and Paradise
Casino California (owned and operated by the Quechan Indian Nation) are the
latest in a growing list of world-class gaming companies that are leveraging
the power and flexibility of CDI’s CasinoCAD(C) analysis program.

“We are very excited about working with CDI and look forward to using the
system as a means of making informed real-time decisions which will impact
our bottom line,” said Roy Corby, vice president of gaming for Casino Del
Sol and Casino of the Sun.

CasinoCAD(C) delivers actionable slot analysis to casino and corporate
personnel via point-and-click report generating, color-coding, data mining,
and data drilldown techniques. The program allows casino management to
quickly generate, share, and present graphical financial analysis, financial
report analysis, floor profiles, charts, and group/query analysis via
snapshots, html export, print, plot, and e-mail features.

“We have a very complex, diverse and multi-lingual market. We look forward
to CDI tools helping us break through some of those barriers and answering
many of our analysis questions with quantifiable data analysis that
CasinoCAD provides,” said Charles B. Montague Sr., general manager of
Paradise Casino Arizona and Paradise Casino California.

“CasinoCAD(C) is a great example of how leading organizations are using BI
tools to gain a companywide understanding of casino performance to make
informed decisions in time with the pace of business,” said George Levine,
CDI corporate spokesman. “The innate integration capabilities and
scalability of CasinoCAD(C) and CasinoCAD(C) Enterprise uniquely positions
our multi-casino clients to constantly feel the pulse of their casino slot
operations. Quickly and securely CasinoCAD(C) delivers actionable data to
employees across the enterprise.” With more than 130 clients in North
America monitoring more than 200,000 machines, CasinoCAD(C) has become an
important analysis tool for users of ACSC, Aristocrat Oasis, Bally System
One, IGS, IGT, SDG, and SDS slot information systems. CDI’s continued
customer satisfaction proves CasinoCAD(C) is fulfilling its commitment to
focused development and value-added support to a diversified user base. Look
for CDI at the May 4-5 Southern Gaming Summit in Tunica, Miss., and May
24-25 Gaming Technology Summit in Las Vegas.

Post at 7:44 am UTC by Jerry

Odds for Lehigh Valley, Poconos Slots Improve

As reported by the Morning Call: “The odds of a casino coming to the Lehigh
Valley, the Poconos or both got better this week as opposition to a proposed
$650 million slots parlor, hotel and convention center in Limerick Township
intensified. “Township supervisors voted unanimously Thursday night to tell
the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board they oppose the slots parlor. Boyd
Gaming, one of the nation’s largest gambling companies, proposed the casino
for a 125-acre site near the Limerick nuclear power plant.

“Officials in Allentown and Bethlehem, which are both potential host cities
for a new casino, said opposition in Limerick can only make a Lehigh Valley
slots parlor more likely.

“Six companies are competing for two licenses to build stand-alone casinos
outside Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Two casinos are proposed in the
Poconos, and one each is proposed in Allentown, Bethlehem, the Gettysburg
area and Limerick, Montgomery County.

“.In their vote against the casino, the Limerick supervisors directed
community outreach consultant Mike Pincus to present their opposition to the
gaming board. The five supervisors did not say why they’re against the
casino.”

Post at 7:43 am UTC by Jerry

Tourist Missing After Gambling Binge

As reported by the UK Daily Telegraph: “A British tourist is missing after
apparently gambling away the money for her return flight to London at Star
City casino. “Frances Mary Embleton, 24, from London, was last seen at the
Three Wise Monkeys bar, in Sydney’s CBD, last Saturday afternoon. “Police
said she told a bar patron she had gambled her savings at the Star City
Casino and could not make the final payment on her fight to London.

“Friends became concerned when she did not show up for a planned farewell
party later that night.

“Ms Embleton, who had been in Australia on a 12-month working visa, also
missed her flight from Sydney airport last Monday.

“.She is European in appearance, of slim build with blonde hair and blue
eyes. Ms Embleton was last seen wearing a singlet or white top, black cargo
pants and black thongs.”

Post at 7:43 am UTC by Jerry

Tourist Missing After Gambling Binge

As reported by the UK Daily Telegraph: “A British tourist is missing after
apparently gambling away the money for her return flight to London at Star
City casino. “Frances Mary Embleton, 24, from London, was last seen at the
Three Wise Monkeys bar, in Sydney’s CBD, last Saturday afternoon. “Police
said she told a bar patron she had gambled her savings at the Star City
Casino and could not make the final payment on her fight to London.

“Friends became concerned when she did not show up for a planned farewell
party later that night.

“Ms Embleton, who had been in Australia on a 12-month working visa, also
missed her flight from Sydney airport last Monday.

“.She is European in appearance, of slim build with blonde hair and blue
eyes. Ms Embleton was last seen wearing a singlet or white top, black cargo
pants and black thongs.”

Post at 7:41 am UTC by Jerry

Casino Data Imaging Announces New Sales

Casino Data Imaging (CDI), the casino industry leader in data visualization
and report writing slot analysis solutions, announced today that Casino Del
Sol, Casino of the Sun, Paradise Casino Arizona, and Paradise Casino
California have licensed CDI’s CasinoCAD(C) v4 business intelligence
program. Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun (owned and operated by the
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona) and Paradise Casino Arizona and Paradise
Casino California (owned and operated by the Quechan Indian Nation) are the
latest in a growing list of world-class gaming companies that are leveraging
the power and flexibility of CDI’s CasinoCAD(C) analysis program.

“We are very excited about working with CDI and look forward to using the
system as a means of making informed real-time decisions which will impact
our bottom line,” said Roy Corby, vice president of gaming for Casino Del
Sol and Casino of the Sun.

CasinoCAD(C) delivers actionable slot analysis to casino and corporate
personnel via point-and-click report generating, color-coding, data mining,
and data drilldown techniques. The program allows casino management to
quickly generate, share, and present graphical financial analysis, financial
report analysis, floor profiles, charts, and group/query analysis via
snapshots, html export, print, plot, and e-mail features.

“We have a very complex, diverse and multi-lingual market. We look forward
to CDI tools helping us break through some of those barriers and answering
many of our analysis questions with quantifiable data analysis that
CasinoCAD provides,” said Charles B. Montague Sr., general manager of
Paradise Casino Arizona and Paradise Casino California.

“CasinoCAD(C) is a great example of how leading organizations are using BI
tools to gain a companywide understanding of casino performance to make
informed decisions in time with the pace of business,” said George Levine,
CDI corporate spokesman. “The innate integration capabilities and
scalability of CasinoCAD(C) and CasinoCAD(C) Enterprise uniquely positions
our multi-casino clients to constantly feel the pulse of their casino slot
operations. Quickly and securely CasinoCAD(C) delivers actionable data to
employees across the enterprise.” With more than 130 clients in North
America monitoring more than 200,000 machines, CasinoCAD(C) has become an
important analysis tool for users of ACSC, Aristocrat Oasis, Bally System
One, IGS, IGT, SDG, and SDS slot information systems. CDI’s continued
customer satisfaction proves CasinoCAD(C) is fulfilling its commitment to
focused development and value-added support to a diversified user base. Look
for CDI at the May 4-5 Southern Gaming Summit in Tunica, Miss., and May
24-25 Gaming Technology Summit in Las Vegas.

Post at 7:41 am UTC by Jerry

Odds for Lehigh Valley, Poconos Slots Improve

As reported by the Morning Call: “The odds of a casino coming to the Lehigh
Valley, the Poconos or both got better this week as opposition to a proposed
$650 million slots parlor, hotel and convention center in Limerick Township
intensified. “Township supervisors voted unanimously Thursday night to tell
the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board they oppose the slots parlor. Boyd
Gaming, one of the nation’s largest gambling companies, proposed the casino
for a 125-acre site near the Limerick nuclear power plant.

“Officials in Allentown and Bethlehem, which are both potential host cities
for a new casino, said opposition in Limerick can only make a Lehigh Valley
slots parlor more likely.

“Six companies are competing for two licenses to build stand-alone casinos
outside Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Two casinos are proposed in the
Poconos, and one each is proposed in Allentown, Bethlehem, the Gettysburg
area and Limerick, Montgomery County.

“.In their vote against the casino, the Limerick supervisors directed
community outreach consultant Mike Pincus to present their opposition to the
gaming board. The five supervisors did not say why they’re against the
casino.”

Post at 7:41 am UTC by Jerry

IGCE a Huge Success

The International Gaming Conference & Expo (IGCE), which took place April
9th-11th in San Jose, Costa Rica, dramatically exceeded its goal of
addressing issues of growth, technology, legalities and consolidation as
they affect the companies competing within this burgeoning industry of
gaming. As the accolades continue to pour in from those who attended,
exhibited and sponsored, plans are presently underway for IGCE Europe, to be
held in Dublin, Ireland, September 10-12 at Fitzpatrick Castle. “It was
clearly our intention to take the lead as a conference destination for the
industry,” indicated Chris Dauer, Director of Conferences for The Sports
Network, organizer of the event, “and the final results have indicated that
the first step towards that goal has been achieved. Those are the facts, not
self-aggrandizement or breast-beating by ourselves, the organizers, but
truly the reflection of the results. The plaudits and kudos, the
compliments, have been ongoing and we fully expect that Dublin will be twice
as big and successful as Costa Rica.

“Consequently, one’s accomplishments and successes are best judged by what
others have to say about your efforts, and not by self-indulgence, so
inclusion of those comments are more than ample confirmation of the result,
as well as what the future holds.”

“I’ve been to many conferences over the years, as speaker, moderator,
chairperson and attendee in some cases but this was the best opening
cocktail party for those in attendance that I have seen,” said Joe Kelly, a
renowned attorney and Professor of Business Law at SUNY College at Buffalo,
who spoke on a panel addressing the political hurdles facing the industry
world-wide today. “It was not only planned down to the last minute detail
but organized in such a fashion that speakers, sponsors, attendees and
exhibitors were able to interact for extended periods of time without
worrying about dinner plans thanks to the repast offered. Just fantastic!”

“Congratulations on a really great conference! I don’t think I have ever
spoken before a more interested audience. And a lot of people told me that
our legal debate was the best of its kind they had ever seen,” stated I.
Nelson Rose, attorney and gaming law expert, who debated Bob Blumenfeld, one
of the lead counselors for Antigua in the case against the U.S. in the WTO.
“I am glad I was able to help make the conference such a success.”

Melissa Kearns, Assistant Director for Conferences at TSN, added that “Our
direction of analyzing and examining the gaming industry today, and what the
future holds, began, sustained and closed with presentations followed by
questioning and interacting with some of the preeminent names in the
industry and organizations that have helped to set the height of the bar. It
is fully our intention to maintain that pace when we arrive in Dublin in
September and it is very encouraging to see that the inquiries for
sponsorship, exhibiting, speaking and attending are already coming to us in
great numbers. Those who have attended conferences for years, who are
extremely knowledgeable and respected, have added such laudatory comments as
the following:

‘The show had a good flow, interesting topics, and a great mix of panelists.
I was proud to be a part of the maiden voyage!’ – Terry Lefton, Editor at
Large, Sports Business Journal

‘The event was not only informative, but the most well planned event I have
attended in years. I will definitely be in attendance in Dublin.’ – Michael
Caselli, Editor, iGaming Magazine

‘The convention dramatically exceeded its goal of addressing issues of
growth, technology, legalities and consolidation as they affect the
companies competing within this rapidly expanding industry. With a brilliant
first effort behind them, the IGCE takes on Dublin, Ireland in the fall of
2006.’ – Buzz Daly, Contributing Writer, EOG.com

“It is expected,” Ms. Kearns concluded, “that everyone will be marking down
those dates in September for IGCE Europe and that ours, in Costa Rica and
Ireland, will be the mainstays and principal gathering places for conference
participants for the future.”

Post at 7:41 am UTC by Jerry

Blackpool Nightclub Proposed for Casino

As reported by the Blackpool Today: “Coral Island is planning to convert the former Palace nightclub into a three-storey gaming venue which would also include a restaurant and a show bar. “Called the Coral Island Casino, it would boast a pirate theme and act as a complementary attraction to the company’s existing Coral Island amusement centre. David Biesterfield, group development director for the Noble Organisation, which owns Coral Island, said: ‘This will be the best casino in Blackpool.

“‘It will have a variety of table games and slot machines and a mix of automated and traditional gaming.’

“?The Noble Group is in the process of applying for its casino licence under existing legislation?”

Post at 7:41 am UTC by Jerry

Allegiant Air Cancels Ad Deal

Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas-based low-fare air carrier, has abruptly
canceled an ad deal with an online casino company that would have turned six
of the airline’s jets into flying billboards. Allegiant specializes in
flying tourists from middle-market cities such as Des Moines, Iowa, and
Shreveport, La., to Las Vegas.

Ponder Harrison, Allegiant’s managing director, said Allegiant pulled the
plug on the deal with Bodog.com after airline executives learned more about
the Justice Department’s views on advertising Internet gambling, which the
government considers to be illegal.

Allegiant canceled the deal after a Las Vegas Sun reporter questioned an
airline executive .

Allegiant wouldn’t disclose the value of the canceled deal, but published
reports said it was worth $500,000.

Harrison said Mylar film with the Bodog brand had already been applied to
the fuselages of five MD-80 jets .

“The more we did our due diligence, the more we became uncomfortable with
displaying the brand,” Harrison said.

Bodog had hoped its three-month deal with Allegiant would reach gamblers who
go to Las Vegas once or twice a year and might consider playing online. Tray
tables resembling blackjack tables were also planned .

In a statement, Bodog’s founder and Chief Executive Calvin Ayre said he
understood Allegiant’s decision.

“I have no problem with Allegiant changing our agreement when faced with
this type of threat,” Ayre said. “We 100 percent support them and are
saddened that they are not being able to pursue their constitutionally
protected rights of free speech in this case.”

Post at 7:29 am UTC by Jerry