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Archive for August, 2006

August 31st, 2006

Bond Star Gets the Gambling Bug After Casino Royale Role

As reported by the (UK) Express: “New James Bond actor Daniel Craig has
added gambling to his range of 007-inspired skills. “The 38-year-old star,
who had to learn how to drive a high-powered car and handle a gun
convincingly for his Bond debut, revealed he has now become a card-sharp.
“Craig was taught to play a plausible hand of poker during the filming of
gambling scenes in the forthcoming 007 movie Casino Royale. “In one casino
scene, Bond has to ruin the arch villain by bluffing him at the poker table.
And Craig enjoyed learning how to play poker so much he has taken to the
game in his spare time as well. “…British card player John Duthie, who has
made £1.5million from poker, was asked to advise on the gambling scenes. He
said Craig not only had to learn the game but also had to look convincing
playing it…”

Post at 8:33 am UTC by Jerry

Sporting Index Joins Tribeca Tables

Tribeca Tables Europe Ltd, the leading providers of comprehensive ePoker
solutions has announced that Sporting Index have joined the Tribeca Tables
Poker Network, the world’s largest aggregator of ePoker brands. Sporting
Index, the world leaders of sports spread betting having captured
approximately 70% of the UK market, have chosen the Tribeca platform ahead
of other poker vendors due to Tribeca’s long standing reputation and
position in the poker industry. Tribeca represents the best choice of poker
vendor going forward with their in-depth poker knowledge and expertise.
Steve Cook from Tribeca Tables said, “We recognize Sporting Index’s unique
position in the spread betting market and many of their customers have a
very close synergy with poker. Sporting Index will be able to take advantage
of the lucrative poker market with their extensive customer base. Everyone
at Tribeca is extremely pleased to welcome them onboard. They are a
significant signing for us and we look forward to their launch around mid
September”.
Warren Murphy, Sales & Marketing Director, from Sporting Index said, “Sports
spread betting maximises people’s interaction with sporting events and
dominates all other forms of betting in the provision of “in-play or
in-running” betting. The challenge, interactivity and excitement generated
by Poker is a natural extension of our offer. Our partnership with Tribeca
will solidify our reputation as World Leaders in the provision of highly
involving betting and gaming content”.

Sporting Index join many prestigious brands in the Tribeca network such as
Paddy Power, Blue Square, Victor Chandler, Golden Palace, Doyles Room, G-Fed
Games, Bowmans and USbets. Tribeca now boosts over 150 poker and lifestyle
brands and they are now considered to offer one of the best poker room
environments. Their impressive client portfolio speaks volumes for its
growing reputation in the poker industry and Tribeca are one of very few
choices left in the market as a poker vendor that do not own or promote any
in-house brands.

The Tribeca poker network frequently has over 12,000 players online
simultaneously and regularly updates the network with new features. Steve
Cook added, “We are constantly adding new software functionality and games.
We are very excited to announce that we will be releasing shortly a new game
designed by Tribeca called “HoldemWarz”. A wacky fixed odds shoot-out
betting game for those that need an adrenalin rush! As well, we are
releasing a series of casino side games; foreign language clients, a new
custom avatar feature for players to upload their own pictures, graphics and
text; a new play again STT feature; a seat rotation function and many more
new enhancements. We are also completing our poker software integration with
several other large brands and we will be releasing further details in due
course.”

Post at 8:33 am UTC by Jerry

Aces.com Hosts Movie Premiere

Culminating a summer of special tournaments, prizes and parties, Aces.com
will host a gala Movie Premiere Party in Hollywood October 7th to celebrate
the release of ACES the Movie, the sexy new poker movie sponsored by the
retro-Vegas-style online casino. Tournament and contest winners will win
all-expense-paid trips to the party, and hundreds of L.A. area Aces.com
players will be invited to join the director and cast at Vanguard Hollywood,
one of the biggest dance clubs in Los Angeles. Organized by Hollywood party
producer Alex Quinn, this Aces party is sure to be an A-list crowd. ACES the
Movie, from Rolling Stones video director Daniel Zirilli, is the story of
three sexy college girls that take a high tech cheating scheme to the
underground card rooms of Las Vegas. It will be released on DVD by Warner
Brothers October 3rd but new players registering at Aces.com will receive a
free copy. In all, five lucky players will win an all-expense paid trip to
the gala movie premiere. Two party prize packages were awarded to Wednesday
Night Free Roll Tournament winners in July and another two will be awarded
September 13th and 20th. The winner of the Three-Card Poker Tournament
September 11 – 18 will also win airfare and accommodation to attend the
event.
“It’s an incredible time for Aces.com – with the movie and the new
re-designed site, we’re really in the mood to celebrate!” said Rene Quesada
Manager of the long-established site that recently underwent a total
makeover. “We’ve had a lot of fun with the girls from the movie – hosting
our online tournaments and making special appearances at the WSOP last
month. It’ll be great to have them all together again in Hollywood!”

Alex Quinn, son of Oscar-winner Anthony Quinn, is known for throwing
exclusive invitation-only Hollywood parties.

“What Alex Quinn has done so far is beyond FAB,” says Courtenay Semel,
daughter of Yahoo CEO Terry Semel and Quinn’s cohort on the E! reality show
‘Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive’. “His parties are glam and chic, not to mention
filled with hotness. They’re only going to become more exclusive and the
talk of the town. AQ Presents = tres sass to the millionth degree.”

The cavernous 20,000 square foot Vanguard Hollywood is one of L.A.’s
biggest, trendiest dance clubs – the most technologically advanced and
sophisticatedly designed venue in the United States. One Hollywood
party-scene blogger says it has a “.frightening mofo light and FX rig on
ceiling! Massive sound system that will actually compress your brain with
avalanches of bass!”

Post at 8:33 am UTC by Jerry

Bodog Wraps Filming for Series

Hungry to release its highly anticipated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) reality
series, BodogFight, digital entertainment powerhouse Bodog.com has wrapped
filming in the jungles of Central America and the debut episode of the
action-packed weekly series is scheduled to air September 12 on Men’s
Network, a Dish Network satellite channel, and online at Bodog.TV. In an
onslaught of head-to-head bouts, Bodog.com’s billionaire Founder, Calvin
Ayre, has set the stage for the toughest fighters in the world to showcase
their talents. In the eight-episode series, seven elite modern-day American
warriors will earn the right to represent the United States. As part of
“Team America”, the seven fighters will square off against members of the
Russian Red Devil Sports Club, which is known for its fierce roster that
includes world heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. This USA vs. Russia
grudge match will be broadcast live on pay-per-view in November and will
include three Superfights. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the
secret training regimen of the elite Russian squad as well as the individual
training programs and lifestyles of the American fighters all through the
eyes of BodogFight’s special agents – rock phenomenon Bif Naked in the
United States and her beautiful Russian counterpart Natalia Vilakova. The
sexy duo will be on a quest to find the toughest, most ruthless Mixed
Martial Arts athletes the two countries have to offer. Plus, audiences are
going to be treated to up close and personal experiences with fighters as
they prepare to enter the ring, and spectacular training and interview
footage shot in the lush Central American jungle and rustic Costa Rican
cities – visuals that will leave no doubt BodogFight has set the new
standard for reality TV.
“As each episode of BodogFight airs, viewers are going to witness firsthand
why we are emerging as a dominant force in mainstream digital
entertainment,” says Calvin Ayre, creator of a number of reality television
series and Founder of Bodog.com Entertainment Group. “The footage capturing
the lives, personalities and grueling training regimens of each athlete can
only be described as raw and riveting. Bodog has captured the essence of
Mixed Martial Arts as a sport and lifestyle for the world to see.”

Elimination battles, behind-the-scenes training, interviews with fighters,
and lifestyle segments will compose seven of the weekly one-hour
“BodogFight” episodes, with the recap finale leading into the PPV main
event. The three massive super fights and the spectacular USA vs. Russia
event will be produced by the Mixed Fight Championship (MFC) and sponsored
by BodogFight.

Post at 8:33 am UTC by Jerry

A Duet of Lottery Luck

As reported by the Toronto Star: “It’s not unusual to have people walk into
the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation office and ask for millions – but
rarely two at the same time. “Anne Gray and her husband Michael Psaki had
alerted the lottery staff that they would be coming to the Dundas St. office
to claim their $10.8 million prize at 11 a.m. yesterday. At the same moment,
unexpectedly, Antonio Arrojado and his family walked into the office with a
winning $9.1 million ticket. “‘This is rare,’ said Teresa Roncon, the senior
manager of public relations at the lottery corporation. “.Gray, 46, and
Psaki, 54, have known for more than two weeks they were millionaires. On
Aug. 12, their ticket was one of four that split the $43 million Lotto 6/49
pot. “As for Arrojado, ‘life is going to be a lot easier, he said. The
winning number was drawn Aug. 19, but the construction worker didn’t realize
his Lotto 6/49 ticket was a winner until last Friday. He rushed in yesterday
to collect his prize.”

Post at 8:33 am UTC by Jerry

Megaresort Planned for Sands Site

As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: “The buyer of the Sands Casino
Hotel likely will tear down the existing casino to make way for a $1 billion
megaresort that would take about three years to build, according to a gaming
analyst. “Attorneys for the Sands’ owner, billionaire investor Carl C.
Icahn, have confirmed that negotiations are under way to sell the casino,
but have not yet disclosed the names of potential buyers. “Gaming analyst
George L. Smith III of Davenport & Co. said Las Vegas-based Pinnacle
Entertainment Inc. appears to be the front-runner for the Sands. Pinnacle
has been looking for other ways to enter the Atlantic City market after
losing out in May to Columbia Sussex Corp. in a $2.75 billion bidding war
for Aztar Corp., parent company of Tropicana Casino and Resort. “.Smith
added that Pinnacle probably would demolish the aging Sands to build a new
casino. Icahn’s American Real Estate Partners investment group recently
acquired oceanfront property next to the Sands that could be combined with
the existing casino site for a $1 billion megaresort, Smith noted.
“.Demolition of the Sands likely would put most of the casino’s
approximately 2,000 gaming and hotel employees out of work while
construction continued for three years on the new resort.”

Post at 8:33 am UTC by Jerry

August 30th, 2006

Sheriff Proposes Casino Cameras Cover Las Vegas Strip

As reported by the Associated Press: “Clark County Sheriff Bill Young is
pushing for the gambling industry to install and manage an expanded
surveillance camera system on the Las Vegas Strip that could film robberies,
fights and other crimes and alert police immediately. “‘For a very
reasonable investment, I think we can provide a much more secure net to
encompass the entire tourist corridor,’ Young told the Las Vegas
Review-Journal. “Young estimated it would cost about $3 million to get the
program involving about 120 surveillance cameras up and running, not
including operational costs. “‘The idea would be to expand on what they have
now. None of the cameras would be on public property; they would all be on
private property,’ he said, adding, ‘We’d all benefit from it.’ “Several
casino companies said they wanted more information on Young’s proposal…”


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Post at 11:03 am UTC by Jerry

Biloxi Struggles to Rebound

As reported by Reuters: “The clean-up is mostly complete and business is
brisk at the beachfront casinos, but a year after the devastation wrought by
Hurricane Katrina, Biloxi is still struggling to get back on its feet. “…A
year of uncertainty over new building codes and the anaemic local economy
have prompted long-time residents to considering leaving the city,
especially since government funds to help rebuild houses have only trickled
in. “…Most of the pre-storm population of about 50,000 has returned, city
officials aid, and the state government has recently begun distributing
federal funds to rebuild homes. “…Mississippi loosened casino restrictions
in the aftermath of Katrina, allowing more land-based facilities to help
replace revenues lost when the storm ravaged the giant floating gambling
barges that once dotted the coast.
“Tax receipts from the casinos, which contributed more than a third of
Biloxi’s $50 million in annual revenues, have rebounded to pre-storm levels
in recent weeks, and the city is hoping to more than double the number of
gambling houses to 20 facilities in the next decade.

“More important are the 15,000 jobs the casinos generated before the storm.
Nearly 10,000 of those jobs have returned, and the re-opening of the Beau
Rivage scheduled for the August 29 anniversary of Katrina will add more than
1,000 to that…”


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Post at 11:03 am UTC by Jerry

Video Lottery Ballot Clarification Ordered

As reported by the Argus Leader: “Circuit Judge Max Gors ordered state
officials Monday to add an explanation to November’s ballot about the repeal
of video lottery, putting the tax loss of $112 million into the context of
the state budget. “Gors, in a 12-page order, said no one disputes that the
loss of video lottery would cost the state $112 million. But he told
Attorney General Larry Long, who wrote the ballot explanation, to add a
phrase that points out the amount is 11 percent of the state’s general fund.
“.Long said his office is satisfied with that decision. “.Long is required
to write brief explanations about the purpose and effect of each ballot
measure. Supporters of the gambling repeal complained that Long’s inclusion
of the amount of money that could be lost, $112 million, was the equivalent
of sticker shock without some context. “Ending the video lottery case and a
challenge to another ballot explanation that is in the state Supreme Court
will clear the way for ballots to be printed.”


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Post at 11:03 am UTC by Jerry

NIGC Changes Website

The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) is undertaking changes to its
website to address reliability and security issues. In addition, the NIGC
has recently been the victim of website hackers. This incident has in no way
compromised the content of NIGC’s website or our networks and the Commission
is moving swiftly to resolve this issue. The NIGC website was cosmetically
defaced, which means the hackers inserted their materials in front of NIGC’s
homepage by breaching NIGC’s current hosting company’s security measures.
With anticipation of continued increase in usage of the website, the
Commission is in the process of relocating the website to another hosting
company that possesses additional security against such attacks. This
transition should be complete next week.


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