March 29, 2007
Compiled by Al
NETELLER Announces Service Changes to Canadian and Turkish Market
Cessation of Canadian transfers to gambling merchants: the Group will
cease processing online gambling related transactions for
Canada-resident customers with effect from 12.01 AM MST Monday 9 April
Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom
Far from slowing its growth, a government crackdown on online gambling
has sent many sites offshore, and many others underground. But it's a
good bet that Internet poker will remain a booming industry.
Atlantic City casino dealers to form union
The parent company of Caesars Atlantic City has decided not to
challenge a vote by workers to form a union, granting casino dealers in
Atlantic City their first union in 25 years.
MGM Mirage official to lead panel studying Nevada's judicial system
MGM Mirage Senior Vice President Paula Gentile will lead the 33-member
commission that is charged with improving Nevada's judicial system.
Protecting Casino Dealers Advances
Casino dealers worried about revenge from angry gamblers would be
protected under a bill that won approval Tuesday in a House committee.
bill passes Kansas House, on to Senate
Casinos in four areas and slot machines at dog and horse tracks in
three cities were approved Monday by the House, giving supporters of
expanded gambling hope that they could end 15 years of legislative
Corp.'s lawsuit against Sun dismissed
District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt on Monday dismissed an amended
defamation lawsuit brought by the Las Vegas Sands Corp. against the Las
Vegas Sun and its business editor.
Nugget, citizens: Don't dismiss Lazy 8 lawsuit
John Ascuaga's Nugget and the citizens suing the city of Sparks and Red
Hawk Land Co. to block the proposed Lazy 8 casino on Pyramid Highway
argued Thursday that their suit should not be dismissed.
Dealers stand little chance of keeping others' mitts off tips
How many casino dealers does it take to persuade Nevada lawmakers to
protect their tips?
your seat at Hollywood blackjack tables
Among the most frequent complaints I hear from readers is the lack of
$5 minimum gaming tables at casino destinations in the Chicago area.
Court must settle question of lawyers' ethics under slots law
A law that limits the ability of employees of the state gambling
regulatory agency to move into casino industry jobs applies not only to
top officials but to midlevel employees as well, the Pennsylvania State
Ethics Commission said Wednesday.
With expansion, out goes Biloxi's Isle of Capri; welcome The Isle
With its $180 million expansion, the Isle of Capri Inc. is shortening
its Biloxi casino's name. Welcome, The Isle.
IRS tip: You made more, so you pay more -- Casinos and Uncle Sam
wrangle as Vegas draws bigger tippers
The Internal Revenue Service believes that more than $9 billion in tips
go unreported nationwide, and that Las Vegas casino workers - perhaps
the largest concentration of big-tip earners in the country - are
partly to blame. And now it thinks that they're earning more tips than
ever, and it's ready to collect.
The Bear Growls:
Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn attempting to join MGM Grand board of
Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
If anyone somehow still had any doubt that casinos are the de facto government of Nevada, that
doubt can now be put to rest. The former governor, out of
office because of term limits, is now sleeping with dogs.
Unethical dogs at that. I hope he gets fleas. Another
embarrassment for Nevada. Shame on Governor Guinn.
to news article
He said he chose MGM Mirage because
of the company's reputation and his relationships with higher-ups.
"It's a very, very fine company, well run, with excellent management
and a very fine board," he said. "I've known many of those people for
many, many years."
The folks whose money the MGM Grand has attempted to delay
payment of or outright steal might not agree with Governor Guinn's
assessment of the MGM Grand.
Links to information about some of MGM's Grand's previous unethical
MGM Grand and Gaming
Control Board conspire to harass patron trying to cashing chips
Regulators side with gamblers in cases of confiscated chips
The Bear Growls:
Ridiculous ripoff of suckers by Hollywood
Casino in Aurora, Illinois, apparently targeting sick, addicted gamblers
Link to article
... Last week, the property began
offering a service called Reservation Blackjack. It allows gamblers to
phone ahead to reserve a seat at a $5 minimum table. There's a price to pay: $20 per person
for each hour of play. This fact complicates the economic dynamics of
the game for serious players who, depending on their level of skill,
can keep the theoretical house advantage on blackjack down to around
one and a half percent or less.
The idea of a tiny-stakes player being asked to pay twenty
dollars for the "privilege" of losing his or her money at a casino
that, according to Current
Blackjack News is not even
offering a reasonable game of blackjack is repugnant. Hollywood’s
red-chip tables have horrible eight-deck games with bad rules and awful
penetration. This is taking such advantage of suckers ("good
casino customers") that it's nauseating, even by the low standards
usually set by casinos.
This ripoff reaches a disgusting new low for piggish greed by the
casino bosses. I am disgusted that the Illinois Gaming
Commission, which sometimes actually takes some meaningful action in
cases of casino wrongdoing (unlike its worthless counterpart in
Nevada), allows this. What a scam!
I am all for free enterprise; the suckers simply have to say NO to this
appalling bit of casino greed. But the holders of a privileged
license should be held to some minimum standards of decency and good
taste. This scam falls way, way below what those standards should
be. No rational tiny-stakes player would pay this fee. The casino
is obviously trying to attract the sick, addicted gamblers with this
scam. Shame on Hollywood Aurora.
Note: Hollywood Aurora did not
respond to a request for comment.
The Bear Growls: Did the
U.S. government bully Neteller out of Canada?
announcement that it was ceasing doing business with Canadians
makes no sense
from a business perspective. The only plausible explanation that
mind is that the U.S. Department of Justice, as part of its taxpayer
witch hunt against online sportsbook and casino operators, pressured
into making this decision.
The gall of the bloated,
self-important windbags in the Department of Justice
of interfering with an honest, efficient business operating legally
laws of the countries it is based in is an embarrassment to public
I am still wondering who is really behind this absurd attack on online
and the various businesses that serve them and their patrons.. I
someday we will find out, and the creeps responsible for this
commerce will be brought to justice.
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