Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gambling News - Vegas Casinos and Online Gaming

The world of online gambling and land-based gambling never takes a break, and you can always count on new gambling stories cropping up. A number of major developments occurred in the last week, from the purchase of the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas to the first casino operator to offer mobile gambling for the iPhone.


It was just announced that All Slots Casino will be the first online casino to offer mobile gambling for the iPhone and the iPhone Touch. Aimed at audiences in France and the UK, this Microgaming software will offer roulette, blackjack and the Tomb Raider slot machine. Both English and French versions of the games will be available.

Games will be available with the iPhone’s touch screen controls. In addition, all games can be accessed through the iPhone’s web browser, thus eliminating the need to have the games downloaded and installed. The customer can also choose whether to play the games vertically or horizontally.


The Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas has just been purchased for $775 million by Phil Ruffin. As you might remember, Ruffin is the same Kansas businessman who sold the New Frontier 19 months ago for a whopping $1.2 billion. He also ranks 215th on the Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans.

After getting out of the Las Vegas casino business, Ruffin had been passing the time by investing in municipal bonds and stocks. He grew bored with that and decided to get back on the Strip. According to Ruffin, no major changes are planned.


With many Nevada casinos suffering through hard times, the old tradition of offering discounted rooms and meals to customers is making a comeback. And for gamblers with loyalty cards, some hotels are even offering hotel rooms for free.

For example, the Terrible’s-owned casino in Primm is advertising passes to rides and shows, as well as free rooms. South Point is offering half-off on their meals, and Excalibur is providing a 2-for-1 buffet. Meanwhile, the Sahara is offering free slot machine play.

As the economy continues to suffer, be on the lookout for more casino comps and casino discounts.


The biggest shareholder of PartyGaming, Anurag Dikshit (what a name), is close to reaching a deal with the US Department of Justice in order to avoid serving any prison time. Mr. Dikshit was charged with taking US bets over the Internet, a violation of the 2006 UIGEA.

Dikshit owns 27 percent of the online gaming company, and it’s been reported that he has agreed to pay $300 million in fines and assist the DoJ in their investigation.

PartyGaming was once the biggest online poker site, but profits have dropped since they were forced to drop U.S. customers two years ago. Other online casinos, such as Bodog, have continued to defy the ruling and continue to provide gambling services to America. While many believe that the restrictions will eventually be loosened, that’s not stopping the Department of Justice from conducting their current witch hunt.

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