Archive for May, 2009

Town Can’t Raise Tax On Bingo Machines

Town Can’t Raise Tax On Bingo Machines
Chesapeake Beach cannot increase its tax on electronic bingo machines, according to the Maryland attorney general’s office.
Assistant Attorney General had said this month that the town’s 0.5 percent tax rate on the machines could be increased. But after examining a bill approved by the General Assembly, she reversed her opinion May 19.
The increase in the state tax displeased several members of the Chesapeake Beach Town Council, who said that the town should be allowed to rise its tax on the machines. Based on its 0.5 percent tax rate, the town has planned $500,000 in revenue from the machines for the coming financial year.
The attorney general’s decision apparently will end the council members’ attempts to increase the local rate when the town budget is considered Tuesday.
“This is disappointing news, as I fully intended to amend the town budget to increase the amusement tax by a quarter of a point at our next meeting,” said Pat Mahoney, a council member.
That increase would have given the town an additional $750,000 in revenue over the next three years.
“The crying shame is that Chesapeake Beach has the lowest amusement tax rate in the state,” said Mahoney, who noted that Baltimore and Annapolis have a 10 percent amusement tax rate. He said he hopes the General Assembly will address the issue next year.

Intertops Red Accepting U.S. Casino players

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Video Poker gambling legalized by Illinois Senate

The Illinois state Senate overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to make video poker gambling legal, raise liquor taxes and allow over the Internet lottery wagering. These regulations were passed with the purpose of helping finance a $26 billion statewide construction deal that is supposed to be placed on the desk of Gov. Quinn’s soon enough.

“What would be the first public works program in a decade passed the Senate on a series of bipartisan roll calls and would, according to Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), end a “decade of decay” that festered on the state’s roads, bridges and public buildings under impeached ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Senate President John Cullerton stated that “The gridlock we’ve been going through for six years has ended,”. John Cullerton carried the package, which taps a combination of federal and state money.

The House still must sign off before it goes to Quinn, but Cullerton assumed that the House will vote to pass it today.

To pay for it, senators voted 47-12 to legalize video poker casino gambling in bars, restaurants, veterans halls and truck stops. The state will tax the machines at a 30 percent rate, raising $375 million annually.

The package includes substantial changes at the state lottery. A pilot program would be established in 2010 that will allow lottery wagering over the net. In addition, managing of the lottery will be turned over to a private firm. Both moves are expected to raise $150 million each year.

Online Casino Launches New Gladiator Themed Video Slots

Joaquin Phoenix, The extremely favourite actor-turned-rapper, can now be seen on the new ‘Gladiator’ theme slot machine at Casino Tropez.

When Joaquin Phoenix proclaimed his withdrawal from film last year and made his lyrical appearance as a hip hop singer, Hollywood was taken by astonishment. More lately, Phoenix can be seen at the online Casino Tropez, where his portrait is being displayed on the new 25-line online slots gambling machine, Gladiator.

Phoenix’s career move into music has not got along prosperously, and the aspiring rapper has got a mostly mixed reception from both the hip hop community and his partner thespians. What has prosperously garnered notice is his utterly strange behavior on a recent episode of the David Letterman Show, which spawned a backlash of suppositions with regard to Phoenix’s mental health. Most notable was a hilarious impersonation delivered by Ben Stiller at the 81st Annual Oscar Awards.

The slots machine to which Joaquin has been linked features symbols from the 5 time Oscar-winning film Gladiator, in which he starred. The unique mini-film excerpts seen when hitting a big pay-line show the actor at his best, portraying the fearsome Emperor Commodus. Other slot symbols include the images of the late Oliver Reed as Proximo.

Journeying to the bonus round is bound to get the adrenalin pumping, as members travel through winding corridors to the main arena along with the gladiators. The Gladiator game features two different bonus levels as well as a Gamble option – giving players the chance to double their winnings while enjoying an online casino gambling adventure.

WSOP includes A Dream Team Poker event

After two successful events, Dream Team Poker is having a third during the 2009 WSOP.
“After seeing the excellent reply to the the latest Dream Team Poker tournaments in Las Vegas Casino Gambling, we thought a team-based event would be a fun addition to the end of the WSOP,” said Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP commissioner.
“The Dream Team Poker event is one of the new elements supplemented in 2009 that will help make this summer a unforgettable one for all WSOP players and fans.”
In spite of the fact that it’s not a bracelet event, the Dream Team competition will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino July 12-13. It has a $560 buy-in per player, or $1,680 per team.
The first 300 teams to register on Dream Team Poker.com will receive personalized jerseys for the contest.
While comparatively new to the poker panorama, Dream Team Poker has displayed quick success with its tournaments in Las Vegas. It hosted its inaugural event in November 2008 and followed that up with a booming event in March 2009.
The inaugural event was by invitation only and sold out within weeks. Justin Bonomo, Eric Morris and Matthew Parvis made up the three-man team that took first prize in the first event while Jason Lilly from Team Flop was the exclusive winner.
The second event was open to the public and had 148 teams fill the Caesars Palace poker room.
Team Aced, led by Jamie Gold, grabbed down the Caesars event. Danny Nelson playing on Team Bikerhaven.net was the individual winner.
Dream Team Poker has a patent-pending team-based tournament structure. Not only are participantsplaying for an individual prize, they’re playing for points for their team to win.
“The WSOP and the Rio have really shown their obligation to the players in continuing to improveand try new ideas,” said Daniel Delshad, Dream Team Gaming CEO.

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Las Vegas Casino Ownership May Change Hands

William Eadington of the University of Nevada, Reno, states the multi-casino corporations like Harrah’s, MGM Mirage, and Las Vegas Sands are suffering from financial difficulty, and may be forced to sell resorts to the highest bidder.
A leading specialist in the casino gambling industry says a number of Las Vegas casinos may end up with a change in ownership as the economy persists to upset the gambling world.
“Possession is likely to change hands with a number of the major corporations,” Eadington toldhe Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We’re likely to see spinoffs at Harrah’s, Las Vegas Sands and MGM Mirage.”
The first of the equity sales happened last year, when Phil Ruffin orchestrated to buy the Treasure Island Casino from MGM Mirage for $775 million. Since then, MGM properties have been said to be up for sale.
Corporation representatives have said they would choose to sell casinos in Biloxi or Detroit, but will allow a Las Vegas Strip property go at the right price. Even the Bellagio has been shopped to see what interest might rise if the property were available.
Rumors have had the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for sale by owner Harrah’s. If Harrah’s were to sell a Vegas casino, it would make sense that the Rio would be the one, as Harrah’s other hotels all form a continuous section on the Strip, except for Caesar’s Palace, across the street from the rest.
Eadington noted that some prospective buyers, such as Penn National Gaming, may be waiting too
long to make up their minf, hoping the market will slope even deeper.

Online Casino Pays Record Slot Machine Jackpot

This week, a player at a Microgaming online casino took first prize of $6.3 million , setting a new all-time high for a progressive jackpot on the Internet.
 The world record jackpot  in 2008 hit at an Internet casino was set last year with a $5.5 million payout. This week, a player at a Microgaming online casino won a $6.3 million prize, establishing a new all-time high for a progressive jackpot at a slot machine on the Internet.
The prize was won at the ” Mega Moolah” game, available at All Jackpots Casino. The progressive jackpot had just reached alltime heighs in the last several days, and players come down on the casino, each one determined to win the life-changing sum.
“Mega Moolah” was the game which paid the preceding record last year as well. The online slot machine is famous for its huge starting point on its payout, and its swift growth. In less than two years, Mega Moolah has paid out over $16 million to the three progressive winners.
All Jackpots features Mega Moolah and the complete line of Microgaming slots. Regrettably, US residents are not at present accepted as players, as Microgaming withdrew its casino licensees from the US market last year.
US slot machines customers who’d like to have a chance to gamble for such giant payoffs should contact their Congressmen and voice their support for Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act.

NFL Forces to Preserve Online Sports Betting Unlawful

Millions of dollars spent on campaigning by sports leagues to stop sports gambling, ended in Frank accepting the reality that containing sports betting in his packet could put the whole bill at danger.

As the details of Barney Frank’s legislation endorsing regulation of online gambling that include Blackjack Gambling, Roulette,Slots, Craps and Poker are studied, one noteworthy aspect is the prolongation of the prohibition on Internet sports betting. Millions of dollars spent on campaigning by sports leagues to avoid sports gambling ended in Frank consenting the fact that including sports betting gamble in his package could put the whole bill at danger.

Sports organizations in the US, the National Football League in specific, have argued intensely against any legal Internet gambling. Officials from the NFL have alleged the purity of their games is at stake.

“The manifestation by the professional leagues of shock at the idea that people would in fact bet on games was one of the least convincing emotional outbreak I have met, but we recognized the reality of it,” said Frank. In spite of NFL insincerity, Frank understood the opposition to sports betting is extremely influential, if misplaced.

Frank and his co-authors were constrained to place a clause in the regulatory bill reading, ‘‘No provision of this subchapter shall be construed as authorizing any licensee to operate an Internet gambling facility that knowingly accepts bets or wagers on sporting events from persons located in the United States.”

“No one will be betting on professional sports games,” said Frank sarcastically. While no one may play at legal, licensed, regulated online casinos, millions of residents will bet billions of dollars with neighborhood bookies and illegal operations, as they do every year.

Online gambling sites banned by Minnesota

List of online gambling sites prohibited by Minnesota released
Minnesota’s Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division unleashed Friday the list of 200 online gambling websites promoting Blackjack,Roulette,Poker and Slots it wants blocked from Minnesota residents, and it includes quite a few surprises.
On the list are many sites that don’t allow American players, including PartyCasino, Everest Poker, Ladbrokes Casino, Intercasino, Virgin Games and William Hill Casino.
Not on the list are a number of popular sites that do accept American players, including PokerStars, DoylesRoom, Rushmore Casino, UltimateBet and Absolute Poker.
Full Tilt and Bodog are among the major sites on the list that do accept players from the U.S. AGED Director John Willems defended the Minnesota list when enquired about it by Casino City. “The list is a random sampling ” Willems said. When educated that the list included many sites that don’t accept American players, Willems answered by saying the action won’t damage those sites then.
“We’re using this procedure to control what’s ready for use of an illegal activity,” Willems added. “It’s about the availability or potential for unlawful activity.”
The Interactive Media and Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) opposes with Willems’ determination.
“We query how much thought was put into the pick of these sites,” said Joe Brennan Jr., iMEGA chairman, in a statement. “To propose censoring Minnesota residents’ Web access and not to know which sites are even in the U.S. market makes me wonder just how seriously the DPS is taking this action. It comes off as a half-baked attempt at intimidation rather than thoughtful enforcement.”

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