Gaming Briefs

Apr 13, 2004 5:21 AM

Blackout at Bellagio

The Bellagio hotel-casino, flagship for Mirage Resorts, suffered a power outage on Sunday that darkened the casino and sent guests to other hotels.

As of Monday afternoon, the power had not yet been restored and the hotel, its casino and other commercial businesses, were closed to the public.

A phone call to the casino Monday afternoon revealed that only security personnel were on-site, keeping watch over the facilities.

A cashier in the poker room said the ongoing Five Star Classic tournament was suspended until power could be restored. Hotel spokesman Alan Feldman said power was expected to be restored by Tuesday morning.

The power outage had only a slight effect on nearby casinos, including Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.

Ellis Island to take over Tuscany Hotel

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery has entered into an agreement with the Tuscany Hotel and Casino. Upon execution of the agreement and approval of all regulatory agencies, Ellis Island will have "joint ownership" of the hotel and will manage the casino, according to a statement from Ellis & Gordon, attorneys handling the transaction.

Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed, and officials of both properties would not answer questions on Monday.

Terms reached for Castaways deal

A group of local casino operators has struck a tentative deal to buy the shuttered Castaways hotel-casino on Boulder Highway.

Randy Miller, Rich Iannone and Rich Gonzalez, who collectively own the Bighorn Casino in North Las Vegas and Longhorn Casino on Boulder Highway, said their purchase of the Castaways should be completed within five or six months, allowing the property to reopen in early fall.

The Castaways was closed on Jan. 28 after being foreclosed upon by Vestin Mortgage and Owens Financial Group.

The new owners will reportedly reopen the Castaways with a Latino theme.

Brit wins ”˜bet of a lifetime’

Ashley Revell gambled and won his "entire life" on the single spin of the roulette wheel on Sunday at the Plaza hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas.

Revell, a 32-year-old poker player from the United Kingdom, sold everything he owned in order to make his biggest bet ever. He ended up betting $135,000 on "red," and doubled his money when the little white ball indeed landed on "seven-red."

The gambler from Kent said he’s always enjoyed gambling, but wanted to finally make "the big bet."

"The odds are against you, but sometimes you have to go for it," he said.

Feds crack down on ”˜scamdicappers’

Federal authorities have arrested 14 men in Florida and charged them in connection with their sports handicapping business.

The group was doing business under several names ”” Player’s Edge Inc., National Sports Consultants and Nationwide Sports ”” which allegedly lured clients through radio ads that claimed to have "inside information" that would lead to big money for gamblers.

In addition to charging clients for the bogus information, the defendants, according to the suit, received kickbacks from off-shore sportsbooks who took the bets.

Authorities said the group scammed millions of dollars from sports bettors across the country. If convicted, the men face up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Google and Yahoo drop online gaming ads

Two of the biggest search engines in the United States, Google and Yahoo, have agreed to stop carrying ads for online gambling.

The move follows a government crackdown on Internet casinos and off-shore bet shops.

Federal authorities maintain that running ads for these interests, which are located outside the country, "aid and abet" the businesses.

Yahoo said it will still carry online gaming ads on its sites in 14 countries outside the U.S., but Google said it will be dropping the ads altogether.