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June 1999
North America

29th June    New York   Source: Various
'Godfather' Author Mario Puzo Dies

    Mario Puzo, the famous author of the Godfather has died of heart failure at his Long Island home. He was 78.
    Written in 1969 it sold 21 million copies worldwide. In "Fools Die" he described how being a gambler and in debt had spured him to write the book.

29th June    Farmington NM Source: Press release

    SunRay Gaming of New Mexico, LLC, has received its gaming operators license from the State of New Mexico Gaming Control Board for the new SunRay Park & Casino, a combination slot-machine casino and simulcast/pari-mutuel race track.
    The official opening day is Friday, July 2.

28th June    Las Vegas Source: Press release

    Casino Player has Announced the "Best Of Gaming'' 1999 Reader's Poll Results. "Best Overall Hotel Casino,'' went to last year's winners: Harrah's in Atlantic City, the Rio in Las Vegas and the Grand Casino in Tunica.
    The high-end Grand Victoria won for "Best Riverboat Casino'' and Foxwoods, located in Connecticut, won for "Best Indian Casino.''
   For a complimentary issue of Casino Player magazine, email a request detailing name and mailing address to or visit the website at

25th June    Las Vegas Source: Reuters

Two Held In Murder Of Las Vegas Casino Executive
    More than nine months after casino executive Lonnie "Ted" Binion was found dead in his Las Vegas home, his girlfriend and her lover have been arrested and charged with his murder.

25th June    Las Vegas Source: AP

Woman Charged in Casino Exec's Death
    A former casino boss was killed in a plot cooked up by his girlfriend and a contractor to steal his buried treasure of $4 million in silver bars and coins.

18th June    Reno  Source: Press release

    Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.  today announced the purchase of Nevada Club and Harolds Club properties adjacent to Harrah's on Virginia Street in downtown Reno.
    Once the country's top gaming destination, Reno's historic downtown has recently seen the closing of landmark properties that are located at the base of the famous Reno arch on the popular downtown Virginia Street strip.
    Founded in Reno more than 60 years ago, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the most recognized and respected name in the casino entertainment industry operating 18 casinos in the United States under the Harrah's, Showboat and Rio brand names, and the Star City casino in Sydney, Australia.

11th June    Oregon  Source: Press release

    The Wildhorse Casino Resort in Pendleton,Oregon, paid out a $9,164,299.31 jackpot Thursday, June 10, 1999. The jackpot the largest ever won at a Native American Casino was won from a $20.00 bet on a Megabucks slot machine, part of the National Progressive Slot network.  The previous record of $7.4 million was won at a Casino in Wisconsin in December 1998

9th June    Las Vegas Source: Press release

    Mikohn Gaming Corp.  today announced the first major order for its TableLink(TM) player tracking system which will be installed on all 136 table games at the MotorCity Casino to be operated by Detroit Entertainment, L.L.C., a Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc. /Atwater Casino Group Joint Venture property. Scheduled for opening in September, the MotorCity Casino is one of three temporary casinos being developed in this important new market.
    Mikohn's TableLink PT system combines automated player identification with table intelligence to provide Casinos with improved operating efficiencies, more effective player marketing and accurate player rating. The system covers Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Craps, and many other table games.

9th June    Las Vegas Source: Yahoo News

    Flamboyant lawyer Oscar Goodman, famous for defending some of organized crime's most notorious figures, was elected mayor of Las Vegas on Tuesday.
    He was dubbed the "mouthpiece for the mob" after a 30-year legal career representing legendary figures like the Mafia's alleged financial maestro Meyer Lansky.
    He played himself in the movie "Casino" but bristles at being called a Mob lawyer, claiming that only 5 percent of his clients were reputed Mafia figures.

7th June    San Francisco Source: Yahoo News

    California's National Gambling Impact Study Commission will be recommending to Congress that Internet gambling be halted in the US.
    A draft version of the report is released this week at a commission meeting in San Francisco to discuss its contents.
    The US gambling industry, including 48 states and the District of Columbia, has grown tenfold since 1975 with around $600bn wagered last year, the commission said. Casinos are authorised in 21 states, and there are 289 casinos on Indian reservations.
    "Online wagering promises to revolutionize the way Americans gamble because it opens up the possibility of immediate, individual, 24-hour access to the full range of gambling in every home," the report stated.
    The commission cited a study by research group Christiansen/Cummings Associates that estimates Internet gambling more than doubled to 14.5 million gamblers in 1998 from 6.9 million people in 1997, with revenue of $651 million in 1998 up from $300 million in 1997.

1st June    San Francisco Source: AP

    The National Gambling Impact Study Commission meets in San Francisco this week to conclude two years of work taking stock of the proliferation of legalized gambling across America.
    The commission going into its final meetings June 2 & 3 with dozens of recommendations already decided, including a nationwide minimum age of 21 to place bets, less aggressive state lottery advertising and more funding of programs to treat gambling addicts.