Casinos

  • Ben Affleck reportedly banned from blackjack at Las Vegas casino because he is 'too good' May 4, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actor Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino because he was "too good," a source close to the Oscar-winner said on Friday. Affleck, 41, was stopped earlier this week by security guards at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas while playing blackjack because...
  • After Russian invasion of Crimea, Goa losing its business April 23, 2014

    Goa: The impact of the Russian invasion of Crimea is being felt in the distant shores of Goa. Many Russian businessmen who are running various benami businesses in Goa are now planning to shift their base to Crimea, a peninsula surrounded by the Black Sea. The Russian President Vladimir Putin has...
  • '300 - Rise of an Empire' trailer: Sparta is again at war January 22, 2014

    Los Angeles: The trailer of '300: Rise of an Empire' has been released online. The sequel to Zack Snyder's 2007 box office hit, will see Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) lead a battle at sea to defeat the Persian navy after the death of the Spartan land army, reported Deadline. Rodrigo Santoro will...
  • Casino ads at Eden Gardens create flutter November 8, 2013

    Kolkata: Gambling in India being restricted, advertisement by two Sri Lankan casinos at the Eden Gardens hosting the India-West Indies Test match caught the fancy of spectators. The large banners atop the stand bearing the name of two Colombo-based casinos became the talking point during the match. The organisers, the Cricket Association...
  • Sri Lanka to approve setting up of foreign-funded casinos September 12, 2013

    Sri Lanka, on Thursday, approved the setting up of foreign-funded casinos that are expected to bring in one billion dollars in investments despite a threat of protests from influential Buddhist monks. Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who is also the government spokesman, said the federal cabinet had decided to grant a tax...
  • Case registered against Goa casino employee for passing fake currency August 31, 2013

    An offshore casino employee in Goa has been booked for depositing three counterfeit Rs 1,000 notes at a bank in Panaji, police said on Friday. Ashok Sahoo, manager at the State Bank of India (SBI) treasury branch in Panaji, said Prashant Surlikar, of Goa Carnival and Leisure Private Ltd, deposited the...
  • Casino lets man keep $1 million after goof up over prize winner August 14, 2013

    A casino in Britain allowed a man to keep $1 million after it mistook him for the prize winner with the same name and similar personal details. Last week the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati city telephoned one of their patrons, a man named Kevin Lewis, to inform him that he...
  • Henry Cavill had auditioned to play James Bond June 16, 2013

    Los Angeles: Actor Henry Cavill, the new on screen 'Superman', had auditioned to play secret agent 007, but says Daniel Craig was a far better choice The 'Man of Steel' actor was upset at missing out on the part after getting down to the final audition, but admits 45-year-old Craig, who...
  • Goa casinos contribute Rs 135 cr revenue in 2012-13 April 13, 2013

    Panaji: Casinos, a key attraction for tourists visiting Goa, contributed a healthy Rs 135.45 crore to the state government's coffers in fiscal 2012-13. According to official figures, casino industry paid Rs 135.45 crore in the form of various taxes, including entertainment, entry, liquor licences and port charges (from casino...
  • Goa: Tougher norms for gambling in casinos January 11, 2013

    Panaji: Casinos in Goa will now be monitored and for gamblers, entering licensed gambling hubs would be akin to walking into an income tax office. In a fresh modification of the existing guidelines to casino operations, the Goa government has introduced stringent measures, which includes casinos requiring customers to fill...
  • 'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes has a new Bond story November 21, 2012

    London: Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade say 'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan have already come up with a story for the next film in the franchise. Mendes has not confirmed that he will be returning to direct Daniel Craig in the next outing for the iconic...
  • Skyfall: Sam Mendes considered quitting the film November 13, 2012

    Los Angeles: With Bond franchise facing an uncertain future following the financial trouble of MGM, Sam Mendes says he thought of walking out of making 'Skyfall'. Mendes, an Academy-award-winning filmmaker, was brought to work on the next superspy movie by its actor Daniel Craig and the director says the wait...
  • Skyfall: Is Daniel Craig the best James Bond ever? November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Daniel Craig has appeared as James Bond in three films so far, ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘Skyfall’, but every time he has added a new dimension to the character. Gradually, Craig has become less dependent on gadgets and more driven by his cynicism. Initially, Craig faced a...
  • It's no big deal to get in Bond shape: Daniel Craig October 17, 2012

    Los Angeles: Daniel Craig's exit from the sea in ‘Casino Royale’ wearing just a tight-fitting swimming trunks remains one of the most memorable scenes from his run as James Bond. But the actor says it's not a physique he keeps up in his day-to-day life. The 44-year-old however says it...
  • US casino cooks up record 1-ton cheeseburger September 4, 2012

    Carlton (US): A Minnesota casino has cooked up a world-record bacon cheeseburger that's 10 feet in diameter and weighs more than a ton. The behemoth burger was served up Sunday at the Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton. It tipped the scales at 914 kilograms. Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson verified the...
  • Casinos in Goa, but no Goans would be in casinos July 26, 2012

    Panaji: Announcing that a proposed bill seeks to impose a complete ban on the entry of locals into casinos, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said only the tourists checking into hotels will be allowed there. "The casino passes will be made available in the hotels. Those who come here...
  • Ben Whishaw to play Q in 'Skyfall' July 14, 2012

    London: Good news for gadget-loving James Bond fans - Q is back. Producers have confirmed that the MI6 quartermaster and expert in high-tech trickery will return in the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall. EON productions said that British actor Ben Whishaw will play the role made famous by the late Desmond Llewellyn,...
  • Goa: BJP budget blows hot and cold on casinos March 27, 2012

    Panaji: Once having resisted offshore casinos tooth and nail as a moralistic opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in its budget has both slapped and caressed the increasingly powerful casino lobby in Goa. In his budget speech, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday reduced the entry fee to offshore...
  • 'Asia to be world's top casino market by 2013' December 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Asia will surpass the United States as the world's largest casino gaming market in 2013 on account of the region's robust economic growth and growing people interest for gambling, says a report by PwC. The global gaming outlook report said Asia is expected to generate revenue of $ 79.3...
  • World Card Games Festival kicks off in Goa September 24, 2011

    Panaji: The World Gaming Festival (WGF) has begun on India's biggest off shore gaming facility - Casino Royale - here with more than 100 people participating in five different games. "This is happening for the first time in the world that five games are part of such a high profile...
  • Doing rom-com would be disaster: Craig August 9, 2011

    London: Actor Daniel Craig, who has featured as British spy James Bond in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace", does not think it would be a good idea for him to appear in a romantic comedy. "I'm not about to do a rom-com. It would be a disaster. Good movies aren't...
  • First 'Bond' girl Linda Christian, dies at 87 July 24, 2011

    California: Linda Christian, the Hollywood starlet of the 1940s who married heartthrob Tyrone Power and went on to become the first Bond girl, has died. Her daughter, Romina Power, said Christian died on Friday in Palm Desert after battling colon cancer. She was 87. Born in Mexico, Christian pursued an acting...
  • Casinos may soon be out of reach for Goans March 26, 2011

    Panaji: Casinos may soon be out of bounds for Goans. The leader of opposition in the state assembly Friday moved a bill seeking to amend the Goa Public Gambling (Amendment) Bill 2011 which bans locals from entering the numerous onshore and offshore casinos in the state. "Only those not residing within...
  • World's first ArtScience museum to open soon December 29, 2010

    Singapore: Singapore's Marina Bay Sands will open the world's first ArtScience museum in February, the latest attraction at its $5.5 billion gambling complex built by US casino giant Las Vegas Sands. With a form reminiscent of a lotus flower designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the science museum is due to...
  • Actor Kevin Spacey speaks on his new film 'Casino Jack' November 4, 2010

    'Casino Jack' is ready for release. Actor Kevin Spacey speaks on his new movie. ...
  • Goa top cop likens casinos visits to visiting temples November 17, 2009

    Panaji: What's the difference between going to a casino and going to a temple, a church, or even a fishing trip? According to Goa's top cop - none whatsoever! "Offshore casinos are not illegal in Goa. What is the problem with police officers going to offshore casinos when they are...
  • Goa govt orders probe into casino party by senior cops November 14, 2009

    Panaji: The Goa government has ordered an enquiry into the controversial party organised by four superintendents of police and other senior police officials aboard an offshore casino vessel. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, state Home Minister Ravi Naik said he was seized of the visit by senior police officials to the...
  • BJP favoured offshore casino lobby in Goa: URGPL June 22, 2009

    Panaji: After training its guns on the Congress-led coalition in Goa for allowing both offshore and onshore casinos to run amok, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now finds itself in the crosshair of an onshore casino operator. Update Recreation and Gaming Private Ltd (URGPL), a firm which operates mechanised casinos in...
  • Sikkim casino gets the dice rolling for India April 8, 2009

    Sikkim now owns the only land-based live gaming casino in the country. So you need not board a ship and move into international waters to roll the dice, just visit Gangtok. ...
  • Daniel Craig insures his body for £5mn April 29, 2008

    London: English actor Daniel Craig, who has insisted on doing his own stunts, has had his body insured for up to 5 million pounds. And, with the second Bond movie promising to have more action, the actor’s move may be a wise one. Craig has already suffered a string of injuries while...