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24th February  London   Source: Reuters/This is London
   
The newly launched bet.co.uk site from Hilton Group's - Ladbroke betting and gaming subsidiary netted 80,000 hits on the evening England and Argentina played out a goalless draw at Wembley.
    As part of the Internet "strategy" Hilton announced it was investing £100 million in various projects.  Profits for the year weighed in at £305 million, up almost 10% on 1998. The company has 217 hotels trading under the Hilton International name. Hotel revenue was £264 million and betting and gaming £139 million.
Hilton scores with e-betting venture
 
 

22nd February  London   Source: Reuters


    Rumours abound in the British press concerning the possibility that Britain's Hilton Group will sell its Ladbrokes betting and gaming subsidiary.
    Hilton is due to release results on the 24th and no doubt an official statement will then be made. Analysts believe that the separated company that has recently launched bet.co.uk and has 26 British casinos could be worth £1 billion.
Hilton mulling Ladbroke demerger - paper
 

20th February  Birmingham, England  Source: Poker in the UK


As a new club sets up in the Poker playing heartlands of Britain.
The call is NO FEE - NO GB!.
    The new club in question is the Elite in Moseley, a suberb of Birmigham. Players are not charged a fee at the tables nor is there a house take from the pot. Players who are all members may also elect to deal as tipping is permitted. The club is open 24 hours per day and has seating for 300 players. Money being made via an hourly food and drinks charge. Because of this rule the club is not operating "Bankers" games and does not come under the regulations of the British Gaming Board.
UK'S first 24 hour Poker club - "Elite"
 

17th February  London  Source: London Evening Standard


    The magic "I" word has once again done the job to revive a flagging share price. Ladbrokes, the betting shop and casino arm of the British Hilton Group have announced that the company intends to become a global leader in online betting. The company has launched bet.co.uk and will follow it up with Gibraltar based Ladbrokes.com. The ability to offer live on screen prices on televised sports and via a customers mobile phone using WAP technology is also a priority. Deals being made with Cable & Wireless, Telewest and Open.
    Hilton Group also has 6 London and 20 provincial casinos. Before the details became public on Monday 14th the share price was 161p. At the time of writing, Thursday 17th it stands at 227p a gain of 40%.
 

15th February  London  Source: Silicon.com



UK Bookies in £100m online venture
 

7th February  London  Source: ICE Press release


    The 10th International Casino Exhibition held in London from January 25th to 27th attracted 103 exhibitors from 29 countries. The largest grouping coming from Great Britain with 28 companies represented, the United States had the second most with 18. Countries of the European Union with significant presence included Belgium(6), Germany(7), Italy(4), Netherlands(7) and Spain(4).
    The show in 1999 had a total of 86 exhibitors and 5,814 visitors that travelled from 101 nations. The first ever London show in 1991 had 16 exhibitors and 309 visitors.
 

3rd February  Lyons, France  Source: London Evening Standard


    The 1988 amendment in the French law to allow casinos to open in cities with a population over 500,000 has seen Group Partouche succeed, at the third attempt, with a license application in Lyons. It will be the first casino in the country to be located outside a spa town or resort. The facility located in the basement of the Hilton Hotel is expected to open in March with 12 tables and 400 slots.
French casino operator wins battle of Lyons
 

14th January  Chicago/Barcelona  Source: Press release


    WMS Gaming Inc. has announced that Sebastian Salat formerly the Managing Director of Unidesa has been appointed as Director of Operations for their new Barcelona office.  Mr. Salat will be head WMS Gaming International, S.L. in the company's efforts to market electronic gaming devices, and provide product service in new markets outside of North America.
 

13th January  Toronto/London  Source: Press release


From betting slips to mouse clicks!
  CryptoLogic the Toronto based Internet casino builder and operator has announced that the William Hill Casino has now gone live. This marks perhaps the first live online gaming tie up between an Internet casino operator and a major established company in the traditional betting world.
    William Hill was established in Great Britain in the 1930's but recently called off it's proposed IPO by owner Nomura securities. The company is the acknowledged leader in European telephone betting on live sports events and in 1998 had a gross turnover of $1.8 billion.
 

2nd January  London   Source: Yahoo UK/Evening Standard


    Napoleon's Casino in London's Leicester Square owned by A & S Leisure could find itself the center of a lawsuit from an employee over it's non installation of an adequate ventilation system according to an article in the Evening Standard.
   The club that is patronized by mainly Asian players from the nearby Chinatown has for years,  it is claimed, been giving out free cigarettes to customers and ignored the dangers associated with passive smoke. The Croupier at the center of the lawsuit has worked at the club for 11 years and is being backed in his claim by the GMB union.