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January - February 2002

28th February    London    Source: FT Global archive
Hilton in bet boom, hotel recovery
Ladbrokes e-gaming recorded a profit of £2 million on a turnover of £188 million and has 260,000 customers in 160 countries.

27th February    Bern, Switzerland    Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
CH/Casino Biel muss Mitte Jahr schliessen

27th February    Paris    Source: FT Global Archive & Northern Light/AFX
Accor loses to Partouche in bid for Europeenne de Casinos - CMF
Bataille pour Européenne de Casinos: Partouche déclare sa victoire sur Accor 
Partouche confirme la cession de six casinos d'Européenne de Casinos
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27th February    Israel    Source: Ha'aretz English Edition
Daily sports gambling is almost here

26th February    Blackpool    Source:
Bishop dices with casino  future

26th February    Paris    Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Partouche has majority of EDC, trumps Accor
The battle to become the largest casino operator in Europe appears to be swinging in Partouche's favour as the company now holds 54.3% of  Europeenne de Casino.

26th February    London    Source:
Betdaq brings horse racing service to UK 

26th February    Greece    Source: Katimerini English Edition
Gambling ban fails to convince a jaded public
The Sunday Eleftherotypia carried out a study in Athens and Thessaloniki and just 9.3% thought the video game ban would eradicate illegal gambling.

25th February    France    Source: Northern Light/AFX
Accor, Partouche bids for Europeenne de Casinos to close April 2
Européenne de Casinos: les OPA d'Accor et Partouche clôturées le 2 avril

25th February    London    Source:
Religious service held at betting shop
50 people attended a 45-minute service at a William Hill bookmakers in Camden, North London.

25th February    London    Source:
Sport Entertainment in talks over new Tyson-Lewis date

23rd February    London    Source:
Arena Leisure to provide gaming software, consultancy to Finland's EGET

23rd February    Athens, Greece    Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Arcade Games Banned to Stop Illegal Gambling

22nd February    London    Source: Business of Betting valued at £500m
Morgan Stanley's valuation is based on 20 times  forecasted 2004 earnings. Presently with 220,000 customers margins are 7 to 8% on sports betting.

22nd February    Poland    Source: FT Global Archive/Polish News Bulletin
Video Gaming Firm Keeps Tight Lid on Backers and Lobbying

22nd February    Athens    Source: Yahoo/Xinhua
Greece to Ban Illegal Gambling
According to the report all video games will be barred from public areas and establishments.

22nd February    Poland    Source: FT Global Archive/Independent
Nic Szeremeta takes a look at Omaha and its variations in his weekly column in the Independent.

19th February    London & Ireland     Source: & Northern Light/AFX
Paddy Power plans UK expansion
Power Leisure sees further growth in 2002; FY opg, turnover ahead

18th February    Greece    Source: Kathimerini English Edition
Gambling, media merge in coffee shop

15th February    London    Source: FT Global Archive/The Guardian - Feb 14th.
Racing: Bookmakers throw down the gauntlet

14th February    London & Hollywood     Source:
Russell Crowe is bookie's favourite for the Oscars
Crowe is 1 to 2 for Best Actor with Blue Square. Yesterday's odds from Caesars Palace had him at 7 to 2.

13th February    Glasgow, Scotland     Source: Glasgow Herald
Gambling may save A-listed building

13th February    London    Source:
Gambling ban would 'close arcades'
The Budd Report has recommended many changes to Britain's gambling laws - Lobbying by various factions of the leisure industry is now getting underway.

12th February    London     Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Orbis Selected to Take Ladbrokes Onto Sky Active

10th February     London     Source: - The Business of Betting
Sky set for £100m+ betting turnover - H1 figures show interactive gambling is a hit

8th February    Paris    Source: FT Global Archive/ Le Figaro & Les Echos
CEC board favours Accor bid (La Compagnie europeenne recommande l'offre d'Accor)
Europeenne de Casinos backs Accor (Europeenne de Casinos apporte son soutien a Accor)

7th February    London     Source: Sun
Vicar to hold service in betting shop

7th February    Greece     Source: Kathimerini English Edition
Focus on corruption - Simitis to announce measures against gambling, public sector graft

7th February    Paris     Source: The
Accor raises offer for French casinos

6th February    Paris     Source: PRLine & FT Global Archive/AFX
Accor Casinos increases its friendly bid for Compagnie Européenne de Casinos 
Accor raises bid for Europeenne de Casinos to 65 eur/shr from 52

6th February    London     Source:
Odds cut on Prince Charles marrying Camilla

6th February    London & Moscow     Source:
Hard Rock Cafe comes to Moscow

5th February    Poland     Source: FT Global Archive/Polish News Bulletin
Battle for High Stakes on Gambling in Parliament

5th February    Paris     Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Europeenne de Casinos to weigh bids, resume trade
Two bidders - Accor at €52 and Group Partouche at €59. The Partouche bid may involve a sale of six casinos to Groupe Moliflor Loisirs.

5th February    Greece & Monaco     Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Greece Approves MIS's GALAXIS Casino Management System

5th February    Paris     Source: Northern Light/AFX
Groupe Partouche: bénéfice net p/g 2000/01 en hausse de 19% à 34,3 M EUR

4th February    London     Source: Times
Hilton's Ladbroke Plans Joint Offer for Coral, Newspaper Says

4th February    London     Source: Media Guardian
The Net's £300 million bet
In depth look at the marketing and development of live British horse racing which is now being streamed live on the Internet.

3rd February    London     Source: Guardian Unlimited
Gambling on Camelot's future
Camelot bets its future on 3G phones

2nd February    Greece    Source: Kathimerini English Edition
Political world outraged by journalistís charge that Stephanopoulos rented shop for illegal gambling 

1st February    London    Source: The Times & The Guardian
Five arrested in spread betting inquiry
Fraud squad investigates spread betting allegations

31st January    Paris    Source: Northern Light/Le Figaro
Groupe Partouche's ambitions - (Les ambitions du Groupe Partouche)

31st January    Greece    Source: Kathimerini English Edition
Gambling probes
Brief article on official investigations being set up looking into illegal gambling in Patras & Thessaloniki.

31st January    London    Source: The Guardian
Brown admits betting tax may return

30th January    Paris   Source: FT Global Archive/Les Echos & Northern Light/AFX
Partouche launches counter-bid for Europeenne de Casinos
Partouche veut devenir l'un des premiers groupes de casinos en Europe

29th January    Greece    Source: Kathimerini English Edition
Loutraki alert for suicidal gambler

29th January    Italy    Source: Northern Light/La Stampa
Lottomatica, takeover bid reaches around 60% - (Lottomatica: L'Opa sfiora il 60%)

28th & 29th January    Paris    Source: Northern Light/AFX 
Suspension des titres Groupe Partouche et Européenne de Casinos
L'offre de Partouche valorise Européenne de Casinos à 294 M EUR
Européenne de Casinos: Partouche dépose une OPA concurrente à celle d'Accor

28th January    Paris    Source:
Groupe Partouche détient 36,8% de la Compagnie Européenne de Casinos et lance une Offre Publique d'Achat sur le reste du capital

28th January    Leeds, UK    Source: & Yahoo
Kunick confirms management buy-out talks
Kunick shares climb on management approach

28th January    Greece    Source: Kathimerini English Edition
Anti-gambling MPís luck runs out

26th January    London   Source: Electronic Telegraph
Betting tax change is a loser for Treasury

26th January    Israel    Source: - Jan 22nd
Casinos Austria to operate casino ship in Eilat Bay
Casinos Austria negotiating to set up floating casino in Eilat - November 2001

26th January    Greece    Source:
Greek premier suspends deputy over illegal gambling allegations

26th January    Liverpool   Source: Manchester Evening Post
Casino jackpots of £1m on cards
Leonard Steinberg commenting upon the release of Stanley Leisure's interim results. Auto Rulette is now installed at all the company's provincial casinos.

25th January    London    Source: - Business of Betting
Wheel of fortune turns for casino bets

25th January    Blackpool    Source:
Ken Dodd slams plans to turn Blackpool into a gambling town
The popular entertainer believes that the northern resort is in danger of losing its family image and has bet £1 the plan will fail.

25th January    Entertainment    Source:
Bookmakers make Russell Crowe film Oscar favourite

24th January    London    Source:
Leisure spending 'is households'  biggest outlay'
A £1.7billion a week market, according to the latest Family Expenditure Survey from the Office of National Statistics.

23rd January    London    Source: & Northern Light/AFX
Stanley Leisure calls for speedier changes to casino laws
Stanley Leisure calls for fast-tracked gaming machine deregulation
The company presently has some 300 slots across the casino estate but believes it could quickly accommodate 3,000. No mention however of where they would be located.

23rd January    London    Source:
Stanley Leisure sees gambling boom - No betting tax and automated roulette boost H1 turnover
Automated Roulette machines were also very much in evidence at this years International Casino Exhibition

22nd January    London    Source:
Uttoxeter officials place bet on England

19th January    London    Source: Northern Light/ATX
Stanley Leisure's interims should show first signs of recovery

17th January    London     Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK plans to set pace in race to digital TV
Britain now has over 40% of households converted. The average for Europe is 16.3%

17th January    London     Source:
Pregnant woman must deliver birthday baby to win bet
£20 at 20 to 1 and William Hill's getting bundles of free publicity. Good Bet!

17th January    London     Source: & Yahoo UK/Reuters
William Hill considers stock market flotation - report
William Hill said eyeing flotation

16th January    London     Source: Media Guardian to relaunch

16th January    France    Source: Northern Light/Le Echos
Accor Casinos defends bid for Europeenne de Casinos -(OPA sur Europeenne de Casinos:  Accor Casinos repond a Moliflor Loisirs)

15th January    Athens, Greece    Source: Ekathimerini English Edition
Casino bids to be unsealed this week
It should not take long, there are two bids, one from the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki & the other from a consortium including Club Hotel Loutraki & Bank Pireaus.

15th January    London    Source: The Times
ITC may relax betting rules
The proposals seek to allow advertisng of Digital TV's interactive betting services on terrestial British TV channels.

14th January    Scotland & France    Source: Scotland on Sunday
Royal Bank takes a chance on casino bid

14th January    London    Source: Yahoo UK Finance/FT Marketwatch
IG Index sees H1 profits rise 18%, but December disappoints

13th January    London    Source:
Sport: How to Punt It
The Financial Times betting column takes a looks at the candidates for the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

12th January    London    Source: Yahoo UK/Sporting Life
Caborn To Speak At BBOA Seminar
The title of the day long seminar is 'UK - the centre of global gaming'

12th January    Italy    Source: Northern Light/Il Sole 24 Ore
Lottomatica authorises De Agostini bid - (Lottomatica da il via libera a De Agostini)

11th January    Spain    Source: Northern Light/Expansion
Fadesa and Comar launch Casino de Aranjuez project - (Fadesa y Comar ponen en marcha el proyecto Casino de Aranjuez)

11th January    Italy    Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Bingo fever sweeps Italy
The Italian Government legalized Bingo in 2000. 45 venues have so far opened and a further 800 are predicted over the next 3 years.

11th January    France    Source: Northern Light/Les Echos
Takeover bid by Accor Casinos on Europeenne de Casinos will begin today.

11th January    Monaco & London    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
MIS Signs Joint Venture to Distribute Downloadable Gaming - Monaco Company Partners With Cyberscan Technology

11th January    Blackpool & Atlantic City    Source:
US casino city's mayor to pass on tips to Blackpool
Leisure Parcs continuing plan to turn the seaside town into a gambling mecca.

10th January    Blackpool    Source:
Blackpool bids for casino culture

10th January    France    Source:
Accor Gets French Regulatory Nod for Europeenne de Casinos Bid...

10th January    Germany & England    Source:
Police chief robbed banks to pay for gambling
Woman hopes unborn baby will win her £400

9th January    London     Source:
Five pound stake wins punter  £177,000 after seven horses come in

9th January    France     Source: Northern Light/AFX
Européenne de Casinos: OPA d'Accor ouverte du 10 janvier au 12 février 

8th January    London     Source:
Bishop of Rochester favourite to succeed Carey
William Hill have priced-up the odds on the next Archbishop of Canterbury including 1,000 to 1 odds that the new appointment  will be female.

8th January    Switzwerland     Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
CH/Verlängerungsgesuche von Casinos bewilligt
The Kursäle's that must close under the new license system have been given longer to operate to enable staff to find new jobs. First "Class A" casinos are expected to open in the Summer.

7th January    New York & Zaragosa, Spain     Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces the Divesture of Its Casino in Spain

7th January    Madrid     Source:
Fadesa wins contract to build casino in Aranjuez (Fadesa: Adjudicacion del casino de Aranjuez)

7th January    Germany     Source:
First euro forgeries found
Amazing: A player stuck two €500 photographs together from an information brochure and the casino cashier changed it!.

5th January    Austria     Source: Northern Light/Wirtschaftsblatt
Wirtschaftsblatt: Casinos Austria records takings of 221.6m euros -- (Casinos Austria spielte 221,6 Millionen Euro ein)
64% of the win at Casinos Austria coming from slots and 36% tables.

5th January    London     Source:
Morgan Grenfell eyes sale of Coral
Morgan Grenfell Private Equity bought the 827-strong betting shop group for £390 million ($561 million) from Hilton Group plc. in early 1998.

5th January    Paris     Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine - English Edition
Future of French Casinos in the Balance
France's 14,403 casino slots now make up over 90% of the total win.

5th January    France     Source:
Taking a gamble on French casinos
Interesting article on the bidding strategies developing for control of Européenne de Casinos. Over the past 5 years the number of private French casinos has fallen from 80% to 20%. The countries 170 casinos are 40% of the total number in Europe.

4th January    Manchester, England    Source:
William Hill refuses to honour bet 'taken in error'
An unusual £2 bet placed on New Years Eve at very attractive odds. Make your own mind up on this one!

4th January    France     Source:
Accor may have to rethink casino offer
Accor may have to up its bid for Européenne de Casinos after rival Groupe Partouche snapped up 6.6% at €53.09.

3rd January    London     Source: Yahoo UK Finance/Reuters
London Clubs says no bid talks as shares rise

3rd January    London     Source: FT Global Archive/Independent
Nic Szeremeta's regular Column in the Independent takes a look at "double chance" a new buyin procedure becoming popular in Tournament play.

3rd January    Jerusalem     Source: Washington Post
Casino Owners Sue Palestinian Insurers

2nd January    UK    Source:, Independent & Ananova
The Euro arrives - Newspapers react with humour, doubts and sense of history
THE EURO: DAY ONE: Euro has smooth start but real test begins today
Austrian bank loses on the Euro after selling £250 packs for £10

2nd January    France    Source: FT Global Archive/Le Figaro
Partouche buys 6.6 % of Europeenne de Casinos (Groupe Partouche s'offre 6,6 % d'Europeenne de Casinos)

2nd January    Frankfurt & Brussels   Source: Yahoo/AP
Europeans Stock Up on New Currency
Euro Faces First Real Test
Bank workers in Italy and France are expected to strike today in protest at not being paid for the additional workload.

2nd January    UK    Source: Glasgow Herald
National attitudes changed in favour of lottery
A trip back to 1971. A National Lottery would by estimations at the time raise between £2 to £7 million annually.

1st January    Frankfurt    Source: Yahoo/AP
Euro Now Legal Tender in 12 Nations
Yahoo Full Coverage - European Monetary Union
15 billion banknotes and 52 billion coins - worth €646 billion, or $568 billion - have been produced for the change over. Since early 2000 the currency has lost 25% of its value against the dollar and has had to be supported by the European Central Banks.

1st January    Greece    Source: Kathimerini English Edition
Church leader takes on casinos, television

1st January    Greece & Israel    Source: FT Global Archive/Jerusalem Post
Resido bets on Greek Casino