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January - February 2003

28th February           London           Source: Northern Light/AFX, &
Rank Full Year pretax pre-ex up in line with expectations
Rank cashes in on bingo boom
Bingo halls boost Rank
Gaming turnover was up 8% to £472.1 million and operating profit up 13% to £109.8 million.

28th February           London           Source: Yahoo/Reuters &
Rank's strong gaming drowns out Hard Rock
Rank full ye ar boosted by blockbusters

28th February           London           Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Rank Group Profit Rises on Strong Gaming Business
The Grosvenor Casino division had profits of  £104.8 Million compared with £95.7 in 2001.

27th February           London          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & Reuters
Hilton Group Fiscal Year 02 Pretax Profit £271.4 Million
UK Hilton profit down, hotel forecasts cloudy
Although the Hotel division was down Ladbroke's profits increased. The e-gaming contribution rose to £11.3 million from £2 million in 2001.

26th February           Glasgow          Source: The Glasgow Herald
Betting shop refused licence over access
The premises did not have disabled access. The Disabled Discrimination Act comes into force in 20 months and could mean many UK casinos will have to carry out modifications.

26th February           North East England          Source: The Northern Echo
Punters losing thousands in betting scam
If something sounds too good to be true - it probably is!

25th February           London & Dublin          Source:
Paddy Power sees UK betting take off

24th February           Huddersfield          Source: Huddersfield Daily Examiner  - February 21st
New casino complex is gambling on success
Its not all bad news in the UK. Grosvenor have opened their new 15,700sq ft casino in Huddersfield.

24th February           Blackpool          Source: - February 21st
Staff left shocked as casino jobs go - Up to 26 jobs look set to be axed at two of Blackpool's casinos
Stanley operates 40 casinos in the UK and last year posted a 43% rise in annual profits to £35.8 million.

24th February           Felixstowe, England          Source: Ipswich Evening Star & East Anglia Daily Times
Bets off for Felixstowe casino
Casino plan withdrawn

24th February           Nottingham, England          Source: Nottingham Evening Post
Police in "Gambling Den" raid

24th February           London          Source: Yahoo UK Sports/Bettingzone
London 7/1 to host 2012 olympics
Gaming floor tips Hamburg at 10/1. New York is a ludicrously short 2/1.

24th February           London          Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Man Group declines comment on IG bid report

23rd February           Edinburgh, Scotland          Source: The Scotsman
Industry must take stock of significant go-ahead for betting exchange
Edinburgh’s licensing board have approved what could be the first Internet orientated betting office in the UK. Ladbrokes and William Hill both strongly objecting. Website:

23rd February           London          Source: The Times Online - Business Plus
Odds improve for 'barrow boy' who bet on gambling
Profile of founder Jonathan Hufford

23rd February           Northern Ireland          Source:
Green light for Sunday gambling

22nd February           Lancashire, England          Source: The Sun Online
£56k bingo-win dole scam
Two long term Social Security claimants failing to declare their win of the National Game at a Gala Bingo in Morecambe, Lancashire.

21st February           Liverpool, England          Source: Echo
Casino jobs to be axed
Stanley are presently engaging in a series of staff reductions at their UK casinos that could number up to 400.

16th February           Scotland          Source: The Scotsman
Police get back-up as partner in IntelliBET scandal comes forward
Strathclyde and West Yorkshire police are now actively seeking Derek Robinson. In an alleged £500,000 betting scam he went under the title "The Duke of Braemor".

15th February         London        Source:
Betting Exchanges - Disruptive Elements At Work
Turnover Comparison: Betfair vs The Rest

13th February         Felixstowe        Source: Ipswich Evening Star
Hopes of casino suffer blow
The chances for Palatial Leisure opening a £3.2 million casino in Felixstowe are looking bleak. The Council have received over 200 protests from residents and organisations.

11th February         London         Source: The Sun Online
I'll bet £50k if I want to

10th February         London          Source: Hindustan Times/Agence France-Presse
Chelsea star Hasselbaink defends casino habit

10th February         London          Source: Birmingham Post
Gala bingo sold to Candover in third buyout - Rewrite of an earlier Times story (See below)

10th February         Glasgow, Scotland          Source:
Residents draw battle lines over Merchant City casino
Gala Casinos plan a 32,000 sq ft operation. The company already has 4 of the 5 operating casinos in Glasgow.

9th February         London          Source:
William Hill slashes odds on Blair quitting before General Election
The odds are now surprisingly short. Hill's have priced up Labour at a very stingy 1 to 9 to win the next Election.

7th February         London          Source:
Bingo group bought for £1.25bn

7th February         Sheffield, England          Source:
Owls net new sponsor
Sheffield Wednesday's shirt sponsor for next season will be A & S Entertainment's  owned Napoleons Casinos. Founder Dave Allen is currently Chairman of the club.

7th February         London          Source: The Times Online
Bingo! Gala finds a buyer

7th February         London          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & Northern Light/AFX
Candover/Gala: To Invest GBP274 Million For Equal Stakes
Candover, Cinven to pay 1.24 billion sterling for Gala buy-out

6th February         London         Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
World Gaming plc quarter four trading statement - Company Delivers Profitable Fourth Quarter

6th February         London        Source: The Times Online
Stanley set for limited casinos win
Stanley Leisure is thought to be the highest bidder at £37 million for London Clubs Palm Beach Casino.

4th February         London         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
UK's Largest Casino Group Goes Fully Interactive - Beating American Rivals

4th February         Leicester, UK          Source: Leicester Mercury
Casino is on cards

1st February         UK         Source: The Independent
'Master of betting fraud' continues his lucky streak

1st February         London         Source:
Bartlett says betting exchanges will ruin racecources
Warwick Bartlett’s Speech at the GBGC Industry Seminar. Dorchester Hotel - January 28th.

30th January         The Netherlands          Source: NRC Handelsblad
Britse internetsite moet Nederlanders weren
More on the court ruling in the Netherlands that will require Ladbrokes to close down its Dutch website. Failure to do so resulting in fines of €10,000 per day.

30th January         London & The Netherlands          Source: - January 28th
Court shuts down Ladbrokes Dutch website
Rechter verbiedt Britse gokspellen op internet - (Newslink liable to change)
Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator (SNS) took the UK Bookmaker to court for not having a gaming and gambling licence to operate in the Netherlands. This is a ruling that could have far reaching implications across the European Union for all sports betting and Internet casino operators. 

30th January         London          Source: Northern Light/AFX
Rank Group says Hard Rock CEO Pete Beaudrault resigns
Rank completes Blue Square internet betting business acquisition - very brief - January 28th

28th January         London           Source: Yahoo UK/Sharecast &
Wembley soars on US gambling approval
Harding attacks exchanges
William Hill chief executive David Harding has attacked P2P exchanges for the decline in betting margins.

28th January         London           Source: & Northern Light/AFX
Sportingbet European operations break into profit
Sportingbet confident in outlook despite weak dollar; posts record Q3 profit
Statistics from the Internet bookmaker include total turnover of  £354.3 million and an average of 92,000 bets a day.

25th & 27th January         UK - Horseracing          Source:
Bookmakers protest over proposed new charge
Strike action takes hold at Wolverhampton
Bookmakers are protesting against the BHB that wants to charge them 10% of gross profits for providing the lists of runners. The present fee is £132 per annum.

27th January         London          Source: Yahoo/AP
Finance chief who stole from airline is jailed for six years

27th January         Scotland          Source: The Glasgow Herald
Ayr intent on being the new Las Vegas
Number is up for the old style bingo halls - Warning over plans for casino 'gambling sheds'

27th January         Bexleyheath, London          Source: The News Shopper
Argument over gambling plans
Story of an amusement arcade owner who has been granted a bookmakers permit. Residents are concerned that £50,000 FOTB's could soon be available on the premises.

27th January         London          Source: Yahoo/
Stanley Leisure directors sell

24th January         London          Source:
Gaming Insight prepares for gobarkingmad rebranding

23rd January         London & Las Vegas          Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Mikohn Enters into Agreement with Cyberview Technology for Distribution of Branded Game Content in European Market

23rd January         London          Source:
London gamblers help Stanley to record result

23rd January         London          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & Northern Light/AFX
Stanley Leisure Doubles First Half Profit
Stanley Leisure says H1 best ever as it unveils 54 pct pretax rise
Stanley Leisure remains acquisitive despite failed London Clubs buy - Interview with CEO Bob Wiper.

22nd January         Las Vegas & London         Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Mikohn to feature IGT's EZ Pay Ticket System at ICE 2003

20th January         Glasgow          Source: The Glasgow Herald
Residents draw battle lines over Merchant City casino

20th January         London          Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Rank boosts betting with Blue Square buy
Rank Group Plc, owner of the Grosvenor Casino chain is paying £65 million for the bookmaker that has some 113,000 registered customers.

19th January         London          Source: & News of the World
Footballers blow fortune
The News of the World has apparently acquired documents from U.K. casino operator Grosvenor Casinos that show the names, dates and amounts gambled by a number of professional Footballers.

19th January         London         Source: The Observer
Camelot's biggest gamble
Deprived communities could hit the jackpot

19th January         English Football          Source: Yahoo/AP, & Reuters
Wenger bans high-stakes gambling
FA clear Owen over gambling claims
Soccer-Top stars gambling with the game's future

17th January           Australia & England          Source: - January 13th
Mechanic matches poker pros
English player Peter "The Poet" Costa has won the A$394,870 first prize at the Crown Casino, Melbourne.

17th January           Suffolk, England          Source: East Anglian Daily Times
Casino plans for Suffolk town
The owner of the Mildenhall greyhound racing stadium is hoping casino deregulation will allow him to build a casino on the site.

17th January           English Soccer          Source:, &
How to lose £50,000 the football way
FA: 'We need hard evidence'
Owen Named As England Star That Lost £30,000

15th & 16th January           London & Antigua          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
World Gaming plc announcement regarding CEO
World Gaming plc announces the return to in-house Corporate Communications

16th January           London          Source: ATE/Coinslot Magazine
Gala appoints Potter as casino MD
Nick Potter will be managing director of Gala Casinos division. He is 34, with no previous casino experience. Gala operate 26 casinos in the UK that were acquired in 2000 from the Hilton Group.

16th January           London          Source: ATE/Coinslot Magazine
Stanley pulls plug on LCI deal

15th January           London          Source:, & Fox Sports
PFA 'Concerned' about gambling among players
Football's Wild Cards Dice With Danger
Veteran Adams warns of EPL player gambling addictions

15th January           London           Source: The Yorkshire Post
Betting firm sees Morrison's ousted as outsider
Financial Spreads have priced up the market on who will be the purchaser of the Safeway Supermarket chain.

14th January           English Soccer           Source:, Daily Mirror & Yahoo/Reuters
England players in Gambling School - Cascarino
FA to probe £30,000 World Cup gamblers
Bates says Chelsea will stand by Gudjohnsen
"Professional Footballers Association chief Gordon Taylor last night admitted gambling was the biggest single problem facing his members"

14th January           Dudley, UK           Source: The Dudley Express & Star
Bet on a jobs boost as casino expands
Castle Hill Casino, Dudley is recriuiting staff for two new casinos planned to open in the West Midlands during 2003.

13th January           London          Source: Yahoo/AP
Gudjohnsen says he lost 400,000 pounds gambling
Chelsea's Icelandic striker is on a reported salary of £20K a week.

13th January           London         Source: The Times
Gambling looks the only sure bet for Hilton

12th January           London         Source: Northern Light/AFX & Yahoo UK/Reuters - January 10th
Stanley Leisure says will not proceed with offer for London Clubs
Stanley shelves plans for London Clubs bid

9th January           London          Source: Sky News
Ministers may hit jackpot payouts

9th January           London         Source:
William Hill overcomes first hurdle

9th January           London        Source: Northern Light/AFX
William Hill says FY profits in line with market forecasts - very brief

9th January           London & Gibraltar       Source: The Independent
Gambling magnate Chandler signs up for TV greyhound racing joint venture

9th January           London        Source: The Independent
Gambling: 'Online casinos' will be curbed in attempt to stem problem gambling
In a Commons statement the British Goverment intends bringing in new legislation limiting bookmakers to 4 machines with a £500 top prize.

8th January           London        Source: UK Parliament  - Written Ministerial Statements
Fixed Odds Betting Machines - Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell):
The full text of the Statement covering virtual casino machines where the punter can presently win up to £50,000. Over 1,000 of the devices have been installed recently by British Bookmakers.

5th January           Exeter, England         Source: Morning News
Historic Custom House could become casino

5th January           London         Source: The Thoroughbred Times
Ladbrokes bookmakers close 50 betting shops in England

4th January          Felixstowe, England          Source: The Ipswich Evening Star
Has casino scheme hit jackpot?

4th January          London          Source: The Independent
Stanley Leisure given deadline for London Clubs bid

3rd January          London          Source: Northern Light/AFX &
UK Takeover Panel rules Stanley Leisure must bid for London Clubs by Jan 22
Stanley Leisure ordered to bid for LCI
The deadline for a final bid from Stanley for LCI coincides with the International Casino Exhibition 21st to 23rd.

3rd January          Exeter, UK           Source: Exeter Express & Echo
Casino idea may be a big deal for custom house
Under UK deregulation plans, new "permitted areas" will be allowed. The Bill however has not as yet even made the Queens speech.

2nd January          London         Source: Northern Light/AFX
Stanley Leisure considers raising London Clubs offer to 30p - report
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