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January - February 2004

28th February           Various          Coinslot Magazine/ATE Online
EBA wants to break down online barriers (EBA - European Betting Association)
eCOGRA takes online forward with seal of approval
South African model applauds exclusivity

28th February           Dublin & London          The Racing Post - Registration Reguired
Power boss attacks 'blocking' gang
Michels warns FOBTs are facing slowdown in growth
Ladbrokes will begin complying with a industry voluntary code of 4 FOBT's from 1st April. The maximum payout per game will be £500.

28th February           London          The Times
Hilton saved from poor hotel results by gambling

28th February           London          The Daily Telegraph & The Scotsman
Hard Rock sales lose their tempo
Casinos help Rank offset Hard Rock losses

27th February           London          The Times &
Rank stakes future on gaming surge
Hard Rock blues knock Rank Group
Hard Rock merchandise sales continued to fall but Grosvenor Casinos in the provinces saw profits rise 16%.

26th February           London &
Hilton expects hotels to recover
Ladbrokes boosts sagging Hilton

26th February           London          This is London/Evening Standard
Brown bets on sure-fire winner
Gambling is a winner for Hilton
Operating profits at Hilton Group's Ladbrokes are up 43% to £214.1m for the full year ending 31st December.

25th February           Birmingham          Birmingham Post
Casino going next to the dogs
Perry Barr Dog track presently owned by Wembley Plc.

25th February           Aberdeen, Scotland          Press & Journal
Aberdeen firm plans fourth seafront casino
If all the plans presently on the drawing board come to fruition Aberdeen will have 8 casinos.

24th February           London          Coinslot Magazine/ATE Online
Bristol’s Triangle in good shape
Blackpool in Masterplan recruitment drive

23rd & 24th February           London          The Racing Post - Registration required
Bookmakers vow not to bow to extortion
Hacker threats to bookies probed -
Hackers threaten online bookmakers - The Guardian

24th February           London & The Hague          The Racing Post - Registration required
Betfair find themselves in trouble in Holland
Both Betfair and Ladbrokes have been found guilty in Dutch courts of accepting bets from Dutch residents after cases were brought by Lottry operedor De Lotto

24th February           London          Nexus Lexus/
Doubts over draft Gambling Bill
With 3 sets of draft clauses printed the belief is mounting that deregulation will actually lead to more, not less regulation of Britain's casino operators.

24th February           London          Yahoo U.K./Reuters & FT Investor
UK's Wembley says 2003 profits hit by weak dollar
Wembley unveils flat full-year profits

23rd February           London          Business Week
Ready To Bet Big On Britain - U.S. gaming companies see a huge payoff if gambling laws are liberalized
The article mistakenly confuses an amusement arcade with a casino.

23rd February           London          Independent Online/SAPA
Chips are down for casino fraudsters - New Scientist report about Chipco's new products.

22nd February           London          New Media Age
Tax plans could hinder efforts to attract casinos to UK

20th February           Sheffield          Leisure Opportunities
Football club announces plans for multi-million pound entertainment complex
Sheffield United's plans to construct the Blades Leisure Park complete with a 73,00 sq. ft. casino.

18th February           Sheffield          The Sheffield Star
Catfight terror at casino - Napoleons on Ecclesall road.

18th February           London & Malaysia          The Malaysian Star
Genting ups London Clubs stake
Resorts World share holdings in LCI are now belived to be 15.2%.

17th February           Sheffield          Sheffield United F.C. - Registration required
Blades To Sign Agreement With Top Casino Operator

17th February           London
Frenchman gambles £30,000 on Scotland rugby triumph
On Scotland are now available at 500 to 1. Still not worth a bet IMHO :)

17th February           Scotland & Las Vegas          Daily Record
I'll bet my life on just one spin
The stunt is part of a 4 part programme being made by Sky TV. The bet apparently to be made at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on April 11th.

15th February           London           The Scotsman/PA
Bookies to Pay Out Early on Celtic

13th February           London           Yahoo UK/PRNewswire
Who Dares Wins - 90% of Britons Shun Friday 13th
Harrah's has sponsored a survey on peoples attitudes to Friday 13th. Remember, its definately bad luck to be superstitious.

13th February           London           The Publican
Gambling u-turn may be a winner for pubs
The British Government is now believed to favour "Las Vegas" style casinos only in areas that require substantial regeneration.

13th February           Blackpool           This is Blackpool
Casino reports spark fresh hopes

13th February           Guildford, Surrey           Surrey Advertiser
Casino dice are ready to roll again

13th February           Newcastle           The Church of England Newspaper
Bishop issues warning over gambling plans
The COE like the Salvation Army are both opposed to wholesale deregulation of Britain's gambling laws.

12th February           U.K. News           Coinslot Magazine/ATE Online
Will resort casinos be subject to new criteria?
MGM Mirage shows its steel with plans for Sheffield
Harrah’s hopes to get lucky with launch of new style gaming site

12th February           London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Coral floatation delayed
Virtual horseracing about to be launched on Sky

12th February           Kent           The Kent Messenger/Kent Online
Gambling millionaire hits out at police raid

12th February           Bristol           Bristol Evening Post
Game on! New Casino set to open
The Triangle casino, a partnership between Metro Casinos and MGM Mirage will open it's doors on the 27th February. Website:

12th February           London 
£9.7m Lotto winner faces jail over cocaine stash
Interesting article that may for the first time reveal the "street value" of Magic Mushrooms.

12th February           London           The Independent
Sportingbet's turn to play Russian takeover roulette

12th February           Glasgow           Glasgow Herald
Bar and casino plans roll into Central station

11th February           London           Leisure Opportunities
Malaysian investor increases stake in Casino operator
Malaysian company Resorts World now has an 11.8% stake in London Clubs International.

10th February           London           Media Week
Dennis takes a gamble with new betting magazine Inside Edge
Inside Edge from Dennis Publishing is aimed at punters in the U.K. and is scheduled to debut on 11th March with a 50,000 print run and cover price of £3.99.

7th February           Manchester           Manchester Online
Belle Vue, the new Las Vegas?
Could Belle Vue the first Greyhound track in the U.K. get a casino?. It would be included in the package of tracks if the takeover of Wembley Plc by MGM Mirage is successful.

6th February           Blackpool           Blackpool Today
Business leader back masterplan casinos
Digby Jones, director general of the CBI who spoke at a business conference organised by the Pro-Casino group Lancashire West.

6th February           London           The Daily Telegraph
Betting reforms on cards

6th February           London 
Final clauses of draft Gambling Bill published

6th February           London           Leisure Opportunities
Harrah's details UK expansion plans
Details of Harrah's and Gala's joint gaming venture that subject to deregulation proposes 8 medium sized casinos of between 30 and 50,000 sq ft.

6th February           Sheffield           World Leisure Jobs
MGM Mirage continues aggressive push into UK with British Land deal

5th February           Sheffield           Sheffield Star
Rivals up stakes over £250m casino jackpot
A second plan to develop a casino in Sheffield has come to light. The city already has 3 long established operations.

5th February           London  & The Scotsman
Ancient gambling law to be repealed
Law of 1710 on Gambling Debts to Be Repealed 
One of the clauses added to the new Gambling Bil is to make gambling debts in Britain legally enforcable for the first time in 300 years.

4th February           British News - Various           Wimbledon Post & Blackpool Today
Casino on cards for dog track - MGM Mirage
Funnyman Tom is snapped up by casino - Stanley Leisure

4th February           Sheffield & Las Vegas           London Evening Standard & LVRJ/AP
MGM snaps up Sheffield casino
MGM Mirage gets deal for U.K. casino

4th February           Sheffield           Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
MGM Mirage, British Land to Develop Entertainment Complex in U.K.

3rd February           Sheffield  & Las Vegas Sun/AP
City bets on £250m casino project
MGM Mirage signs deal to build casino in United Kingdom

3rd February           Sheffield & Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE and The British Land Company PLC to Construct Major Mixed-Use Development Alongside Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield
Meadowhall situated in the Lower Don Valley was previously Britain's largest shopping center. Sheffield presently has 3 casinos a Grosvenor and 2 A & S Leisure.

3rd February           Leicester           The Scotsman/PA
Chef 'Smuggled Cocaine to Pay off Casino Debts'

1st February         Edinburgh           The Scotsman
Staid St Andrew to flirt with Lady Luck

31st January         Plymouth           Plymouth Evening Herald
How I tried to bust casino
A dealers stupid scam at Stanley's Union Street casino that rightly landed the chap in front of magistrates.

30th January         Wimbledon           Wimbledon Guardian
Casino giant buys stadium
MGM Mirage's deal with Wembley Plc. includes in the  the Wimbledon, Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford and Portsmouth dog tracks as well as assets in the U.S., notably Lincoln Park in R.I.

29th January         London           Yahoo UK/Reuters
Horse racing-Attheraces terminates $560 million deal

29th January         London           Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK's Sportingbet returns to winning form in Q3

29th January         London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Shares in Stanley Leisure surge by 12.5 per cent
Sportingbet report record business

28th January         Las Vegas & Birmingham           Birmingham Post
Vegas firm on track to buy stadiums

27th January          London & Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM Mirage to buy gaming firm Wembley
UK's Wembley agrees $493 mln MGM Mirage takeover

27th January          London & Las Vegas           Bloomberg News
MGM Mirage to Buy Wembley for $489 Million in Cash
MGM will pay 750p each for shares of Wembley, a 22% premium on the 26th's closing price.

25th January         Bournemouth           Bournemouth Daily Echo
Vegas man to gamble on Cherries casino?

24th January         London           The Guardian
Stand by for the Olympic lottery

23rd January         London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Exchanges produce evidence to refute claim

23rd January         Liverpool & Birmingham           Liverpool Daily Post & Birmingham Post
High rollers dent Stanley's profits
Casino is gambling on Vegas lifestyle

23rd January         Liverpool & London           The Guardian & Scotsman
High rollers bank Stanley profits
Mayfair punters cut Stanley profits 13%

23rd January         London 
Gambling Bill 'may mean job cuts'
Far from being a free for all. Many gaming and betting companies believe that Britain's proposed de-regulation may actually bring more rather than less regulation.

23rd January         London           Sky News
Luminar to move into gaming
Luminar is the U.K.'s largest operator of Nightclubs and is rumoured to be in talks with Accor Casinos. Website:

23rd January         Liverpool           Liverpool Daily Post
High rollers dent Stanley's profits

22nd January         London           The Guradian
Sting when you're winning - Betting Exhanges
The 2.20 at Newcastle yesterday had a prize for the winner of £3,491. Yet matched £626,538 on the race.

22nd January         London           The Guradian & Scotsman/PA
Uefa and Betfair close to deal to halt illicit gambling
Betfair to Give Evidence on Gambling Bill

22nd January         London 
Punters hit casino owner's profit

22nd January         London           The Scotsman
Numbers fail to come up for casino group
A detailed loot at the statistics from Stanley for the first 6 months. Crockford's that had last year chipped in £10.6 million only managed to break even.

22nd January         London & Liverpool           Ireland Online
Big casino wins dent Stanley's profits
Interim profits were down after Crockford's registered some big winners. Group turnover was up an impressive 59%.

22nd January         London & Liverpool           Stanley Leisure Press Release
Stanley Leisure plc has today announced its Interim Results for the half year to 26 October 2003.
The link is to the PDF download. It's over 2 meg's and Adobe Acrobat is required.

21st January         London & Paris           The Publican
Luminar looks to the future with casino talks
Accor has apparently been in talks with Britain's biggest nightclub operator Luminar about converting 25 to 30 of it's biggest operations into casinos.

20th January         London           The Daily Telegraph
Exchanges hotting up in the betting stakes
The Telepgraph highlighting British Bookmaker's campaign to discredit betting exchanges.

20th January         London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Industry leaders to call for stricter exchange rules
Report from Monday's Association of British Bookmakers AGM.

20th January         Newcastle           Business Europe
Success story: Duncan Bannatyne, more than just a man with a van

20th January         London           The Guardian
Savill attacks the exchanges - Board chairman raises integrity fears ahead of gambling bill
Peter Savill the BHB Chairman is expected today to tell the joint committee studying the draft Gambling Bill that "betting exchanges represent an unprecedented and substantial threat to the integrity of racing".

19th January         London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Savill to warn MPs on threat of exchanges

19th January         Birmingham           icBirmingham
Blues hatch casino plan
Birmingham City are the latest British football club to have casino plans. The club is owned by soft-porn publishers the Gold Brothers and David Sullivan.

19th January         London           The Independent
The Week Ahead: Stanley Leisure investors bet on bookies' winning ways
An amazing blunder from the author, calling Crockfords - Crawfords.

19th January         London           The Times of India
ICC fights match-fixing, teams up with betting firm

18th January         London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Bookmakers sign up to betting information agreement

18th January         London           London Evening Standard
Casino group hits a losing streak
Big Hitters at Crockford's have apparently put a dent in interim profits of Britain's largest casino operator Stanley Leisure.

17th January         Scotland           Aberdeen Press & Journal
Councils set to cash in on the spread of casinos

15th January         London          Yahoo/PRNewswire
SportingBet Unveils High-Paying, Next-Generation Affiliate Network

15th January         New York & London          The Guardian
No free ride for Betfair in New York

15th January         Toronto & London          CBC News/CP
CryptoLogic wins online poker deal with Britain's Betfair betting exchange

15th January         Toronto & London          Yahoo/Business Wire
CryptoLogic Announces Exclusive Online Poker Agreement With Betfair, The World's Largest Betting Exchange

15th January         London          The Guardian
The big casino gamble - Don't bet on easing gambling laws to regenerate towns
A look at potential deregulation and whether or not the Committee studying the draft Gambling Bill are independent of outside interests.

15th January         London          The Independent
Deloitte faces fresh criticism over auditing of casino group

12th January         London          The Independent
Stanley Leisure loses momentum on fears of casino setback

11th January         Edinburgh, Scotland         Scotland on Sunday
Suspected £250,000 'scam' raises questions over casinos security
Amazing reading. Despite the size of the alleged scam Police do not intend bringing charges.

10th January         London         The Guardian
Gambling cash could bail out sport bodies

9th January         London          Yahoo UK/Reuters
Virtual gaming pays out for bookmaker William Hill

9th January         London          The Scotsman/PA News
William Hill Poised for Profits Boost

8th January         London          New Media Age
Gambling Bill critics to argue case to Parliament

7th January         Las Vegas & Manchester          Yahoo/Reuters
Alliance Gaming buys British gambling unit

7th January         Las Vegas & Manchester          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Acquisition of Crown Gaming, New Operational Structure in UK

6th January         London          Yahoo UK/
Rallying euro hurts European bourses
The Euro today reached a record against the U.S. Dollar of $1.2762. The Pound is at $1.82.

4th January         London & Newcastle          Coinslot Magazine
Staggered Bill a possibility to help Commission get up and running
Bannatyne to gamble financial fitness on Newcastle casino

2nd January         Scarborough          Scarborough Today
Casino plan set to get go-ahead

2nd January         London & Rhode Island          Financial Times
Wembley reassures on bid talks after US ruling

2nd January         London          The Scotsman
A real-life king of the jungle
A rare interview with Damian Aspinall who recently released seven Gorillas from Howlett's Zoo back into the wild in Gabon.

2nd January         London          Daily Telegraph
Candover in talks to sell Earls Court
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