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July - August 1999
Europe

27th August  London  Source: Various
  
Britains Bookmakers are threatening to swamp offshore islands in their haste to set up and maintain their share of the £1 billion telephone betting market.

  Victor Chandler picked up 5,500 new clients in 2 months after moving to Gibraltar and offering only 3% tax, instead of the 9% currently being extracted from the British punter when he/she bets or picks up winnings. Chandler was quickly taken over by ENIC a group that controls a number of European soccer clubs.
    Plans are also afoot for the 59 British racecourses to offer interactive betting through their own website and offer 5% tax that will then be ploughed back into racing.
  Gaming floor Comment
  Whatever happens to the Bookmaking scene all we can say is that more choice for the player is never a bad thing. Moving offshore as one company has been quoted as saying takes "only a matter of hours". To make a level playing field and preserve jobs the Government needs to reduce betting Tax at the first opportunity.
 

27th August  London  Source: Various


  Hilton Group Plc. the enlarged Ladbrokes, has revealed six month profits of £127 million before taxes and extrodinary items. Earnings at the betting and gaming arm, still trading under the Ladbroke name fell 21% to £63.5 million. The hotel side recorded profits up 32% to £106 million.
    Hilton, who acquired the hotels and casinos from Stakis in March of this year for £1.2 billion currently operates 210 hotels, 1900 betting offices and 27 casinos.
    It was also announced that the company would be selling off its American and South Africa betting and gaming interests. Also, in order to compete with rivals in the telephone betting industry offering tax free wagersLadbrokes will also be opening up a Gibraltar operation in October
 

13th August  Edinburgh  Source: Daily Record


   Just a few short weeks after the first sitting of the new Scotish parliament plans have been made to open two new casinos in renovated dockland areas in the capital. The first had plans approved yesterday and will be in the renovated former Corn Exchange at Leith Docks creating around 120 jobs. The second, still in the development stage will be located a short distance away at Albert Dock
 

18th July  London  Source: Various


British Gaming board release new report.
  The 30th annual report of the British Gaming Board has been released and contains the usual statistics pertaining to the overall state of the casino, bingo and AWP markets.
    This years report also makes referrence to the growing online casino industry. The board warns that the casinos could be controlled by criminals and used for money laundering.
    Because of their locations in mainly Caribbean destinations the board believes they are almost impossible to regulate, but that some form of regulation will be required. To tighten security regarding criminal involvment in British gaming the board is using the services of the National Criminal Intelligence Service.
 

15th July  London  Source: London Evening Standard


    Stanley Leisure the the British bookmaker & casino operator has revealed full year profits slightly down on last year. The company had issued a profit warning earlier this year after margins had been cut following a bad series of results in the racing department. Manchester United also winning the treble did not help. Profits for the year are £23.49 million on turnover up slightly at £459 million.
    The three London casinos (Colony Club, Crockfords & Cromwell Mint) acquired in May with the takeover of Capital Corp are said to be performing well. The share price gained slightly on the news to 275p with the final dividend at 3.3p.
 

9th July  Colorado  Source: Press release


Century Casinos Opens New Casino in Prague
    Century Casinos, Inc. today announced the opening of a new casino -- the Millennium Casino -- in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.Century Casinos has an exclusive 20-year contract to manage all operations of the casino and to lease equipment to Casino Millennium a.s., a Czech company which holds the casino license.
    Century will be paid management fees based on the total revenues of the casino, and will receive equipment lease fees based on a percentage of net profits. The casino officially opened on Wednesday, July 7, 1999 and offers 15 gaming tables and 70 machines.
 

8th July  Sydney  Source:Press release



ACCOR TO JOIN WITH CASINOS AUSTRIA TO REVITALISE REEF CASINO TRUST
Accor and Casinos Austria enter into joint venture agreement to expand
casino operations.
 

8th July  Las Vegas  Source: Press release


   Mikohn Gaming Corp. announced it has received an approximate $600,000 (U.S.) order to install its CasinoLink® casino management system at the Casino Municipale di Venezia currently under construction in Venice, Italy.
    Installation of the system, which will centrally control the property's 471 slot machines, has begun with the opening scheduled later this summer.