August London Source:
Tottenham has announced the July formation of Tottenham Consulting. Based
in London, the new company is aimed at providing a full range of services
to the international gaming industry. Mr Tottenham was formerly President
and COO of Trans World Gaming Corp. Also as Managing Director of Tottenham
& Co he has provided consulting services to a portfolio of international
operators and legislative bodies.
formation of Tottenham Consulting.
August London Source: FT
Group have announced results for the six months to 30th June. Profits
were £108.8 for the period. The slight fall being put down
to large investments in setting up online ventures (bet.co.uk)
and soccer bettors showing good judgement during Euro 2000.
Ladbrokes, the gaming and betting arm of the group operates 27 casinos
in the UK including 6 in London. The casino in Douglas on the Isle of Man
is also due to hold the Poker Mi££ion tournament in November.
H1 profits hit bottom of forecasts
August London Source: Various
National Lottery Commission decision to defer announcing an outright winner
for the next 7 year term of the British Lottery has led to a great deal
of media speculation in both the UK & US.
The contract for one of the worlds most successful lotteries being instead
narrowed down to just Richard Bransons People's Lottery. The "not for profit"
plan must now meet further conditions over the next month to get final
bid favoured after UK Lottery stalemate
to lose U.K. lottery licence
August Tunisia Source: Press
Storm International CS B.V.
has opened its latest casino in Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia. The Stardust
Casino is a 15 table, 70 slot operation and opened on August 11th. The
company has for a number of years opened and managed casinos in Moscow
and other regions in the former Soviet Union. Storm President, Geoff Taylor
added that the new Stardust Casino is the latest in a series of projects
online and in other parts of Europe that the company has presently under
August Sweden Source: Press
Media that develop online gaming software and are listed on the Stockholm
exchange announced interim results on the 17th showing sales up 43% to
Skr 80.1 million ($8.6 million). The company sold 15 licenses during the
period and back May there was a 5 for 1 stock split. Boss also run the
well known gaming & news portals Casino.com,
August Holland Source: Press
Europe have announced that Hit
Casinos in Slovenia has chosen all IGT machines for the Park Casino,
In Greece, Casino Loutraki will be installing the latest S2000 slant tops
in the high denomination section of the gaming floor. Casino Loutraki opened
in 1996 located around 60 km from Athens and will also shortly open a five
star hotel adjacent to the casino.
Casinos orders 100% IGT Machines
slant top debuts at Loutraki
August London Source: Financial
expiration of the license to run the National Lottery in Britain and who
will be chosen for the next 7 term is the subject of an article in the
Financial Times. The decision is expected later this week with Camelot
the present operators in a straight head to head battle against Sir Richard
Branson. The Lottery one of the worlds largest, generates sales of £5
billion annually. Both companies have forecasted that they will contribute
£15 billion to good causes over the next contract.
wait for gambling's prize
August London Source: Yahoo
Football Pools which have been an institution in Britain for the last 60
years look set for a radical shake up. Privately owned retailer Littlewoods,
the largest pools operator that now also has a telephone bookmaking arm,
has sold its betting and gaming division to Rodime for £161.8 million.
The pools companies have in recent years faced increasing competition especially
from the National Lottery and fixed odds betting on soccer.
August Lebanon Source: Lebanon
du Liban generated gross gaming revenues of $42 million in the first six
months of 2000. The casino is presently managed by Abela Development and
Tourism Company and London Clubs International on a ten year contract.
The figures and further background information are part of an interesting
article on the casino in the Lebanon Daily Star.
August London Source: Press
ATE Ltd who organize the London International
Casino Exhibtion have announced the appointment of Julian Graves to
the newly created post of Marketing and Commercial Director. The exhibition,
now in its 11th year will be held at Earls Court 23rd to 25th January 2001.
and Commercial Director joins ATE Ltd
August Amsterdam Source:
Casinos that have the sole concession to operate casinos in the Netherlands
and have 10 properties are being connected via a broadband local access
network. The news comes from dutch company Versatel Telecom International
who have been contracted to install the fiber optic system. Holland Casinos
will be opening their 11th casino in the historic city of Utrecht later
this year and employ some 4,000 people.
July Lisbon, Portugal Source:
Associated Press has reported that police have raided the homes of employees
of the Estoril
Casino. Aparently $460,000 being uncovered with the workers - not mentioned
which department, facing charges of usury and extortortion. The casino,
regarded as Europes largest is located 20km from Lisbon and is owned by
Hit European Casino
July Niedersachsen, Germany
Source: Press release
International have announced that the largest ever slot jackpot in
Europe has been won at the Bad
Zwischenhan Spielbank in Northern Germany. The prize of DM 4.6 million
($2.25 million) was won on a wide area progressive system that links 51
Atronic video slots across 10 casinos in Lower Saxony.
Jackpot hit in Germany
July London Source: Yahoo
London Clubs International now have a new website. It can be found at http://www.clublci.com.
There is information & locations for the companies 6 London casinos,
the forthcoming Aladdin, monthly competitions (quess what the question
is!) and links to recent press releases and company reports. There is also
an option to customize the layout after registration.
July Croatia & Portugal
Source: Press release
in Croatia due to open on the 21st July will have 18 table games and some
120 slots. The American-style casino is located in Umag on the coast of
Istria. IGT Europe have supplied over 100 of the machines incuding S-Plus
reel slots, Players Edge-Plus video poker machines, and Game King and iGame-Plus
Over on the other side of Europe the company will also be delivering an
order of 74 machines to Casino Estoril in Portugal.
Solei, Croatia opens with 100 IGT machines
Estoril orders newest IGT games
July Luebbecke, Germany
Source: Press release
International have announced that they now have 400 units of their
Atronic Cruise Pro Video machines installed. The installations are part
of a co-operation between Atronic and P.A.F who operate ferries in the
Baltic Sea and North Sea. The machines are specifically built to withstand
ship movement in rough seas including a special machine base for easy shipboard
of Atronicís shipboard product installed
July Bayern/Vienna Source:
Spielbank have opened Spielbank Lindau after a period of refurbishment.
Situated on an island on Lake Constance it is the latest in a series of
openings for the company. CARD's Chipmaster being selected as the chipping
machine for the American Roulette tables.
Recent openings in Bayern have been Bad Füssing, Kötzting &
Feuchtwangen. Spielbank Bad Steben is due to open in February 2001 and
will take groups total to 9 casinos.
Casino and the Island
images from CARD (JPEG format)
July Holland Source:
Europe have released an update of recent developments from their base
at Hoofddorp in the Netherlands. Kurt Quartier who was previously the European
Sales Manager has now been promoted to European Managing Director.
The first Wheel of Fortune machines to be installed in Europe are headed
for the refurbished Bayerische Spielbank in Lindau. The casino has its
official reopening after refurbishment on the 15th July. In Portugal the
Casino Figueira da Foz is due to receive a batch of new iGame+ and Triple
Play Pokers as part of an expansion of gaming facilities.
Spielbank installs first Wheel Of Fortune machines in Europe
July London Source: Reuters
bookmaker and casino operator Stanley Leisure has announced profits up
32% for the year ended 30th April. Pre tax profits were £31 million
on turnover of £571 million. The casino division including the three
london properties chipped in £25.6 million. The company presently
operates two online casinos Avaloncasinos.com
and Acropoliscasinos.com and also has plans to take the famous Crockfords
name online by year end.
Stanley Leisure profits up 32 pct
to score with new website
quote from Yahoo UK & Ireland finance
July London Source: Reuters
London Clubs International
have announced that the Nevada State Gaming Control Board have recommended
the approval of their licence application for the Aladdin in Las Vegas.
The application will now go to a hearing of the Gaming Commisssion on the
Clubs Las Vegas licence recommended
July Austria/France Source:
(Casinos Austria Research and Development) and Bourgogne
et Grasset (B&G) have jointly announced the arrival of the Pigment
Chip/Jeton. CARD have developed the product which involves using special
pigments attached during manufacture to the chips exterior.
The identification, value and authenticity can then read automatically
with a light reader that may be hand held or incorporated into chipping
machines. B&G will be the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of
the new chips and jetons.
A new break thru product hits the market.
July London/Malaysia Source:
Yahoo News Singapore
businessman has failed in the countries courts to overturn a judgement
in a London that he must repay a £290,000 gambling debt. Casino operator
Clubs had originally obtained a ruling from the Supreme Court of England
and Wales for dishonoured cheques dating back to 1998.
fails in bid to set aside registration of judgement
July London/Austria Source:
CARD, Casinos Austria's research and development arm that has developed
and manufactures the Shuffle
Star announced in late June a new distribution agreement with casino
equipment supplier Technical
Casino Services (TCS). CARD will handle sales and service in Europe
and in countries where Casino Austria has international operations. TCS
will represent the product in the UK and the rest of the world.
their 5th year of co-operation, CARD and TCS tie a new knot
July Dublin Source: Yahoo
UK & Ireland
are no official casinos in the Irish Republic. Private members clubs however
are exploiting a loophole in the law to offer gambling. The Gaming and
Lotteries Act of 1956 allows gaming in private members clubs and fellow
members are presently acting as the bank. A practice that was common place
in British casinos prior to and also after the 1968 Gaming Act.
Although the operations are on a quite small scale there has been recent
press coverage over plans to site a casino at the Curragh racetrack on
the outskirts of Dublin.
use legal loophole to allow gambling