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July - August 2001

22nd August.   Greece 
Mont Parnes Casino privatisation
Hellenic Tourism Properties owned by the Greek Government aims to privatise between 19,9% and 51%. The property is located on Mount Parnitha near Athens and reached via a short cable car ride. In the first quarter the casino had 16% of the Greek casino market up from 10% in 2000. Further details can be found at

Gaming floor was informed about this offer by Mr Panagiotis Zaglis who may also be contacted for further information and background on Greek casinos.

31st August   London   Source: Financial Times
England v Germany not all over - Germans may rue gamble on play-off time friendlies
William Hill believe that they  will take more than £5 million in bets on the game.

31st August   Arizona & Germany   Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gauselmann Group's ATRONIC Increases 88% in First Half of 2001

31st August   Paris   Source: Northern Light/Les Echos - 29th August
Partouche posts 29.4% operating margin - Le Groupe Partouche degage une marge operationelle de 29,4% au 1er Semestre

30th August   Las Vegas & France   Source: Las Vegas Sun
LV gaming supplier in merger talks again

30th August   Oldham, England   Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
InterGame to Acquire AB Europe

30th August   Athens   Source:
Big Money Day - Casinos Hope for Bonanza From New Euro Currency

30th August   London   Source: Yahoo UK/Motley Fool
Hilton: A Profitable Way to Gamble
Hilton shrugs off foot and mouth as profits rise
Turnover for the Hilton Group (Ladbrokes) was £1.9 billion for the last 6 months of which gaming and betting operations chipped in 60%.

29th August   Scotland   Source: Daily Telegraph & The Scotsman
Sir Reo Stakis
Hotel magnate Sir Reo Stakis dies, aged 88

28th August   Scotland   Source:
Sir Reo Stakis dies aged 88
After leaving Cyprus at the age of 14 Sir Reo bought his first casino "The Chevalier" in Glasgow in 1964.

28th August   London   Source: Northern Light/M2 Presswire ITV Sport, you can bet on

27th August   London  Source:
Hilton bets on healthy results

24th August   London  Source:
British Isles Alderney and The Isle of Man to allow online casino operations

21st August   Xanthi, Greece   Source: Kathimerini
Gambler hangs himself outside casino

16th August   London    Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters/FT & Ananova
Ladbrokes to challenge Sweden gambling monopoly
Ladbrokes goes Swedish

16th August   London & Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters/FT
London Clubs plans land sale in Las Vegas
Aladdin reports $20.4 mln loss in June quarter

15th August   France   Source: Northern Light/Les Echos 
Partouche ends Carlton conflict
The Carlton Casino in Cannes which is ranked number one for gaming revenues in France has reopened for business.

14th August   London   Source: Guardian Unlimited
Bookies go upmarket

13th August   London   Source: Norhern Light/AFX-UK
Rank reportedly lining up 400 mln stg bid for Coral

13th August   London   Source: Evening Standard
Big win for spread betting
With the football season about to kick off Sporting Index and IG Index are predicting they will net good results.

12th August   London   Source: New York Times & IHT
A Bet on British Online Gambling
Chips Are on U.K. Gambling Shake-Up
A profile of American Eric Semel who's company UKbetting plc floated in London last week and has bought the bookmaking operation of ENIC in a GBP3m cash and shares deal

11th August   London   Source: Yahoo/Reuters
UBS Warburg backs Semel with 26% stake in Ukbetting

10th August   Spain   Source: Northern Light/Diario de Noticias
Estoril-Sol will open casino on the outskirts of Madrid

7th August   France    Source: Northern Light/La Tribune - Very brief
Government prepares to reform Tax on casinos

7th August   London    Source: FTMarketwatch
Third of UK homes now have digital TV
The number is expected to grow to 50% by 2005. Betting on live sports as well as sending email is becoming increasingly popular.

6th August   Cannes, France   Source: Northern Light/La Tribune &
Closure of Carlton Casino in Cannes puts 160 jobs under threat
Casino Carlton Club: closed during the hottest period of the season !

6th August   London   Source: The Sunday Times
The seaside casino curse
A pair of letters on the Gambling Review recommendations inluding one from Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, Chairman of the British Casino Association.

3rd August   London   Source: Northern Light/M2 PRESSWIRE - 1st August
UK Government: Appointment to the gaming board for Great Britain

2nd August   London & Las Vegas  Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
World's Leading Table Game Manufacturer, John Huxley, To Debut New Game Exclusively at World Gaming Congress at Expo

2nd August   Ireland  Source:
Irish addicted to lottery - report - The Irish National Lottery replaced the Irish Sweepstakes 14 years ago. 63% of the population regularily buy tickets.

1st August  London   Source: Sunday Telegraph
London Clubs dives into red

31st July   London   Source: Yahoo Finance/Reuters
ukbetting prices shares at 25p for Aug 7 AIM IPO

31st July   London   Source: Northern Light/AFX-UK
London Clubs seeks to wipe slate clean at Aladdin

31st July   London   Source: Yahoo/Reuters
London Clubs plays genie to Aladdin, takes loss
LCI makes 50 mln stg provision for Aladdin
The company reported a loss of loss of £52.8 million for the year ended 1st April.

30th July   France   Source: Guardian Unlimited
Gangsters kill to control Paris fruit machine racket

30th July   London & Las Vegas   Source: Guardian Unlimited & Daily Telegraph
London Clubs chairman to quit after Aladdin act
London Clubs boss steps down
LCI's market capitalisation stands at around £56 million and without the Aladdin looks good value.

30th July   London   Source: Guardian Unlimited & ThisisLondon
Spread betting at risk from launderers
New future for sport betting

30th July   London   Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Sunday Telegraph - 28th July
LCI to raise Las Vegas Aladdin stake-paper
LCI's slice will rise from 40 to 90% and Alan Goodenough is set to resign. The companies share price has crashed from 150p two years ago to 37.5 at Friday's close.

29th July   London   Source: This is Standard 
Camelot facing £4.5bn sales blow
The recently announced gambling review report in the UK is not popular with the National Lottery operator and they forecast a downturn in ticket sales.

26th July   London   Source:
Big rises for Camelot shareholders and directors
Ticket sales for the world's largest lottery fell 2.1% to just under £5 billion. Instant scratchcard sales were £546 million down 2.6%

25th July   Austria   Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Internet Magazine 'com!online' Chooses As the Winner in Comparative Test of Online Betting Companies

24th July   Holland  Source: Northern Light/Het Financieele Dagblad
Casino staff set up union (Casino personeel richt eigen Vakbond op) - Casino staff at government owned Holland Casinos have formed their own union Algemene Bond Casinopersoneel (ABC).

23rd July   London  Source: Northern Light/Sunday Times
Camelot bosses get record £1m bonuses as sales decline - National Lottery ticket sales reached a peak in 1997/98 but have since been on the slide.

23rd July   Black Sea & Ukraine  Source: Washington Post
Turks keep ship going around in circles - Its no longer a carrier, not yet a casino
A mysterious story about the Soviets never finsihed aircraft carrier "Varyag" that has now been towed around the Black Sea for over a year.

23rd July   London  Source: Yahoo UK/FTMarketwatch & Electronic Telegraph
Ukbetting to float on AIM
Enic sells bookie to vegas Hotshot

22nd July   London   Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Ladbrokes to create 1,000 new jobs

22nd July   London  Source: Guardian Unlimited/Observer - Opinion
So gambling is safe. You want to bet? - A tirade against the evils of gambling with a bundle of errors.

20th July   Finland/Aland Islands   Source: Northern Light/Nordic Business Report
Finnish president postpones ratification of gambling law

20th July   London   Source: Yahoo UK/FTMarketwatch & Reuters
IG Group reports full-year pre-tax profits up 53%
Spread bet firm reaps big winnings

19th July   London   Source:
Racing's chiefs express disappointment over gambling report

18th July   London   Source: FTMarketwatch
Gambling review a poor bet - The FT observes that because the majority of casinos in the UK are now in the hands of just three companies that investors have little choice where to put their money.

18th July   London  Source: Northern Light/AFX-UK
Hilton, Stanley Leisure weak, ABN Amro downgrades on gambling plans

18th July   London   Source: The Glasgow Herald
Odds shorten on US-style casinos

18th July   London & Blackpool   Source: The Independent
Blackpool wary of staking future on casinos - The council say they are eager to rejuvenate the city center but apparently now charge £1 an hour for parking.

18th July   London   Source: Las Vegas Sun
Report: Britain should loosen gaming laws

17th July    Scotland    Source: The Scotish Office - Press release

17th July   Monaco   Source:
Monaco trawls new waters for tourist dollars

17th July   London   Source: FTMarketwatch
London shakes up gambling dens

17th July   London   Source:
Gambling rules 'to be relaxed'

17th July   London   Source: The Times
Fruit machine ban to curb child gamblers
More on the Budd Report from the Gambling Review Body that is published today.

16th July   London   Source: The Sunday Times
Fruit machines may hit the £1m jackpot in gambling law reform
Budd report casts the die for a gambling bonanza
At present fruit machines in pubs are known as AWP's (Amusements With Prizes) and have a payout limit of £15. Machines in Casinos where the total number is around 1,000 Nationwide have a £250 jackpot.

16th July   London   Source: Northern Light/Electronic Telegraph
Gala puts Maxims up for sale among gambling laws shake-up
A rare chance for a company to aquire a London license. The price tag said to be in the region of £50 million.

15th July   UK  Source: Guardian Unlimited
Place your bets for the gaming bonanza
Gaming Review Body report will be published on Tuesday. It is believed the report recommends a series of proposals beneficial to operators. Including 6 Las Vegas style casinos for Blackpool.

14th July   London  Source: Yahoo/Sporting Life
Tax-Free Betting Date Brought Forward To October

13th July   London   Source: The
Betting tax changes welcomed by Stanley
The new 15% tax on gross betting profits may begin on the 1st of October.

13th July   London   Source: The Independent &
Stanley Leisure reconsiders Internet betting
Stanley Leisure looks ready for the off

12th July   London   Source: FT Marketwatch &
Stanley Leisure profits fall 10%
Non-starters hit Stanley Leisure
Big hitters at Crockfords in London and the Foot and Mouth outbreak have not helped business. Profits weighed in at £26.8 for the year. Website:

11th July   Finland   Source: Northern Light/Northern Business Report
Aland Islands protest Finnish gambling law

10th July   France   Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
World's Biggest iTV Win Scores for Canal+ Technologies

8th July   London   Source: Daily Telegraph
Vegas rescue bid delays LCI results 

6th July   London & Japan   Source: Guardian Unlimited
Pachinko finds slot in London - An operator of Japan's Pachinko parlors could be listed in London after taking a 40% stake in the BS Group. Pachinko photos at Excite Webshots.

6th July   Lithuania  Source: The Baltic Times
Gaming operators all set to cash in - Lithuania's new gaming laws came into effect on 1st July. The changes have seen a number of companies, mainly Estonian, buying properties in the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda and Palanga

1st July   London   Source: Sunday Times
Casinos set to boom as gaming laws face reform
The 200 page report chaired by Sir Alan Budd was delivered to Tessa Jowell, the new secretary of state for culture, media and sport on the 29th June.