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July - August 2003

30th August           London            Source: The Independent
Racing gambles on its future - Will online betting and interactive TV boost the industry's soaring profits or prove its downfall?

30th August           London            Source: Daily Research News
National Lottery Continues its Decline
Just 61% of adults in the UK now play the National Lottery (Lotto) down from 75% in 1998.

29th August           North Wales          Source: icWales/Daily Post
Casino plan for ruined castle
Gwrych Castle at Abergele photo at: www.castlewales.com/gwrych.html - Very nice indeed. What do you think!
Discuss this topic on Gaming floor's forum - New Casino - How's this for a location!

29th August           Bolton, Lancashire          Source: This is Lancashire/Bolton Evening News
100 jobs hope at casino complex - Grosvenor Casinos/Mecca Bingo

29th August           London          Source: The Guardian, The Scotsman & FT.com
Gamblers, not guests, boost Hilton
Ladbrokes cushions Hilton slide
Ladbrokes offsets bad news at Hilton hotel arm

29th August          London          Source: Daily Telegraph
Betting terminals spare Hilton blushes
Double standards down at the bookies
Ladbrokes have installed 3,500 FOBT's and they are expected to contribute £50 million in profits to the Hilton Group this year.

28th August           London          Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Hotel caution eclipses betting boom at UK's Hilton
Hilton beats profit forecasts
Hilton to defend fixed odds terminals
FOBT's and changes in taxation led to an 88% increase in turnover at Ladbrokes betting offices. The Hotel division once again performed poorly.

27th August           London & Newcastle           Source: Coinslot Magazine
Packer enters UK as Apsinall’s opens the Gate to mainstream brand

27th August           Bolton, Lancashire           Source: Bolton Evening News
Casino plan for former supermarket

27th August           London          Source: Daily Telegraph - Opinion. August 24th
The odds alter against the bookies
Well written article on British bookmakers fears of Betting exhanges and their scramble in the courts to ban them.

26th August           Felixstowe, Suffolk           Source: Evening Star
New casino plans unveiled - Palatial Leisure

25th August           Liverpool, England            Source: London Evening Standard - August 22nd
Punters lay odds on early Stanley buyout
The Standard reported on the 22nd that a management takeover at 450p per share was a possibility led by CEO Bob Wiper. The share price rose 14p on Friday to 349p.

24th August           London           Source: The Independent
William Hill tipped as one of two suitors for Stanley Leisure
Stanley's share price has been on the rise lately on rumours of a possible takeover or management buyout.

23rd August           Felixstowe, England          Source: East Anglian Daily Times
Casino is part of million pound plans

22nd August           London          Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Betting to ease hotel pain at UK's Hilton in H1

22nd August           London          Source: Leisure Opportunities
LCI gains new lease on Les Ambassadeurs
LCI has a new 25-year lease from the Crown Estates for Les Ambassadeurs at a rent of £1.4 million per annum.

21st August           London          Source: The Guardian
Gambling wins in lifestyle poll
The popularity of Football Pools is down to 6% from almost 50% in the 1950's. Internet betting attracting just 2% of the 1001 surveyed.

21st August           London & New Jersey          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Interactive Systems Worldwide Subsidiary Signs Contract With Sportingbet, One of the Worlds Largest Sports Books

21st August           London & Helsinki          Source: The Inquirer
British bookie Ladbrokes sues Finnish government over Infernet gambling

19th August           London          Source: The Wall Street Transcript
CEO of William Hill talks about favorable growth characteristics for UK gambling

17th August           London          Source: London Evening Standard
Has Brown unleashed gambling menace?
A look at the continuing surge in popularity of FOBT's located in Betting shops. The legality of whicjh will be challenged in British courts - but not until next spring.

16th August           Edinburgh          Source: The Scotsman/Edinburgh News
Casino gears up for BMW

15th August           London          Source: Coinslot Magazine
Government curbs casino proliferation with high space restrictions
Rank hits bingo jackpot with electronic avenue
Lobbyists throw the next punch as Blackpool group warn resort concept will fail
US proposals to ban credit card payments to gambling sites

15th August           Scotland & Albania          Source: Daily Record & Dundee Evening Telegraph
Dundee Euro betting scam fears
“Unusual betting” on Dundee match

14th August           Isle of Man           Source: Tax-News.com
Amendment To Manx Betting Act Allows Betinternet To Advertise In The UK

14th August           U.K.           Source: The Stage
Local councils could be forced to accept casinos in their backyard

13th August           London           Source: The Independent
Sportingbet founder Blandford scoops £2.5m in share sales

12th August           London           Source: New Media Age
Sky's results show iTV betting is a success

12th August           London           Source: Sportingbet.com & Yahoo/Sharecast
Sportingbet plc - Additional Listing
Sportingbet plc (‘Sportingbet ‘ or ‘the Company’)  - Directors dealing
Sportingbet director sells 8m shares

11th August           London           Source: Tobacco.org, The Publican & London Evening Standard
Casino worker gets 50,000 passive smoking payout
Casino worker gets £50,000 passive smoking payout
New calls for smoking bans
Discuss this topic on Gaming floor's forum  A & S Leisure, owners of Napoleons Casino in Leicester Square have apparently agreed to a £50,000 out of court settlement. The casino had been giving out free cigarettes to the mainly Chinese clientele.

11th August           Southend           Source: Business in Essex
Southend: Casino plan a good bet

11th August           Burton, England           Source: Burton Mail
Casino is still a good bet

11th August         London           Source: LeisureOpportunities.co.uk
Future drafted for UK casinos

10th August          Sheffield           Source: Sheffield Star
Owls smashing records before they kick off!
Sheffield Wednesday have revealed record shirt sales. The sponsor is club Chairman Dave Allen's Napoleon's Casinos. It is the first time that a casino operator has sponsored the shirts of a British football club.

10th August          Las Vegas & London           Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Drive in U.K. seen to aid LV - Gaming concerns poised to act on more liberal rules

8th August          London           Source: Bloomberg News
U.K. Gambling Proposals Favor Las Vegas Operators, Analysts Say

8th August          Blackpool           Source: Blackpool Gazette & Liverpool Daily Post
Mixed response to casino report
Corner shop casino curbs welcomed
The owners of Blackpool Pleasure Beach have now also expressed an interest in operating a 25,000 sq ft. casino.

8th August          London           Source: The Guardian
Gambling draft bill goes for broke with supercasino plan - Big companies could dominate expanded market

8th August          London           Source: The Independent, Ample, epolitix.co.uk & Sharecast
New curbs on cornershop casinos
UK govt sees casinos with minimum 5,000 sq ft gaming floors under new plans
Ministers move to halt corner shop casinos
Gambling industry prepares for shake-up

7th August          London            Source: DCMS Website/Government position paper
Future Set Out For UK Casinos
Small casinos may perhaps have 3 machines per table. Larger casinos over 40 tables potentially may have an unlimited amount. The Goverment however appears keen to preserve Table games as a central feature of British casinos.

7th August          London            Source: Number 10 & London Evening Standard
Casino plans will pay off for communities
Britain's new supercasinos unveiled
Government publishes proposals for casino regulation
The British Government have released a six page document that may give a glimpse of future gaming laws.

6th August          Burton, Staffordshire           Source: Burton Mail
Casino on the cards
Burton is the latest UK town to have had plans for a casino submitted to the local Borough Council.

5th August          London           Source: The Times Online
Slot machine operator in £40m buyout
RAL Holdings, that operates 135 British amusement arcades trading under the Quicksilver name.

4th August          Jersey, Channel Islands           Source: BBC.co.uk & Jersey Evening Post
Views sought over casino
A casino at Fort Regent? - Link liable to change shotly

4th August          London           Source: Ample/AFX-Focus
UK Government to issue update on progress of casino regulation review on Thursday

4th August          London           Source: LeisureOpportunities.co.uk
Gaming industry organisations join forces to change law

4th August          London           Source: The Guardian - Opinion FOBT's
Gaming's crack cocaine - Nanny Jowell's decision to unleash roulette on the high street threatens disaster

3rd August          Birmingham           Source: The Guardian
Happy Gathering led to casino killing
Details of the bloodbath at Birmingham's China Palace casino in June 2002, a result of fueding between rival Chinese gangs.

3rd August          U.K.           Source: Coinslot Magazine
Isle of Man to loosen online ‘straightjacket’
Punk night pushes the entertainment ethos - Westcliffe Casino in Southend.
Cornshire moves inland as Cirsa bids goodbye to UK
Gambling group stresses the dangers of delay
The last story details the foundation of the Cross-Industry Group for Gaming Deregulation headed by Gala's John Kelly.

2nd August          Newcastle & London           Source: icNewcastle/Northern Business Daily
Gambling at The Gate
Damian Aspinall has plans for a chain of "Aspers" casinos. The first being in Newcastle, a city that already has Grosvenor & Stanley operations.

2nd August          Southport           Source: icLiverpool/Southport Visitor
Five-star casino plan soon?

31st July          London           Source: The Sun, Newcastle Evening Chronicle & Daily Record
Osgood backs casinos
Toon casino jobs jackpot
Casino King's Rags to Riches

30th July          London           Source: The Independent - 29th June
Place your bets in gambling shake-up - The gaming industry's major players are jockeying for position ahead of deregulation
2008 is now suggested as the date for deregulation to be implemented. The "Cross-Industry Group for Gaming Deregulation" has been formed and is co-ordinated by Gala Group's John Kelly.

30th July          Isle of Man & Liverpool           Source: Isle of Man Online
Littlewoods reviews online casino

30th July          London           Source: Coinslot Magazine/ATE Ltd.
Gambling Bill aired in detail at GamCare Conference
US riverboat op sends plans for biggest casino to Coventry
Star Wars next as IGT rise by a quarter

30th July          Bolton, England           Source: Bolton Evening News
Casino and bingo hall plan for ex-store (Rank/Grosvenor) - Link liable to change shortly.

30th July          London          Source: The Guardian & This is London/Evening Standard
Casino tycoon plans raid on Premiership
Casinos scheme for Premiership clubs
Sheldon Adelson operator of the Venetian has apparently contacted Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle, Manchester City, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Everton and Leicester with casino proposals at their stadiums.

29th July          Manchester & Las Vegas           Source: The Hindustan Times/AFP
Man United go for Vegas roll - re-write of an earlier FT article

29th July          London           Source: Yahoo UK/Financial Times & Dow Jones Business News
IG accepts £143m bid from management
IG Group To Announce MBO Successful At 255P/Shr -Source

28th July          London & Holland          Source: Racingpost.co.uk - Registration required
Ladbrokes to appeal against Dutch ruling
OFT to investigate on-course betting market
Ladbrokes are back in the courts today appealing a ruling banning Dutch residents from betting at Ladbrokes.com.

28th July          London          Source: LeisureOpportunities.co.uk
LCI back in the black

27th July          Manchester & Las Vegas          Source: Financial Times
Man Utd talks to MGM Mirage about casino link
The FT reports that the two companies have held talks but both have declined to comment.

25th July          London          Source: The Times Online
LCI eyes betting kiosks for its casinos

25th July          London          Source: Yahoo UK/Sharecast, Ananova & Net Imperative
Sportingbet delivers first European profit
Sportingbet on track for growth
Sportingbet settles over Sportsbook
Group turnover rose to £1.15bn against £992m a year ago. The company recently called off takeover talks after reaching an agreement on the purchase of Sportsbook.com

19th July          Norwich           Source: Norwich Evening News
Casino bid set for another setback

19th July          London           Source: Financial Times
All eyes down on UK gaming
Since 1997, net spend by punters in British bookmakers has risen over 33% from £6.85bn to £9.1bn,

18th July          London           Source: Coinslot Magazine
Stanley passes £1bn mark for annual turnover
Scrutiny appointments offer encouraging signs for the industry
Consultation document points the way for coin-op GPT

18th July          London           Source: Racing Post -Registration required
Greenway expected to chair Gambling Bill committee

17th July          Coventry          Source: Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
Isle of Capri plans casino development in England

17th July          Coventry          Source: Coventy Observer, BBC.co.uk & icCoventry
Casino plans tabled for Coventry Arena
Casino plans for Coventry
People will be going casino mad
Isle of Capri's plan for a 100,000 sq ft casino at the Coventry Arena  have created a great deal of media interest. Website: www.isleofcapricasino.com

17th July          London          Source: Victoria Holdings - Press Release
Appointment of Group Marketing Director - Kate McClennan
Victoria Holdings is the parent company of TCS. The acquisition of John Huxley is now complete and the two companies will be taking one combined stand at G2E in September.

16th July          Coventry          Source: Financial Times
US casinos operator heads for UK

16th July          London          Source: Financial Times
Gambling reforms may lead to creation of watchdog
The establishment of a Gambling Commission will likely be the first step in the reform. Keeping Britain's gambling industry free of criminal interests will remain a priority.

16th July          Aberdeen          Source: North Scotland Press & Journal
Croupier crowned the Ace of all clubs

16th July          Coventry          Source: Ananova.com & icCoventry
Plans for Britain's largest casino unveiled
Gaming on a grand scale
Casino Shocker
The proposed gaming floor at the Coventry Arena will be 100,000 sq. ft. and located underground.

16th July          Coventry          Source: Daily Express & Teletext.com
1,000 jobs at UK's largest casino 
Plans for largest casino
Mississippi based Isle of Capri's plans for a 72.5 acre site at the £60 million Coventry Arena due to open in 2005.

16th July          Coventry & Biloxi, Mississippi          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Arena Coventry Ltd. and Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announce Intent to Develop a Casino Entertainment Complex in Coventry, England

16th July          London          Source: Racing Post - Registration required & The Guardian
Betting Exchanges: Tote joins chorus of criticism as chairman Jones questions legality
Richard Caborn: Minister backs Tote demand for continued monopoly on pool betting
Little comfort for racing from Tote profits boost
The Minister for Sport believes that the Tote will be sold to a Racing Trust in early 2004. The sale will be treated separately from the Govermnents deregulation plans.

16th July          London          Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Tote ponders future

15th July          London & Aberdeen          Source: Gala Group - Press Release
Aberdeen Croupier is the Ace of all Clubs
Brian Kelly, a croupier at the Gala Casino in Aberdeen has won the companies inaugrial Croupier of the Year competition in London.

14th & 15th July          London  - Betting Exchanges          Source: The Guardian
Mystery of blacksmith who lost  £100,000 - Jockey Club looks into huge punts at betting exchanges
Club acts in case of exchange drifter

15th July          London          Source: This is London/Evening Standard
Boom time for betting on the Tote

15th July          London          Source: Ample/AFX
UK's Jowell says draft Gambling Bill will recommend formation of new watchdog

15th July          London          Source: number-10.gov.uk & Government News Network
Outdated gambling laws to be relaxed
Part One of the Draft Gambling Bill Published
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today outlined key principles behind the proposed Gambling Bill.

15th July          London          Source: The Times Online
Sportingbet stops £46m bid talks

15th July          London           Source: The Independent
Sportingbet ends bid talks after resolving cash crunch

14th July          London           Source: The Independent
Computer scam 'cheats fruit-machine gamblers'
More on the software code in Britains's AWP machines that pre-decides that a player will lose a payout on gamble options.

14th July          Australia & London           Source: Australian Financial Review
Betfair slams betting report

14th July          London           Source: The Peoples Daily
Competition Among Casinos Brewing in Macao
At a recent job fair Galaxy Gaming (The Venetian) had 30,000 applicants for 3,500 positions. Stanley Ho hopes to have 60% of the casino market after the opening of his two rivals casinos.

14th July          London           Source: Yahoo/UK & FT.com
Sportingbet lower as offer talks terminated
Sportingbet terminates takeover talks

12th July          Cardiff           Source: Coinslot Magazine
Gala cranks up the swank with Cardiff Electric
Gala Casinos new operation in Cardiff has 6 tables, 25 Novo Auto-Roulette terminals and 25 AWP's.

12th July          London           Source: Coinslot Magazine
Greenway favourite to head up scrutiny committee

11th July          Aberdeen, Scotland           Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal & Evening Express
Casino fails to secure licence for Alcohol
Casino to stay dry for months
The amazing story of the International Casino in Aberdeen where management appear to have forgotten to re-apply for the casinos liquor licence. The International is one of the few remaining independents in Great Britain.

11th July          Liverpool           Source: Liverpool Daily Post, The Guardian & The Telegraph
Stanley eyeing Tote takeover
Gaming bill may be delayed, says Stanley chief
Stanley marking time on acquisitions
Stanley have secured a £275m million facility that may be used to buy the Tote should the Government decide to sell. The Tote has the monopoly on pool betting in Great Britain and has 400 betting shops nationwide.

10th July          London           Source: The Times Online & Sky News
New poker faces dent Stanley Leisure
Betting off to good start

10th July          London & Liverpool           Source: Reuters & The Scotsman
Stanley Leisure casinos lag
Wheels of fortune

10th July          Liverpool           Source: Stanly Leisure - PDF format
Stanley Leisure - Preliminary results for the year ended 27 April 2003

9th July          London           Source: BBC.co.uk
Just how far off is that jackpot?
The Fairplay Campaign have revealed after extensive testing that UK AWP (Amusement With Prizes) machines contain software programmes and code designed to cheat the player.
"At these times fruit machines studied by the group stop a player collecting the jackpot no matter which choice they make. One of the machines tested has a hidden display which decides in advance when a player will stop winning".
Website: www.fairplay-campaign.co.uk/fruit/index.htm

8th July          Glasgow & London           Source: Glasgow Evening Times
Dicing with success
Gala Casino's Croupier of the year competition being held in London on the 9th July.
Competition press release - Gala Casinos announces first "Croupier of the Year"

7th July          U.K. Betting & Horseracing           Source: The Racing Post - Registration required
Police alerted over possible new betting scam
Betfair undergoes major change in senior personnel
Attheraces pulls plug on Easibet live pictures
Technical difficulties lose Blue Square nearly £2m

6th July          London           Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK gaming group Wembley in buyout talks - paper

5th July          Manchester           Source: Manchester Online
Casino counts cost of Scots missed
An Auto-Roulette at the Stanley Circus Casino in Manchester lost an estimated £10,000 to £15,000 after the machine gave £50 credits for Scottish £20 notes.

5th July          London           Source: The Independent
William Hill off to a racing start with record £100m interim profits

4th July          London           Source: BBC.co.uk
Lottery shake-up 'biggest since launch'
At-a-glance: Lottery shake-up
Measures designed to re-invigorate an uninteresting product. Proposals include that the National Lottery Commission will be retained as a separate regulator, even if a Gambling Commission is created.

4th July          London           Source: Ananova.com & Yahoo UK/Reuters
William Hill bets on record profits
William Hill sees record profits
 







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