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July - August 2004

30th August          Swansea           The Western Mail & South Wales Evening Post
Casino hits the jackpot after being granted licence
Casino "will give city huge boost"

29th August         London           Corvallis Gazette Times/AP
Big Brother always watching in Britain
AP article on the amazing growth of the surveillance industry in the U.K.

29th August         London           The Scotsman
Bookies' bonanza comes at a price

28th August         Swansea           Swansea Evening Post
Leisure pledge as flagship casino is now a step closer
Aspinall's have got the thumbs up by Swansea magistrates to open a casino in the cities Salubrious Place development. An opening date is scheduled for 2006.

27th August         Sheffield           Sheffield Star
Rich Life
Blades unveil casino scheme for the Lane
Sheffield United have unveiled their casino plans with partner Las Vegas Sands. The £100 million project could create 1,500 jobs, but they still have yet to apply for planning permission.

27th August         Nottingham           Nottingham Evening Post
'His death still has not sunk in'
Jamie Mayhew a Gala, Nottingham croupier has sadly died in a car accident on the 26th August. He was out celebrating his 19th Birthday.

27th August         London & Liverpool           ic Cheshire/Liverpool Daily Post
Ladbrokes plans US-style casinos for Hilton hotels

27th August         London           The Times ONline
Group heralds plan for giant casino in UK

26th August         London           This is Money/London Evening Standard
Planet Hollywood boss's casino plan
After the Aladdin in Las Vegas the next project for Robert Earl looks like being 50 St. James's in partnership with LCI.

26th August         London           This is Money &
Hilton bets on casino resorts
Gambling boosts Hilton's profits

26th August         London           Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK Hilton H1 profit up 72% cautious on hotels
Hilton surges on betting arm
Hilton Group produced a healthy set of results with the companies now 5,864 FOBT's and the eGaming Division performing well.  -

25th August         Scotland           The Daily Record
Casino Fake Coins Alert - Gangsters' £500k scam
The Gala Riverboat Casino has apparently stopped taking £1 coins at the tables after a spate of forgeries have been discovered.

25th August         Scotland           The Scotsman
Death, gambling and the pink pound - is this tourism's future? 

23rd August         London           The Lawyer
Olswang handles casino deal

23rd August         London           The Times Online
Hilton turns to headhunters in search for new hotels chief
Hilton Group is scheduled to release half year results this week and it is believed profits will be around £172 million, up from £110.5 million in 2003.

22nd August         London           The Observer
Hilton rakes in a £170m jackpot
Profits at Hilton Group are this week expected to show a healthy gain, buoyed by FOBT's in the companies Ladbroke betting offices.

21st August         U.K. News           Coinslot/ATE Online
Minister praises BACTA on social stance
Sheffield showing its Steel as poker City

20th August         London           The Guardian
The virtual wheel of fortune - Touch-screen roulette has become a £15bn moneyspinner
The number of FOBT's in Britain is believed to be now around 18,000.

19th August         Liverpool           icCheshire/Liverpool Daily Post & The Independent
Casino MD quits as high-rollers hit profits
Stanley hit by casino chief's resignation
The Independent details that Paul Collis earned £210,000 last year and will be entitled to a severance package equivalent to 12 months salary.

18th August          London           This is London/EVening Standard
Camelot battling 'lottery fatigue'

18th August         London & Rhode Island           Ample/AFX
Wembley boosted after Rhode Island court blocks Harrah's casino

16th August         Glasgow           Glasgow Evening Times - Opinion
Is Glasgow's new casino boom really worth the gamble?
If all the plans on the drawing board in Glasgow come to fruition then the city will have 11 casinos.

15th August         London           Stern Magazine - Germany 
Vor 40 Jahren starb der Papa von James Bond
Quite amazing that Ian Fleming died 40 years ago. On 12th August 1964 at the age of 56.
Stern has an excelent presentation along with a gallery of all the Bond girls.

15th August         Edinburgh           The Scotsman
Gambler cuts wrists in casino
Just the type of news headline that is not needed in the lead up to the Draft Gambling Bill's first reading in Parliament.

14th August         Manchester           Manchester Evening News
Stakes are high in casino battle
The MEN reports that London Clubs have submitted plans for a 46,000 sq ft casino in the Great Northern Warehouse complex. Stanley Leisure have apparently already objected.

14th August         Edinburgh           Edinburgh Evening News
Suicide bid after 24K bid loss
The story concerns a player who slashed his wrists in the toilets of the Stanley's Berkeley Casino.

12th August         Hull           This is Hull/Hull Daily Mail
Young people needed for gambling programme

12th August         London           New Media Age
UK Web sites could be hit by casino ad restrictions

12th August         Salford, Manchester           Manchester Online
Rivals unite over super stadium
There seems to be some confusion now over who might get the casino concession - Isle of Capri or MGM Mirage.

11th August         Glasgow           Glasgow Herald
Lap-dancing club aims to become a casino

11th August         Britain           Yahoo/Reuters
Sex Attacker Wins Lottery on Weekend Out of Jail

10th August         Worcester            This is Worcester - Link will change shortly
Casino Plan For Club

9th August         London & Antigua            Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Gaming plc announces restructuring of its relationship with Sportingbet PLC

9th August         Newmarket            East Anglian Daily Times
Casino bosses pledge to town

9th August         London            Yahoo UK/AFX
Arena Leisure, BSkyB jv ATR issues High Court proceedings against racecourses

8th August         Various locations            Coinslot/ATEOnline
DCMS puts protection before proliferation
Harrah’s latest roll of the dice could stall game of monopoly
New £12m gateway into Blackpool marks start of Masterplan

8th August         U.K.           ic Wales/Western Mail
Gaming industry eyes French case as gambler sues casino

6th August         London           UK Wire/Rowan Dartington & Co. Limited
TokLon Limited offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Gaming International Plc

6th August         Middlesbrough 
Boro gamble on casino deal

6th August         London           The Times Online
M&C may take a punt on casinos at UK hotels
Millennium & Copthorne have 90 hotels world-wide.  -

5th August         London           New Media Age
Virgin considers support for betting exchange model
Portals increase pressure to stop underage gambling

4th August         London 
Jacking it in Why Britain's hottest poker player is giving it up for a City job ...
A profile of James Vogl, who at 24 became the first European to win a stage on the World Poker Tour.

3rd August         London           This is Money/Evening Standard
FSA warns spread betting firms

3rd August         Southend           This is Essex - Link content will change shortly.
Southend: You're ace, says casino
The Westcliff Sporting Club escaped from a kitchen fire with no injuries or major structural damage.  -

3rd August         London & Croatia           Hotels Magazine/The Express
Croatian casino takes a gamble with float

2nd August         London           Net Imperative
Sportingbet lifts punter numbers

2nd August         London           The Times Online
Chelsfield could bring a touch of Las Vegas to White City
Plans are for a casino to be a central part of a 300,000 sq ft, £2 billion shopping and leisure development at London's White City.

2nd August         London           This is London & Ample
Huge casino plan for White City
Chelsfield planning to build giant casino in west London - report

1st August         London           Daily Telegraph
Government to crack down on online gambling by children

1st August         Dundee, Scotland           Sunday Herald
Vis odds-on for racing win

30th July         London & Las Vegas           This is London/Evening Standard
Hammers to gamble on casino
West Ham United have teamed up with Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands to develop a casino at their Boleyn Ground.

29th July         London           This is London/Evening Standard
Bids for Ally Pally casino

29th July         London           New Media Age - Link will change shortly.
Underage gambling reports spur bookmakers into action

29th July         South Shields, Tyneside           ic Newcastle/The Journal
Casino idea for old track

28th July         Southend           This is Essex - Link will change shortly
Southend: Fire sweeps through casino
The Westcliffe Sporting Club. There are no reported injuries and the casino is now re-open for business.  -

28th July         London           The Times Online
LCI wants to develop 'resort' casinos

28th July         Great Britain           The Good News
Concerns over casinos
Joint statements from the Salvation Army and Methodist Church. The Methodists have a special briefing available for download.
Briefing on the Draft Gambling Bill

28th July         Ipswich           Ipswich Evening Star
Viva Las Ipswich

27th July         London           Gamcare, NCH & CitizenCard - Press release
Children as young as 11 can set up gambling accounts at the click of a button
Below are the full release links from Gamcare in Word and PDF format. Thw websites that passed and failed comprise a Who's Who of Britain's gaming industry.

27th July         London           Daily Telegraph & The Guardian
Gambling websites 'let punters as young as 11 set up accounts'
Call to block child gambling online
This is a major story. A 16 year-old has apparently managed to register at 30 of 37 UK based gambling websites using her Solo debit card and giving a false age.

27th July         London 
Child gambling allowed on the net

27th July         London           Yahoo UK/Sharecast, Guardian & Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
London Clubs writes off last of Aladdin
London Clubs on a winner
Aladdin investment depressed London Clubs second half

27th July         London           The Independent & Daily Telegraph
LCI seeks partners to bring Las Vegas style to the UK
Casino attacks gaming rethink as 'crackers' - London Clubs International

27th July         London           Revolution Magazine
Casino Agency makes debut with Intercasino task

26th July         London           The Guardian
Four in dock over Hillside affair

26th July         London           Sharewatch/AFX
London Clubs warns of hit from venue move after FY pretax rise to 9.5 mln stg

26th July         Blackpool & London  - Letters
Boost for Blackpool's gambling hopes

26th July         Glasgow 
Clyde project 'fails communities'

25th July         Newmarket, England           East Anglian Daily Times
Casino plan for historic hotel
Swynford Paddocks Hotel near Newmarket.  -

25th July         London           The Observer/Guardian - Nick Cohen/Columnist Opinion
Place your bets

25th July         London           The Independent
Are we a nation of losers?
Detailed article but there would appear to be a number of errors in the author's calculations.

24th July         London           The Hendon Mob 
Ram 3 Rest of Mob 0 (possible opening to join Hendon Mob)
The winner of the first Victor Poker Cup is Harry Demetriou who beat Ram Vaswani from the Hendon Mob into 2nd place.

24th July         London           The Guardian - Polly Toynbee
700,000 reasons to ditch these Las Vegas dreams

24th July         London           The Guardian
Casino plans are too much of a gamble, government warned

24th July         Sheffield           Sheffield Star
Cards on table for casino firm
Sun International's proposals for a casino in the Lower Don Valley have been greeted with enthusiasm by visitors to a public exhibition.
23rd July         London           United Kingdom Parliament - Publications
Draft Gambling Bill (Regional Casinos)
The joint scrutiny committee's recommendations on "Regional casinos" were published on the 22nd July.
A PDF version can be downloaded at:

23rd July         London  
The Victor Poker Cup
The final table of 10 will be playing tonight at LCI's Six Hamilton Place for a first prize of £250,000. A field of 100 players including qualifiers and celebrities started on the 21st.

23rd July         London           The Guardian
Jowell will deny small casinos a punt at jackpot
The Times & Guardian both report that DCMS secretary Tessa Jowell is likely to reject recommendations from the joint scrutiny committee.

23rd July         London           The Times Online
MPs face rebuff over no-limit casino machines

23rd July         London           The Independent
Parliament limits casino expansion

23rd July         London 
Boost for casinos on £1m-prize slot machines

23rd July         London           Nasdaq/Dow Jones
UPDATE: UK Government Wants Non-Gambling Area In Big Casinos

23rd July         Glasgow           Stadia.TV
Casino developer for sports and entertainment complex in Scotland

23rd July         London 
Gambling Bill to outlaw jackpot machines

22nd July         London
Limit Vegas-style casinos, say MPs

22nd July         London          Ample/AFX
Rank Group welcomes conclusions of 2nd report on UK Draft Gambling Bill
The JSC have recommended that the minimum area for "Regional" casinos be increased to 7,500 sq mts. from the previous 5,000.

22nd July         Liverpool & London          The Time Online
Profits plunge at Crockfords after winners' spree
Stanley upbeat on gaming overhaul

22nd July         Liverpool          ic Birmingham, ic Cheshire & Scotsman
Stanley's best bet lies in deregulation
Stanley set to counter threat of US casinos
Stanley numbers come up 

22nd July         London          The Guardian
Government 'feared a betting bonanza'
Stanley Leisure CEO Bob Wiper believes the stampede of U.S. companies wishing to enter the UK market has resulted in the Government's U-Turn on deregulation.

22nd July         London          The Times Online
Odds in the casinos' favour
The joint scrutiny Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill will publish their second set of recommendations today.

21st July         Glasgow          The Glasgow Herald
Gambling giant chips in with proposed deal for casino
Gala Casinos, who already have 3 operations in Glasgow, have unveiled their future casino plans for the city.

21st July         Blackpool          The Stage
Prospective city casino ban raises hopes for Blackpool

21st July         London &
Casino Shares Leap On Profit
Betting bails out Stanley

21st July         Liverpool          Stanley Leisure - Media/Investor release
Stanley Leisure Preliminary results for the year ended 2 May
A PDF file is available for download at:

19th July         London           This is London/Daily Mail
Britons £30 billion gambling obsession

18th July         Deregulation - Britiain           The Scotsman - Columnist opinion
Betting on casinos as urban Britain's saviour will be a surefire loser

17th July         Manchester & Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Second British airline launching Vegas service

16th July          Swansea, Wales & The Western Mail
Casino promises 500 city jobs
500-jobs jackpot at casino
Aspinall's plans for Swansea. The company intends opening a dozen casinos in Britain under the "Aspers" brand.

15th July          London          The Times
Stanley in a spin after CSFB says steer clear

14th July          London & Bahamas          This is London/Evening Standard
Casino plan for Dome
Man who made his fortune selling sex and gambling
The Evening Standard has a look at the colourful past of Sol Kerzner.

14th July          Paradise Island, Bahamas & Great Britain          Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Poised to Develop Resort Casinos in Three Leading Markets in the United Kingdom

13th July          Smethwick          Express and Star
Liner-style casino plan turned down
Blue Chip Casinos have had their application for a ocean liner themed casino rejected by planners.  -

13th July          Glasgow          Scotland Today 
US casino operator bets on Glasgow development

13th July          Blackpool          This is Lancashire/The Citizen
Casinos on the cards

12th July          London & Sydney         Yahoo Singapore/AFP & Asia Pulse
London casino sues Australian bank over money laundering scam
London Casino Brings Case Against Australia's Westpac

12th July          London         Channel News Asia/AFP
London casino sues Australian bank over money laundering scam
If this case does go to court then expect some very tasty info.! Ian

12th July          Glasgow         The Scotsman
£562m SECC project will roll out Clydeside casino

12th July          London & Costa Rica         Daily Telegraph
Internet gaming firm seeks £55m in Aim float
Costa Rican based At 140p the valuation of the comany would be £114 Million.  -

11th July          Sark
Betting ban lifted for sheep race

11th July          Glasgow & Glasgow Sunday Herald
Casino to slot in alongside Clyde
£562m SECC plan bets on casino
Kerzner International have been awarded preffered bidder status for a casino and entertainment project on the banks of the Clyde. The second major project to be announced in as many weeks.

10th July          London 
Ontario man finishes fourth, wins $40,000 in televised poker game
The Poker Million - Website:
Poker Million reports  -

8th July          Manchester           Manchester Evening News
City joins race to land casino jackpot

7th July          London           The Times Online
Wembley may sue over lost bid
Wembley looks for new buyer after takeover folds

7th July          Manchester           Manchester Evening News &
Jobs jackpot in huge casino plan
£260m leisure site plan unveiled
Sportcity, on the site of Manchester City's ground would have among other attractions a casino operated by Kerzner International with 1,250 slots and 50 tables.

7th July          London           Ample/AFX
UK casinos with high value machines will harm small operators
The latest submissions by Gala and the BCA to the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill.

7th July          London 
Wembley seeks to reassure investors

7th July          London           The Independent
Investment Column: Slot machine woes make Luminar an unsafe bet

6th July          London           Yahoo UK/Reuters & AFX
UK bookmaker William Hill leaves investors cold
William Hill says H1 results consistent with market expectations

6th July          London  - Legal opinion
Is the Government's approach to gambling reform 'too timid'?

5th July          London           Bloomberg News & Yahoo Reuters/AP
Starwood Pulls $536 Million Offer for U.K.'s Wembley
UK racetrack firm Wembley says trading as expected
BLB Investors Withdraws Bid for Wembley

5th July          London           Yahoo/Reuters
UK gaming firm Wembley sinks as takeover collapses
First MGM Mirage dropped out of the bidding and now BLB Investors a coalition of companies including Kerzner International have also folded on Wembley Plc.

5th July          London 
One punter in clover after Greece win

3rd July          Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire           Blackpool Online
Game over for casino

3rd July          London           The Scotsman
Want to beat the odds? Take a stake in a bookie or casino

1st July          London  Corporation - Press release
Gaming Corporation plc - Update on current trading
An online resource for casino trade and industry news