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27th April  London  Source: Reuters
  
Diversified British casino operator Rank Group has revealed that first quarter trading is ahead of 1999 and in line with analyst expectations. The company that currently has 32 casinos is set to buy the Park Tower Casino in London from London Clubs for £14 million and also reported that gaming had seen "particularly good results".
Rank operating profit ahead of last year
 

17th April  London  Source: Reuters/Yahoo UK & Ireland Finane


   London Clubs has announced that it is selling its Park Tower Casino in Knightsbridge to rival casino operator Rank Group. Rank presently have 30 British properties under the Grosvenor Casinos brand.
    The terms of the deal are for a cash payment of £14 million plus a further payment of £1.7 million should the property meet performance targets. The Park Tower casino made a profit of £1.5 million in the year to March 31st. The sale sees London Clubs casino holding in the capital reduced to 6 of the 23 total.
London Clubs selling casino to Rank
Rank takes a gamble on Park Tower
 

13th April  London  Source: Reuters/AP


    Playboy bunnies, a species extinct in London for almost 20 years could be making a welcome return to the capital in 2001. Ladbroke Casinos a division of the Hilton Group has announced that it is looking for upmarket premises in Mayfair for the new casino that will be an 80/20 split with Playboy. Hilton now has 27 casinos in Britain after purchasing Stakis in 1999.
    Playboy and Ladbrokes in the late 70's and early 80's both had various problems with the British Gaming Board that at the time resulted in their licenses being revoked. The old Playboy club was located at 45 Park Lane. The news failed to stimulate the Hilton share price and it ended down 6 pence at 256p.
 

6th April  The Netherlands/Russia  Source: Press release


   IGT Europe have announced the sale of 223 machines to Russia. 102 will be headed to St.Petersburg and 121 to Moscow. Boris Spector, President of "Profit"  who have made the order detailed that the company expects to have some 102 sites in Moscow and over 100 in St Petersburg by the end of May.
IGT to Install 223 Gaming Machines in Moscow and St. Petersburg
 

4th April  Portugal/The Netherlands Source: Press release


   IGT Europe have announced that they will be supplying 171 machines to Casinos de Algarve in Portugal owned by Solverde S.A. The company operates 4 of the 8 casinos in the country. Also in Portugal, IGT has been contracted to supply its IGS casino management system. The system enables casinos to manage slots, cash desk and tables games within one module and also allows for cashless gaming.
Casinos do Algarve Adds IGT Gaming Products to Its Casino Floors
Portuguese Government selects IGS on-line system to be installed at Portuguese casinos in 2000
 

31st March  Luebbecke, Germany  Source: Press release


    Holland Casino's "Mega Fireworks" progressive jackpot has been won at Casino Nijmegen. The jackpot of just over Dfl 3.5 million is the largest won so far on the system. Mega Fireworks was installed in all 10 casinos belonging to the group by Atronic in December 1999. The machine is a single line video slot and the jackpot may be won with a maximum bet of Dfl 10.
MEGA FIREWORKS Jackpot hits at Holland Casino
 

29th March  London  Source: CEW Press release


    UK based Casino Equipment Warehouse has announced a substantial amount of activity during the first quarter of 2000. Included are supplies for the Las Vegas One a 180 meter ship that will charter between Haifa, Israel and Cyprus. The contract, worth in the region of $350,000 was fulfilled with equipment despatched within 15 days of the original order.
    Orders for the companies patented Special FX layouts have now also passed 1,000 units. In Moscow the company has also signed exclusivity deals on layouts with the Crystal Palace and Krystal casinos.
Warehouse works miracles on Israeli cruiser
 

16th March  London  Source: ICE Press release


    Attendance figures for the January International Casino Exhibition at Earls Court in London have been released and show the total number of visitors at 4,036, made up of 3,131 buyers and 905 exhibitors. Visitors from the ATEI show downstairs numbered 3,986 making a total of 8,022.
    The show had a total of 99 exhibitors from 73 countries. Visitors to the show came from 85  different countries with the US topping the list at 237. Other countries well represented at what was the shows 10th were the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany with 233, 178 and 175 respectively.
International Casino Exhibition kicks off 2000 in buoyant mood
 

13th March  London  Source: Reuters


  Littlewoods the privately owned, Liverpool based company perhaps best known for the weekly football coupon has announced plans to take its bookmaking business online with a view to a possible future floatation. The new website being set up at www.bet247.co.uk will take bets on Soccer, Horseracing and other sports.The company launched Bet Direct a couple of years ago and specializes in soccer betting, odds being displayed on ITV & Sky Teletext services.  Betting on the traditional football coupon has declined in the UK since the start of the National Lottery.
 

11th March  Netherlands 


   At the European Gaming Organisation AGM in Hoofddorp in February several new board members were elected including the positions of Chairman and Vice Chairman. Taking up the respective positions after a balloting of members were Kit Hall Johnston, General Manager of Gaming Labs Europe and Gerhard Burda, Managing Director of Atronic, Germany.
    Invited speakers at the meeting included Bob Barrowman for Sun International South Africa and Ralf Mittermayr from Grips, Austria. Both gave a presentation on the merits and technology involved in switching to coinless slot operations.
    Mike Bennett Managing Director of Koala Leisure in Malta gave some background to the Tumas Group and to the island that will be playing host in May to EGO's 1st European Gaming Forum. Further information on EGO and the conference can be found at www.ego.nl and from joint organizers Casino World at www.casinoworld.co.uk
 

7th March  Netherlands  Source: Press release


    IGT-Europe based in Hoofddorp, Holland have announced that the two new casinos in Germany at Kötzting and Feuchtwangen operated by Bayerische Spielbanken will be installing S-Plus slot, Vision Series, Game King and iGame-Plus machines. Casino Kötzting opened on February 25th where some of the machines have already been installed. Casino Feuchtwangen will open on March 31st.
  Casino Ray in Finland have also placed an order for slant top iGame-Plus machines. On the IGT employee front, promotions also being announced for George Paterakis to Manager of Casino Information Systems and for Michael Kennedy to Supervisor Casino Information Systems Hardware.
Promotions at IGT-Europe
Bayerische Spielbanken chosses IGT machines
Casino Ray will feature first iGame-Plus machines in Finland.