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March - April 2002

30th April      London      Source: The Independent
Racing: Betting shops on brink of return to the audio era
If an agreement between the Racecourse Association (RCA) and Bookmakers is not reached there will be little televised racing in UK betting shops. The crackly audio commentary of the 60's and 70's was known as "the blower".

29th April      London     Source: The Financial Director
Casinos may attract new wave of fraudsters

29th April      London      Source:
Camelot outlines £72m National Lottery shake-up
UK gamblers 'to stake £200 million on World Cup'
Just one month away, UK bookmakers are hoping that the English team reach at least the knockout stage to maintain interest in the competition. Ladbrokes expect £20 million to be bet online by their customers.

28th April      London        Source:
Re-launch unveiled for 'boring' lottery
Camelot, holders of the 7 year concession plan to spend some £72 million on a marketing campaign that will see the product renamed  "Lotto".

26th April      London       Source: - The Business of Betting
Attheraces under orders for iTV bets

26th April      London      Source:
Rank says trading in yr to date 'good', sees outlook for 2002 firm

24th April      Scotland      Source: The Scotsman
Bets are on for a casino revolution

23rd April      London      Source: The Guardian
Dome chief rejects casino plan

23rd April      London      Source: The Times & Yahoo/Reuters
Caesar's Palace eyes Dome for London casino
Caesar's Palace eyes UK casino - newspaper
The Times has reported that Park Place the world's largest casino operator is possibly interested in a development of the Millennium Dome. Casinos in London are presently limited to the City of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and parts of Camden.

22nd April      London      Source:
United Kingdom: Gambling Law Reforms; a Safe Bet for Success or Promoters Charter?

20th April      London       Source:
New casino games rolling into Britain
The games are Three Card Poker, Big Six (Money Wheel) & Sic Bo. Further betting opportunities will be allowed on Blackjack and Casino Stud Poker including the introduction of linked progressive jackpots.

19th April      London       Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Inside Track - UK gamblers to get new games in new haunts
Choices galore at new spin cities

17th April      London     Source:
Spread punters win bets on 'sin' taxes
'Charles-Camilla marriage odds-on in 2004'
Betting stories and punter exploits from the UK are becoming more frequent as the industry moves further into the mainstream entertainment world. 7-4 for a marriage in 2004 however is hardly a generous price. 

17th April      London      Source:
UK BUDGET Bingo industry welcomes abolition of duty

17th April      London      Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK bookies clinch data deal with racecourses
UK bookies call briefing as Turf War deal nears
Racing data will continue to be provided to Britain's 9,300 betting shops in return for 10% of Bookmaker gross revenues.

17th April      London      Source:
Racing firm 'to add casinos to courses'
Arena Leisure has announced it plans to site slots and table games at company owned racecourses.

16th April      London     Source:, Northern Light/AFX & Reuters
Arena Leisure's racecourses may include casinos and gaming halls
INTERVIEW Arena Leisure to launch interactive TV business next month
Blackjack and a flutter on the horses?

15th April      Edinburgh, Scotland     Source: The Scotsman
Musselburgh revealed as firm favourite to provide first casino at racecourse
The race is on to see which racecourse will open a casino first. The Scots betting that they can beat the English front runner Doncaster.

14th April      London      Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters - 12th April
UK bookies move closer to ending Turf War - sources

13th April      London      Source:
Punters invited to gamble on Budget

11th April      London       Source:
Betting on wireless gambling
The tie up between Orange and means that 2.8 million UK punters can now bet with their WAP enabled phones.

9th April      London     Source: The Register & Web user
Online casinos wicked - coroner
Net gambling debts drove man to suicide

8th April      Blackburn, England     Source: Guardian Unlimited &
Internet gambling led to suicide
Internet gambling suicide son wants action against credit companies

7th April      Devon, England     Source:
New gambling proposals meet with mixed reactions in bay

7th April      London     Source:
Bookies predict National day to 'bust all records'

5th April      UK     Source: The Scotsman
Britons taking a gamble on the future
A survey of 1,000 has found that British men spend an average of five times more on gambling than women. 28% of men partake in some form of gambling compared to 13% of the fairer sex.

5th April      London     Source:
Ryanair reportedly considers 'casinos in the sky'

4th April      London      Source:
Britons 'as likely to bet as pay into a pension'
Orange announces mobile betting in time for Grand National

4th April      London      Source: Daily Telegraph
Racecourses put their money on opening casinos

2nd April      London       Source: FT Global Archive/AFX
Aspinalls Online to outsource casino operations to Golden Palace
"Aspinalls said it has incurred substantial losses in establishing and operating its own on-line gaming business". An amazing release that perhaps proves that an established "bricks and mortar" operation has little advantage on the Internet.

2nd April      London     Source: FT Global Archive/Independent
Letter: Curbs on gambling
A letter in the Independent from Dr. E Moran highlighting the recent study in the magazine - Science. The newspaper declared in its editorial last week that Britian's gambling laws should have been loosened years ago.

2nd April      London       Source:
Bookmakers to close next Tuesday

1st April      London       Source:
Bookmakers consider closing on day of Queen Mother's funeral

1st April      Westminster       Source: The Scotsman & Daily Telegraph
Betting industry pays out to Blair
Labour dismisses gambling cash link

1st April      London       Source: The Guardian - Roy Hattersley Opinion
Gambling with recklessness - The Government's embrace of big time gaming will hurt the vulnerable

31st March      Northern England       Source:
Doncaster make plans to introduce a casino
The famous Town Moor racecource which is owned by Doncaster Town Council could well be the first in the UK to introduce a casino.

31st March      London       Source: Daily Telegraph
Gala hits the jackpot
A look at privately owned Bingo & Casino operator Gala. The companies 28 casinos were bought from Ladbrokes in late 2000 for £235 million - a price that now looks an absolute bargain.

31st March      London       Source: The Daily Telegraph
Former minister for betting paid by bookmakers

31st March      Scotland       Source: Scotland on Sunday
The diceman cometh
A look at the potential growth in casinos and racetrack gambling north of the border.

31st March      London       Source: The Observer - Opinion
The great gaming gamble - The potential gains if our gambling laws are relaxed are huge. They must not be squandered

28th March      London      Source: Daily Telegraph - Opinion
It's nice of nanny Blair to let us have a flutter

28th March      Yarmouth      Source: Evening News24
Yarmouth hopes for a gambling jackpot
"We will be getting people from all over the world wanting to come to Yarmouth to gamble."

27th March      Problem Gambling      Source:
'Why I escaped gambling'
A reformed gambling addict talks about why he opposes the proposed changes to Britain's gambling laws.

27th March      Wales       Source:
Woman wins £40,000 with first bet

27th March      London      Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
The UK's First 1m Pound Online Jackpot Launched by

27th March      Birmingham      Source: FT Global Archive/Birmingham Post
Vegas-style gaming on the cards for city

27th March      London      Source: Yahoo/
Government white paper opens slots of opportunities

27th March     London      Source: The Independent - Editorial
We should have loosened our gambling laws long ago

26th March     London      Source:
Ananova users share views on shake-up to gambling

26th March     London      Source: Sporting Life Racing
Racing the loser in betting shake-up

26th March     London      Source: Yahoo/AP
Britain Unveils New Gambling Plans

26th March     London      Source:
Should gambling be encouraged? readers share their views about the gambling reforms. As one can imagine not everyone is in favour of the plans.

26th March     London      Source: New Media Zero
Online casinos to be based in the UK

26th March     London      Source:
UK govt's gaming proposals win cautious welcome from charity Gamcare
Stanley Leisure gains on UK gambling reforms hopes
UK govt gambling review will allow  casinos to offer wider forms of betting
Vegas-style casino resorts 'could rake in billions'
Gambling plans 'will lead to betting casualties'

26th March     London      Source:
UK gambling laws relaxed
Blackpool's casino dilemma

26th March     London      Source: Daily record
Arcade pubs on way as laws change

26th March     London & Blackpool      Source: Sky News
Place Your Bets

26th March     London      Source: The Independent
Gambling industry to grow after shake-up

26th March     London      Source: The Guardian
Casinos ready to hit the jackpot

26th March     London      Source: London Evening Standard
London could rival gaming mecca

26th March     London      Source:
Britain to unveil plans for gambling reforms

25th March     London      Source: Northern Light/AFX
UK gaming laws set for first major overhaul for three decades

25th March     London      Source: FT Global Archive/The Independent - Mar 23rd & 25th
Britain gets ready to loosen up
Politics: pounds 3bn to gambling industry as rules relaxed

25th March     London      Source: The Daily Telegraph
Betting shake-up is on menu

25th March     London      Source: The Independent
Gambling law reforms herald Vegas-style casinos

24th March     London     Source: The Guardian & Observer
Could Blackpool be the new Las Vegas? You bet
Britain's great big gamble
On Tuesday the British Government will unveil a White Paper that heralds a sea change for casino operators. The second article takes a look at which companies are most likely to gain - many of the proposals may be in effect later this year.
The opposite view: Blackpool coalition against gambling expansion

This section was added 31st March 2002. For earlier headlines please see the European archives.