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March - April 2002

29th April      Lebanon     Source: Lebanon Daily Star
Casino du Liban to get new board by end-June

20th April      Amsterdam       Source: De Telegraph
Holland Casino gokt op voetbal
Dutch Government owned Holland Casino will pay €5.5 million to sponsor next years first division football.

20th April      Switzerland       Source:
Casino de Meyrin: Partouche espère une ouverture avant Noël

19th April      Arizona & Germany       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gauselmann Group and Atronic Continue Their Growth Success in 2001

15th April      Switzerland     Source: NZZ Online
Glücksspiele sollen Milliardenumsatz bringen - Mit 21 Casinos entsteht ein Wirtschaftszweig mit harter Konkurrenz
18 of the 21 Class A & B casinos are expected to open this year.

15th April      Hungary      Source: Business Journal
The days when aristocrats went to casinos Ė and didnít just gamble
A look at the noble origins of the Hungarian word - kaszino.

15th April      France     Source: Northern Light/La Tribune
La Tribune: Fermiere de Cannes executives put on trial

12th April      France       Source: FT Global Archive/Les Echos
Barriere chief faces fraud charges (La Societe Fermiere de Casino Municipal de Cannes : les minoritaires marquent un point)

12th April      Las Vegas & Beaune, France       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Paul-Son Gaming Corporation, Bourgogne et Grasset and The Bud Jones Company to Combine
Paul-Son Gaming Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Results

12th April      Malta & Venice       Source: Malta Star
Malta Accounts Investigated As Police Storm Corradini

11th April      Paris       Source: Northern Light/AFX & La Tribune
Groupe Partouche détient 99,51% capital Européenne de Casinos, OPA terminée
Partouche now owns all of CEC
With the €503 million acquisition of Européenne de Casinos now completed, Partouche Group is the largest casino operator in Europe with 52 properties. 

10th April      Israel & France      Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Groupe Emeraude Selects NiceVision Digital Video Recording Solution for 12 Casinos Across Western France

9th April      France      Source: Northern Light/Le Monde
Le Monde: Casinos
After negotiations by trade union CFDT the working week has been set at 35 hours for the 20,000 casino staff in France.

9th April      France      Source: Northern Light/Les Echos
Lucien Barriere to unveil one-arm bandits in Enghien
(Lucien Barriere inaugure les bandits-manchots a Enghien)
Enghien-les-Bains on the outskirts of Paris was until now one of a handful of the 170 French casinos not allowed slots. Slots now make up some 90% of the gross casino win in France.

4th April      Paris      Source: Northern Light/AFX
Européenne de Casinos: les fondateurs ont cédé leur part à Partouche

3rd April      Switzerland      Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
Casino St. Gallen soll 2003 eröffnet werden
The new casino in St. Gallen, Switzerland is scheduled to open in Autumn 2003 after an investment of SFR 70 million.

31st March      The Lebanon       Source: Lebanon Daily Star
Casino gambles on dividend payout
Casino du Liban is managed by London Clubs International on a 10 year contract.

26th March     Sweden      Source:
Casino Cosmopol minskar personalstyrkan i Sundsvall

25th March     London      Source: The Scotsman
Ladbrokes to hook up with rivals

24th March     Athens      Source: New York Times
Scandals Drive a Crackdown on Illegal Gambling in Greece
"In the last two months, more than 750 arcade owners have been arrested, fined and slapped with three-month prison sentences for converting slot machines so they pay out cash".

24th March     London     Source: The Guardian
Spread betting in the dock

22nd March     London     Source:
Patents - Infringements - Menashe Business Mercantile Ltd & Another v William Hill Organisation Ltd

22nd March     London     Source: - The Business of Betting
Budd, betting, a Spaniard and plumber Government to relax gambling laws, City spread bet alarm - The excellent weekly column from FT betting specialist Chris Nutall.

22nd March     Paris     Source: Northern Light/AFX
Partouche a franchi le seuil des 2/3 du capital d'Européenne de Casinos
Group Partouche now has control of more than two thirds of Européenne de Casinos stock.

22nd March     London      Source: The Independent
Spread betting firm admits City wager 'smelt bad'

21st March     London     Source: Early Day Motion 1020 - March 18th
Live entertainment in casinos
The parliamentary process has now begun to allow live Entertainment in British casinos for the first time since the implementation of the Gaming Act in 1968.

21st March     London      Source: The Independent
Lottery gambling is kept sacred from bookmakers

21st March     London      Source:  FT Global Archive
Overhaul of laws on gambling paves way for big resorts
Measures to open up 'outdated' regulations
The government will publish a white paper next week detailing the proposed changes. Some amendments may come early as they are considered "secondary legislation".

20th March     London      Source: FT Global Archive
Bookies always win and so do punters in volatile market
Two articles from the Financial Times on the complexities of Spread Betting on Financial markets.

20th March     London      Source: FT Global Archive
How 'the Plumber' is causing a City splash Concern over the millionaire businessman who profited from a spread bet on his own investment

19th March     London      Source: The Independent
Casino breaks ranks to sue high-roller for £2m
The Ritz Casino punter has had his Boeing 727 jet and a £158,000 Rolls-Royce frozen by the High Court.

19th March     Hannover, Germany     Source: Die Welt - March 14th
Streik in Spielbanken: Roulette steht still In den niedersächsischen Spielbanken heißt es seit Mittwoch "Nichts geht mehr"

19th March     Baden-Baden/Konstanz      Source: Stuttgarter Zeitung - March 11th
Duell um Konzessionen
Spielbank Berlin and a subsidiary of Deutschen Sporthilfe are in competition for the conssession at the famous Baden Baden casino and Spielbank Konstanz. In 2001 Baden Baden had over 400,000 visitors.

19th March     London      Source:
Ukbetting on lookout for more buys
The company has bought two unique brands over the last year at bargain basement prices - for £2  and for £1.

18th March     London      Source: London Evening Standard
Casino sues over dud cheques
The Ritz Casino is trying to recover some £2 million from a client. An unusually detailed account of casino gaming at one of London's top casinos.

17th March     London      Source: - The Business of Betting
IG founder steps down, peer-to-peer betting booming

17th March     London     Source:, &
Fears for new gaming laws
Concern over gambling shake-up
Warning sounded over gaming law changes
Sir Peter Fry, chairman of the Bingo Association is worried that proposed changes to Britain's gambling laws will lead to more problem gambling and force Bingo clubs to close.

15th March     London      Source:
Barcelona man flies to London to bet on Spanish football team

15th March     London      Source:
Five arrested over city betting swindle

15th March     San Remo, Italy     Source:
Sanremo, celebrato funerale del tavolo
A player has won 200 Million Lira ($90,000) at Casino San Remo. As is the tradition of the casino, and to cheers from customers, the Roulette table was closed and draped with a black cloth and flower. Play was then transferred to another table. Website:

14th March     Venice     Source:
Venezia gestirà casinò a Malta
Casinò di Venezia has signed a deal with Port Cottonera Ltd to manage a casino to be located in Scamps Palace, Valletta. Website:

14th March     London     Source: FT Global Archive
Wheeler hands in his cards at IG Group: Spread betting pioneer planning a return to poker after announcing surprise retirement

13th March     London & Loch Ness    Source:
William Hill halve odds on Nessie existing
Hill's have cut the odds on the Bookies & Scotish Tourist Board's elusive friend to just 250 to 1. 

13th March     London    Source:
Camelot helps launch gambling advice leaflet
10% of calls to the GamCare helpline are under 18. Lottery tickets & Scratch cards may be bought in the UK at 16.

13th March     London     Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Study-New technology to spur British gambling habit
The latest study of Betting in the UK is from Screen Digest and Dutch bank ABN Amro.  75% of the adult population now participate in some form of gambling.

13th March     London     Source: Daily Telegraph
TV poker contest falls foul of police

12th March     London    Source: Yahoo/Reuters, & London Evening Standard

Bets Are Off for $1.4 Million Poker Game
£1 million poker game 'could break law'
Met halts £1m poker game
The 2nd Poker Million that was due to have been held at the Metropole Hotel in London between March 28th -31st has been postponed due to legal concerns. Website:
Poker Million 2002 - Notification of postponement.

12th March     Paris      Source: Northern Light/Le Figaro
Moliflor changes hands - (Moliflor change de mains)
The French operator with 16 casinos is now 98.3% owned by Legal & General Ventures (LGV) and Royal Bank Private Equity (RBPE).

11th March     Italy       Source: Northern Light/La Stampa & Il Sole 24 Ore
Lottomatica acquires Playservice -(Lottomatica ha fatto Bingo)
De Agostini increases stake in Lottomatica -(De Agostini sale in Lottomatica)

10th & 11th March     London       Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters &
UK's Coral looks at sale or even float - sources
Deutsche Bank no comment on possible Coral sale
Coral likely to be sold in auction as Lehman appointed advisers - report

9th March     London       Source: Yahoo/TeamTalk & FT Global Archive (The Business of betting)
Cheltenham - More than just a race meeting
Cheltenham to jump start betting year
The three day Nationl Hunt festival begins on the 12th March. The Foot-and-Mouth epidemic caused the cancellation of the meeting in 2001.

9th March     London       Source:
Florist stakes £40,000 on football double

8th March     France & Scotland       Source: Business & Finance - Ireland & Las Vegas Sun
RBOS gambles €400m on French casinos
Casinos sold for $351 million
An unusual combination of the Royal Bank of Scotland & the Legal & General Insurance group now jointly own the French casino operator which has a total of 16 properties, 7 of which are on the South coast.

7th March    London      Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
William Hill ponders kicking off a World Cup float
Hill's is thought to have a price tag of over £1 billion with the float being timed to coincide with the summer World Cup finals in South Korea & Japan.

7th March    Italy      Source: Catholic Telecommunications
Italian cardinal condemns gambling, lotteries

7th March    London      Source: Yahoo UK/Business Wire
UK Entertainment Giant Rank Goes Online With Odds On Favorite Orbis
Rank Interactive Gaming Ltd Launches Its First Interactive Gaming Site -

6th March    Paris      Source: Northern Light/Les Echos
Les Echos: Accor throws in the towel over CEC - (Europeenne de Casinos : Accor jette l'eponge)

6th March    Paris      Source: Northern Light/AFX
Accor Casinos retire son OPA sur Européenne de Casinos

6th March    London     Source: FT Global Archive
Sportech up on Littlewoods' ITV deal - Companies see £2.8bn interactive market by 2006 

5th March   London    Source: & Global archive
Casino firm denies debt crisis
London Clubs hit by rescue snag talk 
Responding to media reports London Clubs International has announced that their has been no significant changes in the companies financial position.

5th March   London     Source:
Sportech's Littlewoods Leisure, ITV in gaming partnership

4th March   US & France     Source: Northern Light/Le Figaro
Colony Capital still ready to buy stake in Accor Casinos - (Colony Capital toujours pret a prendre 50 % d'Accor Casinos)

4th March    London     Source: FT Global Archive
London Clubs shares down 36% - But company says financial situation has not worsened

4th March    London     Source: FT Global Archive/The Guardian - March 2nd
Rank gambles on new law: Group expands casino capacity to fit 2,400 more slot machines
In France slots presently provide over 90% of casino win.

4th March    London     Source: FT Global Archive & Yahoo UK /Reuters
Crisis talks begin at London Clubs - Group tried to secure rescue rights issue
London Clubs shares fall on media report

4th March    Zurich, Switzerland     Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
Escor reduziert Geschäftsleitung auf 4 Mitglieder

4th March    London     Source:
William Hill plans bid for Coral Eurobet - report
Tower seeks UK casino buyers after failed talks with Stanley Leisure - report
Rank Group unit re-launches online gaming site to wider audience

3rd March    UK      Source: Electronic Telegraph
Tower to sell UK casinos
Tower has 5 provincial British casinos. The price tag in the region of £40 million and a rare opportunity to acquire licenses will surely attract oversees interest.

3rd March    London    Source:
Rank denies interest in buying Coral

2nd March    London & Isle of Man     Source: Revolution Magazine
Rank to add Hard Rock Café-branded games online
The company has invested £1.8 million in which went live in November and has free and pay-to-play games.

2nd March    London     Source: Edinburgh News
Casinos safe bet as Rank banks £188m

1st March    Paris     Source:
Groupe Partouche relève le prix de son offre sur la Compagnie Européenne de Casinos et détient 54,3% du capital.

1st March    London     Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Hilton takes tough line in racing wrangle

1st March    London     Source: Northern Light/AFX & Yahoo UK/Reuters
Rank says current year started well after FY results meet forecasts
Gaming a sure bet for Rank
Gaming makes up for soft Hard Rock

1st March    Paris     Source: Northern Light/Le Figaro
Europeenne de Casinos favours Partouche - (Europeenne de Casinos a privilegie Partouche)