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March - April 2003

30th April          London          Source: The Independent
Cash woe may spark bid for Sportingbet

29th April          London           Source: Coinslot International
Planet Hollywood chief in bid for St James

29th April          Blackpool          Source:
Windfall to novice at the casino - Link liable to change shortly
Two straight flushes by the same player at Stanley Leisure's Blackpool & Lytham casinos.

28th April          London          Source: New Media Age
Government set to clear a path for UK online casinos
The DCMS is set to publish a Position Paper 'The Future Regulation of Remote Gambling' next week detailing possible regulation that would allow Internet casinos to base their servers in the UK.

27th April          London          Source: M2 Communications - April 25th
Ladbrokes turns to VeCommerce for voice-enabled betting

25th April          London          Source: The Scotsman
On-course betting exchange ban lifted
Bookmakers on course will now officially be able to lay off their liabilities directly onto the betting exchanges.

24th April          Essex, England          Source: Business in Essex
South Essex: Casino scheme is thrown out
Bannatyne Fitness's plans to build a casino on land near their health club has been rejected by Thurrock Council.

24th April          Las Vegas          Source: London Evening Standard
Earl of Hollywood snaps up Aladdin

23rd April          London         Source: The Observer - April 20th
Earl eyes London casino
Robert Earl, Chairman of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain is rumoured to be making a £20m bid for LCI operated 50 St James.

23rd April          Edinburgh         Source: Edinburgh News/The Scotsman
Bookie puts money on women bingo fans
Easibets owner Henry Spurway's plans to open a string of betting offices with  computers linked up to betting exchanges.

22nd April          London        Source: The Independent
Casino shares worth a gamble

20th April          Cambridge        Source: Cambridge News
Casino plans at stadium given the green light

18th April          Suffolk, England        Source: East Anglia Daily Times
Casino plans await final go-ahead
Local regulators have approved plans for a future casino at the Mildenhall Greyhound track, but at the moment the area is outside the UK's "Permitted areas" for casinos.

18th April          Northampton         Source: Business Weekly
Bahamas group bets on UK after Northants casino coup
Kerzner International hope to enter the UK market with the purchase of a gaming license in Northampton from LCI.

18th April          Liverpool, UK         Source: Coinslot Magazine
Provincials down as Stanley’s excellent start stumbles

16th April          London        Source:
Littlewoods expands interactive betting portfolio

15th April          Felixstowe, England        Source: Ipswitch Evening Star
Casino scheme prompts new storm

15th April          Hull, England        Source: Daily Record, The Sun & Yorkshire Post
Pencil man is broken
£1m betting conman jailed
Pencil Man, the scourge of bookies, begins prison sentence for fraud
John Bailey, nicknamed the Pencil Man has been sentenced at Hull magistrates to 3 years in Prison. He had two previous convictions for cheating bookmakers.

14th April          Mildenhall, Cambridgeshire         Source: Cambridge Evening News
Fens gambling bid looks set to get the green light

13th April          London          Source: Market Research Industry Online
ORC’s 2001 Gambling Monitor
Short article that giving statistics based on interviews that shows declines in visitation to casinos. Gaming Board Statistics show visitor numbers to casinos in the UK are stable.

11th April          London         Source: ATE Online
Betting exchanges counting blessings

11th April          London & Antigua          Source: Winner Online
World Gaming Plc Announces Investment By Sportingbet Plc

10th April          London         Source: Yahoo UK/
Bingo players 'conned and cheated' by Budget
Sir Peter Fry - chairman of the Bingo Association - Post Budget Interview.

10th April          New Jersey & London          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Dow Jones
SportXction™ to be Made Available in Over 6.6 Million BSkyB Homes in UK & Ireland
Interactive Systems/Sky Bet: Shares Betting Revenue

9th April          Northampton          Source:
Casino planned for town centre
More on the casino application in Northampton that may be being sold by LCI to Kerzner International for a price believed to be $2 million.

9th April          Glasgow          Source: Glasgow Evening Times
Fury at go-ahead for all-night city casino
The license in Merchant City has been approved for Gala who already have five casinos in Glasgow, including the Riverboat.

9th April          London & Liverpool          Source: The Times Online &
Happy punters sink Stanley Leisure
Stanley hit by race results
Along with Irish Winners at Cheltenham and the Grand National bad debts in London Casinos are also mentioned.

9th April          Liverpool          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
Stanley Leisure Falls 25% After Pft Warning

9th April          Paradise Island & Northampton, England          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Dow Jones
Kerzner to Acquire Casino License in United Kingdom
Kerzner Intl Acquires Its First UK Casino License

9th April          London          Source:
Bookies gear up for Budget gamble
Bookmakers priced up a range of bets on this afternoons Budget from Chancellor Gordon Brown.

8th April          London          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Gaming plc secures strategic financial partner - New relationship brings stability and provides catalyst for growth

7th April          London          Source: Yahoo/Reuters
"Millionaire" trio found guilty
Quiz cheats scrapped pager plan
Major Charles Ingram who won the £1 million in September 2001 has been found guilty of cheating with the aid of an accomplice coughing in the audience.
Full coverage: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

7th April          U.K. Legislation          Source:
United Kingdom: English Internet Casino Law - Full version found at

7th April          Aintree, Liverpool          Source: The Glasgow Herald
More than a million reasons why the Irish eyes were smiling at Aintree

7th April          Australia & UK           Source: Sydney Morning Herald & - April 5th
Racing needs a Betfair it can call its own
Odds shift to bookmakers in wrangle over internet betting
After intensive lobbying from Bookmakers, British Chancellor Gordon Brown may introduce 15% tax on those who lay bets on the exchanges. The proposal may be announced in Wednesday' budget.

6th April          London           Source: & Yahoo UK/Betzone
Ladbrokes 'would launch rival tote service'
Ladbrokes in pool betting bid

6th April          Aintree, Liverpool           Source: Sunday Herald
Racing: Bookies fall for Futter's flutter
Besides winning £260,940 with Monty's Pass in the Garnd National, Irish Bingo club operator Jimmy Futter has apparenty also won over £800,000 from a number of bookmakers.

4th April          Grand National - Liverpool         Source:, & Glasgow Evening Times
Nuns Wining Habit
Nun sparks betting plunge on Grand National
National is tipped to top £100m in betting
The Nun, who has apparently picked the last 3 Grand National winners goes for Gunner Welburn in tomorrows race.

3rd April          London         Source: The Guardian
Britain's first racino goes under starter's orders

3rd April          London         Source: Times Online
Harrods relaunches online casino
Harrods has terminated the companies contract with Gaming Insight and decided to re-launch with software from Kismet International.

2nd April          Wolverhampton, UK          Source: Wolverhampton Express & Star
Racetrack set to get casino in £10m plan
The 35,000 sq ft "Racino" is set to open in 2004 and is a partnership between Arena Leisure & Gala Casinos.

2nd April          Sydney, Australia          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Betfair faces millions in fines after content ruled illegal
The Australian Broadcasting Authority believes that Betfair is presently breaching sections 15 and 61EA of the Australian Interactive Gambling Act.

2nd April          Southend, UK          Source: ThisisEssex/Business in Essex
Westcliff: Big wins on the cards at casino - link liable to change shortly

2nd April          Sandwell, UK          Source: Expess & Star
Casino's 85 jobs if plan gets go-ahead
Blue Chip Casinos who operate the Castle Hill casino in Walsall.

2nd April          London          Source: & Net Imperative
Ukbetting on course to break even
ukbetting buy-up doubles user base
Brands under the Ukbetting umbrella include, &

2nd April          London          Source: London Evening Standard, Yahoo UK/Sharecast &
Arena betting on race course casino
Arena unveil losses
Arena dips as attheraces loss triples
Arena Leisure plans to establish the UK's first "Racino" at the all weather Wolverhampton track.

1st April          London         Source: Revolution Magazine
William Hill to launch dedicated Grand National site

31st March          London & Australia        Source:
Bookie pays for 'crooked punter'

31st March          London         Source: The Daily Telegraph
IG Index eyes up the buyout runners

30th March          Entertainment         Source: Sydney Morning Herald
$13m for a night with the Stones
The record appearance fee could well be for a 40 minute performance at the Hard Rock Casino in London.

30th March          Moscow & London         Source: The Daily Telegraph
Russian betting on British races faces legal hurdle - George Walker's Premier Telesports.

29th March          London         Source: The Independent
Sportingbet told to repay stolen £1m

28th March          London         Source: & London Evening Standard
Sportingbet vows to fight court ruling
Sportingbet must repay 'stolen' £1.3m
The Australian punter stole £7.5 million from his employer. Sportingbet's shares have now declined to 22.5p - valuing the company at £34.3 million.

27th March          London         Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters &
Punter scoops fortune on "virtual horse"
Punter snaps up 499/1 dredge coup

27th March          London         Source: Net Imperative & Yahoo UK/Sharecast
Results go wrong way for Sportingbet
Winning punters weaken Sportingbet 
In early moring trade Sportingbet shares are down 25% to 26.5p.

24th March          London          Source: Yahoo UK/PRNewswire - March 13th
Fruit machines enter 21st Century

24th March          Birmingham          Source: Yahoo/The Scotsman
Birmingham administration casts a doubt over Royal Mint
The 209 year-old Birmingham Mint was put in the hands of administrators Friday and some 50 jobs are under threat.

21st March          Blackpool, England           Source: Blackpool Gazette
Resort casinos in economic study
Lancashire West Partnership (LWP) has commissioned a study to be conducted by Pion Economics on the potential economic impact of resort casinos.

21st March          Norwich, England           Source:
Place your bets for city casino - Norwich is presently not one of the UK's "permitted areas" for casinos.

21st March          London           Source: New Media Age
Gala uses P2P as USP for e-casino
The company intends to spend £150,000 a month during 2003 on online marketing for its casino site, emphasising P2P games.

21st March           London          Source: The Independent
Sacked casino manager wins £40,000 after secret filming
Events surrounding the dismissal of a casino manager from the Ritz Club Casino in Piccadilly in 2001

20th March          London           Source: PRNewswire
World Gaming PLC announces release of new casino games

19th March           Norwich, England          Source: Norwich Evening News
Place your bets for club to be a casino

17th March           London         Source: New Media Age
Sky launches new casino-style iTV betting service
Digital TV viewers will now have the chance to win up to £250,000 on Sky's Bet Vegas channel.

15th March           Felixstowe          Source: Ipswich Evening Star
New bid for casino at resort

14th March           London          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
EU Okays Gala, Candover, Cinven Deal

14th March           London          Source: The Times Online
Cheltenham leaves William Hill behind
British Bookmakers are thought to have had their worst Cheltenham ever with a series of heavily backed favourites obliging for punters.

13th March           London         Source:
Man stands to win £700,000 if Reading and Wolves draw
Reading result wrecks world record payout
Bookies cut odds on Blair resigning
A William Hill punter has won £406,000 for a £73 stake. He would have won over £300,000 more but his last selection a draw between Reading & Wolves lost. Tony Blair is now down to 7/2 to resign - looks good value!

10th to 13th March           London         Source: Yahoo UK/Betzone
Tote confident of keeping licence
Betdaq in attempt to beat ban

13th March           Blackpool & California          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Jerde Partnership and EDAW Unveil Master Plan Vision to Transform Historic British Seaside Town Blackpool into World-Class Resort Destination

13th March           London          Source: New Media Age
Ladbrokes trials integrated on/offline betting services
Punters may soon be able to collect their online winnings in Ladbrokes high street betting shops.

12th March           Cardiff, Wales          Source:
Man loses football bet case

12th March           Lancashire, England        Source: The Independent
Bookies at ease as gambling fraudster is behind bars
The nationwide hunt for John Bailey AKA the Pencil Man is now over after his arrest in Liverpool.

11th March           London        Source: The Guardian
Testing time for internet betting - Bookies' e-rivals fear frantic pace of Cheltenham will crash systems
With Cheltenham, World Cup Cricket and Champions League soccer, Betfair executives are concerned that the site may not stand up to the volume of traffic. Over £2.7 million was matched on the Australia v New Zealand Super Sixes match on the 11th. 

11th March           Blackpool        Source: Blackpool Today
Casinos key to town's masterplan success
Leisure Parcs managing director Marc Etches wants casinos to be at the centre of Blackpool's regeneration plans.

10th & 11th March           London        Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters &
Wembley dives on U.S. investigation fears
Grand Jury fears hurt Wembley

11th March           London        Source: The Independent
William Hill gets off to a good start with 20% gain

11th March           London         Source: The Times Online
William Hill leaps to record profits
A good run for William Hill
Hill's reported pre-tax profits before exceptionals and finance costs up 26% to £141.4 million. Turnover was up 37% to £3.365 billion with gross win aided by some favourable results in the World Cup up 5% to £527.7 million.

10th March           London        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
William Hill Full Year Profit Rises, Growth To Continue

10th March           London        Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
William Hill off to flying start in 2003

9th March           London        Source: Sky News
Probe into betting Ad
Irish Bookmakers Paddy Power are being investigated again by the British Advertising Standards Authority after complaints about three new Advertisements that have appeared on the London Underground.

6th & 7th March           London          Source: Yahoo UK/ Ananova, Sky News & Reuters
Did 19 coughs help win a million pounds?
Millionaire contestant blamed dust allergy for coughs
Millionaire trial hears of "pager plot"
Yahoo UK has a special section devoted to the trial: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

6th March           Sheffield          Source: The Sheffield Star
Casinos plan new Las Vegas – in Attercliffe
Sheffield's former steelworks sites located in the lower Don Valley have the Minister for Culture, Media & Sport, Richard Caborn as MP.

6th March           London          Source: Coinslot Magazine
Upgrades boost Grosvenor
Grosvenor turnover was up 16% and operating profit increased 28% despite table game hold falling from 17.8% in 2001 to 17.2% during 2002.

6th March           Birmingham          Source: Birmingham Evening Mail
City gambler flush
A £157,647 jackpot has been won on Progressive Casino Stud Poker at Grosvenor Casino Broad Street.

5th March           Liverpool & London          Source: The Liverpool Echo
Good year for pools company
Sportech PLC. that is the owner of Littlewoods and Zetters Pools.

5th March          Huddersfield          Source: Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Chance to try your luck at new casino
Continuing the gradual trend for casinos in the UK to move into larger premises, the Huddershield Grosvenor Casino has transferred from Station Street to Folly Hall near the Mecca Bingo.

5th March           London         Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Major accused of Millionaire coughing scam

4th March           London         Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
The U.K. National Lottery launches online interactive service (

4th March           London          Source:
Grosvenor Casino Results - Turnover and Operating Profit
Rank Group Results - Caught between a rock and a hard place

3rd March           London          Source: The Scotsman/PA
Wembley Scores with Gambling Transformation

3rd March           Edinburgh, Scotland          Source: The Scotsman/Scotand on Sunday
Gamble pays off for bookie over betting exchange shop
Edinburgh bookmaker Henry Spurway's plans to open 100 betting exchange shops across the UK after winning a crucial judgment that was vigorously opposed by both Ladbrokes & William Hill.

1st March           London          Source: The Guardian & The Times Online
Rank banks on one-stop betting
Rank may enter high street betting
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