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May - June 2000

30th June   Israel  Source: Press release/Business Arena
Two Israeli stories during the week. Microgaming's progressive linked Cashsplash jackpot paid out its largest jackpot so far. The player from Israel was playing at King Solomons casino. Microgaming has over 40 online casinos that use its software linked to the Cashsplash system.
    On the traditional gaming front. Avraham Katz-Oz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the State lottery Mifal Hapayis has said that if it were awarded just 4 casino licenses that NIS 6 billion annually would be added to the bottom line. The article also mentions that at the moment there are thought to be 130 illegal casinos in operation in the country.

29th June   London  Source: BBC/Yahoo

    The casino world has lost one of its most colourful characters with the death of John Aspinall of cancer at the age of 74. Owner of the private Aspinalls on Curzon Street, Mayfair he had been a prominent figure in the gaming world since the 1950's. Starting his gaming career with a travelling Baccarat game catering to the British upper classes. In recent years his media coverage has been negative following the death of a number of animal keepers at his private zoo in Kent.
Zoo Keeper Aspinall dies
Millionaire animal park owner John Aspinall dead

29th June   London  Source: Press release

    British Casino operator Rank Group has announced the creation of its new gaming division. This will bring together under the control of Managing Director David Boden the three separate departments of Rank Leisure Machine Services, Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos. The division will employ some 11,000 people with a profit amounting in fiscal 1999-2000 of £69 million.
Rank launch new division

27th June   Holland  Source: Press release

    Gaming Laboratories International has announced that its subsidiary GLI Europe is moving into larger premises. The European base will remain in Hillegom near Schiphol International Airport.  The move being due to increased orders for testing and certification by slot manufacturers targeting the European market.
GLI Europe Moves Into New Larger Facility To Meet Demand

27th June   London   Source: Reuters

    AIM listed Probus Estates, a UK property investment company has announced that it is to buy Casino de Mallorca SA in a deal worth £19 million. The casino is located around 20 kilometres from Palma in the Balearic Islands.
UK's Probus Estates to buy Mallorca casino

23rd June   London  Source: Reuters

    The decided global lead that British bookmakers have in sports betting on the Internet is represented in statistics from
    British visitors alone making up 2 million visits to gambling sites in May. 9.9 million people in the UK are now online a rise of 15% over the last 6 months. The survey is based upon a sampling of 1,600 web users. Students not surprisingly make up the highest percentage of visits to adult sites.
Porn and bookies lure Britons online

16th June 

London   Source: Evening Standard/Yahoo UK News
Branson plans London hotel in Las Vegas

11th June  London  Source: Yahoo UK/BBC News online

   A study from the National Centre for Social Research released on the 8th June has revealed that half the adult population of the UK now play the National Lottery each week. The figures based on a sample of 8,000 people who were interviewed on their gambling habits.
    Only 3% of those interviewed had visited a casino in the last 12 months. The charity GamCare estimated that around 300,000 (1%) of the 33 million adults who now gamble in the UK are problem gamblers.
Full Story at Yahoo UK/Ireland

10th June  London  Source: Yahoo Film News

    The film "Croupier" is apparently been received well by American audiences despite being mothballed by producers shortly after its release in the UK. Made for £3m the director is Mike Hodges who made Get Carter with Michael Caine way back in 1971. The film (which we also have not seen) centres on a struggling writer who begins working in a London casino.
When the chips are down

9th June  London  Source: Reuters

   The Douglas, Isle of Man casino looks set to host what is being billed as the "World's largest Poker tournament". Organizers of the proposed event in November are the casino owners Ladbroke and Promoter Barry Hearn's Matchroom Sport. The tournament also has the backing of the European Poker Players Association who recently announced that across the continent over the last 2 years some 1,131 people have won prize money at major tournaments.
   A £1 million first prize is on offer that in order to qualify as the largest may well have to be raised. The first prize at this years World Series in Las Vegas was $1.5 million - the exchange rate is currently $1.52 to £1.
A million pounds up for grabs in bumper poker game

7th June  UK  Source: Press release

   Online bookmaker that operates out of the British channel island of Alderney has announced what could be a world's first. A client has placed a bet with the company using just the remote control for his television.
    The bet( which lost!) was on the live televised Malta v England friendly football game. The service that has been live from 1st June is available to some 1.6 million Telewest subscribers in the UK.
UK bookmaker takes the first interactive bet to be placed via the television

7th June  Liverpool, England  Source: Press release

   UK Bookmaker and casino operator Stanley Leisure has announced that the companies online betting portal has finally been launched and will begin to take live bets in August.
   As an opening promotion at customers who sign up on the site will be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday in Australia visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Stanley operates 3 london casinos the Colony Club, Crockfords and the Cromwell Mint. coming soon...
Stanley quote at Yahoo UK finance

6th June  London  Source: Press release

   London Clubs International have reported profits of £14 million for fiscal 1999/2000 on turnover of £144 million. The Aladdin project on the Las Vegas strip where the company has a 40% stake is set to open on the 17th August. LCI sold The London Park Towers casino to Grosvenor Casinos earlier this year and now has 6 out of the 23 casinos in the capital.
London Clubs' Vegas Aladdin to open in August

2nd June  London  Source: BBC/Yahoo

   The news that Mr Littke the owner of the domain has turned down an offer of $7 million from ebuy Inc. of California surely ranks as the gamble of the week. The British based Java programmer believes that the domain will be worth more if he develops it with the business based in Britain.
   But with Yahoo presently offering .coms at $35 he could buy another 100,000 domains and still live .comfortably!.
Gambling on the e-future

27th - 28th May  London  Source: BBC/AP

    The dramatic headlines over the holiday weekend that the British National Lottery had underpaid thousands of winners is perhaps a sign that the race to take over the running of one of the worlds most profitable lotteries is hotting up.
    In reality the underpayments over a period of almost four years found so far by operator Camelot amount to £85,000 for 78,000 tickets. Overpayments so far found are £94,000. Obviously with many billions of tickets being issued no one will get rich from the revelations made by "a former employee".
    The lottery commission is due to reveal the winner for the new 7 year contract at the end of June.
GTech kept quiet on British lotto glitch - BBC
Camelot 'Underpaid 78,000 Lottery Winners'

26th May  London 

   London Clubs International has been awarded a second new casino license in the UK. The location in Southend on the Essex coast is around 40 miles from the capital. The earlier license was for Brighton Marina on the South coast. The company now has 6 London casinos following the sale earlier this year of the Park Tower Casino to fellow british casino operator the Rank Group Plc. The Aladdin in Las Vegas where LCI has a 40% stake in the casino operation is scheduled to open in August.

19th May  London  Source: Yahoo UK Finance news

   Saturdays FA cup final between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Wembley stadium is seeing bookmakers targeting the affluent soccer following Asian gamblers. The average bet from Hong Kong for British casino and betting shop operator Ladbrokes is £10,000.
    With 20 times as many clients in Great Britain the Gibraltar based tax free service is predicted to take more in bets from the Far East. Recently another 20 Cantonese, Thai and Mandarin speakers have been added to the telephone betting staff.
Ladbroke targets Asian punters in FA Cup ads push

9th May  Jericho   Source: Philadelphia Enquirer/Knight Ridder

   The success of the Oasis Casino in Jericho is creating some anxieties for both Israelis and Palestinians alike. Presently 95% of the average 3,000 daily visitors are from Israel and this is causing concern over the loss of potential tax revenues to the state. On the Palestinian side, locals are forbidden from playing and hundreds of jobs have been created. But questions are now being asked as to when profits from the enterprise will be invested in improving the social infrastructure.
  Casinos Austria manage the Oasis which is open 24 hours a day and served by buses from 13 Israeli cities.
West Bank casino caters to Israelis, benefits Palestinians