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May - June 2002

30th June       London       Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
Brazil 4-1 Favorites for 2006 World Cup

28th June       London       Source: Northern Light/AFX
Gaming Insight in funding talks to take 'Gobarkingmad' into profit

26th June       London       Source:
Jowell plans Lotto shake-up
The British Government has three potential plans, one of them could see more companies being brought in to run various parts of the operation.

26th June       Birmingham       Source:
Man killed in casino brawl - The China Palace in Birmingham.

26th June       London       Source:
Sportingbet beats the odds
Turnover for the year to the end of March rose to £991.5 million from £324.7 million last year. The company reports a customer base of 555,000.

26th June       Scotland      Source: Edinburgh News
Chinese restaurant on the menu at casino site

25th June       London       Source:
Weekend events 'keeping players away from lottery'
Despite a much heralded relaunch under the name "Lotto" ticket sales are continuing their 4 year decline.

25th June       London      Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
Amid World Cup Fever, Competitive Bids For Coral Sure Bet

24th June       London      Source:  - Sunday Times
Coral-Eurobet faces £850 million takeover bid from Done Bros - report

24th June       London     Source: & The Scotsman/PA
Hilton Group plans 'Las Vegas style' hotels for UK resorts - report
Hilton to Gamble on Casinos Move 
The Sunday Times reports that the Hilton Group who sold their Ladbroke casino estate to Gala two years ago now have plans for Brighton and Blackpool.

23rd June       London       Source: The Observer
Coming soon to a high street near you - Las Vegas
The Observer reports that Las Vegas based Station Casinos is holding exploratory talks with a view to entering the UK market.

21st June       London       Source: - The Business of Betting
Punters can't beat samba or bookies - Brazil blows out big bets on England
The defeat of England by Brazil and the early exit of favourites France & Argentina means that UK bookmakers look set to have a very profitable World Cup.

18th June       London      Source: The Guardian
William Hill float gives markets a fillip - World Cup fever values bookmaker at more than £1bn

17th June       London       Source:
Camelot tells shops: meet ticket targets or lose terminal
Sales of tickets for the UK's National Lottery have now declined in 4 consecutive years and the product has been rebranded "Lotto" and "Lotto Extra" for the midweek draw.

17th June       London       Source:,, Yahoo UK/Reuters &
William Hill bet pays off
William Hill shares race ahead
William Hill scores with stock debut
Investors back bookmaker flotation
Conditional trading started today, the public can have a punt on the shares from Thursday.

17th June       London       Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
FTSE bounces at open, William Hill makes firm debut

15th June       London       Source: The Guardian
Will the casino's wheels turn against the punter?
Last week a parliamentary select committee heard arguments for and against liberalising Britain's gambling laws.

14th June       London      Source: - The Business of Betting
William Hill a top-priced float favourite - Are Brazil the best "sell" left in a World Cup of shocks?

14th June       London      Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires & Reuters
Report Says Investors Appear Eager For William Hill IPO
William Hill float sure fire bet
Hill's shares are set to commence trading on the London Stock Exchange on Monday morning at a price of 225p.

12th June        London        Source: The Guardian, DailyTelegraph & The Independent
Patent row angers William Hill
Casino claims anger William Hill
William Hill embroiled in patent dispute
Friday's float on the London Stock market could be marred by claims that Hill's downloadable casino infringes upon intelectual property.

12th June        London        Source:
Arena Leisure's attheraces jv launches telephone betting service

11th June        London        Source: & The Scotsman
Help addicts, gambling chiefs urged
Inquiry Needed on Perils of Gambling - MP
In the  wake of the proposed gambling reforms in the UK, the debate is now about who should fund programmes to help problem gamblers.

11th June        Richmond, Surrey        Source: London Evening Standard
Betting shop staff held at gunpoint

11th June        London        Source: & London Evening Standard
Bookies stop Big Brother bets fearing second sting
Bookies cash in on French defeat

10th June        London       Source: The Independent
William Hill under starter's orders for the race of its life
The floatation is set for the 17th of June with an offer price of between190p to 240p.

9th June        London       Source: The Observer
Football clubs gamble on casinos
Nationwide league clubs that have been hit hard financially by the collapse of ITV Digital are said to be now in talks with UK casino operators.

9th June        London       Source:
Mother wins £1,000 baby bet
William Hill struck the bet and the story delivers some excellent free advertising.

8th June        Northern Ireland       Source: - June 5th
Nigel Dodds clarifies laws on casinos
The Minister for Social Development has stated that under the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order 1985 casinos are illegal in Northern Ireland, and he has no plans to change the legal position.

6th June        London       Source:
Arena Leisure's attheraces May 1-18 viewing figures above expectations

6th June        London        Source: Guardian Unlimited
Trainer denies betting scam - BBC investigation alleges Murphy wagered on own horse to lose

3rd June        Great Yarmouth, UK       Source: Norwich Evening News
Chips are down for casino on seafront

31st May        London       Source: - The Business of Betting
Teamtalk agrees takeover by ukbetting
Zetters property sale turns a profit - Ladbrokes, Man United agree betting deal

30th May        London       Source:
Ladbrokes and Manchester United join forces

29th May        London        Source: The Guardian
IG suffers from the wrong sort of bets
Online bookmakers expect to be World Cup winners

21st May        London        Source: ukbetting/
Inventor Sir Clive Sinclair wins the inaugural UKBetting sponsored London Poker night

19th May       London      Source:
BBOA want data deal to be made void
The British Betting Office Association is unhappy with the British Horseracing Board deal on media and data rights and will be presenting a report to the Office of Fair Trading.

19th May       Wales      Source:
Horse pips man to the post in marathon race

17th May       London      Source: FT Global Archive - The Business of Betting
William Hill float not floored by Punch - Ladbrokes trading update shows growth for industry

17th May       London      Source:
Hilton 1st 4 months profit slightly ahead of forecasts but down 14% on last year
Hilton still being hit by impact of US terror attacks

16th May       London     Source:
William Hill, Focus Wickes to proceed with LSE flotation

14th May       London       Source: Yahoo UK/The Motley Fool
William Hill: A Thoroughbred or Donkey?

13th May       London       Source:
Bookmaker pays out on both Ferrari drivers
Bookies not surprised at Ferrari farce
After the controversial finish to the Austrian Grand Prix, Paddy Power have decided  to payout on both drivers. Graham Sharpe from William Hill advises punters to smarten up to Formula 1 politics. Svenska Spel the Swedish bookmakers have thrown in the towel and decided not to take any more bets on the sport.

13th May       London       Source: Northern Light/AFX
William Hill to list at the LSE at most opportune time - analysts

13th May       London       Source: & Guardian & Electronic Telegraph
William Hill to float in June
William Hill to float in time for World Cup
William Hill announces stock market float
Hill's has 1,600 high street shops in the UK as well as the telephone and Internet betting divisions. Analaysts believe the company will be valued at between £900m and £1.1bn. Turnover was £2.4 billion in the 53 weeks to January 1.

12th May       London       Source: Online Ireland
Ladbrokes to roll out its own TV station

12th May       London       Source: The Times Online
Banks allow LCI further respite
London Clubs entry into the Las Vegas market with the now bankrupt Aladdin has landed the company with debts totalling £250 million.

12th May       Wales       Source:
Odds slashed as marathon man enters race against horses

10th May       London       Source:
World Cup gambling revenue soars

10th May       London       Source: FT Global Archive
William Hill putting final touches to flotation plan: Betting group's IPO could be one of the largest UK new issues this year

10th May       London      Source: FT Global Archive/AFX
London Clubs signs standstill agreement with lenders

10th May       London       Source: FT Global Archive/Guardian
Lottery could be Camelot's for ever, says audit office

9th May       London       Source:
Packer: A born gambler
The BBC Sports takes a look at perhaps the worlds most flamboyant casino owner - certainly the biggest tipper!

8th May       Liverpool     Source: Northern Light/AFX
Stanley Leisure buys 2 casinos for 8.1 mln stg in cash, paper deal
The company has purchased the International Casino Club's in Brighton & Luton, bringing their total number of casinos to 35 including 3 in London.
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8th May       London      Source: Global Archive
Rank to open Hard Rock Casino in Manchester

8th May       UK betting news     Source:
Arena Leisure reaches agreement to show broadcast of races, sees £6 million/yr
Hilton's Ladbrokes reaches agreement to show racing from 49 UK racecourses
Punter stakes £62,500 on Arsenal title win

5th May       London        Source: Bloomberg/The Times & FT Global Archive /AFX
William Hill Expected to Announce June Share Sale, Times Says
Coral to ditch IPO plans in favour of trade sale - report

4th May       Teeside, UK       Source: icTeeside/Evening Gazette
Odds on new Tees casinos

3rd May       London & Florida       Source:
Rank finances Florida Seminoles Casino Resorts with $325 million bond issue
Rank Group intends licensing its Hard Rock brand to the Indian casinos in Tampa & Hollywood. The two properties being set to have some 3,500 slots and 115 table games.

3rd May       Blackpool      Source: Blackpool Gazette/
Council chiefs: 'Yes' to casinos
Blackpool Council's ruling cabinet are in favour of the town being a pilot project for "Las Vegas style" casino resorts.

2nd May       London      Source: Yahoo UK /Reuters
UK bookies agree TV deal with horse track owners

1st May       London      Source:
Arena Leisure's 'attheraces' digital  TV joint venture launches on Sky
Racecourse Association reject bookies' offer