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May - June 2004

30th June          London           The Publican
Profits from AWP machines drop

28th June          London           The Racing Post & Sporting Life
RHT signs agreement over betting shop pictures
Racing UK seeking betting backing

28th June          London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Clive Hawkswood gets top job at ARGO
ARGO is the newly formed Association of Remote Gambling Operators, which is affiliated to the Association of British Bookmakers.

25th June          London          This is Money &
Bookie will pay out on Sol's 'goal'
British bookies pay off on Campbell's disallowed goal at Euro 2004
William Hill will payout around £100,000 but if England had won the game the total would have have been over £3 million!.

24th June          Blackpool          Blackpool Today
Casinos bid in spotlight
Blackpool will be pushing it's case for "Las Vegas Style" casinos in early July during further oral hearings of the joint committee on the Draft Gambling Bill.

23rd June          London          Newham Recorder
Hammers: £1m casino plan
West Ham United are the latest British football club to be linked with Las Vegas Sands.

20th June          Swansea          South Wales Evening News
New laws open way for £1 million gaming machines

20th June          London          The Times
Jackpot curbs hit UK casinos

19th June          Northampton          Northampton Today
Beacon aims to be fourth casino
Beacon Bingo is seeking permission to offer a casino at their club in Weedon Road, St James.

19th June          Glasgow          The Scotsman & icScotland
Vegas-style casino comes to the banks of the Clyde
Casino complex gets go-ahead
Glasgow city council has given approval to London Clubs Internationals Rendezvous project on Springfield Quay that on opening will be Scotland's largest casino.

19th June          London - Gaming Investments          The Independent
What's on the cards for the gambling industry?
The outlook for U.K. bookmaking and casino stocks has taken a knock following the Government's publication of their responce to the Joint Scrutiny Committee's report.

18th June          Blackpool          Blackpool Today
New casino aims to pull in locals
The Paris Casino on Station Road, South Shore is in the Grand Hotel Buildings - the former location of the Blackpool Grosvenor Casino.

16th June          London          The Straits Times
Britain opens its doors to super casinos

16th June          London          The Independent
Is this the future for UK gambling?
A look at the companies lining up at the starting gate to enter or further develop their existing British operations.

16th June          London          London Evening Standard
Football's fears over gambling reform

15th June          London
Gambling Bill: Government responds to report on draft

15th June          London          The Guardian, Daily Telegraph & Las Vegas Sun
Coming soon: £1m fruit machines
Children 'will be safeguarded' in boost for gambling
Venetian may scale back investment

15th June          London          The Scotsman/PA
Gambling Bill disappoints the City
Shares in Stanley and Rank Group fell 6% on Monday as traders saw few possitives in the Government's responce to the Joint Scrutiny Committee Report.

14th June          Las Vegas & London
Casino group warns against cap on slots
Las Vegas Sands, as one would expect, have voiced opposition to a slot numbers cap in Britain. They optimistically hope to complete 20 deals with Soccer clubs in all divisions.

14th June          London          Number 10
Tough new gambling rules to protect young
Many U.S. companies are going to be disappointed although the top limit for the very largest casinos will be 1,250 slots - that is if any are ever built!.

14th June          London & The Scotsman
Churches say government may fail vulnerable over gambling
Fruit machines set for chip shop ban

14th June          London & Bloomberg News
UK stance on new gambling law hits stocks
Stanley Leisure, Rank Fall as U.K. Supports Casino Restraints 
In afternoon trading on the LSE  both Rank Group and Stanley Leisure are down 5%.

14th June          London
Gambling laws shake-up announced
Vegas on Sea - 9th June

14th June          London          Department of Culture Media & Sport - Press release
Government To Introduce Tough New Gambling Protections
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tessa Jowell has unveiled the Government's responce to the Draft Gambling Scrutiny report.

14th June          London          Department of Culture Media & Sport
The Government Response to the First report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill (Cm6253)

14th June          London          The Scotsman/PA
New Gambling Laws 'Will Protect Young People
Fruit machine prizes to hit £1m

12th June          Aberdeen          Aberdeen Press and Journal
Proposal to convert Market Street buildin into third casino
If all the plans for casinos in Aberdeen go ahead there will be 9 casinos in the city.

11th June          London          The Guardian &
William Hill chief dumps shares - 'Personal' decision cuts firm's value by £75m
William Hill steady after plunge
Since joining the FTSE 100 Hill's are receiving a great deal more media attention than previously.

10th June          Sheffield          Sheffield Star
Place your bets as sun rises on casino!
There are now 3 existing casinos and 3 more on the drawing board in Sheffield. MGM Mirage (Meadowhall), Isle of Capri (Bramall Lane) & Sun International (Lower Don Valley). The Sun International "Sheffield Sun" would have 41 to 60 tables and 1,200 slots.

10th June          London          Yahoo/
William Hill falls after CEO sells shares
Hill's CEO David Harding has cashed out 946,954 shares, leaving himself owning just 50,000.

4th June          Hayling Island, U.K.         Portsmouth Today
Casino plan to boost island tourism

2nd June          Birmingham         ICNetwork/Birmingham Post
Casinos looking a sure-fire bet for success
Article based on the statistics released in a report by research group KPMG.

30th May          Glasgow         The Scotsman
Bingo halls to take casino gamble
Carlton Clubs that operates 16 Bingo halls in Scotland is planning on converting several of it's operations to casinos.

29th May          London          The Racing Post - Registration required
Hartnett issues angry riposte to Bell's comments
BHB re-iterate concern over betting exchanges
Bookmakers may have alternative agenda

29th May          London          The Independent
Racing: Ladbrokes chief's news for punters: 'At least one race every day is fixed'
An amazing story. It must be noted however that the comment may be part of  Britiain's high street bookmakers campaign to discredit Betting Exchanges.

29th May          London          The Independent
Racing: Ladbrokes chief's news for punters: 'At least one race every day is fixed'

28th May         London         London Evening Standard
'One race a day is fixed'
£12b betting scandal hits racing
Comments from Chris Bell CEO of Ladbrokes.

28th May          Swansea          South Wales Evening Post
Viva Las Vegas at £200 million SA1

25th May          London          That's Cricket
Another casualty of betting - Ed Giddins

25th May          London          Revolution
William Hill to launch interactive TV betting channel

25th May         Inverness          The Scotsman/PA
Carlton Clubs flotation confirmed as bingo chain plans UK expansion

24th May          London          The Guardian/Observer - Columist Opinion
Labour's bet noir

23rd May          London          London Evening Standard
Online gambling to escape tax

23rd May          London          This is London/Mail on Sunday
Hilton takes a new punt on casinos
4 years after selling their casino estate, mainly acquired from Stakis to Gala for £235 million, Hilton Group are planning to re-enter the market.

21st May          London          Digital Spy
William Hill to launch TV channel
Hill's have teamed up with Digital Interactive Television Group to bring their own digital TV channel with interactive games and live betting available through the remote control.

20th May          London          New Media Age
Blue Square online casino launch will rival sister site
Channel 4 in deal to bring iTV betting to Big Brother

20th May          Scotland          Glasgow Evening Times
Working in a casino can be bad for health
Story revolving around yesterday's release from the GMB Union.
Scots casino workers gambling with their health

20th May          London          The Caterer Online
Luminar pins its hopes on six core brands and casinos

19th May          Scotland          GNM Union - Press release
Scots casino workers gambling with their health
The GMB Union have released the results of a survey of their members at Scotland's 12 casinos.

19th May          London - Research report
Casino growth on the cards
A bullish report from KPMG who see U.K. casino revenues jumping to £2.5 billion in 2009 from £690 million in 2003.

18th May          London          The Scotsman & Independent
Strong trading lifts William Hill
William Hill is good bet to post big profits

18th May          London          Net Imperative
New betting company seeks £5m

17th May          London          London Evening Standard
William Hill on winning streak

17th May          London          Yahoo UK/Reuters &
UK's William Hill sees strong trading in betting
William Hill enjoys good fortune
The average win from Hill's 3,500 FOBT's has risen to £400 in the first 19 weeks of 2004.

17th May          London          The Independent
Gaming float marks return of the retail punter
The Gaming Bourse are hoping to raise £5 million. Website:

17th May          London          The Scotsman
Bookmaker Reported to Be Considering Floatation - Coral Eurobet

16th May          London          The Observer/Guardian
Coral in £1.3bn float
Charterhouse Development Capital are apparently planning a public offering for Coral Eurobet later this year.

15th May          Belfast & Liverpool          Belfast Telegraph
The new Tory Lord from Ulster
Interesting profile of Stanley Leisure founder Leonard Steinberg and his recent elevation to the House of Lords.

15th May          London          FT Online, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent.
Stanley Leisure warns on long winning streak
Bad losers and hefty winners pummel Stanley Leisure's profits
Stanley hits a losing streak
Lucky punters are bad news for Stanley Leisure

14th May          Manchester          London Evening Standard
Developers look north to casino win
No less than 5 International groups are now interested in establishing a casino on a site adjacent to Manchester City's new stadium.

14th May          York          This is York - Link liable to change shortly
Is a casino still on the cards?

14th May          Liverpool          Stanley Leisure - Press release
Pre-Close Trading Update
Star City, Crockfords and the Colony Club appear to be the villains with £3 million in debts still not collected from 2003.

14th May          London & Liverpool & The Times Online
Stanley Leisure says profits could fall
Stanley slides on outstanding debts
Stanley's share price was down 23p to 444p in mid-morning trading.

14th May          London &
Gaming Firm Shares Hit By Warning
Debt worries rattle gaming firm
Stanley Leisure have announced that full year profits for 2004 may well be below the £41.3 million achieved in 2003.

12th May          London
Forum Brief: Gambling industry
Responces to the Draft Gambling Bill form GamCare and the British Casino Operators Association.

12th May          Glasgow          The Scotsman
New Clydeside casino could generate 200 jobs
London Clubs International's plans for a Rendezvous Casino at Springfield Quay in Glasgow.

11th May          London &  Antigua         Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Gaming plc reports first quarter results

11th May          London &  Toronto         Yahoo/Business Wire
Betfair's Online Poker Site Goes Live Powered By CryptoLogic-Developed Software

11th May          London          Yahoo UK/Reuters & ShareCast
Ukbetting results disappoint but sees 2004 profit
UKbetting looks to better 2004

10th May          Blackpool
"Las Vegas" plans threaten Blackpool donkeys
The kind of human interest negative publicity that those in favour of Blackpool mega-casinos certainly did not want.

10th May          Manchester & Las Vegas          Bally Gaming & Systems -  Press release
Bally Gaming & Systems announces grand opening of new U.K. Headquarters

10th May          Scotland          Glasgow Evening Times
Unveiled: £8m plans for Scotland's biggest casino
London Club's ambitious designs for a casino at Springfield Quay that has been granted planning permission. Glasgow presently has 5 casinos.

10th May          London & Liverpool & GMB Union
UK's largest casino operator recognises GMB
Britain's largest casino operator, Stanley Casinos, signs ground breaking agreement with GMB Union
The agreement between the GMB Union and Stanley Casinos was signed on the 5th May at the Star City Casino in Birmingham.

8th May          Liverpool          Leisure Opportunities
Casino operator announces historic deal with trade union

8th May          London
Pinsents partners take a punt on own gambling law firm

5th May          London & Las Vegas & Yahoo UK/Reuters
Casino giant quits race for Wembley
MGM Mirage calls it quits on UK's Wembley
The latest bid from BLB Investors reached £308 million and MGM Mirage have decided to fold.
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