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November - December 2001

31st December    London    Source:
Maximum fruit machine pay-out to rise to £25

30th December    Italy    Source: Northern Light/Corriere della Sera
Lottomatica and the poisoned pill -- (Lottomatica e la pillola avvelenata)

29th December    Greece     Source:
Two binding offers made for the Mount Parnitha casino
The offers for up to 51% of the Mont Parnes Casino have come from the operators of the two largest casinos in Greece - Thessaloniki & Loutraki.

28th December    France     Source: Northern Light/Les Echos
Accor's casino bid approved (Europeenne de Casinos : l'OPA d'Accor jugee recevable)

28th December    France     Source: Northern Light/Le Figaro
Another record year for French casinos (Nouvelle annee record pour les casinos Francais)

28th December    Spain     Source: Northern Light/El Pais - December 24th
Euro arrival heralds changes for Spanish slot machines (Las maquinastragaperras aumentan la apuesta minima y el premio maximo)
The minimum bet for type 'B" machines located mainly in cafes and bars will become €0.2 with a maximum payout of €120.

28th December    Belgium     Source: Northern Light/Le Soir
Accor Casinos invests in Belcasinos (Ruee sur les casinos belges)
In 2002 the Accor/Colony Capital partnership will be the largest shareholders in the three casinos at Ostend, Spa & Chaudfontaine. Belgium has eight casinos in total.

28th December    France     Source: Northern Light/AFX
Européenne de Casinos: reprise cotation vendredi, OPA Accor recevable (CMF)

27th December    Monaco   Source: Yahoo France/
Societe des Bains de mers et du Cercle des Etrangiers a Monaco: Résultats 1er semestre 2001/2002...

27th December    France & Switzerland    Source: Northern Light/AFX
Lucien Barrière: préavis favorable à implantation casino à Montreux

27th December    France    Source: Northern Light/AFX & Les Echos
2001-2002: saison de bouleversements à venir pour les casinos
French casinos post 10.8 % growth - L'activite des casinos francais a crude 10,8 % en 2000-2001
«Einarmige Banditen» bringen Frankreichs Casinos Rekordverdienste
Win in the 170 French casinos was up 10.8% to €2.27 billion in the year to 31st October. Slot to table win being 91% to 9%. Total slots in operation being 14,403 up 6.2%.

27th December    London    Source:
White Christmas leaves bookies shivering
Festive snowfall scoops punter £4,000

24th December    Scotland     Source: & Glasgow Herald
Casino workers health warning
Casino workers gambling with their health
The findings are from a small survey carried out by the GMB union in Scotland. Many of the problems caused by double shifts, extended opening hours & poor air conditioning. The GMB recommends full health checks for all 800 staff.

24th December    London     Source: Daily Telegraph
Casinos free to spin the Wheel of Fortune

24th December    Greece     Source: Kathimerini - English edition
Gambling Greeks make revenue soar at casinos
The Government owned casinos on Corfu and at Mont Parnes are predicted to have a 33% rise in visitors to 450,000 in 2001.

23rd December    London    Source: & Yahoo/Reuters
Snow warning as bookies slash odds on white Christmas
Bookmakers betting on a White Christmas
"One flake of snow during the 24 hours of Christmas Day could trigger a £100,000 payout"

22nd December    Menton, France    Source: Yahoo Photos
€100,000 Plaque being displayed at Lucienne Barriere's Menton Casino

22nd December    London    Source: The Independent & Guardian
Troubled London Clubs warns of split unless it can raise £50m to reduce debt
Vegas venture pushes London Clubs into loss

21st December    London    Source: The Times
Casino plan is latest gamble to revive the Dome
The 1968 Gaming Act states that casinos in London are only allowed in Westminster and parts of Kensington and Chelsea. The Millennuim Dome is in Greenwich.

21st December    London    Source:, AFX &
London Clubs International hit by Aladdin collapse
London Clubs takes a hit from Aladdin
London Clubs sees debt restructuring deal in Q1; swings into opg loss in H1
Interim results at FT Marketwatch
LCI reported a loss of £18.9 million on turnover of £69.5 million for the six months ended 30th September. Almost £100 million being set aside to cover losses at the Aladdin. Hold during the period was only 5% at Les Ambassadeurs.

21st December    Italy   Source: Northern Light/Il Sole 24 Ore
Takeover bid on Lottomatica begins today

20th December    Finland    Source: FT Global Archive/The Independent
Nic Szeremeta reports from the Helsinki Freezeout tournament held in Finland last week. The event also had the announcement of the first "Poker Oscars" winners.

20th December    London    Source: Ananova
Casinos to feature in redeveloped Dome

20th December    Zurich    Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Blatter embarks on moral crusade
More on FIFA insider deals setting up Interactive betting services for the 2002 World Cup.

19th December    Monaco    Source: Yahoo/Wall Street Transcript
MD outlines the exclusive and unique position of Societe des Bains de Mer in Monaco in Wall Street Transcript interview
SBM has 3,000 employees and last year generated revenues of FF2.2 Billion of which FF1.5 was from the four casinos. 75% of casino win coming from table games. Website:

19th December    France    Source: Northnern Light/La Tribune & Le Monde
Accor buys Européene de Casinos
Accor wants to be France's leading casino group

19th December    World Cup Soccer    Source: ESPN -
Blatter to stamp out betting scam

18th December    London    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Place your bets on wacky odds for 2002

18th December    France    Source: Hospitality Net
Accor Joins Forces With Colony Capital To Launch A Takeover Bid For Compagnie Européenne De Casinos And Create A European Casino Group
Accor: 16 (France 14, Belgium 1, Malta 1) - 2 licenses granted in Switzerland.
E de C: 22 (France 19, Belgium 3) - 1 licence granted in Switzerland.

17th December    France    Source: Northern Light/AFX Yahoo &
Accor buys Compagnie Européene de Casinos for 258 mln eur
Accor/Colony Capital: OPA sur Compagnie Européenne de Casinos pour 258 M EUR
Accor sees 75 mln eur capital gain from Accor Casinos stake sale to Colony
Accor acquiert Européenne de Casinos pour 258 millions d'euros
Accor to acquire casino group for E258m
The deal will create Europe's largest casino company. Accor presently operate16 locations and Européenne 22.
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17th December    Sweden    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Casino Cosmopol in Sweden Implements NiceVision Pro Digital Video Recording Platform to Safeguard Guests and Employees
Casino Cosmopol deciding to go with a digital solution to Surveillance. Sweden's second casino opened in Malmo on the 7th of December with 1,955 visitors. Website:

16th December    London    Source:
Bookies pay out early on Christmas number one

15th December    Monaco & Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
MIS Names Dworin, Corporate Vice President/Marketing

14th December    London     Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Orbis to Supply OpenBet Software for New Blue Square Telebetting Service

13th December    London     Source: Ananova
Rank Group wins licence for Hard Rock Casino in London's West End
The London Hard Rock Casino will be located in the former Fashion Cafe near Leicester Square and is scheduled to open towards the end of 2002.

13th December    Monaco     Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Yahoo News Photos - Monte Carlo's new Euro chips and jetons
Monte Carlo's old casino (Société des Bains de Mer) is introducing the new cash chips, jetons and plaques from the 17th of December. It appears from the photo the top value is €200,000

13th December    London     Source: FT Global Archive/The Independent
Nic Szeremeta's weekly column takes the reader to St Petersburg and the first Poker "International" between the UK & Russia.

7th December    Ireland    Source: & Yahoo/BizPlus Ireland
Bookies worry as punters lose punt
Irish Bookmakers Offer Tax-Free Betting
Irish bookmakers after the 1st of January will be taking bets in Irish Punts but must payout in Euros. Betting tax however has been cut from 5% to 2%. The idea being to stop punters betting with UK Bookmakers.

6th December    London   Source:
Gaming Insight raises £900,000 via placing at 9p/shr

6th December    London & Australia   Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Australia's Biggest Online Gaming Site 'Tatts' Moves Into Sports Betting With UK Partner - Orbis

6th December    London   Source: Yahoo/CNet News
Lax Net gambling laws may help U.K. thrive

3rd December    London   Source:
Online casino links up with lads magazine is teaming up in a revenue sharing agreement with FHM.

2nd December    London   Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters Company News
Inside Track-City bookies look to spread their bets abroad

30th November    Madrid    Source: The Guardian
Morbid appeal of Spain's Christmas lottery
49 out of 50 Spaniards are expected to purchase £1.2 billion worth of tickets for "El Gordo" the world's largest single gambling event. This year certain number combinations are very much in demand.

29th November    London    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Ladbrokes Deploys Orbis' OpenBet in Its 200 Seat UK Call Centre

29th November    Walsall, England    Source: FT Global Archive/The Independent
Mr Szeremeta's weekly column in the Indepenedent covers the "Quarter Million" held last week at the Grosvenor Casino in Walsall. 121 players resulted in a prize pool of £302,500.

29th November    London    Source: FT Global Archive/The Times
Gala admits interest in troubled LCI's assets
Gala continues search for casinos - Leisure group maintaining watchful eye on London Clubs International
Gala operates 28 casinos that were purchased from the Hilton Group (Ladbrokes) in 2000. They were recently rebranded under the company name. Website:

29th November    Israel    Source: Jerusalem Post
Tourism Ministry looking into approving Eilat casino

27th November    London    Source:
Camelot's half-year profits slide
'Couple losing ticket is hitting Lottery sales'

26th November    Australia & UK    Source: Sydney Morning Herald
English try their luck at Keno
Queensland based Jupiters has begun to trial their Keno game in 30 Stanley Leisure betting shops in the North of England.

26th November    London    Source: The Guardian
Camelot fails to halt slide
UK National Lottery sales in the year to 31st March were down to £4.983bn from a peak of £5.5bn in 1998.

24th November    London    Source: FT Marketwatch - Scheherazade Daneshkhu
William Hill weighs bid for LCI
Several companies have expressed an interest in LCI. The company operates 6 casinos in the capital and any part purchases could bring some welcome competition to the market.

24th November    France    Source: Northern Light/Les Echos
Partouche buys Contrexeville from Perrier - Partouche reprend le Casino de Contrexeville a Perrier Vittel France
Partouche's purchase from French drinks group Perrier Vittel France (PVF) will become the groups 26th casino.

23rd November    London & Cardiff    Source: The Times
Rock to lead Coinmaster listing
Multi-player Roulette maker Coinmaster Gaming are planning to launch on Ofex in December. Website:

22nd November    London    Source: Northern Light/M2 Presswire
UK Government: Richard Caborn announces increases in gaming machine prizes

22nd November    London    Source:
Slot machine jackpots to rise to £25
Teenage arcade gambling crackdown announced
MSN UK launches gambling channel - Nov 8th
Britain's 195,000 AWP (Amusement with Prizes) machines will be allowed to have a £25 jackpot from February 2002. Casino & club machines may have a £2,000 jackpot.

22nd November    London    Source:
Interactive horseracing website approved by UK Tote
Arena Leisure says BBC, attheraces sign broadcast deal - Nov 19th
Punters will soon be able to watch and bet on live British horse racing over the Internet. The deal also appears to include the Derby and Cheltenham festival. website:

21st November    Madrid    Source: FT Global Archive/
Fadesa sole bidder for Madrid casino contract (Fadesa, unica oferta por el segundo casino de Madrid)

20th November    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Las Vegas Sun
Aladdin obtains financing to operate in 2002
London Clubs deals its way out of obligation

20th November    London    Source: The Observer
Green light to gambling revolution

19th November    London   Source: Northern Light/M2 Presswire
Ladbrokes deploys Orbis' Openbet in its 200 seat UK call centre

18th November    London    Source: Sunday Telegraph
Arena makes play for Gaming
UK Racecourse operator Arena Leisure is apparently in purchase talks with online gaming operator Gaming Insight.

17th November    London & Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Reuters
London Clubs freed from Vegas Aladdin obligations

15th November    London   Source:
Racing chiefs concerned over gambling deregulation

14th November    Vienna, Austria   Source: Northern Light & Der Standard
Three further casinos planned for Austria - Drei weitere Kasinos in Osterreich geplant
Drei weitere Kasinos in Österreich geplant
Monopole im Glücksspielmarkt - 8th October.

14th November    Italy   Source: Northern Light/Il Sole 24 Ore
Cirsa opens Bingo hall in Treviso - Gli spagnoli de Cirsa sbacano a Treviso

14th November    London   Source: FT Marketwatch
Rank looks for 'satisfactory' year

9th November    London & Costa Rica   Source: FT Global Archive
Aim float tipped at Pounds 100m -
The FT reports that the Costa Rican based bookmaker had a turnover of £722 million in the year to January 31st and employs some 1,300 staff worldwide.

9th November    London   Source: Yahoo UK Sports
BHB announce new offer for bookies

8th November    London   Source: The Independent/FT Global Archive
Independent Pursuits: Poker
Nic Szeremeta's weekly column takes a look at the Holland Casino's Master Classics of Poker tournament taking place in Amsterdam.

7th November    London    Source: Northern LIght/AFX-UK
Gaming Insight's in JV with

6th November    London & Las Vegas    Source: The Times &
LCI hopes to escape Aladdin burden
London Clubs 'near to freeing itself from troubled casino'
The Times reports that in return for the write off of the £130 million investment the Bank of Nova Scotia will aquire a significant stake in LCI.

6th November    Switzerland    Source: Northern Light/Le Figaro
French groups play and win in Switzerland - Les groupes Francais jouent et gagnent en Suisse
French casino operators Barriere, Tranchant, Accor, Didot-Bottin and Europeenne Casinos have been awarded licenses. The final decision on operators was announced on the 25th October.

5th November    London    Source: Sunday Times
Gala moves into online gambling
Gala last year bought Ladbroke Casinos and has now aquired from Carlton TV in a deal thought to be worth £1.5m.

4th November    Athens    Source: Northern Light/AP
Aircraft Carrier Drifts in Aegean
The Varyag, an uncompleted Russian Carrier now on its way to China to be turned into a floating casino.

2nd November    London    Source: Northern Light/The Times & Daily Telegraph
Game over as Sportal sells to UKBetting
Sportal sold at bargain price

2nd November    Finland    Source: Northern Light/Nordic Business Report
Ruling in PAF case delayed

1st November    London    Source:
Ukbetting says acquisitions will boost revenues

31st October    London    Source: Northern Light/AFX-UK
Casino workers want more say in changes in the gaming industry
The Gambling Review report contains hardly any input from employees - who naturally will be the most affected by the proposed reforms.
Full release: Casino workers call for a voice, says T & G

31st October    Switzerland    Source: Northern Light/Die Presse
Austrian Casinos dominate in Switzerland - Ostrerreichs Kasinos dominieren Schweiz