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November - December 2002

31st December         London         Source: BBC.co.uk
Casinos challenge bookies over betting games
The British Gaming Board will be challenging Bookmakers in a test case over the legality of machines offering Roulette and Blackjack.

26th December         Glasgow, Scotland          Source: Daily Record
Student scoops £136,000 poker payout
The very first UK progressive jackpot on Casino Stud Poker has been won at a Gala Casino in Glasgow.

24th December         London        Source: Hoovers.com/Newswdge
Camelot calls halt to Big Yin Lotto ad campaign

24th December         Edinburgh, Scotland        Source: Yahoo UK/The Scotsman, Daily Record & BBC Scotland
Quiet Man's gamble fails to pay off after being jailed on drug charges
Jail for drugs dealer who bet £1.3 million
Drug trafficker 'bet more than £1m'
Now starting his prison sentence, the punter had bet over £1.3 with Scotish bookmakers in just 2 months.

23rd December         London          Source: BBC.co.uk
Lotto might be nationalised
Nationalisation is one of 4 plans that the Government is studying after the Camelot contract expires in 2009.

19th December         London          Source: icCheshire.com
Stanley facing bigger wager on London casinos group

19th December         London          Source: Ananova.com
Camelot unveils plan for Europe-wide draw
Provisionally called EuroMillions, Camelot hope it will get regulatory approval for operation in France and Spain.

18th December         London & South Africa           Source: The Guardian
London Clubs sells South African casinos
The headline should read "may" as according to the article the Emerald Safari and Resort Casino has not yet been placed on the market.

17th December         London          Source: Yahoo UK/Sky News
London Clubs Spins Profit

17th December         London          Source: Ananova/AFX
London Clubs's Beckett says co on 'road to recovery'; future secure
London Clubs moves into H1 profits; current trading above expectations

17th December         Bristol, England          Source: Hoovers.com/Bristol Evening Post
Bristol Evening Post: Two Badly Hurt In Casino Fight

9th December         London           Source: Hoovers.com/Mail on Sunday
All-share deal could be the best option for LCI
A look at what the future may hold for LCI shareholders after the company last week rejected a bid from Stanley Leisure.

9th December         London           Source: The Guardian
Gaming law invoked over machines
The British Gaming Board and Bookmakers are headed to court to decide the legality of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) offering Roulette and Blackjack.

5th December        London         Source: Northern Light/AFX
Stanley Leisure to pursue talks with London Clubs despite rejected bid-sources

5th December        London        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
London Clubs International Rejects Stanley Takeover
Article that incorrectly states the number of casinos LCI operates in the UK, the number is 8 and not 23.

4th December        London        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Potential London Clubs deal sparks controversy

3rd December        London        Source: The Independent
Stock Exchange to investigate leak of Stanley's casinos bid
Trading in LCI stock has gone from an average of 460,000 in early November to 2.8 million in the past two weeks.

3rd December        London        Source: Yahoo UK/Sky News
Stanley Eyes London Clubs

2nd December        London        Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters & Northern Light/AFX
Stanley may gamble on London Clubs
Stanley Leisure says talks held over possible London Clubs bid

2nd December        London        Source: BBC.co.uk
Casino chains talk of tie-up
Stanley Leisure presently has 3 London casinos and LCI 6. Spend per head in London is approximately 6 times more than in Britain's provincial operations.

2nd December        London        Source: This is London/Evening Standard & The Guardian
£250m London casino carve-up
London Clubs carve-up in play 
Stanley is reported to be going through Hg Capital that has former London Clubs CEO Alan Goodenough onboard.

30th November        Ayr, Scotland       Source: Inside Scotland
The chips will soon be down
An Ayr businessman is getting his permits and licensing sorted out in anticipation of a change in the "Permitted areas" law.

29th November        London       Source: Hoovers.com/The Racing Post & FT.com
Gaming Board to sue over fixed-odds machines
Casinos fear betting shops are virtually stealing their market
Betting shop operators including Ladbrokes, William Hill & Coral have installed hundreds of what are claimed to be Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) that have Roulette and Blackjack. The British Gaming board is preparing a test of their legality in court.

28th November        London       Source: Coinslot International
London Clubs to sell 50 St James and Sportsman

28th November        London       Source: Coinslot International
Gaming Board prepares to fight against fixed odds betting terminals

25th November        London       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Sky Sports launches Beat The Pundits, the new football game from Two Way TV

23rd November        Felixstowe, England        Source: Ipswich Evening Star
Church leaders call for casino talks

22nd November       British Horseracing        Source: Daily Telegraph
Cheating still rife warns Browne

22nd November        London        Source: Daily Mirror
Seaside cranes to carry on
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has made an exception to proposed new gambling regulations  that would have seen Cranes classed as gambling devices.

20th November        London        Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Orbis Named as One of the UK's Fastest Growing Technology Companies; Revenues Increase by 999% in 3 Years

19th November        Middlesbrough       Source: Coinslot International - Nov 14th Edition
Club operator launches UKs first floating casino

19th November        London       Source: Coinslot International - Nov 14th Edition
Betting or gambling: the deciding factor for FOBT's
British Bookmakers now have a range of machines in place, including Roulette that are claimed to be Fixed Odd's Betting Terminals (FOTB)

18th November        London        Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Aladdin investor trying to sell British casino

17th November        London        Source: The Independent
LCI to sell casino at 50 St James
The casino is said to have a price tag of £50 million. Sol Kerzner is reported to have met LCI executives last week. 

15th November        London       Source: The Guardian
Gambling bug props Hilton
Ladbrokes now has some 1,000 Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals in its betting shops. Turnover on them is over £11m per week despite them being added only in the last two months.

15th November        London        Source: Northern Light/AFX
Gaming Insight in distribution deal for gobarkingmad in Scandinavia
The company intends selling its online casino software and is ceasing managing the Harrods Internet casino.

14th November        London        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Britain's Hilton Posts 4-Month Earnings Drop, Fuels Fears Of Full-Year Decline

13th November        London        Source: Northern Light/AFX
Rank's Hard Rock sales recover, gaming division enjoying "strong results"

13th November        London        Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK's Rank stuck between Hard Rock and solid gaming

10th November        London & Australia        Source: Daily Telegraph
Sportingbet in court wrangle over £1.3m gambling bill
More on the case of the Australian punter who had allegedly stolen his stake money from his employer.

8th November        Liverpool        Source: Yahoo UK/FT Investor
Stanley Leisure gains in morning trade on upbeat forecast for first half
Gamblers boost Stanley Leisure

7th November        Norwich, UK        Source: Norwich Evening News
Councils say don't bet on casino plan
Duncan Bannatyne, owner of a string of fitness clubs has run into planning opposition from the Norwich Council and local residents over his plan to build a casino on the cities outskirts.

4th November        Aberdeen, Scotland        Source: This is North Scotland - 1st November
New Casino looks to be a safe bet.

2nd November        London        Source: Ananova.com
Man puts £64,000 on Arsenal to win Premiership
The Punter will apparently win £86,600. He must have got decimal odds of 2.35, just less than 11/8 in fractional.

1st November        London        Source: The Independent & NetImperative
Sportingbet shares dive 25% on profits warning
Processing cost hikes hit Sportingbet
Sportingbet derives 80% of its business from the US. Turnover grew to £494.5 million from £293.2 million.

1st November        London        Source: Revolution Magazine
BSkyB set to unveil web casino
 







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