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November - December 2003

31st December         London          London Evening Standard
Big Earls Court stake for sale
Earls Court 2 will be the venue for the International Casino Exhibition between the 27th and 29th of January.

30th December         London          The Scotsman & Sporting Life
Owner faces betting exchange charge
Rodgers facing betting charge
The charge, that may be the first of it's kind, is being brought by the Jockey Club who's rules forbit owners from laying their horses to lose.

30th December         Scarborough          The Yorkshire Post
Coast casino may oust arcade

30th December         London
Online National Lottery launched

29th December          London          The Racing Post - Registration required
UKbetting purchases Rivals for £2 million

29th December          Dublin & Alderney          Business World Ireland
Paddy Power to launch online casino

28th December          London & Dublin          The Times Online - Registration required
Paddy Power casino to rival online giants
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power intends launching an online casino in early 2004.

28th December          London          The Observer/Guardian
Betting firms to pay up to £9 million to help gamblers
British Casino operators and Bookmakers have apparently so far failed to come up with a £3 million commitment to fund problem gambling initiatives.

26th December          Northern Ireland          Belfast Telegraph &
Racing: Minister spells out good news for Sunday betting
Sunday betting rules 'relaxed'

24th December          Newcastle          This is Tyneside
Gambling tax too high, says company - MGM Mirage

24th December          Northern Ireland          The Belfast Telegraph
On-course betting set to be allowed on Sunday

22nd December          London             The Independent
Las Vegas gaming giants warn tax take threatens UK expansion
U.S. casino operators wishing to open casinos in the U.K. are lobbying for a reduction in gaming taxes before they commit to major investments.

21st December          London             WRKA Louisiana
Bookies Believe Rod Stewart Will Be The Next Knighted Rocker

19th December          London             Coinslot Magazine
Details remain sketchy as committee looks for something to scrutinise
Harbour House opens with royal approval
Commission to have power to impose additional conditions on operating licences

19th December          London             Racing Post - Registration required
Bet 365 offer opportunity to "lay" horses
Tote begin trading from 12 shops in Glasgow area

19th December          London             The Press Gazette - Registration required
Hipwell and ex-Soccer Bet editor for gambling mag
Magazines published by Dennis include Maxim, Computer Shopper and the Adult comic Viz.

19th December          London             The Scotsman
Game on for casino operator - London Clubs International

19th December          London             Financial Times & Yahoo/Reuters
London Clubs moves back into the black
UK casino operator London Clubs back in black

18th December          New York & London             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Electronic Game Card Announces State Lottery Order

15th December          London             Financial Times
Wheels of fortune: with Britain set to win more freedom to gamble, casino owners sense the chance of a bonanza
Detailed look at the rush of U.S. casino operators cementing deals in the UK in expectation of gaming deregulation.

15th December          Jersey   
Salvation Army criticises casino

14th December          London             The Independent
Bookmakers urge Government to investigate online betting exchanges

14th December          Newcastle   
Casino brings city jobs boost
Aspinalls's casino at The Gate is one of several new casinos planned for Newcastle. The Gate Aspers Casino website perhaps?

14th December          Gt. Yarmouth             Norwich Evening News
Mystery punter wins £205,000 on £1 bet
A CSP Royal Flush in Diamonds at the Grosvenor Casino on Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth.

13th December          London             The Racing Post - Registration Required
Betfair agree South African data deal
Gambling director jailed for pension fund theft
Company director Andrew Petrie gambled away almost £1 million on Betfair of a total £1,592,338 stolen from the pension fund.

13th December          Newcastle             The Journal/icNewcastle
Bannatyne gambles his future on casinos
Bannatyne Fitness is the latest company to announce a casino plan in Newcastle. This follows Aspinall's, MGM Mirage/Newcastle United & possibly Gala/Harrahs. Newcastle presently has 2 casinos, a Stanley and a Grosvenor.

12th December          Blackpool              This is Lancashire
Casino cards on the table
Members of the joint house committee scrutinising the draft Gambling Bill visited Blackpool this week. They met both those in favour of Blackpool's casino plans and those opposed.

11th December          London             New Media Age
Rank uses casino brand to avoid sponsorship ban

11th December          Coventry             Coventry Evening Telegraph
Don't bet on a warm welcome!

10th December          Coventry & Salford   
Arena partner gambles on the north - Isle of Capri

10th December          Britain             The Salvation Army
Draft Gambling Bill - a response from The Salvation Army

10th December          Britain             The Salvation Army
Government set to increase gambling opportunities - but 93% of Britons say there's already enough

10th December          London   
Public 'opposes gambling shake-up'
A Salvation Army survey of 973 adults has found that over 93% believe that Britain has enough gambling opportunities.

10th December          Britain             icBerkshire
Most oppose 'resort casinos'

10th December         Morecombe, Lancashire             Morecombe Today
Lady luck is on our side

9th December          London             The Racing Post - Registration Required
Man jailed over betting fraud

8th December          London             Coinslot Magazine
BACTA adopts tougher stance at convention
BACTA REPORT - Donít gamble with jobs and revenue
Mixed results for Grosvenor with Capital staying soft

8th December          Blackpool             Blackpool Today
'We want casinos facts first-hand'
The joint committee studying the draft Gambling Bill are in Blackpool today and Tuesday.

8th December          Glasgow, Scotland             Glasgow Evening Times
Bowling is bowled over by casino bid
Harrah's Entertainment's plans for a casino in Bowling (Population 500) on the site of a former ESSO oil terminal.

8th December          Blackpool   
MPs scrutinise casino plans
The cross house committee studying the draft gambling bill will be in Blackpool today looking at the towns casino plans.

8th December          Manchester             The Scottish Herald
Private probe into Fergusonís betting

7th December          Blackpool             Blackpool Today
Betting on bright future for the resort - PLACE your bets now!
Maggie Dollin-Evans, head of school of tourism, leisure and hospitality will run a 12-week BTEC Advanced Diploma in Casino Operations starting next year. Website:

7th December          Glasgow, Scotland             Scotland on Sunday
Bowling, UK: welcome to the new Las Vegas
Harrah's plans in a Glasgow suburb for an abandoned oil terminal on the banks of the Clyde.

7th December          London             London Evening Standard
Float for phone gambling firm

7th December          Manchester & London             Daily Telegraph
Gambling habits of Sir Alex Ferguson to be exposed in wrangle over £150m racehorse

6th December          Bolton             Bolton Evening News
Drinking go-ahead for casino project

6th December          Preston, Lancashire             Lancashire Evening Post
City windfall if resort casinos get go-ahead
Report based on studies by the Lancashire West Partnership:

5th December          New York & London             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Electronic Game Card Inc Debuts on OTCBB

5th December          Scarborough             Scarborough Evening News
Casino plan for seafront
The plan by the Corrigan Group to demolish an amusement arcade follows permission being granted last month for the demolision of the Scarborough Opera House to build a new casino.

5th December          Blackpool             The Guardian
College gambles on croupiers for Las Vegas-on-sea
Maggie Dollin-Evans hopes to start a further education course for croupiers at Blackpool and Fylde college next year.

4th December          Coventry             Coventry Observer
Arena chiefs remain upbeat over casino plans

4th December          London & Costa Rica             Net Imperative
TradingSports inks P2P betting deal

4th December          Glasgow             Evening Times Scotland
Bookie for court in city row over online betting
The continuing struggle in the Scottish courts between Easibets founder Henry Spurway and William Hill.

4th December          London             United Kingdom Parliament
Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill

3rd December          Salford, UK             Salford City Reds & Tetley Super league
US casino group backing stadium
Reds announce casino deal
Plans are for a £35 million, 20,000-capacity stadium with a 200 room hotel and 9,000 square metre casino operated by Mississippi based Isle of Capri.

3rd December          Atlantic City             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. and Red City Developments Announce Intent to Develop a Casino Entertainment Complex in Salford, Greater Manchester, England

3rd December          London             Sky News
Casino firm needs more cash - Rank Group

2nd December          Yarmouth             Eastern Daily Press
MPs debate Las Vegas future for Yamouth
Members of the joint house commitee were in the coastal town of Yarmouth yesterday. Yarmouth, like Blackpool has notions of regeneration with casinos a part of the product mix.

2nd December          London             News Shopper
Dice set to tumble at Dome

2nd December          Rugby, Warwickshire             icCoventry
Staff in betting shop hold-up

1st December          Mississippi & Dudley, England            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., Announces Completion of Acquisition of Interest In Blue Chip Casinos, Plc.
The purchase of a two thirds stake in Blue Chip Casinos for $8 million looks to be a real bargain given the scarcity of independent operators.

1st December          Liverpool & Toronto           Yahoo/Business Wire
Littlewoods Gaming Launches Live Person-To-Person Online Poker Using Cryptologic Software

30th November          London            Coinslot Magazine
FOBTs on Ďprobationí but future looks bleak for AWPs in LBOs
A Nova entrant to the gaming machine sector
Star City shines as future footprint for destination casinos

29th November          Britain            The Racing Post - Registration required
Betfair and GamCare join forces
Tote to have 7-year exclusive pool betting licence
Wilson at centre of major storm over exchange claims

29th November          Britain            The Scotsman - Opinion
Pool betting free-for-all could sink Tote

29th November          Coventry            icCoventry/Coventry Evening Telegraph
Casino is still on track
The spokesman for Coventry Arena trys very hard to gloss over what is obviously a major disappointment.

28th November          Cardiff, Wales            The Western Post
Poker winner lands £23,000 for £1 gamble

28th November          Aberdeen, Scotland            The Scotsman
Dice roll on casino proposals

28th November          London            London Evening Standard
Rank declares a full house

27th November          Aberdeen, Scotland            Aberdeen City Council
Miami Beach casino recommended for approval

27th November          London            Government News Network/DCMS
Tote wins seven year license to operate horserace pool betting

27th November          London            The Guardian
Betting on Stanley

27th November          London            Yahoo UK/Reuters & Rank Group release
Hard Rock, London casinos blunt shares at UK's Rank
Rank Group - Trading Update for the 21 weeks to 22nd November

27th November         London            Forbes/Reuters
Rank slides as trade at Hard Rock, casinos hurt

27th November          London            Racing Post - Registration Required
Ladbrokes to create their own pool betting operation
Bell believes exchanges should be regulated by FSA
Dennis renews attack on betting exchanges
Racing Post reports from the Global Betting and Gaming Consultants Industry Seminar held in London on Tuesday.

26th November          London  
New move to tackle 'pyramid cons'

26th November          London            Net Imperative
Gaming Corp prepared to pay out on new acquisition
The company operate a Boss Media powered Internet casino and gaming portal from the domain

26th November          London            Ample/AFX, & 10 Downing Street
UK govt to publish remaining clauses of draft Gambling Bill early next yr
Bets off on gambling overhaul
The Queen's Speech
Extensive deregulation of Britain's gambling laws anytime soon is now a big outsider as Labour's attention has turned to more pressing legislation.

The Queen's speech. Quotation on gambling deregulation.
"Further draft clauses of a bill on gambling will also be published"

26th November          London            Ample/AFX
Sportingbet, Yoomedia to take fixed odds games betting onto UK interactive TV

26th November          London            London Evening Standard
Bookie now operating on Platform 9
Ladbrokes new shop will be on Platform 9 at Paddington Railway Station. Coral's are also about to open a shop in the terminal at Stansted Airport.

26th November          London  
Tote sell-off looks a strong bet
Founded by William Churchill in 1928 plans to sell the Tote a private trust have met the opposition of bookmakers.

26th November          London  
Tote sell-off looks a strong bet

26th November          London            The Publican
Hitting the jackpot?

26th November          London            Daily Telegraph
Seven-year hitch for the Tote
The Tote is set to be awarded a 7 year monopoly on Pool betting before being opened up to all Bookmakers.

25th November          British Horseracing            The Racing Post
No mention of the Tote or Levy in Queen's Speech
Betfair study delivers blunt funding conclusion
BHB refute claims made in Betfair report
Deduction decision pays dividend for the Tote
Sweeting named Betting Shop Manager of the Year

24th November          London            The Observer
Rival bookies cut out of £200m Tote sale

24th November          London            The Independent
Tote's pool betting monopoly on its last legs

24th November          France and Great Britain            Betting Markets
Accor Casinos - Don't be fooled by the name
Could the French Hotel and casino operator also be a potential raider on the UK?

23rd November          London            The Observer
Rival bookies cut out of £200m Tote sale

22nd November          London           The Guardian
Stanley bets on gambling by numbers

22nd November          Newcastle            Northern Business Daily
Casinos boost Stanley's profits

21st November          London            Yahoo UK/Reuters &
Stanley Leisure says trading picks up
Trading better across board at Stanley Leisure

21st November          London            Yahoo UK/Motley Fool
Market Comment - Monte Carlo Or Bust
A summary of deregulation plans and moves by U.S. companies to tie up with British casino operators.

20th November          Northampton             The Guardian
'If people lose their money, they will rob'
Northampton: Is the declining shoe making town in the English midlands ready for "Las Vegas" style casinos?.

20th November          London            The Times & Daily Telegraph
Betting terminals odds on for clearance
Bookies retreat over betting games

20th November          London            Guardian &
Gambling shake-up delayed for a year
Jowell unveils casino legislation
Gambling deregulation in the U.K. will get just a brief mention in the Queens's Sppech on 26th. There will also be no plans to push through reforms quickly.

19th & 20th November          London            Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK's Wembley says gets number of approaches

19th November          London            Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK betting stocks hit jackpot with terminals deal
Gaming machine deal lifts UK betting shop stocks
The agreement between the Association of British Bookmakers, the Gaming Board and the Government will allow 4 gaming machines in each bookmakers. Players will be able to bet up to £100 per spin on FOTB's Roulette.

19th November          Las Vegas & Newcastle            Las Vegas Sun
New U.K. gaming deal set

19th November          Las Vegas & Newcastle            Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE and Newcastle United PLC Announce Joint Venture Agreement

19th November          London  
Vegas-style casinos on the cards

19th November          London            British Gaming Board - Official FOBT release

19th November          London  
Jowell unveils gambling proposals

19th November          London & Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Casino games taught at London airport

19th November          London            Yahoo UK/Sharecast & Reuters
Gambling laws face relaxation
Britain publishes draft bill to free up gambling

18th November          London & Jersey            Yahoo UK/Reuters
Ukbetting to acquire Oddschecker, shares jump

17th November          Reno & UK            Las Vegas Sun
IGT prepares to enter U.K. gambling market

17th November          London            Reuters
Ukbetting consider buying Oddschecker

17th November          London            The Daily Record
Brit of a gamble on Vegas bonanza

17th November          London            The Independent
Leeson gambles on casino website
Rogue Trader Nick Leeson is the first celebrity to sit at the virtual tables of that opened yesterday

16th November          London & Johannesburg            The Daily Telegraph
High roller bets on Britain
Interview with Sun-International CEO Peter Bacon. The company also has it's sights on Great Britain and will be eagerly awaiting the Queen's speech.

16th November          London             The Observer
It's Vegas in Britain as casinos hit the jackpot
Bullish article on proposed changes to Britain's gambling laws. Presumably Part 2 of the draft Gambling Bill is about to be published.

15th November          London             Racing Post - Registration required
Police issue warning against Francis Porcini Racing
Company director robs pension fund to lay on Betfair
Andrew Petrie has admitted stealing £1.6 million from a company pension fund to finance laying bets at

15th November          London             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Virgin Atlantic Adds Fourth Weekly Service From Las Vegas to London

14th November          Tenby, Wales             icWales/The Western Mail
Betting scandal to be made into film
The story of Oyster Maid and a betting coup said to have taken place at Tenby in 1927.

14th November          London             Betting Markets - Niall O'Connor
Rank Group - breaking up, is oh so very hard to do
A look at Rank Group who own Grosvenor Casinos, Hard Rock Casinos and Restaurants, Mecca Bingo & Blue Square Bookmakers. Could the company be a target for an overseas raider?

13th November          London             The Racing Post - Registration required
Committee to consider impact of exchanges

12th November          North East England             Northern Business Journal
Coral buys out betting shops chain
Coral bring their betting office total to 1,045 with the purchase of shops owned by the Joyce family in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

12th November          Portsmouth, England             Leisure Opportunities
South coastís largest casino opens

10th November          Romford, UK             PRNewswire
iBetX Expands Online Betting Exchange to US Market - Website:

10th November          London             Betting Markets - Niall O'Connor
UK Gambling Industry - Betting on deregulation

10th November          London             The Times
US group wants to see small print on casino tax
Park Place's Peter George explaining why the company has so far not followed the lead of MGM Mirage, Isle of Capri & Kerzner International.

10th November          Las Vegas & London             Reno Gazette-Journal
British gamers OK MGM Mirageís stake in English casino

10th November          London & Las Vegas             Financial Times
US casino groups eye UK market
This time it is Park Place, the world's largest casino operator (based on Gaming floor size). The FT has an interview with former Ladbrokes Casinos chief executive Peter George.

7th November          Las Vegas & Bristol            Las Vegas Sun/AP & Dow Jones
MGM Mirage gets approval for interest in British casino firm
MGM Mirage Gets U.K. OK to Buy Metro Casinos Stake

7th November          Las Vegas & Bristol            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Board for Great Britain Approves MGM MIRAGE Investment in Metro Casinos
MGM MIRAGE's approval for a 25% holding in Metro Casinos, a unit of R J Bown Ltd. follows Isle of Capri's approval for a 50% stake in Blue Chip Casinos.

7th November          London            New Media Age
Government plan may keep online casinos offshore
Civil servants working on the draft Gambling Bill may require Internet Casino operators to send a PIN number via post to new customers.

7th November          U.K.            Coinslot Magazine
Marketing to the Ministry
MGM Mirage announces plans for Olympia resort
Gala says open platform is the way forward

7th November          London            The Independent
Dealers gamble on green light for betting terminals at bookies
Shares in both the Hilton Group and William Hill rose yesterday on news of a deal being made on the issue of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) in Britain's betting offices.

6th November          London            The Racing Post - Registration required
Online betting exchange offers 1% commission charge -
Randombet owes £1million after going into liquidation

6th November          Liverpool & Italy  
Stanley Leisure says EU Court rules in its favour in Italian betting
The ECOJ ruling appears to only apply to "bricks and Mortar" operations and not Internet gambling.

6th November          Liverpool & Italy             The Scotsman/PA
Euro Judges Back Internet Bookie in Row with Italian Government
EU Court Boost for British Bookie
Judges at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg have ruled in the Gambelli case that Italy's rules on Interactive betting run counter to EU competition laws.

6th November          London            Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK Hilton shares bounce on talk of terminals pact
Shares of Hilton Group have risen 3% on rumours of an agreement being reached with the British Gaming Board on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

5th November          London            Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK's Interactive Gaming in 4 million sterling share placement

5th November          London            Yahoo UK/
Wembley lower as Colorado voters reject video lottery

4th November         Newcastle  
Students turn to gambling

4th November          Blackpool            Blackpool Today
MPs visit resort over gambling proposals
16 MPs and Peers working on the draft Gambling Act have accepted Blackpools's invitation and will tour the northern resort next month.

4th November          London           Yahoo UK/Reuters & Net Imperative
UK online betting software firm CES to list on AIM - CES Software Ltd.
Betting platform latest to launch float plans

3rd November          London           Financial Times
IGH seeks to add websites to online gambling network
Interactive Gaming Holdings is planning a float on London's AIM market and will also pay £2.5 million for the website & domain

3rd November          London 
Gambling games launched on mobile phones
MLotto has created the Mobile Lottery, allowing users to play one of three games for £1 with the chance of winning up to £1,000.

1st November          London           Topeka Capital-Journal/AP
Online exchange rocks sports betting -

1st November          London          Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK's Rank sells slot-machine firm for 30 million sterling
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