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September - October 1999

26th October   London   Source: London Evening Standard
   Capital Corporation
that was taken over by Stanley Leisure early this year is involved in an investigation by the Accounts Joint Disciplinary Scheme.
    The inquiry will focus on the legitimacy of accounts submitted by Deloitte & Touche, auditors to the company between 1993 to 1997. In 1996 Capital was the subject of a number of independent reports that criticized internal controls, following on from what the London Standard describes as a "staff scam".
    The company was previously known as Crockfords. The three London properties acquired by Stanley are Crockfords, the Colony Club and the Cromwell Mint.

26th October   London  Source: Press release

TCS and South Africa's Techpro announce global joint venture.
    Technical Casino Services and Techpro, South African designers & installers of Casino Surveillance systems have announced that they have entered into a global joint venture.
    The two companies, both acknowledged leaders in their respective fields expect the results of their co-operation to be available world wide from January 2000.

13th October   Luebbecke, Germany  Source: Press release

    Atronic have announced that they have appointed Mr Stuart German as their new sales manager for Atronic International.
    Based at Atronic´s UK office in London, Stuart will especially focus on northern and eastern European countries. His territories include the Scandinavian and the Baltic regions as well as Hungary and the Czech Republic.

12th October   Toronto  Source: Press release

CryptoLogic Inc. Announces Agreement With William Hill
  In an agreement that could signal further co-operation between traditional bookmaking companies and developers of software for online gaming Toronto's CryptoLogic announced that they had signed an agreement with Britain's William Hill to provide "Internet Gaming software and related support services".
    William Hill accounts for an estimated 23 percent of the industry's turnover with over 1500 land based licensed betting shops, employing 9,000 staff. The telephone wagering side has 150,000 registered clients and an estimated market share of 42%. In 1998 William Hill had gross wagering turnover of more than 1.8 billion pounds sterling.

28th September   London  Source: Reuters

   Littlewoods the long time owner of Britain's largest football pools and lately the operator of telephone betting company "Bet Direct" has pulled out of the race to run Britain's National Lottery. The front runners are now believed to be the present operator Camelot and Richard Bransons Virgin Group.
    Camelot is a consortium between ICL, Cadbury Schweppes Plc, Racal Electronics Plc, and banknote printers De La Rue. A spokesman said that the company was on track to have raised 10 billion pounds for good causes before the expiry of its present licence in September 2001.
    The National Lottery Commission has said that 15 groups had expressed an interest in running the lottery for the new seven year term. The winner will be announced next summer.

27th September   Las Vegas Source: Press release

ATRONIC exhibits at the World Gaming Congress & Expo 1999
 "The response to our games at this year’s show was tremendous," said Dick Vink, Atronic President & COO "We had heavy traffic in our booth from customers all over the world the entire show and we fully exceeded last year’s sales."

16th September   London  Source: Evening Standard

   John Aspinall and his wife were attacked and robbed at knifepoint after returning from a night out in Londons West End.
    The masked robbers who the Police think followed the couple home, stole jewellery and assaulted the couple as they struggled during the attack outside their Belgravia home. Mr Aspinall was a pioneer in casino gambling in Great Britain during the sixties, starting off with travelling Baccarat games for Britains privileged classes. He still operates the upmarket Aspinalls Club at 28 Curzon Street.
    Over the years he has also been in the media spotlight following fatal attacks on keepers from Lions kept at his private Zoo.