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September - October 2000
Europe

30th October   Sweden/Netherlands   Source: IGT Europe Press release (9th October)
Svenska Spel orders 650 more IGT machines

29th October   London   Source: Electronic Telegraph
Stanley jumps in on casino offer

27th October   London   Source: ICE Press release
New Layout Makes ICE 2001 Biggest Ever

27th October   Lübbecke, Germany   Source: Atronic International Press release
Atronic at the EELEX 2000

26th October   Austria & Greece   Source: IGT Europe Press release from Oct 9th
Casinos Austria increases high earning games
Loutraki opts for 100% IGT

19th October   Antiqua  Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Starnet Reports Filing to Reorganize Into a United Kingdom Parent Company

18th October   London  Source: Reuters
Ladbrokes launches online casinos

17th October   Herts, UK/Australia  Source: PowerVR Press release
Aristocrat Technologies to use PowerVR technology in Casino Video Machines

15th October   London   Source: Ananova
Bingo company in bid for hotel chain's casinos - Gala Bingo & Ladbroke Casinos

12th October   London   Source: Annanova
Leisure Link gaming machine deal with Gala

12th October   London   Source: Reuters/Yahoo UK
Bid for UK horseracing TV rights hots up

12th October   London   Source: Sunday Business Oct 8th via Hotel-Online.com
Britainís Hilton Group Plans to Bet on Internet Casino

9th October   Brisbane   Source: Asia Pulse
Casinos Austria Holding to Take Over Cai Australia

9th October   Australia   Source: Yahoo Australia/Dow Jones newswires
Casino Austria Receives Takeover Offer At A$1.20-Shr

9th October   Hull,England   Source: Press release
Infosys Gaming complete software installations in the UK, Malta and Venezuela

5th October   Israel   Source: Business Arena
Rasido FIBI Launching Internet Gambling Site at $6 Mln Investment - www.playsys.com

5th October   Liverpool, England   Source: Stanley Leisure
Stanley Leisure launches online sports betting

4th October   London/Las Vegas   Source: Annanova
Harrods in talks with casino companies

2nd October   Isle of Man   Source: betinternet.com
betinternet.com preliminary results for 12 months to 31st May 2000
Joint venture to provide access to US betting TOTE's through live US Greyound + horseracing.

2nd October   London   Source: Yahoo UK/BBC
Yahoo UK Full Coverage - Reggie Kray Dies
Kray gangster dynasty ends with Reggie's death 
Brief mention of the casino Esmeralda's Barn in Knightsbridge.

27th September  Lübbecke, Germany   Source: Atronic Press release
Atronic at the South American Gaming Suppliers Expo 2000

19th September  Netherlands   Source: European Gaming Association
European Gaming Forum 2001. Estoril announced as new venue.

12th September  Spain   Source: Unidesa Press release
Unidesa's biggest ever in Las Vegas - Introducing the Bingo Slot at the WGCE.

4th September  Lübbecke, Germany   Source: Atronic Press release
Atronic at WGC 2000 - 20 line video slots, pinball theming and animated pokers.
 

18th September  Helsinki, Finland   Source: Press release


    Casino RAY have released details of the first annual Baltic Sea Blackjack Tournament. This new competition the format of which was agreed at the European Gaming Forum in Malta will see players competing for a $20,000 first prize. The best national team will also be awarded an additional $10,500. Qualifying rounds have started or are about to take place in Poland, the Olympic Casino in Estonia and at Casino RAY in Helsinki. The finals being held on the 18th November.
Baltic Sea Blackjack Tournament
 

16th September  Manchester, England   Source: The Times


    The Rank Group who operate Grosvenor Casinos and own the Hard Rock Cafes are planning on bringing the name and theme to Manchester by transferring one their existing three licenses. Rank announced recently that sales of film and holiday subsidiaries were to concentrate on restaurants and gaming. The new location, the Printworks is an £150 million leisure and entertainment development. Stanley Leisure own and operate the two other casinos in the city.
Rank to open first Hard Rock Casino
 

13th September  Las Vegas   Source: Las Vegas Sun


    Privately owned Coast Resorts have opened their fourth casino in northwest Las Vegas. The Suncoast has 2,100 slots and 45 tables and will be targeting the growing locals market. Other Coast properties are the Gold Coast, Orleans and Barbary Coast on the Las Vegas Strip.
Newest casino opens in northwest Las Vegas
 

12th September  London   Source: The Times


    The Times has reported that British Property company Probus Estates has purchased Casino de Mallorca for Euro 32 million (£19.4 million). The casino being the third most frequently visited in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
Casino for Probus
 

10th September  London  Source: Reuters


    British leisure and casino operator Rank Group reported first half results on the 8th. Profits were up 9% to £65 million. Not reported in the Reuters article was the profits from the gaming side of the companies operations. Rank  operates 31 casinos in the UK and 2 in Belgium under the Grosvenor Casinos brand. The London casinos being the Victoria Sporting Club, Clermont, Gloucester, Connoisseur, and Park Towers.
Rank says H1 profits up, investors unmoved
 

6th September  Bucharest   Source: Bucharest Business News


    The Bucharest Business News details the opening of the impressive looking Paris Casino at the Bucuresti Hotel. The 20 table opertion being financed by Israeli businessman Avshalom Zuman. The casino will be competing with the Partouche Casino in the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel that opened in 1999. 
    Despite these new openings, high rates of taxation is cited as to why the number of casinos in the Romanian capital has declined to 7 from 17 in 1996.
New Bucharest casino opens
New casino for capital - October 1999
 

6th September  Luebbecke   Source: Press release


     Slot manufacturer Atronic have announced details of new products that will be debuted at the WGCE in October by US subsidiary Atronic Americas. Games include Rock & Rollin with a pinball theme, Break the Spell, I.C Money, Three Wishes and Castaways. The later two being 20 line video slots that are the first to be introduced to the American market by the company. There will also be Hot Hand Poker a video poker game with animations and card tricks included in the graphics.
Atronic at WGC 2000
Atronic launches Cashline series in Africa
 

5th September  London   Source: Press release


    To promote and enhance the International Casino Exhibition a new Development Committee has been formed. Making up the team are three representatives from show organizers and 11 from industry suppliers and exhibitors. The theme of the inaugural meeting held at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, London was 'Building increased value for visitors and exhibitors alike'. 
   Explaining the value of the committee ICE, Marketing Director Julian Graves said: "ICE was born out of the industry and it is vital that we continue to work with our customers to ensure that we continue to produce a world class and prestigious exhibition." 
Development Committee Aims To Make ICE The Main Event