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September - October 2003

30th October          London & Antigua          IQ-Ludorum - Press release
WWTS Launches Wireless Wagering using the IQ-Ludorum Wireless Gaming Platform Powered by Phantom Fiber Technology - PDF

30th October          London          London First - Press release October 29th
MGM MIRAGE targets London for major casino development with Earls Court & Olympia - PDF

29th October          London & Las Vegas          Yahoo/Dow Jones & Reuters
MGM Mirage in Venture to Develop Casino in London
MGM Mirage, Earls Court plan London casino

29th October          London & Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM Mirage and Earls Court and Olympia Group Enter Into Development Agreement
Correction -- MGM MIRAGE
MGM Mirage's agreement with Earls Court and Olympia Group is the second the company has made in Britain. It follows on from a partnership announced at the end of May involving the purchase of a 25% stake in privately owned Metro Casinos.

28th October          Nottingham          Nottingham Evening Post
Gun raid on betting shop

28th October          Aberdeen, Scotland          Aberdeen Press & Journal
Proposals lodged for city casino
Aberdeen already has 2 casinos and could have 2 more if councillors approve plans submitted to them.

27th October          Aberdeen, Scotland          Evening Express/This is Scotland
Casino is planned for Miami Beach

27th October          Nottingham          The Scotsman
Two Accused of Murdering 'Car Chase' Grandfather
The victim had been gambling with friends at Nottingham's Gala Casino prior to the shooting.

27th October          Coventry
Casino builder secures takeover
Isle of Capri's majority purchase of Blue Chip Casinos Ltd

26th October          Great Britain          Coinslot Magazine
Orderly enlargement is the only way forward - John Kelly, CEO Gala Group

25th October          Nottingham          The Racing Post - Registration required
Coral Eurobet purchases Geo Atkins chain
Police warn punters over latest betting scam

24th October          UK          Richmond & Twickenham Times & Watford Observer
Armed raid on betting shop
Betting shop robbed at closing time
Two separate betting office robberies on the same day in Watford & London suburb Mortlake.

24th October          Birmingham          Birmingham Post & Express & Star
Casinos set to open across Black Country
Casinos plan set to create a jobs boom - Registration required
Blue Chip casinos appear to have a rapid ajenda for expansion with themed operations in Wolverhampton, Warley and Walsall.

23rd October          Liverpool & Bucharest, Romania          Liverpool Daily Post
Romania betting venture
Stanley Leisure are teaming up with Romanian company Invicta to establish 50 betting offices throughout the country in 2004.

23rd October          Mississippi & London          Yahoo/Reuters & Sun-herald/AP
Isle of Capri gets UK approval to buy casino
Isle of Capri acquires majority interest in Great Britain casino

23rd October          Mississippi & London          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Becomes First U.S. Gaming Company to Receive Approval from The Gaming Board for Great Britain to Own Casinos in the United Kingdom

23rd October          London          Net Imperative & Yahoo UK/Reuters
Sportingbet claims progress despite wider losses
UK's Sportingbet loss widens as punters get lucky

23rd October          London          London Evening Standard 6 Times Online
US anti-gamblers sap Sportingbet
Sportingbet bats away widened losses

21st October          Nottingham          Nottingham Evening Post
Akins sells betting offices for £14 million
George Akins (Holdings) own the Victoria Casino in Nottingham. One of the handful of independents left in Great Britain.

21st October          Birmingham          Birmingham Evening Mail
Viva Las Vegas
A look at the preparations underway to get Stanley Leisure's Star City Casino open on the 22nd November.

21st October          London          The Malaysian Star/AP
British online betting exchange upsets world of sports betting
A look at the history of and it's humble beginnings in a London attic.

21st October          Guernsey          Guernsey Press & Star - Link liable to change shortly
Casino should persuade other people to invest

19th October         London          The Observer
Betting on the Lady to win
An interesting profile of the British Casino Association's Chairman Viscountess Penelope Cobham.

19th October          Edinburgh, Scotland          The Scotsman
Spurway raising stakes dramatically by offering cash betting in exchanges

19th October          London          Coinslot Magazine
White serves notice on industry at gambling conference

18th October          Nottingham, England
Two charged with drive-by murder

17th October          Yarmouth, England           Evening News 24
Seaside slot machine bid sparks fury

17th October          Edinburgh           Edinburgh News/The Scotsman
Kirk in spin over casinos
The Church of Scotland is preparing to start a campaign against the establishment of "Las Vegas Style" casinos in Scotland.

16th October          Crew, England           The Crew Guardian
Tony is flushed with success after his casino windfall

16th October          London           The Stage
Dome casino plan revealed

15th October          Sports Betting           The Daily Telegraph
Kafelnikov rages at betting rumours

15th October          London & Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's expands U.K. growth plan

15th October         Nottingham  
Two held over casino car chase murder

14th October         London            The Guardian
Net betting catches sport out - Tennis first to discover the pitfalls of new gambling habit
Why spreads began to spread

14th October         Sports Betting            Sky Sports/msn
ATP - match fixers will be punished
The ATP website is:

13th October         London            The Daily Telegraph, The Independent &
No easy cure for ills of betting
ATP chief vows to take tough line on betting
Internet betting reveals match fixing
ATP officials are looking into a game involving Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov and the Spaniard Fernando Vicente last Tuesday. Vincente was backed heavily from 5 to 1 down to odds on, he won the match 6-2, 6-3.

12th October         London            The Times Online - Sports Book
Bet your Life
An interesting article that appears to show that casino operators in the UK are funding academic research supporting deregulation.

12th October         London & Australia            Yahoo/Reuters
Betting exchanges put the squeeze on bookmakers
Attempts by Betfair to become licensed in Australia are meeting strong objections from established Bookmakers and TAB's.

12th October         London            Yahoo Sports/AP & The Independent
ATP Tour looking into possible gambling on matches
Internet betting scandal sparks ATP investigation

11th October         London -Online Poker            Winner Online
Sportsmen Britain Are Proud Of!'s sponsorship of a group of Poker players known as the Hendon Mob.

10th October         Blackpool           Coinslot Magazine
Blackpool’s historic Winter Gardens is being tipped to become a resort casino

10th October         London             The Thoroughbred Times
British Horseracing Board chairman calls for inquiry into betting exchanges

10th October         Nottingham             Nottingham Evening Post
Man 60, Killed after night at city casino

8th October         London            Daily Telegraph
New betting laws could cause chaos
Some quite remarkable proposals from Lord McIntosh, the new Minister for Gambling.

7th October         London            Department of Culture, Media & Sport
Government acts to protect consumers against unfair betting
Minister for Gambling Andrew McIntosh speaking at the Future of British Gambling Conference in London today.

7th October         Scarborough            Scarborough Evening News
Casino at the Royal Opera House
Plans are at an early stage for the demolition of Scarborough's derelict Royal Opera House to make way for a "continental-style" casino.

7th October         Northampton            Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Probe into past of casino tycoon
More on the research being conducted by the British Gaming Board into the past business deals of Sol Kerzner.

6th October         U.K            AteOnline/Coinslot International
IGT initiates major UK restructure
Atlantis owner linked to casino at the Dome

5th October         London & South Africa 
Kerzner faces corruption probe

5th October         London           The Wall Street Transcript - Interview
Vice Chairman of ukbetting plc discusses synergies between online sports information and betting sites

5th October         London           The Wall Street Transcript - Interview
CEO of Arena Leisure PLC talks about UK gaming market growth opportunities

5th October         London           The Wall Street Transcript - Interview
CEO of Sportingbet Plc says strong worldwide brand name will make a significant contribution

5th October         London & Las Vegas           The Times Online - Registration required
Harrah’s is ready to gamble on Britain for a gaming boom...

4th October         London           The Independent
Football losses spoil Sportingbet results

3rd October         London           London Evening Standard & Ananaova
Sportingbet suffers as punters right
Sportingbet hit as punters guess right

2nd October         Wolverhampton           Wolverhampton Express & Star
Casino boss campaigner is bowing out
Barry de Lacy, Director of Blue Chip Casino and an executive manager at the  Castle Hill Casino in Dudley is taking an early retirement from the business due to health problems.

1st October         London          Net Imperative
Gaming Corp launches 'instant' web casino

1st October         Guernsey & Jersey         The Publican
Green light for CIT Guernsey casino plan
CI Traders is listed on AIM. Stock quote:

30th September         London          Yahoo UK FT & Reuters
UK's Sportech betting on TV growth
Sportech reports rise in H1 profits

30th September         Liverpool          Yahoo UK/Sharecast
Sportech delivers strong results

30th September         London          Gaming Corp/ release - Sept 24th launches UK’s first gaming for charity website

30th September         London          The Guardian
Fundraising casino website criticised for 'trading on charity brand'
The company is Gaming Corporation who run a Boss Media powered casino at The article website is:
Stock quote:

29th September        Edinburgh           The Herald
£250,000 theft inquiry at casino

29th September         Edinburgh           Edinburgh Evening News
Staff probe at top city casino

28th September         Edinburgh, Scotland           Scotish Sunday Mail
CASINO STING OUIZ - 7 staff sent home as thousands go missing

28th September         Edinburgh, Scotland           Scotland on Sunday
Tables turned on Vegas-style scam
The Gala Maybury Casino in Edinbugh has apparently been hit by a scam involving 7 staff. Newspaper reports detailing amounts of £2,000 a week each and a total of £250,000.

27th September         Guernsey           Guernsey Press & Star
Green light for casino
Casino concession clears final hurdle
Guernsey lawmakers have voted 25 to 19 in favour of granting a 10 year license to operators of the St Pierre Park Hotel who were the only bidders for the license.

27th September         Leicester, England           The Guardian
Casino 'mules' duo jailed

26th September         London           The Racing Post - Registration required
Bellringer to leave GamCare at end of year

26th September         Guernsey 
Casino plans approved
The first Channel Islands casino is likely to open at the St. Pierre Park Hotel in May 2005.

26th September         London  & Sky News
Casino czar 'eyes Dome'
Bets on for Dome Casino

26th September         London           London Evening Standard
'Sun King' Kerzner to hand over crown

26th September         London           London Evening Standard
Sun City magnate plans Dome casino

26th September         London 
Place your bets on casino at the restored Dome

23rd September          Rhode Island          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casino officials arraigned in alleged bribery scheme - Wembley Plc.

20th September         Gillingham, Kent          Source:
Gills' future could rest on casino
Gillingham's chairman Paul Scally has apparently been approched recently by a Las Vegas company wishing to build casinos at Football Stadia in the UK.

20th September          Rhode Island          Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Wembley execs plead not guilty to U.S. charges
Wembley chiefs deny bribery

19th September          London          Source: Net Imperative
Avago collected by new gaming company - The Gaming Channel

13th September         Walsall          Source: Express & Star
Town centre set for new gaming venue

13th September         Plymouth, Devon          Source: Western Daily News
New look for Plymouth's casino

11th September          Devon, England          Source: Exeter Herald Express
Worker stole to gamble on Web
Ladbrokes online Poker room appears to have been the beneficiary of the care workers crime.

11th September          London          Source: London Evening Standard
Aspinall bets on private casinos
Damian Aspinall wants to take Aspinall's Online private with an offer of £500,000 to shareholders. The company has cash assets of just £790,000 from an original £42 million raised from the IPO.

11th September          Rhode Island          Source: The Guardian
UK gaming group bosses accused of trying to bribe US politician

10th September         Liverpool          Source: Stanley Leisure Plc.
Stanley Leisure - AGM Trading update
UK's Stanley sees London casino hitting H1 profits
Stanley's bookmaking division now has 1,000 FOBT's sited. The newly acquired Palm Beach is trading well but Crockfords appears to have taken a hit from high end players.

10th September          Smethick, West Midlands          Source:
Casino plans set for rejection
The plan by Blue Chip Casinos was to convert the Barleycorn pub into a casino resembling an ocean liner - the GM of the company once worked on the QE2.

10th September          London & Rhode Island          Source: & Evening Standard
US charges rock Wembley plc
Wembley chief fights bribe charges

9th September          London          Source: The Independent
Has Britain gone crazy for gambling? You can bet on it
Fact filled article on gambling in Britain, following the announcement of record 6 month profits by Bookmaker William Hill.

9th September          London          Source: Daily Telegraph & The Scotsman
William Hill leaps as virtual game takes off
William Hill bets on solid future as turnover soars

8th September          London          Source: Net Imperative
Online betting up at William Hill
Sportsbook customers increased 7,000 to 158,000 and Internet casino members by 15,000 to 58,000.

8th September          Northern Ireland          Source: Northern Ireland Executive
Consultation on new law to allow on-course Sunday betting

8th September          London          Source: Daily Telegraph
Gambling addiction warning as daily lottery is launched
Punters will have to match 7 numbers from 27 to win a top prize of £30,000. The first daily draw will be on 22nd September.

8th September          London          Source: Estates Gazette - 6th Sept
Rank to tread cautiously with 'Las Vegas' casinos

8th September          London          Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Dow Jones
William Hill races to profits, sees football boost
William Hill 1H Helped By Betting Machines

8th September          London          Source: & Financial Times
William Hill rides out tough times
William Hill lifts its game in first half
Impressive statistics from Hill's with the Interactive division's gross win rising 32% and the betting office estate by 18%.

8th September          London          Source: & London Evening Standard
William Hill technology gamble pays off
Winning run for William Hill

8th September          London          Source: William Hill PLC
William Hill PLC - Announcement Of Interim Results

7th September          Guernsey          Source:
Island set for first casino - Guernsey could have its first casino within three years

7th September          London & Reno          Source: Coinslot Magazine
Record Ladbrokes results throws up contentious FOBT issue once again
Minimum casino sizes put halt on some arcadian's plans
Cleopatra star to grace IGT slot machine

7th September          Guernsey          Source: Guernsey Press & Star
‘Tourism and economy will gain from casino’ - Link will change shortly

7th September          Huddersfield          Source: Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Gambler strikes it lucky for first big win - £8,243.67, must have been a Straight flush!

6th September          London          Source: Newsa Alert/Financial Mail
Firm in Great Britain to Turn Bingo Halls into Gambling Emporiums

6th September          London          Source: The Guardian
Gaming change helps Rank off Hard Rock hook

6th September         London          Source: Daily Telegraph
Rank's casino and bingo combo plan for Mecca

5th September          London          Source: Yahoo UK/Reuters
Hard Rock and videos hit profits at UK's Rank
Profits at Rank's Grosvenor Casinos unit and Mecca Bingo rose 14% to £55.7 million.

5th September          Isle of Man          Source: Net Imperative
WEEKLY COMMENT: Gambling operators continue Isle of Man exodus

5th September          London          Source: Racing Post - Registration Required
Hogg confident over the future of AtTheRaces

5th September          Bolton, Lancashire          Source: Bolton Evening News
Casino plan 'could ruin town centre'

5th September          Guernsey, Channel Islands          Source: Jersey Evening Post & Guernsey Press & Star - Both Links will change shortly
CI casino progress
St Pierre Park Hotel is casino licence winner
St Pierre Park Hotel, part of CI Traders Ltd was the only bidder for the license to operate a casino on Guernsey.

5th September          Alderney          Source: New Media Age
Alderney pushes Isle of Man out of online gaming

4th September           London           Source:
O2 and Cantor Index bring gambling to PDAs - New service wants to get its hands on your punts

4th September           Felixstowe           Source: Suffolk Evening Star
New battle over casino
The never ending story of attempts to get planning permission - something that will be a major problem if deregulation in Britain ever goes ahead.

4th September           Isle of Man & Liverpool           Source: Sportech PLC
Sportech PLC to transfer to Netherlands Antilles Jurisdiction's decision will mean that all 5 companies granted online gambling licenses by the IOM Government will have either left or closed down. Website:

3rd September           Wolverhampton            Wolverhampton Express & Star & Birmingham Post
Place your bets for casino bid
'Racino' is safe bet for 2004
Arena Leisure have teamed up with Gala Group to open what would be Britain's first racetrack casino. Opening is scheduled for Christmas 2004.
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