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UK – Question marks raised over six Rank/Gala venues

Six British casino licences could be put up for sale to ensure that Rank’s takeover of Gala goes ahead. Rank, who already operates 35 casinos through its Grosvenor and G Casino brands, could be forced to sell off up to six of its existing licences or sidestep six of Gala’s licences to push the £205m…

UK-Government report calls for greater casino freedom

British casinos should be allowed to operate up to 20 Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in part of a shake up proposed  in a report from the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which also says greater power should be given to local councils. The committee slammed the Gambling Act 2005 saying there were ‘numerous inconsistencies’…

UK- British bingo welcomes 15 per cent bingo tax

The Culture Media and Sport Select Committee investigating The Gambling Act 2005 has published its report The Gambling Act 2005: A bet worth taking? in which it states that ‘bingo should be taxed in line with other forms of gambling at 15 per cent’. Following an extensive review of The Act, its development, implementation, enforcement…

UK-Hippodrome to open on Friday 13

London’s long-awaited Hippodrome casino will raise its curtains to the public on Friday 13 July. With a capacity of 1,900, the spectacular property is the result of a £40m investment to turn the iconic Grade 2 former Hippodrome Theatre building into a must-visit destination. It will open with 44 gaming tables, 20 slots, 67 Unity…

UK-Rank prepares Gala takeover

Private equity-owned gambling group Gala Coral has confirmed it will sell its casino business to British bingo and casino operator Rank for £205m. At the end of March, Rank said it had ended talks to buy Gala’s casino division as the terms of the proposed deal were not beneficial to it. Rank, which is 74.5…

UK-Yarmouth selects Pleasure Beach for ‘large’ casino

The seaside town of Great Yarmouth has named its future ‘large’ casino operator as Pleasure and Leisure Property Corporation (PLPC), the owners of Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. The £30m project, selected by the borough council from a competition which saw just two local businessmen go head to head, will be developed on land south of…