Tag: UK

Victoria Gate Casino launches VIP Area and largest poker room in Yorkshire

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Leeds’ Victoria Gate Casino has expanded its poker offering with the launch of one of the biggest poker rooms outside of London, as well as an exclusive gaming area called the Ruby Lounge.   The £30m super casino’s new poker room features up to 20 full-sized tables, with space for a full house of up to 180 players, an increase of...

Betting firms to be named and shamed for failing to fund Gamble Aware

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British betting companies are under coming pressure to help tackle a funding shortfall for Gamble Aware.   The UK charity said it would begin to identify donors next year, meaning operators not on the list might be identifiable by their absence. The tactic is being introduced after Gamble Aware fell £5m short of its £13m industry contributions target last year. “We cannot understand...

Genting to sell Kensington casino Maxims

Malaysia's Genting International has confirmed that it is selling its London-based property, Maxims Casino Club, for at least £40m, amid media speculation that the property's location might have caused the casino to lose business.   Maxims' Kensington location sets its apart from the majority of London's high-end casinos, which are based largely in the heart of Mayfair. Several media reports have suggested...

Grosvenor Casinos’ table game reaches £3m milestone, reveals “luckiest” locations

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Grosvenor Casinos has revealed that one customer playing Ace King Suited at its Stockport casino walked away with £116,045 - the largest win from the game.   The casino group also named its Sheffield club as its “luckiest”, with 26 winners taking home a shared value of £206,823. The UK’s “luckiest” region, however, is currently London, with a total pay-out of...

IGRG lays out reforms for industry code on social responsibility

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The Industry Group for Responsible Gaming (IGRG) in the UK today announced number of enhancements that have been made to the Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising.   These improvements will form part of the third edition of the Code which is to be implemented by the end of 2017. The Code was originally produced in 2007. The second edition of the...

National Casino Forum advances campaign for updated regulation at government meeting

Ahead of the British government’s Triennial Review of the gambling industry, trade association, the National Casino Forum (NCF) made a case for modernised regulation for UK’s casino sector at a meeting with government officials this September.   The National Casino Forum is calling for a reform of the regulations governing the UK’s 148 casinos. The group says that reforms will allow the...

UK: hanging in the balance post election

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After Theresa May’s election gamble spectacularly backfired, businesses in the UK are facing a period of uncertainty, but Warwick Bartlett, CEO and founder of Global Betting & Gaming Consultancy, suggests that a period of political inactivity in the wake of the hung parliament could have a silver lining.   For UK business, the 2017 general election (part 1?) result which produced...

Yggdrasil portfolio goes live with Betfred

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Yggdrasil Gaming has signed a partnership with Betfred that will see its content go live on the operator’s UK and dot com offerings.   The direct integration will give Betfred access to Yggdrasil’s entire portfolio of award-winning slots, including recent launches Spiña Colada and Sunny Shores. The operator claims it opted for the direct integration to best utilise Yggdrasil’s suite of in-game...

Finnplay secures partnership with AhaWorld casino brands

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Finnplay, the Finnish-based open gaming platform provider, has signed a partnership deal with the Swedish casino brand, AhaWorld.   The deal will see Finnplay provide its licensed platform for the Swedish publicly listed AhaWorld AB’s casino brands ahaCasino.com and MoboCasino.com. AhaWorld claims it is set to launch under Finnplay’s platform which is licensed under the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), providing access to...

Casino 36 bets on Dudley with second venue

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The company that brought Casino 36 to Wolverhampton, creating 100 jobs, is planning to invest more than £12 million on a second site in Dudley.   Following the opening of Casino 36 Ltd last November, the company responsible for the venue has now confirmed another leisure scheme seven miles away, according to Peter Adkins, head of the regulatory team at leading...

Will the UK political climate impact London’s casinos?

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How will the UK gambling industry fare in the wake of leaving the EU, the upheaval of a snap general election and the long delayed triennial review?   British gaming revenue hit an all time record of £12.6bn last year showcasing growth within the sector despite increased regulation, taxes and political uncertainty. However, many have concerns how Britain’s gambling industry will fare...

Paul Sculpher defines the UK’s large category venues

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Victoria Gate Casino finally opened its doors to the people of Leeds at the beginning of this year. Paul Sculpher, Operations Director for operator Global Gaming Ventures, discusses the challenges and opportunities for large venues in the UK market.   The UK casino industry has traditionally tended towards smaller, more exclusive venues. However with eight large category premises licences now issued,...

Genting safe from Brexit effect as Malaysian developments spur growth

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Genting Malaysia has announced that its Malaysian operations be able to cushion its UK casinos’ earnings from any Brexit impact.   Investment researchers AllianceDBS said the group’s UK operations contribute less than 10 percent of its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). “Brexit should not be a key drag. Although the group has overseas operations covering the UK and US,...