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Local UK Leaders Aim to Exploit Casinos

International News Brief: Local authorities throughout the UK are considering the new gambling laws as a way of transforming rundown areas, to exploit casino firms' aim of building hundreds of casinos.

British Racetracks Battle Call for Changes

International News Brief: The Office of Fair Trading states that because the British Horseracing Board controlled the racing industry and governed its fixture list it was indulging in restrictive trade.

Experts Want Online Gambling Impact Studied

nternational News Brief: Experts believe the UK government should launch a new study on the social impact of gambling, in the wake of the recent explosion of Internet betting.

Granny Wins £265,000 Poker Prize

International News Brief: Flo O'Connor is celebrating a quarter-of-a-million pounds poker jackpot from a bet of just £1.

Casino Worker Compensated for Asthma

International News Brief: A casino worker man who claimed he developed asthma because of passive smoking at work has an out of court settlement.

William Hill Anticipate Profits Boost

International News Brief: William Hill says it was odds-on to deliver full-year profits at the top end of expectations.

eCOGRA Chairman Appointed as Officer of British Empire

Michael Hirst, recently appointed Chairman of eCOGRA, the online gaming industry regulatory and player assurance body, has been appointed an Officer of the British Empire in Britain’s 2004 New Year Honours List.

UK Gambling Bills Critics to Argue Case

International News Brief: Critics of Government plans to relax the gambling laws are due to give evidence to Parliament about the draft Gambling Bill.

Casino Chips could Lead to Traceable Cash

International News Brief; New casino chips with built-in radio identification tags may pave the way for traceable banknotes, boosting efforts to beat fraud, according to New Scientist Magazine.

Camelot Launches Lotto Online

International News Brief: Three years after being re-awarded the licence to run the National Lottery, Camelot finally launched its main draw, Lotto, on the internet last week.

£1 Poker Bet Nets £115,000 Jackpot

International News Brief: A lucky punter is £115,000 the richer after scooping a casino jackpot with a single £1 poker bet.

UK Online National Lottery Launched

International News Brief: Would-be Lotto millionaires can now choose their numbers on the internet, organiser Camelot has announced.

Bookies Cut Odds on Life on Mars

International News Brief: Bookmakers yesterday cut the odds on the unmanned probe Beagle 2 finding signs of life on Mars.

Archbishop Criticizes UK Casino Plan

Las Vegas Gaming Giants Warn Tax Take Threatens UK Expansion

International News Brief: American casino operators are demanding that the UK Treasury introduce a tax rate of no more than 20 per cent on gaming profits before they will invest large sums in the gaming industry, which is to be deregulated next year.

Gaming Advocate Passes Away

Julie Sidwell, eCOGRA's Fair Gaming Advocate, passed away last night.

Betfair to Return Profits to Pension Fund

International News Brief: Great Britain betting exchange Betfair has agreed to return to the MMD Design and Consultancy pension fund the $348,999 in profits it made off the gambling of former company director Andrew Petrie.

William Hill Ready for Mobile Gambling Launch

International News Brief: William Hill will launch a series of interactive mobile gambling services next year after completing implementation of a new technology infrastructure.

UK Public 'Opposes Gambling Shake-Up'

International News Brief: The proposed shake-up in the gambling laws is opposed by more than 90% of the public, according to a survey.

Odds on Ozzy Having Number One Hit Cut

International News Brief: The odds on Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne having the Christmas number one have been cut from 50-1 to 16-1 by William Hill.

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