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Plans for second Slot Leisure outlet in Dundee

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Dundee AGC operator has submitted plans to local councillors for a second location in the city. Slot Leisure already run a location in the town’s Kellier shopping centre, but have stated their intent to open up another outlet in nearby Reform street. Such a move would make Slot Leisure the sole amusement arcade on Reform street-which once played host to Booth’s...

AGC expansion gets green light in Southampton

Quicksilver AGC expansion
Quicksilver AGC in Southampton has been granted permission to expand into a neighbouring retail unit currently left unused. The 24/7 gaming centre had plans approved by Southampton City Council after no other offers were forthcoming for the space that has sat empty since December 2016. In the planning application Quicksilver stated:“The proposed development will bring back into use a unit which...

New Colchester AGC: Expanding seasonal staff opportunities

Sailor Boy Amusements, Colchester
A new adult arcade in Colchester will provide summer personnel at Sailor Boy Amusements with year-round employment, says Masterson Leisure. Expansion into the bespoke AGC market in Colchester will provide some seasonal staff at nearby amusements destination with year-round employment, according to one of its directors. Scott and Nicola Masterson both help in heading up the family business Masterson Leisure, which...

99.75 percent uptime is key to ‘outstanding’ Bingo Express performance

The bingo sector is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance in its range of offering to the market. Among the innovators is Bingo Express which has recorded a pretty impressive uptime rate. New data released by Bingo Express, the ground-breaking Ticket on Demand (ToD) bingo system, shows a near perfect record for reliability, a factor, which in part explains its cash...

AGC market leader Admiral goes ‘from strength to strength’ on the UK high street and beyond

Casino Admiral
With annual results issued recently, AGC operator Luxury Leisure Talarius are looking to move on in the marketplace with some vigour. 2018 has seen a strong performance, and there’s clearly more to come. Along with the rebrand to Admiral, the business has also fully refurbished over a dozen venues with its High Street Casino concept - offering a luxurious gaming...

Hough Bollard: A well-prepared local risk assessment is key to opening a new AGC on schedule

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In light of an increasing number of objections from local authorities, businesses, and even fellow AGC operators, licensing consultant Debbie Hough Bollard, of Hough and Bollard, has stressed the importance of operators opening new premises to include a well-prepared local area risk assessment in their application. Debbie Hough Bollard, of licensing consultants Hough and Bollard, has urged operators to “give...

Three-star Luxury: AGC group claim 2017 as “satisfactory”

Admiral Casino
Revenues were up but profit dipped at Luxury Leisure last year, as the new giant in the AGC sector rallies around its Admiral brand. Financials filed by Luxury Leisure, the Novomatic-owned company operating the Admiral AGC brand, show that its gaming revenues were up by 4 per cent last year, with total turnover in excess of £62m. The posting represented a...

Shipley Creative to make ACOS debut

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With a new image, a new home in the Kensington Olympia and a show floor to be packed with new exhibitors, the Autumn Coin Op Show will continue to reflect the dynamic industries it serves when it is held on 3-4 October. For many of those attending a key part of the show’s appeal is the representation of a diverse...

International espionage spells end for Salisbury AGC

Salisbury AGC
President Putin, Porton Down, or someone else entirely? Whoever is responsible for the Salisbury poisonings, they are also to blame for the closure of the town’s only AGC, says Jackpots owner John Liang, speaking exclusively to Coinslot. Salisbury’s only AGC has closed its doors following two high-profile instances of poisoning in the town that remain shrouded in suspicion. Jackpots, operated by JGL...

AGCs facing uphill battle to stake new ground

Colchester
The sizzling temperatures may well be placing common-sense at risk, as two attempts to get AGCs off-the-ground encounter vocal dissent from local authorities and business spokesmen. The leisure industry’s fight for the hearts and minds of the British local politician is seemingly far from over this summer, with proposals for new gaming arcades in Colchester and Gloucestershire both generating hysteria...

Commission reveals new rules for October

Gambling Commission
Advertising, restrictions on withdrawals, and text marketing are to be more tightly regulated from 31 October, the Gambling Commission has announced, but which new rules are actually relevant for the amusements industry? New rules from the Gambling Commission, which come into force from 31 October 2018, mean gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law will face tougher...

Councils prepare for high street changes

High Street
The Local Government Authority has published “a whole council approach” to “tackling gambling related harm”, including a warning that councils must monitor changes to their local gambling landscape following the implementation of the FOBT stake cut. In fact, the document regularly mentions the impact of bookmakers on the high street, detailing the ways in which councils can control shop numbers...

Digital and legacy, operating together in perfect harmony

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With three AGCs in London and the Home Counties, Lucky Star operator Nigel Botelho explains how an equilibrium of legacy and digital is key to his operations, with the weight of balance depending on each site’s specific location. While digital machines have been the leading disruptive technology of Category B3 over the last decade, Lucky Star operator Nigel Botelho maintains...

UK AGC operator Praesepe appoints Bruns and Lüngen to succeed Harding

Praesepe
Gauselmann Group subsidiary, and major UK adult gaming centres operator, Praesepe, has announced the appointment of Stefan Bruns and Börris Lüngen as new CEO and CFO respectively. Both Bruns and Lüngen have a wealth of experience in the international sector. Having arrived at Gauselmann in 2014, Bruns, along with Athanasios Isaakidis, was responsible for operating the German firm’s machine supply subsidiary,...

Project MD warns against under investment in Cat C

Tony Boulton Project regional
Project managing director Tony Boulton has reiterated the company’s commitment to Category C, warning of the dangers of ignoring part of the product mix that accounts for circa 30 percent of an AGC’s profits. Speaking shortly after Project had confirmed its latest pipeline of product for the popular 5 Star Games, Category C compendium, he stated: “Due to the lead...

Gaming finally has a Future in Willesden Green

Future Leisure
There was very little will in Willesden as Future Leisure had to fight hard to get its change of use application through the council. After almost a year of fighting, the operator’s appeal came through and an AGC will make its way on to the high street. The future has been a long time coming for Future Leisure whose planning...

“Competition is good”: Operators anticipate LBO entrance to AGC market

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With the maximum stake on FOBTs set to be cut to £2, high-street operators are anticipating the arrival of LBOs on the AGC sector’s shores. But is this potential invasion a threat, or just healthy competition? Operators on Britain’s high streets are anticipating the arrival of LBOs in the AGC market following the DCMS’ decision to reduce the maximum stake...

FOBT decision bridges the political divide

House of Parliament
In Regulus Partners’ Winning Post, Dan Waugh describes how parliament reacted to Culture Secretary Matt Hancock’s decision to cut the maximum stake on FOBTs to £2. One of the great (and rarely acknowledged) social benefits provided by the gambling industry is its ability to bring people together - and so it proved this week in Parliament as MPs and peers...

AGC operators look forward to a levelled playing field

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Speaking to Coinslot, Kevin Birch, director of Players Amusements, and Ray Stewart, owner of CC Leisure, explain what £2 maximum stake cut on FOBTs means for AGC operators after over a decade of competing against the high stake terminal. Operators on Britain’s high streets have welcomed the DCMS’ decision to cut maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100 to £2, stating...

Contagion: Westminster council spreads the toxic virus in FOBT fall-out

Westminster Council
With FOBTs defeated on the battlefield, time now then for the unlikely allies to turn on one another? It seems the first to unlink themselves from the brothers in arms are Westminster Council who have turned their hostile attentions towards AGCs. The battle is over; but the war is only just beginning. These adult arcades can have a higher number...

Stung and looking for revenge? Derry council drafts new AGC policy following court defeat

Derry Wall
Derry Council did not take kindly to an appeal court recently overturning their attempts to block Oasis from opening an amusement arcade. So much so that the councillors have now decided to rewrite the rules. But even that, it seems, could be a contravention of the law. A new policy for granting amusement arcade permits has been created by the...

“Surprisingly strong” start for Mr P’s new AGC

AGC
With two sites already performing well in Tonbridge and Maidstone, Mr P’s Classic Amusements has launched another AGC site in Chatham, prompting a visit from both classic game fans - and classic game creators.   Mr P’s Classic Amusements launched its new AGC in Chatham on 17 March, making a “surprisingly strong” start despite “plenty of machine issues along the way”. Owners...

Lanes N’ Games grounds virtual reality in authentic relationships

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Located several miles from Silverstone Circuit, Lanes N’ Games gives visitors to Cosgrove Park a chance to virtually race around Britain’s most iconic race track - aided by a strong relationship with the holiday park’s operator.   Operating on the 180-acre Cosgrove Park near Milton Keynes, Lanes N’ Games has invested in Virtual Reality to provide a Silverstone Circuit experience for...

Mr P’s moves machines through snow for Chatham opening

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Mr P’s Classic Amusements has announced its Chatham AGC will open on 17 March, with the operator moving and installing machines into the venue during last week’s snow storm.   “The week started off as a cold one with snow falling heavily and we needed to move the first wave of machines into Chatham on the Wednesday,” owners of Mr P’s...

The Lucky Star strategy

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Working in the manufacturing side of the industry since his 18th birthday, the owner of Lucky Star Amusements, Nigel Botelho, has seen both sides of the curtain - influencing his strategy when it comes to opening and operating the company’s three AGCs.   Opening its latest site only a couple of months ago, Lucky Star Amusements is taking a pragmatic approach...

Dual Cat C launch for Ace Gaming at EAG

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Ace Gaming, headed by one of the most experienced names in the UK gaming industry, reveals its hand for EAG International. Cardiff-based game development firm Ace Gaming will showcase a brace of new Cat C models at next week’s EAG in preparation for the coming season. Aimed squarely at the AGC and bingo sectors, they comprise Monkey Business - a...

IHL Alerts the industry to their SmartEAG

IHL Hub EAG app
Three years since IHL first showed SmartEXCLUSION to AGC operators at the bacta EAG, and almost two years since the introduction of mandatory self-exclusion schemes, and IHL has confirmed it is still attracting new customers to its SmartEXCLUSION solution.   Having signed up over 150 more sites to various solutions over the three days of EAG, the show has, not surprisingly...

Tonbridge AGC brings future classics in among old favourites

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Selling a machine to the film company responsible for Sheridan Smith’s next production, Mr P’s Classic Amusements has had a busy and successful start to December, which also saw the introduction of Electrocoin’s Monte Carlo Cat C among an array of classic slots.   Following a December influx of machines, Mr P’s Classic Amusements’ arcade in Tonbridge is now home to...

AGC machine revenue bucks shrinking industry trend

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With the continued reduction in amusements venues over the last 6 months, FECs and bingo halls have seen an overall fall in gross gambling yield. AGCs, however, have kept machine revenues on the rise with a strong performance from Cat C and B3.   Adult gaming centres increased gross gambling yield by 1.6 percent over-all from the period April 2016 to...

Potential new arcade for Blackpool high street

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An application for planning permission to turn a charity shop into an amusement arcade in Blackpool town centre has been submitted.   JWT Leisure have applied for permission to turn an old Barnardos shop on Abingdon Street, which was last occupied more than a year ago, into an adult gaming centre. “The change of use which is envisaged involves bringing the premises...

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