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Gambling not alone as ‘sin’ taxes increase across tobacco and alcohol

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The latest budget from UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has increased tax on online casino games in a bid to cover the £1.15bn lost by the treasury in capping FOBTs. However, gambling wasn’t the only so-called ‘sin’ sector to be hit by the government’s drive to end austerity across public services, with alcohol and tobacco also facing duty...

Archer takes aim at former party for not stealing Labour proposals

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Lord Archer has stated that Conservative ministers should “steal” the gambling advertising ban put forward by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson at the party’s September conference. The former Tory deputy chairman, no stranger to such appropriation himself having served half of his four year sentence for perjury in 2001, made the argument in a column published in the Radio Times. “A...

NHS calls on Premier League sponsors to back Gamble Aware

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The NHS has criticised a number of English Premier League club sponsors for neglecting to donate to Gamble Aware as part of efforts to limit problem gambling. The rebuke follows the recent report revealing that neither Newcastle United partner Fun88 nor Everton sponsor SportPesa have contributed to the charity’s £10m annual target this year, along with six other top flight...

Donegal proprietor keeps divisive flag flying

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A holiday village owner from Donegal has confirmed he will continue to fly the United Kingdom’s flag despite the negative backlash it’s received online.   A Donegal holiday village owner insists he will keep flying the Union flag form his property despite being beset by considerable vitriol from patrons and social media commentators alike. Brendan Rohan, a retired senior officer in the...

Global Gaming Ventures roll out the red carpet for ‘Super Casino’ grand opening

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The star-studded grand opening ceremony of a ‘Super Casino’ in Leeds has been attended by thousands in the UK city. Thousands of VIPs and industry delegates attended the grand opening of a new ‘Super Casino’ in Leeds on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The new Victoria Gate Casino, which cost £30m, is the third largest casino in the UK and its operator...

Newham Council takes chance to strike in campaign against FOBTs

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The leading local borough in the campaign against FOBTs, Newham Council, has posted a statement welcoming the government’s machine review and the evidence it plans to submit. The London Borough of Newham (LBN) has been committed to tackling the proliferation of betting shops on our high streets for many years. That is why we were delighted the Government finally announced...

Bacta convention – Division leaders on contactless urgency

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Although the post-lunch Challenge Panel touched on a range of issues concerning the future of the coin-op industry, it was once again debit cards which dominated proceedings, as the trade body’s division leaders stressed the importance of rapid action. One of Bacta president Jason Frost’s key internal contributions during this past year has been the work of his Strategy Committee....

Comment: Back to black – £2bn investment pledge intended to push growth

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Finally, it appears Ms May is turning the tide on the UK’s counter-intuitive approach to recessions, says Aden Simpson, with a £2bn investment pledge intended to push growth through the worst effects of Brexit. While it’s true that much of the UK’s leisure sector is currently winning from the peculiar blend of a weak pound and a not yet Brexit-struck...

Crown Direct – Walking the gamut

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Crown Direct has the latest in pushers from all walks, with both recognisable characters and classic seaside memories captured in the machines on offer from the national supplier. For anyone looking to source the latest and greatest in the world of pushers, Crown Direct has a direct line to some of the best machines on the market. These include some...

Felixstowe arcade thief jailed for 26 weeks

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A man who used a device to steal cash from a Category B3 machine at an FEC in Felixstowe has been given a custodial sentence by magistrates. A machine thief who stole £800 from a seaside amusement arcade in Felixstowe has been jailed for 26 weeks. Appearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court via a video link from HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes,...

Welsh Lords given hope on FOBTs controls

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During the most recent Lords hearing on the Wales Bill, which would see certain powers devolved to the Welsh government, there was once again an impassioned plea to see controls over FOBTs added to the list. During the committee stage in the House of Lords, Baroness Morgan of Ely stated: “Whilst I think we have to recognise that betting probably...

Sarah Harrison lays out her vision for the British gambling industry

In an excerpt from her speech at the Raising Standards conference, GC chief executive Sarah Harrison lays out her vision for the British gambling industry. This event is focused on raising standards and you will have noted that the title of this speech is ‘Accelerating the pace of change’. So why the urgency? What’s the rush? Aren’t we moving in the...

City fears the financial impact of an FOBT clampdown

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The potential change to legislation governing FOBTs in betting venues as part of the Triennial Review could see huge losses for companies such as Ladbrokes Coral. A tightening of the regulations governing FOBTs in betting shops, could wipe a quarter off Ladbrokes Coral’s earnings, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph. The revenue from FOBTs accounts for 60% of Ladbrokes UK...

Alternative Dispute Resolution service one year on

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It has been a year since bacta launched its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service, following a requirement by the Gambling Commission for all gaming operators to sign up to an ADR provider. Twelve months since its launch, the trade body’s independent service has published a brief report. ADR services allow disputes to be settled without taking a case to court...

Lords on the warpath – could amendment pose a threat to AGCs?

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A group of Lords are seeking to attach an amendment to a major crime bill which would give councils the power to deny licenses for all FOBTs, but do the wide-reaching powers pose a threat to AGCs? A group in the House of Lords is attempting to add an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill which would radically increase...

Newcastle to host North East’s first Bongo Bingo rave night

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The popular Bongo Bingo brand will be bringing its dance offs, rave music and $Hit prizes to Newcastle for the first time in December. Bongo Bingo, the raucous gaming night which has become popular across the country for its disruptive nature, will be debuting in the North East of England this December. Following its success in other UK cities, Newcastle’s Boiler...

Llandudno Pier owner “flabbergasted” at 
Pavilion plans

With the first images of the planned Llandudno Pier Pavilion made public, Pier owner Adam Williams has expressed his concerns about the site’s modern look. Llandudno Pier owner Adam Williams has said he is “flabbergasted” following the release of the first images of the planned Llandudno Pier Pavilion development. His comments come in a warning that if the modern approach...

Proof of Age Standards Scheme changes structure following strategic review

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The Proof of Age Standards Scheme confirms that it is now a Community Interest Company following a structural review. The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) which accredits UK proof of age card issuers to a standard endorsed by the Home Office, Scottish Government, police and retailers of age-restricted goods & services, has announced that it is to become a Community...

ICE team set out transport plan for 2017 show

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ICE organisers have provided detailed transport plan for visitors to the next show in February following the announcement of London Crossrail development closures. ICE organisers have moved swiftly to implement a logistics and communications plan following confirmation that the Custom House Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station will be shut for 12 months as part of the London Crossrail development. Visitors will...

Comment: What does Brexit really mean?

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While Nigel Farage threatens to lead 100,000 anti-EU supporters down to the Supreme Court, Edward Lowton ponders whether forcing the Government to state its terms is the worst thing that could have happened. While the Brexiteers are planning to march on London to fight for the UK’s right to determine its own laws - ignoring the irony of this particular...

Crystal Display Systems to hold open Product Road Show

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Crystal Display Systems announce open day to showcase the company’s latest products and services in Holborn, London. Crystal Display Systems (CDS) will be holding a one day event to promote their newest products at the ‘CDS Product Day’ at the Citadines in Holborn, London. The road show will provide the opportunity for operators to take part in hands on demonstrations of...

Gaming can’t contemplate a future without contactless – states Harding

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Praesepe CEO, Nick Harding, explains his thoughts on contactless payments and the future of the gaming machine industry. Nick Harding, CEO of the UK AGC, Bingo Club and FEC operator, Praesepe, believes that any delay in being able to apply contactless payment methods on gaming machines, will be damaging for the industry at large but catastrophic for the domestic pub...

New Family Entertainment Centre opens in Cleveleys

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A new seafront family entertainment centre has opened on the site of Cleveleys’ Jubilee Leisure Park ice rink. Called Knuckleheads, it features a raft of coin-op amusements, including air hockey, pool tables and redemption machines with a full prize shop. The new FEC, which took 10 weeks to install, also features a children’s soft play area, bouncy castles, fairground rides, café...

FEC approval and season extension plan to boost Skegness

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Skegness has received a double dose of good news that could benefit its visitor economy - and amusements businesses - in the long term.   One of Skegness’s biggest amusements and leisure operators has been granted permission to open its third seafront family entertainment centre in the resort. East Lindsey District Council approved Bell Leisure’s plans to demolish the four-storey Grand Central...

Perennially ReBourne: how Butlins stayed relevant for 80 years

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As Butlins celebrates its 80th birthday, managing director Dermot King explains how the archetypal staycation brand stays likeable and lucrative in the 21st century. Butlins is well aware that it is not what it once was. At its peak in the 1960s, Billy Butlin’s industrialisation of the British holiday comprised ten camps across the UK, Ireland and the Bahamas. Over...

Get the industry in order, or we don’t deserve to flourish says Rank

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Rank CEO Henry Birch talks up the prospects for UK gaming, but warns that this success is dependent on society’s favourable view of the industry. The head of Rank Group offered staunch words to UK gaming this week, warning that if gambling addiction is not taken seriously the industry could “go the same way as tobacco.” Speaking to the Cardiff Business...

UK’s second virtual reality arcade opens in Cornwall

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VR Cornwall has opened in Penzance, offering what is only the second virtual reality arcade experience in the country. The new VR experience is the brainchild of Matt Harding, who has a background in website development but has maintained an interest in the virtual reality medium since 2012 when it had a renaissance with the development of the Oculus Rift...

Flood-hit operator welcomes promenade survey

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A Southend operator has welcomed the decision to carry out an underground inspection of an area of promenade outside his FEC that is prone to flooding. Martin Richardson, owner of the Happidrome Arcade, has already been forced to spend thousands of pounds on flood defences for the premises after it was left underwater three times. The City Beach area of Marine...

Saltmarsh Coast in a bid for tourism fund

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The Saltmarsh Coast, an area of land along the estuary outside of Chemsfold in Essex, could be the subject of a £420,000 tourism scheme, if Maldon District Council’s bid is successful. The local authority unveiled its plan last week to secure money from the Coastal Communities Fund, which it would use to promote tourism along the 75 miles of coastline. If...

Merlin fined £5m for 2015 rollercoaster crash

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A court has ruled that management at Alton Towers was to blame for the Smiler rollercoaster crash last summer, issuing a £5m fine to its operator, Merlin Entertainments. The judge said the “needless and avoidable accident” that left five passengers with life-changing injuries, represented a “catastrophic failure to assess risk.” Michael Chambers QC said that human error, while present, was not...

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