11 - Commercial Gambling

‘Entertainment that involves risking the loss of money over a possible financial gain’ (Etches, 2009 in Moss, 2009, p.190). 

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24th October, 2016

BBC NewsGovernment to review 'fixed-odds' gambling machinesFixed odds gambling machines in the UK are to be reviewed by the government after concerns that they are damaging vulnerable people.

2nd January, 2016

BBC NewsWhy the British may be falling back in love with bingo

UK bingo clubs have 45 million visits a year, and revenue is predicted to increase. Bingos are attracting younger players by adapting their venues to a younger trendier crowd.
24th July, 2015BBC NewsThe high cost of Australia's addiction to 'pokies'

Feature about problem gambling in Australia where 'pokies' (electronic 'chance' based gambling machines), are contributing to Australians becoming the world's biggest gamblers.


2nd January, 2015

BBC NewsMacau's gambling revenue hit with first annual fall

News feature exploring the impacts of the Chinese government's campaign to rein in conspicuous spending on Macau an autonomous gambling hub just off the Chinese mainland.


25th April, 2014

BBC NewsWilliam Hill to close 109 shops after duty rise

UK betting shop chain William Hill (who's operating profits have fallen 14% in the first quarter of 2014) has announced that it will close 109 shops as a result of the British Government's decision to raise the duty on fixed-odds betting machines from 20% to 25%.
2nd March, 2014BBC NewsGamblers need more protection, says culture secretary

The UK gambling industry may be forced to adopt a code of practice to protect 'problem' gamblers, which makes gamblers take breaks, and also warns them over expenditure.
1st February, 2014

BBC NewsCouncils call for powers to tackle betting shop 'blight'

News feature about councils seeking new powers to prevent clusters of betting shops appearing on high streets in units formerly occupied by retail spaces.


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18th June, 2013

 

BBC News

The street with 18 betting shops

Feature exploring the resurgence of betting shops on Britain's High streets, by focusing upon High Street North in Newham, East London. 

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12th April, 2013

BBC News Online bingo: A very full house

Feature about the rise of British online Bingo websites, which have been increasingly in popularity for the last 9 years.


5th November, 2012

BBC News Undercover in Britain's bookies

Video feature exploring a rise in violence and anti-social behaviour, associated with fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in bookmakers.


29th September, 2012

BBC News Las Vegas casinos trumped by Chinese 'Sin City'

Feature exploring the recent decline of Las Vegas as a gambling destination, through both the recent recession and also competition from Chinese territories including Macau.


20th April, 2011
BBC News
Online poker industry in turmoil after US indictments

News story highlighting the devastating impact that legal action in the US has had upon online gaming providers. Online poker sites PokerStars (based in the Isle of Man) and Full Tilt Poker (based in Alderney, in the Channel Islands), and Canada-based Absolute Poker have been ordered to stop doing business with Americans.


18th April, 2011
BBC News
888 and Bwin shares soar as US betting rivals close

News story highlighting the positive impact on UK betting companies stock evaluation after US rivals were closed down for illegal activities.


 3rd June, 2010
 BBC News  Online gambling blocks backed by European court

The European Court of justice has made a ruling that national governments can block their citizens access to online gambling sites in other EU member states.

 
 2nd June, 2010
 BBC News  Will there be a Las Vegas in Russia?

News video about Russia's proposed casino resort development in Azov City.
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28th May, 2010

BBC News

World Cup set to hit online gaming profits at 888

News article about factors in the macro business environment that have and are predicted to impact upon online gaming revenues.

 

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22nd April, 2010

BBC News

Guildford councillors reject Casino's gambling plan

 

News article about a Surrey nightclub's plan to install fruit machines with a bumper jackpot has been thwarted by a local authority.

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3rd April, 2010 BBC News Close-up: Australia's love for the pokies

News video about Australian gambling slot machines or 'pokies', that use video displays instead of the moving reels more familiar to players of British fruit machines, the pokies generate a huge amount of revenue. For every dollar spent at the racetrack in Australia, five are spent on the pokies.


17th March, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Bingo website ad banned for presenting negative racial stereotype


News article about a TV advert 'could be interpreted as humiliating, stigmatising or undermining' black character, rules watchdog.

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3rd February, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

PartyGaming talks up merger prospects

News article about online poker group in  discussion with sports betting rival Bwin, the PartyGaming merger would deliver a commanding position.

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3rd February, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Britain's binge-gambling problem

News article about how the number of  compulsive gamblers has exploded as feared, but money spent on treatment and awareness is still lacking

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17th January, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Britain's new addicts: women who gamble online, at home in secret

 News article about a new generation hooked on betting websites and many are unaware of where to go for help

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7th January, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Online betting faces regulation overhaul

News article about how the sports minister plans individual licences for firms and how the move could herald tax changes for online bookmakers

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13th December, 2009

Times Online

Poker giants show their hand over £2billion merger

News article about Partygaming, the online poker group, is in merger talks with Bwin, an Austrian rival, in a deal that could create a £2 billion internet gambling giant.

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15th October, 2008

The Stage

London Hippodrome to become a casino

News article about how the London Hippodrome is set to be converted into a casino, after United Leisure Gaming was finally successful in its application for a licence on the site.

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24th April, 2008

The Stage

Blackpool sets its sights on dance after failed casino bid

News article about how Blackpool is set to use £4 million of government money to help rebrand itself as the UK’s “capital of dance”, following its failed bid to host the country’s first super-casino.

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11th July, 2007

BBC

Super-casino future put in doubt

News article about plans for a super-casino in Manchester have been thrown into doubt after Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a review of the government's policy.

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13th March, 2007

BBC

Gambling ads ban to be scrapped

News article about a ban on TV and radio adverts for casinos, betting shops and online gambling sites is to be scrapped.

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12th September, 2006

The Stage

Blackpool will die without super-casino, resort warns

News article about Blackpool’s entertainment and leisure industries have warned that without a super-casino the resort is threatened with terminal decline.

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28th March, 2006

The Stage

Blackpool begins super-casino bid

News article about how Blackpool Council has formally unveiled its plans to bid for a regional or super-casino to the Casino Advisory Panel later this month.

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21st March, 2006

The Stage

Blackpool defiant despite damning casino report

News article about supporters of Blackpool’s bid to host the UK’s only permitted regional super-casino have rubbished comments in a government-commissioned report that stated that the town had “no space” for a site on such a scale, insisting its chances have not been affected.

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27th January, 2006

Times Online

Blackjack players boost PartyGaming

News article about revenues at PartyGaming, the operator of the world's biggest online poker site, soared by 65 per cent during the fourth quarter, thanks to the success of its new blackjack offering and its ability to cross-sell to eager punters.

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13th December, 2005

The Stage

MGM Mirage wins bid to develop proposed Birmingham supercasino

News article about US-based gaming and entertainment company MGM Mirage has been chosen to develop the proposed regional supercasino at Birmingham’s NEC, promising a new 300,000ft entertainment and leisure resort at the site if it is awarded a licence.

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20th October, 2004

Times Online

Planned roulette reform puts betting groups in a spinPlanned roulette reform puts betting groups in a spin

News article about proposals in the Gambling Bill to curtail a sharp rise in roulette machines in bookmakers and internet casinos weighed on William Hill and Hilton Group, which have invested heavily in fixed odds betting machines.

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19th October, 2004

The Stage

Gambling bill is not the menace scare stories suggest

News article about how by the end of the decade there will be a substantial increase in the number of people with a gambling addiction. This will be fuelled by the very thing which is set to benefit the light entertainment sector, namely the liberalisation of the existing controls on casino operators.

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27th August, 2004

The Stage

An unsafe bet

News article about Britain’s light entertainment capital. Peeling paint and deserted guesthouses will be giving way to glitzy casinos and a laser-lit entertainment complex if planners can pull off an amazing turnabout in the town’s fortunes.

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