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Axe falls on
Ciboure project
French group Tahoe has pulled
the plug on its project in
Ciboure in the Bay of St. Jean
de Luz due to the current
economic downturn. After eight
years of tenders the local
council on the Basque
Coast has also given up
on the hope that the
casino will be built. The
region already has two
casinos which would have
acted as direct competition.
Alicante opening
marks Casino
third project
It has taken more than 12 months to build and fit out during a year
of economic hardship across Europe but the latest property from
the Casino Mediterraneo group has opened in time for the
Easter holiday break and the start of the summer season.
threesacrowd sight to behold. Occupying tion to 32 tables with
SPAIN 3,500 square meters, of bespoke layouts, CEW has
which 1,100 square meters provided TFT number dis-
Casino Mediterraneo in Ali- is devoted to gaming, Casino plays, almost 400 chairs and
cante is the third and by far Mediterraneo Alicante is as an array of accessories.
the most prestigious casino impressive on the inside as it Owned by Nick Shaw, CEW, a
in a privately-owned group is on the outside. Variable locally based company, even
that includes Villajoyosa and lighting panels throughout designed and hand crafted
Torrevieja. As the principal create a fusion of glass and bespoke ‘rake chutes’ for the
casino within the group with light and the top quality facil- poker tables. These spring-
a capacity of 1,200 visitors, ities include a 78-cover loaded units allow dealers to
Director of gaming Miguel
Alicante is allowed to open Buffet Restaurant overlook- quickly and securely collect Arroniz with CEW’s Nick Shaw
its doors 12 months of the ing the marina and a beauti- the house ‘rake’ on all ‘pots’.
year for up to 16 hours each ful red-lit ‘boutique’ style Other creative touches of 88 slots is shared between been a long one and there worth listening to. As a 19-
day with the actual opening gourmet restaurant with 28 include different locally- Unidesa and Atronic has been a need for constant year old he entered Croupier
hours being 1.00pm until covers. A further downstairs themed wheel checks for although there are two Zitro interaction. I met with Nick School when the company
5.00am 364 days a year. café bar with its own each of the eight American 10-player electronic poker at ICE in 2008 and was ini- was founded following
Its location is perfect; the entrance offers an entertain- Roulette tables, e.g. Castillo tables. tially concerned about the Spain’s legalisation of casino
Club Deportiva is a true hot ment stage, a large decked del Alicante. Explaining the progress of ability of a smaller company gaming in 1979. He then
spot and if the calibre of area overlooking the marina The dedicated Poker Salon the project and his choice of to deliver. But after factory spent 25 years at Villajoyosa
yacht in the marina is any and is ideal for private contains three cash Texas CEW International as a visits and seeing the Casino as Blackjack Dealer, Pit Boss
indication then there is parties. Hold’em tables and in the partner, Miguel Arroniz said: Eldorado project in and eventually General
wealth right on the doorstep. The casino design and basement a separate Tourna- “The location only 30 Cameroon I was happy to Manager and moved to Torre-
The entire project is a E13m choice of equipment has ment Room offers a further minutes away is a huge commit. CEW has not sup- vieja in 2003 before being
adventure that includes been overseen by the group’s 12 tables (i.e. 120-player advantage and the fact that plied all our equipment but appointed group director of
premium shops, restaurants director of gaming, Miguel capacity). Of these, nine of CEW already supplies our we have consulted with Nick gaming in 2008. He has lived
and car parking.The dr amatic Arroniz. In terms of live the tournament tables casinos in Villajoyosa and Tor- and his team on every aspect Casino Mediterraneo for 30
façade with its sweeping gaming, the principal sup- double as a pair of dining revieja was also important. of the development.” years and his passion and
decking and waterfront plier has been locally based tables for private functions. Alicante is now the flagship And the expertise of attention to detail is amazing
dining area is an exciting CEW International. In addi- In the slot parlour the supply of the group, the project has Miguel Arroniz is certainly to witness.
Slots down Madeira putting on the works
in Spain showbiz Group, one of the world’s top 100 hotel dential shows for casinos, leisure attrac-
PORTUGAL chains, and following rave reviews of tions and corporate events. Both direc-’s first production tors have considerable experience in
downturn their expenditure is less.” is providing a brand “Viva Paradis”, the entertainment con- gaming, leisure, tourism and entertain-
SPAIN The average spend per new floorshow for the Casino da Madeira sultancy and online agency will once ment and they understand the need for
slot machine per day in Funchal, Portugal. The Casino is again be staging a ‘breathtaking’ new the entertainment to reflect the venue’s
Two of Spain’s leading opera- decreased by 6.1 per cent owned by the prestigious Pestana show titled Viva La Diva. One local news- image and business objectives.
tors have suggested that the during 2008, dropping to paper journalist described the current Blore added: “Casino entertainment
market is stagnant at best. E55.7. This fell to E53.3 in show as “absolutely impeccable”. shouldn’t be an add-on to the existing
Codere’s slot business in the last quarter of the year. Martin Blore, director of Showbiz- offering, it really should be integrated
Spain grew by 2.2 per cent Cirsa is due to publish its, explained: “Our first show into the overall marketing strategy and
up to E208.6 m euros, own results by the end of the was extremely well received by casino be relevant to the casino visitor. In many
although its number of month but has already con- visitors and the media alike. This next cases live entertainment can even be
machines were also up 3.4 ceded takings per machine production will once again include strik- used to break down barriers for people
per cent numbering 15,963 for its 25,895 terminals were ing costumes, choreography and a ten to visit the gaming area, which should
in total. down. The two operators strong cast. It will celebrate the music of ultimately help to increase the drop.”
A company spokesper- are hoping to offset this some of the greatest divas of all time The new production will commence
son said: “The number of downturn with the launch from Edith Piaf to Bette Midler.” on May 6 and run until the end of
visitors is the same, but of sports betting centres. provides resi- October 2009.
4 April 2009 • europewestnews
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