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Briefing
“Our problems are with illegal machines - we feel, in a lot of
cases, where somebody is banned from operating in other
countries, they sneak into Botswana.” Boikanyo Mathipa Chairman | Casino Control Board
UV pool concept becomes reality
The game of pool has been played utor of the balls, which can also be
around the world for decades, but in branded to meet the requirements of
today’s environment where pool tables companies or venues, Midnitepool is
compete for attention with a host of also looking at supplying corporate
other coin-op offerings, creative events and charity nights.
methods of attracting new players have While keen on spreading the word
become increasingly necessary. about Midnitepool and its unusual glow-
Midnitepool, the brainchild of entre- in-the-dark proposition, Whalley is
preneur Ted Whalley back in 1988, was aware that sets of balls that become
trialled in the UK a few years ago but due luminous under ultra violet light are not
to various manufacturer/distributor the only novelty that can reinvigorate
concerns the concept didn’t make the the game of pool and attract new
impact he had hoped. Now, however, in players. To this end, he also supplies
the shape of US-based manufacturer branded balls to aid promotions and
Epco, Midnitepool has the backing of a boost sales. Most recently, pubs, pool
manufacturer that has faith in the halls, bowling alleys and student unions
product. Epco, which is also known for across the UK have benefited from
producing UV ten pin bowling balls, has branded balls and UV balls supplied by
been busy serving up branded pool balls Midnitepool, with some venues report-
and UV pool balls for Midnitepool since a ing a 32 per cent increase in bar income.
number of deals were made in the after- The company is currently looking at
math of January’s ATEI show. further opportunities opening up in the
As the sole UK and European distrib- Spanish market.
The world in brief...
games per wager, i.e. parlay for GLI Latin America Karen Dutch gaming trade associa- strike to push the govern-
North
bets or accumulators.
Americas
Sierra Hughes and Director of tion, has issued details of legal ment to suspend the tax until
GLI South America Javier Diaz. action it is taking against the after the elections, in the
America
PRIMETIME SECURES country’s Secretary of State hope that a new regime
KEY DISTRIBUTION for Finance following the would modify the law in their
CONTRACT RETHINK FOR THEME
US PrimeTime Amusements, PARK LOCATION
Europe
recent implementation of favour.
what it calls “unreasonable”
GREENBRIER the Fort Lauderdale, Florida- MEXICOA Maya theme park gambling tax laws. Last year, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
RESORT GIVEN SLOT based operator, has been project planned for Cozumel the street market in the WINS LOTTERY
GO-AHEAD appointed as master distribu- will not go ahead on the island, BINGO CANOE STAFF Netherlands had a 20 per cent SWEDEN Eritrean immi-
US Jim Justice, the new tor for Falgas Comercial in the but in Los Cabos, on the other SLASHED BY 30 PER tax imposed on cashboxes, grant Tesfaldet Tesloy, who
owner of The Greenbrier in US and Canada. Since its for- side of Mexico, instead. Thomas CENT which VAN says has had a crip- had been scheduled for
Charleston, has been granted mation in 1960, Falgas has Ford, CEO of park developers, SPAIN Codere has laid off 30 pling effect on gaming opera- deportation, has won Triss,
a state licence to expand the grown to become one of the ElatedWorldwide, said in a state- per cent of its Bingo Canoe tors in the country. the Swedish lottery. Swedish
resort’s offerings from food, world’s premier manufactur- ment he was “disappointed” the staff. The bingo hall, which law stipulates that illegal
golf and spa treatments to slot ers of kiddie rides and related park wouldn’t be built in houses Madrid’s first sports NEW GAMING LAW immigrants cannot be
machines and casino-style products, with installations in Cozumel. Called “Mayan Adven- betting shop, will lose around COMING AFTER deported if there is refusal by
table games. Justice pur- arcades, FECs, amusement tures”, Elated Worldwide 44 of its workers. There will ELECTION their nation of origin, some-
chased The Greenbrier out of parks, zoos and various retail announced the 60 acre attrac- also be changes in the GREECEThe government thing which Swedish officials
bankruptcy in May for venues across the globe. “We tion in January and has been working conditions for the will suspend a new gaming claim is a problem which they
$20.1m. Construction has are extremely proud to repre- trying to secure funding since. remaining employees. tax law until after an October can do little about. Lacking
already started on an sent Falgas,” stated Paul Jacobs, Ford said that he hadn’t been Codere, the only Spanish 4 general election, the CEO of official ID required to work
82,000sq.ft facility that will vice-president of sales and able to find investors willing to gaming company quoted on the country's betting monop- legally in the country, Tesloy
feature 400 slot machines and marketing for PrimeTime. finance the project on the the stock market, justified the oly has stated. In July, the was facing a life in limbo until
40 gaming tables that is set to “They are a world-class island. He said that the project's redundancies by citing “eco- Greek government passed a he bought a lottery scratch
open in April 2010. In the company with an impeccable American investors had wanted nomic reasons.” The company law imposing a 10 per cent card, from which he won
meantime, the resort must reputation within the indus- Mexican investors involved, but made no further comment. tax on net winnings from E118,000. While Tesloy does
receive additional Lottery try.” the Mexican investors would Negotiations regarding the OPAP’s games. The govern- not have the necessary docu-
Commission approvals before only invest in the concept if it mass lay-off of Bingo Canoe, ment had hinted that the tax mentation to work, he had
it can open a limited casino on was built in Los Cabos. located on Paseo de la Castel- would take effect on Septem- managed to open a bank
October 1 with 10 gaming lana Street in Madrid, started ber 21, after a ministerial account, thereby meeting the
tables and 40 VLTs. GLI HOSTS REGULA- just two months after the decree was issued.“In a phone criteria for receiving the win-
TORS ROUNDTABLE withdrawal of William Hill contact, he [Greek finance nings stipulated by Svenska
DELAWARE SPORTS ARGENTINAGaming Labora- from Victoria. Through Victo- minister Yannis Papathanas- Spel, the county’s gaming
LOTTERY SET TO tories International, ria - the first brand to obtain a siou] assured me that the min- authority.
OPEN AT CASINO the world leader in licence to run sports betting isterial decree will not be
US Delaware's new sports independent testing shops in Spain - Codere and issued before the elections,” THEME PARK OWNER
lottery is preparing to open for the gaming indus- William Hill ran the first OPAP CEO Christos Hadjiem- PLEADS FOR
at Dover Downs casino, but try, hosted senior reg- betting shop in Spain within manuil said in a statement. SUPPORT
the only game to bet on is ulators from across the same bingo hall. Canoe The measure has led to sharp UKThe owner of Barry Island
NFL football. After an expen- Latin America at its was acquired by Codere in losses in OPAP’s shares and Pleasure Park in Wales has
sive court battle, plans by Roundtable in Buenos 2000. met with strong opposition called on his local council to
state leaders and casino Aires (September 15). from the firm’s 5,300 sales be more supportive as he
operators to offer betting on Speakers at the event DUTCH ASSOCIATION agents in Greece, on concerns struggles to keep the funfair
single games in multiple included GLI Senior HITS OUT OVER TAX it would discourage punters open. Ian Rogers has submit-
sports were struck down. Director of Jurisdic- LAW from reinvesting their profit, ted plans for an “iconic”
The casino can only offer tional Development Bill NETHERLANDSVAN Spee- thus hurting sales. Sales mixed leisure, retail and resi-
betting on at least three NFL Treger, Development Manager lautomaten, the national agents threatened to call a dential development on the
GamesWorld | 12 | October 2009
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