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Mallorca venue staying put
All of the main political parties in Mallorca, the PP, PSOE UM,
have agreed that the Casino de Mallorca should remain at its
current location in Sol de Mallorca, Calvia. “The disappearance
of the casino from our municipality would be one more thing to
add to the accumulation of bad news for those who want to
make Calvia an attractive tourist destination, because an offer
of this magnitude is difficult to substitute for any other and
equally affects certain segments of tourism in the high
season,” the three political parties argued in the motion.
Six month reprieve for
Lloret de Mar following
delays to Costa Brava
The existing Lloret
de Mar venue
Ashton Kutcher and Cameron
Diaz in the rom com What
Happens In Vegas
French judge orders
jackpot win be split
fingeronthebutton Jarguel eventually left the
FRANCE casino with the check for
the full amount in her pos-
Two French casino cus- session. Casino rules
tomers who went to court to clearly state that machine
decide who should receive bets must be taken by one
a progressive jackpot, the person only.
person who paid for the bet But one week later, Sune
or the person who pressed took legal action insisting
the button, have been that half the winnings were
ordered to split E2.2m in his by rights. This is the
casino winnings. first case of its kind in
The court decided that France, and because there
the win was a team effort, is no judicial definition of
known in legal terms as an what constitutes a ‘winner’
‘association of gamblers’ in gambling, the judge will
and ordered that the win- have to make a landmark
nings were divided with 80 ruling.
A stay of execution has been offered to a casino scheduled to be replaced in
per cent going to the But both customers were
December. With Gran Casino Costa Brava six months behind schedule,
woman who paid for the convinced they were in the
bet and 20 per cent to the right. “I’m the winner. She
Lloret de Mar Casino will be offered the chance to stay open in the interim. man who played the credit. could’ve bet 1,000 euros if
The real life version of she’d liked but without me
stayofexecution holder of the new casino, project and this year MGA machines, American and part of the story line for Hol- she would have won
SPAIN controlling 80 per cent of the and Binelde have also sold French Roulette, and elec- lywood film What Happens nothing,” said Sune.
stock. He has been steadily their shares. tronic blackjack tables and In Vegas was been acted Sunne’s lawyer said the
The Peralada Group, until increasing his stake whilst According to Lao, until poker. “Our goal is to trans- out in the Partouche-owned winnings should be split.
now the only casino opera- the other three partners of now the whole project has form LLoret into a European casino in Palavas-les-Flots, “There are two winners, the
tor in Catalunya, will be the Atzaria consortium: the been financed with his own reference for the poker cham- near Montpel- person who invested the
allowed to run the current group Rodríguez Villar, MGA- resources, with a total paid pionships,” said Lao. lier,southwestern France. money - 50 euros - and the
Lloret de Mar Casino for New Park and Binelde, have up capital of E25m. To com- The casino will have a Francis Sune sued a person who brought his
another six months. The been extracting themselves plete the investment, restaurant run by Ramon jackpot winner for a slice of handiwork, Francis Sune. I
venue is being replaced by from the project. Indeed, the however, Conei does not rule Freixa, who has just received the winnings claiming that trust the judge will come to
the Gran Casino Costa Brava operating group has changed out requesting a bank loan, a Michelin star in Madrid, and although it was her money a solomonesque ruling and
and must close its doors on beyond all recognition to the though he says that it is not will have 500 parking spaces in the slot machine he split the winnings,” he said.
the same day as the new one which beat off competi- strictly necessary. The group and an auditorium-confer- pushed the button when Jarguel has said she will
casino is open to the public. tion from Cirsa, the Peralada had a turnover of E340m in ence centre. Four per cent of the jackpot fell. not part with any of the
However Conei, the owner Group, in association with 2008 and recorded an the casino’s annual operating In March last year, Marie- cash. “I wanted to give him
of the Costa Brava licence, Planeta y Godó, and the EBITDA of 50m. profit will go to the City of Hélène Jarguel placed E50 something out of solidar-
has delayed its opening from owners of the Casino de The new casino in Lloret Lloret. into a slot linked up to Par- ity,” she explained. “But
December to June 2010, Bilbao. has been designed by the The casino is located on touche’s Megapot progres- now as he has taken me to
citing the complexity of In 2006, the four gaming architectural firm b720, led the grounds of the Monter- sive jackpot of E2.2m. Next court, he’ll get nothing.
architectural design of the companies that make up by Fermin Vazquez. It has a rey hotel complex, the flag- to her was Sune, another He’s not a friend and there
building as the reason for the Atzaria Catalan, in alliance floor area of 30,400 square ship of the Guitart Hotel regular customer in the was never any question of
delay. It has also raised con- with the Guitart Hotels meters and will initially group. In addition to owning casino and someone who sharing: it’s my money.”
struction costs from E40m to chain, which owns 20 per create 247 jobs. Many of these 20 per cent of Gran Casino had previously brought her Her lawyer, Jean-Pierre
E50m. The company’s presi- cent, won the public tender employees will come from Costa Brava, the family chain good luck. Cabanes, said: “This man is
dent, Joan Lao, said the invest- presented by the govern- the current casino that has just invested E25m in the She invited Sune to not the winning factor. The
ment would be recouped ment to award the fourth already exists in the town, comprehensive reform of press the button which he machine itself decides, he
over a period of time licence to open a casino. Ini- where CONEI has launched a Monterrey, which has now did12 times without just pushed a button. The
between 14 and 16 years. tially, the split in Atzaria was school of croupiers. obtained a five-star category, success, but on the 13th person who took the risk of
Lao, owner of Conei, has equal but in 2008 the group The Gran Casino Costa taking the total cost of the attempt, the three winning losing their bet was Miss
become the largest share- Rodríguez Villar left the Brava will have 150 gaming casino to 75m. numbers slotted into place. Jarguel,” he said.
4 January 2010 • europewestnews
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