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Napoleons set for Sheffield revamp
Napoleons Casino in Sheffield, England, has appointed Admiral
Construction to carry out a £1.5m refurbishment of its Ecclesall
Road site. Work is due to start in January and is due to be
completed before the end of May, without the casino closing.
The casino will retain its three floor layout, with a 110 seat
restaurant moving up to the ground floor and a new 60 seat
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poker room being built on the lower floor. Mark Allen, director
of A and S Leisure, said: “We are now seeing months worth of
work coming to fruition and we were all very excited to see the
work start on January 6.”
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Palma move
approved for
Gran Casino
Mallorca
The owners of Gran Casino Mallorca have long had designs
The Paseo Maritimo in
on a move to the capital but with the Ministry of the Interior Palma, Mallorca. The Porto
approving a move to the Paseo Maritimo, that wish should
Pi Centre is located just
round the corner.
come true in 2010. Phil Martin reports.
capitalgain the casino is supported by As well as the shopping how the process has been The start of the construc- The approval could yet be
SPAIN favorable reports from the centre, Porto Pi is known resolved. We think that the tion depends on the munici- appealed. Only last month
legal services of the CAIB, for its nightlife with Casino Mallorca will revi- pal permits and licenses but all of the main political
The Gran Casino Mallorca, having fulfilled all require- cinemas, a bowling alley, talise the whole of the Porto is expected to take six parties in Mallorca, namely
the only casino on the ments demanded of them,” restaurants, bars and night- Pi Centre. You could say we months to complete. “The the PP, PSOE UM agreed that
Balearic Island, is to leave Sebastian Amengual the clubs all in the vicinity. won the lottery.” premises that we are going the Casino de Mallorca
behind the leafy residential general director of the Inte- The news of the change Sources close to the to rent will permit us to should remain at its current
suburb of Calvia, for a state- rior said. “This possibility has of location was received casino were also delighted install the games areas, location in Calvia.
of-the-art, new home at the been contemplated since enthusiastically by the Salas- with the approval to relo- restaurants and entertain- “The disappearance of the
Porto Pi Centre, a shopping 2001, by a decree which Salom family that owns the cate. “The move will be of ment areas, and a multipur- casino from our municipal-
mall at the western end of opened the legal route and Porto Pi Centre, who our entire service currently pose room,” the source said. ity would be one more thing
the Paseo Maritimo. the path for the casino’s likened the news to winning available in Calvia. Once the Two of the stipulations for to add to the accumulation
The move to a more transfer to another place. the lottery. work is completed to adapt the move are that the round of bad news for those who
bustling part of the island, Another question is to Joan Salas said: “The con- the premises of the Porto Pi exterior of the shopping want to make Calvia an
much closer to its capital decide whether to award a tacts that were initiated in Centre multiplexes along centre cannot be changed in attractive tourist destina-
Palma, has been approved second casino license, a con- the middle of this year to with the Vallehermoso any way and that once open tion, because an offer of this
by the Ministry of the Inte- tingency which has not yet rent the premises, which annexes, which together the new operation must offer magnitude is difficult to sub-
rior, who hasn’t completely been discarded, but at the cover about 2,200 square total over 3,000 square 26 per cent more jobs. It is stitute for any other and
ruled out the possibility of a same time is not being con- meters, with the purpose of meters, our activity in the not yet known whether the equally affects certain seg-
second licence being templated at the moment.” installing the Casino Mal- present location will cease. operator will look to increase ments of tourism in the high
allowed on the island. The casino should benefit lorca, have come to fruition. For us, Porto Pi Centre is a its gaming offering of 79 slots season” the three political
“The decision to relocate enormously from the move. We are very satisfied with good location,” they said. and 17 table games. parties argued in the motion.
Mediterráneo looks Liverpool Casino
to distance itself Training Academy
from old radius laws looks to fill void
questionablepoistion when it opened, the casino’s lawyers are partofthecourse academy was started after
SPAIN arguing that those laws have now UNITED KINGDOM Evans and Chong identified
changed. The 60km limitation on the dis- that there was no resource in
The owners of Casino Mediterráneo in tances was repealed by the government’s Ministry of Economy, Finance and A new Casino Training Liverpool for people who
Torrevieja could be forced to close down own legislation in 2006 allowing the con- Employment of the Generalitat in October Academy has been wanted to train for a career
and relocate their venue amid claims struction of the Alicante Casino. However 2003. It has justified its decision to allow launched in England in the in the casino industry,
that it violates laws dictating that it in two consecutive rulings the courts the development of Torrevieja’s casino at north west city of Liverpool forcing local casinos to look
couldn’t be built within a 60km radius of have rejected appeals filed by lawyers for its current location by saying it is autho- by Amanda Evans and Sally outside the area for staff.
another casino. the Generalitat and the Mediterranean rised to do so in its autonomous capacity Chong, who have more Evans said: “We approached
The Tribunal Supremo (The Supreme Casinos company, concerning the annul- without having to take into account other than 30 years of casino Waves Enterprise for support
Court) has endorsed a ruling given by the ment of the licence. establishments outside Valencian terri- experience between them. and they have helped us
Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Comu- The case was brought to the courts by tory as the other casinos are in Murcia. The duo want to deliver expand our horizons by
nidad Valenciana (The High Court of Todman Casino, located in La Manga del Lawyers for Casino Mediterráneo have industry-standard croupier offering us business advice,
Valencia) that annuls the decision that Mar Menor, Murcia and Bingos Torrevieja, appealed the decision and are putting training with assistance from industry contacts and knowl-
allowed the casino to open in 2003. two venues which were already in opera- together a case to have the judgement business support organisa- edge. They have affiliated us
The 46 slot, 13 table game operation tion when the Torrevieja venue opened. overruled so that business can continue tion, Waves Enterprise. with the Jobs Education
is actually located about 55km from the Permission to install the Casino of Tor- as normal at the 16,150 square foot Casino The academy will take on Training company and we
casino in La Manga and 45 km from revieja, situated on the main shopping Mediterráneo. However, it has also eight students per month to can now offer funded places
Murcia Gran Casino. and entertainment area of the city near applied for permission to buy another site achieve entry level in black- and NVQ qualifications as
Whilst it accidently broke the laws Mazon Rosa Avenue, was initiated by the to move to should it be forced. jack and roulette. The part of the course.”
4 February 2010 • europewestnews
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