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Norway to ban online gaming transactions
The Bulgarian government is 350m euros with an
Norway’s government is hoping to pass a law making it illegal
contemplating a more estimated 300m extra
for Norwegian financial institutions to process payments for
regulated environment that gambled illegally outside the
would see online gambling current tax system.
online gaming websites. “There had been some debate as to
looking to
whether payment processing was covered under the term tax online
taxed while at the same time
promoting development of
‘mediating’, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Culture and
gaming the industry. Bulgaria
Church Affairs said. The move would help protect the country’s currently operates a state-
state gambling monopoly Norske Tipping.
run gambling ‘totalisator’,
but is exploring ways of
exposing the monopoly to a
regulated, yet more open
online gambling industry to
enhance its tax potential.
Legal gambling revenue in
Bulgaria equates to around
Aljarafe gaming floor
back in business
Having regained the right to operate its
the employees of this leisure for compensation for the
gaming floor once again, Gran Casino
and restaurant centre, since losses due to the closure.
over 300 jobs were at stake, The legal tug of war may not
Aljarafe is having to put at least 3.5m euros despite more than 200 be quite over yet though, as
of lost earnings behind it, as it looks to the
people having continued British operator London
New Year with a new sense of optimism.
working on the catering Clubs International, also
side during the months of involved in the original
Phil Martin reports. closure of the gaming tender, has filed a con-
rooms. With the gaming tentious-administrative
reopensesame Black Jack, French and Amer- rooms open, a further 127 appeal against the new pro-
SPAIN ican Roulette, Poker and employees were able to cedure, despite the fact that
Punto Banca all now open. return to work after two the current operator Gran
With legal wrangles cast to After all the legal dealings months off. Casino Aljarafe was the only
the side for the time being had been overcome, the The company will now company to submit an appli-
at least, the wheels and reels news of the decision to try both to recover the cation.
of the Gran Casino Aljarafe allow the venue to re-open losses which the closure of Customers returning to
span into action once again was clearly welcomed by the casino has caused and the venue may notice
in mid November. management and the to quickly reach the number several changes to the
The casino in Tomares, machinery was set in of visitors which it was restaurant area which has
Seville, was forced to close motion for the beginning of receiving before the kept the venue going whilst
its doors following the a ‘new stage’ for the casino. closure. The venue closed the gaming floor has been
launch of a new tender Juan Manuel Abolafio, while occupying one of the shut.
process by the provincial board member and general leading positions in the The casino gourmet, in
government. The Andalu- services manager of Gran Spanish sector. The cost of the gaming room, now
sian Regional Government Casino Aljarafe, said he felt suspending the gaming offers guests a spectacular
enforced a ruling imposed enormous joy after such a activity is over 3.5m euros, buffet, with a small area
by the Supreme Court to long process. “After being according to the manage- reserved for the à la carte
cancel the original award forced to close for two ment who explained that restaurant. El Cotteccio will
process due to what it months, we can once again with installations having to add to its menu and its area
termed ‘irregularities,’ fol- offer installations to Seville be maintained while receiv- for customers. Conse-
lowing an appeal by rival with the quality and profes- ing no income, the cost quently, the Tapete area will
operator Cirsa. sionalism that Seville could be even higher. be smaller, becoming a place
The casino is now fully deserves,” he said to The management has so to have a quick bar snack,
operational with 100 slot reporters. far not considered the pos- including Japanese style
machines and 25 tables for The joy was shared by all sibility of taking legal action dishes.
Spanish poker tour
Orenes-Franco puts its foot to the
nears completion
finaldiaz with 45 points, while the third fullspeedahead The casino has faced
SPAIN place on the podium is occupied SPAIN delays of 14 months as
by Torneu Gomila with 42 points. it has waited for the
The Torrequebrada Casino in In the eighth round, held in San Spanish operator Castellón City Council
Malaga played host to the ninth Sebastian at the end of Septem- Orenes is pressing to granting planning
round of the II Spanish Poker Cham- ber, it was the Galician, Julio Pollán ahead with the con- permission. The plan,
pionship (SPC) in late October. - one of the struction work at the according to the
This was the penultimate players - who won the tourna- port area in Castellón company, is for the
session before the grand final ment. In second and third posi- as it prepares for its complex to be ready in
which will be held in Madrid in tions were Luís Miguel Jiménez grand opening in January. Work is said to
mid-December. Consequently, the and Jorge Fernández respectively. January. More than 50 be progressing at “a
tournament represented a great workmen are at work good rate” with the
opportunity for players to accu- every day. initial cost estimate of
mulate points in order to claim the The Orenes-Franco 20m euros looking like
title of poker champions of Spain, group has speeded up it will be met.
in addition to having the chance of the work rate on the The company is cur-
an attractive economic package. future Castellón casino rently undertaking the
The Torrequebrada Casino lies with the intention of last stage of the build-
between Malaga and Marbella, in opening it in January ing project with the
the municipality of Benalmádena, 2008. The first casino in application of the fin-
in the heart of the Costa del Sol. the province is being ishings and the installa-
After eight tournaments, Julio built in the old shed of tion of the electrical
Díaz is leading the general cham- El Grau and will allow system and the water Castellón as
pionship table with 59 points. In the creation of 250 and air conditioning seen from the air
second place is Fernando Martín direct jobs. pipes. In December
2 December 2007 europeannews
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