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Rob Yong, managing the day with a panel Harrah’s Entertainment is looking at internet
Dusk Till
director of Dusk Till Dawn, deciding who should get
options for the World Series of Poker brand in the
Dawn boss
has been nominated for the the award. Yong said: “I’m
Poker Staff of the Year very happy to be nominated
looking at
UK and continental Europe. Harrah’s chief
executive Gary Loveman said: “If you take a look at
nominated award at the 7th annual for this prestigious award online the legal landscape in continental Europe and the
for poker
Poker Europa Awards on as it’s a reflection of all the
poker in
United Kingdom, there are countries where it’s
December 7. hard work the DTD team
The final judging will take have put into opening the
the UK
demonstrably legal and there’s absolutely no
encumbrance. Those are areas that are very
place in the ACF in Paris on best poker club in Europe.” attractive to us,” Loveman said.
The die is
cast as
LCI opens
first ALEA
The Roman theme of Harrah’s Caesar’s
Palace comes to the fore in the name of
London Clubs International’s latest
casino although the style is very much
boutique chic. Paul Reaney reports.
nottslanding grill restaurant ‘Tapestry’, a itable donation was made by the four sites with ALEA is to operators of the Caesar’s concerned we have stuck
UNITED KINGDOM vibrant main bar, private ALEA to Help the Aged. The misunderstand their unique Palace brand. ALEA Glasgow with Novomatic, who are
entertainment space and sum, presented by LCI’s proposition. will open in February ‘08 well known here in the UK
ALEA, Nottingham’s new ‘Hidden Bar’ which spe- director of compliance and Hall told Casino Review: before ALEA Leeds opens its and Europe, and then opted
£9.5m luxury casino, restau- cialises in cocktails. ALEA’s risk management Roy “ALEA is more than a casino. doors two months later. for Alfastreet and their
rant, bar and entertainment gaming proposition com- Ramm, marked the first We’re completely different While gaming remains autowheel. That means
venue, brought a touch of prise of 12 American roulette instalment of a larger dona- from existing offerings in only one part of the ALEA we’re catering for those
boutique glamour to the East tables, 12 card tables with a tion to the charity. our region. Leisure and enter- proposition, the products who like to play off the live
Midlands at its official launch mix of black jack and three Situated in Nottingham’s tainment is what we’re mix has been chosen with roulette and those who like
on Thursday November 15. card poker, one 16-seater city centre on Upper Parlia- about, it’s not just about gam- care and attention, accord- to play off the autowheel -
Around 500 of Notting- punto banco table, 20 ment Street, ALEA lies within bling. For those who want to ing to Ian Wheatley, direc- we’ve split our offering 50-
ham’s well-heeled enjoyed jackpot machines, 40 elec- walking distance of two Gala gamble, yes, we have a tor of electronic gaming. 50. Within the twenty
ALEA’s opening night. The tronic roulette terminals as casino sites and Stanley’s product offering, but the He explained: “What we machines we’re allowed we
new casino features an well as gaming upstairs in new Circus casino. When 45- main message is ‘enjoy your- have done on the ALEA decided on some progres-
impressive interior designed the form of two roulettes and table poker-only venue self’. ALEA is really about gaming floor is taken what sives, admittedly only up to
by Jestico + Whiles, whose two card tables for corpo- ‘Dusk ‘Til Dawn’ opens on adult entertainment.” we believe to be best of £4,000 and only in-house -
other projects include rate events. November 28, ALEA will The ALEA name, taken breed. For example, we no wide area progressives.
London’s Hakkasan restau- Dynamic female string operate in a severely com- from Julius Caesar’s famous have used IGT, who are far We started with two and
rant, five star boutique hotel quartet, Siren, all graduates petitive gambling environ- phrase ‘alea iacta est’, ‘the die and away the market are really seeing how things
‘The Hempel’ and Pic- of the Royal Academy, enter- ment. Club director Maddy is cast’, relates to LCI’s recent leaders, followed up by go. Ultimately, it’s the cus-
cadilly’s Fortnum & Mason, a tained guests throughout Hall, however, is quick to change in ownership with Williams and Bally. As far as tomer who dictates how
65-seat pan-Mediterranean the evening. A £30,000 char- point out that comparing the takeover by Harrah’s, the electronic roulettes are things move, not us.”
Manchester to fight if large and small are introduced
superfightnight a decision is taken that preju- report back in a matter of weeks,
UNITED KINGDOM dices Manchester’s position then although Manchester Council says
we will have to consider all no such ‘plan B’ exists.
Manchester City Council is prepar- options. We have got to be pre- An independent report found the
ing to fight the British government pared to do whatever is neces- super casino complex would create
all the way having seen its winning sary to protect Manchester.” 3,500 jobs, with 3,300 available to
bid for the UK’s first Las Vegas The House of Commons local, low-skilled workers. Alterna-
sized casino snatched away by approved the locations for the 17 tive proposals, such as shops,
new Prime Minister Gordon Brown casinos when it voted in March but housing, or offices, would offer no
during the summer. the House of Lords later voted more than 450 jobs for locals.
The city looks like playing no against it by three votes. The Bernstein said the council had
part in the roll out of new style Department for Culture, Media and invited Blears to visit the proposed
casinos and local councillors have Sport (DCMS) has now reviewed site but that she had not taken up
been advised by lawyers it has a the original legislation and is the offer. He said: “This develop-
chance of winning a legal chal- expected to present it for passage ment would create an extra £1bn in
lenge if government proceeds with before the end of the year - with no 10 years for the Manchester
the 16 small and large licences. super-casino in the proposal. economy. The challenge for the
Manchester Council will argue If this happens, Manchester City government is to demonstrate, if
that it never had the chance to Council will seek a judicial review, that is wrong, just how it is wrong.”
apply for one of the smaller claiming that axing plans for the abandon plans for the 16 smaller unrest for PM Brown. GalaCoral’s chief executive Neil
casinos, having won out in the race regional casino would contravene casinos, the constituencies in Salford MP Hazel Blears is cur- Goulden expects the government
for the so called super casino. the Gambling Act, and the even which the promised casinos are rently reviewing whether there are to bring plans to build 16 new
Sir Howard Bernstein, chief spread of casinos that it promised. located would add their voice to better ways of regenerating areas large casinos back before parlia-
executive of the council, said: “If If the government is forced to the argument causing further like east Manchester and is due to ment by the end of the month.
8 December 2007 europeannews
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