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The partners of International Spanish based Cirsa’s profit in the first quarter 2008
Leisure Development (ILD), increased to €48m, representing a rise of six per cent from
the consortium responsible Cirsa last year. Cirsa turnover in the first quarter reached €430m,
for the Gran Scala leisure
turnover up
an increase of 9m euros compared to the same period in
and entertainment complex,
by six per
2007. Cirsa which operates in Spain, Italy and Latin America,
Gran Scala increases
agreed at a shareholders said it is looking forward to the added income from 22 bingo
meeting to increase the
halls which it has already opened in Mexico and in Rosario,
capital by capital involved in the Argentina, where it is building a casino with 2,000 slots, 80€40m
project by table games alongside a five-star hotel.€40m.
Castellón rolls out
Trio of operators
the red for star
use Experian’s
studded welcome
verification service
Three of the UK’s leading casino operators have selected
Experian’s electronic verification service to eliminate under-age
gambling and approve customers’ identities in real-time.
Genting Stanley, Grosvenor Casinos and London Clubs
Management have chosen Authenticate Pro from Experian, the
global information services company, to give them confidence
that their customers ‘are who they say they are.’
Authenticate Pro searches and cross-references customer
information by name, address or date of birth, immediately
identifying under-age customers, unusual activity, or suspected
identity fraud, at the casino door prior to entry. Removing the
casino’s reliance on paper-based proof of ID, the service is
seamlessly integrated into the casino’s front office membership
system, Progressive Gaming International (PGI). This means that
identity verification can be performed in seconds and is easy for
staff to manage as part of the casino’s door policies.
“Responsible gambling is of the utmost importance to us,”
said John Butler, director of security at Grosvenor Casinos.
“Authenticate Pro’s robust validation and verification processes
mean that it will now be easier for us to access the relevant
data, ensuring that customers are who they say they are and
A grand gala event
can responsibly enter our casinos.”
has really helped
Theo Dawson, compliance director at Genting Stanley,
put Castellón’s
added: “Convenient and straightforward entry into our casinos
for our customers is our main priority and not everyone carries
casino on the map their driving licenses or passports with them, particularly on a
and, as Phil
night out. Authenticate Pro has provided us with the ability to
Martin reports,
speed up the entry into our casinos with a secure and efficient
verification service.”
executives from James Blake, head of UK Data Authentication at Experian,
outside the industry
recognises that the Gambling Act has presented a challenge for
have been quick to
casinos. “Casinos need to continue to demonstrate that
gambling is being conducted in a fair and open way.
sing its praises. Authenticate Pro gives casinos access to the largest and most
accurate consumer database in the UK. This ensures
greatgran Provincial Hearing, Carlos Orenes group including pres- a sign of quality and that the responsible entry for more customers and, critically, enables
SPAIN Domínguez; the Secretary idents Eliseo Orenes and area in which it is sited is pros- casinos to quickly spot under-age gamblers.”
General of the CEC, Rafael Ángel Orenes, and his vice- pering,” he went on to say. Experian’s Authentication systems use an electronic, risk-
The Gran Casino de Castellón Montero; the president of the presidents, Joaquin and Frank He added that its location based approach to validate and verify customers. An
has been officially inaugurated Harbor Authority, Juan Jose Jesus Muñoz. was strategically sound as it individual’s biographical data, such as name, address, previous
into the entertainment portfo- Monzonís; and the president Casino director Javier linked the northern part of address and date of birth is compared against 12 authoritative
lio of the Puerto Azahar del of the Delegation, Carlos Lopez said the casino was a the province, where tourism data sources. An authentication decision is then given in real-
Grao area, with a spectacular Fabra, distinguished guests ‘centre of leisure and busi- is more established, with the time, with no need for paper-based proofs.
red carpet ceremony attended included the singer Luis nesses in a city that from its south where it is beginning
by 1,800 people from the polit- Aguilé, footballer Davor origins has bet on develop- to develop.
ical, business and social worlds. Suker as well as actress Car- ment and progress.’ The President of the
In true Hollywoodesque olina Cerezuela. Antonio Martínez Alcázar, Provincial Association of
style, members of the glitter- Operator Orenes-Franco, general manager of the Hotel and Tourism Businesses
atzzi were greeted by the flash- which also owns casinos in Orenes-Franco group, said of Castellón, Carlos Escori-
ing cameras of the paparazzi Murcia, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, that of the envisaged 230,000, huela, added that the venue
as they made their way inside Extremadura and La Rioja, 80,000 would visit the gaming would ‘attract people with
the new port side casino. hopes the venue will attract area and 150,000 would visit high purchasing power and is
The ceremony was hosted 230,000 clients a year. Despite the convention halls, bars, a perfect complement to the
by Spanish TV presenter the glamour of the official restaurants, events rooms and golf projects’.
Anne Igartiburu and ceremony, Orenes-Franco the terrace areas. Both agreed that the
attended by a number of hopes the casino will attract The group has spent 20m casino would help make
famous personalities, with a ‘very diverse clientele’ with on the casino including restor- tourism less dependent on
performances by the singer spend per head of €30 to ing the façade of the building the summer season. That chal-
David Civera, the magician €300 with the hope the to its former glory. lenge will, though, face plenty
Yunke and a jazz group. casino will make the province As well as creating 545 of local competition with
Igartiburu said it was a less seasonally dependent. jobs, both direct and indirect, nine casinos in the Mediter-
‘pleasure to be in a privi- The Castellón gaming floor and bringing in €6m a year in ranean basin and two others
leged enclave such as the boasts two tables of French taxes to the administration, in the region.
Comunitat Valenciana’ and roulette; eight of American experts are confident that the Mayor of the city, Alberto
said the casino was a ‘symbol roulette; three blackjack; economic effects of the Fabra, meanwhile said:“Castel-
of renovation and expansion three poker, one punto banco casino on the province will lón is a city that has always
in Castellón.’ and one room and 75 slot go much further. made progress. The Orenes
As well as members of machines. But there is much Head of Tourism at the local group has placed a winning
local society such as the pres- more to the venue. University Diego López Oli- bet because they knew that
London’s Empire: LCI management along with Genting Stanley
ident of the Castellón, Jose The event was attended by vares said it was a ‘dynamic’ the societies here put a lot at
and Grosvenor are to make use of Experian’s electronic
Laparra; the president of the gaming executives from the boost for the area. “A casino is stake to succeed.” verification to prove there is no under-age gambling
2 July 2008 • europeannews
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