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The merger: What it mea DETAILS

1. Provision to merge the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission was included in the Public Bodies Act 2011 and given effect by the Public Bodies (Merger of the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission) Order 2013. 2. Although the two bodies have merged, regulatory decisions will continue to be taken under the separate respective legislation - the Gambling Act 2005 for operators licensed by the Gambling Commission, and the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 for all National Lottery

products currently licensed to Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd. 3. A letter from the Minister for Sport and Tourism, Hugh Robertson MP, about handling any conflicts or perceived

Praesepe aim high with Gre SPONSORSHIP

In a pioneering move, in both the sporting and commercial arenas, industry bighitter Praesepe has announced its sponsorship of the GB Taekwondo team. What will undoubtedly help raise the company’s profile to the broader public, the deal will also serve as a landmark venture for the gaming sector. The AGC operator will not only be flying the flag for the entire sector, but it will be conveying a confident message that coin-op can stand shoulder to shoulder with any player in the business community.

raesepe, which operates a total of 170 adult gaming centres, bingo clubs and family entertainment centres in 100 towns and cities throughout Great Britain,is extending its support of one of the country’s most successful sports following confirmation that its Cashino and Beacon Bingo brands will jointly sponsor the senior GB Taekwondo team as well as the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Prix, being held in Manchester in December.The agreement will support GB athletes such as 2012 Olympians Jade Jones, Lutalo Muhammad and Martin Stamper in their preparations for the prestigious Grand Prix event which will see the UK host the world’s best Taekwondo athletes. Reflecting on the sponsorship Steve Flynn, GB Taekwondo Operations Director said:“We’re delighted to be working with a patriotic organisation that is committed to supporting our GB team in its preparations for both theWorldTaekwondo Grand Prix, an exciting addition to the international calendar, and our long term target Rio 2016. The partnership will enable us to promote the sport to a wider

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conflicts of interest following the merger, and the Gambling Commission’s response, is published on the Commission’s website www.gambling

commission.gov.uk. 4. Following the merger, the Gambling Commission also assumes the statutory objectives previously owned by the National Lottery Commission to ensure that the National Lottery, and every lottery that forms a part of it, is run with all due propriety; to ensure that the interests of every participant in the Lottery are protected; and subject to those two duties, to do its best in making sure that the proceeds of the National Lottery are as great as possible. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.

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audience whilst enabling us to engage with Cashino and Beacon staff and customers alike, giving them direct access to a unique and dynamic Olympic sport.” Commenting on the new partnership, Praesepe CEO, Nick Harding, said: ”During London 2012 it was noticeable quite how patriotic our customers were and how involved they became in the Games as Team GB won medal after medal. As a truly national company we felt that it would be a really positive move to get behind one of our Olympians and we found that Taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones had a

high level of recognition and registered very positively with our customers. After agreeing a deal to sponsor Jade, the next logical step was the senior GB team and theWorldTaekwondo Grand Prix both of which we have now concluded. The sponsorship will work on a number of levels both in terms of engaging with our 1,200 staff and the 500,000 customers who each year frequent our 170 venues and bingo clubs throughout Britain.” The World Taekwondo Grand Prix takes place at Manchester Central on December 13-15, 2013.

Gambling Commission and National Lottery Commission merge MERGER

Following Parliamentary approval, the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission merged on 1 October 2013. No change has been made to the legislation which governs how commercial gambling and the National Lottery are regulated, but life for the regulator will be slightly different going forward. he two leviathans of UK gaming regulation - the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission - have officially joined forces. The Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission have been located in the same offices in Birmingham since January 2012, allowing them to share common services such as IT and Human Resources. From 1 October 2013 the merged body, the Gambling Commission, will license and regulate all commercial gambling and the National Lottery in Great Britain (except spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority). Philip Graf, chair of the Gambling Commission, said: “As we bring National Lottery regulation under the umbrella of the Gambling Commission we will be better placed to carry out our role by combining the expertise of both organisations, as well as building on the National Lottery Commission’s successful record in maximising returns to good causes.” Dr Anne Wright, chair of the National Lottery Commission until the October 1 merger, said:“I have very much valued the opportunity to Chair the National Lottery Commission over the last eight years, which have seen steadily increasing returns to good causes.” Wright admitted that there were challenging times ahead,but believes the merger will prove to

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be beneficial to all in the long run. She added:“No doubt the coming years will present just as many challenges in regulating the National Lottery, but, I am confident the Gambling Commission will continue to protect both the interests of Lottery players and the integrity of the National Lottery, as well as maximising the billions of pounds raised for good causes across the UK.” Aware of the public and political attention that the merger will no doubt attract, the DCMS’ Hugh Robertson stated:“I am certain we can expect a high degree of public and commercial scrutiny around decision-making whilst procedures for the newly-merged

organisation bed down. I welcome this scrutiny as it will provide opportunities to address any concerns or misconceptions that persist.” He concluded: “We will continue to monitor lottery income figures to ensure that this merger has not negatively affected the money available to good causes. As has previously been the case, I would like to continue our periodic performance meetings to monitor the effectiveness of the Commission in implementing these safeguards.”

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The late August bank holiday weekend already seems a distant memory, but the Gambling Commission used it to announce its latest round of under-age test purchasing, according to law firm Joelson Wilson. he Gambling Commission has revealed that tests of smaller adult gaming centre and independent betting shop premises earlier in the summer had revealed some weaknesses in operators’ systems for identifying and challenging youngsters who enter the premises hoping to play gaming machines.Those tests were conducted in collaboration with local authorities and the police, and focussed upon access to gaming machines by young people who did not seek interaction with staff first, in order to assess operators’ ability to identify and prevent underage gambling. In the past, the Commission has carried out test purchasing where the youngsters interacted with staff by,for example,visiting the cash desk for change. This gave staff the chance to identify and challenge them.

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In the tests earlier this summer, the Commission found that, in over half the cases, young people were able to access premises and play the machines, reflecting, it said, its concerns that certain sections of the industry do not have sufficient safeguards in place. The Commission further said that it was expecting to see an improvement in results as the programme, which was due to last “for the next few months”, continued. No doubt it will make known its findings in due course. Exempt from the programme have been those operators who have persuaded the Commission that they are effectively monitoring their policies, either by using third party testing companies and sharing the results with the Commission, or who are members of trade associations that make test pur-



Advertising Standards has rejected seven ToutheAuthority of nine complaints made by the Association of British Bookmakers about advertisements run by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling around the time of the Corby by-election in November 2012. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling advertised in regional newspaper the Northamptonshire Telegraph, drawing attention to the subject of FOBTs, their addictive roulette content and the social and financial implications of gambling addiction. It also encouraged voters to ask their by-election candidates for their stance on FOBTs and problem gambling. The advert drew complaints from the ABB on a number of points relating to the addictive nature of FOBTs, the abil-

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ment programme. The responsibilities of the Commission and of licensing authorities overlap when it comes to enforcing the law on underage gambling. Generally, the licensing authority is responsible for securing compliance within its geographical boundary, whereas the Commission focuses more on issues which might be of wider significance and have the potential to have an impact at a regional or national level.The fact that the Commission is working in partnership with licensing authorities on this project is an indication of its concerns that certain sectors of the gambling industry appear to be demonstrating weaknesses across the board. Operators who have yet to be tested should certainly refresh their minds in relapliance. It will inform the to enable them to conduct tion to their policies and sector potentially affected any investigation or re-train- procedures for identifying of its intentions, in general ing that might be necessary. and excluding those who It is the operator’s respon- are underage, ensure that all terms, before the exercise starts and it will re-test sibility to inform its staff of relevant staff are clear about premises that fail a short the outcome of test purchas- their obligations in this time later.Additionally, the ing, to manage that outcome regard and know how best Commission will aim to and to secure future compli- to meet them, and check to inform operators at the ear- ance. Dependent on the see that all supporting docliest possible opportunity results of the exercise, oper- umentation, including trainonce the testing of all of ators may be required to ing records, for example, is their premises is complete, supply details of an improve- complete and up-to-date.

Commission continues rolling programme of test purchasing chasing schemes available to them. The approach of the Commission under this latest initiative is consistent with its May 2011 Guidance Note on Test Purchasing. It will not generally prioritise the practice in sectors and on themes where operators have their own arrangements for monitoring com-

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ity to stake £100 every 20 seconds and faster gameplay compared to casinos. Of the nine points raised, the ASA has determined that seven of these claims were not misleading and that the Campaign provided relevant substantiation of the assertions in the advertisement. Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, said: “We are very pleased that the majority of our claims have been investigated and proved to be not misleading by an official body. FOBTs, the most addictive form of gambling, were first allowed based on deceptions by the betting sector. It’s time for government to disregard the claims of the ABB and their allies and pay attention to our substantiated claims. The ASA has demonstrated its competency

down to the very last digit which means our seven substantiated claims should be heeded and acted upon now. Naturally we are disappointed that two of the complaints raised were upheld, even though aspects of each of those claims were not disputed, but the ruling does demonstrate the rigour with which the ASA carried out its investigation.” He concluded: “The most important outcome of the ASA ruling is that it clearly shows that we have been able to substantiate that FOBT roulette is not as fair to the gambler as the traditional casino table game roulette. This is because the FOBT plays up to several times faster, meaning FOBT gamblers lose several times faster than casino roulette gamblers at the same stakes.”

Talarius calls for joint approach OPERATORS

ationwide operatorTalarius has appealed for the coin-op, N amusement and gambling trade to join forces in order to better serve the industry. CEO Peter Harvey explained: “We recently revoked our membership of a number of trade bodies. We firmly believe that an industry-led approach in areas of commonality is the only answer, and have therefore joined the P3 group, a cross-industry group of companies that aims to ensure consumers have greater transparency and clarity of gambling offers, as well as trying to improve identification of people who show tendencies towards risky behaviour.” Harvey believes that there are

currently too many trade bodies, which are spread too widely and are trying to appease too broad a base of their paying members. He added:“This means that some of their points of view are often not aligned to our own. Given the turmoil our industry has been through since 2008, it is essential that the entire industry work together, for the benefit of the long term prosperity of the industry as a whole,as well as the people that work in it.” Harvey concluded:“Regulatory bodies and politicians have been resolute in their concerns over the years and as an industry we have to recognise that, and find a common way forward for the industry as a whole.We are willing to work on this with anyone who takes this joint approach.”


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roject has built on the market’s positive response to the TS 22 cabinet by Padding the option of a second purple

livery to complement the blue styling which was launched at EAG in January. The additional colour scheme enables operators to select the best option for particular sites without compromising on the essential qualities and future proof features which have made the TS 22 so popular in AGCs, FECs and bingo clubs the length and breadth of the country. Expanding on Project’s latest develbeen in place. He said:“We are opment, managing director Tony Boulton working really hard behind the said: “Delivering choice and variety scenes and hope to be in a posiremain the by words of the Project busition to make important ness philosophy and I’m delighted that announcements in the not too we’ve been able to meet the demand for distant future.” a more traditional look without in any Breakthroughs were made in response to a warning by the ment of Jones and the council, way diminishing the feain the month since the borough owner of Yarmouth’s Palace he questioned the wisdom of tures and benefits of the council had granted his request Casino - presently the town’s giving the ambitious scheme TS 22. The Project for extra breathing space by largest - that the whole concept four more years.He said:“There Purple edition is a more allowing him four years to of large casinos needed a fresh is a danger that the whole town traditional choice and is going to miss out on oppor- one which I would say is apply for a licence from the look. Patrick Duffy spent tunities to move forward on the more associated with a Gambling Commission - a move interpreted by some as a £100,000 bidding against Jones promise of something that is fruit machine than a signal that the project was in for the right to run the town’s not going to happen.While the casino slot. large casino but now feels the shadow of the large casino trouble. Boulton concluded: Although the economic ambitious gaming centres remains, who is going to come “Ultimately it’s down to slowdown delayed his plans to haven’t delivered the “money- into Yarmouth and deliver the the customer to decide start building work next to the spinning tool for regeneration” regeneration it needs?” what fits best in their Borough council leader venue but based on our Pleasure Beach this autumn, he which had been the hope of the is confident that it can be under- Labour government. He Trevor Wainwright concluded: feedback the TS 22 Blue is way at the end of next summer. pointed to the fact that in five “Albert is the only game in town being used effectively in Jones, who has so far staked years only two had come to and he has assured us cranes venues wanting to make a will be on site next year. He is bolder and more contempoan estimated £1m on the proj- fruition across the country. While praising the commit- still talking very positively.” ect, voiced his determination rary design statement.”

Five years since Norfolk’s biggest resort was announced as the venue for one of the country’s eight large casinos, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach boss Albert Jones believes he is close to constructing a casino to befit one of the UK’s quintessential seaside resorts. he boss of Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach believes that his £25m seafront scheme for a large casino in the town is set to finally rumble into action. Two weeks after the opening of Britain’s second large casino in Milton Keynes,Albert Jones (pictured) said his company, Pleasure and Leisure Corporation, was now “in an advanced stage of negotiations” with branded restaurants to become tenants in The Edge - the striking leisure complex that will accompany the casino. Talks were also gathering pace with a number of potential casino operators“who have visited the resort and like what they have seen”. A deal with Odeon to deliver a multi-screen cinema had long

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Sound Leisure introduces latest in long line of Milestones success of the Milestones in Music technology that With the launch of would see it remain the Music Milestones number one most popular in the UK - seven this month it is hard jukebox years later. to believe that just a “With Music Milestones we have made the operadecade ago the tors’ favourite jukebox digital jukebox was more attractive, if that is still in its infancy. possible,” said Sound Leisure managing director he first Milestones Chris Black.“Given the curin Music in 2006 rent climate one of the first was named because things we looked at was the Sound Leisure realised it price and we have manwould set a benchmark for aged to retail this model at the most viable commer- an amazingly low £1,645, cial digital model produced which includes a £205 to date. However, even cashback from Soundnet.” The original Milestones Sound Leisure and Soundnet could not have pre- in Music was based on the dicted the unprecedented industry-leading Audio DIGITAL JUKEBOXES

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Surfer technology, which was so robust that many remain on site to this day. In fact, the new Music Milestones presents the perfect opportunity to replace any Surfers with updated technology. “Time has moved on and the new Music Milestones has online connectivity as standard which eliminates the need for tracks to be manually uploaded by disk. It also means that operators can manage their settings and audit performance remotely via OpWeb,” said Soundnet’s James Luck. “The OpWeb is going through continual development with a new release available shortly. Sound

Weston Grand Pier voted North Somerset Business of the Year AWARDS

Grand Pier was Business of the TYearhevoted at the North Somerset Business Leader Awards this week. Over 260 of the region’s top business leaders and companies were in attendance at the inaugural North Somerset Business Leader Awards, hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. Over 103 businesses and individuals entered the awards, with three companies shortlisted per category by judges. The Grand Pier was up against Hilton by DoubleTree Cadbury House Hotel and Britannia Windows. Grand Pier director Michelle Michael said: “We were delighted to win the Business of the Year Award for 2013. It was particularly good to receive the accolade for the Grand Pier three years after its opening. It is testament to our team that

we continue to deliver high standards of guest experience together with excellent customer service. We were very impressed with the quality of the awards and the way in which they were organised. Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE was a superb speaker and rounded off an excellent evening. There was plenty of networking to do and I believe that the last guests left after 3am. All in

all, a thoroughly good evening and one to be recommended to all the businesses in our area.” Charles Cook, managing partner at Cook and Co solicitors, who were key sponsors of the event, said: “We were proud to sponsor the North Somerset Business Leader Awards - it was a superb night. It was great to see something high-profile for business in the region that was so well organised.”

Leisure and Soundnet are investing heavily in the development of new functionality for the online MIM platform - so this machine is fully backed and future proofed. Many more sites now have broadband as standard and we have helped many others get online.” The original Milestones in Music also featured every single track to appear in the UK Top 40 since 1952, plus a wealth of other essential tracks and albums.The AV version included every UK Top 10 video since 1980. In January this year, Soundnet signed another agreement with The Official Charts Company ensuring that

their customers will still be the only ones in the UK to have full access to the UK charts from their jukeboxes. “The charts are incredibly important and the facility to search through them via date has remained extremely popular,” said Luck.“We are proud to continue to be the only jukebox music supplier to have the exclusive rights to use the Official Singles Chart.” Black concluded: “The after sales and support that customers can expect from

Sound Leisure also remains the same as ever. Music Milestones is the best opportunity that operators have had to update their estates with a fresh injection of hard-working digital jukeboxes, which will remain a great investment for years to come.”


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Violent quartet of criminals brought to justice

In a report published last week, the DCMS has warned that the success of the UK’s creative industries may be put at risk by failure to protect intellectual property rights.

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Four men have been sentenced to a total of more than 12 years in prison for a violent robbery which saw them attack a female AWP machine cash collector with a cosh.

UK creative industries ‘at risk’ he Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee has recognised the extraordinary success of the UK’s creative industries, but warns that this may be jeopardised by any dilution of intellectual property rights and the failure to tackle online piracy.The Committee also ‘strongly condemns’ the ‘notable’ failure of Google in particular to tackle access of copyright infringing websites through its search engine. The Committee says that such illegal piracy, combined with proposals arising from the Hargreaves review to introduce copyright excep-

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tions, and a failure to strengthen copyright enforcement along the lines envisaged by the Digital Economy Act 2010, together threaten the livelihoods of the individuals and industries that together contribute over £36bn annually to the UK economy. Included in the recommendations from the committee is a specific dispensation for the video games industry. The committee believes the government should redouble its efforts to ensure that the video games tax credit is approved by the European Commission and introduced as soon as possi-

ble: and that current delays are harmful to the industry. Among other requests, the Committee is calling for a central champion of Intellectual Property (IP) in government to promote and protect the interests of UK IP; the maximum penalty for serious online IP theft to be increased to 10 years imprisonment, to bring it into line with the punishment for such offences in the physical world; and reforms to the income tax and tax reliefs systems to adequately recognise the freelance nature of much creative work. John Whittingdale MP (pictured), chair of the Commit-

tee, said: “Britain’s creative industries are of huge importance to our economy and as successful as any in the world. We are blessed in the UK with extraordinary creativity which is backed up by superb training in technical skills and a supportive tax regime.However, all this will be put at risk if creators cannot rely on a strong framework of intellectual property rights which are robustly enforced. The delays in implementing measures to prevent piracy in the Digital Economy Act are costing the creative industries millions of pounds with serious consequences for the wider economy.”

Knighton Limerick entertainment not connected complex opens with Gemini new complex for bingo fans opened its doors to the public last week, in Limerick’s A Games new Parnell Plaza entertainments venue. The BINGO

city’s newest bingo venue, which can up hold up to 404 seats, is situated on the upstairs of the new building. CLARIFICATION Chief executive Nigel Rowley stated: “We are ast week’s edition of only going to open four nights a week, but the Coinslot featured an bingo is a cheap night out. Take your Saturday article on Gemini Games night - two people are able to play some bingo going into receivership, for €20 for the night, from seven o’clock which included a picture onwards. Effectively it is €10 each. There is of its managing director another place in Limerick with bingo, and there Jem Symmonds and has always been a strong tradition of bingo former employee Barrie around the place.” He said the “luxurious” room requires more Knighton. Coinslot would like to clarify that finishing touches after 11 months of construcindustry veteran tion, but it will be one of the highlights of the Knighton has not been business. “The whole point of the Parnell Plaza is that with Gemini Games for over three years and is it’s an entertainments venue. We have the thus in no way con- casino as well. We have the Vero restaurant. It’s real food, which is prepared by real chefs, and nected to the story.

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not just done in the microwave. It’s luxuriously furnished; there’s nice carpet with a nice surrounding. There’s state-of-the-art equipment. It’s just all really nice. I think it’s very important for customers to get a good service. We have loads of regular seats, but we also have seats for people with disabilities, which is important,” he added. Manager Patrick McCullough said the venue is designed to cater for the high demand for quality evening entertainment in Limerick city. “We hope to get as many customers as we can get. It’s a new facility for them, and it will be good for this side of the town,” he concluded.

lenn Hooker, Jason Dodgin and Andrew Dial all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit G robbery and Wayne Dial pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.The attack happened on March 27 when the woman, who worked for single site operator Bob Rudd, had just finished collecting money from AWP machines at the Bridle Path pub (pictured) in Whickham, Gateshead. She was returning to her vehicle in the pub car park when she was attacked from behind by two hooded men and struck repeatedly around her head and shoulders. Her attackers snatched her car keys and she was pushed to the ground before her work case was taken, along with all the takings and her company car. Staff from the pub heard her screams and tried to intervene. One witness narrowly escaped being run down by the offenders and was dragged along while holding on to one of them through the car door.The vehicle was found abandoned a few miles away and officers found Wayne Dial with the car. He had returned to the vehicle to help dispose of evidence left behind by Hooker and Dodgin. Officers from the dog section and traffic followed him along a nearby railway line and arrested him on his way back towards his home address. When police went to his home, they found Hooker hiding in the kitchen together with the victim's case, some of the stolen cash and the cosh which had been used in the attack. CCTV footage from the pub showed that Dodgin, Hooker and Dial had been watching the victim in the week before the robbery while posing as customers.The four perpetrators were eventually sentenced to a total of more than 12 months in prison. Detective Chief Inspector Ged Noble from Major Crime, said:“The victim suffered a violent and terrifying ordeal at the hands of these criminals, but thanks to the victim, staff at the pub and members of the public from the local Whickham community, officers were able to tie together the relevant strands of evidence and convict these dangerous offenders. I hope the sentences imposed on these four men, who were intent on committing such a violent and pre-planned offence, provide the victim with the justice she undoubtedly deserves.”


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Britons favour mini-breaks at home as ‘staycationing’ continues to rise The report,which looked at the holiday habits of more than 10,000 people, also indicated that holidays in Britain leaped by more than 61 per cent this summer, compared to 2012. Charles Miller, chief executive of Rural Retreats, commented: “Our hectic lifestyles mean the typical two-week trip is no longer practical for most families, and as a result it is being phased out in favour of the four day mini-break.”

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Merlin named Britain’s best international brand

Figures from a number of recent studies have found that mini-breaks in the UK are increasingly becoming the most popular holiday option for British families.

new study has suggested that most holidaying families now favour“mini-breaks”,making the traditional two-week summer break a thing of the past. Research into British holidaymakers’ preferences, conducted on behalf of holiday cottage rental firm Rural Retreats,found that 70 per cent would opt for a series of three or four night breaks rather than just one fortnight.

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Another study by consumer trend analyst Mintel found that the number of overseas holidays being booked has fallen since 2010. This trend was backed by figures from the Office for National Statistics, which show that travel to longhaul destinations fell by five per cent in 2012. The caravanning and camping industry reported a 15 per cent increase in the number of bookings taken this summer,

while the Camping and Caravanning Club saw a 58 per cent rise in family bookings for August, compared to the same month last year. Jenny Pritchard,head of Caravan Industry Training, said: “The options for caravanning and camping have broadened significantly, giving a diverse range of luxury options and ‘glamping’ to accompany those that already exist in the marketplace.”

musement park and leisure attractions operator Merlin Entertainments has been named A Britain’s Best Brand 2013, an award linked to the highly-respected Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 is a league table that ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastestgrowing international sales. Dr Hamish Stevenson, founder of league table compiler Fastrack, said that Merlin’s dynamic international growth strategy and iconic global brands has made the decision easy. He commented: “Not only has Merlin seen phenomenal growth - now number two in the world with sales topping £1bn last year, 60 per cent of which are generated overseas - but the group has done this by building a fantastic portfolio of strong, distinctive global visitor attraction brands.


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The former owner of Margate’s Dreamland amusement park wants to quash the compulsory purchase order that gave control to Thanet County Council, saying its plans for the site are the most financially viable. he latest round in the fight for ownership of Margate’s historic seaside Dreamland amusement park has taken place in the Court of Appeal. The previous owner of the site, DreamlandLive, wants to reverse the compulsory purchase order that passed control of Dreamland to Thanet County Council after it was backed by the ruling of a High Court judge in May. The council, in partnership with the Dreamland Trust, want to create a heritage theme park with historical rides, classic sideshows, vintage cafes, restaurants and gardens. DreamlandLive has now asked three appeal judges to block the compulsory purchase order, which had

SUNSHINE LEISURE AMUSEMENT ARCADE IN GOLF LINKS ROAD More than 100 campaigners have taken part in a protest march against plans to build a Tesco Express store on the site of Westward Ho!’s Sunshine Leisure amusement arcade. Residents fear the new store could force local traders out of business. Tesco said it would provide more choice for consumers.

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been confirmed by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in August last year. Richard Glover QC, for DreamlandLive, told the judges the order should be quashed as the Communities Secretary’s conclusion that the heritage amusement park would be “commercially viable” was legally flawed and based on factual errors and misleading advice. He described the passing of control to the council as a “draconian order with seriously harmful effects”, and argued that errors were made by a public inquiry inspector who recom-

mended to Pickles that it be confirmed. Glover also accused the High Court Judge that backed the order of failing to grapple with any of the issues raised about the commercial viability of the council and the Dreamland Trust’s plans for the site. Glover said:“Taken collectively, it is plain that the conclusions on commercial viability and durability are not safe.” DreamlandLive’s alternative proposals involve an amusement park on part of the land and the building of up to 500 homes on the rest, arguing that is was the most

financially viable option. Both the Communities Secretary and the council defended the legality of the order at a one-day hearing before Lord Justice Goldring, Lord Justice Elias and Sir David Keene. On hearing that the appeal was to be brought, Thanet County Council leader Clive Hart said:“The continued legal challenge is nothing short of frustrating. “With support from the Secretary of State, and the High Court, we are hopeful that the right outcome will be determined at the appeal, and will continue to do all we can to unlock

the regeneration of this part of Margate.” Dreamland fell into disrepair after closing its gates in 2003, and the council said it had been forced to carry out repairs to important heritage assets on the site, which had been left neglected It has already secured £10m of funding for phase one of the redevelopment, which includes restoration of the Grade II-listed scenic railway ride that was damaged in an arson attack in 2008. The judges have reserved their decision until a later date.

PENARTH PIER PAVILION REOPENS The Victorian pavilion on Penarth Pier in Wales has held its first event after a £4.2m refurbishment. It played host to members of the RAF’s 617 squadron, who marked its association with the famous Dambuster raids. Other test events will follow until the pavilion reopens fully in December.

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new amusement arcade is to be built at A the Scottish seaside resort of Portobello, near Edinburgh, replacing one demolished last month. Although smaller than its predecessor, the new arcade will be accompanied by a café, alongside 73 flats with underground parking, at a new development on the site of the old Fun City funfair.

Margaret Munro, chairman of the Portobello Heritage Trust, said she was sad to see the old amusement arcade go.

She told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It is the end of an era – there has been a funfair and amusements on the site for a long

time. It’s part of the heritage. There was a huge funfair once but over time it has gone. “It is a building of its time but I was still sad to see it being demolished. It’s something that you can’t bring back again now it’s gone. Tastes have changed and I suppose we have got to accept that.” The development project was approved by the city council nearly four years ago, despite

more than 80 letters of objection. Alastair Hackland, director of Hackland and Dore Architects, said the demolition had gone well. He commented: “We are hoping to start building work next month. It will be built in phases with the first phase at the western end. All being well, we hope to have the site completed in the next two to three years.” Resident Bob Jefferson

said the old arcade would be fondly remembered but agreed that the resort needed projects like this one to boost its regeneration. He explained: “I’m sure people will be sad to see it go but I don’t think there’s the market here for it anymore. “It will always be part of Portobello’s heritage and I’m sure people will look back at it with nostalgia and fondness.”


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EAG International has now completed four successful years earning itself a unique position within the amusements and attractions sectors. However, as the doors closed on this year’s event, and after a brief respite, the show’s team has been busy focusing on the task of preparing an EAG International 2014 which aims to even surpass all previous events.

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COSMIC FIRST 11

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Terry Farr

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313

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KEEDAYS FINEST

Gareth Cammack

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310

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EASY MONEY

Peter Holmes

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AMS VXR GJ

Steve Barber

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258

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Peter Holmes

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308

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LLL CITY

Keith Parker

25

257

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Stuart Heyden

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303

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257

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Jake Parker

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Lee Clarke

44

298

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MOTHYS MARVELS

Scott Yarham

35

292

39

COSMIC SECOND 11

Terry Farr

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Stuart Heyden

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291

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CHEEKY MONKEYS

Matty Sirett

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HAMMERTIME

Brian Wright

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287

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283

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280

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GILLSGILLSGILLS

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SUSHI SLIPPERS

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C Edenborough

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Alex Lee

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215

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SHOWBOAT ALLSTARS

Ray Harris

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215

252

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BEST SELECTION

John Jennings

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213

27

252

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BIG PRIZE WINNERS

Harry Leaveme

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210

Warren Roffey

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248

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RAYLEIGHS REJECTS

Jody Buckley

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209

LLL ACCIES

John Hood

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245

75

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Steve Hawkins

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209

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Stuart Heyden

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243

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Alex Lee

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209

44

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Glyn Petrie

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243

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242

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Derek Lewis

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241

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205

Laurie Carpenter

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DANS DESTROYERS

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241

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MUCKING FUDDLERS

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238

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DONKEY LASHERS

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273

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FERGIES FINEST

Kevin Temple

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201

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JAMIES SHOPPERS 11

Jamie Lucky

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THE ELDORADO TRACTOR BOYS

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235

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Simon Shaw

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BAYERN OTHER STRIKER

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271

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JJ'S SHOPPERS 11

JJ Lucky

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BOWLERS BOYZ

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CAREFREE ALDON

Glyn Petrie

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199

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RICK'S BOYZ

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SHELL'S ELEVEN

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BEADLES 2

Peter Hemmings

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233

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DO IT THEE SEN LAD

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188

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AMG FIRST 11

Terry Farr

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269

56

S.A.S FC

David Holmes

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232

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UPHILL SKIERS

Bill Knowles

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186

24

KEEDAY LEGENDS

Peter Holmes

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268

57

DIDCOT GOALBUSTERS

John Carpenter

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230

90

WARWICKS WINNERS

Warwick Tunnicliffe

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185

25

AMG LEISURE

Carl Bearman

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267

58

AMS YID ARMY

Jason Jarrett

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230

91

RANGERS RETURN 2

Ashley Temple

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185

26

JOHN WARK'S MILKMEN

Stu & Stoo

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267

59

SCUM ON THE RUN

Nathan Holmes

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229

92

ESSEX'S FINEST

Dave Clarke

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183

27

DYNAMO KEBAB

David Lees

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264

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BEACON BATTLERS

Harry Illingworth

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228

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Reece Newman

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180

28

SOUTH OF THE QUEENS

David Lees

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264

61

CASHBOX KINGS

James Illingworth

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228

94

LAC DE GURSON

Bill Knowles

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179

29

LLL UNITED

Tim Stanhope

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263

62

PARAGON ACADEMICALS

Nick Hardy

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227

95

SEE THE AT' TOP

Simon Shaw

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179

30

MICK McCARTHY'S MISFITS

Stoo Evans

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263

63

BRAMBLEBOYZ123

Andy Bowler

27

226

96

M.O.T

Bill Knowles

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174

31

CAREFREE WEEMAN

Glyn Petrie

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262

64

ESSEX BOYS 1

Steve Hawkins

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224

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BUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

Harry Leaveme

19

173

32

JACKSONS SUPER BLUES

Phillip Nelson

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261

65

JOHNNYS SHOPPERS 11

John Mitchell

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223

98

WARWICKS ELEVEN

Warwick Tunnicliffe

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170

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COMRIEAUTOMATICS

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260

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“Holy progressive, Batman! alex lee comment orking in soft gaming, or coin-op if you’d prefer, I missed out on the recent trip to G2E, with some of my casino publicationrelated colleagues making the lengthy trek across the pond to LasVegas.Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the slightest bit jealous as I’ve experienced Vegas for myself in years of yore and as you can well imagine the shade of claret my bank balance suddenly turned into came as no big surprise. That’s not to say ‘the casino lot’ can’t teach us a thing or two and I know for a fact that many delegates over there dabble purely in the softer side of gaming, but take the opportunity to see what was out there and no doubt visit Caesar’s Palace (aka a poor man’s Trafford Centre) for a spot of retail therapy. An old friend of mine, who doesn’t work in this industry,preferring instead to design and supply heated fabrics to various armed forces around the world, helped give me a fresh new perspective on product development lately. It wasn’t anything to do with the processes he undergoes to produce the breath-taking stuff his company comes out with, more of a response to a picture I sent him of Adam ‘the old Batman’ West who was at G2E to promote an all-

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singing, all biff-bangpowing Batman & Robin slot game (apologies for product placement here, it’s integral to the story). Bear in mind the above mentioned friend of mine has a PhD. He said, simply:“What a bandit!” Because, to those of us outside the industry, and believe me there are many, that’s all it is.A very good, big, impressive one nonetheless,but despite its size, stature and undoubted time, money and effort spent on its manufacture and securing what could be a lucrative licensing deal it is ‘a bandit’. The point I’m making here in time-honoured roundabout fashion is we all sometimes just have to cut through the complications and get to the crux of the matter - yes, rather like this comment piece. Will (insert new product name here) attract more than one go once its initial impact has subsided? Will it yield a satisfactory ROI and, most importantly, will players understand it and want to put their hard earned into it over and over? Ultimately, if the player doesn’t like it,everything that’s gone on before has been a complete waste of time. But you know all this already, don’t you?

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alex lee media watch ollowing an extensive two year project by thousands Fof CAMRA volunteers, whatpub.com has gone live, featuring 47,000 pubs in the UK, according to the Morning Advertiser. The new site offers over 30 different search fields ranging from dog-friendly pubs to those that offer newspapers or live music, making the results customizable to each person’s individual preferences. Another key feature is that of the 35,800 real ale pubs featured, around 22,000 have details of the real ales being served - taking the guess work out of a visit for real ale lovers. CAMRA director Andy Shaw said: “CAMRA has developed WhatPub to be the ultimate online pub guide for all pub-goers. It may even help encourage people who have stopped using pubs regularly, since WhatPub will help them find the ideal pub to

suit their needs.” The site differs from many pub websites which are based on details provided by the person who owns the pub. The pub entries are written by local CAMRA members and then approved by dedicated branch volunteers. A full entry offers a description and pictures of the pub, the address, opening hours, who owns it, lists the regular real ales they stock, states whether the pub offers Guest Beers, highlights the pub’s main features e.g. availability of food, gives a map of where the pub can be located, satnav reference, OS reference and highlights the local transport available. As is often discussed in Coinslot, anything encouraging higher footfall levels in pubs has to be actively encouraged. Elsewhere, one of Portobello’s amusement arcades has been reduced to rubble as builders move in to start

work on new flats, according to the Coin-op Community website. The demolition of the arcade - which stands next to the derelict site of a once popular fun fair - has been described as the “end of an era”. A smaller replacement arcade and cafe will be included in the new development alongside 73 flats with underground parking. Two neighbouring B-listed pottery kilns, dating back to 1906 and said to be the last visual remnants of the pottery industry in Scotland, will be retained. The project was approved by the city council nearly four years ago, despite more than 80 letters of objection. In its heyday, in the 40s and 50s, Portobello could attract up to 18,000 visitors a day with its diving tower and adjacent funfair. The railway, which was opened in 1846, was a key to Portobello’s success as a


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DEAR SIR, I write to clarify some comments in a recent issue of Coinslot re: “Webb provides funding boost for Lib Dem conference” article. Firstly, the campaign is against FOBTs, not bookmakers. Secondly, the campaign could not serve to protect any interests in casinos and I do not own any casinos. Thirdly, the alleged £40,000 is not a donation. As any of your readers who have exhibited at trade shows will know too well, exhibiting is a costly business. Fourthly the £40,000 is not an accurate amount for our costs at the Lib Dems. Fifthly we are exhibiting at Labour and Conservative conferences also. The most interesting aspect of the article was that Labour MP for Bradford North, Gerry Sutcliffe, the exgambling minister, was quick to comment that “eyebrows would be raised” because the Lib Dems accepted cash from someone who has made a fortune from gambling. I wonder where Mr Sutcliffe’s eyebrows

went when Stewart Wheeler, the founder of a spread betting firm, donated £5 million to the Conservatives in 2001. But I suspect that Mr Sutcliffe’s eyebrows were stationary when his own Labour Party accepted donations from Neil Goulden; the chair of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), the chair of the Responsible Gambling Trust and the Emeritus Chair of Gala Coral. In the last few months, Goulden has given Labour £43,000 and donated £20,000 to Chuka Ummuna’s constituency office. Mr Sutcliffe is one of the guilty people responsible for enabling the continued FOBT harm to young and vulnerable people, in breach of the 2005 Gambling Act. We have crafted some questions that coin-operatives trade might like to ask Mr Sutcliffe. These can be viewed in a link from this letter on our site www.stopthefobts.org. DEREK WEBB Campaign for Fairer Gambling

nt industry-related news, a comprehensive UK pub guide goes live, a long-standing e is demolished and the discussion regarding the introduction of polymer banknotes could to drag on for quite some time.

resort but closed in 1964. And finally, there is going to be a long-winded consultation period before a decision is taken by the Bank of England over whether plastic banknotes will be introduced into the UK, believes Intergame’s David Snook. In his blog, Snook asked: “What is the point of opening up a huge debate on the subject instead of simply getting on with it?” He continued: “I am aware of the fact that much of modern society is obsessed with being seen to be open to persuasion, but the reverse argument is that it just opens the doors for tree-hugging geeks to jump on the soap box. “In this case, the tree-huggers should be very quiet, in retrospect, as far fewer trees will be cut down to make banknotes. “All of the arguments, it seems to me, have been aired

long ago. Plastic - the correct name, apparently is polymer banknotes have been around for 30 years and are used in more than 30 countries. They are cleaner, greener and less costly than paper; and also harder to counterfeit. And the key people in our games and gaming industry who make money validation equipment all tell us that polymer bills are no problem. “So again, why the debate? I think we can give either Costa Rica or Haiti, unlikely though it may sound, the

credit for being first to use plastic bills in 1982. But I do remember in the early 1980s a friend of mine from the Isle of Man gave me one of their plastic bills and invited me to tear it up… I couldn’t. “I know that if you use them in a chip shop they tend to get tacky, but generally, the material is hardwearing, looks like paper but is virtually indestructible. Message to the Bank of England (not that they will be moved by my entreaties): just get on with it.”

Casino sector in renewed responsible gambling push Responding to the Gambling Commission’s open invitation to the gaming industry to demonstrate a visible commitment to responsible gambling, the casino sector has launched a new sector-wide statement of principles on responsible gambling. National Casino Forum CEO Tracy Damestani told Coinslot of the creation of a new open forum which will be central to the sector’s efforts to develop improved player protection measures.

tracy damestani politics ight months in planning, the ‘Playing Safe’ programme, Epersonally signed by seven CEOs of the leading casino operators in the UK, sets out an ambitious agenda for responsible gambling that takes the industry’s commitment to a new level. Playing Safe will ensure that the industry and its customers have a shared understanding of the risks associated with gambling and how we intend to mitigate them.This is about clarity, understanding and communication. In the Playing Safe booklet, among a raft of measures, the industry leaders pledge to look at new methods of product risk assessment, testing the effectiveness of voluntary self exclusion schemes, developing national player protection standards, gathering data on machine play and to sharing information between companies to aid policy development. At the core of the Playing Safe agenda is an open forum that will draw data from the industry that will drive the responsible gambling agenda. Playing Safe is an NCF initiative and we are very proud of it and the commitment our members are making, but membership of NCF is not a precondition of participation. The Playing Safe Forum (PSF) will be open to NCF members and to a wide range of other stakeholders, including the Gambling Commission and care service providers, as well as academics

and researchers. Uniquely, the PSF will also welcome representatives from the other trade associations.An important consideration for us is that responsible gambling should not be a lever for commercial advantage. The NCF represents over 90 per cent of the industry but the non-NCF members are welcome to representation on the PSF without needing to join NCF. NCF is recruiting a dedicated project coordinator to lead the work of the Playing Safe Forum and an announcement will soon follow on the appointment of the chair. The PSF will not be just another talking shop:that would be a disaster.We have had a very clear remit from the CEOs of our major member companies.We intend to lead the gambling industry in its commitment to responsible gambling and to be an engine for change.We have a number of projects which are already under way, like testing the effectiveness of data sharing on facial recognition and an industry wide mystery shopper programme to test our ability to keep young people out of our premises. And there’s much more to come. The trade body has also amended its name from NCiF to NCF. Dropping the word industry is intended to be a clear signal that casino operators want to encourage participation in the PSF from a group that extends well beyond the industry.


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ber 18,from 1:00 pm,in Hall 6 of the Fiera di Roma, where ENADA Roma is held. Attention will be focussed on the web and social media and the event will begin with an overview of the approach to advertising traditionally adopted by companies trading in regulated sectors,and look at the similarities and differences between this approach and internet advertising. Best practices of digital communication will also be explained, highlighting the most succesful methods that

can be used and communication errors to be avoided. The meeting’s participants will include Matteo Monari, co-founder and COO of BizUp Srl,expert in web-marketing at interna-

tion as a contestant on hit show Strictly Come Dancing. The BBPA Annual Dinner and Awards event brings together the leaders of the British brewing and pub sectors along with industry sup-

pliers and stakeholders. Sophie McIntyre, BBPA communications and campaigns officer, commented: “Following on from last year’s success, this year’s awards look set to be highly compet-

itive, and given this year’s host the evening promises to be particularly entertaining.” The event takes place at the Park Plaza, Westminster, London, on Wednesday October 9.

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gramme of speakers aimed at all stakeholders in the attractions industry. Talks include Money Can’t Buy You Love, a guide to increasing visitors’ engagement and improving visitors’ experience without capital expenditure, by Juliana Delaney, chief executive of visitor attractions group Continuum. The Annual Conference is run by the industry, for the industry and has tional level;Enzo Santagata, established itself as a key social media consultant place to meet and network with Socialmediamarket- with contemporaries, in ing.it; and Max Mizzau Per- addition to the innovative czel, journalist and senior programme of expert speakadvisor with PMS Comuni- ers. It takes place on Thursday October 10 at the Queen cazione. Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. INNOVATIVE PROGRAMME PLANNED FOR VAC 2013 he Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions has put together an enviable pro-

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17-19 ENADA Roma 2013 Fiera Roma Rome Italy www.enada.it 21-22 Eastern European Gaming Summit Sofia Bulgaria www.eegamingsummit.com

22-23 6th Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo Inter Expo Center Sofia Bulgaria www.balkangamingexpo.com

25-27 China International Games & Amusement Fair Zhongshan Expo Centre China www.zsgaf.com

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