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Newsletter 39

Newsletter 39

By Professor Peter Collins
In this issue Professor Collins focuses on the UK government decision, in the face of conservative caution, to reduce the number of regional casinos to one. He, and suggests almost everyone else, is asking how can the social and economic impact of regional casinos be tested if you only have one – wherever it might be located? The editorial quotes evidence to indicate that if casinos are introduced alongside an appropriate public education programme, problem gambling is likely to remain stable or decrease.

Eulogy to Peter Byrne
By Jim Wrethman
Peter Byrne who died in the summer of 2005 was a long standing member of the Society for the Study of Gambling and a member of its Executive Committee.

The Future of Casinos in Europe
By William R Eadington. Director. Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, University of Nevada, Reno
Professor Eadington highlights the success of casino development in North America, Australasia and South Africa. He contrasts this boom with the situation in Europe and remarks that “many of the casinos would make fine museums but are not terribly attractive as casinos.” He suggests a key factor in this is the high level of protectionism that operates in Europe as well as a fear in many countries of losing state owned monopolies. Professor Eadington puts forward a hypothesis that over time Europe’s attitude and approach to casinos will evolve especially once it is realised their role is that of an economic development tool and catalyst, rather than a tax revenue generator.

The work of the British Horseracing Board.
By Sir Tristram Rickets Bt.

This article, adapted from an address to the Society in May 2005, outlines the work of the British Horseracing Board (BHB). Sir Tristram Ricketts makes reference to the relevance of the Gambling Act 2005 to the work of the BHB; covers, in some detail, funding arrangements to support the future of racing; and makes reference to the significance of UK racing in today’s betting markets.

Current Issues Facing the Bingo Industry
By Simon Thomas, Thomas Estates Ltd.

This article, adapted from an address to the Society in November 2005, opens by stating that “bingo is simply a high street mass leisure retailer, attracting all ages and types of customer.” Simon Thomas goes on to outline the many and substantial changes affecting the bingo sector including Government regulation, employment law, liquor licensing reform, taxation and the new Gambling Act.

Remote Gambling – where next?
By Clive Hawkswood, chief Executive, Remote Gambling Association.

Clive Hawkswood’s piece outlines the situation covering remote gambling including the significant growth in this activity, the anticipated impact of the Gambling Act, future licence conditions, taxation, and the response to remote gambling issues in the USA and in Europe.

Gambling Act 2005 – The British Casino
By John Hagan. Partner Harris Hagan.

This lengthy and comprehensive article is adapted from an address to the IBC conference Managing the Uncertainty in Betting & Gaming Law, in May 2005. John Hagan takes a look at the Gambling Act in relation to the British Casino situation through his perspective of a lawyer specialising in this field. His article summarises new legislation in this respect; considers the possibility of an increase in the number of regional casinos; outlines the procedure for identifying the location for new casinos and for applying for new casino licences; and considers the transition to the new regulatory regime.

Problem Gambling and Regional Casinos in the UK
By Peter Collins. Director, Centre for the Study of Gambling, University of Salford.

In this article Professor Collins looks at the background to the decision to limit the number of new casino licences; cites international evidence in relation to problem gambling and regional casinos; and explains the theory behind new research into problem gambling. He concludes, quoting sources that support his view, that increasing the number of regional casinos is very unlikely to lead to an increase in problem gambling as long as effective harm minimisation and prevention measures are put in place.

Painting the Right Picture for Gaming Developments in International Jurisdictions.
By Andrew Macdonald, General Manager International Business Development Sky City entertainment Group Ltd. and William R. Eadington, director, Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, University of Nevada, Reno.

This interesting article is a reprint of that originally printed in the December 2005 edition of Global Gaming Business magazine. It introduces the acronym PAINT. The authors argue this is useful when considering attributes that need to be promoted and addressed by a gaming company when developing or considering concepts for a new Integrated Resort with casino in a jurisdiction that is considering or has recently authorised casino gaming. The acronym stands for Partners, Architecture, Investment, Novelty and Tourism.


Regulating Commercial Gambling: Past, Present and Future.
By David Miers. Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-825672-8
The reviewer of this book who describes the author as “the UK’s foremost legal scholar in the area of gambling law and regulation” concludes by saying “no serious student of quality can afford to be without this book.”