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Bigger is Better, Las Vegas Casino Group Tells Britain

29 November 2004

UK – As reported by the (British) Daily Telegraph: "Las Vegas Sands, one of America's biggest gambling companies, is pressing for fresh amendments to the Gambling Bill following the Government's controversial decision to introduce a cap of eight mega-casinos.

"The company, which owns The Venetian casino on the famous Nevada strip, has proposed four amendments which it believes will maximise the regeneration benefits, while reducing the scope for problem gambling.

"The company has outlined plans to build mega-casinos, also known as "regional casinos", at Glasgow Rangers, West Ham United and Sheffield United football clubs.

"Like the other major US players, Las Vegas Sands opposed the decision to cap mega-casinos during an undefined initial phase. They will have up to 1,250 slot machines with unlimited jackpots.

"Richard Caborn, the culture minister, is expected to give an indication of how the cap may work at tomorrow's committee hearing for the Gambling Bill, though few in the industry expect firm details. While he is most unlikely to name locations which will get licences, industry sources believe he may indicate how many will be built at inner city or seaside locations…"

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