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Edinburgh Hotel Bets on Casino

10 January 2006

EDINBURGH, Scotland – As reported by the Scotsman: "A major city centre hotel has revealed plans to take advantage of a relaxation in gambling laws by creating an on-site casino.

"The four-star Thistle Hotel in the St James Centre is set to create a casino floor within the hotel.

"It follows a change in licensing laws removing a 24-hour 'cooling off' period, which effectively meant hotel guests would not be able to use any casino facilities.

"…The casino would operate between noon and 6am and would be available to hotel guests and members of the public.

"…The application lodged with the city council has been made possible by a relaxation of gambling laws following the passing of the Gambling Act 2005.

"…A Thistle Hotels spokeswoman said: 'Thistle Hotels can confirm that BiL Gaming, a subsidiary of its parent company BiL International Ltd, has submitted applications to operate casino facilities at several Thistle Hotels.'…"

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