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UK casino numbers set to double

20 February 2008

LONDON, England -- As reported by the UK Daily Mail: "The number of casinos is set to nearly double despite a Government promise to restrict openings.

"Gaming firms have applied to build 125 smaller casinos and 16 'regional' centres to add to the 144 they already run.

"The total of 285 is almost double the cap of 150 set by the Government when introducing new gambling legislation in January 2005.

"...But operators have sidestepped this limit by lodging applications before the laws came into force last September.

"...Gordon Brown, who has blocked plans for a super-casino in Manchester, has ordered a review into the 16 regional casinos - raising hopes he will kill off the gambling free-for-all championed by his predecessor Tony Blair.

"...The number of existing casinos has already risen by 24 per cent since Labour came to power - from 116 in 1997 to 144 in January..."

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