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Aspers continues bid for UK license

31 January 2007

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Australian: "James Packer's partner in the British gambling industry yesterday vowed to press ahead with their bid to build a sizable British business, despite their failure to win the nation's only super-casino licence.

"Damian Aspinall said Aspers, his joint venture with Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd, would try to pick up the casino management rights for at least two of the 16 smaller casinos that were given licences by the Blair Government on Tuesday.

"Eight of those smaller casinos will be allowed up to 150 poker machines with a jackpot limit of pound stg. 4000 ($10,000), while the rest will have a limit of 80 such machines. The lucrative 24-hour super casino licence, which was awarded in Manchester on Tuesday, allows unlimited jackpots from up to 1250 machines.

"Aspers had worked with the city of Cardiff on its own bid for the super-casino, making the shortlist of eight finalists before missing out to Manchester…"

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