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Bingo halls chiefs gamble on 'casino'

19 June 2008

BIRMINGHAM, England -- As reported by The Birmingham Mail: "Three large Birmingham bingo halls may be trying to use loopholes in the law to turn themselves into 'mini-casinos' filled with gambling machines.

"Gala Bingo is trying to 'artificially split' the Stockland Green, Rubery and Kingsbury Road, Erdington clubs, which would allow them to cram in more machines.

"The firm announced the closure of their Great Barr club this week and they will hear if the application to Birmingham City Council is successful on Tuesday.

"...The city council's licensing committee will give an answer to Gala on Tuesday, but representations from the council's licensing service accuse the company of trying to 'circumvent the rules governing the maximum number of gaming machines'.

"The report added that by applying for four different licences in the one building it could not reasonably be regarded as having four different premises..."

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