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Small UK casinos lose court battle

11 June 2007

UNITED KINGDOM -- As reported by the BBC News: "Small casino operators have failed in their High Court challenge against plans for 17 new casinos across the UK.

"The British Casino Association argued that existing venues would become 'second-class' if the new sites were allowed more gambling machines.

"The government said the challenge was without merit and Mr Justice Langstaff ruled against it on all counts.

"The UK's first super-casino is planned for Manchester, with deregulation under the Gambling Act from September.

"May's High Court hearing was aimed at establishing whether the act discriminates against existing operators, who are allowed far fewer gambling machines than the 17 new venues will have.

"... The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it welcomed the ruling that its policy 'was fairly and properly made'..."

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