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UK Casino Panel Accused of Playing Favorites

30 January 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Scotsman: "The panel set up to advise the government on the location of the UK's first super-casino has been accused of secretly 'singling out' Blackpool ahead of Glasgow and Cardiff.

"The Casino Advisory Panel wrote directly to Blackpool council to gauge its interest in the only Las Vegas-type centre that will be allowed under the Gambling Act 2005.

"Glasgow and Cardiff city councils, which also hope to land the super-casino which would provide 2,000 jobs, have not received a letter. It was sent in November 2005 - four months before the March 2006 closing date for applications.

"…But now there are fears Blackpool has become the favourite after the letter was discovered following a freedom of information request by the Welsh shadow culture minister Owen John Thomas…"

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