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UK Casinos Able to Have Live Entertainment

10 August 2005

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Stage: "All casinos built in the United Kingdom will in future have the potential to host live stage entertainment, says one of Britain's leading experts on gaming law.

"John Hagan, partner at Harris Hagan solicitors, rejected claims that the one regional 'super casino' permitted by government would be the only site large enough to house performances. The lawyer, whose firm has advised global giants Kerzner International and MGM Mirage, insisted all 17 British sites to be licensed over the next two years, including those in the new 'small' and 'large' casino category, can opt to do likewise.

"…Under the Gambling Act 2005, passed in April, licences will be granted for one regional casino, eight large casinos and eight small casinos. The law has also introduced the requirement of an area devoted to non-gambling activities including entertainment, an entirely new statutory concept.

"In fact, legislation prohibiting casinos from presenting entertainment was relaxed two years ago. Since then, operators have begun introducing live shows into their venues…"

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