uring the last days, operators have complained that existing casinos would be at a disadvantage as the new, larger, casinos will be allowed more highly profitable slot machines, than current ones.
Under government plans now in limbo after The House of Lords threw them out last week, a new 5,000 sqm supercasino was set to have 1,250 slot machines, and licences awarded for eight large casinos with 150 machines and eight small casinos, with 80 gaming machines.
The British Casino Association (BCA) said it was asking the High Court to order the Secretary of State to look again at the new rules. "The additional entitlements given to the 17 new casinos will seriously threaten many long established businesses," said BCA chairman Penny Cobham.
"The Association strongly believes that the Secretary of State has erred in considering and determining the arrangements for existing casinos in such a way that gives rise to very serious concerns about their impact and lawfulness," the BCA added.