he British Casinos Association (BCA), which represents 90% of Britain's casino operators, had sought a review of the government's new gambling policy, arguing plans for a 5,000 square-metre supercasino and 16 other large casinos were ill thought out and put the UK's existing casinos at a disadvantage.
Casino operators such as GalaCoral, Rank and London Clubs have claimed opening the new Las Vegas-style casinos, and new rules forcing them to cut their number of slot machines could cost the industry us$ 236 million a year. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell was accused of 'blatant unfairness' that could cost existing casinos us$ 236 million a year in lost profits, however, Mr Justice Lang-staff has ruled that the challenge failed on all counts advertisement.
Sports minister Richard Caborn welcomed the decision. It is only right the new entitlement granted by the 2005 act should be limited to the 17 new casinos while we take time to assess them properly,” he said.
The government is gearing up to introduce sweeping changes to Britain's gambling laws in September when the 2005 Gambling Act comes into force. Part of its plans were dealt a blow in March when the House of Lords, the upper house of Parliament, threw out proposals to build a supercasino in Manchester and 16 other large casinos across England, Scotland and Wales.
Outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the government will try again with the plans, but it has yet to say when it plans to do so or whether it will split the 16 smaller casinos from the Manchester venue.
Leeds, Hull, Great Yarmouth, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Solihull and Newham have been earmarked as the locations for the eight large casinos. The remaining eight are planned for Bath, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lindsey, Luton, Scarborough, Swansea, Torbay and Wolverhampton.