Casino plans face yet more opposition

A High Court challenge by the British Casino Association (BCA) against the government will be initiated today as they set to challenge the proposals for the new wave of casinos planned for the UK.

The BCA are unhappy that any new casinos, under the new Gambling Act to be introduced in September, will be given an unfair and unreasonable competitive advantage. For example, the new casinos would be allowed slot machines with bigger jackpots and the super-casino would be allowed 1,250 jackpot machines with unlimited stakes and prizes.

The challenge is being supported by five of its member operators, which translates as 116 of the 138 casinos across Britain. Members of the BCA operate over 90 per cent of the casinos in the UK.

High Court judge Mr Justice Collins approved the BCA’s contention in April and allowed a three-period for the hearing.

"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," said Penny Cobham, BCA chairwoman, in a recent statement.

"We have consistently argued that existing casinos would be unfairly treated under the terms of the Act through its inherent inequality and incoherence.”

If successful, it would be yet another hammer blow for the government after the House of Lords threw out the new casino proposals earlier this year.

However, the government insist the plans are “still very much alive”.

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