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News - 13 November 2004
Gambling opportunities are still being debated

Big Casino operators warning on numbers game

MGM Mirage, the world’s largest gaming group, has warned the government that putting a cap on the number of super-casinos would make the UK a much less attractive investment proposition

From initial hints of 250 mega casinos the government is now thought to be considering no more than 10 “regional” casinos in areas that are in need of regeneration. Government lawyers and ministers are working feverishly to introduce an amendment to the bill to make it more palatable to public opinion and an option would be to introduce a pilot period of three years during which the 10 casino cap would be put in place to measure the effect on problem gambling. There are fears amongst the gaming industry that the actual cap on mega-casinos will end up being even less than 10. The executive director of Sun International also weighed into the argument saying that a cap on mega casinos would contribute to problem gambling because the relaxation of the laws would allow a small casino to “spring up on every high street”.

MGM are calling for a cap on small to medium size casinos as well to protect their potential investment of £150m - £200m which they estimate it will cost to build mega-casinos

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