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VIII started gambling law
machines will change casinos in the UK
Governement Ramblings on Gambling Future
In 1541 Henry
VIII past an Act that prohibited the lower classes from gambling on certain
games that were easy to play. His noble idea was to stop people wasting time so
that they could practice archery and defend England. Its all been down hill
In 1845 a new Gaming Act came in to make bets unenforceable
in Law. So if your friend, casino or bookmaker decides to not pay a winner,
tough. Nothing you can do about it.
1960 saw another Gaming Act legalise
betting offices and casinos. That got out of hand so the new 1968 Act
established the Gaming Board and a 1000 small casinos disappeared in a couple
of years. That was the last time any change to the basic law of gambling has
Now the government has spent 2 years and a lot of tax payers
money 'swanning about' the country and world to come up with a bag of not very
much. They've been to Vegas, Scotland, Holland, Washington and a host of other
places. Documents on this, research on that. "Eminent" people from the gambling
world with vested interests have put their case for change to the
Now the latest document served up by the DCMS (Department
running the gambling show now) seems to signal that they all get what they
want, except that is for one group. The poor people of Blackpool will not be
becoming the Atlantic City of the North. Like it ever was?!
what you are going to get.
New Games: Well
they are already here and a poor lot they are. (new games section)
Alcohol on the Gaming Floor: Its here too but Stanley
Casino Group have already taken it away. This will have a rocky ride and what
fun people are having trying to go backwards.
Credit Cards: Yes you guessed it, now you can never run
out of money. The electronic loan sharks will be there to help
Live Entertainment: Yes you will be
able to see live Acts for the first time since 1968.
Slot Machines: These will mushroom, 8 slots for every
gaming table in the casino. Super casinos can have as many as they want with
unlimited prizes. Bye bye card rooms.
Gambling: Will be regulated and have approved Kitemarks to show they are
British. Actually not a bad idea.
Gambling: Money control on bingo will be removed and rollovers allowed.
Unlimited rollovers on pools betting.
Debts: To become enforceable by law. At last and I had something to do
with it! (Crow)
Resort Casinos: No special
status for places like Blackpool. Anynew casinos can use the new laws to become
a resort but the local government will not have the ability to aply extra
taxation as with Atlantic City in New Jersey.
The one thing not
addressed by any part of the government papers is consumer protection. If the
casinos can do it to you, they can and will.