Girl awarded Macau casino jackpot






The teenager bet her Lunar New Year's present on the slots
A casino in Macau has been ordered to pay out nearly $100,000 (£51,000) in prize money won by a 16-year-old girl who was too young to enter the casino.
The Sands Casino had said the win was invalid because the girl was underage.

But gambling authorities in the Chinese territory said the rules only specified a minimum age for entering the casino, not for gambling once inside.

The prize is to go to the girl's mother and the laws are to be rewritten to close the age loophole.

The 16-year-old girl from Hong Kong, whose name has not been released, was given the equivalent of about $12 by her grandmother as a Lunar New Year present to play on the slot machines in nearby Macau.

17.8.08 21:15, kommentieren

Breaking the bank at Blackpool casino By Brian Wheeler BBC News Online politics reporter Plans to allow Las Vegas style gambling in the UK could provide a major economic boost to seaside resorts such as Blackpool. BBC News Online tried its luck at one of the town's casinos. The Bond spirit stalks the casino Just 3% of the British population have set foot inside a casino. Unlike in the US, where roulette, blackjack and slots are the mainstream gamblers' punt of choice, the British have always preferred a flutter on the horses or football. As a result, the casino retains an air of mystery. The ghost of James Bond stalks the whole experience - the idea of risking it all on the spin of a roulette wheel, emerging at the break of dawn, a bow tie hanging loose around your neck, and a fat wad of notes in your hand. In reality, most UK casinos have all the exotic allure of a motorway service station. The casino I attend in Blackpool is no exception. Hint of glamour It is hard to sustain James Bond fantasies on a rain-lashed Saturday night on Blackpool's Golden Mile. Plans to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in every UK city could lead to a surge in problem gambling MPs' gambling law warning Particularly when your casino of choice is part of a pyramid-shaped family-fun emporium called the Sandcastle. Once inside, the first thing you notice is - not the dinner-suited glitterati - but a large vending machine. Sean Connery, you suspect, never took a break from the tables to stock up on cheesy Wotsits and chocolate bars. A few older couples have made the effort to dress up, but with piped soft rock music and giant video screens, the atmosphere is more TGI Fridays than Monte Carlo. And yet a hint of glamour remains. Bad form You still have to join up 24 hours before you are allowed to gamble (although this could change if the government gets its way), adding to the sense of occasion. On the night we visit, a quarter of the cavernous gaming area has been roped off for a charity poker tournament, which seems to have attracted a reassuringly seedy and hard-bitten crowd. After a quick drink in the bar, we decide to hit one of the 11 roulette tables. Elbowing myself into position at the table, I self-consciously toss a couple of 20 pound notes on to the green baize and ask for a "colour". For a few agonising seconds my hard-earned wedge lies ignored on the table, before a bored-looking croupier pushes a pile of red chips my way. Apparently it's bad form to hand over the cash directly from hand to hand. Losing streak I carefully spread my chips around a few black numbers, having spotted on the electronic screens that sit next to each table that black hasn't been up for a while. Inevitably, the next number that comes up is red. I try my luck with some red numbers. It comes up black. I put what's left of my chips on red. It comes up black again. Time for a rethink. After a quick visit to the cashpoint, handily situated at the edge of the gaming area, I think about trying my hand on the blackjack table, but can't get a seat. Curiously there appear to be a greater number of virtual roulette machines, where punters can follow the action at the tables via a video link, than the real thing. The 10 slot machines currently allowed under UK gaming laws are also tucked away in a corner of the room. But I decide to give these options a miss and join my friends on the 50p minimum stake table, where things have apparently been going rather well. Evening dress

17.8.08 21:12, kommentieren

'Super-casino' shortlist set out

'Viva Glas-Vegas' hopes Roulette 'was destroying me' A shortlist of eight possible sites for Britain's first Las Vegas-style "super-casino" has been announced. Of 27 applicants, London's Wembley Stadium and Millennium Dome, Cardiff, Blackpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Glasgow are on the list. Only one site will eventually get the go-ahead for a super-casino with unlimited slot machine jackpots. A further 16 licences for small and large casinos with jackpot limits of £4,000 will also be granted. The Casino Advisory Panel's final decision is expected to be handed to ministers in December. More than 60 local authorities applied for the small and large casino licences. These include Bath and North East Somerset, Restormel in Cornwall and Torbay, Devon, in the West Country and Bournemouth, Brighton, Hastings and Southampton on the south coast.

17.8.08 21:11, kommentieren

'Super casino' plans scaled down

Critics fear a rise in the number of problem gamblers
Plans for up to 40 Las Vegas-style "super casinos" across the UK have been scaled down by the government.
Its Gambling Bill has faced opposition from MPs, including Labour members, who fear an increase in gambling addicts.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell told Labour MPs that only eight such casinos will now be allowed to open initially.

Whether they lead to an increase in problem gambling and help regenerate their local area will be assessed before any more can be approved.

17.8.08 21:10, kommentieren

Who are casino losers?

MPs have urged the government to relax the laws on gambling, saying they don't think it will create social problems. But a similar plan on the other side of the world didn't have such a happy result.
The image of a casino is one of glitz, where you might stumble on James Bond casually playing blackjack.

The reality in Auckland, New Zealand, has not proved to be quite so glamorous.

17.8.08 21:09, kommentieren

Singapore approves casino plan

Singapore approves casino plan

Now Singaporeans will have more glamorous gambling locations
Singapore has approved a controversial plan to legalise casino gambling.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government had decided to give the go-ahead for two casinos - on Marina Bay and on Sentosa resort island.

The question of legalising casinos had sparked an unprecedented public debate in Singapore, with almost 30,000 people signing a petition against the idea.

But Mr Lee said the casinos were necessary to help Singapore attract more tourists.

"We want Singapore to have the x-factor - that buzz that you get in London, Paris or New York," he said, saying that his country was in danger of becoming a "backwater".

The casinos, which will be operational by 2009, are central to Singapore's goal of doubling the number of tourists to 17 million a year.

But religious groups expressed alarm at the plan.

Singapore's Roman Catholic Archbishop Nicholas Chia said he understood the economic arguments, but said "we are very worried about the cost of human, family and social well-being".

"We will try to dissuade people from being addicted and educate people on the ill-effects of problem-gambling."

Asia's legal gambling industry is valued at about $14bn (£7.7bn) a year, and Singapore would like to have its share of this business.

Such a casino would also help Singapore recover much of the $180m a year it is estimated that Singaporeans spend each year in neighbouring Malaysian casinos.

17.8.08 21:08, kommentieren

Lords scupper super-casino plan

Lords scupper super-casino plan
Artist's impression of the proposed Manchester casino
The panel recommended a super-casino be built in east Manchester
Peers have rejected a decision to build the UK's first super-casino in Manchester by just three votes.

It means the plans will not be implemented, even though MPs backed the proposal by a majority of 24.

The Lords vote also means that plans for 16 smaller casinos around the UK will have to be shelved.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said that, after the defeat, she wanted "to reflect on the outcome" and promised new proposals.

17.8.08 21:06, kommentieren