Archive for January, 2007

UK Poker News: Poker Skills Essential in Life

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007


Gaming is Good – It’s Official.

A senior figure in mathematics has suggested that activities associated with gambling should be introduced into schools to make the teaching of the subject more relevant and improve pupils’ numerical skills.

Professor Alastair Gillespie, chairman of the Scottish Mathematical Council, believes that tasks such as tossing coins, rolling dice, and playing cards would capture the attention of pupils and help them learn the basics of maths. He stated, “There are classic problems with probability that would be more easily understood if some gambling activities were deployed. Probability is to do with calculating the likelihood of something happening.”

Gillespie argues that young people would be less likely to gamble, whether on a lottery or fruit machine, if they better understood the odds stacked against them. “Young people are the engines of tomorrow’s economy and the providers of future public services. They must be equipped with the skills necessary for the modern world. Math is about problem-solving, and almost each facet of modern life (especially economics) demands a basic understanding of the subject.”

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Blackpool: ‘It’s like someone has died’

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007


Shock gave way to anger in Blackpool’s town hall after news arrived that the town had lost its bid to build Britain’s first super-casino.

Officials and dignitaries had gathered at the historic building, overlooked by the town’s famous tower, in a plush-carpeted conference room for what many expected to be a celebration.

Conversations fell silent as the time of the announcement drew near.

The first sign that things had not gone well came when a grim-faced councillor emerged from a side door waving both hands in vigorous thumbs down gestures.

Council press officers exchanged worried glances as reporters surrounded the councillor, Mary Smith.

“It says it on the internet,” she said. “Manchester has got it, I just can’t believe it.”

Council staff looked increasingly stunned when a senior official confirmed the news moments later.

This was not the announcement those at Blackpool Council had anticipated.

Falling visitor numbers

Many had been privately optimistic that they had done enough to sway the casino advisory panel and bring about a much-needed change in the town’s fortunes.

It had been hoped a super-casino would attract new people to the once thriving resort, which has seen visitor numbers slump by seven million in the past 15 years to an annual figure of 10 million.

“It’s like someone very important has just died here,” said John Barnett, chairman of the Blackpool Business Leaders’ Group after news of the decision had sunk in.

“I just can’t believe this is the correct decision. I know people in Manchester and even they wanted the casino to come here. We will not let this be the end of it. If it takes it, we will march to Downing Street and tell them this is not what the people want.”

Behind him, Steve Weaver of the ReBlackpool regeneration body, which had helped put the casino bid together, put his arm around an ashen-faced official and said: “I’m sorry.”

Council leader Roy Fisher said: “I’m very surprised and disappointed not only for me and the council but the people of Blackpool.

“We believe we have got the best case. We believe we have still got the best case.

“We will press parliament to increase the number of super-casinos as we believe there should be more and one should be here.”

Out on the seafront, outside the North Pier, camera crews had descended on Doug Garrett, ReBlackpool’s Chief Executive.


In front of the pier’s Merry England bar, Mr Garrett struggled to contain his disappointment. “Blackpool is in great need of regeneration. We are suffering decline,” he said.

“Blackpool was and is the best place for this. When they drew up the shortlist last year, Manchester was in last place.

“We need to look at what suddenly turned it around for Manchester.”

Those working in the town accepted the decision with a resigned shrug.

The only seafront shop open amid the fading placards and boarded buildings was novelty shop Scottie’s Got It. Outside the store, which has stock ranging from sticks of rock to fancy dress, was an orange neon sign with a handwritten advertisement – “We sell fags”.

“In the past three years business has really dropped,” manager Christine Emery said.

“Lots of the other shops like us have closed down and I think the owner only keeps us open for the staff.

“It isn’t getting any better. You get a few people coming from the hotels, but the truth is you just don’t get people coming to Blackpool any more like they used to.”

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Comment: Manchester deserves supercasino prize

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Dominic walsh –

The Great British Public loves it when the underdog wins, so Manchester’s selection as the location for the UK’s first regional supercasino will be warmly welcomed.

The process had been billed as a two-horse race between the Millennium Dome in Greenwich and Blackpool, but none of the hot money had been put on Sportcity in East Manchester. Its location in one of the country’s most deprived areas certainly fulfills the regeneration criteria that were at the heart of the Casino Advisory Panel’s deliberations. That factor, together with the catchment area of more than 10 million people, will also allow the Government to test the social impact of a supercasino, ultimately determining whether further such licences are eventually awarded to some of the unlucky runners-up.

Manchester has already shown it can deliver big projects. Witness the 2002 Commonwealth Games which were deemed to be a big success, not only in sporting terms but also in accelerating the growth and development of the city as a whole and providing a catalyst for regeneration of East Manchester in particular. Witness, too, the rebirth of the city centre after the IRA bomb in 1996.

Manchester’s compelling case took it from outsider to winner in the final furlong. But the underdog now needs to show that it has the bite to go with its bark

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Supercasino site to be announced

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007


The location of Britain’s first supercasino is about to be unveiled with Blackpool, Greenwich and Glasgow leading the field in the multimillion-pound project.

The Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) will recommend sites for the Las Vegas-style venue and for 16 smaller casinos to Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.

Whichever bidder secures the supercasino will create a venue at least 5,000 square metres large and housing up to 1,250 unlimited jackpot gaming machines.

The Millennium Dome in Greenwich – now called The O2 – was earlier regarded as favourite in the race but Blackpool surged ahead at the eleventh hour. Bookie Paddy Power made the resort its favourite and slashed the odds on it winning to 4/6 at the weekend.

The Institute for Public Policy Research think tank’s Centre for Cities unit said Blackpool should get the supercasino because it would benefit most from the accompanying regeneration.

The other shortlisted cities are Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield and according to the Government’s criteria, the winning bidder must show “clear potential” for regenerating the area.

But critics fear the expansion of casinos and the arrival of unlimited jackpot gaming machines will fuel the nation’s gambling habit.

The Salvation Army and the Methodist Church issued a joint statement calling on the Government to ensure the impact of more casinos was strictly monitored and assessed.

Anthea Cox, co-ordinating secretary for Public Life and Social Justice at the Methodist Church, said: “The gambling industry and the Government will benefit most from the huge profits of these increased gambling opportunities.

“We are challenging them to channel substantial resources to help those many thousands, if not millions of people who will experience problems.”

Shortlisted areas for the large and small casinos are as follows: Bath and NE Somerset, Bournemouth, Brighton, Chelmsford, Chesterfield, Dudley, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lindsey, Great Yarmouth, Hastings, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Luton, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newham, NE Lincs, Peterborough, Restormel, Scarborough, Sefton, Solihull, Southampton, South Tyneside, Swansea, Torbay and Wolverhampton.

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Will the shake-up of gambling laws damage our way of life?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007


Britain’s Casino Advisory Panel today announces which site will host the country’s first Las Vegas-style “super-casino,” likely to be at least 5,000 sq metres in area and boast up to 1,250 unlimited jackpot machines.

What effect do you think the super-casino will have on its immediate neighbourhood and Britain as a whole? Should the Government be cracking down on gambling rather than liberalising the practice? Is gambling an irresponsible vice or a harmless pastime?

Or is this simply a matter of allowing us to spend our money however we see fit without busybodies from the state interfering? Would you object to having the super-casino in your area?

Do you expect the new gambling laws to lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime? Have you been to Las Vegas and, if so, what were your impressions of the city and its casinos?

The 2005 Gambling Act allows casinos and betting shops to advertise on British television for the first time. Is this progress or a step backwards?

Do not hesitate to post your comment!

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