Smoking Ban Not Affecting Casinos - Saturday 6th of May 2006

UK – As reported by the Scotsman: "The smoking ban north of the Border is having a 'very modest impact' on Stanley Leisure's three Edinburgh casinos, despite gamblers having to leave the table for their cigarette break.

"The gaming giant, which has operations in Rutland Place, York Place and Ocean Drive in Leith, admitted it had been 'apprehensive' prior to the March 26 ban, but so far the impact on takings has been minimal.

"A key performance measure is the level of win per admission, which relates to how much is left at the table for the casino operator.

"Stanley finance director Colin Child said attendance levels at the group's three city venues had remained strong, but pointed to a marginal reduction in win per admission…"

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