Hilton Regains Gaming License - Thursday 12th of May 2005

More than 25 years after Ladbrokes was forced out of the casino business over a betting scandal, its owner, Hilton Group, has regained its licence. "The hotels and bookmaking giant was granted a gaming licence after group executives were deemed to be 'fit and proper persons' to again run casinos. "

The application was made for a planned casino at its Paddington Hilton hotel in west London. "…Winning back its gaming licence means that the way is now clearer for Hilton's wider casino ambitions, which include running the UK's first super-casino - a £200m project in Blackpool.

"…In 1979, Ladbrokes, before it was owned by Hilton, had its casino licence revoked after it was caught trying to tempt heavy gamblers into its casino by offering them gifts, cancelling their debts and paying commission to intermediaries who introduced big-time losers…"

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