Cash, cruises and cars before chips hit the table
Stanley Leisure group were handing out some pretty attractive internet gambling promo prizes this week.
Two of their terrestrial properties, CrockfordsCasinos.com and StarCityCasinos.com are live on the ‘Net, alongside their purely virtual AcropolisCasinos.com. Being one of a handful of online casino operators with roots in traditional gaming, Stanley Casinos is cornering the virtual competition by sticking to the building blocks that made them one of the largest casino companies in the world — turning customers into winners…and that sometimes happens before the chips hit the table.
Briton Tim Sayer won a two-week Caribbean cruise for two by merely entering his name into a competition held at the StanleyCasinos.com website.
And Vicki Brassington won a trip for two to Las Vegas plus 1,000 pounds spending money the week before playing a single hand. She qualified for the Stanley Leisure’s Las Vegas Raffle by depositing 25 GBP at Crockfords Online Casino.
But the biggest winner without even placing a bet — probably in online gaming history — was John Warwicker, who won a Mercedes Benz SLK sports car by merely depositing 25 GBP into his Stanley Casinos account.
Dutch court decision un-EU and anti-competitive
Ladbrokes announced this week that it is to contest a recent Dutch court ruling barring Dutch residents from placing certain bets via its website.
The case against Ladbrokes was brought by De Lotto, a state monopoly operator that holds an exclusive permit for organising sports betting in Holland.
Ladbrokes legal eagles claim that a founding principle of the Slot Gacor European Union is the single market – the ability of member states to trade and compete across borders freely and without hindrance. Ladbrokes strongly believes that as a responsible UK operator within a regulated UK industry it has a right under EU law to provide its services anywhere in the union.
The UK betting group intends to take its case to the Appeal Court and on to the Dutch Supreme Court if necessary. It also intends to take its case to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg at the earliest opportunity.
John O’Reilly, managing director of Ladbrokes e-Gaming, commented: ‘We believe the Dutch ruling breaches the principles of free and fair trade across the European single market. It is essential that free and fair competition exists and gives European customers the opportunity to exercise choice. A limited range of bets at monopoly prices is not consistent with the principles of the single market.