The London Stock Exchange (LSE) may launch an investigation into irregular trading in London Clubs International (LCI) shares after the price rose by 40 percent in the two weeks before the company received a bid from rival casino operator Stanley Leisure, the Independent newspaper reported. London Clubs is the co-developer of the bankrupt Aladdin resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Due to unusually heavy volume in trading of London Clubs’ shares, the LSE may forward the case to the Financial Services Authority to investigate whether individuals in the market knew about and were acting on the potential bid by Stanley Leisure. Stanley Leisure confirmed Monday “it has held some discussions” with other parties about the possibility of making an offer for LCI, which owns a string of prestigious casinos including 50 St James. The Independent reported that LCI said there had been “abnormally high” levels of trading in its stock in the past two weeks, but added, “The first we knew about the Stanley Leisure interest was when we picked up the papers on Sunday.”
Germany’s First Live Bingo
About 50 curious participants turned up at the Spielbank casino in Berlin’s newly-rebuilt Potsdamer Platz to experience the excitement of live Bingo for the first time in Germany. “It’s a first, isn’t it,” said Henrietta Hulha, who had come along with her husband to take part. “Whenever there’s something new in Berlin we like to try it.” While Bingo is a staple diet on some German public television channels, live games have never been licensed before. Under Germany’s gaming laws, Bingo is the preserve of the state lottery companies, often controlled by local politicians. Only a handful of the 16 state lottery companies have launched televised Bingo. Berlin did so in 1998. Spielbank spokesman Steffan Stumpf said the company thought of launching live Bingo in 1999 but it took two years to prepare the paperwork for a joint venture with Berlin lottery. The cash-strapped city state stands to rake in nearly $2 million in taxes in 2003 if the games prove a hit.
Henry J. Tamburin first stepped foot in a Las Vegas IDNPLAY casino in 1968 and ill prepared, he lost all his money within 2 hours. “I had nothing to do the next four days except wander around the desert”, states Tamburin.
He vowed that if ever gambled again, he would learn how to play properly. Tamburin did that and much more.
A Ph.D. educated chemist, Tamburin began reading everything he could about casino gambling and teamed with a computer expert to study the games in great detail on a computer. What emerged was a theoretical winning strategy for blackjack which Tamburin successfully used to win in Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos.
With the advent of legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City, Tamburin was deluged with requests to give talks about casino gambling and his winning techniques. He and his wife, Linda, soon started the first New Jersey school for casino players who wanted to learn how to play and win.
The Tamburin’s also published a newsletter focusing on the Atlantic City casino industry and a unique club for casino players. “The club was just for people interested in learning more about the casino games”, said Tamburin. We met at a local restaurant, ate dinner as a group, had speakers, then we opened up a mock casino staffed with professional dealers for our club members to play for practice. No money was exchanged”.
Tamburin began writing about casino gambling for regional and national newspapers and magazines. He has written over 500 articles and currently they are featured in Casino Player Magazine, Midwest Gaming & Travel Magazine, Jackpot Magazine, Southern Gambler Magazine, Ante Up Magazine, and the Crapshooter Newsletter. He is a sought after dynamic speaker who has lectured to numerous groups and organizations on ” How To Play Winning Blackjack”.
Tamburin’s first book was written after his wife dared him to do it. He has since authored 10 books including the best-selling Blackjack: Take The Money & Run, Craps: Take The Money & Run, Reference Guide To Casino Gambling -How To Win (2nd Edition), The Ten Best Casino Bets (2nd Edition), and Winning Baccarat Strategies. He is also featured in the instructional videos Blackjack-Deal Me In and Craps-Rolling To Win which were filmed in a Mississippi casino with professional dealers.
Tamburin’s best selling books, gaming articles, and overall knowledge of the casino games including the countless hours playing them, have elevated him to the status of an authority on casino games. His exploits as a winning blackjack player, instructor, and author has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and on appearances on TV and radio shows.
He continues playing in casinos throughout the country and teaching the average casino player the skills required to give the casinos a run for their money. “Smart gambling”, states Tamburin, “involves more than just good luck. You need a sound playing strategy, a money management strategy, and the discipline to know when to quit.