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Old 2nd August 2009
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Question 1962: Britain's first Casino - Brighton, London or Southport?

Doing a keyword search at ITNSource.com I've come across this description of a clip in Reuters video archive.


U.K.: BRIGHTON: BRITAIN'S FIRST CASINO
Clip Description:
http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//R...0006/?s=casino

Story

BRITAIN'S FIRST CASINO WAS DUE TO OPEN AT THE FASHIONABLE SEASIDE RESORT OF BRIGHTON, ON THE SOUTH COAST OF ENGLAND, JUNE 2. PREVIEW SCENES WERE FILMED ON JUNE 1.

AT ELEVEN TABLES IN THE CLARENCE ROOM OF THE METROPOLE HOTEL, CHEMIN-DE-FER, CHEMMY ROULETTE, CHEMMY DICE AND QUATRE CHANCE WILL BE PLAYED AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY OR NIGHT WHENEVER THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT A GAME. BECAUSE OF THE GAMING ACT, ONLY MEMBERS CAN PLAY AND THEY ALREADY NUMBER HUNDREDS.

UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT, CLIENTS MUST HAVE AN EQUAL CHANCE. BUT THE PROMOTERS EXPECT CHANCE TO BE KIND. ABOUT GBP250,000 POUNDS ARE SAID TO HAVE GONE INTO THE VENTURE. THERE ARE MEMBERSHIP AND TABLE FEES, CHIPS REPRESENTING TWO SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE TO A HUNDRED POUNDS, AND MAXIMUM STAKES OF GBP400 IN SPECIAL CONDITIONS.

A STAFF OF 100 - RECRUITED FROM BANK CLERKS, TEACHERS AND ARMY OFFICERS - HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY A PROFESSIONAL FRENCH CROUPIER. UNDER THE SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS, GUARDS WILL BE AT THE DOORS AND SPECIAL PASSES ISSUED TO MEMBERS WILL BE CHECKED AND CHECKED AGAIN.

WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE WILL FREQUENT THE METROPOLE CASINO CLUB? THE CLUB'S DIRECTOR-GENERAL, M.JEAN-MARIE CRUCIANI, WHO RESIGNED FROM A FRENCH CASINO TO COME TO BRITAIN, SAID HE WAS TRYING TO ATTRACT ALL SORTS OF NICE, DECENT PEACEABLE PEOPLE - JUST LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WITH ??? MORE OR LESS.".



What do you think. Correct - or were there other operations up and down the country that had already opened for business ?


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