Casino in court bid to close its rivals

CLOSURE MOVE: The entrance to Bingo Royale in Cleary Park. Picture: Supplied
CLOSURE MOVE: The entrance to Bingo Royale in Cleary Park. Picture: Supplied

Bingo operations contravene licence conditions – Boardwalk

Boardwalk Casino owner Emfuleni Resorts has launched a challenge in the High Court aimed at shutting down two major Port Elizabeth bingo-hall operators.

Emfuleni’s owners, Sun International, confirmed that the papers had been filed yesterday.

Sun International corporate brand and communications general manager Michael Farr said two traditional‚ paper-based bingo operators had started offering the game via electronic terminals and this contravened licence conditions in the area.

The aim of the legal action is to have a 2014 decision by the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (ECGBB) set aside.

Farr said Galaxy Bingo, in the Moffett-on-Main complex, and Bingo Royale, in Cleary Park, operated in the Boardwalk’s catchment area and were effectively mini-casinos, in that their electronic bingo terminals (EBTs) were indistinguishable from those found in mainstream casinos.

This had a material impact on the Boardwalk’s casino revenues.

“We have incurred major losses, but will not be giving an amount as the losses are ongoing,” Farr said.

“We will reveal the total losses when the court case is heard, which we expect to be in the first quarter of 2017.”

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