|Packer Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (PBL) is looking to the UK to expand their burgeoning casino empire. The Interest from the Australian company is mostly due to the recent reviews of gambling legislation and taxation in the UK.|
PBL, which is also opening an online casino early sometime in the new year, plans to build on the success of the $1.6 billion takeover of Crown Casino in 1998. The return on the Crown Casino venture has led to new interest in expansion at PBL.
The Gambling Review Body report has increased the number of poker machines permitted in casinos, as well as increasing the activities permitted to include sports betting, bingo and live entertainment.
Although a source close to PBL dismissed rumours that the company would be buying London Clubs (which owns six casinos in London) some action is expected soon.