Isle of Man considers plans for temporary casinos

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Gambling competitions could be held in the Isle of Man if proposals to issue temporary casino licences are approved.

By allowing venues other than the island's casino to host competitions, the government hopes to boost its status within the gambling industry.

It is thought live gambling tournaments, such as World Series Poker, currently held in Las Vegas, could attract up to 800 visitors.

The Villa Marina on Douglas Promenade is one venue being considered.

The current law already allows the island to host such tournaments, but does not allow the casino, which is thought to be too small a venue, to offer potential organisers a Manx alternative.

Economic Development Minister John Shimmin said it was an opportunity to boost the economy in terms of "increased bed nights, spend in the local economy and increased passenger numbers on aircraft serving the island".

He added: "This new line of business would, of course, be regulated to a high standard in order to protect both players and the island's reputation."

The Isle of Man government is asking for public feedback on the proposals which can be viewed in full online.

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