Isle of Man to host live events?

Isle of Man to host live events?

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The Isle of Man is home to PokerStars but since the original Poker Million, little live action has taken place on the island. That could be about to change though if proposed amendments to gaming laws go ahead. quoted the Isle of Man's Economic Development Minister John Shimmin as saying, “The department has identified an opportunity to be able to attract live gaming tournaments to the island with all of the associated economic benefits they will bring in terms of increased bed nights, spending in the local economy and increased passenger numbers on aircraft serving the island.

Currently, only the Palace Hotel in Douglas has a casino licence. The new legislation would allow any licence holder to host an event at any venue on the island. Shimmin again,“At present the law restricts which venues can be used for such events. The proposed Casino (Amendment) Bill would give the Gambling Supervision Commission the power to grant temporary licences for these events at a wider range of venues.”

The first Poker Million took place at the island's Hilton Hotel in 2000 with John Duthie walking away with the £1m first prize.

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