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Austria
Casinos Austria
www.casinos.at
The companies first casino opened in Baden in 1934.

Press release quote April 2010.
"CAI currently operates 38 landbased casinos in 16 countries, 11 shipboard casinos, 15 slot parlors, a range of lottery products in Argentina, and the all new online gaming platform CAIGAMES.COM"
 

Casinos Austria International
www.casinosaustria.com
Casinos Austria International was originally founded in 1977 to consolidate CA's International operations.
CARD (Casinos Austria Research and Development)
Purchased by Shuffle Master Gaming
www.CardAustria.com
The best known product is the Shuffle Star multi-deck continuous shuffling machine. Also linking to the main CA site from www.ShuffleStar.com and www.CardAustria.com
CAIGames.com
www.caigames.com
Concord Card Casinos
www.cccpoker.com -  Live online Poker website.
Novomatic Group
www.novomatic.com
Novomatic Automatenhandels GmbH. Multi-national company founded in 1980 by Professor Johann F. Graf. Offers numerous services ranging through slot manufacturing, sports bookmaking and casinos.

Some of the main company subsidiaries are listed below...
Austrian Gaming Industries
www.austrian-gaming.com
Casino Admiral Prater
www.casinoadmiral.at
Admiral Casino Entertainment (ACE)
www.admiralcasinos.ch
Astra Games Ltd.
www.astra-games.com
European Data Project
www.edpsro.cz
Admiral Sportwetten AG
www.admiral.ag
NSM - Löwen Entertainment
www.loewen.de


 
 
Denmark
Dansk Tipstjeneste
www.tips.dk
Government owned (80%) provider of Lotto, scratchcard & sports betting products with over 60% of the Danish gaming market. A 10% stake is also held by the Danish Sports Federation and the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Association. Originally founded in 1948 following the passing of the Danish Pools Act. 
Det Danske Klasselotteri A/S
www.klasselotteriet.dk

 
 
Finland
Casino Ray - Grand Casino Helsinki
www.casino.ray.fi
www.grandcasinohelsinki.fi
Casino Ray is the sole permitted casino operator in Finland and moved into new premises at Mikonkatu 19, Helsinki on April 1st 2004.
PAF
www.paf.fi
Ålands Penningautomatförening, translated means "The Åland Islands' Slot Machine Association". Islands located between Finland and Sweden. Gaming operations on 29 ships in the Baltic and 4 in the Med. Also moving into online gaming.

 
 
France
Partouche Group
www.partouche.fr | www.partouche.com
www.partouche-finance.com
France's largest casino operator. The companies casinos are located mainly in the north and south-east including Le Touquet, Lyon & Cannes(Le Carlton). Knokke in Belgium. Ajdir, Morrocco. Djerba, Tunisia. & Bucharest, Romania.
 
December 2005.
Partouche bought 5 casinos owned by Didot-Bottin in August 2005 and at that time the company then had 58 casinos in total. (50 in France, 3 in Belgium, 2 Switzerland, 1 Morroco, 1 Tunisia, 1 in Spain).
Lucien Barrière
www.lucienbarriere.fr
In 2004 Lucien Barrière's and Accor's casino operations were merged, also part of the deal was Colony Capital from the U.S. The group ownership structure is believed to be Barrière Desseigne (51%) Accor (34%) and Colony Capital (15%). Barrière Casinos is France's 2nd largest casino operator with approximately 29% of the market.
Groupe Cogit
www.groupecogit.com
4 casinos in mainland France including Casino de Cherbourg. 2 casinos on Martinique F.W.I. and  2 on Guadeloupe F.W.I.
Groupe Emeraude
www.groupe-emeraude.com
Belongs to Groupe Pierre Le Foll, which has a turnover of 300 million Euros and 2000 employees. The sixth largest casino group with 12 casinos across Western France. 
JOA  Groupe
Formerly known as Groupe Moliflor - Moliflor Loisirs
www.joa-groupe.com
www.joa-casino.com
France's 3rd largest operator with 20 casinos mainly located in the countries coastal regions.
November 2005.
Bridgepoint Capital aquired Moliflor for €450 million in mid-November from British Insurer Legal and General.
www.bridgepoint-capital.com
22nd December, 2005.
Loto-Quebec announced it had bought a 35% share of Moliflor for C$80 million.
www.loto-quebec.com
International Group of Gaming & Resorts 
www.iggr.com
Owned by the Raineau Group. Operates casinos in France, Egypt, Argentina & Curacao.
Group Tranchant
www.groupetranchant.com
15 French casinos mainly on the northern and Mediterranean coasts. Recognisable by the colourful Tranchant casino logo.
Française des Jeux
www.fdjeux.com
www.francaisedesjeux.com
Operator of France's national lottery.
Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU)
www.pmu.fr
Founded in 1930 PMU is the perator of the French TOTE betting system with over 8,800 outlets nationwide.

 
 
Germany
German Casinos and Spielbanks presently number around 64. At the start of 2007 49 had table games and 15 or so were slot/electronic game operations.

See German Casinos for a more complete listing.


Bayerischen Spielbanken (9)
www.spielbanken-bayern.de
Casino Schleswig-Holstein (5)
www.casino-sh.de
Four casinos in the North German State (Länder). Kiel, Travemünde, Schenefeld, Westerland/Sylt. Slots in Flensburg.
Westspiel Casinos (6)
www.westspiel.de
Westdeutsche Spielbanken GmbH.
Spielbank ieidersachsen (10)
www.spielbanken-niedersachsen.de
Saarland Spielbanken
www.saarland-spielbank.de
8 operations in Germany, 2 with tables & 6 slots only. Also 3 Class B operations in Switzerland - Arosa, Interlaken & Zermatt.

 
 
Greece
Intralot Group
www.intralot.com
www.betting.gr
www.pamestihima.gr
Monopoly operator of the Greek lottery and sports betting services.

 
 
Holland - The Netherlands
Holland Casino
www.hollandcasino.nl
www.hollandcasino.com
Holland Casino's first operation opened in the coastal town of Zandvoort on the 1st October, 1976. Presently HC has 14 casinos with the latest opening in Leeuwarden on the 2nd December 2006. Sole "legal" operator permitted in the Netherlands.
 
Amsterdam Rotterdam
Breda Scheveningen
Eindhoven Schiphol Airport
Enschede Utrecht
Groningen Valkenburg
Leeuwarden Vento
Nijmegen Zandvoort

 
 
Monaco
Société des Bains de Mer (SBM)
www.sbm.mc
www.casinomontecarlo.com/en
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BAIN.PA
SBM was founded in 1863 and has a monopoly on casino gaming in the pricipality until 2027. The company also opertates 4 Hotels, 32 Restaurants, the golf course and the famous Jimmy'z nightclub..

 
 
Portugal
Casino Estoril
www.casinoestoril.pt
Solverde
www.solverde.pt
Operates 4 of the 8 casinos in Portugal.
 
Hotel Algarve Casino Casino Montegordo
Casino Espinho Casino Vilamoura

 
 
Slovenia
Hit Casinos
www.hit.si
Major operator in Slovenia with 5 casinos in the north drawing clientele from Austria and Italy.

 
 
Spain
Nortia Corporation
www.nortia.com
www.nortia.com/juego.php

Cirsa/Unidesa
www.cirsa.com
Compania Internacional de Recreativos
Owner of the Barcelona slot manufacturer Unidesa. Operator/partner in 3 Spanish casinos. The company also has Casino de Buenos Aires a casino riverboat in the Argentinian capital (600 slots, 70 tables).

"La Corporación cuenta en el mundo con: 25 casinos tradicionales, 47 casinos electrónicos, más de 63.000 máquinas recreativas (hostelería y salones), 13.000 máquinas de azar (casinos), más de 90 bingos y 140 salones de juego."
Source: Cirsa website December 2009.
 

Grup Peralada
www.casinos-catalunya.com
www.grupperalada.com
Operator in the northern Spanish region of Cataluñya. Including the famous Gran Casino de Barcelona.
Grupo Comar
www.grupocomar.com
Operates casino in Spain, the Dominican Republic & Venezuela.
Grupo Codere
www.codere.com
Across Spain and South America the company has 124 Bingos, 5 Casinos and 50 "Betting rooms". The company went public in October 2007 and previous to that 91.8% of the shares were owned by the Martinez-Sampedro family.
www.codere.com/section.aspx?sectionId=91
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=CDR.MC
Recreativo Franco - R. Franco S.A.
www.rfranco.com
Grupo Orenes
www.orenesgrupo.com
6 casinos in Spain and 2 in Croatia.

 
 
Sweden
Betsson AB 
www.betsson.se
The company changed it's name in May 2006 and was formerly known as Cherryforetagen AB (Cherry - www.cherry.se). Split into 3 divisions the company is Sweden's largest operator or restaurant (low stake) casinos. Betsson also have AWP's in Denmark, cruise and ferry concessions and Internet casino sites operated by subsidiary Net Entertainment.
See also...
www.cherrycasino.com
www.CasinoDomain.com
www.netentertainment.com
Knutsson Bolagen SE
www.knutsson.se
Founded in 1959 by Bertil Knutsson. Operates a number of restaurant style casinos in Sweden and manufactures the Chipper Champ. Knutsson's subsidiary Victoria Holdings is the parent company of TCS John Huxley.
Svenska Spel
www.svenskaspel.se
State owned gaming company that operates Sweden's lottery with a diverse range of online and offline products.
Casino Cosmopol
www.casinocosmopol.se
Operating name for the Svenska Spel casinos in Sundsvall, Malmö, Göteborg  & Stockholm.

 
 
Switzerland
Swiss Casinos
www.swisscasinos.ch
5 casinos in Switzerzerland. 2 Class A and 3 Class B all with different percentage ownership stakes.

Operations and opening dates.

Grand Casino Bern Class A. 6th July 2002.
Grand Casino St. Gallen Class A. 28th November 2003.
Casino Schaffhausen Class B. 1st September 2002.
Casino St. Moritz Class B. 15th December 2002.
Casino Zürichsee Class B. 12th Novemver 2002.
Admiral Casino Entertainment (ACE)
www.admiralcasinos.ch
www.novomatic.com/en/ace
Part of the Novomatic Group. Has stakes in 3 Class B casinos. Bad Ragaz, Casinò Locarno & Casinò Admiral Mendrisio.
Casinos Austria Swiss AG
www.casinosaustria.ch
Escor Casinos & Entertainment SA
www.escor.ch
Listed company on the Swiss Bourse. Gaming machine operator and 36.5% of Casinò Locarno.
Golden Games
www.goldengames.ch
Slot manufacturer and supplier located in Switzerland.
Schweizer Casino Verband
www.switzerlandcasinos.ch
Further information about European operators active in Switzerland.

 
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