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Old 16-07-2014, 11:27 PM   #161
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The Rank Group plc is a European gambling and leisure business.. Rank’s principal market and headquarters are in the United Kingdom, where it operates Grosvenor Casinos (35 casinos), Mecca Bingo (98 bingo clubs) and Rank Interactive (online gaming and betting).. In addition, Rank operates in Spain as Top Rank España (11 bingo clubs) and in Belgium as Grosvenor Casinos (two casinos).. It is also listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index..The company was formed to acquire the business interests of the Rank Organisation which itself was formed out of the business interests of its founder, J. Arthur Rank..Until the start of the 21st century, the group still had a tremendous amount of leisure holdings; however, as the decade progressed they sold their interests in Pinewood Studios and the Odeon cinema chain.. It also divested itself of its engineering companies such as its share in Rank Xerox, selling Rank Leisure Machine Services to Gametec plus all its Butlins, Warner and Haven Holidays holiday and recreation facilities, which were all sold to Bourne Leisure.. They then sold off their nightclub division Rank Entertainment as well as their share of interest in Universal Studios Florida and disposed of their vast Rank film library to Carlton Communications with whom they had recently also sold their Rank Advertising Film Division..

Mecca is a UK-based social and bingo club leisure company, with sites located across the UK in most major towns and cities.. The company also operates and as an extension of the Mecca Bingo brand..Blue Square is Rank's interactive gaming business launched on 5 May 1999. Originally a traditional bookmaking business, Blue Square's services now include an online casino, slots and online poker..In 2001 and 2002 Blue Square opened a betting market on races involving snails, hamsters and alligators..Since the start of the 2007–08 football season, Blue Square has sponsored the Football Conference, the highest level of non-league football in EnglandGrosvenor Casinos..Established in 2007, Grosvenor Casinos (formerly Soames Casino) is a UK-based chain of over thirty casinos located in major towns and cities across the UK with 2 sister casinos located in Belgium.. In 2010 the group had an active membership of 1 million customers across their 35 UK clubs under the Grosvenor brand..In March 2013 the Rank Group announced that it had conditionally agreed to purchase 19 Gala Casinos from the Gala Coral Group in a £179 million deal.. With the addition of the 19 casinos and a further 3 non-operating licenses The Rank Group will become the largest casino
operator in Great Britain with 54 casinos...

Problem gambling, or ludomania, is an urge to continuously gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling often is defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler's behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs.. The condition is classified as an impulse control disorder, with sufferers exhibiting many similarities to those who have substance addictions. Although the term gambling addiction is used in the recovery movement, pathological gambling is considered by the American Psychiatric Association to be an impulse control disorder rather than an addiction.. However, for the DSM 5.0 Pathological Gambling is being considered as an Addictive Disorder as opposed to an impulse-control disorder..Research by governments in Australia led to a universal definition for that country which appears to be the only research-based definition not to use diagnostic criteria.. "Problem gambling is characterized by many difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others, or for the community".. The University of Maryland Medical Center defines pathological gambling as "being unable to resist impulses to gamble, which can lead to severe personal or social consequences"..The Exchange was founded in 1801 and its current premises are situated in Paternoster Square close to St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London... remember your number.. Any man forgets his number spends a night in the box..These here spoons you keep with you..Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box...

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