Judge rules against casino lobby's claim that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's rules were flawed

The High Court has thrown out a legal challenge to the government’s casino policy.

Mr Justice Langstaff rejected, in a ruling handed down today, the British Casino Association’s case that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s rules for implementing its recent gambling legislation is flawed.

Casino players

The BCA argued that the DCMS was treating existing casinos differently from new operators who will receive licenses to build the new establishments permitted under the legislation. These include the proposal for a ‘super casino ‘ gambling resort in East Manchester.

The judge concluded that the DCMS had met its legal obligations under the legislation.

The ruling does not help break the logjam caused by the House of Lords recent vote against east Manchester’s selection, which has thrown into limbo plans for the new generation of casinos.