Gambling boom in the UK

With the adoption of the betting and gambling act in 1960 (which actually legalized many types of European gambling previously prohibited in England), a variety of gambling clubs and casinos began to appear on the British Isles. This process was especially intensive in London. (According to the latest estimates of Sandy Time, only in one of the districts of London, the West End, the nightly turnover of gambling establishments is $ 750,000.) Each club differs significantly from the rest not only in its size, but also in the nature of its activities. Small establishments are, as a rule, a kind of mixture of a beer and gambling club, where honesty and decency of the staff and customers are hidden behind the external unpretentiousness. Others, pretending to be flashy, ostentatious, mired in fraud and deception, not disdaining to use “charged” bones and controlled roulette wheels. Still others are respected solid clubs, in which the traditions of first-class French casinos are alive, with their passion for the strictest observance of the smallest requirements for the time-honored rules and traditions of gambling ritual. These include such clubs as Aspinalls, Ambassadors, Quents, River Club, Olmax, White, Brooks and, of course, the renewed Crocford (now moved into the mansion on Carlton House Theras).