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UK – Genting marches towards Southport relocation

By - 1 February 2013

Genting Casino will open its new £30m development on the waterfront at Southport in March.

Genting has become the second tenant based at the multi-million pound site on Marine Lake, joining tapas bar Finos at the Waterfront opened its new tapas bar in September 2012 and is currently the only tenant although Genting will join a well-known coffee chain, a national health and fitness chain and other businesses showing interest in Southport.

The main live gaming floor in the new casino will have 14 gaming tables featuring a mix of American Roulette, Black Jack, and Three Card Poker among others, and will be next to an electronics roulette and slots area with 40 terminals.

Overlooking the gaming area will be a spacious Poker room however gaming is just one part of the new Genting offer in Southport. A full programme of entertainment will be available in the stunning bar area, with a dance floor, stage and entertainment zone, and a fantastic restaurant which can expand into the poker area if required. The restaurant has its own outdoor space overlooking The Waterfront’s downstairs terrace, with a portable bar and external seating area.

Customers will have the convenience of underground car parking and there is an extensive high quality smoking terrace directly off the main casino floor.

Paul Willcock, Managing Director – Provincial, Genting UK, said: “We are all working hard to create the very best casino in the region and we are looking forward to moving into the Waterfront. Together with the Ramada Hotel and the new restaurants in the area, it will create a great entertainment hub and we are expecting to be very busy indeed.”

Steve Parry, managing Director of the Neptune Developments, the company behind the Waterfront Scheme, said: “We’re delighted with this news. We have been eagerly awaiting the news that Genting are ready to move to The Waterfront and we have already started to receive an increased level of enquiries about the remaining units. South port will be home to one of the most stylish, new casinos in the country. We expect the new Genting Casino to attract visitors from miles around. The new interiors looking stunning and we are delighted to be welcoming such a renowned brand into the Waterfront.”

Sefton Council is also looking forward to the move. Alan Luft, Sefton Council’s Director of Built Environment, said: “This is great news for Southport. Genting Casino is an important part of the resort’s tourism offer and their modern, new premises will be an additional and improved attraction for the town. We look forward to more good news in the future as interest in The Waterfront grows. Word is getting out about the Genting Casino refit and already we are getting an increased level of interest in the scheme. It has been a challenging time in recent years but this shows that the market is really starting to pick up.”

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