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UK – Casino36 promises a sporting treat in Wolverhampton

By - 14 November 2016

The £7.6m Casino 36 has launched in Wolverhampton in the British Midlands becoming the first of the eight small casinos awarded, following the Gambling Act 2005, to actually open.

The development has seen The Rubicon Casino in Temple Street expand into its neighbouring building, taking on more live tables, more £20,000 jackpot machines, a VIP champagne bar and an onsite bookmakers complete with a 23 foot video screen to showcase sporting events.

A spokesperson stated: “We now have our own bookies on site at the casino! Showing all UK horse racing on our 23 foot video wall. Whether you want to take a quick bet on the horses whilst grabbing a pint or plan a football accumulator for the whole weekend and have a bite at the same time, you can do it here at Casino 36. Our venue accommodates the latest innovative bookies terminals, including Vegas style bar-top slots and multi-screens around the casino showing live sporting events from around the world. The Thirsty 6 Sports Bar & Grill brings you access to all of the major sports channels on an array of HD TV screens, along with the choice of picking something tasty from our mouth-watering food and drink menu at unbeatable prices, all freshly prepared in our open plan kitchen. We have created a fantastic place to watch sport, socialise, eat and drink, providing the perfect atmosphere for any sports fan.”

Adrian Ballard, the casino’s owner, said: “Regeneration in Wolverhampton is steaming ahead and we are delighted to be playing a part in helping rejuvenate the city centre.”

The first small casino licence to open took a staggering 11 years to open since the publication of the Gambling Act. Indeed uptake of both the large and small licences has been slow. Of the other small licences, Global Gaming Ventures was confirmed as the operator of the Bath licence in 2012 and is most likely going to be the next to be fulfilled with work at the former Saw Close Clinic and Gala Bingo Hall expected to be finished in 2017.

In Luton four bids were received in 2012 with the licence going to the existing Grosvenor G Casino last year.

In Scarborough, the licence was awarded in February 2012 to Nikolas Shaw, owner of the existing Opera House Casino although the venue is still operating under original licence.

There has been no movement yet in Stranraer despite plans being put in place for a small casino at its former ferry terminal site. No movement also in Swansea and Torbay, which has actually axed the idea completely, or East Lindsey.

Of the large licences, new style casinos have opened in Newham, Milton Keynes and Birmingham have all opened.

Aspers was named as the successful operator for Southampton in march this year and said will ‘transform the landscape of Southampton’s waterfront’ when it opens in 2021.

Global Gaming Ventures will open the biggest casino in the north and the third biggest in the country when it opens Victoria Gate Casino in Leeds with a predicted opening before the end of the year.

Stockton-based developers Jomast was given the licence for Middlesbrough where it planned an 83 bed hotel, and confirmed it had had ‘positive interest’ from four casino operators.

However it blamed the economic downturn for having ‘a major impact in taking schemes forward nationally.

In Hull Apollo Resorts was given the licence and approval to turn Clarence Flour Mills into a casino in 2011. However the site is now being primed for a Radisson Blu hotel with the city council in the dark as to what is happening to the licence.

Great Yarmouth named its ‘large’ casino operator as Pleasure and Leisure Property Corporation (PLPC), the owners of Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach in 2012 but four years later nothing has materialised.


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