UK – Stergides opens Praesepe’s Crystal CasinoBy Phil - 14 June 2013
John Stergides, one of the best-known names in UK high street gaming, was the guest of honour at the opening of Praesepe’s Crystal Casino in London last week.
It was a poignant ceremony for Mr. Stergides who operated the venue, located in Tottenham Court Road, before transferring it to Praesepe in March of this year. He confirmed: “I operated the venue for 23 years and it was an important part of my life as an operator,” he said. “Praesepe has brought new standards to the operation of gaming on the high street and it was very kind of them to invite me to cut the ribbon. I am certain that they will make a huge success of the Crystal Casino as they invariably do with all of their venues.”
Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe said: “John has made really significant contributions to UK gaming both in his role as a manufacturer and an operator. Suitable central London venues are few and far between and we were delighted that John gave us the opportunity to add the Crystal Casino to our portfolio. It has benefited from a contemporary refurbishment and will become our 80th venue to move to 24 hour opening.”
Stephen Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer, AGCs said: “Crystal Casino is the sister venue to the Crystal Rooms in Leicester Square giving us two of the very best located AGCs in the West End. It’s very much a central London customer profile and I am delighted to confirm that both the old and the many new customers that we are attracting have been really delighted with the refurbishment. I am certain that the Crystal Casino will make a big contribution to the success of the business.”