UK Super Casinos
Councils across the UK are set to do battle for licences to build so called ‘super casinos’ in their borough. These giant Las Vegas style super casinos will offer unlimited jackpots and house up to 1,250 slot machines with unlimited prizes and stakes.
Yesterday the government revealed that 47 local authorities (some of which are listed below) have applied for the licences. Competition is fierce and the race is now on to see who will be awarded with the licences, the stakes are high as the super casinos are tipped to be highly profitable providing regular cash injections to the local councils in question.
In last years gambling bill, ministers initially pledged to allow eight super casinos but this was dropped to just one after descent from both MP’s and the general public. However, Richard Caborn, the minister responsible for gambling has already hinted at a possible U-turn if there is a ‘mood change’.
The areas around the super casinos will be subject to huge regeneration programmes in terms of public buildings and jobs.
Should ministers stick to their plan to allow only one super casino at present the contest is widely expected to be between Blackpool and London. Possible sites in the capital include Wembley stadium or the Millennium Dome.
The planned super casinos are expected to prompt a gambling boom in the UK.
Some of the local authorities hoping for a licence are:
Glasgow, Newcastle, Sunderland, Blackpool, Wakefield, Hull, Great Yarmouth, Luton, Ipswich, Cardiff, Southend-on-Sea, Greenwich, Southampton and Maidstone.
Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2006-02-09 11:46:07