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Casino 36 puts it on Black
An independent operator based in Stockport, UK, has bought two
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casinos in the Black Country saving 110 jobs in the process.
The owners of Casino 36, a swanky up market venue, have paid
an undisclosed sum for control of the Rubicon in Wolverhampton
and the Castle Hill in Dudley which both went into administration
in March. The new owners will now refurbish the venues.
EUROPE WEST Casino 36, pictured, also said it was also in ‘early negotiations’
to take over several other casinos in the Midlands.
G breathes
new life into
Sheffield’s
casino offering
With no more 1968 licences up for grabs, and the locations of
the 16 large and small licences already determined, existing
UK operators have some degree of security in investing in
refurbs and relocations. Rank is clearly doing something right.
Outside of London, attendances at the newer G Casinos are
50 per cent higher than the old Grosvenor branded venues.
Phil Martin reports on the latest in Sheffield.
gforce As such the new G Casino in will be welcomed by the General manager Ian Turver at
UNITED KINGDOM Sheffield features a dedicated people of Sheffield.”
the launch of the latest G
100 seat poker room, 10 gaming Phil Urban, managing direc-
Casino in Sheffield.
The current gaming landscape tables, 24 gaming machines and tor of Rank’s casinos business,
Winners of a local radio station
in the UK is little like the one 33 electronic roulette tables, added: “G Casino is all about
competition enjoy the VIP
envisaged just a few years ago, but it also has a lounge to screen giving people a great night out
treatment on opening night
but it has brought a degree of sporting events and a stage for and I am looking forward to
security to some operations. live entertainment. A cocktail continuing the roll out of the casinos operating in Great
Safe in the knowledge that lounge and a 62-seater restau- brand in 2010.” Britain and that in more than
supply in most of its locations rant, The Gallery, which serves Sheffield’s G Casino brings half of the provincial markets
will remain at current levels, a Mediterranean influenced the brand’s total to ten but where Rank operates, there can
Rank has continued to roll out menu, completes the offering. Rank’s intention is to grow the be no new competitor casinos
its G Casino brand through its General manager Ian Turver G Casino brand to 20 clubs by under existing legislation.
ambitious renovations and said: “The G brand is all about the end of 2012. The first G Burke’s priority is to capi-
relocation programme. The giving people a great alterna- Casino opened in Manchester talise on that market growth
latest launch in Sheffield has tive for a night out and the new in 2006. Since then eight more opportunity through the
seen its old licence move just Sheffield casino does just that. G Casinos have been added in development of the group’s11
down the street to the site of a It differs from the Grosvenor Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bolton, non-operating licences, the
former Mecca Bingo hall but in Casino in that we’ll be putting Coventry, Dundee, Luton, relocation or conversion of
doing so it has moved Sheffield as much emphasis on the non- Thanet and London’s Piccadilly existing casinos and the par-
gaming into the modern, multi- gaming activities such as the Circus. It has proved so poplar ticipation in the process to
revenue stream, casino age. live entertainment and the that in September 2009, Rank acquire new 2005 Act casino
With an investment of £4.5m restaurant as we will the Interactive launched a new licences.
and the redevelopment of a gaming. This means the new flagship online casino under “The potential for growth of
23,500 square foot venue, the venue will appeal to many dif- the brand at gcasino.com. the G Casino model has been
result is a 24 hour casino, the ferent types of people Ian Burke, chief executive of expanded as a result of a review
like of which Sheffield’s city whether they’ve been to a The Rank Group, added: “We carried out in 2008, which will
centre hasn’t seen before. G casino before or not. And, of believe that over the medium reduce the capital cost of devel-
Casino succeeds in being course, the environment term, the number of adults vis- opment by 20 per cent,” he said.
bright, funky yet sophisticated. makes all the difference. The iting casinos in Great Britain “We will continue to look for
Rank’s ambition is to broaden new G Casino has a modern, will increase significantly from G’s performance is seen as estate,” Burke explained. opportunities to expand the G
the appeal of the casino market contemporary look and feel.” current levels. Our estimate of being key to the business “While we believe that Casino portfolio through relo-
in Britain by offering cus- Turver added: “We’re the sector’s growth potential is model. “Outside London in demand for modern, attrac- cations and conversions of
tomers a wider range of gaming working hard to remove some based upon market forecasts 2008, the average level of tive casinos will grow, supply existing operations. This will
and non-gaming activities of those barriers often associ- and our own experiences in weekly admissions to G will remain restricted under involve the development of
whilst offering it all in a prop- ated with casinos and believe rolling out the G Casino format, Casinos was more than 50 per current legislation.” smaller format casinos with
erty that is as welcoming as it the new venue offers a fun and which is aimed at the broad cent higher than in the rest of He predicts that by 2012 lower operating costs than
is appealing. friendly atmosphere which leisure market.” the Grosvenor Casinos there will be no more than 160 those of a standard G Casino.”
CAI named as operator in Milton Keynes proposal
stadiumtour with a previous proposal presented standard UK players. It was very be involved in a similar project in Hull.
UNITED KINGDOM by the Leisure Plaza and Xscape. important for us not to be the Xscape boss PY Gerbeau has
A tender for the licence is same. I wanted a bit wider appeal, already been granted outline
Casinos Austria International is at expected to be launched in a full destination resort.” planning permission for his hotel
the heart of plans drawn up for a spring 2010. He believes that one of his and casino plan from Milton
large casino that could be The casino, which would be proposal’s biggest advantages is Keynes Council development
developed at Milton Keynes Dons’ positioned on the opposite side of that it would be situated out of the control committee.
stadium:mk. the stadium to the Arena, which is centre of Milton Keynes. Licenses for large style casinos
Milton Keynes, located in the due for completion in 2012. “There is a lot of political were granted to Great Yarmouth,
south east of England, about 45 Winkelman was particularly support for out-of-town casinos as Hull, Newham, Middlesbrough,
miles north-west of London, won excited about having Casinos people shouldn’t just fall straight Solihull, Milton Keynes, Leeds and
the right to build a ‘large’ casino in Austria International onside. out of a pub into a casino,” he Southampton, whilst Scarborough,
2007. Although the council won’t submitted plans to the council, “What is exciting is that it is a big, explained. “You have to make a Bath, East Lindsey, in Lincolnshire,
choose an operator or a project until which include a casino, a nightclub, big player,” he said. “We were conscious decision to go to an Luton, Swansea, Stranraer, Torbay
the end of next year, football club restaurants, bars and mini cinema. looking at the Americans but they out-of-town casino.” and Wolverhampton also received
chairman Pete Winkelman has The application will go head to head have all pulled out, leaving Casinos Austria is also believed to licences for small casinos.
6 January 2010 • europewestnews
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