Luton Small Casino Licence Who Will Be The Winner

Luton Small Casino Licence

The Luton borough council were awarded a small casino licence back in 2008 under the new Gaming Act 2005. In total 8 possible licences have been proposed but as of yet none of them have actually opened. The one licence issued so far is the Bath and North East Somerset Licence which was issued to Groupe Partouche but as yet not opened. Some people within the industry have asked the question if the Small Casino Licence is a viable option as small casinos will be entitled to offer up to 80 category B1 gaming machines and to provide betting but no bingo.but the machine table ratio is  2-1 up to a maximum of 80 machines, so the reality is that the casino would have to have 40 tables on the gaming floor which in physical space is a lot. The casino floor space is then restricted by law to  500m2 -1500m2. Unless the Pinball Roulette which is technically classed as a table game can be used to make up the games and reduce floor space needed and staff requirements.

  Luton Small Casino Licence Applicants

Grosvenor Casino (35 Park Street West):

Genting Casinos (Skimpot Road):

Manorgate Casino (Apollo Resorts and Leisure Ltd) (Church Street and Guildford Street):

Saxon Investments UK Ltd (Land at Stirling Place, Kimpton Road:

Luton Small Casino Licence Summary

  1. A small casino is a casino in which the combined floor area of those parts of the casino which are used to providing facilities for gambling is at least 500 square metres but less than 1500 square metres. The table gaming area itself must be at least 500 square metres, and may comprise a number of separate areas, although no area under 62.5 square metres may be taken into account.
  2. The casino may offer gaming machines of categories B, C or D.
  3. The number of machines must be no more than twice the number of gaming tables used in the casino, and must in any case not exceed 80.
  4. The casino may also make facilities available for betting, and also betting on the outcome of a virtual game, race, competition or other event or process.

Luton Small Casino Licence Criteria

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Luton Small Casino Licence, will we see a winner and will it actually open. The 2005 Gaming Act has been a very slow process, did the government get it completely wrong in the first instance or is it due to the recession? whats your thoughts let us know at C4D

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