A new £7.6 million, twenty-four hour casino opened its doors this week in the Midlands: Wolverhampton’s Casino 36.
The venue is one of eight ‘small casinos’ granted a license under the UK’s Gambling Act 2005 and has added one hundred new jobs to the local economy.
“This has been a long and involved process and we are delighted that all the hard work of everyone involved has now come to fruition,” explained owner Adrian Ballard.
“It has been more than a little stressful and difficult at times but I have been extremely pleased.”
Although designated as a ‘small casino’ by the latest legislation, Casino 36 is actually required to have a gambling area of at least 5,380 sq ft, and a non-gambling area that is at least half that size. This makes Casino 36 larger than many casinos that predate the 2005 act.
Peter Adkins from the law firm Emms Gilmore Liberson was an important factor in getting Casino 36 through approved by regulators.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail he said, “It has been very satisfying to see the project through to conclusion.
“The complications of handling one of the very few new casino licence applications made the job very interesting. The licensing team at City of Wolverhampton council were very supportive throughout.”
Casino 36 is now open twenty-four hours a day, 364 days year. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to visit without entry fee, although regulars are encouraged to become members in order to receive added benefits.
The dress code at Casino 36 is smart casual (no ball caps, muscle shirts, or dirty/worn clothing). Visitors can eat from any of three different food venues, including a coffee shop, a Sports Bar & Grill, and a VIP Champagne Lounge.
Gamblers will have a huge range of entertainment to choose from. Besides a mix of live and electronic gambling, Casino 36 also offers an in-house sports book, and live sporting events streamed from around the world.
Casino 36 will surely be making fans among Wolverhampton’s slots and sports fans, but the economic benefits it is bringing to the region are also winning the venture support among local politicians. Councillor John Reynolds said the attraction in Temple Street would be a “real asset”.