Five Bidders Still In The Running To Operate Southampton Supercasino

Wednesday 17th September, 2014

While the Southampton city council was supposed to whittle down the bids to a few that will go through to the last round of bidding, they have decided to let all seven bids for the supercasino go through.

These seven bids come from five firms - Grosvenor, Kymeira Casino Ltd, Genting Casinos UK Ltd, Global Gaming Ventures and Aspers. The casino in Southampton is the last of the eight licenses for supercasinos to be awarded. The large casino licenses allow operators to offer up to 150 slot machines and 30 table games like poker and blackjack on their premises.

While five of the bids are for the casino to be built on the original intended site as part of the Royal Pier development, two of the bids also plan for the casino to be built elsewhere. The Royal Pier development is a 450 million pound project planned to redevelop the area around the waterfront.

Grosvenor has bid for the casino to be built at the Leisureworld complex in West Quay Road while Global Gaming ventures has bid to build the casino at the Watermark WestQuay development.

The final decision on who gets the contract will be made in june next year.

Committee chairman Matt Tucker said "We looked at whether they met the criteria of our licensing objectives for the super-casino, and all of them satisfied the broad criteria."

Cllr Tucker added "One of the criteria we have laid down is that no-one will be able to look into the casino from outside to see gambling going on.

"We also want them to adopt a Challenge 25 policy to mitigate concerns people might have.

"It's now the responsibility of the committee and myself as chairman to determine which one ultimately gets the licence."

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