Whilst some cities are seeing their casinos close down, in the present economic times the proposed super-casino at Southampton seems highly unlikely to suffer the same fate, as at the moment there are several companies fighting for the license.
The last Labour government granted 8 councils the right to run a super-casino and Southampton will be accepting applications to run theirs, from next month.
The super-casino license will allow the operator to construct a casino which has 30 poker and blackjack tables and 150 slot machines. The proposed casino will be at Royal Pier and the council are hoping it will kick-start a major re-development of the area, which will also comprise of an indoor arena, restaurants, hotels and luxury apartments. However it will take some time before a decision is reached, although formal applications will be accepted from March, bids will only be examined from August and the result could take up to 18 months before it is announced.
Aspers have already said it would be interested in running the super-casino and they have good credentials, having opened the super-casino in London in 2012, the first one in the UK. The Rank Group has also expressed their interest and with 37 Grosvenor casinos in the UK, including one in Southampton, must be strong contenders. Genting Casinos is also considering throwing their hat into the ring, though nothing has been confirmed yet.