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No New Grosvenor Casino in Leeds


23 Nov 2012

Casino operator Grosvenor has dropped out of the bidding to secure a large casino licence in Leeds.

The casino operator had teamed up with developer Rushbond in order to bid for the casino licence and had intended to build it by Eastgate and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The reasons for their withdrawal are unknown as a spokeswoman for Grovesnor would only attribute the move to “reasons beyond out control”.

The licence would allow the winning consortium to build a ‘Las Vegas-style’ casino. The only current casino operating under this licence is Aspers Westfield City Stratford in London.

Despite Grosvenor’s withdrawal there are still three bidders hoping to be awarded the licence. The first of which is Leeds United Football Club who would build the casino as an extension to their Elland Road ground – similarly to how the G Casino is at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The other bidders are Global Gaming Ventures and London Clubs International who already operate numerous UK casinos including Casino at the Empire and Alea Leeds.

Large casinos are allowed to house up to 150 slots with jackpots of up to £4,000 as well as any of the casino games allowed by the UK Gambling Commission. Leeds is one of eight areas that was provided with a large casino licence to hand out.