The general manager of the Casino MK says it has quickly become the number one leisure and entertainment venue in the city, with more than 50,000 visitors inside the first month.
Nigel Hartland says he has been pleasantly surprised by the interest shown in the new super casino, with weekend visitor figures particularly high.
The casino’s busiest day to date was on September 14 when thousands of curious gamblers turned out to play on its 22 live gaming tables, 76 electronic gaming terminals, 108 slot machines, or take a seat in its poker room.
That night was especially busy because hundreds of city boxing fans chose to watch the big Floyd Mayweather against Canelo Alvarez fight on the casino’s giant sports screen – at 4am.
A few lengthy queues at the bar aside, that night, like the first four weeks of business, was a great success, according to boss Mr Hartland.
He said: “It was a fantastic occasion and there was a great atmosphere in the casino.
“We couldn’t really have asked for a better first month of business. The weekends have been even busier than we had envisaged and we’ve seen a good mix of people coming through the doors.”
So successful has the first four weeks been that an extra 20 staff have been recruited to help cope with demand and provide the “level of service” Mr Hartland demands.
With those additional staff coming on board, the casino will soon employ 250 people, which Mr Hartland believes is further proof that Aspers was the correct choice of operator and Xscape the correct choice of venue for the city’s casino.
Meanwhile the casino has this week announced the winner of a competition to win an Audi Q5 car worth £40,000 is Andrew Brisland from Milton Keynes.
“We wanted to do something big to celebrate our very successful opening and you can’t get much bigger than giving way a brand new car,” said Mr Hartland.
“We hope that Mr Brisland enjoys his new Audi and maybe comes back to visit us again soon.”