Thousands of thrill-seekers, gamblers and curious punters have been flocking to the city’s new super casino since it opened its door last Thursday.
The Casino MK, owned by gaming giant Aspers, is the largest casino outside of London, and claims “an unparalleled selection of gaming opportunities outside the capital”.
And it has certainly captured the imagination of people in Milton Keynes, as dozens gathered outside its Xscape entrance to be one of the first to place a bet last Thursday lunchtime.
First through the door was David Robinson who won a Citizen competition to be the very first person to place a bet at the new casino. He was given £50 worth of chips to place on the roulette table, but his luck was out this time.
The Casino MK anticipates that 40 per cent of its customers will not actually take part in any of the games on offer.
“Almost half the people who come here will do so to relax with friends or family in an adult and relaxed atmosphere and we absolutely welcome that,” said general manager Nigel Hartland.
“Even among those who do want to play, the average spend is likely to be in the region of £30. We have an open door policy and everyone over the age of 18 is welcome.”
The Casino MK will be open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year. It boasts an elegant 40 seat restaurant and a sports bar, with giant video screen, alongside a 150 seat poker room, 22 live gaming tables, 108 slot machines and 76 electronic gaming terminals.