Chips are down as Aspers prepare to open in September

Aspers Casino coming soon
Aspers Casino coming soon

The country’s second super casino at the Xscape building is set to roll the dice for the official opening in September.

While the interior still resembles a building site, following City Limits’ departure more than a year ago, casino firm Aspers can’t wait to get its hands on the keys to begin moving in for its launch on Thursday, September 5.

Visitors will be able to play classic casino games like roulette, poker and slot machines, have a bite to eat at the restaurant or just pull up a stool and watch the football in the sports bar.

Austin Graham, operations director for Aspers, said the average person spends between £15 and £30 on a trip to the casino.

He added: “We’re excited to be here in an iconic building and we cannot wait to get started.

“People choose to come to casinos not just for gambling, but for a whole host of occasions.

“This is an entertainment complex. We’ve got bars, restaurants, poker, roulette and so on. But you can come here and watch the football. We’ve got a great big screen behind the bar to watch the game, or the Ashes in the winter so you can come and do whatever you want.

“It’s great for us to open the first large licence casino outside London. We’ve got seven weeks to go and we can’t wait to get started.”

Nigel Hartland, General Manager of Casino MK added: “For Milton Keynes, we will add a real leisure and entertainment venue. We’ll attract people from near and far.

“We aren’t going to attract James Bond - we’re looking to attract normal people.

“People can come in and watch the football or other live sports. There’s a nice buzz about the place. It’s a good place to have fun.”

Mr Graham added that 30 per cent of customers who visit Aspers Casinos don’t gamble at all while they are there.

But while some steer clear of the tables, Aspers work hard to help problem gamblers overcome addiction.

Their staff, 250 working in the Milton Keynes casino, are trained to spot tell-tale signs of problem gamblers.

He said: “We’d be naive to think it didn’t exist, so we have to be careful to give as much help we can when it’s appropriate to do so.

“For the vast majority, it’s not an issue. People play well within their limits.

“If there are changes in spending habits, or behaviour, we would see them. We all receive training on how to deal with it. We have various organisations we work with and can direct them to if it should be required.

“We don’t want people to think we don’t care about our customers and about the environment we work in. I want to sleep at night, so we take extra care to ensure if there are any signs of problem gambling that we intervene at the earliest possible point.

“We spend a lot of time training our team so they can spot problem gamblers.”