While exploring any major city in the UK you're likely to notice three or four different casino venues situated in centre of city.
The first legal casino was believed to be The Casino Club in Port Talbot, Wales which was owned by George Alfred James who applied to the then Gaming Board of Great Britain for a gaming license. Back then, the license allowed James to open members only clubs with a limit to ten gaming machines per club. James had a particular model club in mind offering fine dining, live music, gaming machines and table games. 1960 saw the opening of the Charlie Chester Casino and the Golden Horseshoe both situated in London as well as the Kingsway and Grand Casino in Southport. Seven years later the Gambling Act 1968 was introduced which relaxed gaming licensing and resulted in several new member's only private clubs opening, one of which was the Clermont Club in London.
Gambling in the UK would remain the same in the form of a small selection of up to 10 slot machines and a selection of table games until the 2005 Gambling Act was introduced. The Act proposed that much larger “Super Casinos” could be built around the country however after review by the House of Lords the concept of the ‘Super Casino’ was quashed and a go ahead was given to offer new licenses for smaller venues around the country such as The Broadway Casino in Birmingham and Leo in Liverpool.
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