Will Northern Ireland Get Its First Casino Soon?

Despite current regulations that prohibit gambling in Northern Ireland, the Rank Group recently uncovered plans for multi-million pound venture in Belfast. The ambitious project is set to create over 250 jobs for local residents apart from the possibility of generating large sums of revenue for the region.

Resistance to the causeNorthern Ireland Casino

Gambling regulations are due for an overhaul and will be presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly next year. However, strong opposition has been received from Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland, who is determined to stick to his stance on legalising casinos. The bill to be presented in Parliament is set to focus on minimising the effects of gambling, in spite of projected economic boost legal casinos would bring.

The Rank Group is set to build a luxury leisure and entertainment complex and to ensure patrons a fun night out. The group, a leading developer of entertainment venues, consists of veteran players in the casino business with 55 successful casinos spread across the UK. The project looks to invest over £18 million in an attempt to create a venue of world class standards.

The plan

Driven by a singular idea to entertain people, the casino will include a gorgeous art house cinema, elegantly designed theatre, classy restaurants and bars, and exciting bowling lanes too. An inviting bingo hall and classic casino card table games space as well as a slot room will grace the floor space.

With hopes to gain consent from the assembly, the casino will set maximum stakes at £5 on all games including roulette, game machines and poker, while the regular maximum offered at betting shops across the UK is £100 per wager.

Belfast remains the only major commercial region in the UK that doesn’t offer people a live traditional brick and mortar casino experience to enjoy.