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There Are Limits

by | 21st, September 2006

The eight possible locations for the sighting of Britain’s only super casino are writing their bids.

Blackpool, Wembley Stadium, Cardiff, Glasgow, the Millennium Dome, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sheffield are competing to host the country’s biggest slot (up to 1,250 unlimited jackpot machines) and leisure emporium.

The winner will be announced in December by the Casino Advisory Panel, an independent body set up by Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary. Virgin.net will bring you all the news and views from the debate. Stay tuned…

And today we hear from poker playing Mick Atherton, the former England cricket captain. Says he: “Super-casinos do not make for good neighbours. They have everything a visitor needs there on the premises, so there’s no excuse for them to leave. There’s little reason for people to stay overnight – Sheffield would not so much attract tourists as gambling commuters.”

This is not to say sun-kissed Sheffield is not a great place to holiday. Just that there are limits to what gambling can do for an area.



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