Aspers Milton Keynes Casino Continues to Thrive
The Aspers-owned Casino MK, the United Kingdom’s second so called “Super Casino”, turns six months old this month and what a six months it has been for all those involved.
The venue has become a social hub in Milton Keynes and boasts tremendous attendance figures. A staggering 12,500 people visited The Casino MK within its first four days of trading and this impressive number has increased to more than 300,000 over its first six months.
“We are delighted with the performance of The Casino MK in its first six months of operation, which has exceeded our expectations,” said Richard Noble, Chief Operating Officer at Aspers Group, “The most pleasing aspect for me has been the overwhelmingly positive reaction of our customers, with over 96 per cent of people visiting in the opening few weeks confirming they planned to visit again.”
The Casino MK is the largest casino outside of London and boasts 108 slot machines, 76 electronic gaming terminals, 22 gaming tables and a lavish 150-seat poker room.
Rank Likely To Bid For Southampton Super Casino Licence
In mid-February, PokerNews informed you that Apsers were looking to open what would be their third Super Casino at a plot on Southampton’s Royal Pier. The project is estimated to cost in the region of £330 million, although a much larger £450 million has been quoted in some publications.
Earlier this week, Rank Group PLC, who are the owners of the Grosvenor Casinos brand, revealed it was likely to bid for the chance to develop a “large” casino licence in Southampton.
Rank became the largest casino operator in the UK in 2013 when it acquired 19 casinos from Gala Coral Group, although the company has been struggling of late and recently announced poor financial figures for the six months ending December 31, 2013. These figures showed a 26% fall in operating profit at its Grosvenor Casino venues and a 38% fall in operating profit at its once thriving Mecca Bingo arm and resulted in Rank’s share price plummeting to lows of 124.90.
Despite the severe reduction in profit, the group has enough purchasing power to outbid Apsers and then develop the massive Super Casino. Whether its shareholders and investors want it to is a different matter entirely.