Casino-hopping in the UK

Gaming has been very popular around the world especially in the United Kingdom. According to the annual Health Survey for England (HES), which was published in December of 2013, 68 percent of men and 61 percent of women participated in some form of gambling activity in 2013. Most of this player activity can be attributed to the online gaming industry.
According to a new infographic from, within the past 20 years, online gambling has evolved into a £20.8 billion annual market. Online gaming reached its peak after Microgaming invented the internet’s first gambling software in 1994 — a move followed closely by CryptoLogic Ltd. in 1995. CryptoLogic, who developed and launched InterCasino in 1996, also developed encrypted communication protocols to ensure safe financial transactions over the internet. Thanks to these developments, online gambling became quite popular, and by 010, there were over 865 online casinos worldwide.
Despite online gaming’s immense popularity there is still a great number of players who love to visit casinos. According to the Gambling Commission in the UK, there are up to 186 casinos licensed under the 1968 Gaming Act, each located within one of 53 ‘permitted areas’ specified in the legislation. Here are three notable casinos that are worth visiting when you get to tour the UK:
The Casino at the Empire


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Considered as London’s largest casino, the Casino at the Empire opened in 2007 after a long closure. In the Empire Ballroom, originally an old Victorian music hall, you’ll now find two restaurants, four bars and 30 gaming tables. The glitzy interior is similar to Las Vegas with plenty of crystals, mirrors, showgirls (performing Thursday to Saturday nights) and no natural daylight so you never need to know what time of day or night it is.
Aspers Casino


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Whether you’re a gaming beginner or a professional, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome 24/7 at Aspers. Located in Westfield Stratford City, it has more games than any other casinos in the UK. Dubbed as the UK’s only super casino, it also hosts the events of the World Poker Tour. You can dine in style at Clary’s restaurant or relax with your drink in the stunning Sky Bar.
Sportsman Casino


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For those who want to end the evening with more cash, then Sportsman Casino is the right one for you. It is a casual, low-key, city center choice; the Sportsman is a safe bet for conservative gamblers. From slot machines to Stud Poker, Blackjack to Baccarat, Roulette to Dice, you can try your luck without having to arrange membership in advance. It is quick and easy and available on the door; just bring a form of identification.

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