Genting Opens Doors to £150 Casino Complex in Birmingham

Genting Resorts World opens the doors to Europe's largest casino complex in Birmingham at a cost of £150 million. (Image: birminghammail.co.uk)

Genting Resorts World opens the doors to Europe’s largest casino complex in Birmingham at a cost of £150 million. (Image: birminghammail.co.uk)

The largest casino complex in Europe has just opened its doors in Birmingham thanks to the Asian casino operator, Genting.

Dubbed Resorts World Birmingham, the £150 million complex will span 538,000 sq ft, reach 12 storeys high and contain a range of entertainment options, including: 50 shops, 18 bars and restaurants, a cinema and, of course, a casino.

According to Genting, the aim of the project is to bring more tourism to the UK and, to make it a viable destination for international gamblers, it has constructed an onsite hotel and spa.

Sprawling Complex Gradually Rolling into Life

As part of the gradual opening, the shopping outlets inside the complex opened their doors on October 21, and this will be followed by the opening of the 11-screen IMAX cinema and night-time bars on October 23 and October 26, respectively.

As for the casino itself, the doors aren’t currently open to the general public; however, it’s expected that the gaming will start within the coming days. According to the casino’s operations manager, Barry Clemo, the new complex, especially the casino, is “mammoth” and “awesome.”

When the casino’s doors finally open to the general public they will be greeted by 100 slot machines, and more than 50 gaming tables, including blackjack, roulette and poker.

As well as providing visitors to Birmingham with a Las Vegas-style casino complex, Resorts Birmingham will employ 12,000 members of staff, the majority of which will be taken from the local area.

In Other News…Casino Chicken Finds a New Home

If you read our recent story about a stray chicken being found in the toilet of a London casino, you may be wondering what happened to the feathered fugitive.

After being discovered by members of staff in a distressed and emancipated state, the RSPCA intervened and took the chicken away to help return it back to a fit state of health.

Following two weeks’ worth of care, the chicken, which was nicknamed Armitage (the location of the casino) but now flies under the title of Loo-Loo, is now settling into its new home with the RSPCA’s hen expert, Mia Fernyhough.

Nesting alongside two other rescue hens, Loo-Loo has been identified as an Aseel hen which is a breed native to India and Pakistan. Although she is currently still missing a lot of feathers, Fernyhough told the BBC that she’s “on the mend” and “settling in well” with her new coop-mates.

As for how she came to find herself stuck in the toilet of a London casino, neither Fernyhough nor the RSPCA are sure and have suggested that they probably won’t ever find out the truth.

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