Birmingham casinos

Where to go if you want to have a bet in Brum

As befits England’s second city, Birmingham has a well-established casino scene. Indeed, with establishments dating back to the early 1960s – when casinos were first legalised in the United Kingdom – the home of New Street Station, Spaghetti Junction and the refurbished Bullring is as good a place as any outside the capital to play a few hands or enjoy some times at the slots.

Of course, casinos aside, Brum has always been pretty gambler-friendly. In addition to horse racing at Wolverhampton and Warwick, they still race greyhounds at Hall Green, Perry Barr and nearby Coventry. And as a football hotbed, the West Midlands remains one of the best places to watch - and bet on - the beautiful game. Read More
The region has also produced some of the country’s most successful gamblers. Foremost among these is Surinder Sunar, the card player who reached three Late Night Poker finals and won the 2004-05 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris. Peter ‘ActionJack’ Jackson also hails from the hometown of Cadbury’s chocolate and Jasper Carrot.

Being a city that millions of people travel through on a weekly basis, Birmingham’s betting establishments are to be congratulated for trying as hard as possible to attract passing trade. First-class restaurants, well-appointed bars – the simple fact of the matter is that you don’t have to be a gambler to enjoy an evening at any of the places mentioned below.

And if you’re a gambler who lives elsewhere in the country, you can get a taste of the Birmingham casino scene simply by visiting the online options that many of the venues offer. Sites that, in some instances, rival the best igaming experiences available to UK gamblers, these online ventures further underline just how seriously Birmingham takes the gambling business.

While it’s churlish to single-out any one venue in particular, special mention must be made of the Genting Club Star City. The reason? Well, it wasn’t that long ago that the very idea of ‘super casinos’ had middle England on the brink of apoplexy. Wouldn’t such places destroy the very fabric of society? Wouldn’t they crush communities and leave neighbourhoods cash-strapped and homeless? And what oh what about the children?

None of above has occurred in the wake of the Genting Club’s opening. In fact, the casino has accomplished something that for a long time seemed impossible – namely demonstrated that a casino in the United Kingdom could match the look, feel and atmosphere of a Vegas venue without succumbing to bad taste.

To put this in perspective, you don’t have to go that far back in time to find yourself in an era where clubs – particularly but not exclusively, in regional Britain - gave themselves names such as ‘The Copacabana’, ‘The Mecca’ or ‘The Reno’ in the hope that the moniker might make them sound glamorous. The Genting Club Star City, however, isn’t a cheap impersonation or a tribute to tackiness. It’s living proof that British casinos can, at their best, rival their US equivalents for scope, service and style.

Put another way, if you’re hopeful of discovering nirvana in Nevada, a trip to New Street Station is a perfectly acceptable alternative.

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Broadway Casino

1-4 Broadway Place, 220 Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8LP

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  Opening times:  12pm-6am, Monday-Sunday (Gambling hours: 3pm-6am)

  Telephone:  0121 456 5557


  •   State-of-the-at gambling venue
  •   Fully-linenced restaurant
  •   Punto Banco table
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Located to the south of the city, Broadway Casino is widely regarded as offering one of Birmingham’s finest nights out. In addition to its state-of-the-art gambling facilities, the Broadway is complemented by the fully licensed Mirage Fusion restaurant. The Manhattan Suite bar completes the impressive range of entertainments on offer.

Castle Hill Casino

Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4QQ

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  Opening times:  12pm-5am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  01384 2420000


  •   Acclaimed bar and restaurant
  •   Renowned for its service
  •   Close to local station
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Since Dudley’s a full eight miles to the north-west of the city, the Castle Hill isn’t technically a Birmingham casino. It is, however, deserving of your attention, what with its impressive service and excellent atmosphere. The Castle Hill’s especially proud of its restaurant and bar. And if you’re wondering where the name comes from, the casino is located at the foot of the hill upon which sits Dudley Castle, which now stands in the ground of the borough’s zoological gardens.

Genting Casino Chinatown

16-18 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4BN

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  Opening times:  2pm-4am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0121 622 3313


  •   In the heart of Chinatown
  •   Typically superb restaurant
  •   Close to other Genting venues
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

The Genting Casino is but one of the many attractions Birmingham’s thriving Chinatown has to offer. But a short distance from New Street centre, the Genting could hardly be more accessible and since the establishment’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a great gambling experience is always at hand. Although Malaysian-owned, the casino is themed along Chinese lines and showcases a restaurant, the Hou Mei, which features prize-winning food from all parts of Asia. Be warned, however – there are three Genting casinos in Birmingham, and two of them are located pretty close to one another.

Genting Casino Edgbaston

1 Norfolk Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3PS

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  Opening times:  2pm-4am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0121 622 3313


  •   Standard Genting excellence
  •   Regular special events and tournaments
  •   Beautiful setting
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Anyone who thinks they know what to expect from Birmingham is bound to be surprised by Edgbaston. Wide boulevards, trees and grass everywhere – the home of the city’s celebrated cricket ground could have less to do with concrete and congestion. The Edgbaston Genting perfectly reflects the elegance of the area. Throw in a great steak house and a host of special events and tournaments and you have a gambling experience to rival any in the West Midlands.

Genting Club Star City

Watson Road, Birmingham B7 5SA

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  Opening times:  2pm-4am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0121 327 8008


  •   Vegas-style casino
  •   Largest venue in the West Midlands
  •   One of few city casinos to showcase craps
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Unless you’re from Birmingham or the surrounding area, there’s a chance you mightn’t have heard of Star City. A remarkable entertainment complex complete with multiplex cinema and a wide range of restaurants, Star City’s Genting Club really wouldn’t look out of place on the Vegas strip. A casino that brings to mind the heady days of the Rat Pack and both old and new version of Ocean’s Eleven, this is a truly vast facility boasting a critically-acclaimed restaurant and bar. Wonderful looking both inside and outing, the Genting Club shows that you don’t have to go to Nevada for a five-star gaming experience. Just pull off the M6 and you’ll be in gambling paradise.

Grosvenor Broad Street

Five Ways Leisure Complex, Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1AY

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0121 631 3535


  •   Good transport links
  •   Cordial staff
  •   Relatively close to city centre
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

It’s not the most attractive part of Brum, Five Ways. At least it didn’t used to be, back when the city resembled what Bill Bryson described as “an exhibition du concrete”. With its name inspired by the colossal roundabout that dominates the area, you can’t criticse it on the grounds of accessibility, mind. And if you’re looking for a symbol of the thriving, striving city Birmingham has become, the Grosvenor G fits the bill perfectly. Featuring the great grill menu that is available throughout the chain, this is a fine place to gamble, especially if you have a thing for slots.

Grosvenor Hill Street Casino

84 Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4AH

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0121 6431777


  •   Close to New Street Station
  •   Big sports bar
  •   Popular restaurant
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Formerly the Gala Casino, the Grosvenor Hill Street is another of the company’s state-of-the-art establishments. Very accessible on account of its being located just behind New Street Station, poker is very much the strong suit here, although there’s something for all gaming tastes. The Grosvenor Grill is standard to the chain and is every meat lover’s dream, but the sports bar is a big plus for a venue that already has a lot going for it. So whether you want to play a few hands or simply want to watch the latest Premier League fixtures, Hill Street’s the ideal setting.

Rainbow Casino

1 Portland Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9HN

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  Opening times:  2pm-4am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0121 454 1033


  •   Oldest casino in Birmingham
  •   Attractive location
  •   Tuition courses available
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

The Rainbow can proudly boast to be the oldest casino in Birmingham, having occupied its present location since 1964. An establishment with something for everyone, the Rainbow a particularly good place to hone your craft, what with the staff offering tuition in a range of table games. That the bar and restaurant are popular with locals tells you a lot about the quality of these facilities. Which isn’t to say that strangers are unwelcome. On the contrary, the itinerant gambler is sure to find a home away from home at the Rainbow.