Blackpool casinos

Where to strike it lucky along the Golden Mile

If you’re old enough to remember the 1980s then you might recall an advert in which a horde of Americans rushed towards a sign advertising the entertainment capital of the world. It was only upon they assembled yanks got close up to the sign that they realised that the place in question was a whole ocean away.

Blackpool – for that’s where our American friends were told to head – has long enjoyed a reputation as the UK’s leisure capital. And while Brits might have a hard time thinking of it as the Lancashire equivalent of Las Vegas, the town’s glitz and showbiz heritage is second to none.

Leaf through photos of ye olde Blackpool and you’ll find that anyone who was anyone in the entertainment world spent some time on the Golden Mile. Everyone from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to The Beatles and The Jimi Hendrix Experience has played within the shadow of the town’s famous tower. And as it attracted Vegas-style entertainment, so Blackpool also got the gambling bug.

And while the number of casinos is small, Blackpool’s reputation as the north-west’s gambling hub remains intact. Where once there were tatty arcades and fading glamour there now stand casinos that are on a par with any that can be found outside of London.

Of course, Blackpool’s a way’s away from most places, and the idea of rubbing shoulders with tens of thousands of tourists is sure to prove off putting to some. As locations go, however, it’s pretty hard to beat. Sure, it has nothing to rival the deserts of Nevada but the beach has its own expansive charms. And to walk from the foyer of a casino only to be immediately confronted by the Irish Sea is truly something to behold.

Gambling in Blackpool, then – we promise you’ll find the experience illuminating.

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Genting Club North Shore

64 Queens Promenade, North Shore, Blackpool FY2 9QG

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  Opening times:  12pm-6am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  01253 352 628


  •   Asian-style decor
  •   Critically-acclaimed restaurant
  •   Vast number of gaming tables
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Owned by the UK’s largest casino operator, the Blackpool Genting Club is on a par with the Malaysian company’s countless other UK venues. Offering a classy gaming experience in an Asian flavoured environment, the North Shore establishment also boasts a critically-acclaimed restaurant, the 110, and an excellent wine cellar. With 30 gaming tables and a broad range of slots, your Blackpool casino-going experience could easily begin and end at the Genting Club.

Grosvenor G Casino - South Promenade

The Sandcastle, South Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1BB

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  01253 341 222


  •   Seafront setting
  •   Open 24/7
  •   Wide variety of popular casino games
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

With its pink frontage, you’ll have a hard time missing Blackpool’s Grosvenor G Casino. If the outside might be a bit too much for some tastes, what lies inside is a state-of-the-art gaming venue that’s as popular with locals as it is with the tourist crowd. Located slap-bang on the seafront, the Grosvenor G combines elements of the old skool seaside holiday experience with the effortless style people expect from 21st century casinos. Throw in a well-appointed restaurant and a broad range of games and you have a 24 hour casino where you’re sure of a good time any time.

Paris Casino

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FY1 6JL

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  Opening times:  2pm-6am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  01253 406888


  •   Tables dedicated to Kalooki
  •   French decor
  •   Attentive staff
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

The Paris Casino bills itself as offering Blackpool’s finest casino and dining experience. And with its idiosyncratic décor and incredibly attentive staff, it pretty much lives up to such lofty billing. With a fittingly French feel, the casino scores points for its selection of new and old slots, plus the fact that it provides punters with a rare opportunity to play the Caribbean gin rummy variation Kalooki. Factor in its accessibility – it’s located right next to the football stadium – and The Paris will strike many as the perfect match.