Edinburgh casinos

How the ‘Athens of the North’ became a Genting casino paradise.

Famous for its castle, its festival and its military tattoo, Edinburgh’s casinos appear a fair way down the Scottish capital’s list of attractions. That this is the case has less to do with the quality of the venues than with the fact that the city has so much to offer both local and tourist alike.

Alas, one thing that the Edinburgh establishments can’t offer is variety. Since the Gala Maybury shut up shop, the city’s three remaining casinos are all part of the Genting chain. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing in terms of quality – each venue offers world-class gaming entertainment. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, you won’t find it in ‘Auld Reekie’.

Spend time at the casinos in Leith, York Place and Fountainpark and you might agree that Genting’s over-representation in the area is something to celebrate rather than complain about. That they share certain similarities is only to be expected of chain facilities. But it’s the trio’s subtle differences that ensure they don’t have the sameness one associates with, say, fast-food joints.

If one’s called on to contemplate Edinburgh and gambling, various things come to mind – Musselburgh racecourse, Powderhall greyhound stadium and sprint track, Herts versus Hibs derby games. The Genting trio mightn’t enjoy the same status yet, but we’d be happy to stake a fiver on them becoming a key part of the city’s gaming culture in the not-too-distant future.

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Genting Casino Leith

Ocean Way, Edinburgh EH6 6JB

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  Opening times:  12pm-6am, Monday-Sunday (gambling hours - 2pm-6am)

  Telephone:  0131 553 7505


  •   Excellent transport access
  •   Stylish bar
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  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

When The Proclaimers sang about Sunshine On Leigh, you can be fairly certain they didn’t have an Asian-themed casino venue in mind. Not that the local Genting hasn’t brought a certain brightness to the region. Indeed, what with it being located so close to the bus station, the establishment has done a lot for the surrounding area. A superb sit-down restaurant, a stylish bar – yes, the outskirts of Edinburgh are much better for Genting’s presence. My, we’d even consider walking 500 miles to enjoy its state-of-the-art facilities.

Genting Casino York Place

5b York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EB

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

  Telephone:  0131 624 2121


  •   Good central location
  •   Trio of roulette tables
  •   Popular local bar
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Although there are those who prefer the Leith branch, you simply can’t beat Genting’s York Place venue when it comes to location. Situated just off Queen Street, the casino simply couldn’t be easier to find. Alas, not all of the discoveries that follow are as pleasant. That the York Place, er, place doesn’t have a restaurant counts against it. The bar, though, is up to the chain’s high standards, as is the excellent range of snacks on offer. Of course, it’s gambling that’s the order of the day, and York Place boasts not one, not two but three roulette tables. The lack of a poker room again brings the venue down a peg or two in our estimation, but what the York Place Genting does do, it does very well indeed.

Genting Club Fountainpark

Fountainpark, 124 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1AF

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

  Telephone:  0131 228 4446


  •   New addition to Edinburgh casino scene
  •   State-of-the-art establishment
  •   Dedicated poker room
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

The latest Genting facility to open in Edinburgh, the club is a very different animal to the chain’s other local venues. This is no bad thing. Quite the opposite; the Fountainpark casino is sure to prove popular with those whose idea of a night’s gambling have been heavily influenced by the Ocean’s Eleven remake. Big on offering a complete gaming experience, the venue also deserves credit for filling the gaps in the York Place Genting’s bill of fare. This is to say that the establishment boasts both a high-calibre restaurant and a dedicated poker room. The funky décor, meanwhile, is but the icing on a very delicious cake.