Glasgow casinos

The rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh can be as fierce as the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers. Since the two great cities of Scotland bicker over everything, it’s safe to assume their respective gambling communities dispute the relative merits of one another’s casinos.

So which is superior? It’s hard to say. If it’s a numbers game, then the two are all tied-up at three casinos apiece. If Glasgow has the edge over the capital, it’s because, while all of Edinburgh’s venues belong to the Genting chain, the Clydesiders have three very different facilities at their disposal.

Not only that but, in the Corinthian Club, the hometown of Billy Connolly and Sir Alex Ferguson can lay claim to an establishment to rival any entertainment complex of its size anywhere in the United Kingdom.

For a city that didn’t used to be recognised for its beauty, the attractiveness of Glasgow’s venues ought also to be mentioned. The Alea in particular, what with its wonderful Clydeside setting, is an establishment to reckon with.

Glasgow’s gritty industrial past is exactly that. Its stylish future is neatly signposted by its trio of world-class casinos.

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Alea Casino

Springfield Quay, Paisley Road, Glasgow G5 8NP

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  Opening times:  12pm-4am Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-6am Sunday-Tuesd

  Telephone:  0141 555 6100


  •   Stunning location
  •   Popular bar
  •   Superb seafood restaurant
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Of the many things to like about the Glasgow Alea, a special mention must go to the wonderful views it commands of the Clyde. Sure, scenery mightn’t be your main reason for visiting but it’s sure to be one of things you’ll recall about what’s sure to be a memorable night. Others include the Red Leaf, a seafood restaurant which proudly boasts a range of local produce, and the Long Bar where you’ll find a cocktail menu to rival any in the city. As for the rewards scheme, the poker tournaments and the private room hire, they’re the thoughtful additions one expects from Alea. But if you hadn’t already been won over before you became aware of these, then gambling and good times clearly aren’t your thing.

Corinthian Club Casino

191 Ingram Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1DA

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

  Telephone:  0141 552 1101


  •   Private poker tables
  •   Kalooki and Mahjong tables
  •   Five bars
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Now here’s a real piece of work. The Corinthian Club features a casino, a brasserie, five bars, seven events halls and 14 rooms for hire. Spread over five stylish floors, it’s the sort of place where, no matter what your idea of fun, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for your palate. Gamblers are particularly well looked after since the Corinthian offers such rarely encountered casino offerings as Mahjong and the Caribbean gin rummy variant Kalooki. You can also hire private poker tables and, should you not feel like walking backwards and forwards to the bar, you can hire a private one of those two! So whether you’re an avid gambler or someone in constant search of a good time, Corinthian spirit of the sort offered by this Glaswegian institution deserves to be sampled by everyone.

Genting Princes Casino

528 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3LW

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  Opening times:  12pm-6am Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0141 3328 171


  •   City centre location
  •   Excellent Asian restaurant
  •   Superb transport links
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Not content with its Edinburgh monopoly, Genting has also got in on the casino action in Glasgow. Situated on the legendary Sauchiehall Street – always fun to pronounce after a night on the sauce – the Glasgow Genting isn’t just easy to find but it’s also incredibly well served by public transport. As for the venue’s big selling points, the dedicated poker room is a major plus, while the recently refitted Hou Mei restaurant offers cuisine from all four corners of Asia. Meanwhile, the excellent bar scores additional points for the ‘Graze & Play’ menu which is rapidly becoming a feature of all Genting facilities. A fine place then and proof positive that, north of the border, Genting is the undisputed casino king.