Leeds casinos

Where does England’s third-largest city stand on the betting front?

“Dirty Leeds!” It’s a cry that will be familiar to many a football fan. But as the city is in far, far better shape than its underachieving side, so there’s nothing the least bit grim about Leeds’ remaining casinos.

What is undeniably unfortunate is the limited choice now available to Yorkshire casino-goers. In recent years, both the Alea and the Coral establishments have closed down, leaving punters with just two-and-a-half venues to choose between. (We’ll explain more about the half in the Grosvenor Electric entry.)

In lieu of variety stand a pair of very impressive facilities, one an independent venue with a look and feel all of its own, the other a combination of casino of the future and chain venue par excellence. That even with so little on the menu you should still be able to find something to suit your taste says a lot for the venues and their desire to placate every gambling palate to the best of their ability.

Still, it’s a shame that a city that’s in such good nick as Leeds can only offer up two casinos. Having given the world Ernie Wise, Nicola Adams, Marco Pierre White and, er, Alex Zane, it’s one of the true jewels in the kingdom’s crown. How sad then that, while the casinos it has got are very respectable, a bona fide casino scene is absent. Such an oversight serves to stain ‘dirty’ Leeds’ otherwise impeccable reputation.

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Grosvenor Electric Casino

Podium Building, Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8B

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0113 244 8386


  •   Two casinos for the price of one
  •   Critically-acclaimed restaurant
  •   UK's first 24 hour casino
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

First, a word of explanation: the Grosvenor and the Electric are two casinos that are housed within the same building. It’s on account of them occupying the same address that we’ll be reviewing them together - a fair enough move we feel since their ridiculously close proximity is among their many selling points. With the Electric being the first 24-hour casino of its kind in the UK, it can be said to lend a dash of the 21st century to the older if rather better appointed Grosvenor upstairs. Indeed, between the Grosvenor with its excellent restaurant and bar and the Electric with its state-of-the-art style, there’s plenty here for new and old skool gamblers alike.

Napoleons Casino

Westport Centre, West Street, Leeds LS3 1LX

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  Opening times:  1pm-5am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0113 244 5393


  •   Multi-purpose venue
  •   A la carte restaurant
  •   Popular party packages
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Located to the south of the University of Leeds, Napoleons is an impressive multi-purpose facility, as ideal for an a la carte meal as an evening’s poker or blackjack. Although the Leeds casino scene is anything but overcrowded, the venue has managed to stand out from the – very small – crowd by offering a range of special events and tournaments. Napoleons is particularly popular as a venue for parties with packages including cheap meals plus free drinks and gambling chips. Factor in live entertainment and you can see why this Napoleon has long ruled over the Leeds late-night scene.