Manchester casinos

The slogan reads,’ And on the sixth day, God created MANchester’. But did He remember to make any decent casinos?

There are 11 casinos in Manchester. If this sounds like a lot, it’s worth pointing out that, until quite recently, there were 14. And had things worked out a little differently, the home of Factory Records might have produced the largest casino ever seen in the UK.

Yes, it was in 2007 that the independent Casino Advisory Board awarded Manchester a license to open the country’s first ‘super casino’. Alas, plans for such a facility were ditched just 12 months later.

If Britain is ever to play host to a mega-gambling house, Manchester’s a fitting home for it. As the city that gave the world the industrial revolution, Manchester was the first place to benefit from the financial rewards that industrialisation brought with it. This meant that workers had – for perhaps the first time ever – disposable income, and one of the ways in which they wanted to dispose of it was via gambling.

From illegal games of two-up (the heads-and-tails coin toss game beloved by Australians) to legally betting on horses, greyhounds and boxing, the planet’s first betting boom took place in the city that would later produce the bouncing bomb. And the ripples from that boom can still be felt today. For away from its plethora of casinos, Manchester’s sporting heritage offers opportunities galore to fans of football, cricket and dog racing.

The modern Manchester is a very different animal to the soot-coated beast of yesteryear, however. And, likewise, the latest incarnation of its gambling culture is not only completely above-board but beautifully presented. Indeed, should you walk across the gambling floors at any of its most prestigious venues, you really could be forgiven for thinking this gambling experience was heaven sent.

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235 Casino

The Great Northern, Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4LP

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

  Telephone:  0161 828 0300


  •   Vegas-style decor
  •   Award-winning
  •   Private in-house club The Icon
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Since it’s owned by London Club International, you won’t be surprised to learn that Casino 235 is a cut above your bog-standard venue. Indeed, as you prowl the floors of this two-storey establishment, it would be easy to convince yourself you’re in Las Vegas rather than on Watson Street. That that venue has won awards won’t surprise anyone who’s visited either of its restaurants or both of its bars. Meanwhile, The Icon, a private club within Casino 235, is the sort of place where, as you walk through the door, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve entered gambling heaven.

Casino 36

36 St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1HD

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

  Telephone:  0161 666 3636


  •   Showcases Rummy
  •   Weekly Mahjong night
  •   Stockport's finest
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Set the satnav for Stockport and you could find yourself at Casino 36. Less well-appointed than some of its Manchester equivalents, the venue scores points for showcasing Rummy and Mahjong which many establishments completely ignore. Indeed, there are evenings dedicated to both games, as well as regular poker tournaments. There is also a very good restaurant offering a full a la carte menu and a range of sandwiches. No, it mightn’t offer the glamour of some big city venues, but if gambling’s the be-all and end-all for you, Casino 36 could have been designed with you in mind.

Genting Casino Bolton

Higher Bridge Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 2HA

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  Opening times:  2pm-6am Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0120 438 1811


  •   Features casino rarities such as Kalooki
  •   Dedicated Rummy table
  •   Excellent bar menu
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Again, the good people of Bolton will cry foul at being lumped in with ‘that there Manchester’. Wherever there is a Genting casino, we feel duty bound to bring it to your attention. Alas, this link in the chain loses a few points for only featuring a bar menu. Said bar, however, is well up to the standards we’ve come to expect from Genting. Likewise the range of games is wonderfully varied, including as it does such casino rarities as Kalooki and Rummy. Put another way, while Bolton might be the hometown of Peter Kay, The Phoenix Club this most definitely isn’t.

Genting Casino Salford

Cromwell Road, Castle Irwell, Salford M6 6DA

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0161 792 3794


  •   Close to Media City
  •   Superb service
  •   Typically impressive Genting standards
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

'Salford isn’t Manchester,’ the locals will proudly tell you. However, for the purpose of this survey it is, and that’s a good thing as we’d hate for you to miss out on a night at this typically excellent Genting establishment. With facilities that are standard to the chain, you can be confident on finding the same stellar service and atmosphere here as at any Genting casino. However, given its close proximity to the BBC’s Media City facility, don’t be surprised to find yourself playing a few hands of poker with Breakfast’s Bill Turnbull or spending some time at the slots with Carol the weather lady.

Genting Club Portland Street

110 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4RL

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0161 228 0077


  •   Nightly poker tournaments
  •   Acclaimed restaurant
  •   State-of-the-art decor
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Nowadays, it seems like you can’t call yourself a real city unless you have your own Genting Club. Given the size and scope of Manchester, you won’t be surprised to learn that the venue is among the finest in this chain within a chain. Offering one of the most comprehensive gambling experiences available anywhere in the north-west, the Manchester Genting Club also serves up a superb restaurant plus a bar that is the definition of 21st century cool. And if the nightly poker tournaments aren’t for you, the excellent live performances certainly should be. Apparently, the town’s footballers really like the Genting Club. We can understand why.

Grosvenor Casino Manchester Soames

35/39 George Street, Manchester M1 4HQ

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0161 236 7121


  •   Located in the heart of the city
  •   Wide variety of promotions
  •   Regular theme evenings
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

My, what a lot of Grosvenor casinos they have in and around Manchester. That the Manchester Soames venue is the most popular of said establishments stems in large part from it being located in the dead centre of town. It’s also managed to court the casual gambling crowd with an enticing range of theme evenings and promotional offers. If, on the other hand, you fancy yourself as quite the card sharp, the Grosvenor Manchester Soames is to be congratulated for taking poker incredibly series – not only are there regular tournaments but, should you prefer a particular variant, you can be pretty confident of finding it being played here. A great place for a quick after-work gamble, then.

Grosvenor Casino Salford

Riverside, 5 Derwent Street, Salford M5 4SW

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0161 839 0467


  •   FIFA XBOX tournaments
  •   Regular theme evenings
  •   Excellent range of promotions
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Salford might be on the outskirts of Manchester but there’s a definite big city feel to the local Grosvenor. Okay, so the gaming floor is pretty safe as far as its selection of games goes, but the restaurant’s a grilled food lover’s dream and the bar is a great place to either sip a cocktail or take in City or United’s latest Premiership fixture. And as with all Grosvenor venues, you’ll be rewarded if you pay regular visits to the website with its ever-changing list of events and promotions. Indeed, gamers might want to take note of the FIFA XBOX tournaments that have become a pretty big deal at the Grosvenor Salford. 

Grosvenor Casino Stockport

59 Wellington Street, Stockport, SK1 3AD

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0161 480 3037


  •   Superb service
  •   Well-appointed gaming floor
  •   Popular restaurant
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Stockport might feel a little off the beaten track to some. However, if you’ve ever enjoyed a visit to a Grosvenor Casino before, you’re certain to find something to your liking on Wellington Street. Particularly deserving of your attention is the Grosvenor Grill which, will standard to the chain, distinguishes itself by offering a wonderful range of grilled fish. And if you can tear yourself away from the gaming floor, you’ll find a bar that you might have every bit as hard a time leaving. So come to Stockport – between Casino 36 and the Grosvenor, it’s a decision we’re sure you won’t regret.

Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury

Parrswood Entertainment Centre Wilmslow Road Didsbury Manchester M20 5PG

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0161 669 7165


  •   Dedicated poker tables and tournaments
  •   Popular nightspot
  •   Good parking facilities
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

As part of the Parrswood Entertainment Centre, the Didsbury Grosvenor G has something every other casino in Manchester yearns for: excellent parking facilities. That it rubs shoulders with a range of restaurants and a multi-screen cinema also means that it’s popular with casual punters keen to extend their evening’s entertainment. The more serious gambler isn’t ignored, however. On the contrary, there are a large number of dedicated poker tables and tournament play is a daily occurrence. To stand out amidst a sea of other Grosvenor facilities is quite the challenge, but the Didsbury venue accomplishes this on account of its location and such novel promotions as a stamp card to reward regular players. Didsbury is an increasingly affluent, popular part of Manchester, and this G Casino is suitably inviting. 

Grosvenor G Casino New Road

Bury New Road, 2 Ramsgate Street, Manchester M8 9SG

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0161 831 6370


  •   Craps tables (a rarity in Manchester)
  •   Open all day, every day
  •   Lives up to 'more than just a casino' slogan
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

‘More than just a casino’. It’s a slogan you hear a lot when it comes to Grosvenor venues. While this is largely true, the casino on Bury New Road puts the gambling front and centre, not only catering to the poker crowd but providing one of the few opportunities in Greater Manchester to play Craps, a game that’s all but vanished from British gaming houses. As for the bar and restaurant, they’re standard to the chain, which is to say that they’re both top-of-the-range facilities. And like most every other casino in Manchester, the Bury New Road Grosvenor G is open all day, every day – music to the ears of hardened gamblers and casual fun-seekers alike.