Newcastle casinos

Is the Toon on song when it comes to gambling?

It’s given the world a lot, Newcastle. The great British gangster movie Get Carter, Gazza, Lindisfarne, Gazza *and* Lindisfarne, VIZ Comic, Byker Grove, Ant and/or Dec – it’s quite a cultural heritage.

As anyone who’s been there can testify, Newcastle has also hosted some of the greatest nights out ever had in the United Kingdom. But away from the Bigg Market, what does the home of Brown Ale and St James’s Park have to offer the betting crowd?

Quite a lot as it happens. Okay, so there are only three casinos in town, but since two of them belong to the prestigious Genting and Grosvenor chains, quality is all but assured. That the Geordies are among the most affable people in the country further ensures that a friendly welcome and excellent service can be banked upon, too.

The fact that Alan Shearer and Sting’s hometown should have such excellent gambling facilities isn’t so surprising when you consider the city’s sporting heritage. Horse racing, a greyhound stadium, a football team only a fool would put their house on – it really is something of a punters’ paradise. And of course, even if your boat doesn’t come in, you couldn’t have a better town in which to drown your sorrows.

Yes, the town itself runs black and white, but if you’re more concerned about red and black, the town by the Tyne is your ideal destination. Put another way, get ready to enjoy a fine time with our friends in the north.

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Aspers Casino

The Gate, Newgate Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5TG

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0191 255 0400


  •   Multi-story gaming floor
  •   A la carte restaurant
  •   Wide range of casino favourites
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

In Mike Hodges’ Get Carter, many of the key scenes take place in and around a multi-storey car park. We mention this only because Aspers is a multi-story casino. Covering three floors and 45,000 square feet, it’s a truly colossal establishment with an appropriately broad range of games. There’s also an a la carte restaurant, a brace of bars and live entertainment to contend with. ‘The fun never stops at Aspers’ reads the slogan. All the evidence suggests this is anything but hyperbole.

G Casino St James Boulevard

100 St James Boulevard, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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  Opening times:  24 hours, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  0191 260 3303


  •   Quality restaurant
  •   Packed poker tournament schedule
  •   Sports bar
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Another chain establishment, but again one that offers the gambler the sort of experience sure to have him or her coming back for more. Okay, so it’s not the easiest place to find, but if you’re willing to break out a map, you’re in for one of the best nights out that Newcastle – the capital city of the great night out – has to offer. A stylish bar, live sports, a restaurant that offers a welcome alternative to the local Asian restaurants – no end of thought has gone into making this Grosvenor extra special. The poker tournament schedule is also very impressive, with four nights each week given over to satisfying the card sharps. That said, providing you have a pulse, you’re bound to have a great time at the Newcastle Grosvenor G.

Genting Casino Forth Street

Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3N

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

  Telephone:  0191 232 0900


  •   Close to Central Station
  •   Free midnight Chinese buffet
  •   Special tournaments and events
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Located behind the city’s Central Station, this link in the Genting casino chain was purpose built for fun and entertainment. With its superb location and ample parking, it’s little wonder the Newcastle branch has been a big hit with locals and tourists alike. As is standard to Genting casinos, there’s a Fahrenheit Restaurant for those looking for a fine dining experience, plus a well-appointed bar serving lighter meals. On the gambling front, the Newcastle Genting deserves great credit for the effort it puts into promoting special tournaments and events. Heck, there’s even a free midnight Chinese buffet on Mondays for the most hard-bitten of punters. In short, a Toon experience that should be music to every gamblers’ ears.