The Casino MK Xspace. The long-awaited Milton Keynes branch of Aspers casinos is now open! The casino’s official name is The Casino Xspace MK. The new casino is UK’s second Vegas-style, Super-Casino. The MK casino currently offers 24 live table games, 100 slot machines, 76 electronic betting stations and 4 sports betting stations.
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Reg/Walk In: Walk in
Cashout at Machines: Coupon
Dress Code: Smart casual
Rewards Programme: Yes
Parking: Pay and Display
Address: Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate, MK9 3XS
Telephone: 44 01908 237776
At time of writing, Aspers in MK is the newest casino in the UK, and only the second to be opened under the new casino law (The 2005 Gambling Act, for those interested). And yes, that’s not a typo, it’s taken 8 years (actually 6 since the law was finalised) to get the second of a theoretical 16 casinos opened up.
The key difference to these new casinos is scale, and Aspers certainly has plenty of that. It’s kind of easy and tricky to find at the same time – the building itself is pretty straightforward, it’s a gigantic indoor ski centre called the Xscape, so if you make it into central MK, then you really can’t miss it. Once you find the Xscape, however, the casino is fairly unobtrusively on the right hand side as you face the building, as the photo shows.
Wandering in through the revolving door is an interesting experience too. It’s opaque glass, so as you push through you don’t see anything – and are probably expecting a lobby area – but you pop out into the main casino floor, which seems to stretch back forever. South point casino theater showtimes. It’s a very large site, and your eyes take a minute to adjust – luckily there’s nothing to bump into (unlike Aspers Northampton) while you are getting your bearings.
If you look at the bank of slots straight ahead, there’s what looks like a speed camera mounted on top, which is a really cunning innovation – it’s a facial recognition system, which checks your face against all the people they have either barred or who have been self excluded – handy in a site with no membership requirement (although they have constant security on the main door too).
The other big deal with these new casinos is that they are allowed a lot more slots – this site has, by my count, 108 slots and about 70 electronic terminals. As you’d expect, the slots are beautiful, shiny and new, with every game you could hope for, including an expensive looking Sex and the City 4 player rig with in-seat speakers, great if you are a fan of the four money and appearance obsessed conspicuous consumption addicted evil caricature hags. I’m not, really, in case you hadn’t guessed.
It’s a busy site, too, with indicators such as 5 ATMs (and 3 voucher redemption machines) on site giving a clue as to how much money they must be taking. There are two bars, a huge sports bar with a wall of screens at the back end (perfect for footie watching, with some great armchairs) and a slightly more upscale bar on the left as you walk in, with a smoking area including outdoor TVs – that can’t be something you see very often. The food option is a tiny restaurant next to the smaller bar, but I reckon they have built the place for gamers rather than diners, and there’s a nice looking snack / Panini etc menu for people playing.
The poker room, another massive affair, is out the back of the site, with tournaments every day except, mysteriously, Friday, and lots of cash games. Talking of cash games, I’m not sure if it’s a good sign or not – probably just a part of their launch strategy – but they give away £2K every Tuesday night at the moment in a prize draw.
It’s a great casino, and one you should definitely check out. It’s a minor pain to get to from the M1 – you’re looking at roundabouts into double figures – but it’s worth the hassle.
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In an email to staff, managing director Nigel Hartland said he was expecting a 50 per cent downturn in business due to the Covid-19 cisis.
As a result the Central Milton Keynes casino, which was open 24 hours a day before lockdown, will be closing every morning until noon. But it will still be open during the night, closing at 6am on Fridays and Saturdays and 4am on other days.
The reduction in business will be predominently caused by social distancing measures that will mean fewer people allowed at gaming tables and fewer tables in operation.
It is anitcipated that casinos could be allowed to open as early as the first week in July, when rigid social distancing rules will still be in place.
Mr Hartland's email states: 'I am writing, to advise you that we believe a redundancy situation has unfortunately arisen within the company due to the economic and business consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the prolonged period of closure of the Casino from March 2020. As a result, we believe we need to restructure to be able to reduce costs and sustain the business going forward.'
The proposed redundancies will affect everyone from croupiers and chefs to bar staff and security officers.
Mr Hartland said the 50 per cent downturn was predicted to be across the board, including table gaming, and would be the effect of a 'significantly reduced headcount' visiting the premises.
Some tables will also have to be closed due to social distancing regulations and, because sales of food and drink sales will suffer, some valet services will be scrapped and the restaurant opening hours will be reduced.
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The email states: 'We believe that the cost of operating the current valet and bar departments will outweigh the profit made on sales. We are also introducing a new Loyalty Programme which removes the complimentary drinks element of our previous scheme ultimately resulting in a drop in the demand in service requirements.'
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A selection criteria will be used to iudentify staff at risk of redunancy. There will be a consultation process and voluntary redundancies will be considered.