A landmark Blackpool casino has been dealt a whole new look with a half a million pound make-over.
The Genting Casino has had a complete revamp inside while preserving the traditional period features of the North Shore listed building.
The building has been a casino for 25 years and was previously known as the Castle Casino and part of the Stanley group. It was taken over by the Genting group around eight years ago.
It employs 72 part time and full time staff with opening hours from noon to 6am.
Robin Sherwood, marketing north manager, said: “It had not had any investment in the fabric of the building for around 10 years and although still loved it needed some TLC.
“There has been no major structural work but we have a new reception, the restaurant area has been transformed and it has new decor.
“It is more of a club than just a casino, people can come in for a meal or a drink and don’t have to play on the tables or roulette at all.
“We are very proud of our grill menu and we offer cocktails. The club is something a bit different for Blackpool.”
He said Genting, which is pronounced with a hard G, comes from the Malaysian for ‘above the clouds’ and was founded 65 years ago as a destination resort.
The Blackpool club can cater for 384 people with live tables such as American roulette, blackjack and poker plus electronic machines which can have up to 30 different games on them.
“We have quite a community here. People enjoy different things. On a Tuesday night the restaurant has a special Chinese food offer, we get a lot of people from the Chinese community coming in so we also offer free mahjong.
“Poker is very popular and we had 111 players here on Wednesday night for a £2,000 competition. The croupiers on the roulette tables need phenomenal mental agility, they have to deal with up to eight players betting with chips or cash, its a real skill. Our croupier school lasts a minimum of six weeks.”
Duty manager Susan Taylor has worked there for 18 years and is a fully trained croupier.
She said: “Every day is different and exciting. Being a croupier is not as easy as it looks. You have to be good at doing many things at once and have to be a people person. You also need a good pair of shoes because you are on your feet a lot!”