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|London Misses Out on Casino Jackpot|
- Millennium Dome ignored in favour of Manchester
LONDON has been passed over as the site for Britain's first supercasino, in favour of Manchester.
The Millennium Dome was London's candidate venue for the giant gambling den and was considered joint favourite for the government award, along with Blackpool, but Manchester slipped through the middle to land the three cherries.
Candidate towns and cities saw the arrival of a supercasino as a chance to revive often run-down areas via the influx of gamblers, providing investment and jobs.
Critics are concerned new, mass-market casinos will encourage gambling addiction among those least able to afford it and will also leave a trail of crime in the surrounding areas.
As well as the supercasino, which will be allowed up to 1,250 slot machines with unlimited jackpots, the government also announced the sites of 'large' casinos (150 slot machines; UKP4,000 maximum jackpot) and 'small' casinos (80 slots, UKP4,000 max.).
Among the large casino sites handed licences was East London borough Newham.
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