Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Day Betting Spree Set to Hit [Pounds Sterling]500,000 at UK's Biggest Casino

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Day Betting Spree Set to Hit [Pounds Sterling]500,000 at UK's Biggest Casino

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Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor

MORE than [pounds sterling]500,000 is expected to be gambled at tables and on slot machines today as Britain's biggest casino opens its doors.

Aspers Casino at the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre opened at noon. The 65,000 sq ft gambling complex will do business around the clock all through the year except for Christmas Day.

Richard Noble, chief operating officer, said he expected about 5,000 people on the first day. Customers are expected to spend around [pounds sterling]100 each on average with winnings of about [pounds sterling]80. He said: "It's a bit like a 24-hour Asda, you will always see people walking around at any time."

There will be two free draws on the first day, one at 5pm and another at 1am, with total prizes of about [pounds sterling]10,000.

Wins are capped at [pounds sterling]4,000 on the slot machines and [pounds sterling]50,000 on the sports betting games, but are unlimited on the gaming tables. …

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