The English city of Southampton will begin accepting applications in April from companies interested in running a casino as part of a new waterfront development complex. The selection process is expected to take about 18 months. The casino will house up to 150 slot machines with prizes capped at £4,000, and up to 30 table games.
Southampton is one of eight cities permitted casinos of this size, classified as “large” under U.K. regulations. More than a dozen companies have already contacted the council about running it.
The preferred location for the project is Royal Pier, which officials consider a key to the success of a £450 million waterfront redevelopment plan. The city envisions at least two hotels at the site, together with restaurants, luxury residences and other leisure attractions.