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U.K. Casino Expands Poker Room By Nine Tables To Cater To Growing Demand

Room Becomes One Of Largest Outside Of London

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One of the largest gambling parlors in the north of England is beefing up its poker offerings.

Leeds’ Victoria Gate Casino said in a press release that it now has “one of the biggest poker rooms outside of London.” The casino told Card Player that nine additional tables were added to the room earlier this month, nearly doubling the total.

Patrick Noakes, Managing Director at Victoria Gate Casino, said that the property is “delighted to be enhancing” its poker offerings “in response to demand.”

“Poker is massively popular in Leeds, so we’re very excited to be launching the largest poker room in Yorkshire—and one of the biggest outside of London—right here in the city," he added.

The Victoria Gate Casino is one of about 150 casinos in England, according to a May 2017 report from the country’s Gambling Commission. Gamblers in the U.K. now spend £13.8 billion a year, which is at record levels. The Commission didn’t release data on poker revenue specifically.

England has about 600 poker tables spread between about 70 brick-and-mortar rooms. The number of tables is about the same as the U.S. state of Nevada.

Poker in the U.K. could experience growth from a partnership with the state of New Jersey. The two jurisdictions are presumably still in talks about sharing their online poker player pools, after it was made public in mid-2016 that discussions had started.