A soon to be built super casino in Southampton is facing stiff competition from bidders in the final stages of the competition. In a recent meeting with the city councilors where the bids were supposed to be short-listed, all bidding parties successfully qualified for the next phase.

Who were the bidders?

Seven bids were offered by five firms to build the super casino including Global Gaming Ventures, Aspers, Grosvenor, Genting Casinos UK Ltd and Kymeira Casino Ltd. Eight licenses for large scale casinos are currently available, including a roster of 30 blackjack as well as poker tables and 150 slot machines each.

The upcoming super casino is most likely to be located in the Royal Pier, a new development worth about £450 million. However, two more sites are also under consideration owing to the bids made by two of the casino giants. Grosvenor proposed the Leisureworld Complex located at West Quay Road whereas Global Gaming Ventures showed support for Watermark WestQuay.

Latest city council meeting

In the recent city council meeting in Southampton, the licensing committee considered the merits of all seven bids and decided to approve all seven to the final stage of the bidding process. Matt Tucker, chairman of the licensing committee commented that the council considered whether the bids and the bidders met the licensing criteria for the super casino. Adding that the team was satisfied with all seven bids, Tucker said that the committee was going to impose many conditions on building the super casino to maintain its standards.

The councillor also added that the committee wishes the winner to focus on hiding the interiors of the casino from outsiders. The final decision for the super casino will be made by June 2015.