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After we opened nearly one month ago, one lucky winner has driven away a brand new Audi Q5 car worth a staggering £40,000 after our prize draw on 30 September.
The prize draw was made on Monday night by Olympic medal-winning badminton star Gail Emms inside the venue at Xscape. Over a thousand people were there on the night to see if they would be the name drawn out from the thousands of entries collected since the casino opened on 5 September.
In the end the winner was Andrew Brisland from Milton Keynes and they were elated to know they get to go and choose their very own, brand new car, from Milton Keynes Audi.
Andrew commented on the night “It’s still really hard to believe, I was concentrating on my poker game and then I heard ‘Andrew’ being called out and thought that would be funny, then I heard my surname! It’s hard to explain the feeling, nothing like this ever happens to me. Winning a car is life changing, even at my age.”
General Manager at The Casino MK, Nigel Hartland said after the draw “We wanted to do something big to celebrate our very successful opening in Milton Keynes and you can’t get much bigger than giving away a brand new car. We hope that Mr Brisland enjoys his new Audi and maybe comes back to visit us again soon.”
The Casino MK is the largest casino outside London and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a non-membership casino providing live gaming and all-round entertainment in a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere to anyone over 18 years old. For gamers there is a wealth of opportunity including 108 slot machines, 22 gaming tables, 76 electronic gaming terminals and a Poker room to seat 150 players. Plus there is a restaurant and sports bar for you to enjoy a fantastic night out.
Photo: Andrew Brisland (centre) celebrates his win with The Casino MK General Manager Nigel Hartland (R) and Olympic badminton star Gail Emms (centre)
More than ever now I know that customers are going to be absolutely knocked out when they walk in through our doors for the first time. One of my colleagues who’s worked at casinos all over the world has said he’s never seen an entrance with such a “wow factor” anywhere else. It really will be breath-taking.
It’s amazing how when you’re going through a major building programme like this you get utterly fixated on the kind of details you normally take for granted. For instance, it can’t be normal for me to know that there are 1100 individual light fittings in our glittery new casino with thirty-nine custom-made chandeliers, designed just for us and brought all the way from Barcelona in Spain to perfectly illuminate the gaming area. It took a full two days to bring them here overland at a distance of 924 miles. I’m proud to say 98% of those are energy efficient with half a kilometre (or a third of a mile if you prefer) of LEDs. The fittings themselves include 7642 (and no I haven’t counted them) individual pieces of glass all of which had to be hung by hand (and no, not my hand). As for cables – just don’t get me started on cables. Just to say there are enough computer cables, and fire alarm cables and power cables and data cables and security system cables and.. well.. you get the idea – enough cables to reach from the casino to Oxford and back again – more than 142 kilometres (88 miles in old money).
Of course what this all adds up to is a casino which will be kitted out as well if not better as any casino anywhere in the world, and it’s oh so nearly ready to roll.
There’s a whiff of paint in the air at The Casino MK. That’s great news as it means that every day our wonderful new entertainment venue at Xscape is looking more like its true self and less like a building site. The contractors have been working incredibly hard. I mentioned that the carpet was already down in our 150 seat Poker Room; now pretty much everywhere is carpeted which makes an enormous difference to the ambience of the place. As you can see if you take a look at the most recent video the lights are being installed all over the premises as well which really adds to the general look and feel of a casino.
In the Sports Bar the 24 monitors which will make up our giant video wall have been set in place. Good job we’re not in the building yet as with the Ashes going on we’d struggle not to sit down with a cold beer and enjoy the view! Staff training is coming on nicely and our new colleagues are really starting to show great promise. It’s obvious when you talk to them that they’re really excited about the opening in September and just can’t wait to get working in front of real customers.
The next few days will see another key milestone in the fitting out process. We will start taking delivery of our various gaming machines which we know will be extremely popular with our new customers. There are so many of them it’s likely to take a full fortnight for all of them to arrive and to be installed - quite a job. With 108 slot machines, 22 live gaming tables, 76 electronic gaming terminals and 4 sports betting terminals we will be keeping the electricians busy. Hopefully, it will make a nice change from putting up lights!
Fifteen students from Milton Keynes College went head to head to win a coveted prize to design the staff uniforms for the new casino which, when it opens later in the year, will be the largest in the country outside London.
In an exclusive competition organised by The Casino MK for Milton Keynes College students, 18-year-old Stephanie Czoboriek pipped the other students to be first past the post. Damian Aspinall, Aspers Chairman was very impressed by the standard of entries and chose the winning design for the casino’s staff uniforms.
Stephanie said that winning the competition had been a wonderful experience and given her an insight into how the world of fashion design works. "It was really good to be provided with such an amazing opportunity and then to be the winner of the chosen designs is crazy. It was fascinating going to the studio and seeing all my designs as samples and was really beneficial as a student to see it in a real life situation. I'm so pleased that they have chosen my designs and I cannot wait to go and see people actually wearing them when the casino opens."
Entrants to the competition had been asked by Aspers for a design that would become the inspiration behind the final uniform. Essential adjustments will now be made so the outfits are practical for day-to-day wear by the casino's 250 staff. Carolyne Hirsch, Managing Director of John Marks Uniforms said “Stephanie and some of her fellow students came to visit and experience a working factory. We also gave her the opportunity to try on the croupier's dress she had designed and understand the adaptations we had made to it. They were really excited and thrilled to see the finished product.”
Fashion and Clothing Lecturer with the College, Hilary Hutchinson, said that the competition and visit to the John Marks Uniform factory was a huge boost to the students’ future careers. “It was really amazing to visit the studio and see Stephanie's designs made into an entire collection. The students have been given an invaluable first-hand experience to work as professional designers for a real client. We were also lucky enough to visit the factory where many of the garments will be made, and see the entire production process. An opportunity such as this is invaluable to aspiring designers and will be a massive boost to their CVs.”
Nigel Hartland, General Manager at The Casino MK said that the competition was the result of a close working relationship with the college “In the last six years we have developed a thriving relationship with the College and were pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to their students. They created some fantastic designs which they should be proud of. Stephanie's winning design has been used to inspire the new uniform which our staff will be wearing when the casino opens. We fully intend to continue working in partnership with the College and offering opportunities to the next generation in Milton Keynes.”
It’s been a week of hard hat tours at The Casino MK. Now that the venue is nearing completion lots of people want to see it for themselves. We had some great visits from the local media who were very interested in the fact that the company is creating 250 new jobs – something I’m particularly proud of. Always a pleasure to meet fellow enthusiasts. We also talked about responsible gaming and the fact that our company won the 2013 national award for being the most responsible casino operator. It’s a funny thing but people are always surprised at how seriously we take this issue. Those who have a problem with gambling need professional help, and we go to great lengths to identify any customers who might be in need and take constructive steps to help them.
Our trainee dealers are being let loose on the roulette wheels and card tables at Job Centre Plus and they seem to be having a great time. I have been in this business for a number of years and it’s great to see a young person start off in this way only to learn and grow into a professional dealer with an exciting career which really can take them all over the world.
Highlights of the week onsite have included further work in the Sports Bar where there will be a one hundred and ninety inch video wall made up of twenty four separate TV screens. Now that would have been the perfect spot for watching the Australians getting a thumping in the Ashes! On top of that, the carpet is down in the Poker Room and it looks very swish. The builders should be finished by the end of July and then the operational team can get in and we are looking forward to making The Casino MK a fantastic addition to the leisure and entertainment scene in Milton Keynes.
It’s a funny thing but you wait for what seems like ages for something to happen and all of sudden everything comes at you in a rush!
That’s how it’s felt in the long journey towards the Casino MK opening early September. If you take a look at the brilliant time lapse films on the website you can see that the builders are really on a roll now. The bar looks like, well, a bar – which is great, and they’re well on the way with the floor. You just know that any minute our new home at Xscape is going to start looking a lot less like a building site and a lot more like a casino. Being around the construction has given me the chance to take a closer look at some of the other facilities around us and I have no doubt we’re going to ‘slot’in really well into what is a vibrant and exciting leisure quarter for the city.
To prove how far we’ve come our all-important Twitter and Facebook sites are up and running and we’re already making a lot of friends in the virtual world so please don’t be shy about liking and following. Recruitment is now in full swing, so if you think you might like to come to join us you can apply via our website.
One final bit of exciting news is that while the rest of us are enjoying the summer sunshine our Head of Hospitality is already working on our special Christmas and New Year menus. He’s playing his cards very close to his chest (as any good casino expert would) but I’ll let you know if I manage to discover any of his upcoming festive secrets.
It seems like we’ve been waiting so long to get into The Casino MK at Xscape and now that the builders are really cracking on there’s something new to see on site every day. Everyone in the team is so excited watching it all take shape. It’s great for everyone involved that the project’s bang on schedule (hard hats off to the builders) and I can now reveal (roll of drums) that the opening will be early September.
We’ve put a load of great photos and some video onto the website so do take a look at them and you can see why we’re all just raring to go. Getting ready to make a big splash is thirsty work so we’re all delighted that the Tanzibar is being built this week, even though it won’t be serving cocktails for a little while yet.
The most encouraging thing is the reaction we’re getting from people round and about. We’ve had a lot of enquiries about jobs as you might expect but it’s been really heart-warming the number of people who just want to know how quickly they can get inside. Well, not long to go now. It’s going to be fantastic!
Aspers Group is delightered to have won the top award of ‘Socially Responsible Operator of the Year, Land Based’ at the prestigious International Gaming Awards, awarded at a gala dinner hosted in London this week.
Beating off stiff competition from many major International casino operators, the judges recognised that Aspers Group has gone the extra mile in implementing procedures and safeguards for consumers.
Richard Noble, COO of Aspers comments; "I am delightered that Aspers’ commitment to socially responsible gaming has been recognised at the International Gaming Awards. We have long championed the promotion of responsible gambling in the UK through our unique and now well established Community Action for Responsible Gaming (CARG)".
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