Jackpot! 133 jobs and £4 million investment for new casino

A £4 million casino expansion, creating up to 133 new jobs and making it one of the biggest in the West Midlands, is poised to get the go-ahead.

This exclusive image shows how the new Casino 36 in Wolverhampton would look.

City licensing chiefs are being recommended to approve the awarding of a new casino licence to applicants Casino 36 Ltd next week.

It would see the company's existing Rubicon Casino in Temple Street revamped and expanded into the vacant neighbouring former Dorchester nightclub.

Games including roulette, blackjack and three card poker, as well as up to 80 slot machines and 100 standalone electronic terminals would be on offer.

A new poker area, big enough to host televised tournaments, is also planned along with restaurants, a sports bar, pool, snooker and darts areas.

The building's roof will also be able to transform into an open air sky terrace.

In 2008, Wolverhampton City Council was one of 16 local authorities given powers by Parliament to award a licence for a casino under the 2005 Gambling Act.

It had been a two horse race between Casino 36 Ltd and Wolverhampton Racecourse, which was bidding to create the country's first ever 'racino'.

But it emerged earlier this year that the Racecourse had pulled out of he running.

The licence is recommended for approval at a meeting on June 25.

Regeneration chief Councillor Pete Bilson said: "This casino will bring hundreds of jobs, millions of investment and a facility that will be one of regional significance in the heart of a regeneration area."