The British Casino Awards

February 6th saw the industry celebrate the first British Casino Awards, held at London’s Hippodrome Casino…

The venue.

It was a night designed to celebrate the best of the British casino industry, with fine food and drinks, good company, and a polished awards ceremony with a superb host in comedian Ian Moore.

A significant amount of money (£1290, $250 and €20) was also raised on the night for charity CHIPS through donations; and in an utterly wonderful gesture, Genting pledged to fund an entire powered wheelchair for the charity.

The Hippodrome’s Simon Thomas mid-tale.

We would also like to acknowledge the work of our esteemed judging panel, who also presented awards on the night. The group comprises Linda Lindsay (CHIPS), Tracy Damestani (National Casino Forum), Colleen Hickson (National Gaming Academy), Jimmy Howard (independent marketing projects consultant), and Julian Harris (Harris Hagan law firm). Julian’s place was taken on the evening of the awards by his law firm partner John Hagan.

Here’s to next year’s event – more news on that soon…

The winners:

Independent UK Casino Operator of the Year: The Hippodrome Casino, London

Highly commended: Aspinalls


Multiple UK Casino Operator of the Year: Grosvenor Casinos

Highly commended: Aspers Group


Overall Casino Operator of the Year: Grosvenor Casinos

Highly commended: Aspers Group


European Casino Operator of the year: Admiral

Highly commended: Casinos Austria


Best UK Marketing Programme: Grosvenor Casinos, Goliath Poker

Highly commended: Aspers World Launch, Aspers Group


Best UK Casino Customer Service: Grosvenor Sheffield – customer service hub

Highly commended: The Hippodrome Casino, London


Best UK Casino Restaurant: The Hippodrome Casino, Heliot Steak House, London

Highly commended: The Colony Club, Genting UK


National Casino Forum Diversity Award: Aspers Group/Aspers Westfield

Highly commended: Grosvenor Casinos


CHIPS Corporate Community Engagement Award: Aspers Westfield Stratford City


Best UK Table Gaming Product, Including ETG: Ace King Suited Progressive, Grosvenor

Highly commended: Evolution Gaming – Live Roulette from Grosvenor Victoria


Best UK CMS/Software Product: NEON (Playtech/Intelligent Gaming)

Highly commended: SENSE (Software for Data Analysis Ltd)


Rising Star Award: Paul Baines, Grosvenor Casinos

Highly commended: Mark Stothard, Grosvenor Casinos


CHIPS Community Engagement Award: Irene Nuqui, Genting UK


Lifetime Achievement Award: Mr Richard Wade