The Hippodrome Casino London
By the time the lease on the Hippodrome ran out on holder Charmaine Heig, the venue was once again a theatre, hosting the adult cabaret show La Clique. The Leicester-based Thomas Family took up the lease and began massive renovation – estimated at £40 million (approximately $62.5 million) – of the space. When an apartment building in the adjacent lot became available, the Thomases snapped it up as well; this quadrupled the floor space of the venue – and what would become four floors’ worth of gaming space ready for the grand opening in July 2012.
Upon opening the Hippodrome Casino, then-London mayor Boris Johnson touted it as an example of economic potential in the big city: “another ringing endorsement of London as a great place to invest.”
Spread out throughout the aforementioned four floors of gambling space are 45 table games plus 123 electronic gaming machines, including a couple dozen slot machines. Within the Gold Room casino located on the bottom floor puts the accent of Asian games like Pai Gow and Sic Bo, the other floors have tables devoted to three-card poker, blackjack, roulette and the like. Lots more roulette is available on the dozens of electronic roulette games.
No minimum bet! Fantastic!
You bet (so to speak) and, like most everything else that’s ever graced the interiors of the Hippodrome, it’s a big deal. So to speak.
PokerStars Live was opened in March 2013 as a partner venture between the Thomas Family’s operation and the website which touts itself as the world’s largest poker site. The 20-table venue offers regular cash games and tournaments in Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha variations. Home to the UK & Ireland Poker Tour, this poker room also plays host to other serious big-money events and televised stops on international poker tours.
Both are open 24/7 and are closed only for major holidays such as Christmas.
As a century-old performance space, the theatrical arts are still hosted in the Matcham Room cabaret theatre. On a long regular contract for the venue is the burlesque show Boom & Bang Circus.
Sure! For reasonably-priced food and drinks, check out the Hellot Steak House and Heliot Cocktail Bar & Lo