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Century Casino in Bath gambles on croupier school for new recruits

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Written by: Bath Chronicle | Posted 06 June 2018 7:00

Century Casino in Bath gambles on croupier school for new recruits

Brand new Century Casino in Bath is to expand its 100-strong team by taking on candidates from its croupier school, which starts this month.

The Saw Close-based entertainment spot had an impressive opening night in the city with more than 1,000 people visiting its opening night last month.

Kartini Sutoto, business development manager, said the venue had an “excellent” first week of trading and the team was looking forward to welcoming new croupiers.

She said: “The launch ran fantastically. We had around 400 VIPs attending from 6pm, then after 9pm doors opened to public.

“First week of trading has been excellent, with a lot of interest and an increase of people coming in daily.

“The diversity of people we have had coming through our doors has been particularly pleasing. We have attracted both celebrities and local Bathonians looking for a new and exciting experience.”

Century Casino currently has about 40 gaming staff, 35 hospitality staff and 20 additional maintenance security and management.

The business’ long-term aspiration is to settle in the city and become a market leader in its industry.

The croupier training school lasts around eight weeks depending on the candidate and how quickly their license is issued from the Gambling Commission.

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Ms Sutoto added: “We’re still hiring and always keen to expand the team. We will also be starting a croupier training school in the summer for anyone interested.

“The training school is done all in-house and we haven’t set a date yet but will hopefully start sometime in June.”

David James, chief executive of Visit Bath, said businesses in the city saw the casino as a “good addition” to Bath.

He said: “I get to hear a variety of stakeholder views and generally people see it as a good addition to Bath’s portfolio.

“It’s absolutely needed to add to Bath’s nightlife scene, a city can’t afford to stand still. We can’t just rely on the Roman Baths, the city would be seen as being stuck in the past.”

The casino suffered a setback last November when the original licencees, Global Gaming Ventures, pulled out of running it.

American gaming giant Century Casinos (CORR), which owns and runs casinos all over the world, was then announced as the new operator, paying £600,000 for the licence and spending £5 million on building interiors.

The gaming facility has 18 gaming tables, 35 slot machines and 24 automated live gaming terminals and forms part of a mixed leisure development, which also includes 149-bedroom Z Bath and restaurant Zizzi.

Z Hotels, self-styled as an 'independent city boutique hotel group', aims to open Z Bath at Saw Close in August.

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