We visited the casino on a Saturday night in November, on first appearance; it is fantastic and a real gem for casino lovers, hundreds of slot machines to choose from with loads of different table games, both manual and electronic.
We had a walk around and everyone was having fun, whoops and cheers coming from people winning and it seemed like a great place.
We queued for a while to get a drink, it seemed like the norm as people before us mentioned they were buying multiple drinks as they didn’t know when they were going to get served again.
Sitting at machines, we were surprised that there was no waiter service (this is reserved for table players only, why have so many slot machines if you are not going to value them the same). I was also surprised that tea, coffee and soft drinks were chargeable, I have visited a lot of UK casinos and I have never had to pay for a coke while playing.
We were playing on an old favourite that our local casino doesn’t have any more, the machine we chose was about 4-5 meters away from the entrance to the nightclub (this was not separated at all, no doors and no staff between the two.
After about 10 minutes on the machine, an almightily fight broke out on in the nightclub (right on the threshold), which inevitably spilled out into the casino (causing us and many other people to flee from our machines). I kid you not, I have never seen a fight like it, there were about 10 people involved, bottle and glasses were thrown and one woman even took her belt off and starting attacking people with the buckle end.
This went on for AT LEAST 3-4 minutes before any security arrived. And even then, it was 2 men who then got set on themselves, after another few minutes, more staff arrived and the fight was moved out of the casino.
This place is in desperate need of more security staff and they need to stand between the casino and the nightclub (or section it off with doors), we were allowed in without identification or bag checks.
We won’t be visiting again, which a MASSIVE disappointment as we were so is looking forward to visiting, we travelled all the way from Nottingham just for the Casino. The fight incident soured the whole evening for us, we didn’t go to a nightclub, we went to a casino and expected to have a fun evening gambling with a few drinks. Never again
Visited November 2012
Aspers is the new “supercasino” built in the new westfield. Unlike many other casinos in london (who are either classy and expensive or small and dingy) this casino is big and flashy, and it always seems to be busy – no matter what time of day it is. I actually find it stranger for someone to be in a casino at 1pm than I do at 6am, but I’m guessing they came in to buy some new shoes and nipped in for a quick game of blackjack or a couple of pulls on the one armed bandit.
The casino is quite impressive and seemed to have a large variety of table and slot games. There’s also a bar that overlooks the olympic statdium – it’s worth the trip just to go and have a drink up there!