Heading Out to Essex’s Finest Casinos
Essex is home to some of the finest casinos in the U.K. With three main casinos in the Southend-on-Sea are, and several smaller gaming venues throughout the county, Essex has the casino culture covered. We did some research to find out just which are the best in and around the area and what the different offerings are for punters.
Essex’s casino hub is Southend-on-Sea, which is developing a reputation as being the best place to go for casinos in the South East. With easy access to London by train it is attracting gamblers and party goers from London too. Southend’s casinos all are located close to the sea front, and they’ve made the headlines in recent years. In 2010, one punter took home £200,000 in blackjack at Maxims Casino, Westcliff. He was £50,000 in debt at the time, and entered a blackjack tournament that was being played simultaneously in 12 casinos across the UK. He shared some of the winnings among his friends! Let’s run through the top casinos in Essex:
First up is the picturesque Rendezvous Southend. Situated at the Eastern Esplanade, which offers you everything from roulette to three-card poker plus a host of progressive electronic slot machines where you can win up to £20,000, the casino also houses several bowling alleys where you can stretch your legs.
Additionally, they offer guests regular live entertainment at their select bars. As well as card tables and roulette, the casinos also run popular slot machines.
Genting Casino, Westcliff
Then there is the Genting Casino in Westcliff. Not far from the Rendezvous and situated at the Western Esplanade, it’s probably the most well known casino in the area. Opening in 1987, it is one of the oldest establishments of its kind in the area; however, in 2012, after being refurbished, it changed its name from Maxims to Genting, and the TOWIE gang helped open it. The casino is open 24 hours a day for Live Gaming, Slots and Electronic Roulette!
Besides offering all the legacy table games to punters like blackjack and baccarat, the casino also has a world-class restaurant called Fahrenheit, which offers guests a high-quality dining experience.
- Address: The Western Esplanade, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 7QY
- Tel: +44 (0) 1702 352 919
- Web: https://www.gentingcasino.com/casinos/casino/genting-casino-westcliff/
Grosvenor Casino, Southend-on-Sea
Finally, there is the Grosvenor Casino, which is situated between the Rendezvous and the Genting. The Grosvenor company has a total of 53 sites across the U.K., but this one is situated at the three-star hotel The Park Inn by Radisson Palace. So, if you want to rest your head in style after night’s winnings, then they can make it happen. The Grosvenor is the only casino to have a 24/7 sports bar where you can watch all the Premier League football, rugby, and cricket you like.
- Address: Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
- Tel: 01702 411610
- Web: https://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/southend-on-sea
Admiral Casino, Romford
If you’re looking for selective slot-based only experiences, you can always head to intimate venues like the Admiral Casino in Romford or the slew of Gala Bingo centres in places such as Basildon and Colchester. “If you’re looking for the ultimate electronic slots experience available in Essex, there’s no better place to visit than Admiral.” Before you go, make sure you’re nifty with the rules.
- Address: 54 South Street, RM1 1RB
- Tel: 01708 769008
- Web: http://www.admiralslots.co.uk/venue/admiral-romford/
Diamond Fun Casino, Braintree
If you are thinking of casino for a corporate event, then you can hire one to come to you. Diamond Fun Casino Hire offer Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Chuck a Luck, Texas Hold’em & Stud Poker, as well as other fun games such as Giant Scalextric and photo booth hire. “The UK’s finest fun casino company for over 20 years”
- Tel: 01376 325199 or 0845 652 0908
- Web: https://www.diamondfuncasino.co.uk/
Chelmsford City Racecourse ‘Racino’, Great Leighs
Finally, if you’re keen to know about one of the most exciting casino developments in Essex for 2018, then head north from Southend to Great Leighs, which lies just 5 miles north of Chelmsford where they will soon be cutting the ribbon on a new casino over at the Chelmsford City Racecourse. A £50 million addition to the racecourse, which will rival Southend’s elite group of casinos, they’re calling this the U.K.’s first ‘Racino’ and it will open in 2018.