Genting To Close All UK Poker Rooms For Good

By Ben Hamill - June 22 2020
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Genting To Close All UK Poker Rooms For Good

Really sad news recently handed down to UK-based card playing enthusiasts is that major operator Genting will not be reopening any of its Poker rooms. All rooms situated across Genting’s 42 UK casinos will therefore remain permanently closed even after all restrictions on trade have been declared lifted by the UK government.

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Genting’s decision has not yet been officially announced, but word about the planned closures has in the meantime managed to get around thanks to a member of staff at the operator’s Genting Resorts World Casino in Birmingham having released confidential information to an online Poker news publication.

Numerous Jobs About To Be Cut

The same employee also reportedly revealed that at least 98 positions are about to be cut at Genting’s Birmingham casino. Between 20 and 50 employees will allegedly be let go by each and every one of Genting’s remaining 41 casino properties across the UK.

Word of the Poker room closures and subsequent jobs about to be lost also managed to make its way around social media early last week. A Poker room manager at a casino other than the one in Birmingham apparently on Monday took to Twitter thanking players for their support and wishing those who are about to lose their jobs the best of luck for the future.

Several people have since responded to this and various similar social media posts, with many Genting employees expressing their regret over the recent unfortunate turn of events. The online Poker publication referred to earlier on was eventually on Thursday able to get a reliable confirmation of the sad state of affairs.

Stormy Waters Ahead

What Genting has in the meantime officially announced is that despite casinos being permitted to reopen on July 4th, it is currently considering permanently closing the doors to at least 3 of its casinos. The three casinos pegged for possible permanent closure are situated in Margate, Torquay, and Bristol. What’s even worse is that members of entertainment and hospitality union GMB have since the announcement surrounding the possible closures having gone public been warned by union officials that Genting’s decision could very well be only the start of more closures to come in the near future.

Genting UK president and chief operations officer Paul Willcock in a recent letter addressed to the operator’s employees described the imminent closures as the result of the company facing major uncertainties in terms of what to expect of the future. The decisions now being considered, said Willcock, are part of an attempt at survival.

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