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Lightbulb Chemin-de-Fer in London

On this thread I've mentioned gaming clubs first opening in Scotland in the late 50's, with the first major establishment in England believed to be in Brighton during the Summer of 1962. However... It appears that the capital really should be regarded as the real birthplace of Britain's casino industry.


chemmy 1962
https://vimeo.com/51218815

chemmy 1962 from Seamus Murphy on Vimeo.




The film above can be seen archived at ITN Source but note the date
CHEMIN-DER-FER CASINO
http://www.itnsource.com/en/shotlist...8/FS080162005/
Date: 08 January 1962
For those interested, the attractive lady conducting the interview is Liz Kenrick.



This one featuring Crockford's is earlier...

CHEMIN-DE-FER AT CROCKFORDS CLUB
http://www.itnsource.com/en/shotlist...12/FS121261001
Date: 12 December 1961


The Brighton opening film is from the Summer of 1962.

GAMBLING CASINO FOR BRIGHTON
http://www.itnsource.com/en/shotlist...1/VS010662010/
Date: 01 June 1962

Excellent shots of the games which were designed to comply with the law at the time and interviews with trainee croupiers and management.


Of course John Aspinall also had his travelling Chemin-de-Fer games in the late 1950's so for those looking for action without taking the boat train to France there was probably always a game to be found somewhere


John Aspinall - March 1958 Trial
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John Aspinall - March 1958 Trial




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Lightbulb Port Talbot in Wales

Another update and perhaps more confusion as to when and where was the opening and location of Britain's first casino.

We now have to include Port Talbot in Wales as a contender.

Check out the following links with research done by the grandson of George Alfred James who was the owner of the Kingsway Casino in Southport who passed away in 1976.


The Father of British Casinos: The George Alfred James Story
http://www.livecasino.co.uk/resource...d-james-story/


October 2013
Story of Port Talbot man who changed the world of gambling has been uncovered
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co...ail/story.html

Stories of glamorous casino era given another spin of the wheel
http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/St...ail/story.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsway,_Southport
www.kingswaycasino.com

Some interesting information in the two articles including the donation from Lee Trevino when he won the British Open in 1971 and the setting up of the Casino onboard the Empress of Canada. The vessel later became Carnival Cruise Line's first ship the TSS Mardi Gras and ran aground on it's maiden voyage from Miami in March 1972.


Lee Trevino @ Royal Birkdale 1971
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Lightbulb Mayfair Club February 1961

It looks as though the quest to find the first legal casino in Britain has now been solved. It was at the Mayfair Club in Berkeley Square and opened in February 1961.

Here's the coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald via Google Newspaper Archive.


February 1961 - London's first casino
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Photographic proof on eBay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-Press-P...-/350951601000

Single Chemin de Fer table with a fee charged per session to ensure a game of equal chance.

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Addendum.
The Grandson of George James has contacted me and we've swopped some information. He points out that the club in Mayfair seemed only to have Chemin de Fer. His grandfather opened in Port Table with live entertainment, dancing, fine dining and a full compliment of games including Roulette which many at the time thought was risky.

I'm sure we'll have more correspondence so hopefully I'll have some images and more newspaper reports to share shortly.
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As of early 1983 both the casino at the Metropole Hotel and the International Sporting Club on Preston Street next door were in operation, I'm not sure when the hotel casino finally closed. The ISC had opened on April 2nd 1982 (Falklands War anyone?) and we had been in training waiting for the transfer of the license from Corals. As our gaming licenses came through one by one we were told we were going to do some odd shifts at the Hotel before the ISC opened. Hence my first night working as a dealer in 1982 was at the Metropole Hotel - I can remember them scratching at the doors in reception at five till eight while I stood trembling at the roulette table closest to them - aaagghhh!!!!!!
I do remember and often talk of the two and six chips Thorndyke mentions above - they were plum colored and each table had one stack to use as an odd 25p when coloring up. What was amazing about them was that they were made of slate, twenty seven years later, still the finest chips I have handled.
Got that right Moike :-)

I worked at the Brighton International 1983/1984. Quite often on arriving at work we were sent over to help out at the Metropole. The manager was called Henry.

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