Forget Caesars Palace; six unnamed gaming firms are currently bidding to bring a slice of Vegas to London’s Alexandra Palace, or Ally Pally as it is affectionately known. The Victorian landmark in the north of the city has seen better days and has struggled with debts since a fire in 1981 meant extensive restoration work. But if the multi-million dollar bid is to reach fruition the grand old exhibition centre once may again see a touch of the high life and could be transformed into a giant casino by 2010.
Ally Pally will be one of a number of venues, including the Millennium Dome, which will be transformed into Vegas-style casinos following the imminent relaxation of UK gambling laws. The new law will approve the introduction of slot machines offering unlimited prizes.