France’s largest casino group, Partouche (PARP:FP), is committing €2m to completely overhaul its Casino de Dieppe.
It’s been a busy year so far for the French operator, having begun work on its estimated €10m open air casino in in La Ciotat in June and now the waterfront casino renovation. Located on the waterfront in Dieppe, the casino is owned by the municipal council city and will be renewing Partouche’s license for another 10 years. The renewal by the council city makes the renovation possible.
The renovation, which will take approximately six months, of the former nightclub includes creating one large space out of the existing slots room and lobby. The new space will house the entirety of the casino’s games, including the table games, which will be relocated from the first floor. Housing all of the games in one central area will enable customer identification to only one entry point, explained casino Director Frédéric Vespier, according to G3Newswire.
The hotel’s reception area will be located on the first floor of the venue. A lift, which is to be installed near the building’s main entrance, will provide access to the reception area. Events such as seminars, receptions, and banquets will have a dedicated space on the remaining area of the first floor.
The renovation is slated to be completed in time for the start of the new year.
Earlier in the year, plans were approved to relocate the casino operator’s existing license at Casino Flots Bleus to a new hotel closer to Marseille, and work began at that time on an open air casino not far from Marseille, in La Ciotat.
Large casino groups are looking to get into the casino action in Marseille. Paris being the last bastion, authorities in France are evaluating the possibility of reforming its gambling legislation, which currently bans “gambling games within 100 kilometers of Paris.” That law, which dates back to 1907, was amended 20 years later, when the Barriére Group received permission to operate a casino in Enghien-les-Bains, located within 11 kilometers North of Paris.