A new £7.6 million casino has opened its doors in the Black Country.
Called Casino 36, the new venue is based in the heart of Wolverhampton city centre and has created 100 jobs.
Casino 36 is one of just eight venues across the country to receive a small casino premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005.
Owner Adrian Ballard said: "This has been a long and involved process and we are delighted that all the hard work of everyone involved has now come to fruition.
"It has been more than a little stressful and difficult at times but I have been extremely pleased with the advice and actions of Peter and his team."
Under the terms of the licence, Casino 36 will contribute £36,000 towards counselling programmes for problem gamblers and their families, and community initiatives.
A 'small casino', as defined by the act, is actually far larger than most existing casinos.
They must have a minimum table gaming area of 5,380 sq ft and a minimum non-gambling area of half of that.
Peter Adkins, head of the regulatory team at Birmingham law firm Emms Gilmore Liberson, worked on the deal to bring the casino to Wolverhampton.
He said: "It has been very satisfying to see the project through to conclusion.
"The complications of handling one of the very few new casino licence applications made the job very interesting.
"The licensing team at City of Wolverhampton council were very supportive throughout."
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