The man in charge of Birmingham's leisure portfolio has declared his opposition to a new super-casino for the city.
Councillor John Alden said he would not back plans for a mega-gambling complex, as a meeting which had been expected to see the city come out in favour of the proposals failed to reach a conclusion.
Rival bids for the new centres are expected from a number of venues, including Birmingham City Football Club and the National Exhibition Centre.
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Yesterday's cabinet meeting did approve the ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition's plans for a new split-site central library despite bitter criticism by leading members of the opposition Labour group.
Cabinet backing yesterday for a super-casino would have eliminated the need for the issue to go before a full council meeting.
It would also have allowed Birmingham to immediately join the race against other cities bidding for a limited number of the new licences expected to be available under the Government's relaxation of the gaming laws.
Instead, it was agreed that local party leaders would meet before a decision on whether to support the principle or a specific project. However, it was agreed that councillors would get a free vote at a future meeting and Coun Alden, the cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said he would not be supporting the plan.
"Some of us in the cabinet are not happy with casinos and I am one of those people," said Coun Alden ( Con Harborne).
"I have issues about the morals. I do not support mega-casinos. We already have about five or seven large casinos and there are lots of opportunities for people to visit them if they want to.
"There are reports that say if the Government raises the number of casinos the number of people addicted to gambling will rise to one million."
Concerns were raised during the meeting that the city would lose out to other cities which have already signalled their intention to bid.
Sir Albert Bore, the leader of the opposition Labour group, effectively ruled out his party's support for a casino at a new super-stadium being proposed by Birmingham City Football Club.
The club intends to build a casino within a new multi-purpose sports stadium located at Birmingham Wheels go-karting track in Saltley.
Sir Albert (Ladywood) said many of his colleagues would oppose a super-casino in a residential area and he opposed such a facility in a city centre location.
However, he urged the council to "link" the plans by Birmingham City FC and the NEC, which aims to anchor a multi-million pound hotel and entertainment complex on a super-casino at its Bickenhill site.
He said the council could back plans for an " entertainment complex" on both sites, but decide at a later date where the casino would be located.
Sir Albert also said his Labour colleagues would prefer to decide on a location rather than if the city should back a "hypothetical" casino.