Rubicon Casino Wolverhampton
Before you go:
Reg/Walk In: Reg Cashout at Machines: Coins Dress Code: Smart casual Rewards Programme: Yes Parking: Pay and display Restaurants: Yes Bars: Yes
Address: 56 - 58 Temple Street, WV2 4AQ Telephone: 44 1902710700 Website: http://www.ballardcasinos.co.uk/rubicon.cfm
The Rubicon is one site of a three casino company, called Casino 36. It’s now the only casino in Wolverhampton after the Gala site closed in 2012, and is located pretty centrally. Hilariously for a casino geek such as myself, it’s just in front of a large shopping centre called the Wulfrun center. If that’s not funny to you – and don’t feel bad, that’d be the case for most normal humans – Wolf Run is a very popular casino slot machine.
There’s a car park more or less opposite, with a clever way of making sure it’s only available for punters – you enter your registration plate into a terminal inside the casino. The casino still clings onto membership, mind, so don’t forget your ID.
Inside it’s a pretty small building, with some of the crappiest carpets I’ve ever seen in a casino – real bargain basement stuff. The rest of the décor is pretty pleasant, and despite it being mid-sized at best, it’s not stuffed to the gunwhales with kit so there’s plenty of circulation space.
The slots are generally up to date, and likewise the Electronic Roulette is nicely set up, although mysteriously when I visited there were a dozen or so terminals under sheets near the restaurant. That restaurant is to the back of the site, and doesn’t feel particularly salubrious – possibly just a bit of an afterthought. There’s also a poker area towards the rear.
Much may change in Wolverhampton in the near future – there’s a new licence up for grabs, and apparently the plan for the Rubicon if they win it is to extend the casino into the building next door, which could make a huge difference to the place. There’d be a load more slots, and no doubt the owner might take a look at getting some carpets that cost more than a fiver. That said, it’s really a pleasant site and I could certainly imagine someone stuck in Wolverhampton with nothing to do – which seems plausible – having a good time within.