G Casino Dundee
Before you go:
Reg/Walk In: Reg Cashout at Machines: Coupon Dress Code: Smart casual Rewards Programme: Yes Parking: Free customer parking Restaurants: Yes Bars: Yes
Address: 142 West Marketgait, DD1 1NJ Telephone: 44 1382309120 Website: http://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/dundee
Another day, another cookie cutter G casino. In some ways it’s a bit of a pointless exercise reviewing the place – you know pretty much what you’re going to get, plus if you’re in Dundee and want a punt, there’s only one casino to choose from since the Gala closed around early 2013, you’ve no options.
Anyway, it’s a familiar operation. Located about 10 minutes walk from the train station, the G is on an upper floor, currently above a disused space, which looks a bit ugly. Once you have found the cunningly hidden entrance (round the corner) and got through reception, you head up the lift or stairs into the casino itself.
There’ll be no surprises on offer – the usual spacious site, with plenty of comfy seats about and dark reds, beautifully detained finishes and the cool animated ceiling in the bar. When I visited it was extremely quiet, although 4pm on a Monday will tend to be a fairly humdrum time – they had just the 1 punter, although 5 members of gaming staff seemed a bit over the top. Perhaps they had a lump of people on their way to play.
They did have 4 poker tables in the main pit, which is pretty unusual, and presumably use the main poker room for tournaments while herding the fish into the shark tank of the main pit cash games.
The slots area is the usual up to date affair too, near the entrance, with state of the art kit, plus two very old IGT games – Wild Wolf and Pharoah’s Fortune available on free play, presumably for first timers. I must admit if I was running the place I reckon I’d have put some sort of signage up to tell people they were on free play, your average beginner is more likely to give them the slack jawed stare and try to figure out where to put the money (there’s no slot …)
There was also the odd sight of herds of slot chairs all over the place, with several dotted around the area and a small corral of about 20 more behind a barrier in the corner. Not sure what that’s about, perhaps in Dundee the seats like to roam wild and free across the gaming floor and need to be safely kept behind a barrier to stop them attacking the players, or perhaps breeding indiscriminately on the floor and embarrassing everyone. It’s also perhaps true that I should finish writing these casino reviews in the evening before I start drinking …