G Casino Walsall
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: Bentley Mill Way, WS2 0LE Telephone: 44 1922645222 Website: http://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/walsall
The G Walsall isn’t really in Walsall, and is generally known as “Junction 10” as it sits just off the M6, in a bit of a retail park. Actually it reminds me of Nottingham’s Dusk till Dawn casino – it’s in the middle of nowhere, and has a real focus on poker – it’s generally reckoned poker players travel more easily than normal casino punters, since they are less likely to drink. To actually find it you take four consecutive left turns off the motorway, which seems like it should have you facing the same way on the motorway as you started, but trust me it works ….
From the outside it looks like a great big tin box – it used to be a nightclub – but now that it’s been redecorated, inside it’s a really cosy spot. There are two casinos for the price of one inside – firstly I went left into the electronic casino bit. It’s a smallish room but there’s all the latest kit for both slots and Electronic Roulette, and a glass screen to see into the rest of the building, so it doesn’t feel like a separate arcade bit, like you’d find in Genting Luton and similar sites. There are some funky lighting effects as well, and it’s a really comfy area. I was the only punter in the place as it was early in the day, and the valet service really was excellent too – while £4 seems a bit steep for a sandwich at first, you actually get a little baguette with salad and all the gubbins and with no time wasted – very nice too.
Going back into reception I then tracked to the right into the main casino. On your right is the main casino slots area, again a nice secluded spot with all the best kit you could hope for. The main floor was festooned with cleaners – that’ll happen when you roll in at noon – but very nicely presented. It’s all a bit red – not as red as the terrifying Grosvenor Leeds or Bristol, so just on the right side of Hades. They have some cool photography on the walls too, including a huge mural of a lady’s legs in heels and fishnets – not very pc, but quite a cool shot.
The emphasis on poker is very clear, with a standard G poker room out the back, but more poker tables on the main floor – this site has the capacity to host some of the bigger tournaments I guess. They have the annoying beepy roulette tables here as well, must be a new thing.
All things considered, it’s a bit of a specialist site, well located for drivers but not for public transport, and not walkable from anywhere. If you like poker or punting without a beer, it’s very well turned out.