Blackpool could turn into Las Vegas with Britain’s first super-casino

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BLACKPOOL has been earmarked by the government for Britain’s first ever super-casino, it has been reported.

Lancashire’s party town could become its own Las Vegas after ministers put their money on the seaside resort.

Talks have apparently begun between the government and local council bosses over a mega casino and leisure complex.

Operators bidding to run the casino would sign up to a “social wealth fund” as part of a condition of the licence, The Sun reports.

Blackpool, Las Vegas

VEGAS OF LANCS: Blackpool could get its own Las Vegas style mega casino (Pic: GETTY)

The fund would pump millions into skills training and education locally.

Jake Berry, Northern Powerhouse Minister, told the newspaper: “Blackpool is a phenomenal resort which has huge potential for growth.

“It is early days but this would be a very exciting project that would create a world-class attraction.

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EARMARKED: Blackpool has been chosen by the government to be the site of a future super casino (Pic: GETTY)

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SECOND TIME LUCKY: Blackpool lost out on a mega casino last time (Pic: GETTY)

“It would be a major investment in the area which would bring additional visitors to Blackpool, create new jobs for local people and pour millions of pounds worth of investment into education and skills training.”

The talks come 12 years after Blackpool’s initial dream to become the home of Britain’s first super-casino were dashed.

In 2007 the Casino Advisory Panel, set up by New Labour to decide where the country’s first mega casino should go, opted for Manchester instead.

Las Vegas casino

HUGE: Mega casinos like this one in Las Vegas are packed full of thousands of slot machines (Pic: GETTY)

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FAMOUS: Vegas is well known for its huge and stunning casinos (Pic: GETTY)

But Manchester’s mega-casino never took off, leaving Britain to continue dreaming of a mega-casino.

Blackpool has long been a hugely popular seaside resort for Brits, being the place for summer holidays and weekend getaways.

But a shift in tastes to holidaying abroad has seen the Lancashire town decline in recent years.

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