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Milton Keynes casino operator announced

The operator of the new £10m casino in Milton Keynes has been announced.

Gaming operator Aspers will run a casino in the Xscape complex. Chairman Damian Aspinall said it would be a "fantastic new addition" to the area.

The application beat rival bids from the Leisure Plaza near the railway station and Stadium MK in Bletchley.

PY Gerbeau, chief executive of X-Leisure said he was "thrilled" by the announcement: "We're very much looking forward to welcoming the new casino."

The 36,500 sq ft casino will include gaming tables, electronic slot machines, a restaurant and a sports bar.

Mr Aspinall said the licensing committee had recognised its bid delivered "the best operator in the best location within the best development".

The original plan for the complex, including a hotel and shops, was presented by X-Leisure, owners of Xscape, in 2009.

A reduced application to convert the ground floor was made in October 2011 but deferred for further consultation.

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