Gala Casino Leeds
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I can't really fault Gala. I normally play at Napoleon's across the road, mainly out of habit, but decided to give Gala a go and was very impressed. All the staff seemed pretty cheerful and friendly. It's a fair bit bigger than Naps but doesn't feel too big and we stopped for a bite to eat which was pretty good too. Some of the poker games seemed a bit hectic at times but that was more from the outside looking in - I mainly play blackjack. For anyone not familiar with leeds it isn't really in the city centre but it's only a very cheap taxi from the train station and main centre so if you fancy a bit of casino action give it a whirl.
Far better than my local casinos
I used to work in Castleford, and worked with some pretty hard-core poker players, and they suggested I go with them to play Poker. So we went into Leeds and ended up at the Gala casino.
I had never used one before, but the receptionist was extremely friendly, and the registration process took about 2 minutes, was pretty much a case of filling a form out and showing them a proof of ID really.
The inside of the casino is very vibrant and bright, and there are blackjack tables, three card poker, roulette, slot machines and casino hold-em on the ground floor, and an upper floor too, mainly for poker tournaments. In addition to the upper level poker area, there is also a nice outdoor balcony area up there for smokers too.
While I was waiting for poker to begin, I went to a blackjack table, and received a very friendly welcome from the croupier. The table limits started at £2 per hand, which was reasonable, and after a while our call came over for poker players to make their way upstairs, the first thing you notice is the amount of tables in the tournament, there must have been ten or twelve, each one of which held 12 people, so they are quite large usually, and pay well too, with buy ins from £5 right up to £100 or more. The dealers at poker were all very friendly and polite at all times.
During the break in the tournament, I nipped to the toilets and couldn’t believe how lovely they were. They were done in a nice light wood effect with marble looking tiles, similar to the sort of design you’d expect at a Ritz rather than a casino.
I didn’t do so good at the tournament, so made my way back downstairs to the gaming area, but this time went to the roulette table. This was quite a bit busier than the blackjack one was, however the croupier did very well. No matter how much people were betting he managed to pay out very quickly and the next game was on the go very quickly indeed. I know I for one couldn’t calculate everybody’s winnings as fast as he seemed to.
My mate then came out of the poker area, and we decided to go to the bar for a beer. Where I live in Scarborough, our casino is particularly expensive, however Gala was about 40p less for a pint than at home, so no complaints there.
My only grumble is we have no Gala in Scarborough, and I heard on the grapevine that they are to be sold to Rank, who own Grosvenor casinos. I just hope they keep their standards and don’t try and change too much too soon.
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