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Iconic Crockfords closes after 195 years

Iconic Crockfords closes after 195 years

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The UK’s oldest casino, Crockfords Club in Mayfair, has closed its doors after almost 200 years of operation, with its 100 employees facing either redundancy or relocation to other sites owned by Genting Casinos. 

Opened in 1828, by a fishmonger, the exclusive Crockfords Club made William Crockford a fortune, drawing aristocratic high rollers through its exclusive doors. This prominent positioning continued across centuries.

In 1999, Kerry Packer lost £11m ($16.5m) in a single visit, overtaking the previous record of £8m, also at Crockfords. And in 2012, poker superstar Phil Ivey won £7.7m at Crockfords, playing baccarat, but was refused payment due to ‘edge sorting’, described as “cheating under civil law” in the subsequent legal battle.

Today, Crockfords is said to be worth around £80m, but Paul Willcock, President & COO of Genting Casinos UK, says: “As we have previously announced, there are a combination of factors which have put high-end London casinos at a competitive disadvantage to other global markets, and this has led to an unsustainable future for Crockfords in Mayfair.”