First casino to open in Carrick

Sharks Casino
A private members casino is due to open in Carrick-on-Shannon this Friday, July 5.

A private members casino is due to open in Carrick-on-Shannon this Friday, July 5.

Sharks Casino Private Membership Club has described itself as “the latest addition to the ever growing party town Carrick-on-Shannon, the Stag & Hen capital of Ireland.”

The casino is to be located beside Carrick Cineplex in Carrick retail Park, Cortober, Co Roscommon.

The private membership club will provide live Poker, Roulette, Blackjack and Three card Brag.

According to it’s website and social media sites the new casino will open this Friday, July 5 at 10pm.

The casino is expected to open Friday to Monday 10pm “till late.”

The company says “We cater for everyone from high-rollers to casino virgins, with everyone treated as family in a fun and friendly way to finish off or start your night out.

“Come and sample any of our games from live poker, tournaments or if you fancy a flutter why not try our Roulette, Blackjack and 3 Card Brag.”

Sharks Casino is a private membership club.

The website says “It’s free to sign up with only a genuine photo identification (ie: passport or drivers licence) accepted. All new members shall receive a free €5 bet.”

Carrick-on-Shannon will join many big towns around the country such as Sligo, Galway, Cavan and Dublin that have private member casinos in operation.

It is not understood whether this casino will serve alcohol or not.

The casino sector in Ireland is currently not subject to regulation.

The Department of Justice is in the process of drawing up legislation to regulate the gambling industry here.

The Gaming and Lotteries Act, 1956 “does not make provision for casinos” and needs to be updated according to the most recent report on the issue in 2008.

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