Palma.—The Casino is being relocated from Calvia to what was formerly the multi-cinema complex at Port Pi. Opening night will be this Monday at 8.30pm.

The history of the Casino on the Island dates back to 1978 when it was set up on a provisional basis in the Hotel Golf in Santa Ponsa. It found a permanent home in 1979 at the Sol de Mallorca complex in Calvia.

The Casino's Director, Javier Blasco has justified the move from Calvia into Palma as a necessary one to capture the visiting tourist market. “We shall be much more accessible to customers at Porto Pi than we have been in Calvia. We were somewhat out in the sticks,”Blasco claimed, pointing out that it is illegal to advertise gaming halls.

The new home of the Casino covers more than 3'000 square metres. The installations include two bars, a restaurant, a party hall and the gaming room itself which alone is more than 700 square metres in size. Blasco said that not forgetting the traditional roulette, there will be around 70 gaming machines, tables where people can play different types of poker and blackjack.

However, the Balearic Gaming Association has complained to the regional Commerce ministry about the Casino, claiming that it falsified documents in its application to move to Porto Pi. The new premises were not at all adjusted to legal requirements at the time the paperwork was processed. The casino opens from 4pm to 5am.