Blackpool

 

Britain's faded Vegas gambles on casino salvation

Robin Millard

Dazzling lights, an Eiffel Tower of its own and the constant "ker-ching" of slot machines make Blackpool Britain's answer to Las Vegas. But unlike the booming extravagant resort in the Nevada desert, Blackpool is fading fast, and the seaside town is gambling on a Vegas-style super-casino makeover to save it.