Even though gambling has been popular since the first cavemen (probably) bet on who’s pet Sabre-Tooth Tiger could run faster, it is only in the last 20 years or so that the global popularity of gambling has exploded thanks to developments like online casinos and mobile gambling. Recent years have seen the numbers of online gamblers spike, this has seen a huge range of high quality games that require skill and brain power that can be played on the go and help to bring gambling firmly into the 21st century. This huge explosion in popularity could help Paisley to get involved in a growing industry that could provide another fun and exciting element to a night out on the town.

Paisley isn’t exactly short of things to see and do, from the beautiful Paisley Abbey to the historic Sma’ Shot Cottages, a faithfully restored set of Weaver’s cottages from the 1700s. Coats Observatory is a hidden gem that allows visitors to stargaze, with free viewings via the telescope available throughout the summer. Sports fans can head to the Paisley 2021 Stadium to watch St. Mirren FC compete in the Scottish Championship. There is also some excellent shopping at the Paisley Centre and the Intu Shopping Centre and Soar indoor ski-slope just along the M8 in Braehead are enough to keep tourists busy.

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A night out on the tiles is also an experience, with Paisley home to some great bars and nightclubs that can get pretty lively on a weekend. Kitty Kitty offers great food before turning into a late bar that offers patrons food and music until 2am at the weekend. If you’re after something a bit more cosy and traditional however, look no further than the Wee Howff, a tiny bar that makes up for size with great drinks and the chance to meet Rod Stewart. Once you’ve had a couple and are in the mood for dancing, then either Fantoosh or Vienna’s awaits, but if you want to end up in a casino, then you’ll have to head into Glasgow.

There are some decent options just a short taxi ride away however, with the waterfront Alea Casino the closest you can get to Las Vegas without leaving Greater Glasgow. The huge casino and entertainment complex has plenty of casino games including a dedicated poker room. Poker has always been a popular game, but sites like 888poker enable people to play online poker in their spare time. Providing part-time poker players with the opportunity to practice their skills at home has really upped the stakes, regular online poker players can now match the skills of the consumers at land-based casinos who might have previously had more of an opportunity to spend time around the table. Away from the poker table, the Alea Casino also has a restaurant with an impressive view of the Clyde and a fantastic sports bar, showcasing everything from SPL football to late night international boxing.

If you’re heading closer into the city centre, the Grosvenor and Genting Riverside venues also offer a high quality casino experience, but for something a bit different visitors should try out the Cotton Club Casino at the Corinthian. Players are treated to a lavish and more intimate setting, with membership required upon entry for those wishing to play and some incredible décor to make the whole experience a bit more luxurious.

With so many new bars, restaurants and independent shops opening up in Paisley, it would surely make sense to expand the nightlife options for both residents and visitors with a shiny new casino. With the 2021 City of Culture bid looming, there is surely plenty of space for investment and development and casinos have certainly boosted the local economy in others parts of the UK. With the number of students, tourists and party-goers in the town, it’s certain that there will be a steady stream of customers ready to try and win big.