THE process of granting Scarborough’s small casino licence began in 2007.
Then, the government identified Scarborough as one of only eight local authority areas authorised to give out one of the licences.
It took until 2010 for the bidding war to commence, and both Nikolas Shaw Ltd and Apollo Leisure put forward applications.
The council allowed both through to stage two of the bidding process, although the Shaws appealed against the decision at court.
A district judge upheld the council’s move to allow both parties through to the second stage of the bidding battle, before it emerged that Apollo Leisure had pulled out of the race yesterday.
The small casino licence allows an operator to run a casino with up to 40 gaming tables and 80 gaming machines.
Had two parties been allowed into the second stage of the bidding process, they would have been asked to demonstrate the benefits they could have offered to Scarborough, before a winner was decided.