PUBLIC hearings are now under way into the site of Britain's first super-casino. And already accusations are flying around that the dice are being loaded heavily in favour of the plan to build a Las Vegas-style gambling complex at the Millennium Dome site in Greenwich.
Backers of the project are so confident of beating the six other bidders they have already started preparatory building work.
But the rivals are not necessarily sitting on a busted f lush.
The Government views gambling as an important driver of regional regeneration and is merely testing the water by giving the green light to only one super-casino.
Moral objectors will have their say but the brutal fact is that once the doors are open to casino development there is too much money at stake to suppress its spread.
Backers of schemes in Blackpool, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield shouldn't rip up their losing tickets just yet because it looks like they could be on to a long-term winner.