Crown Melbourne

September 9, 2019 at 8:50 pm

Crown Melbourne Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, commonly known as Crown Melbourne, is a large integrated resort in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, in south-eastern Australia. Opened in its current location, on the southern bank of the Yarra River, with sight of the central business district, in 1997, Crown Melbourne occupies an area of nearly 5,500,000 square feet – making it the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere – of which 220,000 square feet is devoted to the casino floor.

Table games encompass baccarat, blackjack, including a controversial, low-stakes variant called ‘Blackjack Plus’, which vastly inflates the house edge, craps, poker and roulette among others. Crown Melbourne also offers a wide variety of fully automated tables games, poker machines – known locally as ‘pokies’ – and slot machines, with stakes starting at A$0.01.

The Crown Poker Room, which occupies its own dedicated, smoke-free space on the lowermost floor, is widely considered to the best in Australia. Big enough to accommodate 50 tables, the poker room offers several variants of poker including, of course, Texas hold’em; cash games, to suit all pockets, are available 24 hours a day and poker tournaments start twice daily. Of course, the Crown also plays host to several high-profile professional poker tournaments, including the Australian Poker Championship, a.k.a. ‘Aussie Millions’, held annually in January.

Casino Chip Collection

August 23, 2019 at 5:56 am

Casino Chip Collection

Casino Estoril

August 3, 2019 at 8:53 pm

Casino Estoril The history of Casino Estoril dates back to 1916, when Bernardino Machado Guimarães broke ground on its construction during his first term as President of Portugal. As the name suggests, Casino Estoril is situated in Estoril, a town in the well-to-do coastal region known as the ‘Portuguese Riviera’ about 10 miles west of Lisbon. In fact, Estoril is renowned as a luxury entertainment destination – thanks, in no small part, to the presence of Casino Estoril, which is reputedly the largest working casino in Europe – and one of the most expensive places to live on the whole of the Iberian Peninsula.

From humble beginnings, Casino Estoril was expanded, under the auspices of renowned Portuguese architects Filipe Nobre de Figueiredo and José de Almeida Segurado in the mid-Sixties. Situated in picturesque parkland, Casino Estoril, nowadays, is a spacious gaming and leisure complex offering a wide variety of gambling opportunities. Table games include baccarat, blackjack, punto banca, poker and the popular Portuguese dice game known as ‘banca francesa’ or ‘French bank’. Slot machines, too, are in plentiful supply, with over 1,000 available.

The Casino Estoril complex also includes a luxurious, fine-dining Chinese restaurant, known as the ‘Estoril Mandarim’, which is widely considered to be one of the finest in Europe. Beautifully situated, decorated and lit, Estoril Mandarim offers a selection of exquisite, traditional dishes from the Guangdong, formerly Canton, region of southern China.

Gambling Revenue

July 7, 2019 at 5:55 am

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Casino de Monte Carlo

July 2, 2019 at 8:55 pm

Casino de Monte Carlo The Casino de Monte Carlo is located towards the western end of the Monte Carlo Quarter, one of the four districts of the Principality of Monaco, on the French Riveria. Monaco is a tiny, independent city-state, known as a ‘Billionaires’ Playground’, but it is illegal for citizens Monaco gamble, or even work, in Casino de Monte Carlo. Consequently, despite its Belle Époque style and grandeur, the building is solely a tourist attraction.

Nowadays owned and operated by the state-controlled Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), Casino de Monte Carlo was founded by French entrepreneur François Blanc – later dubbed the ‘Wizard of Monte Carlo’ – in 1863, at the behest of the royal family of Monaco. Although richly decorated, Casino de Monte Carlo was designed as a gambling house right from the start.

These days, more ‘mundane’ table game offerings include blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas hold’em poker but, if you want to feel like you have stepped into the pages of a James Bond novel, you could always try your hand at chemin de fer or punto banco, a.k.a. North American baccarat. Away from the gaming tables, Casino de Monaco also offers over 1,000 slot machines, arranged row-by-row in the ‘Salle de Renaissance’ or the ‘Salle des Amériques’; despite the opulence of the surroundings, stakes start at just €0.01 per line, in some cases.