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Glitz, Glamour and Corporate Gambling: The Magnificent Casinos of Monaco

Glitz, glamour, and gambling – there is a reason the sovereign city-state of Monaco on the French Riviera, is known as the ‘Billionaires’ Playground.’ Almost one in three people who live here are millionaires. And at the heart of its history and culture sit four iconic world-class casinos.

The Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo Bay Casino, Sun Casino and Casino Le Café de Paris. Landmarks in their own right and a nod to Monaco.

Casino de Monte-Carlo

At the heart of the French city-state is the Casino de Monte-Carlo, possibly the most famous casino in Monaco. The 158-yea-old establishment was designed by French architect Charles Garnier – the mastermind behind the majestic Paris Opera. Work began in 1863 and just five years later, the casino was inaugurated.

The original casino of Monte Carlo, the Casino de Monte-Carlo is considered a beacon of wealth, fun and excess mainly thanks to its appearances in popular movies. Most notably in James Bond, Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye, as well as the popular casino film, Ocean’s Twelve.

This Monaco casino is defined by high, ornate ceilings and lavish décor. A host of table games are popular here, such as Baccarat, Blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. The pillar of Monaco’s rich history and culture, the Casino de Monte-Carlo provides a traditional and high-class gaming experience.

Monte Carlo Bay Casino

Inside the Monte Carlo Bay Casino you will also find the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. The polar opposite of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Monte Carlo Bay Casino is an ultra-modern venue featuring the latest gaming technology. Opening in 2006, this Monte Carlo Bay Casino has a modern approach – with no traditional table games inside. Fitted with state-of-the-art new generation electric gaming – this casino offers punters a unique, modern experience.

Inside you’ll find 150 new generation slot machines and electronic roulette, powered by an easy-pay-system. A minimum wager of a penny is convenient for low-end gamblers and the gaming area also features a smoking terrace with 30 slot machines.

As part of the wider hotel complex, the Monte Carlo Bay Casino is worth visiting if you’re staying at the hotel and are searching for a modern interpretation of Monaco’s classic gaming scene.

The Sun Casino

Situated on a seaside cliff, the 40-year-old Sun Casino resides in the luxury resort of Fairmont Monte Carlo. A relaxed 11-minute walk from Monte-Carlo Casino, the casual establishment is akin to the sun, sea and sand holidays typically associated with the Mediterranean.

The Monaco casino features American-style games on 30 tables – think casino favourites link blackjack, roulette, craps, casino wars and poker table games. The spacious gaming floor also caters to modern gaming with 300 slots machines.

The Sun Casino is the most American-esque Monaco casino – the perfect place for an entertaining night out. Start things off with a meal at the world-famous Nobu Restaurant then head down to the floor for a lively night of gaming in a relaxed atmosphere.

Casino Le Café de Paris

Innovative, modern and lively, the Casino Le Café de Paris is the Monte Carlo Casino for the 21st century. Famous for its 480 state-of-the-art slot machines and electronic games, the casino provides an electric atmosphere and the highest jackpots in the region.

Not forgetting traditional gamers, it still has the range of table games including; Blackjack, Punto Banco, French roulette, American roulette and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. If you’re tired of being inside, you can try your luck on the terrace, overlooking the gardens.

Offering a thoroughly modern vibe, it may be surprising to learn the building dates back to 1854, yet contemporary decor lines the interior. No need to dress fancy either, the Monaco casino is a relaxed establishment for gamers seeking a modern Monte Carlo experience.

If you’re interested in learning more about the fascinating ‘Billionaires Playground’ in the French Riveria have a read of St Tropez: The ‘Billionaires Playground’

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