Europe is the birthplace of the casino and throughout the continent you will find casinos of all kinds.
From ancient ones such as the Casino Venice which dates back to around 1650 and the famous Casino Monte Carlo through to ultra-modern ones such as the Casino Lisboa in Portugal. In fact the Casino Lisboa is the largest casino in Europe. It has 1,000 slot machines and around 30 table games and is a major landmark in the city.
The Venice Casino is Europe’s oldest casino. It first opened in the sixteen hundreds as a gaming house where gentlemen would engage in card games and other gentlemanly pursuits. Today it is still operating as a casino and its special novelty is that you can turn up to play there in a gondola.
One of the best known European casinos is the Monte Carlo Casino. This too has an interesting history though a more recent one.
It first opened in the middle eighteen hundreds with the aim of helping the ailing economic of Monaco. Although it took some time getting there it finally became hugely successful, so much so that the local inhabitants were let off paying taxes and to this day Monaco remains a tax haven for the super-rich.
Crockford’s Club is the oldest casino in England. It opened in James Street, London in 1828 again as a gentleman’s club. There is still a Crockford’s Club in London though it is very different from that original one. It now located on Curzon Street and if you feel like visiting it when you are in London it is better to try to get invited by an existing member otherwise it will cost you £1,000 for a year’s membership. The largest casino in Britain is Aspers in Stratford City. This has 150 slot machines, 40 gaming tables, around 100 gaming terminals and a large poker room, enough to carry on competing with competition from sites like www.gamingclub.co.uk.
By British standards this is a so-called Super Casino.