Monte-Carlo's Casino is not only an undisputed reference for players the world over. It is also a place steeped in history with remarkable architecture.
World renown of Monaco's casino began over 150 years ago with the creation of the Société des Bains de Mer in 1863. Prince Charles III of Monaco entrusted its presidency to François Blanc, a French businessman responsible for the successs of the Homburg casino in Germany. In launching the Monte-Carlo Casino that same year on what became the legendary Place du Casino, these two men also gave rise to the neighbourhood of the same name, henceforth the most famous in the Principality.
In 1878, the casino building was torn down to make way for a new one, partly designed by Charles Garnier, famous architect of the Paris Opera House. Surrounded by splendid gardens, the new casino boasted striking "Belle Epoque" architecture. Inside, you discover an atrium clad in marble with 28 onyx columns, an Italian-style theatre and a series of gaming rooms all with sumptuous decor. Outside, a vast terrace offers a sweeping view of the Mediterranean. An exceptional setting which has served as the backcloth for many iconic films including two James Bond movies: Never Say Never Again (1983) and GoldenEye (1995).
The Monte-Carlo Casino also owes its renown to a wide choice of table games, unique worldwide. "Nothing must be done here as everywhere else," said François Blanc. French Roulette, English Roulette, Trente et Quarante, Punto Banco, Black Jack, and Ultimate Texas Poker Hold’em. With three dedicated rooms, slot-machine fans are not forgotten.
Before placing your bet at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, stop by the Hôtel de Paris where a statue of Louis XIV is enthroned. Stroking the horse's knee is said to bring good luck!
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