Monte Carlo Casino
The Monte Carlo Casino – or just “Le Casino” – is undoubtedly the centre from which Monte Carlo’s reputation for style, glamour and high-rolling gambling springs. It’s this casino that formed the setting for Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale.
The Monte Carlo Casino was built in 1863 by Charles Garnier, the architect also responsible for the Paris Opera house and, in Monte Carlo, the Hôtel de Paris. Built in the Baroque style and overlooking the Mediterranean, the Monte Carlo Casino had a huge role in changing the status of Monaco – once Europe’s poorest country – into that of a premier destination for high society. As well as gaming rooms, the complex houses the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, an opera and ballet house, and the headquarters of the Ballets de Monte Carlo. It also includes Le Train Bleu restaurant, named for the famous all-first-class railroad link that greatly increased the casino’s fortunes. Beautifully landscaped gardens behind the casino include a terrace from which you can see Bordighera in Italy.
The atrium of the Monte Carlo Casino is paved in marble and surrounded by 28 onyx columns in the Greek style. From the atrium, you move into the Salle Garnier, which is the auditorium of Monte Carlo’s Opera House.
Monte Carlo Casino Gaming Rooms and Games
The casino features European Rooms (Salons Européens or Salon Ordinaire) and Private Rooms (Salons Privés), which are richly decorated with frescoes, bas-reliefs, stained glass windows, paintings and sculptures.
The European Rooms include slot machines, which are available for play from 2:00 PM on weekdays and after 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Roulette and trente et quarante games are played after noon each day. The entrance fee is €10.
Adjoining the European Rooms is the Pink Salon Bar, the ceiling of which features female nudes smoking cigarettes.
The Private Rooms offer European roulette, English roulette, trente et quarante, chemin de fer, blackjack, craps and punto banco. From November to May, play starts at 3:00 PM, and from June to October, play starts at 4:00 PM on weekdays or 3:00 PM on weekends. Punto Banco is played only after 10:00 PM. The entrance fee is €20.
The English Club features blackjack and English roulette after 10:00 PM.
The casino also includes a special gaming room for high-rolling poker players.
Admission and Dress Code
The casino is open every day of the year. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
It is illegal for citizens of Monaco – or Monégasques – to enter the casino, and you need to show your passport to gain entry.
A strict dress code is enforced at the Monte Carlo casino – men are required to wear a jacket and tie, and no shorts are permitted for women.
You can contact the Monte Carlo Casino at telephone (+377) 92 16 20 00, or via the official web site at http://www.casino-monte-carlo.com/.