If we were playing a word association game with the year 2020, ‘lucky’ probably wouldn’t be the first thing that popped into our mind. But that doesn’t mean lots of folks aren’t still interested in testing their luck during a night out at a casino, ourselves included. Of course since it looks like lockdowns are going to be in place around the continent for the foreseeable future, making plans to visit an online casino is likely the best option for avoiding last minute changes for now. However, when European travel and tourism eventually gets back to normal there are loads of off the beaten path destinations where poker players, craps connoisseurs and blackjack bad boys can indulge themselves. We canvassed all of our local offices and editors to put together the selection below.
Royal Casino Spa & Hotel Resort in Riga, Latvia
This hotel is so luxurious that its huge suites are given names instead of numbers. Part of an enormous entertainment complex that includes nightclubs, restaurants, casinos and a spa, this venue is like a piece of Las Vegas transplanted into the centre of Riga. Bathrooms are bigger than accommodation at most local hotels and each room is decorated in a different style: New York in art deco, Barcelona à la Gaudi and the golf suites have huge terraces with their own miniature golf courses.
Casino Croisette in Nice, France
Built in 1907, Casino Croisette has been, for many years, the most popular casino in Cannes. Located inside Palais des Festivals, the spot is the perfect location for maximum entertainment. There is also a popular nightclub, Le Jimmyz Club, as well as live concerts and other shows such as musicals. Dinner with live music is also a crowd puller, especially on Saturdays.
Casino Bled in Bled, Slovenia
Once you’ve enjoyed all the sights and delights that Bled has to offer, why not drop by the Casino if you have a little time and money to play with. This hotel-basement casino boasts American roulette, card games such as Black Jack, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Poker and Mini Punto Banco as well as plenty of electronic machines for you to chance your luck on.
Casino Wien in Vienna, Austria
Casino Wien is located at Palais Esterházy, the oldest building on the famous Kärntner Strasse right in the heart of Vienna, just a few steps away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The casino boasts a perfect combination of historical elegance and contemporary design. The Jackpot Cafe on the ground floor creates a relaxed, casual atmosphere. On the upper floors, guests will find an elegant world of salons with an exceptionally stylish interior: the casino on the first floor radiates an elegant British club atmosphere.
Casino Iveria in Tbilisi, Georgia
Attached to the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, this casino provides a wide range of games and more than 200 slot machines. Casino Iveria features 29 tables in total – 3 tables for Black Jack, 16 tables of various kinds of Poker, 1 Bacarrat and 9 Roulette tables. Two Vip rooms are available for reservation. Playing chips can be purchased by cash or credit card. There are 4 bars with an extensive range of drinks and a buffet serving European, Turkish and Georgian dishes.
Casino de Prague Le Hilton in Prague, Czechia
One of the favoured casinos for Prague expats, the Hilton provides roulette, poker, blackjack, pontoon, Punto Banco, and slots with the worldwide standards of the Hilton chain.
Olympic Casino Ülikooli in Tartu, Estonia
There’s a slight rock-and-roll/guitar theme going on at this flashy, downtown casino, but mainly it’s about playing the slots, poker, roulette and blackjack. There’s also reasonably-priced beer on tap.
Pupp Casino in Karlovy Vary, Czechia
In the grand style of the Hotel Pupp you can try your luck at American roulette, Black jack, slot machines or Russian poker. An elegant place to lose your crowns.