Spinning the reels of your favourite games at some preferred online casinos from the comfort of your homes is convenient on so many levels, but we have all wondered (without an exception!) what it would be like to visit and play at some of the world’s most famous land-based casino establishments. And who can blame us? Some of you may have seen at least one of the world’s famous gambling destinations, but in case you haven’t, let us present to you the oldest casinos that are still standing!
Five Oldest Casinos in the World
Given the fact that Las Vegas and Monte Carlo are among the greatest gambling destinations on Earth, it’s interesting that the world’s oldest casino did not originate from either of these two places. To find out which one it is (and so much more) we’ve decided to create an entire list of the 5 oldest casino destinations in the world, so here’s our countdown:
5. Golden Gate Casino
You have probably wondered - what was the first casino built on the Las Vegas strip? We’ll tell you right away! Located in the centre of the city, on the corner of Main and Fremont Streets, one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas is Golden Gate Casino. The property was purchased for $1,750 by John F. Miller in 1905, who opened it a year later. The casino operated within the hotel, until a state gambling ban took effect in 1909.
The casino then reopened in 1931, when gambling was once again legalised in Nevada, but the name was changed to Sal Sagev (Las Vegas but spelled backwords). More than 20 years later, the entire property was renamed once again, this time into Golden Gate Hotel and Casino. Being 10 floors tall and 4 blocks long, the place is known for its legendary parties as well as unique Shrimp cocktails, which were served for almost 60 years.
4. Casino de Monte-Carlo
Moving on to the next entertainment complex - Casino de Monte-Carlo, located in Monaco. The property is owned and operated by the Société des bains de mer de Monaco. It was built back in the 1856 when Princess Caroline of the House Grimaldi came up with an idea to build a casino, in order for Monaco to avoid the bankruptcy. In 1863, a new site for the casino was found. Amongst the investors were the Bishop of Monaco and the future Pope Leo XIII.
Casino de Monte-Carlo is famous for offering an assortment of French Roulette, Trente et Quarante, Baccarat, Blackjack and Texas Hold’em.
Today, this land-based establishment looks more luxurious than ever, while offering a collection of French Roulette, Trente et Quarante, Baccarat, Blackjack and Texas Hold’em. The casino is also famous for welcoming new and occasional players who want to try their luck while playing slots and table games under the glow of Bohemian crystal chandeliers.
3. Kurhaus of Baden-Baden
Next casino on our list is Kurhaus of Baden-Baden, which was opened in the nineteenth century, in 1834. It’s an entire complex made of a casino, spa resort, and conference. The main entrance of the building has Corinthian columns featuring the neo-classical architecture. The place became very popular in the mid-1830s, during the time when gambling was forbidden in France, so many people from abroad would hop over the border to test their luck and the casino.
Kurhaus of Baden-Baden is a host to many international gatherings and events nowadays – such as chess tourney, Olympic congress, Nato summit and much more meetings. According to some resources, Marlene Dietrich and Fyodor Dostoyevsky were regulars here, and it is generally believed that “The Gambler“ was written after the author's visit to the Kurhaus casino.
2. Casino de Spa
Being built back in 1763 and located in Belgium, the Casino de Spa is the next landmark on our list. Due to an extensive fire damage during the World War I, most of the building’s structure was destroyed. However, the place was rebuilt in 1918 and has undergone several transformations for hundreds of years. Finally, the building went through a complete renovation in the 1980s.
After being almost destroyed during the World War I, Casino de Spa went through several big transformations, including a complete renovation during the 1980s.
Since the early 2000s, the casino has been run by the Circus Casino Spa Group Casino and it still remains an exciting place to visit. Also, there are some modern offerings visitors can enjoy - starting from slot machines (there are more than a hundred!), over table games, to live games - suitable for different variants of blackjack, roulette and poker.
1. Casino di Venezia
We’ve made to the number 1 place on our list, dedicated to the oldest casino in Italy (and in the entire world), known as Casino di Venezia. It is a 381-year old establishment, which was built in the 17th century, in 1638 – to be precise. This Renaissance style building is located on the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio quarter of Venice (Veneto) and the best way to approach it, believe it or not, is by gondola or water taxi.
The Venice casino was initially called the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, which served as a home or a getaway for many prominent people throughout history, including a composer Richard Wagner. The palace used to belong to many different noblemen, until the city of Venice then purchased the property in 1946, renovated it, and reopened it as the official gambling place in 1959. Today, the casino attracts visitors from all over the world and hosts classic table games like roulette, blackjack and poker, as well as 600 slot machines.
Although there are evidences that show gambling was popular in back in Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, none of the gambling places remained. As you can see, the oldest casinos in the world are only 400 years old.
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