Casino Guy Tour Review

Being a universal man of mystery and adventure doesn’t come without its costs – women in every city, millions in the bank, air miles to rival Sir Richard Branson’s, and above all a wealth of knowledge on the world’s casino hotspots.

My travels have seen me scour the globe in search of the ultimate gambling experience. I’ve gone from the gaming capital of the world, Las Vegas to some of the best-kept secrets in the casino industry – London, Budapest and back.

It is now time to recap and review just what the world has to offer the Casino Guy fans!

My first port-of-call was the MGM Grand, Las Vegas – the land of the high rollers. This casino truly lived up to its “grand” name and set the stakes high for the rest of its casino competitors I had yet to explore. Situated in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, it showcased 170,000 square foot of gaming floor, hosting 2,500 gaming machines and over 130 table poker games.

The MGM Grand is every gambling man’s dream and more, with over 5,000 rooms and 25 restaurants and bars all keenly priced, I often found myself struggling to decide if I’d rather lay up in my sky loft room or venture down to one of the gourmet bistros.

An exemplary casino venture and easily one of my favourites.

 

My next stop was Montenegro for some chill out time beyond the glare of the neon lights. The casino of choice was in the breathtaking Casino Royale Resort – every inch a James Bond destination, or so I thought. It wasn’t long until I was informed of the disappointing reality – that the majority of the casino scenes from the Casino Royal movie were actually shot in Budapest (I had to get there!). So tail between my legs and my momentum down I opted for a few spins of the roulette wheel before retiring to my pent house suite.

 

It wasn’t long until my mojo returned, landing on French soil. Monte Carlo I was coming for you!

Staying in the Hotel De Paris, placed me perfectly within walking distance and in sight of the Casino de Monte Carlo. This casino embodied everything that for me makes a casino special – sophistication, elegance and glamour. The venue is a must see for all visitors as its often highly regarded as the most notable building in the area.

For a casino connoisseur such as myself, the casino de Monte Carlo presents Europe’s most unique and diverse selection of table games and is  the prestigious venue for the annual European Poker Tour Grand Final.

For me Casino De Monte Carlo was right up there with Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, only with a little more style. Everything about it, from its exterior to its diverse gaming options was chic, classy and definitely shaken not stirred, casino royalty at its best.

Next on my to do list was Malta – the Casino di Venezia to be precise. Indeed intrigued and drawn to this destination by my fascination with the city’s recent million dollar speed boat heist, once I got there I was automatically spell bound.

Acting as the host venue for the world’s most renowned poker tournaments, the casino itself is modelled around a traditional Italian palace, reflecting Malta’s diverse culture.

With a strict dress code in place, you will only be welcomed in by the billowing stone columns and exquisite crystal chandeliers if you are sporting the essential dress code requirements.

Split into two levels, the ground floor is dedicated to poker and you will find a range of tables to suit your needs, while the first floor has the more traditional games such as, Trente et Quarante, Blackjack and Punto y Banco to name but a few.

Malta was an excellent stop on my casino tour, with an array of exciting things to see and do.

Moving on I found myself in the thrusts of Las Vegas again or was it Italy? The Venetian Casino is a slice of Italy embedded in the Las Vegas Strip. It was an excellent casino with a diverse range of games and other attractive features.

 

After Las Vegas take two, it was time for a must needed break. I decided to head home, and see what London had to offer. It has often anguished me to reflect that although one of the most affluent cities in the world, London’s casino culture is largely underestimated.

The Casino at the Empire brings a bit of Las Vegas glitz to Leicester Square. Newly opened in 2007, the Empire boasts an impressive 55,000 square foot of gaming space, across two dramatic floors. The casino’s private poker room is the first in London to facilitate 24-hour cash games for up to 100 players and it hosts tournaments of World Scenes Poker,

London’s casinos, particularly the Empire, try hard to facilitate for all players of varying experience and skills – showing dedication to the gamers to provide them with the best gaming experience possible.

After long days of traipsing the 55,000 square foot floor I loved nothing more than to unwind over a bottle of Crystal in the very intimate Icon Bar.

I believe that the London casino scene is one of the world’s best-kept casino secrets and one that deserves recognition on the gambler’s radar.

My final destination proved to be another such secret – Casino Lido in Budapest! A perfect boutique casino without the blinding lights and flashing machines  – I felt at home. The European casino vibe is far more suited to my taste than that of Las Vegas. Glitz and glamour is good but there’s a fine line between sophisticated-chic and walking into an indoor display of the Blackpool illuminations. Budapest strikes this balance in fine style, with the beautiful city offering up equally beautiful casinos.

Casino Lido provides for the most luxurious gaming experience. Its historical setting combined with an exciting selection of games, makes for a delightful and fascinating visit.

They say you should leave the best for last, and in this case I did just that! Casino Lido is a gem amongst casinos and one that definitely deserves a visit.

 

So there you have it folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed my brief recap of my casino ventures. Thanks for joining me on my travels and stay tuned for more of my adventures as I rate and slate the best and worst in the business.

 

It doesn’t matter where; I’ll be there! J.

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