The European Casino Guide

Money can typically get rather low from time to time while travelling. In addition we are usually much more carefree and inclined to live on the edge while we’re abroad. The combination of these two factors puts gambling amongst the most fun things to do while we’re on our travels. Why not then base your whole vacation around gambling? A European casino road trip is a once in a lifetime experience. Here are a few spots that any participant must include.

Monte-Carlo Casino
The first and foremost obvious destination to begin with is the joyful French resort Monte-Carlo. Perched on the brim of the Mediterranean and home to the celebrated Monte-Carlo Casino, this beautiful area in Monaco is amongst the most celebrated gambling destinations in the world.

Offering European, American and automatic games, the history of the infamous Monte Carlo Casino dates all the way back to 1863 and boasts a plethora of frescoes, sculptures and a wonderful marble and gold atrium, adding further beauty to the fun of the games.

Clermont Club
While many casinos around the world entice you with fancy boutiques and musical extravagances, the owners of London’s Clermont Club will tell you that theirs does not need such distractions. Instead what we’re given upon stepping foot inside the Clermont Club is a breathtaking architectural wonder and awe-inspiring scenery.

A casino of the “old world” like Monte Carlo, Clermont Club is exclusive in every definition of the word and one gambling inside can expect to be rubbing elbows with royalty.

The Kursaal
Located in Ostend, a small town on the coast of Belgium, Kursaal is Europe’s best kept treasure for all casino lovers.

Originally opened in 1857 before being recklessly destroyed by the Second World War, it has since been rebuilt with a fabulously modern vibe to it.

With a restaurant serving delicious food, a beautiful terrace and a plethora of gaming rooms, it is the type of casino that only the expert poker blog will tell you of.

Casinò di Campione
One of the largest casinos in Europe, the Casinò di Campione is located in Campione d’Italia, an Italian exclave within the Swiss Canton Ticino. Sat beautifully on the shores of Lake Lugano, it was interestingly fist founded as a site to gather info from foreign diplomats during World War I.

It has since been magnificently redeveloped and extended with a new Casino beside it in 2007 and the result of which is a testimony to the excellence modern architecture boasts.

Illuminated at night, and stunningly visible from the city waterfront of Lugano across the lake, it looks both awe-inspiring in daylight and in darkness.

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Daniel Davids is a British freelance travel writer.