The world’s oldest casinos represent some of the finest places to gamble. These casinos have stood the test of time and add character and glamour to their century old gaming halls. From the canals of Venice to the desert dunes of Las Vegas, the oldest casinos in the world have plenty of stories to tell from the inside of their gaming rooms. VegasMaster.com takes a tour through the gaming rooms of the world’s oldest and finest casinos.
Along the canals of Venice, Italy, the 400 year old Casino di Venezia still stands. Build in 1509, building originally served as a residence for prominent Italian nobles until it became a casino in 1638. Classically inspired columns and arches of the building faces the lower level of Venice’s Grand Canal. Inside, gambling halls contain beautiful paintings, sculptures, and chandeliers. Today, the casino offers roulette, Chemin de Fer, Trente et Quarante, Texas hold’em, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, and over 600 slot machines.
During the 19th century, London’s Crocksford Club hosted elite members of British society who gathered inside the gaming rooms to socialize and gamble. The members-only gaming club first opened in 1826 and remains one of the world’s most exclusive places to gamble. The Crockfords Club Casino offers luxury gambling in a range of high stakes rooms and salles privees (private rooms) where gamblers can play American roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and poker.
Gamblers may recognize Monaco’s Casino de Monte Carlo from any number of movies including Ocean’s Twelve and James Bond flicks like Casino Royale, Never Say Never Again, and Golden Eye. Built in 1856, the casino attracts Europe’s crème de la crème to its lavish gaming halls. High rollers come to play the many games on offer including European roulette, English roulette, Trente et Quarante, Punto Banco, Chemin de Fer, blackjack, craps, poker, and slot machines. Aside from gambling, guests can enjoy the concert halls, restaurants, cafes, shopping, and theater all within the casino complex.
Weisbaden, Germany has served as a resort destination all the way back to the Roman Empire. In the middle of the town sits the 200 year old Casino Weisbaden. Built in 1810, Casino Weisbaden offers old world charm with its cherrywood interior, Greek statues, mosaic medallions, and crystal chandeliers all decorating the interior of the gaming rooms. Guests visit the casino to access over 180 slot machines and classic table games like blackjack and baccarat. They can also enjoy a spa, theater, restaurants, concert halls, and banquet halls also on the grounds.
Before Las Vegas became “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, it looked more like an empty, dusty desert along a trade route to California. With gambling illegal at the time, investors saw Las Vegas as the perfect place to build casinos since the authorities had difficulty enforcing laws in such a remote area. The Golden Gate Casino became the first casino erected in Las Vegas. When it opened in 1906, the building’s original 10’x10’ gaming rooms were considered luxurious. It has since received over $12 million in renovations but continues to offer premier casino games right in the heart of Las Vegas.