The Oldest Casinos Still Operating Today

No modern casino can rival the opulence of the gambling houses of old. With their grand entrances and plush finishes, you can hear people say, they don’t make them like they used to! A visit to these casinos, steeped in history, are some the finest establishments to place your bets. And, they are still welcoming guests today.

Casino Weisbaden, 1771

Casino Weisbaden, 1771
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This casino started as a card house in 1771, when the Duke of Nassau-Usingen granted the first public license. Only 10 years later was the Roulette table added to the casinos offerings. Today it is situated in the Weisbaden Kurhaus’ former wine hall, which has witnessed the splendour of earlier entertainment. The interior has been finished in cherry wood and crystal chandeliers hang in watch over the games below.

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Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco, 1856

Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco, 1856
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The facade alone gives you a breath-taking taste of what to expect when you enter this magnificent casino. Casino de Monte Carlo was started as the brainchild of Princess Caroline, Prince Florestan I’s spouse. If you can believe it, Monaco was not considered a good place for a resort. It was only in 1863 that the casino as we know it today was finally open. Who can question James Bonds taste? With its moulded ceilings, finely arched opera room and marbled atrium it is truly the epitome of luxury. Should you be so lucky as to be able to play at Casino de Monte Carlo, the casino offers both American and European card games and slots.

Casino de Venezia, Venice, 1638

Casino de Venezia, Venice, 1638
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Casino de Venezia was established in 1638 making it the oldest recorded gambling establishment in the world. Although its exterior belies the elegant interior that greets you as you enter this old building. Built in classic Venetian architecture, the building was constructed in 1509 for Italian nobles before it became the casino we know today.  Its old-style game rooms will remind you of the classic gentlemen’s clubs and the restaurants you may have found in opulent dining houses of the past.

Kurhaus Casino, Baden Baden, 1834

Kurhaus Casino, Baden Baden, 1834
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Opened in the mid- 1830s at a time when gambling was illegal in France, the legal constraints meant that patrons came flocking across the border to enjoy the gambling past time. On the edge of the Black forest the casino is a stately building with all the luxurious finishes one could expect. Golden arches frame exquisite wall murals, and the large crystal chandeliers light up the ceiling murals and golden moulded details. The casino has expanded to include restaurants and music venues.

Casino de Spa, Spa, 1763

Casino de Spa, Spa, 1763
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Built to accommodate aristocrats visiting Spa to drink the famed curative spring waters. The casino was opened in 1763. Although the casino claims to be the oldest in the world (it is not) it certainly is the oldest in Belgium. Unfortunately, its website makes it look like a typical neon lighted casino when in fact it is an elegant establishment that offers both the traditional and modern games to its patrons.

The original patrons of these casinos probably couldn’t even dream of something as wild and far fetched as playing online (they didn’t even have telephones in some cases!), but today we can enjoy what they did, and the luxury of digital games too – truly the best of both worlds!