When you think about casinos, surely the first place that comes to mind is Vegas
But when it comes to the oldest casino in the world, then you should definitively think Europe! Where exactly in Europe you may ask? Belgium!
Casino de Spa is located in the town of Spa, Wallonne, a beautiful Belgian region, in the Belgian Ardennes, and on one of Europe's crossroads between the cities of Brussels, Bonn, Aix-la-Chapelle and Luxembourg. The Casino was built in 1763 at the initiative of two mayors of the city.
The Spa Town is close to Liege and also close to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which hosts the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix every year. So, it is a great location for tourists!
The casino is set in a magnificent palace, surrounded by lovely gardens and villas.
The Casino de Spa stretches over 1,500 square meters and is open daily between 15:00 and 3:00.
Entry into the casino is free. Guests must be at least 21 years old and can wear casual clothes since a tie or formal jacket is not necessary, even if the building imposes respect through its history, architecture and design. Casino de Spa visitors and players may indulge in Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and Slots.
The casino offers 160 slot machines (including electronic roulette), 10 casino tables, two beautiful and old French roulette tables running each night, and two blackjack tables, where the bet limits are between 5 and 250 euros.
The casino also has a special poker area
Two very large 15-mega poker rooms with Texas Hold’em and Omaha tables. The most popular casino events are Texas Hold'em tournaments that take place regularly and attract the best European poker players.
You can enjoy a special meal at the Casino’s restaurant that has a terrace offering a panoramic city view. The Brasserie du Casino is recently renovated and is now open from 16:00 until midnight during the week and until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Near the casino, you will find a theatre, several other restaurants, a ballroom and a cultural centre. In short, Casino de Spa is not just a casino, but also an impressive recreational complex specially tailored for everyone’s needs.
3 Interesting facts about Casino de Spa:
- Europe’s probably most famous old casino – Monaco Casino dates back to 1862, 100 years after Casino de Spa opened its gates to the public.
- The current face of the Casino dates from 1918 since it had to be rebuilt several times following big fires. During the 1980-1981 renovations, the Casino regained all of its original splendour.
- Even if it is the oldest casino in the world, it keeps up with time, having an online casino website where players can play a fairly large variety of games.