Designed by Charles Garnier, the legendary architect who also built the
majestic Paris Opera, the Monte-Carlo Casino was dedicated from the outset to the art of gaming.
With its frescoes in the style of Boucher, its bas-reliefs, sculptures and caryatids, and an
astonishing gold and marble atrium, the architecture exerts an unforgettable emotional impact.
Built in 1863 in the Principality of Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean, this architectural
masterpiece has been the scene of Monte-Carlo's finest hours, spawned prestigious resorts and
provided gaming with its most elegant setting. The Casino is also home to the Monte-Carlo
Opera, which stages world-renowned productions.
The tradition continues to this day, and Monte-Carlo remains an authentic
reference point for dedicated gamblers. Trente et quarante, Chemin de fer,
Banque ŕ deux tables, English roulette and, of course, European roulette
renew the legend of the hundred-year-old-Casino.
Punto-banco, Craps, American Roulette and, of course, Blackjack 21 are all at
home in Monte-Carlo, where every square centimeter of the gambling salons is
etched with the memory of extraordinary games. These memories continue to
inspire all those who, their hearts racing, ascend the stairway of the prestigious Casino.
The first coin-operated gambling machines date back several centuries in the major
courts of Europe, but it was only at the turn of the last century that slot machines
reached their apotheosis in Monte-Carlo in the exquisite setting of the Casino. The
invention of the jackpot in the 1930s resulted in a spectacular increase in the number
of players, and slot machines have now become an essential part of a night on the town
Keeping pace with technical developments and the expectations of its guests,
Monte-Carlo has new slot machines, some of which are exclusive and are found nowhere else.
The Société des Bains de Mer is always installing new machines for devotees, in the bustling atmosphere
of the Café de Paris or in the Sun Casino, a little Las Vegas on the Mediterranean, and in the Salle
des Palmiers, where gambling fever spends the summer.