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With its Belle Époque architecture by Charles Garnier and its 28-column atrium built in the Second Empire style, Monte-Carlo’s casino is the stuff of legend and has even featured in films such as Goldeneye and Ocean’s Twelve.

Gambling has been part of the Principality’s DNA for over 150 years following the developments led by Prince Charles III. While the first Monegasque gaming room, in a house in La Condamine, dates back to 1856, it was the birth of the Monte-Carlo district and the creation of the Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) in 1863 that sparked the country’s international reputation for casinos.

Prince Charles III entrusted leadership of SBM to François Blanc, a successful casino operator who soon became known as “the Magician of Monte-Carlo”.

On a then deserted hill, which would go on to become Mount Charles, or Monte-Carlo, the new establishment was officially opened in 1865, alongside the Hotel de Paris. A casino extension, designed by Charles Garnier, the architect behind the eponymous concert hall in Monaco as well as the Opera de Paris, soon emerged. Its Belle Époque style and series of gaming rooms adorned with stained-glass windows, sculptures and allegorical paintings soon attracted gamblers and high society, assisted by the selection of games available.

French roulette, English roulette, Punto Banco, Black Jack, Trente et Quarante (Thirty and Forty), Poker Hold’em Ultimate: table games run by experienced croupiers became Monte-Carlo Casino’s signature offering. “Nothing should be done here as it is done elsewhere,” said François Blanc back in the casino’s very earliest days, and this sentiment holds true today.

© Monte-Carlo SBM
© Monte-Carlo SBM

SBM offers an extended range of games (American games, European games and slot machines) within the four casinos that it now owns, located in the Grand Casino, the Café de Paris, the Sun Casino and the Monte-Carlo Bay.

New events have been held to refresh the offering and attract new players: roulette tournaments with million-dollar prizes, boxing competitions, very special dinners… “We want ours to be an exclusive gambling experience,” is Managing Director of Gaming Pascal Camia’s frequent refrain. Not to mention ensuring that the legend lives on.

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