The Most Ancient Casinos in the World

The Most Ancient Casinos in the World

Gambling ranks as the second oldest trade practised by humans, questions about its morality notwithstanding. Gambling was created even before civilization and the creation of the written word. A game like Poker gets its roots from As-Nas, a popular Persian game. Cards date way back to the 9th century. Currently, Las Vegas is synonymous with casinos but there have been many casinos that came before and set the pace for it. Some still exist to this day and have histories that would interest any gambling anthropologist. With technology, live casinos have taken another form with online casinos coming into the gambling scenario. All the live casino games are streamed in real-time wherein the players can access a wide variety of live table games from the comforts of their home, anywhere, anytime.

The Most Ancient Casinos in the World

Casino de Spa

The Casino de Spa was officially opened in 1763 in Belgium and has gone through a series of transformations over the past few years to make it structurally sound and beef it up to the modern times. After being damaged by fire in 1918, it was rebuilt and to the credit of the architects, engineers and labourers, it still retained its unique style and charm. It is presently run by the Circus Casino Spa Group that has ensured it still is a great place to enjoy your favourite casino games. Check out their website for any tournaments.

Casino de Venezia

This is the oldest casino in the world; it was officially opened to the general public in 1638 in Venice. You will be interested to know that it is currently a palace that was the final resting abode of the infamous and immensely talented German composer, Richard Wagner. The casino was founded in the 15th century but in the 1950s, was shifted to the building where it is housed.

While old, the live casino has been refurbished and now has modern décor and impressive lighting to accompany it, making it exude both modern design and historical taste. Presently, it has an on-site restaurant and free cab rides to the entrance.

The Casino de Venezia is a blend of local culture and history with a hint of modernism. Second only to Bellini, this casino is a must-visit for tourists in Venice.

Kurhaus of Baden-Baden

The Kurhaus of Baden-Baden borrows heavily its neo-classical design from Germany’s Kurhaus Casino of Baden-Baden but it was only officially opened in 1834. This was most probably because, at the time, gambling was illegal in France. So much that French gamblers would have to cross the border to play their favourite casino games. Soon the casino gained international repute and attracted many customers.

It features huge chandeliers and detailed end to end murals that enhance players’ experience and has smaller rooms for players who want to play roulette and poker. The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky and German-American singer Marlene Dietrich frequented the establishment. It still attracts celebrities from all over the world.

Casino de Monte Carlo

The Casino de Monte Carlo is obviously one of the oldest live casinos in the world; its history as a place where the affluent and famous met, makes it undoubtedly a contender for one of the most acclaimed casinos. It was officially opened in 1856 and was featured in the James Bond 2006 movie, Casino Royale. It is as stunning as it was depicted in the movie: posh cars being driven by the super-wealthy into the establishment.

Golden State Casino

Officially opened in 1906, the Golden State Casino was transformed from a temporary tent hotel to the building of grandeur called Hotel Nevada that housed it. A year before a prominent businessman, John F. Miller bought the land on which the hotel sits, the corner of Main and Fremont Streets for $1750.


Name : The Most Ancient Casinos in the World
Author : Alexis Gibson
Published Date : 01/07/2019