With the advent of technology, gamblers can play their favorite live casino game from home without having to go to a casino. While that certainly has its advantages, going to an actual casino is a whole different experience, and as a result, they are still popular establishments these days. Casinos have been around for many decades, and many of them are still standing – in fact, there is evidence that even in the ancient time gambling was popular.
Casino di Venezia
The oldest casino in the world that is still active to this day is in Italy, wearing the name of Casino di Venezia. The establishment was built in 1638 (17th century) and is 381 years old. The building has a Renaissance style to it and is located on the Grand Canal. As a result of being the oldest casino standing, the building attracts many tourists not only for the gambling aspect of things but also for its historical value. Nowadays, the casino hosts a number of classic tables game such as blackjack, poker, and roulette, and also has in its possession a total of 600 slot machines.
Casino de Spa
The second oldest casino still standing is 256 years old and is located in Belgium. Most of the building was destroyed as a result of a fire during World War I, but it was rebuilt in a year later, in 1918, and went through a renovation in the ‘80s. The casino has a total of 1,500 square meters, and it offers over 100 slot machines, as well as table games such as blackjack and roulette. In addition, the second floor of the casino is dedicated to poker, with the building featuring two large halls with 15 poker tables – the most popular game being Texas Hold’em.
Kurhaus of Baden-Baden
Another impressive casino in terms of its historical value is the Kurhaus of Baden-Baden, opened in 1834 – making it 185 years old. Located in Baden-Baden, Germany, the location was very popular in the 1830s, when gambling wasn’t allowed in France – with people going over the border in order to play. Besides its casino, Kurhaus of Baden-Baden also features a spa resort and conference complex. In addition, the place has also hosted chess tournaments and has been the location for the 1981 Olympic Congress and the 2009 NATO Summit.
Casino de Monte-Carlo
Built in 1856, the 163-year-old casino located in Monaco is owned by the Society of Sea Baths and Circle of Foreigners in Monaco. Princess Caroline of the House of Grimaldi is credited with coming up with the idea to build the casino in order for the country to avoid bankruptcy. The casino has been well maintained and offers a wide variety of game for gamblers, from the usual slot machines and blackjack, to games such as Baccarat, Craps, Trente et Quarante, and French Roulette. The luxurious establishment features under its roof the casino as well as the Grand Theatre de Monte Carlo, and the office for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo (a classical ballet company).
Golden Gate Casino
Given that Las Vegas is a well-known place when it comes to gambling, it should come as no surprise that one of the oldest casino standings belongs to the Las Vegas strip. Golden Gate Casino is placed in the center of the city and opened its doors in 1906, but the casino only operated until 1909, when the state gambling ban went into effect. The casino was opened once again in 1931 when the state of Nevada made gambling legal. The property was renamed for a while as Sal Sagev, but after 2 decades it was renamed and since 1974 it is known as the Golden Gate Casino.