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The grandest casino of them all - Monte Carlo

Residents from Monaco are not allowed to gamble in the casino; leaders didn't want them wasting their money

Residents from Monaco are not allowed to gamble in the casino; leaders didn't want them wasting their money

No expense was spared in decorating the Casino; crystal chandeliers, Swiss clocks, French  artwork and marble throughout

No expense was spared in decorating the Casino; crystal chandeliers, Swiss clocks, French artwork and marble throughout

The idea to open a gambling business in Monaco came from Princess Caroline in the late 1840s

The idea to open a gambling business in Monaco came from Princess Caroline in the late 1840s

I'm not sure I like the latest tacky American slot machines in such European elegance; the table games have a certain refinement that slot machines lack

I'm not sure I like the latest tacky American slot machines in such European elegance; the table games have a certain refinement that slot machines lack

The casino has some tables where you can play with a great view of the Mediterranean; I can only imagine the amounts lost at these tables

The casino has some tables where you can play with a great view of the Mediterranean; I can only imagine the amounts lost at these tables

Magnificent 1889 Art Nouveau stained glass ceiling at the Casino; surprisingly, man buns still seem all the rage

Magnificent 1889 Art Nouveau stained glass ceiling at the Casino; surprisingly, man buns still seem all the rage

The Europeans have put in place many rules limiting how long people can play and how much they can lose; the American system is exactly the opposite

The Europeans have put in place many rules limiting how long people can play and how much they can lose; the American system is exactly the opposite

The casino has been featured in many films including the original 1953 Casino Royale, Golden Eye, Never Say Never Again and Once Upon A Crime

The casino has been featured in many films including the original 1953 Casino Royale, Golden Eye, Never Say Never Again and Once Upon A Crime

1947 slot machine; famous Monaco residents include Azarenka, Cilic, Dimitrov, Djokovic, Henin, Kvitova, Wozniacki and both Zverevs

1947 slot machine; famous Monaco residents include Azarenka, Cilic, Dimitrov, Djokovic, Henin, Kvitova, Wozniacki and both Zverevs

View east from inside the casino; at some point in the 1950s, the casino was controlled by Aristotle Onassis

View east from inside the casino; at some point in the 1950s, the casino was controlled by Aristotle Onassis

In addition to James Bond films, the casino has been the setting for many others including Ocean's Twelve in 2004

In addition to James Bond films, the casino has been the setting for many others including Ocean's Twelve in 2004

Splendid marble art at the Casino; the first ever women's Olympiad was held in the Casino gardens in 1921 to protest the International Olympic Committee's decision to not have women's events in the 1924 Olympics

Splendid marble art at the Casino; the first ever women's Olympiad was held in the Casino gardens in 1921 to protest the International Olympic Committee's decision to not have women's events in the 1924 Olympics

The ceilings in the Casino were works of art; supposedly 7 million people a year take selfies in front of the Casino

The ceilings in the Casino were works of art; supposedly 7 million people a year take selfies in front of the Casino

1948 slot machine; in the good old days you actually had to feed coins to the machine and then, hopefully, heard the glorious sound of your winnings falling out of the machine

1948 slot machine; in the good old days you actually had to feed coins to the machine and then, hopefully, heard the glorious sound of your winnings falling out of the machine

Renaissance Hall in the Casino; the Casino was famous for roulette which means little wheel in French

Renaissance Hall in the Casino; the Casino was famous for roulette which means little wheel in French

There are several other casinos in Monaco but I can't imagine they can outdo the original

There are several other casinos in Monaco but I can't imagine they can outdo the original

Europe Hall in the Casino; commoners can tour the casino from 9-1 for 17 euros before play begins at 2 pm

Europe Hall in the Casino; commoners can tour the casino from 9-1 for 17 euros before play begins at 2 pm

Supposedly, Monaco has the largest number of police per capita of any country in the world; I think most are just guarding all of the money here

Supposedly, Monaco has the largest number of police per capita of any country in the world; I think most are just guarding all of the money here

The Belle Epoque, between 1871 and 1914, saw the creation of many of France's landmark buildings as well as the Monte Carlo Casino

The Belle Epoque, between 1871 and 1914, saw the creation of many of France's landmark buildings as well as the Monte Carlo Casino

The casino had my mom's favorite video poker games, but the minimum bet was one euro which she would view as too much

The casino had my mom's favorite video poker games, but the minimum bet was one euro which she would view as too much

Passengers on planes taking off from and landing at the Nice airport have one of the most scenic panoramas you can imagine

Passengers on planes taking off from and landing at the Nice airport have one of the most scenic panoramas you can imagine

Touzet Salon at the Casino; normal shopping hours in Monaco are 9AM-noon and 3-7pm

Touzet Salon at the Casino; normal shopping hours in Monaco are 9AM-noon and 3-7pm

The Casino has several restaurants but doesn't have a hotel associated with it; there is a 5 star hotel right across the street though

The Casino has several restaurants but doesn't have a hotel associated with it; there is a 5 star hotel right across the street though

Medecin Hall in the Casino; in 1873, most of the European gambling houses were closed as part of governments' policy to prevent people from losing their fortunes; the Monte Carlo Casino didn't close and business took off

Medecin Hall in the Casino; in 1873, most of the European gambling houses were closed as part of governments' policy to prevent people from losing their fortunes; the Monte Carlo Casino didn't close and business took off

Rose Salon in the Casino; I wonder how the games pay here compared to Las Vegas or Cherokee

Rose Salon in the Casino; I wonder how the games pay here compared to Las Vegas or Cherokee

Reflection of the Monte Carlo Casino; a strict dress code requires men to have jackets and ties with no tennis shoes allowed

Reflection of the Monte Carlo Casino; a strict dress code requires men to have jackets and ties with no tennis shoes allowed

Most of the casino is dedicated to roulette and table games but there are a couple of salons with slot machines

Most of the casino is dedicated to roulette and table games but there are a couple of salons with slot machines

My tour of the casino came with an informative audio guide; I was there at 9am when they opened to beat the tour bus crowds

My tour of the casino came with an informative audio guide; I was there at 9am when they opened to beat the tour bus crowds

1947 slot machine; famous Monaco residents include Bono, Safin, Safarova, Ringo Starr, Raonic and marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe

1947 slot machine; famous Monaco residents include Bono, Safin, Safarova, Ringo Starr, Raonic and marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe

Posted by RNRiggins 04:36

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