A James Bond Jaunt through Canada’s Casino Culture

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Whenever you picture a casino scene where the likes of James Bond or Alan from The Hangover sit down for a battle against the odds in a bid to bring down the house, Las Vegas is usually the place in your mind. Failing that, the plush surroundings of Monaco’s exclusive Casino de Monte-Carlo may pop into your head. But what if we were to tell you that some of the best casinos in the world are actually located in Canada? OK, so the country’s casino culture might not be able to generate the $25.2 billion Nevada made in 2016 or the $25 billion Macau is projected to make in 2017. However, there is a strong tradition of Canadian casinos offering world-class entertainment to a wide variety of people.

“But why would I want to visit a casino while I’m in Canada?” Good question. Aside from being places where you can sit down, have some fun and feel like James Bond for a few dollars, modern casinos are now all-inclusive entertainment venues. Inside the country’s top casinos, you’ll find everything from restaurants and bars to clubs and stage shows – and very often, accommodation options too. Essentially, if you’re looking for a great night out, these are the places to be.

Learn a Bit Before You Travel

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Now, before we take you on a whistle-stop tour of Canada’s finest betting establishments, it’s worth giving you a few pointers. As you would do if you were visiting anywhere for the first time, a little bit of preparation can go a long way. Unsurprisingly, the internet is here to help and, in this instance, we’re referring to online casinos. Aside from offering real money games, the leading operators also offer game guides and free-play games.

As seen on this Canadian site, the top rated platforms offer everything from free spins to free bets. Just as you’d read hotel reviews on TripAdvisor.com, it pays to check out the five-star rating system on OnlineCasinos.ca and find out things such as how many games a site has, whether you can play via your mobile and what freebies are on offer. By using this independent review site as a guide, you can then find a few places to try your hand at games such as blackjack, roulette, slots and baccarat for free.

Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the finer points of casino gaming, you should be ready to take a tour of Canada’s leading venues. Although we haven’t covered every betting parlour in the country, we have picked out some of the most entertaining places to visit:

River Rock Casino Resort – British Columbia

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Aside from offering 70,000 square feet of gaming space where you can put the skills you’ve learned online into practice, River Rock has a 260-seater buffet to go alongside two theatres. The River Rock Show Theatre is the larger of the two and has played host to the likes of singer Melissa Etheridge and the all-male, all-risqué dance troupe, Thunder from Down Under. If you fancy something a little more intimate, Curve features local artists with dining and drink options. So, even if the allure of the roulette wheel doesn’t call out to you, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied here.

Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino – Ontario

If you want a room with a view then this casino is for you. Set on Windsor’s waterfront and overlooking the Detroit skyline, this casino is a sister venue of the famous Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. This not only means you’ll have plenty of gaming options, but top-end entertainment. BY far the standout attraction in this place is Neros Steakhouse. Offering fine dining in a Romanesque setting, this restaurant is the perfect place to eat when you’re in Windsor; especially if you go on “Signature Roast Sunday”.

Fallsview Casino Resort – Ontario

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To go to Canada and miss out on Niagara Falls would be a crime, so why not combine a trip with a stay at Fallsview. As you’d expect, this casino overlooks the misty natural wonder and, if you want, your room can too. Of course, if you don’t plan on spending much time in your room then the casino’s nightclub, Dragonfly, will probably pique your interest. Dragonfly is 12,000 square feet of Vegas-style nightclub where 800 guests can dance the night away. What’s even better is that when the doors close at 3am, you can still enjoy a round of blackjack or two before you head to bed.

As you can see, Canada’s casino culture is about more than just games. Sure, playing the odds and winning a few dollars is great, but if you’re looking for an all-round entertainment experience, these venues are hard to beat.

 

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