There are lots of reasons to visit Paris – one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. The food, the museums, the galleries – so much to see and do. But if you fancy a few casino games while you are there, there are eight different casinos to choose from. In this article we take a look at how gambling is done Parisian style.
Casino de Paris
Confusingly, the Casino de Paris is not one of the city’s casinos. Located in the 9th arrondissement of the city, it is on the rue de Clichy where you will find this beautiful building that dates back to the 18th century when it was one of the best known music halls in Paris. Today it remains a major performance venue with some of the world’s biggest names having performed here.
Where are the actual casinos?
There are eight casinos to choose from in Paris, they are:
Association Cercle Central
Association Cercle Eldo
Aviation Club de France
Casino Barriere d’Enghien-les-Bains
Cercle Clichy Montmartre
Playing poker in Paris
One of the most popular casino games played in Paris is the card game of poker. Paris has a well deserved reputation for offering elegant and exclusive poker rooms. One of the best in the city is found at the Aviation Club de France – this casino was founded in 1907 on the Champs-Elysees (close to the Arc d’Triomphe) and offers members-only poker rooms with 20 tables operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Some of the world’s biggest and most lucrative poker tournaments are held at the Aviation Club de France.
Other casino games popular in Paris casinos
Like most casinos around the world, Paris casinos offers you the opportunity to play all of your favourite casino games, including: Blackjack; Punto Banco; and Baccarat. Two exceptions though are Slot Machines (or Fruit Machines) which are not offered in Paris casinos, and also Roulette which is replaced by the game of Le Multicolore.
Le Multicolore is very similar to Roulette – it is very easy to play which is one of the reasons for its popularity. The game is played on a large gaming table with a colourful wheel in the centre of the table. The wheel is divided into twenty five small compartments or cups. Each compartment is assigned a colour. The allocation of colours is as follows:
Six green cups
Six red cups
Six yellow cups
Six white cups
One blue cup.
The cups are also then each assigned different number values – the numbers are used to determine the payout that is made to winning players.
The edges of the table are divided into different segments and each of these segments is printed with the five colours. The players use the coloured segments on the table to place their bets.
As in Roulette, the objective of this game is to try and predict on which colour the small ball will stop.
Paris is always an exciting city to visit – why not immerse yourself in some local culture and try your hand at the game of Le Multicolore.