Gambling In Germany's Oldest And Most Beautiful Casino
November 18, 2017 12:02pm CST
Casino fans have more than 50 casinos to choose from in Germany. One shouldn’t visit Baden-Baden, a spa town of ~50.000 inhabitants and home to many millionaires in the south of Germany near the Black Forest, and not go to the Casino there. It’s a must-see. The Casino in Baden-Baden is the largest and oldest and most magnificent one in the country. An official document states that games of chance were already played there in 1748. In the current casino, ‘the ball has rolled’ since 1824. Gambling sessions start at 2 pm. The entrance fee is 5 Euro ($5.90). Visitors are asked to enter properly dressed, men should wear a tie. Jeans are not allowed. If the weather is very hot in the summer months - from June to September - men without ties are also permitted. The interior is all marble, gold and purple silk, with enormous glass chandeliers. It looks like the living quarters of a French royal palace accentuated by oil paintings of noble people looking from the walls. To imagine what they’ve already seen! What joy, what despair! European nobility placing their serfs as bets, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky losing all his and his wife’s money (in his novel The Gambler he drew on his experience in Baden-Baden). When I visited in February and came in at 3 pm, only two roulette tables were open (one can play French and American roulette, baccarat, black jack, poker, punto banco and Klondyke, slot machines are in the vaulted cellars, using them costs 1 Euro). I changed 10 Euro into chips, placed myself beside a female croupier and told her that I knew nothing about roulette but intended to put my chips on the table. As I was afraid I might not notice if I had won or lost I asked her to watch out for me. She laughed and promised to do so but didn’t have to concentrate on me for long. My gambling career was over in ten minutes. At least I wouldn’t need the address on the leaflet lying beside the cashier’s desk offering help for gambling addicts.
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• Manchester, England
Looks like a wonderful environment in which to lose one's shirt!! You're wise to stick to a (small) limit when it comes to gambling. I enjoy a flutter myself but limit my losses to a very small percentage of my monthly salary.
It is a place that I would like to visit for its historical side. Quite all French writers of the 19th C went there. I had never had the curiosity to look at modern photos, it seems that it has not changed a lot. It is impressive, maybe I would also spend 10 Euros if I was visiting it
@Fleura No, that's not what I mean. Expensive buildings can only be built when the money is already there. The nobility all over the world exploited the simple people and had them build monuments, castles, etc. You can begin with the pyramids. This is an interesting topic. Cn you/should you enjoy a visit of, say, the castle of Versailles in France knowing how many people 'paid' for it with their work? Gamblers are not 'exploited' in this way. It's their decision to enter a casino. Nobody is forced to go there. A serf in the Middle Ages had no choice. Everybody knows that in the end, the casino wins.
• United States
Oh wow. That is lovely. I wonder if one can simply dress according to the code and go in - not gamble. It's a far cry from our casinos here. Though at the ones we have here there are usually several posters on the wall with a phone number to an addiction hotline - for "when it becomes more than just a game".
As I've mentioned, there is an entrance fee. I think if it didn't exist, too many people would just walk in and disturb the atmosphere. Once you're in, you can just walk around. There are more beautiful rooms like the one in the photo. It's not obligatory to gamble.