Friday, January 20, 2012

Top 5 Casino Venues in London

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Photo by Jessie Hodge

Rebecca Bryant, a part time travel photographer and a casino gamer, shares her best pick of casinos on her travel to London.

There’s a long tradition of gambling in London (home to many of the top UK casinos so you won’t have any trouble finding a seat at the table, whether your game is blackjack, baccarat, or poker. Several of the top casinos are also located in entertainment districts such as Piccadilly Circus, giving you easy access to plenty of other entertainment and nightlife options if things don’t go so well at the tables.

Victoria Casino

Most gamblers simply call it “the Vic”, and the London Vic casino operates one of the best known and popular card rooms in town. The Vic has plenty of standard casino games but is better known for its poker, hosting some of the UK’s biggest cash games, which run from £1-£1 up to £10-£25 (and sometimes as high as £25-£50). Other gambling options include casino games such as slots, roulette, blackjack, and craps.

Playboy Club London

The Playboy Club London brings the world-famous Playboy brand to one of the world’s great cities, offering an intimate, private atmosphere in which to enjoy a wide range of games. This one is a private member’s club so you’ll need to fork over some cash (currently £1,300 for a one-year membership) if you want to step foot inside and get a taste. While the price of admission may be high it truly is a unique experience you can only find at a Playboy Club casino.

Casino at the Empire

Located in Leicester Square, Casino at the Empire is open 24/7 and offers a wide range of casino games as well as numerous daily poker tournaments and cash games (including some large international poker events). With the action spread out over 50,000 sq. ft. of gaming space over two levels you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy games such as slots, craps, blackjack, and roulette.

The Sportsmen

This West End casino offers a mix of classic casino style with a modern vibe, giving players a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a wide range of games. The Sportsmen also offers quality restaurants and bars for when it’s time to take a break from the tables, giving players a little bit of everything to enjoy.

The Golden Nugget

The Golden Nugget is located in the heart of London’s entertainment district at Piccadilly Circus, serving up plenty of favorite casino games such as slots, roulette, blackjack, Punto Banco, and craps.

Have you checked out any of these venues before? How did you find them?

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