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Montreal Casino: The Lights, The Parties, the Gambling Glitz
Can't say many urban casinos are plopped in the middle of manicured parkland. Mind you, "urban" isn't quite the first adjective to spring to mind when chatting about the Montreal Casino. One moment, you're quietly contemplating a wild fox or grumpy groundhog -don't ask, they just are- passing through as you sit under a weeping willow by the water. The next you're honing your blackjack skills followed by an outdoor stroll along a Formula One race track to help digest that poutine you just wolfed down. Sounds weird to you? Ha. That's the only way I know how to gamble. Then again, gambling is the last thing I do at the Montreal Casino. I go there to dance, eat and hang out in the surrounding gardens at whatever time of the day I please. After all, Casino de Montréal doors are open 24/7. Just don't count on unlimited free alcohol. Vegas, this is not.
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Montreal Casino: Wanna Bet?
If you're the antithesis of my dancing queen self and intend to show up instead for the specific purpose of gambling, count on access to baccarat, poker, blackjack, keno, sic bo, craps and roulette tables. Requisite slot machines in the range of 3,000 are also on location. Insiders whisper that some of the highest betting limits in Canada are right here. Table game tournaments are also a regular feature.
Montreal Casino: Dress Code?
If there is one, I didn't get the memo. I've seen everything at the Casino, from couture gowns to joggers that could be mistaken for jammies. Or vice versa. Come as you are, though it never hurts to pile on the posh.
Montreal Casino: Cabaret
Live performances -think Tony Bennett or Gino Vannelli- as well as poker tournaments, variety shows and boxing matches are part of the Casino de Montréal's main attractions, a reboot of the carabet venue which was out of operation to make way for a $300 million Casino renovation project -of which $22 million was devoted to revamping the cabaret- carried out over the course of six years, from 2009 until its reopening in 2015.
Montreal Casino: Restaurants & Bars
Fine dining and pub grub under the same roof, you could score a smoked meat sandwich, a plate of Asian fare... or an entrée of foie gras au torchon. But if you can't make up your mind, just head for the buffet. Here's a list of all of the Montreal Casino restaurants and bars.
Montreal Casino Opening Hours and Admission
It's free admission to access the grounds. However, tickets are generally required for access to cabaret performances. The Montreal Casino is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Montreal Casino Contact Information
1 avenue du Casino, Montréal, QC H3C 4W7
Tel: (514) 392-2746 or toll-free 1-800-665-2274
Getting there: Metro Parc Jean-Drapeau
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