PHOTO: Monte Carlo Casino in the Principality of Monaco

Casino of Monte Carlo in Monaco is open to all but citizens of the tiny country

Most guests visit Monte Carlo Casino for the non-stop action on its 100,000 square foot gaming floor. Players can choose from Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, slots, poker, Roulette, Big Six Wheel, Caribbean Stud, Three-Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, and Let It Ride. High-flyers can take bigger risks in the high-limit gaming areas. However, the facility is also fully equipped resort that offers restaurants, a spa, lounges, pools, shops, and 2,992 hotel rooms.

Gambling was seized upon as a revenue source when the districts of Menton and Roquebrune declared independence from Monaco in 1848, leaving Monaco with a tiny patch of land and few sources of tax revenue. Princess Caroline, the wife of Prince Florestan I, is credited with the idea for building a casino. In 1854, the couple’s son, Charles, commissioned the first casino. One lesser known fact is that the Monte Carlo Casino is open to everyone except the country’s own citizens. Still to this day, security personnel check identity documents at the door to enforce the rule.

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