Written by Montreall.com on 19.10.17

Canada’s biggest land-based casino is celebrating its 24th birthday this month. The Casino de Montreal, located on Notre Dame Island, has been entertaining the people of Montreal since October 1993, open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It’s about time to pay homage to one of the most interesting architectural buildings in the city, which has helped increase the number of visitors to the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal.

The casino features three impressive buildings – the French Pavilion and the Quebec Pavilion were built first some 50 years ago for Expo 67, regarded as the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. The combination of these two symbolic buildings and the newer casino annex makes for a truly spectacular arrival at the entrance to Casino de Montreal. The majestic spires and spiralling architecture subconsciously let the casino’s guests know that they are about to experience something special.

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And something special it certainly has been. The casino boasts a typically Gallic style inside, offering visitors an authentic Parisian-like casino experience. With six floors, 526,488 sq ft of gaming space, spanning 3,200 slot machines, 115 classic casino table games, Keno facilities, and a raft of video poker and virtual games, it’s a gaming paradise that so many visitors to Montreal enjoy. As of May 2016, Casino de Montreal had played host to almost 115 million visitors since opening its doors in 1993. In fact, a tenth of its clientele reportedly originates from outside of the boundaries of the Quebec territory, which only serves to reinforce its magnificent reputation outside of Montreal.

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The Societé des casinos du Quebec has invested heavily in the casino. Back in 2009, a four-year plan was unveiled to breathe new life into the casino’s gaming and entertainment environments, spending $305.7m on a more visually appealing casino floor to bring it up to speed with newer casinos around the world. The Societé also owns and operates other local casinos in Montreal – Casino de Charlevoix, Casino du Lac-Leamy, and the Mont-Tremblant Casino. Before the development of Mont-Tremblant in 2009, the city’s three casinos were attracting some 10.5 million visitors a year, with this number sure to rise thanks to Mont-Tremblant’s presence in and around the famous ski resort.

Nevertheless, Casino de Montreal remains the innovator for gaming in Canada’s second city. It was the first to acknowledge the increasing shift towards iGaming by developing an online version of the Casino, packaged as Espace Jeux, offering casino games, sports betting, bingo, poker, and more. In fact, Canada’s iGaming industry is thriving, with a gross output at a reported $31bn. One look at this Platinum Play casino review demonstrates the breadth of 3D slot games available to online casino players across Quebec today, with over 400 available – more than half of which are developed by iGaming software pioneers, Microgaming.

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Although Casino de Montreal does not have its own on-site hotel, it does boast connections to up to 20,000 hotel rooms across the Montreal city, many of which are at least as good if not better than the calibre of rooms one would expect in Atlantic City or Las Vegas. One thing’s for sure; with almost a quarter of a century of gaming action elapsed and visitor numbers still on the rise, this historic casino will remain a firm favourite for decades to come.

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