The Casino de Montreal opened in 1993. It is situated on the Notre Dame Island, in Montreal, which is the largest city in Quebec. The Casino de Montreal is the largest casino in Canada, and is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The casino is owned and operated by the Societe de casinos du Quebec, which also owns three more casinos in the province. The Societe is a subsidiary of Loto-Quebec, a public corporation connected to the government of Quebec, and all profits of the casinos go to the provincial government.
Notre Dame Island and Casino Buildings Built for Expo 67
The casino consists of three interconnected buildings. Two of these buildings, the French Pavilion and the Quebec Pavilion, were built for the 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, which was considered the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. Expo 67 was Canada’s main celebration during its centennial year. The Notre Dame Island, the site of the Casino de Montreal, is an artificial island created in the Saint Lawrence River, also in time for Canada’s centennial at Expo 67.
The third building is an annex built by the Casino de Montreal. The main building has six floors, in addition to the annex. Within the three structures you will find over 3200 slot machines, and over 115 gaming tables. There are keno tables and a large number of speed lotteries and virtual games. There are four great restaurants and three bars, and a cabaret and huge meeting and banquet facilities.
The architecture of the Casino de Montreal is unusual, with numerous windows and low ceilings.
Wide Range of Games Available
There is a huge number of table games available. Many forms of blackjack are available, roulette, Blackjack Switch as well as Spanish 21. Baccarat and EZ baccarat are available at the tables. The versions of poker that you can play include Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em and Caribbean Stud Poker, the game that became popular on the ships cruising the Caribbean. There is also the Ultimate Texas Hold’em for those players who want to try the ultimate bets. There is also a new form of poker, the EZ Pai Gow Poker, for something with a surprise.
Played in many countries in Asia is Sic Bo, a game with three dice, and this can also be played at Casino de Montreal. You will also find keno tables, the lottery game that is said to have been created to fund the building of the Chinese Wall.
All Kinds of Special Promotions
The Casino de Montreal organises many tournaments of many games, and there are daily bonuses offered and special promotions. There is a Bad Beat jackpot available at special tables, with a huge minimum progressive jackpot, or a smaller prize that all the participants in the bad beat hand is the jackpot is not won. On certain days there are demo tables organised, to teach new players five different forms of poker.
The cabaret shows at Casino de Montreal are available as matinees or evening shows, and indeed they form a key part of Montreal’s nightlife. There is a variety of shows presented by well known singers from all over the world as well as all sorts of remarkable performances like comedy acts and electronic music.