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I have been a member of Grosvenor Casino for the last two years. We always go to the London Victoria, which is on the Edgeware Road and if you can control yourself and not lose too much money, and treat it as a great night out you will have a wonderful time. Obviously the main reason to go to a casino is to try your luck and have a little flutter, but there is so much more to do as well. They have a fantastic bar and restaraunt as well as doing bar meals which are all reasonably priced considering the casino is situated in the heart of London. The staff are warm and friendly and always rooting for you to have a win.
There are lots of gaming table, Blackjack, Poker, Punta Banco, roulette and craps, machines etc. They also host poker tournaments.
There is also Valeted free parking which is an a great bonus as you can take a break from playing the tables and leave the casino and have a walk about, go to a pub, or have a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants which surround it and your car will be safe in their carpark until you return.
There is not much hassle to join either, just 18 years plus, produce ID, passport or similar (membeship is free) and away you go, dress is smart casual.
My verdict, a great night out.
I've never been into gambling, I've had a bet on the Grand National every now and then but when it was suggested to me when on a short break of going to the casino, I thought what a good idea. I'd been to one once before but basically observed as I wasn;t sure what I was doing, however with a little bit of holiday spending money in my pocket, off we went.
Grosvenor Casino's can be found all across the UK, so more than likely there is probably one in your home town. The first one I went to was Blackpool, thinking back now to that experience I can't remember too much, but I has visited these Casino's in Blackpool, Brighton and my home town of Stoke on Trent.
Its free to join the casino, basically you into there, complete your membership cards and have your picture taken and away you go. Each casino is linked to each other and your information is provided to them all so if you go to another somewhere else they have your information and picture for security reasons.
For those of you that have never been to a casino, its not just a place where you go and blow away your money however there are many people out there that spend their hard earned in there and end up with nothing as we all know, there is only one winner and its not us. A bit of luck on one occasion and the urge to go back again to win some more sometimes seems appealing but the luck is never always on your side. The casino is also a good night out for a drink or meal in a different environment and most casino's have their own seating area for private functions. On a weekly basis the have entertainment on a Friday which I am sure they do at all across the country. The food within there is reasonably priced and the menu is quite nice. They also serve snack if you are playing the tables and feeling a little bit peckish. Don't forget you don't have to gamble if you go in there.
Grosvenor Casino's all look the same as each other wherever you go, some bigger than other though, however they all have the same games that you can play. I did not notice that when I was down south though the minimum stakes on some of these games were £10 and up here in the Midlands minimum stake is £2, so that put me off a little.
Blackjack - The aim of this game is to beat the dealer. Trying to get to 21 without busting or trying to get Blackjack. Minimum bet (locally to me) is £2 per box. SHould you win you will be paid £2 back, should you get blackjack which is an ace and picture you will get back £5. If you don't your £2 is taken away and won by the croupier.
Roulette - Basically you purchase chips to the value of 50p each. These chips can be put on any number on the table, you can put more than one chip on the table and on ech number. You can also bet on odd and even, black or white or 1-18 or 19-36. You can also bet on a quarter on the table or a line of the table. These particular bets have higher odd of winning therefore the minimum bet is £5, should you win, you will be paid £15 back. The croupier spins the wheel a drops the ball if the number comes out and you have chips on it, you are paid 36-1, aquivalent of £18 for you 50p bet.
Electronic Roulette - if you are not sure what you are doing, electronic roulette is better and you can paly without anyone observing you.
Slot Machines - Not like the ones you find in the pub, these are very confusing and to be honest I don't know how to play them properly. Best bet is to set them to autoplay and see what it does for you. Jackpot on some of these machines is very big.
Super Stud Poker and Three Card Poker are two other games that you can play at Grosvenor however I have only played these a couple of times, didn't really like them and haven't bothered again since.
All casino's are pretty relaxed environment, there are no particular dress restrictions, people seem to think they are a black tie kind of venue, however smart casual is acceptable. Drinks are reasonably priced, however if you are playing the tables, soft drinks and hot beverages are free, not alcohol, this isn't Vegas, you have to pay for this.
A few tips though, Casino's can be addictive, you may win once and think I can go back and do that again and again and again. Take it from me, you can't. There is only one winner. Don't go to the casino expecting to win, if you don't want to lose your money, don't go. Don't go to the casino with more money than you can afford or take a credit or debit card. These places are full of cash machines and they will quite happily take your money from you. At the end of the day it is business.
Take it all as a bit of fun and you will enjoy yourself.
Enjoy the excitement of the atmosphere and experience the gaming phenomenon.