The Casino Scene in France

casino de parisWe often think of cities outside the French capital as the places to find casinos. The classic French film Bob Le Flambeur focuses on a glamorous casino in Deauville, north of Paris, while Jacques Demu’s 1963 film La Baie des Angels (Bay of Angels) takes place in Nice. So notable are the French Riviera casinos that they appear in many a James Bond film. The Cote d’Azur is as famous for its glamorous casinos as it is for its topless beaches and the annual Cannes Film Festival.

inside a french casinoBut Paris does in fact have casinos–quite a few of them. They are all, as it happens, on the Right Bank, the part of town that traditonally was the business and governmental center of the city. The Right Bank is where you will find the majority of the large department stores as well as the presidential palace and the Louvre, which was once a royal palace. The Left Bank was, back in the day, considered more academic and bohemian; this is where you will still find the Sorbonne and the heart of the publishing industry. Today, of coourse, there’s a bit of everything on both banks.

casino in monte carloNorth of the Louvre and skirting the streets close to the Seine are the 3rd, 9th and 8th Arrondissments (the city’s administrative districts). This is where all of Paris’ casinos are situated. The Cercle Anglais and the Cercle Haussmann are the two most notable before you get to the Champs-Elysees. The Cercle Haussmann has the most poker tables of any Paris casino, but don’t look for Las Vegas-style slot machines here. They are nowhere to be seen!

It’s natural to find casinos all over France. After all, this is the national that gave us roulette and baccarat. (You always knew those names sounded French!). Blackjack, roulette, poker and baccarat are all favorite games at French casinos.

craps-chipsFurther along the river and more toward the commercial centre of Paris is the Aviation Club de France, a members-only club playing host to some of the world’s best poker players. It is located near the Arc de Triomphe.

For game-lovers who may not be in Paris, or in France, for that matter, there’s a way to access that casino ambiance without leaving the comfort of your home. is a gaming site in French, and it offers all the games that players know and love.

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