This is my review of the Viage Casino in Brussels. For more information on this casino, check the following page: Casino Brussels
My journey to all European Casinos started on the 27th of June 2012. I am glad that this journey will never end. By the time I fulfilled my mission and visited all Casinos in Europe, the information on the first casinos I visited will have become outdated and will need to be revised, and so I will have to start from the beginning.
I gave the honor to be the first casino I visit to the Viage Casino in Brussels. Maybe because I am originally from Belgium or maybe because Brussels will soon be the capital of Europe (most non Belgian Europeans will probably disagree with me on this).
The Viage Casino is located in the northern part of Brussels. The area is dominated by office buildings,many of which are part of the EU headquarters. The Viage Casino is about 15 minutes’ walk from the Gare du Nord and about 10 minutes’ walk from the Hotel Plaza on rue Adolphe Max.
Like in all Belgium casinos, you have to be at least 21 years old to enter the casino. Your ID or Passport will be checked at the entrance. You will then be issued a member card that you will use to cash out.
Smoking Casino Brussels
Smoking is not permitted in the Casino area. There are some smoking rooms next to the tables, but they are really not recommended since they are small and sticky. They will do if you urgently need a cigarette, but honestly, I would prefer to go out of the casino than to use these cubby holes.
As I entered the casino, at around 23:00, the bar was not very busy.The bartender was spreading around positive, young and dynamic energy. I paid cash for my beer and received it within seconds. Credit Cards are also accepted at the bar. This is uncommon in bars outside Brussels, which mostly only accept cash.
The live games area is located on the first floor of the Viage casino. Also on the first floor, I saw at least 150 slot machines, most of them 5 reel video slots. I also saw some classic mechanical slots. The slots area is not separated from the live games area of the casino, as is often the case with European casinos.
Table Games Casino Brussels
On the Wednesday night of my visit to the Viage Casino in Brussels the following tables were open:
- 3 BlackJack tables with Limits 10 and 25 Euros (500 max)
- 3 Roulette tables with Limits 5 and 25 Euros (500 max)
- 1 Punto Banco table (I forget to check the liimit)
- 1 Casino Poker table (I forgot to check the liimit). I think it was Casino Holdem.
The Viage Casino has the option to open many more game tables, but the choice was fine for the early evening. I would have opened more tables at around 11:30.
Poker Casino Brussels
I basically went to the Viage Casino to play poker. The poker room is located on the second floor of the casino. I saw three active poker tables in the early evening. I didn’t check the limits properly since I wasn’t able to stay in the poker area for long enough. I was suffocated by the smell of sweat in the room.
I have been living in the sunny south of Europe for the past ten years, where body odor is unacceptable and it looks like I became too sensitive.The feeling I had during my short stay in the poker area is that it was dominated by males, and that the atmosphere there was loaded with adrenalin. I couldn’t see players older then 40, but only had a short look and may have missed some of the older players.
There is also a sports bar on the second floor of the casino where you can have a drink and bet on recent sport events. There is another huge slots area on the second floor of the Viage Casino where I saw at least 300 video slots with various games.
Dress Code Casino Brussels
It would be an overstatement to say that there is a dress code at the Viage Casino in Brussels. I wore elegant pants, a nice dress shirt and my beloved black shoes and felt a bit overdressed. Most players wore jeans, a polo shirt and trainers. But I think that you will have a problem getting in with shorts.
Guests are typical for major Belgium cities: mixed up. I saw all kinds of Belgians at the casino (Kongo, Morocco, Belgium roots) and ages.
I landed in Brussels shortly before my visit to the casino that day and didn’t have a lot of time,so I only played blackjack for an hour or so. The dealer was a very nice Belgian girl in her mid-twenties. She was fluent in at least three languages (French, Dutch and English), and managed the table perfectly. The other players at the table were helpful and behaved straight forward and informally. Maybe it was because they saw that I played basic strategy.
I was a bit surprised when a new player to the table placed his chip under my chip. It took me a second to understand that he was betting on my hand. The bank was totally easy with it, paid me (us) out and I moved along.
At some point, an elegant Flemish guy that played next to me fora while, begged me to exchange places. He told me that the last place has huge advantages. He ended up playing his place and mine simultaneously (I got tired) very successfully. I didn’t ask the dealer how many decks are in the game, because there was an electronic shoe. I will make a little research on that.
Restaurant and VIP Room
I didn’t make it to the VIP room and the restaurant. I would be happy to get some comments on these.
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