High Rollers’ Casino – Knokke-Heist
This is my review of the Casino in Knokke. For more information on this casino, please click here.
The Belgian northern Sea coast is approximately 70 km long, from the Netherlands in the East to France in the West. On Sunday, July 1st, we visited three casinos, located in the known coastal resorts of Knokke, Blankenberge and Ostend. Knokke was our first stop that day. It is the most North-Eastern seaside resort of the Belgian coast, very close to the Dutch border, and is considered the most exclusive resort on the coast. The short walk through the city center confirms this reputation. The streets are lined with elegant restaurants and luxury shops that cater to the upscale clientele that come to the town to be seen. With a Porsche you are nothing special here. The two Ferraris I saw on the way back from the casino may have attracted some attention.
The casino in Knokke fits this profile. The Casino Knokke is known for housing art by Keith Haring, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. The Kroonluchterzaal (Chandelier room) contains a 6 ton chandelier made of Venetian crystal. The Casino Knokke is definitely your choice in Flanders if you are a “high roller” and would like to play larger sums.
The Casino is located about 15 minutes’ walk from the Knokke central station (the coastal tram also stops near the central station). The Casino of Knokke is situated directly on the seaside promenade and is a part of a larger entertainment complex, offering also concerts and cabarets. The entrance to the Casino is from the back of the building. We were receive by friendly staff and followed the usual entry procedure, showed our passports, were photographed and received a membership card.
On the ground floor of the Casino you can find a great variety of slots. Most are 5 reel video slots, but also several electronic Multi Roulette units. I also saw some mechanical “one-armed bandits”. I liked it a lot that the slots area on the first level of the Casino was divided into a smoking and a non-smoking section. If you are a smoker, you can enjoy playing the slots in the smoking section. Similarly, non-smokers can play in their allotted area, undisturbed by cigarettes smoke.
The Elegance of the Casino Knokke
We then took the elevator to the Table Games area on the second floor of the casino. The atmosphere here was very elegant, and I thought some may even find it elitist. The decoration is a combination of white leather and purple glass. Beautiful chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The restaurant is on the right side and a bar in the rear. There is also a spacey smoking lounge, separated by a glass panel and overlooking the Casino.
We entered the casino at around 17:00 and there was still not much going on the Sunday afternoon of our visit to the Casino Knokke. I counted 8 roulette tables, but only two were in operation. Limits between 1 and 1,800 €, 20€ for simple chances. In addition, there were 5 Blackjack tables, one open with a limit of 20 €. The casino also had 3 Casino Poker tables. A Casino Stud Poker table was open, with an ante of 10 €, but it was empty of players.
On the left side of the Table Games area, I counted four poker tables. Poker in the Casino Knokke only starts at 20:00, so I was unable to check the variant. According to the staff, high rollers’ games take place every evening (cash games), with blinds from 20 € up to whatever the players wish.
Dress Code – Casino Knokke
Most players in the Casino Knokke wore jeans and a shirt, also in the live games area. I would say the standard in the Casino is jeans, a dress shirt and closed shoes. As it was a very nice day and because I wanted to test the Limits of Belgian casinos, I went in with my yellow Crocs. I was allowed to enter, but did not feel quite comfortable in the Casino like that.
Conclusion Casino Knokke
The Casino’s location, right on the beach promenade, is unbeatable. The decor is very elegant and the limits are much higher than in other Belgian casinos. The accommodations for smokers are excellent both in the slots and in the live game area. If you like to play larger sums of money and like the exclusive atmosphere, the Casino of Knokke-Heist is your first choice.