The Casino in Vienna is located in the city center, right next to the Opera house. The casino is housed in an impressive old-style, three-stories building in the pedestrian area, designed and furnished in a traditional Viennese style, with high ceilings and stucco walls. However, although a beautiful venue is certainly a plus, it’s hardly enough. I’m a fan of Austrian casinos, and had already visited the casinos in Seefeld, Kitzbühel and Baden. Sadly I must say that I find the casino in Vienna the least exciting of all.
Admission Casino Vienna
There are two parts to the casino in Vienna. The Jackpot Casino is located on the street level. With its casual dress code, it is designed to absorb the street crowed. The Jackpot Casino is open daily from 11:00 and offers more than a 100 slots, a table of Blackjack, some Poker table games and a table of American Roulette.
The Classic Casino spreads over the second and third floors. The table games and poker area are on the second floor and the slots are on the third floor. The Classic casino is open daily from 15:00 and has a strict semi-formal dress code.
Entrance to both the Classic Casino and the Jackpot Casino is restricted to those over the age of 18 and is free of charge. As in other branches of Casinos Austria, visitors are offered the option to buy €30 worth of chips, for only €27. However, players must bet with each chip at least once before they can cash out (for more information, see my review of Casino Kitzbuhel.
Smoking Casino Vienna
Like most casinos in Austria, Casino in Vienna is a smokers’ casino. There is a small none-smoking area on the second floor. It is really a small lobby enclosed with glass walls. At the time of my visit, there were four Roulette tables in the none-smoking area. Three of them were in operation and crowded with players of all ages and nationalities.
Atmosphere Casino Vienna
When entering the casino and ascending the wide marble staircase leading up from the reception to the second floor, one cannot help taking in the elegant, exclusive atmosphere of the place. In fact, the casino in Vienna is furnished as an old Viennese tea room: dark green velvet–like carpets, heavy mahogany furniture and a lot of emphasis on little ornamental-details. Speared around the second floor are several small niches, with little corner tables and sofa chairs, where you can sit, have a drink, smoke and relax for a while. The old tea house atmosphere is not disturbed by the high-end electronic equipment, such as the electronic results board at the Roulette tables or the electronic roulette stand-alone stations which are spread around the room.
There is also a restaurant and a large bar on the second floor. At the time of my visit, the bar was packed and very much alive. Here too, the crowed was diverse, composed of many nationalities, languages and ages.
Classic games Casino Vienna
At the time of my visit, three of the four Roulette tables in the non-smoking area were in operation, with a minimum of two euro. Players were fighting over a place near the tables and I thought it was time to open a forth table.
The card games were similarly crowded. In total, three Blackjack tables were open with a minimum of 10 euro. As in other Austrian casinos, a Casino Holdem and a Tropical Stud Poker tables were also open, both with an ante of five Euros. All tables were well attended.
Poker Casino Vienna
I decided to skip the table games and get some much-needed Poker experience. Unfortunately, I was bitterly disappointed. The Poker area holds 5 tables. There is also a small bar in the Poker area, nice dealers and a beautiful view of the pedestrian area. However, all 5 tables were abandoned. Like in casino Kitzbuhel, it appears that Poker has little appeal to players in the summer season.
Conclusion Casino Vienna
I was charmed by the exclusive atmosphere at Casino Vienna. Unlike the Jackpot Casino, the Classic Casino caters to high-rollers. Part of it is the high minimum bets, which however, at the time of my visit, didn’t seem to help thin the crowd. However, I was disappointed with the Poker scene at the casino.
In conclusion, having visited the casino in Baden-bei-Wien the next day, I would say that if you are short in time, skip the casino in Vienna, and make your way to Baden!