My first impression was that both casinos cater to the Asian audience. In both casinos, the audience was predominantly Asian. However, on average, the crowd at the Napoleon casino was older.
Undeniably, the Napoleon offers much of the same as the Empire. However, the Napoleon seems to be the elegant, exclusive version of the Empire Casino. The Napoleon is also located underground. Walking down the stairs to the casino, I entered a lovely, elegant looking room. Already at first glance, I could see that the gaming tables are in much better condition than those of the Empire (to read more about my visit to the Empire casino, click here.
In addition, the limits for the main casino games are significantly higher at the Napoleon. At the Napoleon, you can play Punto Banco with a limit of £15,000, Blackjack for £1,500 and you can bet on simple chances at the Roulette tables for £15,000.
I was elegantly dressed and was allowed in without any problems. In fact, with a jacket over a T shirt, I didn’t feel over dressed here, as most patrons were in smart-casual dress.
Admission to the casino is free. The Napoleon requires a show of a valid ID at the entrance. It didn’t bother me, but it did seem to bother the Chinese youngster who tried to wriggle his way in next to me.
The Napoleon’s Casino was crowded at the time of my visit (February 6, 2013, 11 P.m.), but not overcrowded. Everything was somehow exactly right; the tables were not too full nor too empty.
To sum up, Napoleons Casino in London has a clear target audience: middle aged, affluent Asians. As such, the casino offers many tables of Punto Banco, with the hefty maximum bet of £15,000, the restaurant is Chinese and the most signs and labels are bilingual English / Chinese. It can be recommended as a casino for high rollers.