Though the United States and Macau may take the title for the countries with the largest casinos in the world, and they truly are in their own race, Europe is home to some of the most luxurious and historical casinos. In Europe, gambling laws are generally more relaxed which probably reduces the need to create massive casino resorts as there are many smaller places where punters can find their favourite games. Nevertheless, there are also some larger establishments that attract locals and tourists alike. Here, there is a list of the largest establishments in Europe, including what types of games you can expect and what other attractions you can explore.
1. Casino Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal
Casino Estoril is not only one of the biggest casinos in the world, but it is among the oldest as well. The casino opened in 1931, in the Cascais municipality of Lisbon. Estoril has been visited by many historical figures since its opening, including Ian Fleming, during the time when he was writing the James Bond stories. The casino has over 1,200 slots and table games that are spread around its lavish floor space. When it comes to slot machines, Estoril has a large selection of themes, brands, and slots with varying bonus features. The table games at Estoril are a must, as there are all sorts of roulette, baccarat, Caribbean stud poker, and other games to be explored. French bank, or Banca Francesca, is a house speciality. It is a game of Portuguese origin and involves three dice. Poker players can go head to head at the poker tables, where there are games being played all the time.
In addition to all of these exciting activities, Estoril Casino is also home to 10 top-level restaurants and bars that serve everything including authentic Portuguese cuisine. Guests can take their minds off casino games by walking through the art gallery, taking in a show at the auditorium, checking into the Black and Silver room that sometimes hosts concerts and other acts, and there are plenty of lounges to relax in.
2. Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco
The words Monte Carlo and casino go hand in hand, as the Monte Carlo Casino is arguably the most famous casino in the world. Atlantic City and Caesars Palace may beat Casino de Monte-Carlo in terms of size, but the Monte Carlo Casino is unrivalled in its history and cultural significance. The establishment was opened in 1865 and contains a casino, a world-famous opera theatre, and the office of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. The idea for building the casino originated from Princess Caroline, the Princess Consort to Florestan I, Prince of Monaco. Their son, Charles, took responsibility for building the first casino, though it struggled to attract visitors. The original building was abandoned, and the task of handling the casino business was handed over to the French entrepreneur, Francois Blanc, and a plot of land called Spelugues was picked for the construction of the grand building. To make the land sound more appealing to foreigners, it was renamed Monte Carlo, in honour of Prince Charles.
The rest is history, as now Monte Carlo Casino is one of the most luxurious casinos in the world and is visited by masses of tourists around the world. There are roulette tables, stud poker, blackjack, baccarat, craps, video poker, slots, and trente et quarante, amongst the many games to be enjoyed. What's quite interesting is that Monte Carlo Casino is responsible for a large part of the Monegasque economy, and citizens of Monaco are forbidden from entering the gaming rooms.
3. Resorts World, Birmingham, UK
Resorts World is a massive entertainment complex that encompasses 50 shops, 18 bars and restaurants, a cinema, a spa, a four-star hotel, and the biggest casino in the UK. It was opened in 2015 and there is just under 60,000 square feet of gaming space. The casino, owned by Genting, features over 100 slot machines, including progressive jackpot slots, and over 40 e-gaming terminals. The casino is also packed with table games, including favourites such as roulette, baccarat, and slots. For high-rollers who want to cut to the chase and play for serious money, there is the High Stakes Area.
Genting International Casino also provides visitors with a huge Sports Bar, where sports events from all over the world are broadcast. The bar displays many different sports and guests can enjoy some refreshments or order something to eat from the menu, including 10oz Ribeye Steaks, Piri Piri Half Chicken, and more. The entertainment complex features a cinema with IMAX and VIP Experience, as well as bowling, an arcade game centre, escape rooms, a massive conference hall, and plenty of shops and places to eat.
4. Empire Casino, London, UK
For a truly luxurious atmosphere, the Empire Casino in London is a must. It can be found in Leicester Square and has 55,000 square feet of gaming space over two floors. The casino is housed in the old Empire Theatre, which used to play vaudeville shows and acts in Victorian times. It was built in 1884, and in the 1920s the theatre was converted into a cinema. It later received new life when a nightclub was added to the premises, and in 2007 it finally opened a casino. The casino runs 24/7 and features all types of slots, video poker games, and electronic roulette. There are table games, which are beautifully adorned and illuminated by contemporary lighting, where guests can play American roulette, blackjack, and various other popular games. Poekr players will have a ball at the Empire Casino, as there are plenty of tables in the poker room.
The Empire Casino is not only a highly popular casino that can draw in massive crowds, but it also has plenty of pull with cinephiles. There are 9 auditoriums including IMAX, 4k projection, and a 4DX screen.
5. Casino Barrier d'Enghien-les-Bains, France
Enghien-les-Bains Casino overlooks Lake Enghien and was opened in 1901. It is the only casino in France where there is an entry fee, though this does not seem to stop the masses of visitors who come to explore the premises. The casino is owned by the Barriere Group, which also owns two hotels in the vicinity and luxurious thermal baths.
At Enghien-les-Bains Casino, there is over 16,000 square feet dedicated to gaming, where there are 500 slot machines, 72 video poker machines, 39 electronic roulette stations (in English), and 43 games tables. Players can find blackjack, poker, sic bo, punto banco, war, and various types of poker, being played in lavish settings. There are games of poker where visitors have to play against the house, and there are also more conventional poker games where they can play against fellow players. The games include Texas Hold'em, Three-Card Poker, Ultimate Poker, and plenty more.
6. King's Casino, Rozvadov, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is home to the casino with the largest poker room in Europe. The Kings Casino, which was opened in 2003, was opened by the famous Czech poker player, Leon Tsoukernik. In 2015, the King's Casino made a deal with the World Series of Poker to host some events in the WSOP Circuit and the WSOP Europe. The casino has over 60,000 square feet of gaming space that features over 300 slots, and table games such as roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and craps.
What the majority of guests come in to play are poker games. There are over 160 poker tables to play at, and there are daily tournaments with prizes ranging from €3,000 and over. In addition to the poker venue and the casino, there is a hotel on the premises, as well as restaurants, shops, and a wellness centre to keep guests entertained.
7. Casino di Venezia , Italy
The Casino di Venezia has two branches, one that has significant historical value, and the other that features on this list among the largest casinos in the world. It would be unfair to mention the bigger and more modern casino without going into detail about the Casino Di Venezia in Palazzo Ca' Vendramin Calergi. This building is one of the most beautiful examples of Venetian Renaissance architecture and it was constructed in 1509. It has been visited by many notable historical figures, including the great German composer Richard Wagner, who died there. Hence, there is a Wagner Museum and a casino in this great palace. The casino includes a handful of classic games such as poker, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, Trente et Quarante. There are also some electronic games in the casino.
The second branch, at Ca' Noghera, is the bigger casino and was opened in 1999. It features just under 60,000 square feet of gaming space. Here, there are over 550 machines with slots, jackpots, and other games. There are also table games where visitors can play Blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Chemin de fer, Caribbean Poker, and other popular casino games.
8. Dragonara Casino, Malta
Dragonara Casino is a scenic land casino in Malta. The building was originally a palace, built in 1870 for the Scicluna family, and local legend had it that there was a dragon that lived close by. The legend was born because of the sounds of the waves hitting the rocks and gusts of wind sounded as if there were some mythical creature howling in the distance. The palace is listed as a heritage building, and it became home to the largest casino on the island in 1964. In 1999, the casino was privatised, and it was most recently renovated in 2008.
The Dragonara Casino receives around 350,000 guests each year, and it is open 24/7. There are over 300 slots and 14 games in the casino, and it also has a sportsbook for punters who want to bet on popular sports. It does not cover as many table games as some of the other casinos on this list, as there are only blackjack and roulette games, as well as poker tables. There is certainly more variety in the slots, which include all the latest and hottest games, as well as plenty of progressive jackpot slots. Frequent visitors can sign up for the loyalty program, where they can earn extra points whilst playing games and these can be redeemed for bonus prizes.
9. Potsdamer Platz Casino, Berlin, Germany
Spielbank Berlin is an establishment that owns four casinos in Berlin, the biggest of which is the casino at Potsdamer Platz. The casino was opened in 1998 and is located right in the heart of the capital city. The casino is open all year round and includes plenty of games that are distributed over several floors. There are 350 slots, including all sorts of classic slots, video slots, and jackpots. There are also multiple electronic roulette, blackjack, and bingo betting terminals. Spielbank Berlin Potsdamer Platz Casino also has a number of blackjack and roulette tables that are scattered across the casino.
Potsdamer Platz is home to a stylish 4-star hotel, a large assortment of retail and fashion shops, as well as some popular places to eat from Five Guys and Pizza Hut to more formal restaurants such as Jamboree, Maredo Steakhouse, and the two Michelin star restaurant, Facil.
10. Casino di Campione, Como, Italy
Saving the best for last, Casino di Campione almost did not make the list. The casino declared bankruptcy in 2018 and closed in 2019 before it was saved and reopened in the beginning of 2022. It is one of the oldest casinos in Italy, and the largest casino in Europe. With more than 590,000 square feet of gaming space across a whopping 9 floors, Casino di Campione can definitely compete with some of the largest establishments in Las Vegas and New Jersey.
The casino has plenty of posh casino table games such as French roulette, fair roulette, trente et quarante, and chemin de fer. There are also lots of tables with the likes of blackjack, punto banco, and Ultimate poker, which attract larger and younger crowds. The first two floors of the casino are packed with all types of slots. There are 650 slot machines that include video slots, multigame, progressive jackpots, and a crowd favourite – the mystery jackpot slots. There are also electronic betting terminals with video poker, electronic roulette, wheel of fortune games, and many more appealing games.
Biggest Online Casinos in Europe
Of course, online casinos cannot be measured in square feet like land-based ones, but still, we felt that our guide would be incomplete if we did not list some of the largest online gambling platforms in the Europe. Here is what we found:
Villento Casino is an online gambling platform that has been around for over 15 years, after being established in 2006 by Apollo Entertainment Ltd. The platform holds the UK Gambling Commission’s license, and it also has a certificate issued by the online casino watchdog, eCOGRA. As such, it is perfectly safe for players from all across Europe.
The casino features more than 500 casino games, all developed by the leading software provider, Microgaming. There are numerous payment methods available, such as Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Skrill, Neteller, bank transfer, Paysafe card, Trustly, and EcoPayz. The minimum deposit is around 10 EUR. In order to gamble, you need to register and verify your account. The platform is known for excellent security, as well as great customer support, available 24/7 via email or live chat. And, while the platform doesn’t have its own mobile app, you can still use it on mobile devices by searching for its website with any browser.
Grand Hotel Casino is another very old platform that has been around for over 20 years now. Launched in 2001, it has been one of the industry leaders for ages, offering more than 500 games by Microgaming. The platform is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, and it holds its license, as well as the certificate issued by eCOGRA. You can deposit funds via several popular methods, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Neteller, Skrill, MuchBetter, EcoPayz, and more. The minimum deposit is only 10 EUR, and you can rest assured that both your money and data will be safe, as the platform uses powerful encryption to protect its users.
The platform offers everything, from slots to various table games, live games, as well as many other, like scratch games and arcade games. If you ever experience any problems, you can access its customer support via email or live chat, and you can also play games and place bets via mobile, as the platform offers apps for Android and iOS, as well as a mobile-friendly website.
Moving on, we have an even older platform called Casino Action, which was launched in the year 2000. The platform holds no less than three licenses issued by the Malta Gaming Authority, the UK Gaming Commission, and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. This is another platform that offers games created by Microgaming, including slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, video poker, craps, and more. In total, there is more than 500 games that you can play on multiple devices.
Casino Action has a very user-friendly website, and this user-friendliness also extends to low deposits, where the minimum is only 10 EUR. There is a variety of available payment methods, including credit and debit cards, prepaid vouchers, bank transfers, and e-Wallets. If you ever encounter any issue while using it or if you have a question that its FAQ and other available information cannot answer, you can contact the platform’s customer support. It is available via live chat, which is available 24/7, or email, with the platform’s guarantee that the answer will arrive within 48 hours.
4. EU Casino
Moving on, we have EU Casino — the youngest platform on the list so far. However, while it is younger than the others, it is still over a decade old, launched in 2009. Despite the name, the platform was not actually launched by the EU authorities. Instead, it was created and operated by SkillOnNet Ltd, and it holds three licenses issued by the Malta Gaming Authority, the Swedish Gambling Authority, and the UK Gambling Commission. It is available in multiple languages, and it supports multiple currencies.
In terms of games, there are over 2,000 titles coming from some of the industry’s leading software developers, such as Evolution, NetEnt, GameArt, NextGen, Amaya, and more. You can play anything, from slots to table games, live games, video poker, and more. There are also plenty of supported payment methods, including Visa, Mastercard, ecoPayz, Neteller, and Skrill. The platform is available via mobile devices and desktop alike, although it does not have a dedicated app. Still, you can easily access it via the browser and enjoy your favorite games at any time and from any place. And, of course, if you have any issues with any aspect of the platform, feel free to contact customer support. They can be reached via emails or live chat, and it should also be noted that the platform has a FAQ section that also answers some of the common questions.
Grand Mondial Casino is a platform owned by Apollo Entertainment, and it was launched in 2006. It is available in three languages — English, French, and German, and it holds four different licenses issued by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority, and the Danish Gambling Authority. On top of that, it also has an eCOGRA certificate. The casino has over 550 available games, including slots, roulette, blackjack, and many other games.
Like the others on this list, it does offer mobile support, featuring both a dedicated app and a mobile-friendly website, so you can choose whether you wish to download software in order to play games or if you would rather access the website from your mobile device’s browser. Customer support is also excellent, available via phone call, email, and live chat. As for payment methods, there are over two dozen of them available, so you can likely find at least one that will work well for you. The number of withdrawal methods is lower, so make sure to check them out and see if one of them fits your needs as well, before proceeding.