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Casinò Campione d'Italia, Campione d'Italia

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The Casinò di Campione is the largest employer in the municipality of Campione d'Italia, an Italian exclave within Switzerland's Canton of Ticino, on the shores of Lake Lugano. The casino was founded in 1917 as a site to gather information from foreign diplomats during the First World War. Today it is owned by the Italian government, and operated by the municipality. The income from the casino is sufficient for the operation of Campione without the imposition of taxes, or obtaining of other revenue. It is Europe’s largest casino.In 2007, the casino moved into new premises, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. The new premises provide a floor space of more than on 9 floors with 3 further levels of underground parking, giving the casino space for 56 tables and 500 slot machines. The new casino was built alongside the old one, which dated from 1933 and has since been demolished.The casino is illuminated by night, and is clearly visible across the lake from the city waterfront of Lugano. It offers roulette, chemin de fer, baccarat, black jack, poker, and slot machines.The casino became prominent in the news in 2006 when the son of the last king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, was accused of procuring girls for prostitution to be sent to clients of the casino.
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  • Although I can understand that for some people a casino can be an attraction, for me it remains a place where to spend a few hours probably losing some money, so the more that attraction is simply a waste of time and money. I will try to be honest and evaluate it as Casino, and compared to others in the world is not bad, although there is much higher.
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  • Obviously if you are in the Canton of Ticino is a must stop at the Casino of Campione. I must say I was not surprised that much because it looks majestic and imposing and then inside is not then who knows what. At the entrance to a huge row to enter since they are 2-3 operators dealing with hospitality, you will need to lose a good 15 minutes. You have 2 slots and Sun plans a piano solo for the gaming tables and have never all of them open. Cute but not too much.
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  • Cute, rather than inside, outside! A gigantic frame and lighted, visible from almost any point of the Lake.
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  • nice park for an evening stroll or to take your dog for a walk.
  • The win rate is low, but if you play only the coupon it's okay. The craps table sucks and the staff is rude.
  • Casino di Campione is an amazing Casino. It is not so much it's size. If one wants size and space and intimidation, one is better off to Las Vegas. I enjoyed the style, the atmosphere and the culture that surrounded the games. You will find many French roulette tables, that are much more enjoyable to play on than the American counterparts (2 croupiers instead of 1). Last but not least they are open til 5 am which gives you a lot of flexibility to schedule a visit and play long sessions.
  • I have NEVER seen such awful customer service! No effort in any way making foreign guests at ease what so ever! No effort at all trying to speak english or speak slower so we can try to understand. At least the Poker dealers kindly translated at the tables. Rules seem to be according to who's playing as we had no right to speak during a play but when a regukar customer sests down and speaks with the dealer FOREVER it's fine... I will definitely not recommend what has been my worst casino experience... And i have been to a bunch of casinos all around the world!
  • An interesting place to spend an evening different from usual. As always the euros are welcome, too bad that winnings are paid in Swiss francs, and Oh well. WiFi available for customers, dealer friendly and willing to explain the rules of some games if they are not full of people.
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