London B&M Casinos - Good and Bad

nafanny29

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gfkostas said:
Couple of their landbased casinos stink as well.I ain't suprised they seem dodgy :rolleyes:

The Gala places in London that I have been to are atrocious, full of desperate gamblers chain smoking and complaining about everything.

As for the Online casino ive never had any problems there but will heed Bryans advice and stop playing there UFN. :notworthy
 

gfkostas

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The Tottenham Court Road and Russel square ones stink badly.How would you feel after losing 500 pounds to go to the bar with emtpy pockets to have a cheapy soft drink and to face their refusal to give you one because you dont have 1 :mad:.Any casino who charge for soft drinks is very ridiculous.
Only Bayswater and Baker street ones are nice.
 

spearmaster

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I know that one like the back of my hand... LOL... fortunately for me I kicked their butts for a couple thousand quid the first time I went. I have given back a little the last two years but still way ahead.

Service at that casino sucks big time.
 

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spearmaster said:
I know that one like the back of my hand... LOL... fortunately for me I kicked their butts for a couple thousand quid the first time I went. I have given back a little the last two years but still way ahead.

Service at that casino sucks big time.
I've been there before with Spearmaster :lolup: What a dive!!
 

spearmaster

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Tottenham Court Road. We used to stay around the corner at the St. Giles for convenience - near the tube, across from the Easy Internet, and lots of shopping and food in the area.
 

gfkostas

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Yeap I know exactly where that is.St giles is above the casino.
Used to go there frequently and lately they have refurbished the casino.
However they suck big time.It is my experience that the gamblers and the service at that casino suck..... some nice dealers though.

Am glad spearmaster you cleaned them up and I wish I had your luck.I hold a membership for almost all london casinos that am aware of.If you are interested to visit a decent casino while staying In london I could recommend you some.
 

nafanny29

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gfkostas said:
I hold a membership for almost all london casinos that am aware of.If you are interested to visit a decent casino while staying In london I could recommend you some.

Hey gfkostas out of interest what would you say is the absolute worst casino in London you have been to? My nomination would be Napolians in Leicester Square!!
 

gfkostas

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LOL @ Napoleons :D :D

I can't say that I am satisfied with Napoleons either.Very small,very crowed and full of crazy asians gamblers who smoke like chimneys.I could hardly breath in there.Also as I recall waitresses were non existant.That's a bad casino no doubt but still if you wanna see something similar or worst in some things try Golden Nugget on shaftesbury avenue road in picadilly circus.Some good dealers and adequate amount of waitresses but the casino is like a farm.They don't spend a single pound to improve it.The toilets stink without exaggeration etc.

Golden nugget,Napoleons,Gala in Tottenham court road,Gala in Russel square,Gala in picadilly circus are bad casinos in my opinion.You can go in there with shorts and snickers and you will be allowed in without problems.
Am thinking of opening a website one day about london landbased casinos as I know almost every single one of them as the back of hand.I can even precisely describe how the rest rooms are :D.
 
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gfkostas

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My four top are: The Palm beach in green park.Great casino a must to visit.10 minimum at BJ 2 at roulette so ok casino for low budget players.Maybe is the one with the largest gaming area in London.Also the new refurbished Sportsman in Marble arch is quite good,Connoiseur in High street kensighton which is very small but top class with great service and final the Park Tower casino in Knightsbridge close to Harrods.Very nice casino with private area for high rollers but not recommended for low stakes player.Minimum at roulette is 5 quid therefore you won't last for long if you go there with 100quid in your pocket.Of course there are many very high class casinos like Crockfords,Fifty,Les ambassedeurs,Colony club and Ritz but am not willing to pay 1 grand just to become a member.
 
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nafanny29

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Im sure most of the "high Stakes" places are lovely but they are strictly out of bounds to me. My personal fav is the Victoria on the Edgware Rd. Best selection of games and slots I can find and they actually have craps! (and just up the road to get home at 4am!!)

The Gloucester (another Grosvenor) seems a little bit more classy than most and has a nice restaurant.

Gfkostas the Golden Nuggest was the very first casino I ever played in 15 years ago and holds a special place in my heart :D
 

gfkostas

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Victoria is ok and quite big although the atmosphere is a bit dull for my tastes.But they do offer craps,poker tables and many slots.The Gloucester one hasn't impressed me so far.Haven't been to it lately dunno if they refurbished it.Last time I were there wasn't that great.For you information the only casinos that have craps in London is the gala in picadilly circus,Sportsmant in marble arch and Victoria one.

The golden nugget although rubbish is a bit fun to gamble there due to the electric atmosphere.They do suck though on having the only BJ in london where dealer hits on soft 17.Btw is the first casino opened in London in 1975 if I recall correctly.They always used to have the cheapest tables till Gala in Totenham court road introduced a 50p roulette table
 
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nafanny29

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I know the Gala Barracuda Baker St had craps the last time I was there (Last August). Im sure one of the dealers told me it was the table that used to be at Piccadily Circus :confused:

All this talk of London casinos has convinced me to go out tomorrow night and have a punt!
 

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spearmaster said:
Casinomeister was upset because he couldn't find Thunderstruck there :lolup:

You all forgot to mention the Kitsch Crown Jewel of the UK gaming experience,
The filthy little rundown slots palaces.
(Words Fail to Describe.)
Perhaps casinomeister could have found a slot there? :D
 

gfkostas

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nafanny29 said:
I know the Gala Barracuda Baker St had craps the last time I was there (Last August). Im sure one of the dealers told me it was the table that used to be at Piccadily Circus :confused:

All this talk of London casinos has convinced me to go out tomorrow night and have a punt!

I like craps a lot.Don't know why they don't offer craps tables at all casinos.
I am in similar situation as you.Am looking forward to hit Sportsman soon.
 

spearmaster

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Agamemnon said:
You all forgot to mention the Kitsch Crown Jewel of the UK gaming experience,
The filthy little rundown slots palaces.
(Words Fail to Describe.)
Perhaps casinomeister could have found a slot there? :D

I don't think he likes the fruit machines... but I do LOL. In fact, there's one bar on Tottenham Court Road that still owes me about 15 quid... machine didn't pay out and malfunctioned...
 

caruso

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The Sportsman has four deck blackjack, not to mention those whacko nine (ten?)-spot tables.

The Nugget was also my first B & M casino. I still go in there whenever I'm in London, primarily for an acceptable scampi & chips and an internal snigger at those awful Asian players. I only played there once - I was experimenting with a negative progression at baccarat and won 300, LOL. I wouldn't repeat the experiment.

The UK dress code is a nuisance; my invariable jeans-based attire keeps me out of almost all of them. I wish the hell they'd ditch that.
 

spearmaster

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awful Asian players
Ahem... I resemble that remark :eek:

The UK dress code is a nuisance; my invariable jeans-based attire keeps me out of almost all of them. I wish the hell they'd ditch that.
The dress code is entirely at the discretion of the casino. If you go to the Gala, you'd probably be OVER dressed :D
 

gfkostas

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caruso said:
The Sportsman has four deck blackjack, not to mention those whacko nine (ten?)-spot tables..

Based on my knowldge Sportsman has only 6 decks BJ.They use 4 decks only when a machine shuffles and i dont remember a card machine there.Never liked the machine anyway.


caruso said:
The Nugget was also my first B & M casino. I still go in there whenever I'm in London, primarily for an acceptable scampi & chips and an internal snigger at those awful Asian players. I only played there once - I was experimenting with a negative progression at baccarat and won 300, LOL. I wouldn't repeat the experiment.

I used to go to Gondel Nugget to eat their chinkger wings for 1,75 when the times were hard for me:D

caruso said:
The UK dress code is a nuisance; my invariable jeans-based attire keeps me out of almost all of them. I wish the hell they'd ditch that.

I went once like a lunatic to Gala and had no problems to walk in.Have to mention here that the Baker street and Bayswater ones are more sensitive in terms of dress code.I personally prefer a certain dress code than to be completely up to you.

caruso said:
Awful Asian players

I concur.Haven't seen more dumb players.
 
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caruso

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I never saw a machine there, but I haven't been in four years. Thay had four deck with 25 minimums back then. Whether or not they've been removed I don't know. Should I chance back there wearing a sufficiently magnificent pair of trousers and shoes to be allowed in, I'll have a look. That won't happen any time soon.
 

gfkostas

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I remember once when I went to Palm beach and at the time I wasnt exactly aware of the strict dress code and i didnt wear a jacket.To my suprise instead of kicking me out they brought me a jacket from inside some place to wear.I was impressed :cool:.Always wanted to play under their palm treets at the palm table but never got the chance :oops:
 

Clayman

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gfkostas said:
The golden nugget ...Btw is the first casino opened in London in 1975 if I recall correctly.

Man, after reading all this, don't you Brits have anything to do besides gamble. :D Sounds like one heckuva lot of casinos in one town.

Hey - is there any chance I played at a Playboy casino in London, or at least in England, circa 1970-71? My memories of those days are, shall we kindly say, a bit of a purple haze.

I'm pretty sure I was betting money that was supposed to go for my plane ticket home. But I must have won since I'm here!
 

gfkostas

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Clayman said:
Man, after reading all this, don't you Brits have anything to do besides gamble. :D Sounds like one heckuva lot of casinos in one town

Take that back I ain't british :lolup:.Am 100% greek just living here because I like it. Due to some issues I got crazy at the age of 19 and visited every single casino i could possibly set foot in :D

Clayman said:
Hey - is there any chance I played at a Playboy casino in London, or at least in England, circa 1970-71? My memories of those days are, shall we kindly say, a bit of a purple haze.

Yup thx for bringing this to my attention.Playboy opened in 1966 and closed in 1971 due to their gambling licence being revoked.Do you still recall those rabbits in there;)? Its been said that they may make a come back(
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) They never did to my knowledge :( .
Still I am sure Golden nugget was the first one to open.Must of been earlier.


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This city has a heck of a lot gambling paradises :cool:.Mini Las Vegas for some.

May I remind you the rabbits :D :
(Hugh Hefner at the Park Lane club in the old days)
 
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