Posted - 06/10/2005 : 14:28:28
| We love to visit the casino at least once every time we are in Tossa.
We take the bus from Tossa to Lloret and arrive at the casino around 6.30pm. We only spend about two hours there so we can catch the last bus back to Tossa - it stops us spending too much money!
To get into the casino you will need your passport (or national id card if you are resident in Spain). They have a dress code which says you cannot wear T-shirts or trainers.
If it's your first visit they will 'enrol' you onto their computer database, and you'll have to have your photo taken and tell them which hotel you are staying at.
It costs around €3 per person to get in and only over 18s are allowed.
As you walk into the casino the main foyer is really posh - huge chandeliers, sparkly lights, people opening doors for you.
Once you've presented your passport and paid at the first desk, you move on to a second desk just by the entrance to the gaming area and they check your passport and entry ticket.
Then you're in! There are rows and rows of gaming machines which take notes, tokens - or even your credit card! Walk past these (if you can, and past the spanking new car that's parked in there, all done up in a big bow waiting to be won), and you'll be in the main tables area where you can play American Roulette, French Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat. We've only ever played American Roulette.
The minimum bet is €2.50. We usually start of with €10 worth of chips - it only gives you 4 - but if you start winning they soon mount up! And unlike most of the other people round the table, we are only playing for fun!
The croupiers either speak Spanish or Catalan, but you'll be able to play no problem if you don't have these languages - if you at least know the numbers that would help if you are asking them to place your chips for you.
And if you're not sure about how to play, stand and watch everyone else for a while before you start. You'll soon pick it up - we'd never ever played before the first time we went, but it was fine. Just one thing to remember - when you want to buy chips, put your money down on the table in front of you, croupiers are not allowed to take it out of your hand. They are very observant and as soon as they see your money they will change it for chips and place them on the table in front of you.
If you are there around 8pm, you'll be treated to a complimentary glass of cava and a canape!
The casino is open for gaming from 5.30pm to 4am Sunday to Thursday and 5.30pm to 5am on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays .
For more information visit their website www.casino-lloret.com
It's all in Spanish, but if you don't understand it you can at least have a look at the photos and watch the virtual demonstrations of how to play the games.