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Betting in Vienna

Published on: 03/09/2016

Vienna is the capital of Austria and with a population of approximately 2.6 million, it is also the largest. Overall, it is the 7th-largest city by population within the European Union (EU). The city was home to the well-known psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud and this led to the country being nicknamed the “City of Dreams”

The Danube River banks were first inhabited by the Celts in 500 BCE. Later the Romans took control and formed a frontier city to protect against the Germanic tribes of the north. Vienna was occupied by the Babenberg dynasty during the Middle Ages, followed by the Habsburg dynasties in 1440. The Holy Roman Empire marked the city as its unofficial capital for almost four centuries, during which time it flourished as a cultural centre for food, music, arts and science. The city survived two unsuccessful Ottoman invasions and a brief Hungarian occupation.

Vienna is made up of 23 districts with the historical centre being located on the left bank of the Danube River. Since 2005, Vienna has consecutively been ranked as the best place in the world for international business conventions, attracting some 5 million visitors every year. Points of interest include the Baroque castles, picturesque gardens and the 19th century ring Ringstrasse, with its opulent architecture, parks and monuments.

The Casino Vienna, otherwise known as the Casino Wien is one of the city’s oldest and grandest gambling venues. It is situated in District 1 within the Esterhazy Palace on Kärntner Straße, and has been owned by royalty since the 15th century. In 1968, a fire destroyed the original palace but it was renovated and turned into a casino. In the 1990s, the property underwent an expansion project. Many of the rooms still feature traditional details alongside contemporary artworks.

The Casino Wien offers many salons with 94 gaming machines and 29 games tables for Punto Banco, Red Dog, Blackjack, Mini French Roulette, French Roulette, American Roulette, Tropical Stud Poker, Easy Hold’em, Easy Poker and Poker. There are several bars on-site as well as the Jackpot Cafe which serves food and drink. The establishment is open daily.

Also located beside the Danube River in the Leopoldstadt district is the Casino Admiral Prater, which is owned and managed by a local company called the Novomatic. The venue offers 515 games machines, which are available for play seven days a week, and also hosts the Sphynx Restaurant. A German-based entertainment company known as the Gauselmann Group provide further competition in the city with their Merkur Casino-Wien.

Vienna is home to two branches of the Concord Card Casino brand. The bigger of the two casinos is open for play round-the clock and offers a sportsbook, a bingo salon, half a dozen games machines, 41 poker games and a restaurant. The second venue, known as Lugner City, facilitates 24/7 access to seven poker tables.

There are numerous other gambling venues throughout Vienna. For example, the Casino Baden Vienna which is located in the southwest region of Baden Bei Wien. It offers more than 30,000-square-feet of gaming space for its 258 games machines and 30 games tables for Punto Banco, Blackjack, French Roulette, American Roulette, Poker, 7-Card Stud Poker, Seven Eleven and Wheel-Of -Fortune. The venue is open for play every day of the week from 3pm to 3am.

Founded in 2007, The Poker Royale Card Casino boasts the biggest card room in the whole of Europe. It is located in Wiener Neustadt and is open for business around the clock. It features over 7,000-square-feet of gaming space which accommodates 50 poker tables, which are used for tournaments and cash games, as well as eight games machines. The venue serves an Austrian menu in its on-site restaurant.