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“SSDD”
Review of Casino de Montreal

Casino de Montreal
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$86.42*
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Ranked #39 of 393 things to do in Montreal
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Owner description: Lit up like a jewel at night, this casino on the Ile Notre-Dame is the largest in Quebec and one of the ten largest in the world in terms of the amount of gaming equipment. The excellent live entertainment draws gamblers and nongamblers alike.
Montreal, Canada
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285 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“SSDD”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Recently, I went back to the casino. Still not sure why, maybe just boredom. The number of tables has dwindled. They have started to install more new machines, but not really machines that I have seen at other casinos, except a few (including four new Monopoly progressives). The Pai Gow tables are gone. They had two craps tables with $10 and $15 minimums. All the blackjack tables that I saw were $25. They had a new zone called the "hell zone" and it was a pretty accurate description. And the walkway to the second "Quebec" pavilion was full of much older machines. They had a few more tables as well as some Texas Hold'em tables upstairs in this pavilion. This area is less mobility friendly with small staircases and hidden little elevators for the mobility impaired.

This is the first time that I have ever seen 10c machines at a casino. They even had 2c machines. The tables now have new signs that basically tell you that you can tip. Tip? Government employees now asking for tips?! Slight improvements... now I have to question how they are buying the slot machines, because they certainly aren't buying the most interesting machines. Still want to go away to a casino, in spite of living just 10km from this one!

Visited February 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“nice place. Casino and shows.”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

HI
Interesting place with an unusual architecture. Parking is available free. Some shows are really nice. Restaurants are good. And .. you can play as long as you want

Visited May 2012
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Montreal
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“A sad, depressing place”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Montreal Casino has absolutely nothing going for it. I am not a serious gambler but have been to many casinos in North America and the Caribbean. The Montreal Casino is just a sad, depressing place. Many casinos I have been to have an upbeat atmosphere with some winners and the occasional high-fives from some big winners. The Montreal Casino has none of this. In my three hours there I did not see anyone who won more than a few bucks. Many people seemed like zombies or in a state of depression. I even saw one guy sleeping at his machine! I was there for three hours and they guy was asleep the whole time. My guess is that he had been there for quite some time and needed some sleep but also wanted to keep the machine that he had put so much money into.
Another thing that is so sad about the Montreal Casino is no alcohol or beer served! You must sit in a designated area to drink! What’s up with that? I guess that’s why everyone at this casino seems so sad.
The positive things about this casino were the staff and the buffet. The staff for the most part seemed very upbeat especially the overworked people at one of the bars. I guess they were thinking about all those tips at the end of the night. Also, the food at the buffet was pretty good. Only problem was that we had to line up to get in and the wait was more than 30 minutes. Our spot in the line was right in front of the open concept Men’s bathroom!! Poor people that had to use the bathroom but I think it was the highlight of our evening… only because it was a good laugh!
Overall, the casino is huge but with no real plan. It seems that the machines and gaming tables were places wherever they could fit.
Bottom line about this Casino? It’s just a sad and depressing place. There are a few Mohawk casinos in the area that are much more upbeat; serve alcohol, offer nightly door prizes and/or gifts; and have much better payouts.
Try the Montreal Casino at your own risk.

Visited January 2013
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“A Great Place to Celebrate a Birthday”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

On January 7th, my brother and I hosted a 95th birthday celebration for our mother with relatives for supper at the Pavillion 67 Buffet Restaurant at the Casino de Montreal. Afterwards, we spent quite a bit of time in the Casino itself and had a great time playing the slots and laughing. The staff everywhere were so very polite and helpful, accommodating and positive. Service excellence at its' best.

Visited January 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Burned Bucks”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

One must remember that this place is an extension of the Quebec Government Tax Dept (a government very much in deficit damage control mode) so go prepared to pay your taxes via the tightest slot machines in the world (and I have been to quite a few casinos).

They have just spent over $300.million in renovations, so guess who has to pay-up by playing the no-payout slots? Too bad they do not realise that letting their patrons win a bit would bring in much more business from positive word-of-mouth. I am not alone on this point as others have told me and by looking at other posts on this site.

If you want to have fun playing slots that let you win now and then, try the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in upstate NY - now that Autoroute 30 West is open - a short drive to Cornwall ON then just over the border to NY.

Maybe with the new decor they will hire some real marketing types who appreciate that visitors want to enjoy a night out without having to deal with the tightest slots in the world.

Will advise after the holidays if I get a chance to check out the renovations.

Visited December 2012
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