The newly-opened Swiss Casinos Zürich has found itself a good location in the city, somewhat unfortunately flanked by a large Athleticum store whose display windows steal a bit of its spotlight. The property is not huge but is adequate, even on a crowded Saturday night. The décor is suitably fancy (modernist lighting, lots of mirrors, plush carpeting), although it doesn't show a distinct theme. In other words, although you could be anywhere, the fact that it's small, luxurious and somewhat neutral *does* hint that you're in Switzerland. And frankly, an Alps-and-cows theme wouldn't have done it at all.
There is an appreciable number of playing tables, though they do get crowded, but the atmosphere is relatively light-spirited. There's a huge smoking zone with several Blackjack & Roulette tables as well a machines; conveniently placed near the bar. The dress code is surprisingly lenient, it's limited to: "no dirty or torn clothing / shoes, no football, military or slogans clothing, no hats, no sunglasses". They'll loan you a jacket if you're a male wearing no collar, and coat-check is free. You pay CHF 10 to get in (includes 5 CHF playing credit), and off you go. Overall, it's a positive casino experience, and not a bad addition to the Zürich nightlife scene.
A couple of remarks: 1) given the fact that one's expectation in going to a casino is to spend at least some money, I don't get the "obligatory CHF 10" entrance fee. Surely the cameras, security guards, ID check, dress code etc. are already there to screen out undesirables. So why the extra layer? 2) it's a pity Swiss Casinos ZH haven't learned from their big brothers in Vegas that cheaper drinks mean more enthusiastic players. In fact the more you play, the cheaper it gets - some high-rollers get to drink free... although obviously they could afford to pay. There's a reason for that. Making drinks more expensive than outside isn't really an attraction.
Anyway, I assume the reasons for both of these is that the casino is too small and too popular, and these measures limit overcrowding. They're not a hugely negative factor and all in all, if you live in Zürich and like a bit of gambling, you no longer have to go all the way out to Baden. So a good rating.
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