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“Standard international casino in the city centre”

Swiss Casinos Zurich
Ranked #82 of 211 things to do in Zurich
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Owner description: A grand casino in the truest sense of the word. Switzerland's largest casino offers first-class entertainment.
Bern, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Standard international casino in the city centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Fun alternative to the bars and clubs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is a small, but well maintained casino. Considering it's in the middle of a city, the smaller size is not surprising. The atmosphere was subdued, which might be in part because drinks were not served at the tables. Most of the casino is devoted to slots. There's was a large table for Texas Holdem and five tables for blackjack (10 chf minimum). There were other tables as well but they were empty.

Overall, I had a lot of fun. It is not a very lively scene, such as a Las Vegas casino, but maybe this was because I went on a Sunday night. My only complaint is the admission charge of 10 CHf. You will receive a 5 CHF casino credit, but this can only be used on slots. I would think the casino would attract more guests and make more money if they didn't charge an entrance fee.

Visited January 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Underwhelming”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

On a recent trip to Zurich, I decided to visit Swiss Casinos. I was disappointed by the relatively small size of the place, and by the fact that at the time of my arrival (7 pm), the restaurant was already closed. In addition, a 10 CHF entry fee was charged, although a 5 CHF gaming card was provided in return. Furthermore, the place was nearly empty--a vibrant crowd (and some food!) would have definitely made my visit more memorable.

Visited January 2013
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