Although we’ve been telling you all about clubs, bars, exhibitions, fashion and the like up until now, in this new year of 2015 we’ve been looking around at what else one can get up to of a night in our presently rather cold city, and it was probably while I was watching a James Bond rerun (I’m guessing), that I suddenly thought, casinos!
Yes boys and girls, casinos. It’s something we tend to forget about, but I remember years ago going with a friend for a little whirl. Nothing to make you feel quite so debonair and dashing as a quick flutter at the tables. But then it turns out that since then things have changed and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. Yes, I’ve been doing a little research, and look what I’ve come up with:
We’re all getting used to the idea that popular forms of entertainment are becoming more available to us in the comfort of our homes and of course the best example is in film and TV streaming. Services like Netflix and now a whole load of others supported by individual television networks and studios are providing us with instant streaming of all our favourite content. But another interesting example that’s becoming more and more common across Europe is online gaming, and specifically real-money casino playing.
live dealer option to enjoy the company of an actual human who’s virtually dealing cards and making conversation
In the early days of online casinos, there really wasn’t much offered on the Internet that equalled or surpassed what the average European gambler can find in a casino. It was mostly basic poker games and clumsy arcade experiences. But over time, the online casino market became increasingly professional, and the top sites now do a fine job of offering a full casino experience. The firmly established and popular InterCasino platform now even provides a live dealer option that allows users to enjoy the company of an actual human who’s virtually dealing cards and making conversation. For some people, this sort of live integration and real-life experience has indeed made the practice of going to an actual casino obsolete.
for those who enjoy the total feeling of being immersed in a live casino, there’s no substitute for the real thing
For many others, however, it’s precisely the live atmosphere of a real casino that remains the biggest draw and some sites are beginning to provide incredible imitations and versions of this experience. However, for those who enjoy the total feeling of being immersed in a live casino, there’s no substitute for the real thing. And that’s why, if you count gambling among your ideas of what might constitue a fun evening, Casino Berlin is a destination you’ll want to add to your weekend routine when you’re out and about.
Casino culture isn’t a huge part of Berlin, and for that reason the casino here doesn’t seem to offer the size and splendor of some of its counterparts around Europe. However, what it lacks in size it makes up with an elegant, modern atmosphere that proves very inviting for a night out. With a busy poker room and plenty of slots and table games, it has the basics needed to satisfy most guests’ gambling desires, and there’s a pleasant, intimate feeling to it all.
Casino Berlin works best as part of a larger night out
A lot of people might find that the Casino Berlin works best as part of a larger night out. While some larger casinos and resorts offer anything a guest could possibly want—restaurants, bars, shows, entertainment, and gambling—this venue limits itself largely to the games and the drinks. It invites guests to stop by, but not to exclude themselves from a greater night out in Berlin. This is a casino that’s not actually meant to take up your whole weekend or holiday, and in some regards that’s what lends it a more relaxed and ultimately refreshing quality.
This is just one more thing to keep in mind on your next night out in Berlin. Just as a night at the cinema is beginning to feel like a rare treat compared to the ease of streaming or throwing on a DVD, a night at Casino Berlin can be a nice change of pace from ordinary gaming activity.
Article by Nicky Slater
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.