Review written by Sophie Couard, June 8, 2016.
Vancouver is the third largest metropolis in Canada. The city is close to the US border in the west of the country, and known to be a very cosmopolitan city, as English is not the mother tongue for 52% of its inhabitants! It is also a city that attracts many tourists every year, as it has many sights. For example, the downtown skyscrapers, the University of British Columbia, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Granville Street Bridge are all interesting sights. There is also a Chinatown, where you can forget everything and take a break when you walk through the Millennium Gate, or you can enjoy Stanley Park. There is also a lot to see and do in terms of museums, art galleries, bars, restaurants, concert halls and shopping centres. There is even a huge casino: the famous Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver. The casino is not exactly in the city, as it sits in the suburb Coquitlam, but it only takes half an hour from downtown to go there, it is not really far away!
A fantastic game selection
The casino of the resort is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and extends over 7,400 m², making it the largest in the province of British Columbia. To enter, you must be 19 years of age or older and present a valid ID.
The slot machines
You can find over 950 devices accepting bets from 1 cent. Among them are:
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- modern video slots with digital screens,
- video poker,
- video keno,
- video bingo,
- electronic roulette games.
Some of these games are popular titles:
- new games, such as Buffalo City,
- games that pay a homage to celebrities, such as Britney Spears for example.
The table games
Regarding the traditional games, you can find the following games at over 70 tables:
- shoe blackjack,
- double deck blackjack,
- squeeze midi baccarat,
- squeeze EZ baccarat,
- fortune pai gow,
- fast action hold'em,
- four card poker,
- ultimate texas hold'em.
Poker fans can find a beautiful poker room with 8 tables. You can play against other players in cash games with:
- texas hold'em no limit with blinds starting from $1/$2 or $2/$5,
- texas hold'em pot limit with blinds starting from $2/$2.
The casino also regularly organises tournaments.
You can also visit a sports betting area that is open every day between 10 am and 10 pm where you can bet on different competitions and then watch the broadcast of the events.
Services aside from gambling
The casino is very different from the smaller European complexes with such a large game selection. It is rather like one of the establishments that you can find on the Las Vegas Strip. And just like these casinos, this resort also offers many other services and not just gambling. You can play the games, but you can also stay overnight, dine, have a drink, relax, have fun, party, and much more!
Those wishing to stay overnight at the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver can stay at the Executive Plaza Hotel that has 140 comfortable rooms and suites with:
- deluxe rooms,
- corporate club rooms,
- luxury suites.
In the hotel are also:
- a piano lounge with regular concerts,
- tennis courts.
You can choose from the following places for dining and drinking:
- a self-service buffet (The Buffet at Unlisted),
- a diner (Roadies' Burger Bar),
- a steakhouse (Stake),
- an Asian restaurant (Fu' Express),
- a pub in the centre of the games room (Asylum),
- a sandwich bar (Chip's Sandwich Shop),
- a tea salon (Fuel Cafe).
In addition to regular concerts at the Asylum Sound Stage and the Unlisted Lounge, there is the large Molson Canadian Theatre that offers a variety of music, comedy, juggling, cabaret and other shows with local and international artists.
In short, there are many attractions at the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver. However, it is the games room in particular that will attract the attention of the players. With this regard, the casino has a lot to offer as well, and there is something for everyone available.
By car : 25 minutes from the centre of Vancouver.
By plane : International airport of Vancouver.
24 hours, 7 days a week.