Review written by Sophie Couard, May 2, 2016.
The town of Sables d'Olonne is part of the historical Lower Poitou in the centre-west in the department of Vendée, and it is the main city on the Côte de Lumière. It is also a famous seaside resort and a port (most important cod fishers of France).
The town boasts many beaches and ports and has been interesting for tourists for the last century. The town also offers a lot of cultural heritage, including the embankment that is lined with numerous villas of the 19th century, several interesting places of worship, the Château Saint-Clair, the St. Nicolas priory, the Sainte-Croix abbey museum and a zoo. The town also hosts the Vendée Globe every four years.
Sables d'Olonne is unquestionably an undisputed tourist resort. There are also two casinos establishments, of which one is managed by the Barrière group and the other by the Joa group. In this review I will explain what the Joa casino has to offer.
A tastefully designed casino
The Joa Casino des Pins aux Sables d'Olonne has a colonial style facade and it surprises even on the inside, as it has a cosy atmosphere with contemporary design. You can enjoy the gardens and the beautiful terrace provided the weather is nice. The very nice game selection can be enjoyed throughout the year and the casino is open to everyone over the age of 18 years, provided they are not prohibited from gambling, and are able to present a valid ID.
The slot machines
The slot machines room is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am until 3 am, and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday, the eves of holidays, and every day in July and August. The room is bright, spacious and comfortable and features over 140 devices accepting bets from 1 cent to €5. Among these are:
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- modern video slots with digital screens,
- video poker, an electronic English roulette with 8 spaces.
There is something for everyone available, even some latest generation slots, such as Game of Thrones that make the trip worthwhile!
The table games
The table games are available Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday, the eves of holidays, and every day in July and August. You can find 6 tables with the following games:
- 3 tables with blackjack with minimum stakes starting from €2,
- 1 table with boule with minimum stakes starting from €1,
- 1 table with English roulette with minimum stakes starting from €1.
You can also find a poker room that is open Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday, the eves of holidays, and every day in July and August. The room is equipped with 2 tables with texas hold'em poker, and you can play against other players in cash games with buy-ins of €50 that take place every night. There are also regular poker tournaments organised by the casino, such as:
- sit & go,
- super satellites.
If you are a fan of horse racing the establishment also includes an PMU area near the casino bar. There is a desk and a PMU terminal that allows you to bet on horse races that are happening at the moment.
Entertainment and other services
You will probably visit the Joa Casino des Pins aux Sables d'Olonne to play casino games. However, the make the most of this attractive game selection the establishment also offers other services that complement the games. There is a restaurant, four bars and a mini golf course that allow you to take a break from the games and relax.
The restaurant Le Comptoir Joa - Bistro Moderne has a cosy and trendy atmosphere and offers you a taste of fresh and gourmet cuisine with a fine selection of grilled meats. The restaurant is open every day from 12 pm to 2 pm for lunch and from 7 pm to 10 pm for dinner, but also until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant has an independent access from the casino, and it is not necessary to present your ID when visiting it. On the menu you find different set menus as well, such as:
- starter + main course or main course + dessert for €23,
- starter + main course + dessert for €28,
- children's menu for €8.50.
The Bar des Jeux is located inside the casino, and you can enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of the slot machines and game tables while having a drink.
The Bar De Nuit Le 14 allows you to dance or simply enjoy a drink in a friendly atmosphere with live music or DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Fans of cocktails and tapas can visit the Ananas Café that offers and exciting tropical atmosphere. From November to March on every Saturday evening there is also the Igloo Igloo. This winter outdoor bar offers shooters and mulled wine in a frosty and offbeat atmosphere.
You can also enjoy a different experience with your family or friends and visit the mini-golf course. It is open every day in July and August from 10 am to 11 pm and it costs €5.50 for adults and €3.50 for children under 12 years.
In short, there are many things to do at Joa Casino des Pins aux Sables d'Olonne. In addition to the cosy bars and the mini golf, it features a very diverse game selection and even a horse racing space. Overall, it is a very nice place to play casino games!
By car : Motorway A87.
By plane : SNCF train station of Sables d'Olonne.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday from 10 am until 3 am, and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday, the eves of holidays and every day in July and August.
Table games and poker : Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday, the eves of holidays and every day in July and August.