Review written by Sophie Couard, January 27, 2016.
The town of Balaruc-les-Bains is located on the banks of the Etang du Thau, in the department of Hérault in Languedoc-Roussillon region, and has many advantages that makes it attractive to visitors. Besides the many heritage sights that should not be missed, such as the ancient Mediterranean Garden, the Gallo-Roman aqueduct and the Church of Our Lady of Aix, the city has a gambling and recreation establishment, the Casino in Balaruc-les-Bains. This establishment is able to provide a wide range of games, including slot machines and various table games, such as electronic or traditional English roulette, blackjack and the exclusive game Rampo. The Casino also has a gourmet restaurant and a lounge area for breaks and relaxation.
A comprehensive game selection at the Casino in Baraluc-les-Bains
The Baraluc-les-Bains Casino is among the gambling establishments that offers a very wide range of games. In fact, it has a huge selection of slot machines of all types, as well as various traditional table games, including blackjack, traditional English roulette, electronic English roulette and a game table reserved for "Rampo", a dice game.
The slot machines
Fans of slot machines will have plenty of choice when playing at the Casino. In fact, the establishment features a large slot machines hall equipped with 121 devices with traditional and latest generation machines. You can make your choice either depending on your budget and the denominations of each machine, or according to what game you really like. The room features mechanical reel machines, video reel machines and video poker slots that can operate with minimum bets of between €0.01 and €2.
You can find :
- 19 mechanical reel machines with minimum bets ranging from €0.20 to €2,
- 74 video slot machines with minimum bets ranging from €0.01 to €0.50,
- 28 video poker devices with minimum bets starting from €0.20 and €2.
To enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the slot machine room, you can visit the Casino from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 am, and on Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 am to 4 am.
The traditional table games
As for the table games, the Casino in Balaruc-les-Bains is also able to satisfy the demands of their players. Although there is no Texas Hold'em poker table, fans of traditional games will be able to enjoy different games, including blackjack, traditional English roulette, electronic English roulette and a table with Craps or Rampo.
Whether you are a beginner, advanced or expert, the blackjack table from the Casino can accommodate you, and offer you the thrilling sensation this classic game has to offers. The table is available Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am. The only requirement to play at the blackjack table is that you play a minimum bet of €2 for a round.
The dealers at the table are also able to provide introductions to beginners of the game.
Traditional English roulette
The Casino in Balaruc-les-Bains also offers two traditional English roulette tables, one of the most popular games in all casinos in France. The minimum bet per game is €2, and you will be able to try your luck on one of the two tables.
The two tables can welcome you from Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am.
Electronic English roulette
If you are more attracted to pure gambling and the latest technology in games, the electronic English roulette table at the casino can satisfy you. It is equipped with 8 touch screen positions and you can enjoy a thrilling game at the table.
You can play at the table Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am.
Rampo, an exclusive game at the casino Casino
In order to vary the games you can play, the casino offers an alternative to card and roulette games. The Rampo table offers a dice game with rules similar to those of Craps. The minimum player count is 3, and the Rampo table accepts minimum bets of €1.
You will be able to bluff, make a "Rampo" or get the best combinations from Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am.
Le Prana : the restaurant at the Casino in Balaruc-les-Bains
The Casino in Balaruc-les-Bains is also able to satisfy the most demanding gourmets in their gourmet restaurant " Le Prana". The restaurant has a modern and elegant design with nice decorations and a picturesque window overlooking the Etang du Thau and Mount Saint Clair.
The chef and his team offer outstanding creations that will surely amaze you. You can find a varied menu that is constantly revised, as well as different set menus to choose from.
Among the many choices on the menu you can find some great starters, such as salmon rolls with smoked ricotta and herbs and lentil salad with cider and green juice for €13, crème brûlée of foie gras with warm brioche and fruit salad for €16, Marmelade cod with parsley crumbled cake with virgin oil and green crab broth for €16, Charolais beef Carpaccio "cuit" with egg vinaigrette and diced squid and truffle salt for €14.
The main courses include among others sea bream fillet a la plancha with fine Jerusalem artichoke puree, meat gravy fried onions for €26, grilled monkfish with wok vegetables, pastry and a bouillabaisse sauce with saffron for €26, beef fondant cooked for 10 hours in its own juice with mashed potatoes and reduced truffle juice for €22, and breast of veal confit grilled with garlic with hazelnut polenta, pesto and caramelised juice for €23.
The desserts include a wide choice for €8, such as two types of cheese, chocolate tart with caramelized bananas flamed in rum, minute meringue, soft vacherin mont d’or and 2 year old gruyère cheese with pear compote, and coconut cannelloni with chocolate similar to a bounty bar, and many more.
There are also different set menus available, the most notable are the Chance menu for €45 that also includes €15 in casino chips for the slots and the Nature menu for €25 menu with a choice of two starters, two main courses and two desserts.
The restaurant Le Prana is open Monday to Sunday from 12 pm to 2 pm and from 7 pm to 10 pm.
The Casino in Balaruc-les-Bains also gives you the opportunity to enjoy different areas for relaxing, or to take a break. These areas are the tea room, the bar and the cafeteria.
Address and access
Casino de Balaruc-les-Bains, Rue du Mont Saint-Claire, 34450 – Balaruc-les-Bains.
By car via the motorway A9, exit N° 33 « Sète / Balaruc-les-Bains » or via the motorway A75 exit N° 59 « Sète / Pézenas ».
30 km from Montpellier, 79 km from Nîmes, 137 km from Perpignan, 178 km from Aix-en-Provence, 194 km from Marseille, 226 km from Toulouse, 327 km from Lyon and 751 km from Paris.
7 km from the SNCF train station with direct TGV lines from Paris, Lyon and Toulouse and the direct TER connection from Marseille and Bordeaux.
29 km from the airport of Montpellier.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Blackjack table : Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am.
Traditional English roulette table : Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am.
Electronic English roulette table : Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am.
Rampo table : Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to 3 am, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm to 4 am.
Restaurant « Le Prana » : Monday to Sunday from 12 pm to 2 pm, and from 7 pm to 10 pm.