Review written by Sophie Couard, April 4, 2016.
The mountains and unspoiled landscapes of the Jura massif in Courrendlin in Switzerland offer many sporting activities throughout the year, for example skiing in winter and hiking in summer, and because of this the place attracts many visitors.
There is also the Barrière Casino in Courrendlin, but what does it offer, does it deserve a visit, and is it an establishment worth discovering? These are the questions that I will discuss more in this review about the casino.
An average games room
When it comes to the decoration inside the casino and outside, you can surely find a nicer place elsewhere. The casino is not necessarily ugly, but it also does not reach the standards of the classy establishments in Europe or the flashy casino resorts in Las Vegas or Macau. This is a relatively average games room here, which is not great, but also not that bad.
The slot machines
The slot machine room is open Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 3 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am. There is a total of 119 devices accepting bets starting from 1 cent. You can find the following games:
- games with progressive jackpots,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- modern video slot machines,
- video poker games.
The table games
The traditional table games are available Sunday to Thursday from 6.15 pm to 2.45 am, and on Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays from 6.45 pm to 3.45 am. These games are also located in the games room and the atmosphere is thrilling and entertaining. You can find 6 tables offering the following games:
- 1 table with ultimate texas hold'em,
- 2 tables with English roulette,
- 1 table with blackjack,
- 1 table with stud poker.
I would like to conclude this section about the casino by mentioning that the casino does not have a poker room. However, it sometimes hosts texas hold'em tournaments. You can find more information about the next tournament on the website.
Keep in mind that the games room is available to adults only (you need to be over 18 years), and only if you are not prohibited from gambling. It is necessary to present a valid proof of age, such as an identity card, a driving license or a passport.
Taking a break between the games
The main attraction of the Barrière Casino in Courrendlin is obviously the games room, but I must also acknowledge that you cannot play casino games all day without interruption. You will need to take a break at some point and clear your head between the games. For this the establishment also offers a bar and a restaurant. You can find out what they have to offer in the next paragraphs.
The slot machine bar is located in the heart of the casino and open from Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 3 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am. You can only visit the bar if you are an adult and not prohibited from gambling, and you will have to present a valid ID. Once you are inside you can enjoy a drink in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. The bar offers a large selection of hot and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and you can even find a few snacks on the menu.
Those players wanting to have a more substantial meal are welcome to visit the restaurant at the casino, which is closed on Mondays, but open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11.45 am to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 10.30 pm, Tuesday and Saturday from 6 pm to 10.30, and on Sunday from 11.45 am to 2 pm and 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm. You can enjoy a warm and relaxed atmosphere and fine cuisine. The menu is relatively traditional, but the dishes are tasty and offer great value for money.
Although you can dine and have a drink at the Barrière Casino in Courrendlin, you cannot stay there overnight, as the establishment does not have a hotel. Fortunately, there are many hotels available in the city. These include:
- the Ibis Delémont (partner of the casino) which is 3 km away with prices starting from 99 CHF per night,
- the Hôtel Le Cavalier which is 5 km away with prices starting from 112 CHF per night,
- the Hôtel Le National which is 3 km away with prices starting from 125 CHF per night,
- the Hôtel Le Mexique which is 4 km away with prices starting from 90 CHF per night.
In short, as you might expect, the Barrière Casino in Courrendlin is a smaller casino, just like many others. This is not necessarily bad, and it is still a lot of fun to go there and play the games, especially as the traditional table game selection is relatively large. Although the casino itself is not necessarily worth the trip there, it is still a nice establishment to visit if you happen to be in the area.
By car : Motorway A16 - Exit Delémont Est
By train : Train station of Delémont which is 5 km away.
By plane : International airport of Basel-Mulhouse-Friburg which is 55 km away.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 3 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
Table games : Sunday to Thursday from 6.15 pm to 2.45 am, and on Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays from 6.45 pm to 3.45 am.