Review written by Sophie Couard, on June 9, 2016.
The city of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is famous for the fishing industry, notably for sardines. The town was created in 1967 by the unification of two communes located on either side of the river Vie: Saint-Gilles-sur-Vie and Croix-de-Vie. It is located on the Côte de Lumière in the Vendée department, 30km from Sables-d'Olonne. It has been classified as a seaside resort in 1982, and you can enjoy many different water-related activities and four beautiful sandy beaches. There are also several interesting monuments, such as the Sainte-Gilles church, the Joséphine tower, the Menhir de la Tonnelle and the Garenne pier. You can also find a casino that is managed by the Cogit group, and offers many different services. You can find out more about them in this review.
Slot machines, blackjack, roulette and texas hold'em
The Casino in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is located in the centre of the famous seaside resort of the Côte de Lumière. The casino has a cosy and elegant atmosphere. The beautiful casino can be accessed by all adults over the age of 18 who are not prohibited from gambling and are able to present a valid ID.
The slot machines
The area with the slot machines is open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am until 2 am, until 3 am on Thursday and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays. There are 110 devices with denominations starting from 1 cent. Among them are:
- games where you get the chance to win a progressive jackpot,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels that offer a retro experience,
- modern video slot machines with digital screens and many special features,
- video poker in many different versions,
- an electronic English roulette.
The table games
Fans of traditional games can also play the following games at 2 tables:
- 1 table with blackjack with minimum stakes starting from €2 which is open from 8 pm until the casino closes,
- 1 table with English roulette with minimum stakes starting from €1 which is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8 pm until the casinos closes.
Texas hold'em fans can also visit the poker room of the establishment that offers cash game tables that are open from Thursday to Sunday from 8 pm until the casino closes. The buy-ins start from €50 and blinds from €2/€4. There are also tournaments that are organised on an ad hoc basis.
Gourmet food, beers and cocktails
The game selection at the Cogit Casino in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is very interesting and offers many classic games. In addition to this game selection, the establishment also offers other activities. You can also enjoy a bite to eat or a nice drink, and you can find out more about the restaurant and the bar in the next paragraphs.
The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, and you can visit with your friends and family as well. The atmosphere is modern and friendly, and you can order from a good selection of traditional and contemporary dishes that should appeal to everyone. For example, you can find the following dishes on the menu:
- foie gras, mackerel rillettes or a Perigourdine salad as starters,
- steak tartare, pork or sea bass fillet as main courses,
- crème brûlée, sweet chocolate cake or tiramisu as desserts.
You can visit the bar in the slot machines room and relax or take a break from the games. You can order from a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, from beers, to classic and original cocktails, you can find your favourite drink at the bar, There is also a menu with smaller snacks if you are a little hungry.
You can play casino games, dine and have a drink at Cogit Casino in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, but unfortunately, it is impossible to stay there overnight, as the establishment does not have a hotel. Fortunately, the city is very touristy and has many hotels. These are the ones near the casino:
- Ker Louis ** starting from €76 per night,
- La Ceitya ** starting from €79 per night,
- Hôtel Ibis Styles Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie *** starting from €93 per night.
In short, everything needed to spend an excellent evening is available at the Cogit Casino in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. You can dine and enjoy a drink there, but also play the games in the beautiful casino that offers all classic casino games.
By car : Motorway A87 or A83.
By train : Train station of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.
Slot machines : Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am until 2 am, until 3 am on Thursday and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays.
Table games and poker : Sunday to Wednesday from 8 pm until 2 am, until 3 am on Thursday and until 4 am on Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays.