Review written by Sophie Couard, on September 7, 2015.
Are you looking for a place to spend a weekend or holiday in the south-west of France, more precisely in the department of Landes? By visiting the town of Saint-Paul-lès-Dax, you can spend your entire stay in the JOA Casino of Saint-Paul-lès-Dax, also called Casino JOA César Palace. In addition to games, such as slot machines and various table games, restaurants and a hotel, the establishment also offers various entertainment activities, including bowling, billiards, a dance floor, video games, and much more .
Casino JOA César Palace: a temple of games
The Casino César Palace is among the best casinos with regards to the games. In fact, the casino offers 95 slot machines and a six game tables.
The slot machines
Whatever type of slot machine you are looking for, you will find it at the Casino JOA César Palace. The 95 slot machines include mechanical 3-reel slot machines for lovers of old-fashioned games, video-reels for modern technology fans and lovers of bonus games, and video poker for those who like the sensations of the famous card game.
Many slot machines accept small bets from 1 cent, allowing you to play at your own pace and according to your budget.
Are you a beginner? The casino has also thought of you, and provides a discovery space to introduce the games to you. A member of the casino staff can help you with your first steps and tell you everything you need to know about the games.
The slot machine room is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 am, and Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
The table games
The JOA Casino in Saint-Paul-lès-Dax also offers the four most popular table games, such as poker, blackjack, English roulette and electronic English roulette.
If you are attracted to the more traditional games, you will definitely find what you are looking for at one of the two blackjack tables a the casino. Depending on your budget or your choice, you can choose either the table with a minimum bet of €2 or the one for €5. The two tables are open daily from 8.30 pm.
Would you like to enjoy the excitement of a poker game? The casino poker table is open Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm, and Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays from 8.30 pm.
Apart from cash games that take place there every day, the casino regularly hosts tournaments, such as Sit & Go's, multi tables, Satellites and Super Satellites. If you want to take part in a poker game, whether a cash game or a tournament, you will have to pay a buy-in of €50 to €500 with blinds of €2.
English roulette: traditional and electronic
The Joa Casino in Saint-Paul-lès-Dax has three English Roulette tables, one traditional and the other two are electronic.
The traditional English roulette table is open daily from 8.30 pm, and it requires a minimum bet of €2.
The two electronic English roulette tables allow you to enjoy the modern game electronically with game basics of the traditional roulette. Bets start from €0.50 and €1, and you can sit at one of the tables from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 am, and Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
Restaurants and bar au Casino JOA de Saint-Paul-lès-Dax
Culinary pleasures that you can enjoy in the company of your spouse, your family or your friends are not left out in the Casino of Saint-Paul-lès-Dax. You can choose between two restaurants, depending on what you like, and a bar.
Two restaurants, two specialities
The Casino offers everything needed for everyone to be able to eat what they like, and offers two restaurants each with their own specific cuisine.
The first restaurant, "El Tex Mex" takes care of everything that is grilled over a wood fire. The original restaurant has a terrace with thatched huts, and offers a spectacular view of the lake. You can go there every night until 11 pm from Sunday to Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
The restaurant "Comptoir JOA" lets you enjoy a warm atmosphere with modern and trendy decor. The cuisine is a modern bistro-style, and it offers a menu that varied and changes with the seasons to ensure freshness of all products.
Besides the general menu that offers various starters, main courses and desserts, the restaurant offers several set menus ranging from €6.80 for the children's menu, the buffet menu for €19.90, and a selection of dishes called JOA Signed including appetizers, entrees, desserts, homemade burgers and others. Special buffets are also available from €11.90. You can also choose from a wide choice of wines and aperitifs, a glass starts from €2.80, or a bottle of 37.5 cl, 50 cl and 75 cl from €8.50.
The restaurant can serve your order indoors, or on the terrace, and is open every day Sunday to Thursday from 12 pm to 2 pm, and 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 pm to 2 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm.
Bar with cocktails and mexican tapas
The Tex Mex bar offers a warm and cosy space, and welcomes you to enjoy relaxing moments, or you can take a rest on the terrace at the lake. Many choices of cocktails and other drinks, as well as Mexican tapas can be ordered at the bar.
The bar is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 2 am, Wednesday and Sunday from 3 pm to 2 am, Friday from 5 pm to 3 am, and Saturdays from 3 pm to 3 am.
The other services at the Casino JOA in Saint-Paul-lès-Dax
The Casino César Palace offers many regular and occasional events, such as the Super Lotto, the dance performances "Les mystères de l’Orient ", foosball or ping pong tournaments "Sports Co! ", and many more.
Hotel and accommodation
When visiting the casino, you can also stay at the hotel Kyriad, offering 42 rooms from €72, and 5 seminar rooms. The establishment has a partnership with the Calicéo spa, and you can combine your stay with the Aquasino offer of the hotel, which allows you to access the hot springs of Calicéo.
Dance enthusiasts and those who love to let go to the rhythm of the music will find their satisfaction on the dance floor, which is open every Friday and Saturday from 11 pm at the Tex Mex bar.
You can also take your family and friends to play a game of bowling at the bowling alley with 8 tracks. The room is open during the holiday periods from Sunday to Thursday from 3 pm to 2 am, and from 3pm to 3 am on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays.
A10 from Paris.
70 km from the airport of Biarritz.
146 km from the airport of Bordeaux Mérignac.
Slot machines: Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 am, and Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
Poker: Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm, and Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays from 8.30 pm.
Blackjack and traditional English roulette: every day from 8.30 pm.
Electronic English roulette: Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 am, and Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays from 10 am to 4 am.