Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 14, 2015.
Lisbon is the capital and the largest city in Portugal. There are many attractions for tourists visiting from all over the world. There is a diverse cultural and historical heritage, as well as popular night clubs, bars and restaurants. The city also offers fantastic shopping opportunities, such as the Praça do Comércio, the Praça Dom Pedro IV, the Praça da Figueira and also the impressive Vasco de Gama shopping centre.
There is also a casino in the city where you can enjoy a night of gambling since 2006. The Lisboa Casino in Lisbon is located at the Parque das Naçoes (Parc of Nations), and the majority shareholder is the Estoril-Sol group which is owned by the Chinese tycoon Stanley Ho, who also owns the Lisboa Casino in Macau.
You can find out what the casino has to offer in the next paragraphs of our review about it.
A nice casino
The Lisboa Casino in Lisbon is open Sunday to Thursday from 3 pm to 3 am, and on Friday, Saturday and the eves of public holidays from 4 pm to 4 am. The casino can be accessed by adults who are 18 years or older, and it is necessary to present a valid identity card upon entering the premises.
The slot machines
The slot machines are spread over two floors that are designed in different colours and have a lot of multimedia equipment. There are 700 to 1,000 devices accepting coin denominations from 1 cent to €2. The games include:
games with progressive jackpots,
traditional mechanical slot machines,
modern video poker machines
video poker games.
The table games
If you prefer the traditional casino games you can find 20 tables with many different games:
Caribbean stud poker,
You can play texas hold’em and omaha cash games on:
Dining, drinking and entertainment
In addition to the nice games room, the Lisboa Casino in Lisbon also offers you the option to enjoy many different activities. You can find out more about them in the next paragraphs.
The bar-cafeteria is the centre of entertainment in the establishment. It has a giant screen and a 200 m² terrace where you have a view over the entire games room. There is a large selection of cocktails and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as different snacks for all tastes, all set in a lively and musical environment with artistic and acrobatic elements.
The bars at the casino
There are many different places in the casino where you can take a break, have a drink or enjoy a snack. You can visit:
the Play Bar next to the slot machines,
the Joker Bar near the texas hold'em and omaha poker tables,
the Baccarat Bar at the traditional table games.
Hua Ta Li
The Chinese restaurant Hua Ta Li is located on the second floor and has a friendly atmosphere. It is the perfect place for everyone wishing to enjoy a nice dinner with oriental cuisine. The restaurant is open every day from 7 pm to 11 pm.
The Oceans Auditorium offers such a sophisticated program that is has become a national reference in the scene. The theatre features the latest technological equipment, can accommodate 638 visitors and has a removable stage. The program offers everything from theatre plays to dance and from opera to rock, with well-known artists from all over the world. Artists, such as Natalie Choquette, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, José Pedro Gomes, Barbara Hendricks, Goran Bregovic, Ana Carolina, Stacey Kent and Ute Lemper have already performed on this stage.
An art gallery
There is also a venue that features contemporary and avant-garde art. Renowned artists such as Fernando Botero, Alexander Calder and Antony Gormley have already presented their work there. Chinese sculptures from the 13th century from the Berardo collection are also on display.
Right in the centre of culture
The Lisboa Casino in Lisbon has a central location and is easily accessible. It is a short walk from the Gare do Oriente, and 2 minutes from the international airport where the main network points meet (Vasco da Gama Bridge, CRIL, CREL A1, 2ª Circular).
The establishment was built in an emerging tourism centre, near the Tagus River in the Parque das Nações. It was also in this area in the east of the city that featured the Expo with the theme “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future” in 1998. Contemporary buildings can be found next to this area following the project of urbanization and urban renewal. For example, there is the Pavilhão do Conhecimento with a modern science and technology museum, and also the Portugal Pavilion that was designed by architect Alvaro Siza Vieira. What this also means for the casino is that it is surrounded by four hotels.
In short, the Casino Lisboa in Lisbon is just perfect. The complex has a superb auditorium, a very good restaurant and a coffee bar with a very nice atmosphere. But what does us the casino offer? The games will probably hold your attention for a long time, as the casino boasts a very large game selection that should satisfy most players.
A short walk from the Gare do Oriente.
2 minutes from the international airport of Lisbon.
Sunday to Thursday from 3 pm to 3 am, and on Friday, Saturday and the eves of public holidays from 4 pm to 4 am.