Review written by Sophie Couard, September 3rd, 2015.
Whenever I visit the south of France near Montpellier and Nimes, I never miss the opportunity to go to Pasino de La Grande Motte. It is conveniently located halfway between the city centre and the beach. This modern property offers an area of over 7,000 m² for leisure activities, and has a decor that is reminiscent of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. Therefore, it is the ideal place to indulge in gambling, but also to eat out or to watch a show, as we will explain more below.
Slot machines, traditional games and poker
The main attraction of the Pasino de La Grande Motte are obviously the range of games, and because of this I will now tell you more details about what you can play here.
The slot machines
The slot machines hall is open every day all year around from 10 am to 4 am. There are 200 machines available:
- an electronic Roulette with 20 spaces and a minimum stake of €1,
- an electronic Blackjack with 4 spaces, exclusive in this region, with minimum stakes of €2,
- many latest generation video slots equipped with the TITO ticket payment system and stakes starting at €0.01 up to €10,
- video poker for €0.50€, €1, €2, €5 and €10,
- the progressive jackpots Megapot and the Megapok,
- traditional slot machines that can be used with coins and tokens of €0.20, €0.50, €1, €2, €5 and €10.
What I like about the room as well is that it is divided into three separate areas :
- a token machine area that has an ambiance and sounds like they are in classic casinos,
- a fun area that is more modern and less noisy. Here you can rest your ears and play in a quieter environment,
- a smoking area on the terrace if you want to smoke a cigarette while playing. This area is perfect for smokers, just like me.
In addition, the property also has very comfortable seats. It may sound a little silly to say this, but personally, I am a little tired of playing standing, or sitting uncomfortably and finish my game session with a backache. So, this is a big plus for me! I enjoy my trips to the Pasino de La Grande Motte, which allows me to indulge in my passion to play slots comfortably.
The table games
In the same room as slot machines, there are also a lot of traditional games accessible daily from 9 pm to 4 am. You can play:
- 2 tables with blackjack with minimum stakes starting from €5,
- 2 tables with English Roulette with minimum stakes starting from €2,
- 2 tables with Bataille with minimum stakes starting from €2.
Every day from 9 pm to 4 am, you can also pay at 8 tables offering cash games Texas Hold'em poker with a minimum buy-in of €100.
Keep in mind that access to the games room is limited to adults who are not prohibited from entering casinos, and only upon presentation of a valid identification document.
Two restaurants and an event hall
Of course, the Pasino of La Grande Motte is not just satisfied with offering games to attract players. Like any good casino that is inspired by those in Las Vegas, it also offers various activities aside from gambling.
Le Paz is located in the heart of the games room and open daily from 12 pm to 11.30 pm. Le Paz offers brasserie kitchen and snacks, and welcomes visitors in a modern atmosphere where they can enjoy:
- at noon, there is a set menu with the dish of the day for €9.90 plus drinks,
- in the evening you can choose from a menu that changes every two months.
The service is very pleasant and the food very good.
The Pasino de La Grande Motte also opened the Hippopotamus in April 2015, and it is open every day from 12 pm to midnight. Do not expect great culinary creations from chefs, as it is a chain restaurant, but I have had great food here before. A positive point is that you can enjoy a panoramic view on the terrace!
The Enrico Macias theatre
You can also see a show in the Enrico Macias theatre that seats up to 1,300 people on an area of 1,200 m². It has a beautiful 190 m² stage that regularly hosts entertainers and celebrity comedians.
A modern casino with a pleasant atmosphere
So, even though there are a lot of games, restaurants and a theatre, you may be wondering what the general atmosphere of the place is like.
Well, first of all, the establishment is brand and was just opened in 2013. The premises are new and the architecture is very modern. The establishment does not have the same classic charm of the classy casinos in Deauville or Aix-les-Bains, but it is still very nice to look at.
Another thing is, that everything is always very clean and the games room has a nice layout and is very spacious. The staff are always smiling and treat visitors in a friendly manner. However, they are not proactive in explaining beginners how the games work. There, it may be a little overwhelming for beginners.
A small negative point is the very loud music in the lobby. We cannot listen to it anymore! However, another positive point is that there is a lot of parking at the entrance.
Between Montpellier and Nîmes
Our opinion of the casino is generally positive, and maybe many of you want to visit the casino now. The Pasino de La Grande Motte is located 15 minutes from Montpellier and 25 minutes from Nîmes.
When you come by car, you can take the A9 motorway and take exit 26.
When you come by train, you can take the train to the nearest station in Montpellier.
When you come by plane, the nearest airport is Montpellier/Mediterranean.
I will end this review about the Pasino de La Grande Motte by pointing out again that the casino is a great place to play games for money. Although it is certainly not the classiest, nor most luxurious establishment in France, I really do like the atmosphere in there. You can enjoy a great range of games and very comfortable seats, which is a very big plus! In short, I will go back there!
Slot machines: every day from 10 am to 4 am
Table games: every day from 9 pm to 4 am