Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 8, 2016.
The Casino Spielbank Berlin opened on 1 October 1975. It was originally located at the Europa-Center in the Charlottenburg district, but was moved to the Potsdamer Platz in 1998. Consequently, it is located in an ultra-modern building designed by architect Renzo Piano, near the Sony Center, which combines multiple shops, restaurants, a conference centre and offices. The establishment is also just one stop away from the famous Brandenburg Gate, which stands out as one of the main attractions of the city of Berlin. In short, the location is perfect.
The establishment is also easily recognisable with a huge neon sign. When I stepped inside, I particularly enjoyed the decoration of the lobby where you find the colours of the complex red and black and gaming chips embedded in the floor.
Let us now see if the establishment is worth visiting.
A casino stretched over 4 floors
Let me start this review with a little sore spot: the Casino Spielbank Berlin charges admission. Fortunately, you will not be financially ruined, as it only costs €2.50. You will also need to be an adult to enter the games room, i.e. over 18 years, and it is necessary to present identification.
Let me now tell you about the famous games room. First of all, it is the largest in Berlin, and has 4 floors: the basement floor is for slot machines, the ground floor offers poker tables and the others have traditional games. On the second floor and the top floor you can find the Casino Royale, which has various table games and also contains a smoking area and a cocktail bar.
The slot machines
The slot machine room is open every day from 11 am to 5 am, and it features no less than 350 devices:
- traditional slot machines with 3 mechanical reels,
- modern video slots with 5 reels,
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot (such as the famous Mystery Jackpot),
- electronic adaptations of classic table games (Caribbean poker, baccarat, sic bo and roulette),
- video poker.
The best thing about these slot machines is that the return to player is relatively high and varies between 92% and 97.5%.
The table games
The traditional table games at the Casino Spielbank Berlin are available every day from 3 pm to 3 am, but the variety leaves much to be desired. There are 12 tables in total, but you can only play:
- blackjack from €4,
- roulette from €2.
The poker room has a dozen tables and offers both tournaments (buy-in from €40 to €200), as well as cash games. It is open Monday to Friday from 7 pm to 3 am, and on Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 3am.
Nothing else to do but gambling
It is very common for an establishment of this size to offer many other services aside from gambling, but we regret to say that the Casino Spielbank in Berlin does not offer much. Oh yes, there is a cocktail bar! But it is on the top floor, and primarily aimed at customers of the establishment. There is no reason to visit this place, unless you are a casino player. If you are reading this you are probably a player, so this should not really be a problem for you. There are also a lot of things to do right next to the complex, so it is not really a big issue.
There are a few hotels within 2 km distance to the casino:
- the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin from €265 per night,
- the Motel One Berlin-Potsdamer Platz from €83 per night,
- the Hotel Gendarm from €99,
- the Berlin Marriott Hotel from €157.
There are many restaurants for dining available nearby:
- Salumeria Pizza Pasta,
- Asia Pavillion,
- Lutter & Wegner im weinhaus huth,
You can also find fast food places:
- Häagen Dasz,
- Pizza Hut,
- Schöner Döner Falafel & Grill.
There are also many entertainment facilities available near the casino :
- an IMAX 3D cinema (CinemaxX Berlin Potsdamer Platz),
- two theatres,
- a large library,
- many shops,
- a small Legoland.
In conclusion, I can say that you should not expect to find a lot of leisure facilities at the Casino Spielbank in Berlin, and aside from a cocktail bar you can visit the games room. Fortunately, the establishment has a very good poker room and lots of slot machines with very high payouts. I just regret the lack of diversity with regards to the traditional games, as there are only tables for roulette and blackjack. In any case, I enjoyed playing there and I think it is an excellent establishment that deserves to be discovered.
Location is close to the U-Bahn (Metro) station Potsdamer Platz (U2).
Slot machines : every day from 11 am to 5 am.
Table games : every day from 3 pm to 3 am.
Poker : Monday to Friday from 7 pm to 3 am, and on Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 3am.