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Casino in Germany Experience

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Vegas24_7, Mar 22, 2013.

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  1. Vegas24_7

    Vegas24_7 Low-Roller

    Apr 19, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Hi Everyone,

    Just thought I'd share my experience in a Casino in Germany. I went to Hannover for business recently and visted their largest Casino called Spielbank Hannover. There are certainly some differences between what I am used to from North America and what I saw there.

    Entrance fee - Yes, this is by far the first time I've every had to pay to enter a casino. It was only 2 Euros but it is the principle I am arguing here. I am usually used to the fact that casino give you amenities such as free parking, match play or food, etc to get you in the door. And this place wants you to pay!

    Drinks are not free - You heard it here. Even if I'm playing 100 euros a hand, I cannot get a coke for free.

    No food - They do not serve food here. This place had two levels and was a fair sized casino but they did not have a place to eat.

    Blackjack play ettiquete - You do not use hand signals when playing BJ here. You literally say to the dealer "cut" to hit and "rest" to stand. What would happen if the dealer made a mistake? How can I prove I "told" him? Cameras won't help here. LOL.

    When you want to double down, you can slap the even amount right on top of your chips rather than beside them like we are used to.

    The dealer had to key in on a number pad a running score of what the outcome of the dealer hand was. So you'd see on the screen something like "18, 19, BJ, 17, 18, BUST....". Never seen that before. I guess it encourages players to come and play when they see a bunch of busts? hehe

    There was a side bet where you bet that the dealer will bust (2.5:1 payout), dealer will get a blackjack (19:1), suited blackjack (77:1) and Suited blackjack with hearts (300:1). Max bet was 2 Euros on any of these.

    Toke hustling - While playing roulette, after any spin where you hit a number, they always ask how much you want to tip. If you say nothing, they will give you a sour look. Not cool.

    Just some of the things I noted. I had fun but felt restricted somewhat. Thanks for reading!
  2. sunshine54

    sunshine54 Low-Roller

    Aug 18, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Casinos in Germany are boaring - my opinion.

    But if you have birthday and you are going in a german spielbank , you will have a free entry :)

    Notice - normaly you have to pay a entry fee for a SPIELBANK (goverment), but SPIELCASINOS (privat) are free and sometimes they offers free drinks.
  3. Dpin300

    Dpin300 Low-Roller

    Jul 23, 2012
    Las Vegas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Sounds allot like the ones here in Holland. Only if you visit here a couple of times a year you get a pass and can enter for free from then on. Paying for drinks sucks at casinos.
  4. engicedave

    engicedave VIP Whale

    Aug 27, 2005
    I went to one in Dortmund (edge of town), and all you describe is true, but what I also find interesting about Euro casinos is they have dress codes and they have an "exclusive feel."
    Like the Dutch casinos, you check your coat/jacket (no choice), no T-shirts, no sweatshirts, jeans are allowed - but must be nice, no sandals/flip-flops and no ballcaps.

    No slobs allowed.

    It's not like in 007, where everyone is in a tux, but it is common in the evenings to see people dressed up (or dressed well) and men in suits.
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