The Casino Barrière de Montreux
Montreux Casino is officially titled The Casino Barrière de Montreux, and it offers players the chance to enjoy almost 400 different slots machine game titles. There are also 17 live table games to benefit from, a significant amount, and these options include blackjack; roulette; poker and baccarat. Poker players will be happy to hear that there are four cash tables for them to join should they wish to, and slots machine game fans are able to set the reels spinning every day from 11am through to 3am the following morning. The live table games start a little later, at 4pm, and finish up at the same time the slots machines do. Poker play starts at 4pm as well, and extends through to 3am.
Play Requirements for Montreux Casino
The dress code for Montreux Casino is more relaxed than one would expect, with no jacket or tie required for gentlemen in order to gain admittance. It is located at Rue du Théâtre 9, in Montreux, Switzerland, and can be reached by means of email and telephone if contact is required. Identification will need to be produced upon entrance to the casino, and the minimum age for admittance to the gaming are is 18 years. There is however no entrance fee in place for play. All major currencies and credit cards are accepted.
The Montreux Casino’s Claim to Fame
The acclaimed British rock band Deep Purple wrote their hit song Smoke on the Water after watching the Montreux Casino erupt in flames during a 1971 Frank Zappa concert. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Inventions were performing at the Canadian casinos on the 4th of December of 1971, and, 90 minutes into the show, whilst playing King Kong, a member of the crowed fired a flare gun which set the roof alight as soon as it made contact.
Deep Purple was in the Montreux Casino area with a sound truck that they had rented from the Rolling Stones in order to get some recording done, and were forced out of their rooms because of the blaze. The memories of the billowing smoke spreading across the surface of Lake Geneva inspired the title of this now iconic song, and it reached the number four position on the 1973 Billboard Pop Singles Chart. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine included it in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Players are advised to try to visit the Deep Purple memorial near the casino when they visit, placed near the Freddie Mercury statue that commemorates the fact that seven albums were recorded in Montreux by Queen.
After the fire the Montreux Casino was rebuilt, with the Jazz Festival for the area being held in other auditoriums around the city until it could once again be held at the casino in 1975. The festival was hosted there until the year 1993, at which point it had become so popular that it had to move to the larger convention centre in order to accommodate the growing audience, one kilometre from its original venue. The festival occupied both this convention centre and the casino itself until 2006, and the Montreux Casino still hosts one-off shows to this day.