Gambling in Montreal
Montreal is the most populous city in the province of Quebec, and actually is the second most populous city in all Canada. However, regardless of such a promising condition, there are very few gambling facilities in Montreal.
All the gambling businesses and activities in the city are regulated according to the Quebec Gambling Commission. There are two other regulating bodies - Loto-Quebec and the Société des casinos du Québec.
Local laws allow all legal type of gambling, including casino games, slot machines, lotteries, bingo, sports betting, and animal racing. However, Quebec was the last province to legalize slots, and they can be played only in casinos, so access to slot machines is somewhat limited. On the other hand, video lottery terminals can be found in many places, as well as small bingo halls. Sports betting is possible with the only bookmaker, Mise-O-Jeu. As for animal racing, there was a racetrack, but it was demolished in 2018. If you like horse racing, you can find racetracks in other cities of Quebec.
Top Land Based Casinos of Montreal
At the time of writing, Montreal, this one of the most populous cities in Canada, has only two big land based casino houses, and there is no hope to see any other facilities in the city any time soon. As we have pointed out above, horse racing track was demolished, and slots machines are only allowed on the territory of a bigger casino house. As a result, we’ve got tiny bingo halls, video lottery, online sports betting, and only two solid brick and mortar gambling facilities. Let’s see what they can offer.
Opened back in 1993, this very old and reputable gambling house has enjoyed huge popularity since the day it was opened, and till this day, partially because it is cool, and partially because there are no other alternatives, so to speak.
Today, Casino Montreal offers 115 table games, 3000+ slot machines, and 26 poker tables for high roller players. It is open 24/7, and can serve lots of people. In fact, this venue can manage around 18,000 daily visitors, which is really impressive.
Besides gambling rooms, there are five restaurants, four bars, and a cabaret for late night shows.
El Jumelgi Bar and Poker Room
This facility is smaller in size and is younger, compared to the grand Casino Montreal. It is focused only on poker, and features 17 poker tables for some exclusive experience plus 10 slot machines for some more relaxed gaming. This facility is more private and manages way less visitors per day. It works from 1 am to 1 pm all week, and has only a bar and lounge as additional service.