In October, following the fantasy of the surreal dinners in 2017 and the “Lights of Gaming” dinner in 2018, the Casino de Monte-Carlo hand-picked 120 privileged guests to sample an evening of mystifying atmosphere of the clandestine cabarets and clubs of the Prohibition era and the roaring 20s
Casino de Monte-Carlo’s “Secret Games” evening combined luxury gaming with the style and impudence of the 1920s in a fully immersive way. With time to absorb the surroundings, sip a cocktail and enjoy dinner before the final jackpot, there were spectacular performances of jazz, dance, burlesque and comedy produced by Lum.
The best-kept secret on the Riviera
Because it is forbidden, gaming is even more appealing… On 5th October, 2019, Casino de Monte-Carlo put on a thrilling and glamorous “speakeasy” event for an exceptional VIP evening, honoured by the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and H.R.H. Princess of Hanover. 120 VIP guests from 24 countries plunged into the mythical universe of the Roaring Twenties to enjoy an exceptional immersive experience. They were welcomed by an enigmatic door that opened thanks to a secret password that only they knew. They then walked through the casino corridors, discovering ultra-realistic sketches inspired by the Prohibition. Next, they took the Eiffel lift to a “Secret Room” for a photocall and a cocktail before discovering, with stupefaction, the casino Salons Privés, entirely transformed into a clandestine club.
A club with an ominous atmosphere where dancers acting as gamblers battled it out in a choreographed clash, a jazz band played great standards of music, before continuing with a series of original sceneries throughout the dinner orchestrated by Thierry Saez Manzanares, Executive Chef at Casino de Monte-Carlo.
There was a captivating opening show inspired by Busby Berkeley, followed by a jazz trio and a performance by the singer, actress and model Caroline Vreeland. Guests enjoyed the company of Mosh, an up-and-coming star of the Los Angeles burlesque scene, metamorphosed for the occasion into a mysterious and sulphurous queen of hearts. Dinner was enjoyed in a festive and extravagant atmosphere with the arrival of feathered dancers, to end with a monumental and surprising final jackpot. The evening then carried on around the gaming tables and slot machines in a stylish and jazzy ambience.
“Great Art of gaming and thrills in a mythical and outstanding setting are the signature of Casino de Monte-Carlo,” emphasises Pascal Camia, Executive Vice President of Gaming Operations at Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. “The strategy of our CEO, Jean-Luc Biamonti, which notably focuses on the consolidation of the gaming position at the heart of the Group’s strategy starts to pay off: our exclusive events, like this Secret Games evening, have become not to be missed events for high-end clientele from all over the world, delighted to experience gaming in the pure Monte-Carlo style: festive, surprising and stirring up unforgettable emotions”.
€1 million Punto Banco Tournament
On September 21st, 2019, the Casino de Monte-Carlo organised its second Punto Banco tournament with the largest prize pool in Europe of €1 million, reserved for its best players. 56 participants representing 21 nationalities had to pass the qualifying stage to earn their seat around the Punto Banco tables in the prestigious Salle Medecin. More than a tournament, players enjoyed during the weekend the exclusive Monte-Carlo experience, showing once again that in Monaco gaming is an art.
The qualifying round for this exceptional tournament took place from August 1st to September 20th, 2019 on the gaming tables of Casino de Monte-Carlo, Casino Café de Paris and Sun Casino, based on accumulated “My Monte-Carlo” loyalty points, the new loyalty programme by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer.
This €1,000,000 prize pool was distributed as follows: €700,000 for the winner, €200,000 for the second place and €100,000 for the third place.
The €1 million Punto Banco tournament is part of the strategy of gaming redynamisation, started nearly four years ago by the Gaming Operations senior management, under the initiative of Jean-Luc Biamonti, Chief Executive Officer of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. A strategy that aims to make Monte-Carlo the most exclusive experience in Europe in terms of gaming and lifestyle.
This Punto Banco tournament illustrates this vision. Punto Banco was born in Mexico and was adapted in Asia under the name of Baccara. It allowed us thanks to this tournament to recruit two new customers from Thailand and Mexico.
Launched in January 2018 for customers of Monaco casinos, the “My Monte-Carlo” loyalty programme was extended in April 2019 to customers from all Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer establishments. It allows the most loyal members to take part in world-unique experiences, such as exclusive tournaments and exceptional dinners at Casino de Monte-Carlo, themed evenings at Casino Café de Paris and major events. Thanks to “My Monte-Carlo”, customers can enjoy numerous advantages depending on their status, to play and stay in the finest establishments in Monaco, but also to enjoy the best gastronomic experiences, go shopping and enjoy entertainment with the best seats for events and shows.
“Monaco remains a reference in the gaming sector, a destination that is sought-after for its know-how, remarkable venues and a stage like no other in the world”, comments Pascal Camia, Executive Vice-President of Gaming Operations, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. “We proposed this prize pool, which is one-of-a-kind in Europe, as part of the roadmap put forward by the Group’s CEO, Jean-Luc Biamonti, which notably focuses on gaming redynamisation at Casino de Monte-Carlo. I would like to thank the Casino teams because their investment to meet the expectations of a demanding clientele, through this tournament, has contributed to the dynamism of our core business.”