Casinos and gambling have been a popular pastime in the UK for hundreds of years. It first originated in the middle ages as an activity accessible to all social classes. Commoners and serfs played scraps games while nobles gambled on a variety of activities. It became so popular among all social groups that gambling societies began to form, and in the late 1100s, King Richard introduced gambling regulations in England. The regulations set a limit of 20 shillings, or one pound, per day, which today would be equal to more than £2000.
Over the years, gambling has changed with our society. It became more accessible to people of all economic backgrounds, with sports like football and horse racing becoming increasingly popular. Technology has made gambling even more accessible as now individuals don’t even need to leave their home to place a bet and can also do so using their cell phone from almost anywhere in the world.
Today there are more than 140 casinos in the UK, and two of those are in Bristol. Both Bristol casinos are part of larger chains and open 24 hours a day.
Bristol’s Rainbow Casino is located right in the heart of the city in Canon’s Marsh, making it incredibly convenient to get to. There are multiple large car parks nearby, and it’s right off Anchor Road, so there are also plenty of public transport options available.
Rainbow Casino has four locations around the UK and is owned by Double Diamond Gaming which is headquartered in Birmingham, where the largest Rainbow Casino is located. Rainbow Casinos have regularly been ranked among the best casinos in the UK, and visitors often comment on how friendly and helpful the staff are. When you first visit the casino, you’ll need to become a member. This is completely free; you simply need to fill out a short form, which is available online, and then have your ID verified. After this, you’ll be able to use your membership card to enter the casino rather than needing to show your ID every time.
Rainbow Casino Bristol is a great casino to visit if you’re a poker fan. They run a number of poker games, including Caribbean stud, three card and multi-card, as well as regular tournaments and cash games. In addition, the casino offers a special poker magic zone where both professionals and novices can enjoy a game by participating in tournaments. The most popular poker game at the casino is Texas hold ’em. Rainbow also offers a no cash game for anyone interested in learning to play poker without the risks normally associated. The casino also has all the other casino games you could want, including blackjack, roulette, craps, slots, baccarat and more. The wager required for each of these games is relatively small, with a 25p wager required for American roulette, £2-3 for blackjack, £5 for baccarat, £1 for craps, and £2 for casino war. There are also many electronic game machines available for anyone who prefers to play using those.
If you’re not in the mood for gambling, the Bristol Rainbow Casino is also home to the Millennium Bar, which serves up handmade cocktails, and snacks like sandwiches and pizza. There’s also a restaurant which is open Friday to Sunday from 3 pm.
If you decide to visit Rainbow Casino Bristol, keep in mind that a membership is currently required to enter, and they have a smart casual dress code.
Just around the corner from the Rainbow Casino on the Anchor Road is Bristol’s Grosvenor Casino. Grosvenor is one of the largest casino operators in the UK, with 53 locations around the country as well as a large online presence. Previously known as Grosvenor Clubs, the first Grosvenor Casino opened more than 50 years ago in 1970. Today, the casinos are owned by the Rank Group who also own Mecca Bingo and enracha, a Spanish gaming site. Together the Rank Group and Grosvenor Casinos have been nominated for and awarded multiple awards within the gambling industry, including Inspiration of the Year, Team of the Year, and Casino Operator of the Year.
Grosvenor’s impressive gaming floor features five American roulette tables, a three-card poker table with 20 slots, three blackjack tables, and a number of electronic terminals. They offer a number of games, including multiplayer and three-card poker, blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. Grosvenor is home to the highest maximums in Bristol. You can bet up to £400 per number on American roulette and £2000 on certain blackjack tables. All of their slot machines use the latest technology and are high-definition IGT multi-game machines. The jackpots on their slot machines range from £4000 to more than £20000.
Grosvenor also has a bar and restaurant which can seat up to 40 guests and serves as the hub for many events taking place in the city. They regularly run various promotions such as buy one get one free meals, so it’s worth checking before you visit to see what’s on.
All Grosvenor casinos have a smart casual dress code. They don’t take their dress code too seriously but ask that guests avoid work and streetwear as well as scruffy clothing. If you plan on playing poker during your visit, try to adhere to the dress code a bit more strictly than if you plan on only playing the slots.
In addition to these two casinos, there are a number of smaller slot facilities around the city, such as Admiral at the Boardwalk Shopping Centre, Casino Slots in Kingswood, and Be Lucky on Broad Quay.
While both Bristol casinos are all great options if you’re looking to stay local, many of the top casinos in the UK are within a few hours of the city and are the perfect option for a night out or weekend away.
From Temple Meads Station, you can be at Paddington in central London in only 90 minutes. From there, you have easy access to some of the biggest and best casinos in the UK, including the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. Some compare this casino to a mini–Las Vegas with its impressive line-up of live shows, luxurious dining, music rooms, and of course, plenty of slots, roulette and poker games.
Also on Leicester Square is the Empire Casino which is home to the best poker rooms in London as well as lively crowds every night. Similar to the Hippodrome, Empire Casino features a number of bars, traditional bar cuisine, and other fantastic food options.