Do you want to have a night out on the town? Are you looking for some excitement that is not found in the resort? If so, then Vilamoura Casino and Dice night club is perfect for you. Vilamoura Casino offers everything from gambling tables, to dance floors, to live music.
The bright flashing lights of the casino will keep your attention while tempting fate with games like roulette or blackjack. You can also enjoy an evening of drinks while watching people dancing on the dance floor where DJs play popular music until 3 am every day. Live shows take place every Saturday night with international performers as well as Portuguese artists.
The Casino de Vilamoura is one of three casinos in the Algarve managed by the Sol Verde Group. This mid-sized casino overlooks the Vilamoura Beach and is located right next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a very short walk from the Marina.
COVID-19 - Do I need an EU Digital COVID certificate to enter a casino in Portugal?
According to the official Portuguese government site, the answers is as follows (updated 06.02.2022):
Yes. Entering facilities intended for gambling, games of chance, casinos, bingos or similar facilities, regardless of the day of the week or time, requires that you present an EU Digital COVID Certificate or:
- Proof of vaccination that proves you have been fully inoculated for at least 14 days, with a COVID -19 vaccine with market authorisation, or
- Proof of a negative lab test.
Masks must be worn in the casino.
– Call the Vilamoura Casino: +351 289 310 000.
– Consult the official government site here.
Vilamoura Casino is offers a variety of games:
- 520 slot machines
- 4 American Roulette tables
- 3 Blackjack tables
- 4 Live Poker Cash game tables – these tables operate daily from 21h30
- 2 Banca Francesa – a very popular portuguese dice game (click here to learn how to play Banca Francesa)
- 1 VIP Lounge
Restaurant and Bar
Vilamoura Casino has 3 restaurants and 1 bar:
Miralago: The Miralago Hall with a magnificent view over Vilamoura can seat up to 500 people. This is where you can enjoy a silver service and live performance any day of the week. The show and set menu dinner is very good value (usually about €40 per person) and one of the most popular attractions in Vilamoura. You can also purchase tickets for just the show. Check the menu, special offers and book your table online at theFork.
Royal: This elegant restaurant is usually reserved for functions and has a capacity for 200 seats.
Baccarat Restaurant: is situated on the gaming floor overlooking the slot machines. Very reasonably priced a la carte menu.
Big Bar: The Big Bar marks the center of the casino and from here you can access all the different areas. Ample seating area and wide selection of beverages.
Dice Nightclub (former Blackjack Vilamoura)
The Dice Nightclub (formally Blackjack) is an elegant bar and disco located within the casino. The club is independently managed and received an extensive refurbishment under the current management.
The Casino hosts a variety of events every year, it is also a very popular venue for corporate and private events.
- New Years Eve Party
- Algarve Classic Cars Rally
- World Poker Tour
- Solverde Poker Tournaments
- Daily shows
Dress code is casual – no beachwear, sportswear or open shoes are allowed. In other words, jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable, flip-flops and swimming shorts, not so much.
The casino is open all year round.
- Summer from 3pm to 3am
- Winter from 4pm to 4am.
You must be over 18 years old to enter the casino. Photo ID is mandatory (Portuguese law not casino policy).
Location and Contacts
Vilamoura Casino is located on Vilamoura Beach between the Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel and the Crown Plaza. Access to the casino is via Avenida Tivoli (you cannot enter from the beach side). There is a large secure parking area.
Vilamoura Casino Policies
- Photo ID at entrance is a mandatory, it is actually Portuguese law and valid for all casinos;
- No electronic devices on the gaming floor and yes this includes phones, check with staff and security where you are allowed to use your phone;
- Casinos are one of the few indoor venues where smoking is still permitted, the Vilamoura Casino has both smoking and non-smoking areas. During 2020 and 2021 and due to COVID restrictions, all smoking was banned indoors. This policy will be maintained while mask usage is mandatory. There is an outdoor area available for smokers.
Events at the Casino Vilamoura
October Live Show and Dinner: “Superbands Forever”
8.30pm Dinner and Show – €35 pp
10.30pm Show Only €15 pp
Reservation required and only available on specific dates. More information and reservations on the Solverde Casinos website.
Other Casinos in the Algarve
Solverde operates two more casinos in the Algarve, Casino de Portimão and Casino de Monte Gordo. Vilamoura Casino is the largest and most popular of the three. This group also operates their own online site which is only available to Portuguese residents, you must have a Portuguese fiscal number to play online.
How to Play Banca Francesa
Banca Francesa is played on a semi-circle shaped table divided in 4 sections: Aces, Pequeno (small and the numbers 5, 6, 7), Grande (big and the numbers 14, 15, 16) and the Arena (where the dice are thrown). The game is really quite simple.
What is the objective of this game?
The objective is to correctly predict the result of the three dice rolled.
How to play
Players bet on the result of the three dice roll in the following manner:
Grande (Big) – Bets are placed in the interior section and the sum of the three dice must be 14, 15 or 16 to win;
Pequena (Small) – Bets are placed on the exterior section and the sum of the three dice must be 5, 6 or 7 to win.;
Ases (Aces) – all three dice must land on 1, i.e. the sum is 3.
Grande or Pequeno Line – for betting half the value
- Big or Small is 1:1
- Aces is 61:1
- Big/Small line payout is half of bet
There are 216 possible outcomes but only 63 will decide the result in Banca Francesa.
All the other possible outcomes of the sum of the three dice are considered null and the dice are rolled until one of the big, small or aces results are achieved. You can alter your bets after each null round.
- Big or small is 31/63 (49,21%)
- Aces 1/63 (1,59%)