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SAIGON INSPIRATION GOING OUT gaming BEST CASINOS IN SAIGON

Grand Club

Grand Hotel | 8 Dong Khoi Street, D1, HCMC, Vietnam / +84 283 823 7378 

Opening Hours: 24-hour

The Grand Club is open 24-hours a day so enjoy a coffee with your favorite dealer over a game of cards or bring your colleagues after a long day at work to play and unwind with complimentary cocktails. Members can earn points every time they play and redeem them for a number of prime prizes.

Standout: The Grand Hotel is the perfect get-away in the city. Start your day with a massage at Le Grand Spa, lunch at Chez Nous restaurant, and then gamble into the night at the Grand Club.

Grand Club

M Club

1 Dong Khoi, Ben Nghe ward, D1, HCMC, Vietnam / +84 28 3829 5517 / Facebook
Opening Hours: 24-hour

 

Located at 1 Dong Khoi street, MClub’s premium location at the heart of Saigon’s Central Business District makes it an irresistible choice for travelers and casino enthusiasts. In line with Majestic Hotels’ longevity and history since the mid-1920s, MClub’s classic marble & wooden walls along with its spacious, warm, and bright interior feels almost like a set from an American retro film.

 

Beyond the latest and greatest state-of-the-art LED touch-screen slots, MClub also offers club favorites such as Blackjack, Roulette & Baccarat. All bets run on a gaming voucher system where visitors play and cash out conveniently using electronic cards provided by MClub. Various promotions available at MClub include a weekly Saturday Night Frenzy Lucky Draw and Happy Slot Lucky Draws on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays where guests are awarded additional chances to win tickets and cash beyond the usual electronic machines.

 

Standout: MClub’s outstanding location and round-the-clock opening hours make it a perfect choice for all types of travelers and foreigners living in Saigon.

M Club

Club V e-gaming

Pullman Saigon Centre / 148 Tran Hung Dao, D1, HCMC, Vietnam / +84 903 747 088 / Facebook

There are few places in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City where you can walk in with not much money and walk out with an underserved small fortune. Take the mirrored gold elevator doors at the Pullman Saigon Centre, which take visitors down to Club V. The doors open and the lucky guest finds 62 slot machines standing at attention in rows, each with a cream-colored, high-backed leather chair receiving a player.

 

Big Chances at Regular Prizes

The player vies for prizes from his or her individual slot machine as well as for a chance at the larger prizes, which are given to gamers randomly and regularly. In addition to the payouts from slot machines, just being in the building gets visitors a chance at a handsome prize, usually in the thousands. Let me state that more clearly: not thousands like the cost of your coffee—“thousands” as in a bevvy of Unites States greenbacks. Prizes worth tens of thousands of US dollars are given away in contests regularly.

 

Written in neon markers are the previous bounties teasing visitors with past prizes. Just a few days before I visited, the gaming club gave away three prizes in total worth nearly US$40,000. The size of the prize wows almost as much as the interior. The club’s four main games—blackjack, baccarat, roulette, and slots—are housed in a spacious, carpeted facility comparable to something you’d see in the club’s namesake US city, gaming capital Las Vegas. The facility’s evocative decor—like the light that spans nearly the entire roulette room ceiling—and novel, polished interior are a break from the Ho Chi Minh City that you know.

 

Food While You Play

Attendees are treated to the well-stocked bar and restaurant conveniently located inside Club V to minimize breaks between gaming sessions. The restaurant specializes in Chinese and Korean food. Players at rest can dine on Korean Gimbap—a bit-size sushi-like dish—or baked ribs served in a sweet and sour sauce with a side of rice. To keep spirits high, Club V serves a selection of wines and beer including Japanese import Asashi.

 

The Membership Program

Clients who play at Club V and wish to make it part of a regular thing are invited to become members. The club’s membership program offers members perks like free rooms at the Pullman Saigon Center hotel, airfare, and spa service when they do well. Membership and rewards are offered at levels with incentives of different sizes. If you’re on a winning streak, you’ll get access to higher membership status and bigger prizes.

 

Gambling has been provisionally legalized for Vietnamese, but Club V officials said their gamers are predominantly an international cohort. Stuck in Binh Duong? No sweat. A shuttle from Club V runs Saturday and Sunday evenings from Binh Duong and takes players to the Caravelle Hotel—which has the Vegas Club gaming center—and Club V. As you plan your visit, keep an eye on Club V’s social media page, where they regularly announce contests and promotions.

 

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of the rest of the casinos on our list, it’s important to establish a few things about gaming in Vietnam...

 

Firstly, all the games mentioned (roulette, blackjack, baccarat, poker) are electronic versions – table games with real croupiers are strictly forbidden in Saigon. Technically, it’s outside of Ho Chi Minh City and is purpose-built for Asian and Western players used to playing in Las Vegas and Macau. As such, the rules are a little more relaxed and there are live table games including blackjack, roulette, and baccarat.

 

You should also note that you can only gamble in US dollars, so bring some with you – the exchange rates you’ll get in the casinos from Vietnamese dong to USD are varied at best. Minimum bets start from 5 cents for slots and US$10 for blackjack. In this article, I’ll just be talking US Dollars to avoid confusion. It’s also essential to bring along your passport or other proof of your nationality – there are strict laws against Vietnamese citizens gambling and only foreigners are allowed to step foot in a casino.

 

Finally, good luck and happy gaming!

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Chat Slots Gaming Center

New World Hotel: 76 Le Lai, D1, HCMC, Vietnam / +84 28 3824 3760 / Facebook

Opening hours: 24/7

 

Also known as the International Tourist Club, this is a great spot for social gamers – the roulette tables have a minimum bet of 50 cents and there are free drinks (although the floor staff will skirt around you unless you purposefully flag one down to make an order). Another bonus is that with a full minute between spins of the roulette wheel you won’t find yourself deep in a hole before your first Johnny Walker appears.

 

This is one of the more spacious casinos in Ho Chi Minh City, with ample room dedicated to slots. What’s nice about the way things are arranged is that the constant chirruping of slot machines is far enough away to act as background noise, rather than the main soundtrack to your evening. The attendants at the blackjack tables are friendly and professional, and at US$10 this is as cheap as you’ll find in a downtown casino in Ho Chi Minh City. You can also try your luck at baccarat.

 

Standout: This was the only casino I visited offering video poker, with a US$300 minimum buy-in to sit. The game is Texas Hold’em only, though.

 

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Palazzo Club

80 Dong Du, D1, HCMC, Vietnam /+84 28 3824 7576/ Facebook

Opening hours: 24/7

 

The Palazzo’s staff are nothing if not efficient: a free bottle of water was brought to my seat before I had a chance to put any money into a machine. Most of the casinos in Ho Chi Minh City have a membership program, although they are sometimes hesitant, even reluctant, to offer this to tourists.

 

Seasoned gamblers know that these memberships rarely pay off, with players losing far more than they ever gain back, but the Palazzo Club (inside the Sheraton Saigon) is a refreshing exception, with rewards for players who accrue as few as 50 points (the equivalent of placing US$750 in bets). Slots players can get to 50 points simply by betting US$250 over the course of an evening. The downside of this is that there are no free alcoholic drinks and you’ll also have to pay for meals.

 

There’s a special area reserved for Gold and Platinum members (my membership is a lowly Bronze), with higher table limits and more attentive staff. If you want in, you’ll have to bet big: only members with 20,000 points (or US$300,000 worth of blackjack hands or roulette spins) in a single month qualify to upgrade.

 

Standout: The Palazzo Club offers some of the friendliest services I’ve received in a Ho Chi Minh City casino. It seems that along with higher minimums come wider smiles. 

Palazzo Club

Monte Carlo Saigon Club

101 Hai Ba Trung, D1, HCMC, Vietnam / +84  283 914 0777

Opening hours: 24/7 

 

Under the same ownership (and in the same building) as the Park Hyatt Saigon, this four-floor casino reflects Hyatt’s knack for refined service, making it one of the more inviting casinos in the city.

 

It’s not as roomy as some gaming centres in Ho Chi Minh City, and the multi-floor layout feels quite cozy. The space is full of games like Western and FaFaFa slots, baccarat, blackjack, and roulette. Unfortunately, there’s no poker. Luckily, Monte Carlo Saigon Club more than makes up for this with free beverages and free dining for all loyal members.

 

The accommodating atmosphere doesn’t end with just freebies: the staff is helpful and will explain any questions you may have about the games or the current jackpot. Staff members speak English, Korean, and Chinese. The minimums are reasonable: two cents for slots (10 cents for the VIP slots); 50 cents for roulette; and US$50 for baccarat and blackjack. VIPs get some spectacular perks: free food from Park Hyatt’s fine dining restaurant, the ability to set a minimum at a table, and more.

 

Standout: Definitely the service and the abundant jackpots. And you can’t ignore the free food and drinks.

 

Monte Carlo Club

Club Royale

1 Ngo Duc Ke, D1, HCMC, Vietnam / +84 28 3822 1888 / Facebook

Opening hours: 24/7

 

The luxurious gold and black decor of Club Royale sets it apart from the competition, while the speed and efficiency with which you’re provided with a membership card make it possible to start collecting loyalty points as soon as you begin playing. Note that there’s a separate entrance to Club Royale, so you can’t access it from the main Renaissance Riverside reception. Free drinks are available as long as you’re playing, with an extensive list of teas, coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine, or spirits.

 

Standout: The Club Royale membership program offers some of the best benefits if you’re only in the city for a short time. You need to accrue 3,000 points in the space of a calendar month to get US$50 back.

 

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