In the city of Monte Carlo, near the Grand Casino de Monte Carlo sits a small building. From the outside, it blends in with its surroundings, looking for all the world like a part of the popular muggle casino. A sign outside proclaims it to be a bookkeeping office, and a muggle repelling charm is placed on the door. Inside is a large lobby, impossibly large for the size of the building, and a grand staircase going down to an ornate doorway. Along the sides of the lobby are fireplaces for floo travel, and there is a designated apparation zone for guests to arrive. At the back, behind the grand staircase is a set of stairs going up to another designated apparation zone with an Apparation Clerk who can assist guests in apparating to the casino’s hotel, which matches the styling of the casino perfectly. Halfway down the staircase is a security station where guests must check their wands and undergo a security check.
Once through the grand entrance, guests can take advantage of the large, open space with plenty of card tables and every amenity imaginable. Attendants walk the floor, and the ornate decorations remind guests that this is a place to win (or rather, spend) money. The casino hosts three bars and private rooms for games with more… high stakes.
Monaco Star Casino is owned and operated by the wizarding branch of the Societe des bains de mer de Monaco, and funded by the ruling family of Monaco. Facilities included within the casino include roulettes, poker, blackjack, and even a few slot machines run by magic. Guests are encouraged to spend as much time as they have at different tables, and the casino employs client concierges whose job it is to entice the clientele to spend their money, too.
The casino is a high-class establishment, frequently visited by aristocrats and other high-ranking public figures. Occasionally, sections of the facility are closed to the public to accommodate the privacy requests of particularly high-profile guests. Other times, guests are asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement. In general, though, all are welcome to try their luck… should they have the funds.
Poker tournaments are popular at Monaco Star Casino, and the minimum bid typically starts at around 3000 galleons (approx.. $25000 USD/14000 Euros). Only the richest of the rich come to play, and it is a grand event with specialty drinks being served. All eyes are on the tournament when it happens, and security is quadrupled.