I visited a few casinos in Europe before my USA trip:
- in Monaco (Monte Carlo: Grand Casino and Cafe de Paris)
- in Genoa, Italy,
- in Estoril, Portugal
- in Baden-Baden, Germany.
But I... never gambled there, just visiting.
There are quite many differences between the above casinos and that one in Campo (and the next ones I visited in the USA as well).
First of all American casinos are always... certainly BIG, larger than European ones and always with BIG parkings in front of them. European casinos usually consist of a few large halls/rooms whereas American ones consist of one very huge hall/room. Am I wrong?
American casinos are located in modern (and usually quite new) buildings built specially for them. Was gambling forbidden in the USA before?
European casinos are usually located in old buildings (hmm... maybe that's why they are smaller) which were built and served not necesarilly as casinos in the past.
It seems that casinos are for everybody, rich and poor, I mean in the USA. I wonder whether they get into a casino a bum or whoelse strange looking? Hmm... probably yes, at least much easier than in Europe. Am I wrong?
What a big contrast to European casinos which are often designated for high society, upper-class (are these words proper?) people, sometimes for a little old-fashionable and aristocratic society, I could say.
There is no any special dressing code for casinos in the USA, I suppose. There are a lot of people dressed just casual clothes that means jeans and T-shirt as well.
Forget about it in Europe: there is often a tie and/or a suit required for men, even if not obligatory it's recommended to feel comfortable in many casinos especially in the evenings. Am I wrong?
It seems that many of USA casinos, including Golden Acorn Casino in Campo, are located nowhere = outside cities, usually at/close to a freeway/highway exit and often quite close to inter-state borders (different gambling state law?).
Why nowhere, even in the middle of a desert? I don't know - maybe not to disturb local citizens?
Exception: certainly Las Vegas (and Reno, I suppose). Any others?
In Europe many casinos are located in old buildings in the dowtowns/centers of cities. Am I wrong?
European casinos are often divided into at least two parts: for "normal" customers and for those of them who play higher (above $1000 or so). You may enter "better" zone when you have special invitation (VIP?) or/and you change at cashier enough $$$ for counters to gamble.
Are there any such zones for richer gamblers in the USA? I don't know, I didn't notice them.
American casinos are easy to stop and gamble at least in comparison to European ones and at least for a few reasons:
- location: usually close to freeway/highway exit, outside a city = big parking ---> easy to park a car,
- you may start to gamble if you have... $0.25 only hehe,
- you may drink booze and smoke cigarettes inside casino,
- you don't need any speciall dress to enter casino - just stop your car and go.
There are numerous, large casinos around the part of the USA I visited, many more than in Europe (in relation to population of the area), I suppose.
Is it big business in the USA? I think so.
Isn't it so good business in Europe? Hmm... I don't know, maybe the European casinos are designated for richer customers (minority everywhere), so they are usually located exclusevely in upper-class, fashionable towns and cities and... less visited.
Waiting for our meal in Golden Grill Restaurant I was watching this woman-waiter on my picture. There were quite many costumers that time and believe me, she worked like crazy all the time and she didn't look to be happy about it. Do they always work so hard there?
Although the food was not very good how not to tip her? Am I wrong?
Look at my picture, please: the red curb (kerb in UK English) means NO PARKING ANY TIME.
Wow, there are fire hyndrants around the casino and they are painted in red not in yellow like in San Diego. Back to normal colors?