Montreal Casino

Coordinates: 45°30′19.7″N 73°31′33.5″W / 45.505472°N 73.525972°W / 45.505472; -73.525972
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Montreal Casino
The main building of the casino (2011).
Montreal Casino is located in Montreal
Montreal Casino
Location of the Montreal Casino
Address 1 Du Casino avenue
Montreal, Quebec
H3C 4W7
Opening dateOctober 9, 1993
OwnerSociété des casinos du Québec
ArchitectJean Faugeron
Coordinates45°30′19.7″N 73°31′33.5″W / 45.505472°N 73.525972°W / 45.505472; -73.525972
The former France Pavillion, now part of the Montreal Casino

The Montreal Casino, located in Montreal, Quebec, is the largest casino in Canada. Situated on Notre Dame Island, in Jean-Drapeau Park, it consists of two former Expo 67 pavilion buildings. The casino is open to the public seven days a week, operating morning until late night. It first opened on October 9, 1993.

The casino is owned and operated by the Société des casinos du Québec (a subsidiary of Loto-Québec), which owns three other casinos in the province. All profits go to the provincial Government of Quebec. As of 2019, it employed 2,800 people.[1]


The casino is located within the St Lawrence river on Notre Dame Island–a man-made island built for the 1967 World's Fair. It is situated within Jean-Drapeau Park, an urban park and former grounds of Expo 67, and shares the island with the Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit, the Olympic Basin and an artificial lake with small beach.

Access to the casino is served by the Concordia bridge through Cité du Havre, or by public transit via the Jean Drapeau Metro station (on the neighboring Saint Helen's Island) and then boarding a dedicated connecting bus.


In 1992, the government of Quebec created the Société des casinos du Québec (SCQ) and tasked them to build casinos in the province.[2] The Montreal Casino was the first among the two to be founded for the project and cost $95 million to build.[2] The casino replaced the Palais des civilisations which used to showcase international cultural exhibitions, and prior to that was the Quebec Pavilion during Expo 67.[3] It also made use the formerly vacant France pavilion, which was annexed via a constructed bridge way when both buildings were renovated to become the casino.[2]

The casino received thousands of players within the first few weeks of its opening[2] and 780,000 in its first year.[1] During its opening year it employed 700 people.

In 1993, it went through its first major expansion.

In 1997, the Casino became a 24-hour establishment.

In 2003, it became a non-smoking casino since July that year,[citation needed] and the former smoking lounges were closed in May 2006 with the passing of a new provincial law.

In 2013, it saw a second major renovation [2] when Loto-Québec collaborated with Moment Factory to renew the gaming areas of the casino.[4] The installation featured a digital wall that expanded over three floors.[4] Late the following year, it opened the area dubbed The Zone. [5]

In 2020, following the COVID-19 pandemic, the casino no longer operated 24 hours, instead closing at 3 AM (and 5 AM on weekends). A reversal of its 1997 change.

In 2021, the casino's fine dining L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant permanently closed.[6]

Features and events[edit]

The casino consists of three interconnected buildings. Two of these, the France Pavilion and the Québec Pavilion, were built for Expo 67. The third is an annex built by the casino to the south and east of the main building. An enclosed bridge joins the annex to the former Quebec Pavilion. The main building has six floors, in addition to the annex and the secondary building (with four floors). The casino boasts a gaming floor of over 526,000 sq ft (12.1 acres; 48,900 m2). Within the three structures there are over 3,000 slot machines,[7][8] over 80 gaming tables and large number of speed lotteries and virtual games. The casino also contains three restaurants,[9] five bars,[9] a cabaret, and meeting and banquet facilities. The casino is known for certain unconventional structural features for such an establishment, such as its numerous windows and low ceilings.

The Montreal Casino holds all kinds of events and shows throughout the year, including band performances, dances, and comedy shows.[10] Most of the events are free for visitors while others charge a fee for tickets.[10] Every year, the casino holds a New Year's party which lasts from the afternoon all the way to the morning of the next day.[11] The casino invites DJs and musicians to the venue and features a giant screen showing the New Year's Eve countdown.[11]

Keno scandal[edit]

In April 1994, Daniel Corriveau won $600,000 CAD playing keno. He picked 19 of the 20 winning numbers three times in a row. Corriveau claims he used a computer to discern a pattern in the sequence of numbers, based on chaos theory. However, it was later found that the sequence was easy to predict because the casino was using an inadequate electronic pseudorandom number generator. In fact, the keno machine was reset every morning with the same seed number, resulting in the same sequence of numbers being generated. Corriveau received his winnings after investigators cleared him of any wrongdoing.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "25th Anniversary of the Montreal Casino: Come celebrate in style!". TASTET. 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e, Zone Art de vivre-. "Le Casino de Montréal souffle 25 bougies". (in Canadian French). Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  3. ^ "Inauguration du Palais de la civilisation de Montréal". Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  4. ^ a b "The Montreal Casino". Moment Factory. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  5. ^ "The Zone: Interactive games and experience | Casino de Montréal". casinos. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  6. ^ "Montreal Casino's Controversial Joël Robuchon Restaurant is No More". 27 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Montreal Casino". Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Games offered at Montreal Casino". Loto-Québec. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
  9. ^ a b "Restaurants and bars of the Montreal Casino Montréal". Loto-Québec. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
  10. ^ a b "Show Schedule | Casino de Montréal". casinos. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  11. ^ a b "Holiday Season at Montreal Casino - Tastet Montreal". TASTET. 2018-11-23. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  12. ^ How to Beat Keno

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