The Partouche group opened its Pleinair casino in La Ciotat in the French department of Bouches du Rhone on 8 June, marking worldwide debut of its open air casino concept.
Partouche’s new casino concept is located on the outskirts of the town, replacing the old casino, which was located on the seafront.
“We had the crazy dream of bringing together the best of our games in one place that would be extraordinary and in which we could spend days without seeing the time pass,” said Patrick Partouche, chairman of the Partouche’s Group’s Supervisory Board. “Who thought they could play roulette in the open air, with the sea nearby? It’s now possible.”
With the total investment coming in at E15m, visitors are sheltered from bad weather by large umbrellas, with a canopy roof covering the venue’s poker and black jack tables.
The main building, designed by the architect Marc Farcy, houses the casino’s administrative services, in addition to slot machines and table games, along with a restaurant.
There is also a space devoted to virtual gaming, an activity which Partouche has been developing for several years, with the property currently offering as a free pilot scheme.
The new venue houses 130 slot machines, up from 75 in the previous casino, alongside electronic roulette terminals.
On the table games side, the new casino features two Texas hold’em poker tables and two blackjack tables, while a third outdoor blackjack table will operate weather permitting.
In 2016, the previous La Ciotat casino generated E7.4m a 9 percent rise on the previous year. With an increase in the machines and table games, alongside the unique concept, the Partouche group estimates that the Pleinair casino could see full year revenue rising to E12m.