Casino de la Vallée in Saint-Vincent, Italy, traces back its history to that of the town itself as a tourist attraction – and that goes back to the 18th century. The region has been well-known among Europeans for the benefits of its healing waters since 1770 and by 1872 boasted its first “casino.” Except that “casino” meant something a bit different at that point and socializing rather than gambling was the forte at the place.
It was in 1921 that the town mayor Elia Page decided that the Saint-Vincent location would be perfect for roulette gaming in summertime. Indeed, in three months, the town had accrued enough funds to pay off all municipal debts accrued due to infrastructure work. The post-World War II era saw Page reelected as mayor and once again the town boss decided to address infrastructure problems through casino funds. Despite the previous illegalization of all gambling in Italy, special dispensation was made for Saint-Vincent to offer games of chance in 1946.
In March 1947, what is now called the “Casino de la Vallée” officially opened with a ceremonial first roulette-wheel spin. The winning number was 9, in case you’re curious.
Today, Casino de la Vallée offers a still excellent atmosphere and an impressive range of table games including blackjack, craps, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em, Chemin de Fer, Punto Banco, Saint-Vincent Poker, Telesina Poker, Trente et Quarante, Trente Quarante Midi, Texas Hold ‘Em and of course roulette.