First built as a palatial summer residence for the Marquis Scicluna in the 19th century, the Dragonara Casino opened for business in 1964 under the auspices of the Maltese government but was ultimately privatized in 1999. When France-based Barrieré gave up operation of the Dragonara in 2010, a joint venture of Novomatic AG and Peninsula Gaming Group took over management and has plunked some €14 million in improvements to the site.
Today, over 300 slot machines (most supplied by Novomatic, naturally) fill the gaming floor and an area dedicated to table games houses 18 in roulette, blackjack, punto banco and poker. Electronic gaming is now represented with some 28 Novo Multi-Roulette and Flying Blackjack terminals. Coming soon are expansions to the table game area and international poker tournaments.
The Dragonara Casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ID is necessary, with minimum age 25 years for citizens of Malta and 18 for others.