The Casino De La Toja is effectively run by the first Spanish company in the gambling industry, the Cirsa Group. Back when it was originally opened, the Casino De La Toja was the first casino in Spain. It is located on the Island De La Toja which lies within the autonomous community of Galicia, in the northwest region of Spain. The island lies in the Atlantic estuary of Arousa about 18 miles from Pontevreda, which is situated on the mainland.
The Cirsa Group, who manages the casino, are owned by the Nortia corporation business group. They have been big players in the gambling industry for some time now. They have accumulated business in 70 different countries and spent close to $50 million on research and development.
The casino entrance is located on the street Rúa Cortegada which loops past the property. There are no ways to get to and from the casino aside from driving by car, so you will have to either catch a cab or rent a car to get here.
The casino is open from 10PM to 5AM every day, 7 days a week. As per the laws in Spain, no person under the age of 18 may enter the gambling floor or partake in any form of gambling. There is not a strict dress code at Casino De La Toja, but you are not allowed to enter wearing sports attire.
This establishment is fairly small, and is popular with both mainland locals and tourist who visit the estuary. Because of its small size, they are only able to fit a small assortment of games into the casino. This includes just 26 slot machines along with blackjack, Punto Banco, American Roulette, French Roulette and poker.
The casino is marketed as a “luxurious getaway spot” and the table min/max amounts vary from game to game. They host a lot of poker tournaments. The buy-in for these games typically start at around $150. They also have normal cash tables for poker and are typically more affordable to play.
There are two types of roulette tables that can be found in the casino and they are French Roulette and American Roulette. Both are a variation of European Roulette that only has one zero. There are electronic versions of roulette available where the slot machines are found. Two electronic versions of roulette are available: one with an electronic cylinder and one with a real cylinder. There is a jackpot available for the electronic roulette valued at over $3,000.
They offer blackjack tables with fair stakes on the main floor of the casino. The stakes are one-to-one on normal bets and 3/2 for blackjack. The rest of the rules are like most casinos. Tables will use six decks of 52 cards and a player may double down their bets if their first two cards equal nine, ten, or eleven. You can split your hand if your first two cards are the same, however, if you split your hand into two aces you will only be able to draw one more card per ace.
Poker is the main attraction of the casino and there are many multi-player tournaments hosted every month that one can take part in. The stakes on these poker competitions are usually quite high and buy-ins are pricey. The poker game of choice for these tournaments are Texas Hold‘em. There are a couple of cash tables available after 11PM but subject to which night of the week it is.
There are 26 slot machines on the casino floor in total. There is a jackpot up for grabs on the slot machines but only eight of the slot machines are connected to the jackpot network. The jackpot winnings accumulate every time one of the eight slots, which include themes such as Top secrets, Neptunes, and Pharaohs.
There is also a large selection of video poker games here. Opening betting on the video poker starts at ten cents minimum; while, slots will vary depending on the number of paylines.
When the casino opened it did not include plans to include a hotel and overnight facilities are still unavailable at this casino. Nonetheless, there is a Hotel right next door to the casino called the Talaso Hotel Louxo La Toja. This hotel is walking distance from the casino. Typically, rates start at $54 per person per night and range upwards from there.
The casino does offer a Bar and a Restaurant. The restaurant can accommodate up to 40 people at a time and a special room for events is also available that can fit up to 150 people. They have holiday time specials running in their restaurant and the quality of the special depends on the time of year and day of the week.
There is also a cocktail bar which has an assortment of local and imported drinks. They offer coffee to the worlds most famous cocktails. The bar has not changed at all since the 1970s original.