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I am wondering about the dress code.....and especially the shoe requirement. I have no problem wearing a little summer dress, but I have read sandals are not allowed. Then recently I saw some posts stating people were allowed in wearing what seemed not to be allowed.


Is the dress code just for inside the gambling section or the 'entry/lobby' as well (which I understand is free)? Probably won't gamble but wouldn't mind seeing the inside if the requirements weren't too much of a pain.


So, has anyone been recently and what were your experiences and observations for men and women?



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We visited during the day. My husband wore jeans, a polo shirt, and sneakers and was allowed entry to the casino. The lobby is free, but it costs 17 euros to enter the casino itself. I had on capris, a tunic top, and sneakers and had no problems entering the lobby. As I understand it, the dress code becomes much more strict in the evening.



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We were just there, you really can only get into the lobby.....No real dress code...In order to gamble, you need to have a pre-account set up.

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On 10/5/2018 at 9:00 AM, Lovetocruisefar said:

So wait a minute. You can't even gamble inside casino?

You are allowed to gamble. I was there last May and had no issues. When you get to the front desk, you will pay your entrance then head on inside. The actual casino area is pretty small but it was fun to see it for my own eyes and say I was there. 

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I’m guessing you mean the original? Here’s a link to Monaco’s official website and the casinos page. It can be translated from French to English. 




It’s been awhile since I visited (the original)  but I don’t think much has changed. Think of it rather like many museum or grand structures (churches, palazzos) one might see as it is lavish and beautiful. Vegas casinos can be pretty too...the Bellagio comes to mind, but it’s new and built to resemble  places like this that are scattered all over Europe. It’s authentic and not unlike cultural traditions that are preserved in many places you see and visit, the casino in Monte Carlo holds onto some tradition and formality but has made some casual accommodations.


There are American style games in a separate area. In the main gaming room there is typically only one game being played and it often is roulette. Might be fun to just play a few red or black turns, 50/50 chance! When I was watching, I got to see a bit of excitement- to the extent things get “loud” in this room...a man that had won a succession of bets suddenly was under suspicion and it was decided that the cameras would have to be reviewed. Lots of excited French and Italian words exchanged in muted but audible voices. I didn’t know the outcome because the guest was required to stop playing and await the outcome. Regular play resumed. 


I did go in the evening and dressed in evening wear but mainly because I thought it would help me fit in if I wanted to do exactly what I did...linger in the gaming room to take it all in. It worked. Def8nitely must have the passport in order to enter. 


It was memorable but I guess that might be apparent. I don’t gamble at all, anywhere but I love the atmosphere. Hope you have a great visit, 


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