Tusk Rio Casino, Klerksdorp, South Africa
For the globetrotting roulette lover who finds themselves in the glorious Southern Hemisphere, then why not take a load off and rest up at the Tusk Rio Casino Resort in Klerksdorp, South Africa, now just known as the Rio Casino Resort?
Handily this Rio De Janiero themed casino resort is more like a carnival of colour and lights, being only a two hour drive from Johannesburg and open 24 hours a day.
This is not a spot for the roulette lover who likes their casinos to be on the bijou size, this is a large casino offering a dizzying 266,330 square feet of gambling fun. We are talking more Nagaworld casino in Cambodia than Ritz in London. This is a modern gambling palace to match any in the world.
If slots are your bag than the 274 machines on site should keep you happy and busy but I was really there to play roulette. There is also a dedicated poker room where weekend tournaments take place, if that’s your game.
There are 11 table games up for grabs and for roulette fans, better still, there’s a thrilling new addition to the American roulette on offer. The Rio Casino has decided to up the ante and offer a suped-up extra called Double Spin!
Double Spin offers a distinctive side bet where you can place a bet on a number that you think may come up twice in a row.
These guys and gals have created something a bit sexier than just a bet, there’s a special race track inside the main track just for the Double Spin feature and on the play table itself, there’s a special Double Spin pad to place and a number marker to place the bet in for all to see.
The croupier will offer you a chance to place a Double Spin bet if you’ve managed a straight up roulette win, if you’re up for the bet then your chip will be popped into a special cup and placed on the Double Spin pad while other bets are settled and then the cup is placed in the special race track to make your betting position clear. If your number comes up then you clean up!
If you like to play a higher stakes game in private then there is a salon privé with a roulette table and other table games.
This is a casino resort so if you want a break from making some serious dosh at the roulette wheel there is also a pool where you can cool off between roulette games.
There are hotel rooms on offer, and although the rooms and clean and well-cared for, there is a strange arrangement between the toilet and shower which might feel a bit lacking in privacy if you came as a couple! We'd compare the Tusk Rio to something like the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City rather than the Venetian in Las Vegas. You get our drift....
For those of you needing a pit stop to refuel between games of roulette, then there’s a smart restaurant or a snack spot if you’re keen to get back into the fray.
The FLAG Café offers the usual fare that you’d expect at a upmarket café and is the place to head if you just want a coffee or something quick.
If you’re in the mood for a more lavish meal then the Karamba Grillhouse specialises in giving you high-quality local steak cooked to perfection as well as a tempting selection of local dishes, and as you’d expect, a very good list of South Africa’s local delectable wines to pair with your food.
For the cocktail loving roulette fans there’s the cow-themed Moo Bar, here you can grab a cocktail and something to keep hunger at bay and there’s inside and outside space on offer.
I would come and stay at the Tusk Rio Casino again with its welcoming atmosphere and professional staff and best of all the entertaining Double Spin Roulette game on offer- a welcome change to the usual roulette offering and interesting enough to play again.