Behind the scenes at the Casino de Monte-Carlo

Behind the scenes at the Casino de Monte-Carlo

Customers at the Casino de Monte-Carlo surely don’t suspect that the gaming tables at which they are seated happen to be great works of artistic talent and craftsmanship.

Most of the tables are more than 130 years old and were made out of wood and other high-quality materials such as rosewood, ebony, ivory, etc.

The numbers inlaid in the roulette wheels are true masterpieces of marquetry. Each plate is adjusted to the measurements and shape of the trapezium spaces. It is then polished and varnished.

The number is not only engraved but is part of the very mass itself. The rosewood crown is covered in 8-10 coats of varnish.

The roulette wheel’s brass domes are polished every day to achieve an exceptional shine. The crowns are made in foundries. Each space is then adjusted manually.

Once the work is complete, the cylinder is placed in a safe until installed in the Casino’s game rooms.

Every antique table is checked each morning before opening the casino. For 365 days a year, 2 people pace up and down the casino, cleaning and controlling the cylinder levels.

They dismantle them, clean them, check there are no rotational or braking problems and adjust the levels to make sure they are perfectly horizontal. With the precision of a watchmaker at work, we ensure the roulette wheel functions properly.

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