Casino de Monte-Carlo awarded Best Casino Operator, Best Casino Restaurant

Monaco’s landmark Casino de Monte-Carlo has taken out two top awards at the prestigious ICE London 2023: Best Casino Operator and Best Casino Restaurant. 

The Casino de Monte-Carlo came out ahead of some of the biggest gaming operators in the world at ICE London in early February, winning Best Casino Operator at the International Gaming Awards, and Best Casino Restaurant for Le Train Bleu at the European Casino Awards.

The Casino de Monte-Carlo also had its Responsible Gaming certification from the European Casino Association (ECA) renewed, affirming its benchmark status in the sector.

“I am very proud of the prizes received that are a sign of recognition from our peers,” said Pascal Camia, Director of Operations at Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. “They reward genuine team work over several years to make our casinos places of entertainment for our fun players and occasional visitors and ultra-private rooms for our VIP clients who are looking for the unrivalled expertise of all the games staff.”

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Unrivalled experiences

The Best Casino Operator prize highlights the ability of the Casino de Monte-Carlo to create constantly renewed tailor-made experiences, which include the Great Art of the Game for “high rollers”, the greatest players on the planet, with prestigious spaces like ultra-private rooms, high prize tournaments, and exclusive experiences at major sporting events, as well as experiences for “Fun Players” in the Salle Europe: experiences enhanced by the My Monte-Carlo loyalty programme, designed to create a unique customer experience in Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Resort.

Meanwhile, the prize for Best Casino Restaurant by the European Casino Association honours the tradition of gourmet excellence at the legendary Train Bleu, now run by Richard Rubbini. Apart from its travel-inspired décor and French bistro menu, special attention is paid to what the players want, for a tailor-made offering.

“I would like to congratulate the teams at Casino de Monte-Carlo for these two awards that once again promote the excellence of our expertise and enhance the international reputation of our destination,” said Stéphane Valeri, new Vice-President of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. “In the same way, the renewal of the Responsible Gaming certification means that our Casinos are even better positioned, upholding the values that are part of our DNA within the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Resort.”



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Axel Disasi gives Monaco upper hand in Europa League classic

A long-range stunner from an unlikely source, Axel Disasi, in injury time against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday gives AS Monaco a slender lead (2-3) ahead of the second leg.

Les Monégasques got off to a flier against their German opponents at the BayArena. Under pressure from Breel Embolo, goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky put the ball into his own net to give Monaco the lead. 

However, on the return from the dressing room, Philippe Clement’s men were pegged back. Moussa Diaby got the equaliser before Florian Wirtz gave Xabi Alonso’s side the advantage. 

In this topsy-turvy tie, Monaco would have the last laugh. Krépin Diatta restored parity with a brilliant finish. Both sides looked to be heading back to the Stade Louis II honours even, but captain Disasi stepped up in injury time, scoring the winner to send the 500 travelling fans into pandemonium. 

“I’m very happy because we’ve passed a milestone. We managed to react having been behind,” said Clement post-match, who added that the motion of Disasi’s winner may have been “the most beautiful” since his arrival at Monaco. 

Les Monégasques have a trip to Stade Brestois on Sunday before attempting to see out the job against Leverkusen at the Louis II next Thursday. 


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How does Monaco’s pension system compare to France?

With the backlash over France’s pension reforms making headlines, we take a closer look at the Principality’s retirement scheme to see if reforms are on the horizon for Monaco as well.

Every week in France, the country’s biggest unions and workers take to the streets in protest over President Emmanuel Macron’s changes to the pension system, which will raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030.

In addition, people will need to have worked for at least 43 years to get a full pension, starting from 2027. According to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, “By 2030, our system will be financially balanced.”

So, what’s the situation in neighbouring Monaco?

As it turns out, Monaco’s pension programme is solid and reasonable, offering retirees several options on how and when to start the post-work chapter of their lives.

The official legal age for retirement in Monaco is 65. That being said, pensions can start to be drawn earlier without deduction, and there is even the possibility of an increase once the pensioner turns 65.

For people looking to stop work a bit sooner, early retirement is possible and broken up in to two categories: those wishing to stop work at age 55 and those wishing to retire between the ages of 60 and 65.

The option for the 55- 60-years group is limited to mothers who have raised at least three children for a minimum of eight years. For those between 60 and 65, it is open to anyone in this age range who is ready to stop or decrease activity.

Once hitting the legal retirement age, workers receive a pension based on the number of points acquired during their work life up until the eve of their 65th birthday, but pensions are paid out even to those who stay on at work, though in these cases, they will still need to pay into the system as before and will not be acquiring new points.

The pension is increased by 1.5% per full quarter, though, between the person’s 65th birthday and their chosen retirement date. These hikes stop at the age of 70, but still, that gives these workers an overall max increase of 30% and doesn’t penalise, but actually rewards, people for wanting to stay in the workforce longer.

The Principality’s rules on who gets a pension are pretty lenient, stating that employees have to have worked in Monaco for at least 10 years. During that decade, the applicant must have worked a minimum total of 60 months. The guidelines aren’t terribly stringent, showing yet more consideration toward workers in the system.

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Save the date: Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo dances through to summer

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From appearances by Prima Ballerina Olga Smirnova to a series of international tours and the L’Été Danse! festival featuring the best of Monaco’s cultural institutions, the coming months offer a stellar programme by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.  

First up is a trip to Bari, Italy and the Teatro Petruzzelli from 9th to 12th March for four nights of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Lac. This story takes its heart from Swan Lake, but interwinds the myths and legends of Greece, Scandinavia and Russia to retell this classic from the ballet world. Later in the spring, from 17th to 21st May, the dancers will head to Venice for another series of Lac at Teatro La Fenice.  

It is the turn of Toulon to host Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at the very end of the month, 31st March, for a performance of Romeo & Juliette at the Opéra de Toulon. 

The troupe returns home and to the Grimaldi Forum from 26th to 30th April, where Prima Ballerina Olga Smirnova takes the title role of La Belle alongside the dancers of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.  

“Through his aesthetic and ferocious interpretation of Perrault’s tale, Jean-Christophe Maillot has imagined a ballet directly channelling our childhood fears and sexual awakening,” says the company. “The choreographer in particular makes us aware of the second – often overlooked – part of Perrault’s tale: after her marriage to the prince, La Belle, who has become Queen, and her children are threatened by her stepmother, the Ogress Carabosse.” 

Just over the border in Nice and the Théâtre La Cuisine from 25th to 27th May, the troupe will perform Noces & Opus 40, a favourite of the Principality.  

The Académie Princesse Grace launch the L’Été Danse! season on 23rd and 24th June with its popular gala at the Salle Garnier in Monaco. 

“This show, offering several choreographic styles, is the culmination of a year of work for the students and the teaching team,” explains Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. “Various choreographers will be invited to imagine a piece based on “Studies” written by various composers, a focus theme for the Academy this year.” 

This festival season continues from 28th June to 1st July at the Grimaldi Forum with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo offering a Stravinsky programme featuring two world premieres: Jeroen Verbruggen, a regular guest choreographer for the company, will revisit Pulcinella in his “provocative and explosive style”; and Goyo Montero returns with a “Firebird” experience.  

The highlight of the season will be the F(ê)aites de la Danse! on 8th and 9th July, when the Place du Casino is transformed into a gigantic open-air dance floor. Expect hundreds of artists, from “virtuoso musicians” to dancers of all artistic style, to fill the Golden Triangle and draw spectators in… To dance themselves!  

And finally, from 18th to 21st July, Cendrillon is to be performed in the Salle Garnier almost 25 years on from the birth of this spellbinding ballet.  

For more information and tickets, please click here.  


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