I know, the name Bellagio sounds very familiar but this casino operation in Sri Lanka has no connection with the Bellagio in Las Vegas. This casino is a part of a group that owns and operates three casinos in Colombo, the other two being MGM Grand, and Bally's. Bally's is the largest in terms of gaming floor space and facilities while MGM Grand is the smallest of the three. Bellagio Colombon is located at 430, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo-53 (Phone: 94-11-2301985). It may not be as large as Bally's (my personal favorite) but going by the crowds that throng this casino every evening, Bellagio is definitely the most popular casino in Colombo. Sometimes, the crowd is so large that it becomes impossible to get a seat on any table except some Roulette tables in the back. Still, guests keep pouring in and all are welcomed in to the casino with a free glass of Champagne. All drinks (soft and hard), snacks, meals are free for players till the time they remain in the casino. The dining area on the first floor gets full at dinner time. If one is interested in their free buffet dinner, it is better to eat early. The quality of food is decent and the choice of drinks is good. They have a membership card that entitles the holder to certain privileges like participation in lucky draws, etc. but the casino is very selective in enroling new members. Minimum bets on most games start at Lankan Rupees 500. There are no slot machines in any of Colombo's casinos. Table games in Bellagio include Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Baccarat, Mini Flush, and Roulette. The casino promises "Highest Winning Percentage in the World", that would mean that the gaming rules for most games are player friendly. To give an example, in Blackjack players can surrender their hand for a 50% cut except when the dealer has an Ace. Doubling is allowed on any card combination. Side bets on pairs are allowed in Blackjack that pay 25 to 1 (Perfect Pairs), 12 to 1 (Colored Pairs), and 5 to 1 (Mixed Pairs). Major foreign currencies are exchanged at the cashier's cage or on the tables at very good exchange rates. Free car drop to their hotels is offered to players. Just play responsibly and leave happy. (See Casino picture below) Read my Casino Strategy & Tips
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