The Casino at the Empire

The Empire is one of London's most famous and busiest casinos with two floors of poker, table and electronic gaming, a restaurant and several cocktail bars.
The Casino at the Empire
  • Address: 5-6 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7NA
  • Close to: Leicester Square Tube
  • Phone: 44 (0) 20 3014 1000
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Empire Casino is London's version of a Las Vegas-style casino. Located in Leicester Square, this lively spot offers two floors of table and electronic gaming, a restaurant and several cocktail bars. The casino offers a full range of table and electronic games and a poker room with daily cash games. The restaurant, FuLuShou, is a hidden gem for authentic Pan-Asian cuisine.

The Empire is one of London's most famous and busiest casinos. There's something to do here for players of all levels. If you're looking for all the lights and glamour of a Vegas casino, this is the place to go.

Gaming Options

The Casino at the Empire can get busy, but with a gaming floor split over two floors, the atmosphere is always lively and exciting. The casino has a wide selection of games including three-card Poker, American roulette, traditional and progressive Blackjack, Punto Banco and Pai Gow. There are also approximately 87 electronic roulette machines. Poker, gaming and slots are available 24/7 including public holidays (except Christmas Day).

If you're a slots enthusiast, Casino at the Empire won't disappoint. There's a huge choice of slots from progressive games to all the arcade classics like Cleopatra and Lady Lucks Charm. All together there are over 40 slot machines spread over two floors not including other gaming terminals offering table games and video poker. The Grand Jackpot on the Progressives is max £20,000 and on all the Slot Machines the jackpot is now £10,000.

Poker

There's a really good selection of cash games available 24 hours a day to join if cash games are your thing. The standard games normally found are: NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £1/£1.

  • NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £1/£2 BLINDS
  • NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £1/£3 BLINDS (DEEPSTACK)
  • NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £1/£3 BLINDS
  • NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £2/£5 BLINDS
  • POT LIMIT - OMAHA - £1/£2
  • POT LIMIT OMAHA - MIXED - £1/£2
  • POT LIMIT - OMAHA - TRIPLE FLOP - £1/£3
  • NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £1/£2 BLINDS
  • NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £1/£3 BLINDS (DEEPSTACK)
  • NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £1/£3 BLINDS NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - £2/£5 BLINDS
  • POT LIMIT - OMAHA - £1/£2
  • POT LIMIT OMAHA - MIXED - £1/£2POT LIMIT - OMAHA - TRIPLE FLOP - £1/£3

If you're more of a tournament poker player Casino at Empire offers a weekly schedule of tournaments for people to enjoy. These include:

  • MONDAY - THE BANKROLL BUILDER

    Starting time - 2pm

    Cost - £38 (£30 tournament buy-in + £8 registration)

    Starting stack - 7,000 chips

    Clock - 20 minute levels

  • TUESDAY - THE BOUNTY HUNTER

    Starting time - 2pm

    Cost - £38 (£25 tournament buy-in + £5 bounty + £8 registration)

    Starting stack - 7,000 chips

    Clock - 20 minute levels

  • WEDNESDAY - THE BANKROLL BUILDER

    Starting time - 2pm

    Cost - £38 (£30 tournament buy-in + £8 registration)

    Starting stack - 7,000 chips

    Clock - 20 minute levels

  • THURSDAY - THE FIFTY TWENTY

    Starting time - 2pm

    Cost - £58 (£50 tournament buy-in + £8 registration)

    Starting stack - 12,000 chips

    Clock - 20 minute levels

  • FRIDAY - THE FRIDAY FORTY

    Starting time - 2pm

    Cost - £48 (£40 tournament buy-in + £8 registration)

    Starting stack - 7,000 chips

    Clock - 20 minute levels

  • SATURDAY - THE EMPIRE CLASSIC

    Starting time - 2pm

    Cost - £28 (£20 tournament buy-in + £8 registration)

    Starting stack - 2,000 chips

    Clock - 20 minute levels

    Re-buy amount - £20 - 2,000 chips

    Add-on - £20 - 4,000 chips

  • SUNDAY - SLOW PLAY SUNDAY

    Starting time - 2pm (this will not run on the first Sunday of each month)

    Cost - £58 (£50 tournament buy-in + £8 registration)

    Starting stack - 12,000 chips

    Clock - 25 minute levels

As well as a great poker schedule, there is also a monthly invite only tournament run by the casino for the top 63 players who have play the most tournament the previous month which offers a guaranteed prize pool of £25,000

Food & Drink

Empire Casino has only one restaurant, FuLuShou, which is very popular with visitors. The restaurant serves authentic pan-Asian cuisine including lobster specials and classic dishes such as stir fried beef and wok style prawns. FuLuShou also offers a set menu and serves a variety of Chinese teas. It is open every day from 6pm. Last orders are taken at 1:15am.

There are several bars at Empire Casino, which serve wine, beer and premium cocktails as well as snack foods. Carlsberg Sports Bar is the most lively and casual of the casino's bars. It is the perfect place to watch sports or grab a burger, salad or sandwich.

For a more elegant atmosphere, visit Icon Balcony Bar. With a balcony overlooking Leicester Square, this is the best option for a special occasion or romantic evening. There is also Vapor, a cocktail bar located in the center of the gaming floor. Vapor is open 10am to 5am Monday to Saturday, and 12noon to 5am on Sundays.

Events & Offers

The Casino at the Empire is more focused on gaming than other entertainment options, but they do run various events and promotions throughout the year. Every Saturday night from 9pm until 3am, there is a live DJ playing in the casino. Each month the casino hosts parties for sporting events and offers various promotions and prizes.

There are a number of promotions specifically for poker players. You can get a free breakfast at the Empire if you play at one of the cash game tables at 7.30am. Other promotions allow guests to earn points and chips for playing at certain times or winning certain hands.

Packages

Empire's package options are more extensive than most casinos. In addition to the standard choices, there are also some more interesting ones. The Cocktail Masterclass Package allows visitors to learn how to make the perfect cocktail in a 90-minute class. The Iconic Package includes a 30-minute poker session, four sliders, a free bet, and Monte Cristo cigar to enjoy on the VIP terrace.

If you prefer poker, there are poker package options that are great for large groups. The Royal Flush package includes a burger and a drink, private table and poker dealer, 2-hour poker tournament and £5 free bet. There is also a Corporate Package for up to 10 players.

VIP

VIP members have access to the Dragon Lounge, a club located within the Empire Casino that offers an exceptional gaming experience for VIP customers. The lounge is open exclusively to Monogram, Monogram Diamond, and Elite cardholders. It is a high stakes gaming area with its own private entrance, deluxe tables and dining services.

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