Have you got what it takes? How to look and play like James Bond in the casino

  • Get the look, get the drink, and play like Britain’s finest secret agent
  • Our must-read guide covers all the bases

The name is Bond, James Bond. He’s the cool, calm, collected spy on Her Majesty’s Secret service. With a distinctive look, gambling style and signature drink, there’s a lot you can do to make yourself a little bit more like double-0. Read on to find out more.

The look

James Bond is well known for his sartorial stylings, especially in the evening. In most of the films 007 is dressed in a fitted tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie whilst at the casino.

James Bond the look
Tuxedo? Check. Bow Tie? Check. Winning at the casino? That’s down to you…

Go for a standard rather than a wing tipped collar if possible, and if you really want to push the boat out opt for a shirt with removable buttons. Cufflinks should be either gold or silver (most commonly silver) but any kind of polished or brushed metal should do.

Think simple elegance rather than over the top ostentation. If you’re concerned about being overly dressed for your local casino you could always opt for a smart suit or look out for a casino which is hosting a black tie event.

The drink

James Bond is famously known for his vodka martini and the catchphrase “shaken, not stirred” but the super spy has been known to drink a few other tipples.

bond drink
Order a vodka martini, sure, but when it comes to uttering those famous few words you’d better be made of stern stuff

A gin martini is another favoured libation while the vesper is a unique cocktail that is difficult to replicate owing to the fact some of its ingredients are now discontinued.

It’s safe to say that a vodka martini with either Polish or Russian vodka will do nicely, even better when made from grain rather than potatoes.

European Roulette

James Bond was known to be quite fond of roulette, and even had his own strategy for the game. To make this system work you’ll need either £200 or £20, so let’s assume you’re feeling flush and bet £200.

European Roulette bond
Master European Roulette and you’re well on your way to being Bond at the casino

The strategy is as follows: Bet £140 on high numbers (19-36) and bet £50 on the numbers 13-8. Finally bet £10 on 0. If the wheel lands on anything from 19-36 you will make £80 profit, 13-8 you will have £100 profit and on 0 you will have £160 profit. Anything from 1-12 is a losing bet.

This strategy is only to be used on the European version of roulette as the American has a 00 as well – just like the codename of the man himself.

Baccarat

In the original Casino Royale, Bond takes on Le Chiffre in a high stakes game of Baccarat, although for the 2006 movie this had changed to Texas Hold ‘Em. For the most authentic Bond experience however it is recommended you get to grips with the game of Baccarat.

Player wins with 9 (the highest hand on baccarat). Baccarat is the casino game also called Punto Banco in some countries. Punto-banco is strictly a game of chance, with no skill or strategy involved.
Baccarat is Bond’s original game and, if you’re not au fait with it, maybe it’s time you were…

If you’re not already a player, the game is based upon counting to 9 much in the same way that blackjack counts to 21. Face cards are worth zero, an ace is worth one and all the rest are exactly as seen.

Punters are allowed to bet on either their hand or the dealer’s, making Baccarat an incredibly tense and suspenseful game. Each hand can result in either a win, a loss or a draw making it a game of high strategy as well as luck.

Baccarat is also a game which is frequently favoured by high-rollers. Every now and again you have probably heard a story about some casino making a big loss in the millions – the root cause is often a game of Baccarat.

Once you have the suit, the drink and the tactics down all there is left is to wish you good luck Mr Bond. Her Majesty is depending on you.

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