Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sit at a roulette table, champagne flute in hand, hoping you’re in Lady Luck’s favor as the ball flies furiously round the wheel?
Regular Vegas visitors know that casinos aren’t just for the likes of James Bond – but of course, gambling is illegal here in Japan. Combining the thrill of a high-rolling atmosphere, while abiding strictly by the law, Jack and Queen is a new breed of casino that’s newly opened this summer in Osaka. Pay a set price on entry and play away!
Step inside and you’ll see they’ve recreated the look and feel of a swanky Vegas casino in Shinsaibashi. Complete with two large rooms, a main area, and a very exclusive VIP room, you can find all your favorite adult games of chance; Texas Hold’em Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, and Roulette.
Here’s how the money works: there’s a ¥5,000 cover charge for men and ¥2,000 for ladies, which comes with $30 in chips and $20 in chips respectively. The main thing to remember is that while you can buy additional chips to stay in the game, you cannot cash in your chips at the end of the night. Neither can you exchange them for food or drink items. That’s how they manage to keep it all within the law. They even throw in a free drink and food voucher (up to ¥1,000 for each before 8pm and ¥1,000 for drinks after 8pm) with your entry. You can choose your poison from an extensive selection of spirits, wines, beers and champagnes, ranging from your standard fare to top-shelf bottle service for those with the means and desire for the full immersive experience.
Not sure about exactly how to play? No worries. Let one of the friendly dealers, most of whom speak English, give you the low-down on how it all works. They’ll even pose, chips in hand, for a photo with you!
If you need a break from the action, there’s a bunch of comfy stylish couches nestled in the corner. Relax there and grab something from the food menu. From pizzas and pastas to light appetizers, all of the dishes are presented with style and flare to match the atmosphere.
Taking in the view of the room, you’re bound to spot the playful pole dancers, but this isn’t just a boys’ club, it’s welcoming for ladies too. Men and women alike crowd around the tables laughing and cheering and as they ride their luck on the flip of a card or spin of the wheel. Couples on dates, groups of friends and solo players are all taking part in the games.
No need to fear if you’re a solo player, as all the dealers and waitresses, who are in cheeky outfits with bunny ears, are eager to chat and even play a couple of rounds with you. It makes for a comfortable environment for socializing and having fun.
Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn about casino games, an avid risk taker who loves a thrilling night out, or if you’re just on the lookout for a unique place to hang with your friends, Jack and Queen can provide. Why not take a chance?
Jack and Queen
• Address: Osaka-shi, Naniwaku, Namba-naka 3-14-16, Seian Bldg. 1F
• Tel: 06-6214-3677
• Open: 5pm–12 midnight
• Price Range: Ladies-¥2,000 Men-¥5,000 VIP-¥30,000
• Website: jack-queen.com
• Access: Namba Stn 7-min walk south; Midosuji Subway Line, Daikokucho Stn, Exit 2, 7-min walk east