apparently 5star hotels are allowed to have casinos inside.
Vietnam law states that Vietnam citizens are not allowed to gamble there, so you have to show your passport before entering.
there are like 8 casinos in Saigon. they all only accept US dollars. they will exchange VND to USD.
here are the 4 I visited because they were within walking distance of where I was staying.
None had live dealers or video poker. :( all 4 were very small. (only a few dozen slots.)
1) Rex Hotel: accepts copy of passport. has e-Bac/bj/roulette. e-BJ is 8 or 10 deck (depending on machine), s17, surrender, 2 split max, no rsa.
2) Grand Hotel: accepts copy of passport. has e-Bac/bj/roulette/Sic Bo. e-BJ is 6 decks, s17, 4 split, no RSA, surrender.
Roulette promo rumor: if you hit the same # twice, you win 10x your flat bet. don't know if you're allowed to increase the flat bet size after the 1st win. didn't notice what the minimum bet is for e-Roulette but google says $0.25.
didn't ask for confirmation about this promo.
3) Hotel Majestic: accepts copy of passport. has e-Bac/roulette. no BJ. it wasn't busy. Multiple hostesses standing around. One Hostess followed me like a lost puppy.
4) Caravelle hotel: Required original passport, HUGE e-roulette area. e-bac, e-bj= 8deck, s17,4 split, surrender, no rsa
5) New World Hotel: accepts copy of passport. don't remember anything else
6) Sheraton Saigon: I used original passport so don't know if they accepted copies. e-roulette/bac/bj=8deck,s17, 4 split, surrender, RSA! .285% HE!!!
a hostess followed me around. now I think I know why they do that... in case I have questions, which I did. after looking the place over, asked about video poker. she said no. :(
Threre's also a 9th casino. it's just outside the Saigon city limits.
it's called The Grand Ho Tram Strip Casino and is 2hrs away.
It's the closest thing to a US casino. ie: live dealers
Google says there's a poker room for live poker
Vietnam doesn't seem like it's rolling it out. MGM made some sort of investment over there and story goes, they lost money.
Nagaworld in Phnom Penh lures Vietnam players in with promotions and even bus tours. Not many buses however. I've not been to the Cambodian-Vietnam border, but word is there are several properties operating there on the Cambodia side. This isn't far from Saigon. Gamblers will find a way....
The Chinese market is what big properties are after i.e. Macau and now Manila in the Philippines.
Did any of the casinos have chips for the non live games or was it all print out tickets?
all are e-games so tito. (tix in, tix out)
(not listed in the Saigon casinos map found by google.)
7) the Park Hyatt Saigon- separate from the hotel. entrance is to the right side.
3 floors but each floor is very small. combined space is about the same as other the other casinos.
e-roulette/bac/bj=6deck,s17, 4 split, surrender, RSA
but I noticed that the game only checks for dealer bj on Ace only. (don't know about the other casino with rsa.)
so here's the HE if house pushes/wins all splits and doubles on a 10 up blackjack:
Player loses only original bet against dealer BJ: .265%
that's 7 out of 10 casinos in Saigon.
11 if you count the one just outside of Saigon (Ho Tram casino)
There is a larger casino near Vung Tau called Ho Tram.Originally it was to be managed by MGM.They have a free shuttle from Saigon.Right on the beach.
free only if you have reservations at the ho tram hotel.
or have a high players card level.