This is Stockholm’s only casino of any note. The setting is elegantly European with restored artwork and shimmering drapes hanging from the 18-foot-high ceilings. There are 30 tables and around 300 machines to play. Even though poker is enjoying a boom in Scandinavia, many of the locals are here for a bit of good old-fashioned partying rather than serious betting. If you want to make a night of it, note that Fasching (see above) is next door. Casino Cosmopol is owned by the country’s largest betting company, Svenska Spel, which in turn is owned by the state of Sweden. So if you do lose all your money you can reflect on the fact that it’s probably helping to prop up the social welfare system and paying for some roads and schools. Smart dress, including jackets for men, is preferred.