|Cost to Build||₡450,000|
The Casino is a unique building that is only available with the Cities: Skylines After Dark DLC. To unlock it, you’ll need to have 5,000 square cells of leisure specialization built (which is also only possible with After Dark).
You’ll also need to reach the Big Town milestone, which can be anywhere from 1,800 to 7,500 citizens, depending on the map.
Although the Tourism & Leisure tab of the unique buildings menu is unlocked at the previous milestone (Busy Town), leisure specialization only becomes available at Big Town.
Step 1: Create a District
First, decide where you want your leisure specialization to be. Leisure specialization only applies to commercial buildings, so keep that in mind when choosing where to zone this.
Go to the Districts and Areas menu, select the Paint District tool, and paint over the desired area.
Step 2: Assign the Leisure Commercial Specialization
Once your district is created, go to the Commercial Specializations tab. Select Leisure Specialization, then click on your district to apply it.
Step 3: Zone Commercial
Lastly, paint low-density commercial zoning within that area.
Any commercial buildings that grow there will have the leisure specialization.
As those zones start developing, the leisure commercial buildings will start counting towards your progress.
Tips for Unlocking The Casino
Here are a few tips for managing your leisure specialization zones:
Tip #1: It’s Much Easier in a Larger City
In order to count towards the 5,000, the leisure specialization squares will need to grow buildings on them, not merely be zoned. So there will need to be actual demand for commercial zoning.
This will mean you’ll need a fairly large population size for the 5,000 squares, as you won’t have commercial demand unless there are enough citizens to fill the jobs.
Tip #2: Only Low-Density Buildings Will Grow
Regardless of whether you zone low-density or high-density commercial in your leisure district, only low-density buildings will grow.
Unlike generic commercial buildings, these do not have to be leveled up and will always have the same single level.
They will generate about the same number of workplaces as a level 3 low-density generic commercial zone.
Tip #3: Space Them Out or Keep Away From Residential Areas
Leisure specialized districts spawn businesses like gaming arcades, gyms, salons and clubs.
These generate a lot of noise and traffic, which can have a negative effect on nearby residential areas.
To avoid citizens complaining about noise, one option is to space them out in small patches across your city.
The other option, if you’d prefer to have one large district with lots of leisure buildings, is to simply keep them a good distance away from your residential zones.