“‘Every night at the casino beautiful women used to try and catch my eye!’

‘Presumably they thought you were a waiter, sir.’”

Jeeves had a point. Casinos have been attracting the foolish and luckless for hundreds of years now. Everyone knows the rule – ‘the house always wins’ – but still they come. Why? Because there is something inherently both thrilling and glamorous about these places.

While it may appear to be a riskless endeavour when your bank balance has eight digits to it, gaming clubs have persuaded more than a few millionaires to part with their fortunes.

And this is especially true in Mayfair, which contains some of the most seductive of them, where your eyes will be dazzled by glamour and your shoulders will rub with the highest of high rollers.