With the popularity of online gambling increasing every day, you would be forgiven for thinking that land-based casinos have lost their attraction. The truth is that while online casinos have a lot going for them, players are still attracted to the glitz and glamour of a top-class land-based casino. Throughout the world, the top casino venues have improved their experience, adding resorts and incorporating restaurants, hotels and nightclubs into the mix.
With dozens of spectacular casinos scattered around the world, it can be difficult to decide which are the best. So if you are going to come up with a casino bucket list, which casinos would you have firmly inked in? We take a look at some of the biggest, brightest and best casinos on the planet.
Of all the casinos in the world, probably the most famous would be the Bellagio in Vegas. The Bellagio sets itself apart from the rest of the casinos in Vegas by providing a truly opulent experience. Elegance and sophistication is the name of the game here. The Bellagio is also well known for its spectacular 8-acre lake that separates the main building from the strip. The lake is made even more beautiful with the addition of the dancing water fountains that were featured in the film Ocean’s Eleven and have subsequently become a major tourist attraction. The Bellagio is best known for its high stakes poker rooms. The casino hosts World Poker tour events and offers a tailor-made gambling experience for high rollers.
Casino de Monte-Carlo
In terms of location and architecture, you cannot get better than the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. This 150-year-old casino stands at the heart of the city and has played a major role in the country’s history for almost a century. The breathtakingly beautiful building is an architectural wonder in its own right. The casino oozes charm and sophistication from the moment you step in the doors. Every aspect of the casino is designed to impress. From the décor to the service, the gaming selection to the drinks menus. The casino itself boasts a massive range of card and table games including Punto Banco, Chemin de Fer as well as poker, blackjack and roulette.
Foxwoods Resorts Casino
If you are going for size, the Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Connecticut is the place to be. Officially America’s second largest casino, Foxwoods is a massive resort complex that fully incorporates a native American theme. The casino complex boasts a total of six individual casinos with 350 000 square feet of gambling space. The bingo hall at the casino can seat up to 5000 players while the number of gaming tables totals 380. If you are into slots, you will find around 4700 machines to choose from.
WinStar World Casino
If you want to go even bigger, take a look at the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma. Officially America’s biggest casino and the second largest in the world, the WinStar Casino boasts over 500 000 square feet of gambling space. The casino itself has been cleverly divided into 8 gaming plazas. Each is designed around a major tourist city including New York, London, Madrid, Vienna, Cairo, Rome, Paris and Beijing. Slots enthusiasts will have a whale of a time browsing through the 6700 slot machines. The casino also boasts 46 dedicated poker tables and a colossal 1000 seater bingo hall. The WinStar also includes and off-track racing betting plaza.
Heading back to Vegas, another epic casino to grace the strip is Caesars Palace. Used in multiple films including The Hangover, Caesars Palace is a true landmark in Las Vegas and one casino that is certainly deserving of its place on the bucket list. The luxury hotel features large marble columns and beautifully designed spiral escalators. Add to this the 150 000 square feet of gambling space and you have every gambler’s dream. The casino boasts a full range of casino games including table games, poker and slot machines. The palace also features a dedicated sports betting area filled with flat screen televisions and private betting booths.
The Venetian Macau
Of course we cannot go through the list of casinos without taking a trip to Macau. When it comes to land-based casinos, Macau really does go all out. This is plainly evident when you take a look at the Venetian. Officially the world’s largest casino, the Venetian in Macau is modelled on the original Venetian complex in Las Vegas. The one in Macau is just super-sized. This epic casino and entertainment complex boasts 530 000 square feet of gambling space spread out over four colossal gaming areas. Within these walls, you will find a massive 3400 slot machines and 500 game tables with everything from poker to craps. The casino complex even has its own San Luca canal system running inside the hotel resort. When not on the gaming floor players can take relaxing gondola trips on the canal.