The Best Casinos In The World
While Las Vegas is known to have some of the best gambling spots around the globe, there are many other places that can rival it in terms of entertainment.
In 2016, the gambling industry is no longer a Nevada-only affair, with amazing rooms flourishing from Macau to the Philippines, from Montecarlo to Baden-Baden.
In this chapter of the Gentleman's Guide to Gambling we will take you on a trip across the globe to discover all the brick-and-mortar casinos every serious gambler should visit at least once in their lives.
1. City of Dreams Casino, Macau
This massive casino covers a gaming floor area of 420,000 square feet and is found in Macau, China.
The City of Dreams lights up at night to a translucent blue light that sparkles the entire surrounding region, including the sea waters that lie right next to the Cotai Strip.
This majestic gambling complex has a total of 1,350 gaming machines and features a prestigious clubbing arena, with two sets of live entertainment offering the best club experience and stylish lifestyle. Also available are 14 bars and 1400 hotel rooms for guests.
The Bellagio, Las Vegas, United States
Bellagio is a luxury hotel and casino complex found on the Las Vegas Strip and owned by the MGM Resorts International.
Known for being home to legendary high-stake poker games and popular tournaments like those part of the World Poker Tour, the Bellagio is also an iconic destination for all those who love games like baccarat and slots.
This casino offers a stylish gaming experience perhaps more suited to big spenders than to regular low-stakes players. Overall, the gambling floor at the Bellagio hosts a staggering total of 2,300 slot machines with a massive jackpot that often cross the $2m mark. Additionally, the venue is home to the beautifully choreographed Bellagio Fountains, one of Las Vegas’ most popular (free) attractions.
3. Casino Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Germany’s finest entertainment spot is located in the serene outskirts of the Black Forest, in an areal also known as the Kurhaus.
The Casino Baden-Baden is open throughout the week though specific games can only be accessed in certain days. Slots can only be played on Friday and Saturday from 12:00 a.m. through 3:00 a.m., or Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 a.m. through 2:00 a.m. Other games available in this luxury casino room include blackjack, punto banco, baccarat, baccarat midi, and poker
4. WinStar World Casino, Oklahoma, United States
The WinStar World Casino is found in Oklahoma, United States approximately 1.6km north of Red River at the intersection of Oklahoma-Texas state line.
It’s rated as the second largest casino in the world with a gaming space of slightly over 500,000 square feet which has cleverly been subdivided into theme park plazas featuring aspects of various cities across the globe including Paris, Rome, Madrid, Vienna, New York, Beijing, and London.
This gambling resort features the best of electronic games, bingo, and table games.
5. Ponte 16 Resort, Macau
The Ponte 16 is a stunning brick-and-mortar casino located at the Inner Harbor in Macau, China.
The casino was co-developed by SJM-Investment Limited alongside Macau Success Limited and was officially opened on February 1, 2008.
The Ponte 16 hosts 270,000sq ft. gaming floor of and has a total of 320 slot machines, three bars, and 423 hotel rooms.
The casino is also often home to international shows with performers coming from places as far as Taiwan and South Africa.
6. MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States
Although the MGM Grand is renowned for hosting major sporting tournaments, its worldwide fame comes from much more than that.
The casino gives players the maximum gaming experience with an impressive choice of poker, blackjack, and slots games. The hotel section is also ranked as the largest in U.S with an estimated 5000 guest rooms, lofts, suites and private villas.
The MGM’s gaming floor measures 170,000sq ft. and has a total of 2,300 gambling machines. There are also about 178 table and card games on offer. The MGM is the eighth largest casino in the world.
7. The Empire Casino, London, United Kingdom
The Empire Casino is located in London, United Kingdom, and it was inaugurated in 2007 in an establishment that used to be home to the Empire Ballroom.
For the nine years that it has been in existence, the casino has quickly cemented its name as London’s finest gaming room. This Vegas-style casino has no windows and is only powered by bright, artificial lights. It sits at Leicester Square and welcomes visitors at any time of the day, as the venue operates 24/7.
The Empire is also home to an excellent Asian-themed restaurant and several top-class cocktail bars.
8. Tusk-Rio Casino Resort, South Africa
Considered to be the best casino room on the African Continent, the Tusk Rio is based in the Klerksdorp area and has a gaming floor that covers 266,330sq ft.
The venue is just a short distance drive from Johannesburg. Once there, players can choose between 274 slot machines and 11 table games.
9. Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The Monte-Carlo Casino, located in the iconic Place du Casino, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, is one of the most luxurious and celebrated brick-and-mortar rooms of all times.
While you will probably not get the opportunity to have a sneak peek of the high roller action that happens between closed (and guarded) doors, a visit at this impressive 150-year-old establishment is a must for anyone interested in gambling.
Some of the games on offer include stud poker, blackjack, craps, trente et quarante , and different types of roulette.
While tourists from all countries around the world are welcomed, Monaco citizens are forbidden from accessing the game rooms which are only meant for foreigners. ID documents are verified at the entrance for this particular purpose.
10. Casino Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Located in the heart of Lisbon’s Parque das Naçoes, this venue features a huge gaming floor that covers a total area of 165,000 sq. feet. The casino is home to 1,100 slot machines and countless table games for those who want to play blackjack, baccarat, roulette, banca francesa, and poker.
The minimum age to play at the Casino Lisboa 18 and although the entry is free, an ID is required for verification.