Whether we’re talking about poker, slot-machines, roulette or Black Jack, gambling is definitely one of the most popular entertainment activities on the planet, even though some people see this as a serious addiction. And wherever you go, whatever destination you choose, from North America to the Middle East, Africa, Europe or Asia it’s almost impossible not to find a casino and all of them have one thing in common: they “help” you lose money or if you’re really lucky, even win something. And let’s face it, what other place can make a rational human beings go back after losing 99 times out of 100 just to remember that one time when they won.
To make a list with the world’s largest, most exclusive or spectacular casinos would probably take a long time, but that didn’t stop us from trying to bring you the most famous, exclusive and beautiful casinos in the world.
Bellagio, Las Vegas
Perhaps the most famous casino in the world, the Bellagio was opened on October 15, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada and today is known as one of the most beautiful and attractive casinos in the world. With a total gaming area of 116,000 sq. ft. (10,800 square meters), the Bellagio casino features 2,400 slot machines, a sports bet hall and 124 table where you can play almost any game on this planet. The casino is also home to countless poker tournaments each day and it also has four times more employees than a regular casino, so this means that if you don’t win, at least you’ll get impeccable service.
The most expensive room at the Bellagio costs around $6,000 per night and will also be able to enjoy another famous feature of the hotel, the Fountains of Bellagio. With all these features, the Bellagio managed to keep attracting visitors even though in recent years online gambling allowed people to have fun playing all sorts of games at home (you might want to try one of the best US casinos online).
Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco
The small Principality of Monaco is known for one thing…it’s the favorite place of the rich and famous. Even though the country is extremely small (the second smallest country in the world, after Vatican), it’s perfectly located close to the French Riviera and is also home to perhaps the most special Formula One race, the Monaco Grand Prix. The small country’s attractive tax system draw a lot of rich people into buying properties here and opening big accounts, while others come here just to have fun. And what can you offer a rich man than the largest and the most luxurious casinos in Europe.
Gambling developed here ever since 1863, when the first casino was opened and the Monte Carlo Casino was designed by Charles Garnier, the famous architect that also built the Paris Opera. The luxurious casino features marble pavement, 28 ionic columns, golden ornaments and beautiful art pieces that decorate the halls where players can enjoy the 1,000 slot machines and countless tables. An interesting fact about the Monte Carlo Casino is that in 2003, a player won an amazing $2 million.
Ritz Club, London
While it’s definitely not the largest casino in the world, the Ritz Club located in the basement of the Ritz Hotel in London is perhaps the most exclusive one. It’s among the few casinos that requires players to pay a fee before entering and its “Members Only” policy is probably the height of British sophistication.
Actually, the Ritz Club is so strict when selecting new members that even a recommendation from James Bond himself wouldn’t guarantee you’ll be accepted in. Anyway, if you’re from the United Kingdom and want to have some fun, you don’t have to get recommendations from 007, but you can definitely check out the top UK casinos online.
Sun City Resort, South Africa
Inaugurated in 1979, Sun City is the place where Las Vegas meets the African savannah. Four exclusive hotels, an impressive casino, two golf courses, one of the most amazing water parks in the world (Valley of the Waves, features a huge swimming pool with artificial waves) and safari trips are just a few of the attractions this amazing destination has to offer, the giant resort being located near the Pilanesberg National Park.
There are two casinos at the Sun City Resort, the Jungle Casino and Sun City Hotel Casino, both offering 852 slot machines and 38 tables where players can choose poker, Black Jack, punto banco or American roulette. There are also two special areas, the Salon Prive with higher stakes tables and the exclusive International Room which is only available to very high stakes players.
Sands Macao, China
Known as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”, Macau is definitely the most popular gambling destination in Asia. Actually, gambling is Macau’s biggest source of revenue and in 2007 it overtook the Las Vegas Strip in terms of gambling revenue.
And perhaps the most impressive casino in Macau is the Sands Macao, which was the first American hotel opened in Macau after gambling was liberalized here in 2002 (it is operated by the same company that owns The Venetian in Vegas). With a total surface of more than 1 million sq. ft. (93,000 square meters), the casino offers 519 slot machines and 277 gaming tables and is a “must visit” destination where you will definitely want to stay a few days to play some poker, do some shopping and even check out one of the shows being held at the resort.