Gambling can be a thrilling pastime, especially in the modern age where video slots, table games and sports better can be found under one roof in mega casinos throughout the world. Here’s a rundown of the five best-regarded gambling destinations.
Macau is a gambling paradise in the far East, well earning its reputation as the ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient.’ The Chinese territory is packed with casinos including the largest casino in the world, The Venetian which fills 546,000 square foot and boasts more than 4,000 gaming tables. The lavishness of Macau’s resorts attracts high-rollers from around the world hoping to hit the jackpot – no wonder its gaming industry is over seven times the size of Las Vegas’s.
Las Vegas, or Sin City to its friends, bills itself as the entertainment capital of the world for a reason. Ever since gambling was legalised federally in 1931, Vegas has been the undisputed king of glitz and glamour with more than 150 casinos attracting around 41 million visitors a year. Take a break from the table games with regular bus-trips to the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam, indoor skydiving, helicopter tours and more.
Proving that good things come in small packages is Monte Carlo, the most highly-populated area of Monaco with only 3,000 residents. Known for a suaver, more sophisticated style than Las Vegas, the Monte Carlo Casino was built in 1854 and has established itself as a modish hang-out for the rich and famous, featuring in Bond films including Golden Eye. Take a break from the roulette table to explore some of the beautiful architecture including the famous Saint Nicholas Cathedral and the Prince’s Palace of Monaco which dates back to the 12th century.
Although Atlantic City’s first casino only opened in 1978, it has become synonymous with gambling on America’s East coast. As of 2014, gambling had generated more than $9.3 billion towards services in the area, as well as supporting over a million jobs. As you would expect, there are a range of huge casinos in Atlantic City, such as Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Tropicana Casino Resort and Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Why not combine a trip with a visit to New York which is a relatively short bus-ride away.
Home to the Royal family, Big Ben and the famous Black cab, London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with casinos befitting its world-class reputation. Casinos range from the high-end Les Ambassadeurs Casino and exclusive The Ritz Club to Vegas-style mega casinos such as London Casino in Paddington and The Victoria Grosvenor casino – of course, you could always save money on travelling and stick to online gaming with an online casino like Dream Jackpot instead.