Casinos are the temples of gambling, and millions of them exist throughout the world in varying sizes, styles, and quality. Every one of them, from your local casino to the Bellagio, share some basic features: slots, roulette wheel, card tables, and plenty of options to spend a few hours playing. However, big casinos are big business, and the world’s greatest and best set themselves apart in a myriad of ways, from world-class entertainment, to stunning decor, to even sheer massive size. Here are some of the most incredible casinos in the world.
Macau is indisputably the gaming capital of the world. Whilst Las Vegas is what most people in the West think of when they think of gambling, the Chinese city surpasses it in both revenue and size. In a list of the 25 biggest casinos in the world, Macau holds 7 spots, 6 of them on the Top 10.
Topping the list at an incredible 550,000 sq. ft of gambling area alone, The Venetian Macao is a sister hotel casino to Las Vegas’ iconic Venetian resort. Like the Las Vegas Venetian, the resort is themed around Italy and Venice, with luxury European-style decoration and a full-scale reproduction of the streets and canals of Venice.
As well as the biggest casino in the world, The Venetian Macao is the seventh-largest building in the world and the largest single structure hotel in Asia. The casino houses 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables, and is divided into four themed areas, making it a veritable theme park for adults.
WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma has the distinction of being the largest casino in the USA and the second largest in the world. Whilst most people would assume that one of the Las Vegas resorts would be the obvious choice, they would be wrong: in fact, even the second largest casino in the US is in Connecticut.
WinStar World casino is home to over 7,600 electronic games, 46 table poker rooms, and 99 table games. The resort includes a hotel, spa, golf course, entertainment centre, and a myriad dining options.
The resort is situated near the Texas – Oklahoma state line, meaning it attracts plenty of gamblers from Texas and nearby Arkansas, both states where gambling is illegal. Its position explains its popularity despite not being in a big city or on a gambling strip: much like Macau, whose success can be attributed to China’s strict gambling laws, WinStar World Casino is a legal gambling hub for the Southern states of the USA.
Marina Bay Sands is the largest casino in Asia outside of Macau, but that’s not necessarily what makes it interesting. With over 600 table games and 1,500 slots, it easily holds its own amongst some of the best casinos in the world, however it is its distinctive architecture which makes it unique.
Marina Bay Sands is known for its bold, modern design, which has made it one of the most recognisable features of the Singapore skyline. The building consists of three curved towers topped by the resort’s most distinctive feature: a three-acre park, aptly named SkyPark, complete with infinity swimming pools and stunning gardens.
In addition to the SkyPark, the resort houses a large luxury hotel, exhibition centre, shopping mall, museum, two theatres, a skating rink, and two stunning Crystal Pavilions, one housing two clubs and one the world’s largest Louis Vuitton store. And that’s not to mention the casino itself, which is the largest atrium casino in the world!
With all of this luxury, it is no wonder that the project was at the time of opening in 2010 the most expensive casino in the world, valued at $8 billion. The construction itself was troubled, with increasing costs and the global financial crisis delaying the opening by a year. However, since it’s opening, the resort has become an iconic Singapore institution and a big draw for tourists to the city.
Any list of the most incredible casinos in the world has to include the classic Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco, made famous by James Bond himself. Indeed, the building’s beautiful French Beaux Arts style was the inspiration for the titular casino in the original Casino Royale novel, and the Casino itself has been used as a filming location for two Bond films, Never Say Never Again and Goldeneye. It was also the main location for the film Ocean’s Twelve.
Due to its prominence in popular culture, the Casino de Monte Carlo is considered one of the most luxurious and high-class gambling resorts in the world. Despite not being as large as many of the others on this list, it still houses a full suite of playing options, including slots, blackjack, Trente et Quarante, and Texas Hold’em poker. Interestingly, the Casino is also the birthplace of the European Roulette with only one zero pocket, which was popularised outside of North America and is still used in most of the world.
The Casino is located in the small principality of Monaco in Europe, an independent city-state on the French riviera. It is the smallest country in the world after Vatican City, and the Casino was originally built in 1863 to attract tourism and boost the local economy. It succeeded, and for many years the Casino was the main source of income for both the country and the ruling Royal House of Grimaldi.
When you think casino, you probably think Las Vegas. The US capital of gambling has a host of stunning themed casinos, many of which have permeated popular culture such as the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, or the Luxor. However, it is the MGM that towers over the city as the largest casino on the strip and the ultimate Vegas destination.
The MGM Grand is also the largest single hotel in the US and third-largest hotel complex in the world, with a whopping 5,124 rooms. The resort also houses a convention center, spa, swimming pools, and a myriad clubs, restaurants, and shops. Seven entertainment venues offer everything from comedy shows to a dedicated Cirque du Soleil performance and nightly shows by famed illusionist David Copperfield.
Originally themed around the Wizard of Oz, the MGM Grand underwent a huge renovation in 2000 to its current, more mature, ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’ theme. The casino itself houses more than 2,500 gaming machines and just under 200 tables, as well as a state-of-the-art luxury betting facility for sporting events.