Even though online gambling is already gaining popularity, the business of brick-and-mortar casinos is nowhere far from being extinct. In fact, casinos are still booming and expanding as they compete to continually outdo each other to become the largest in their area or country, or in the world. The atmosphere, the glamor, the lights and sounds, as well as the resort and hotel amenities land-based casinos offer, still attract many customers.
1. The Venetian – Macau, China
The sister casino of Vegas’ famous casino with the same name, The Venetian Macau is more than an imitation. With more than 10,500,000 square feet and 39 floors, you will not miss it once you are around Macau’s Cotai Strip. It can be found directly opposite the City of Dreams. In terms of floor area, it is the seventh largest building in the world. A person may not live long enough (or rich enough) to play all the games it offers, as it boasts of an almost 550,000 square feet gaming space, more than 4,000 slot machines and 800 gaming tables. The casino is impressive inside and out and provides a wonderfully picturesque view especially at night. The Venetian Macau also boasts of lavish amenities, such as the family-friendly suites with over 3,000 premium rooms.
2. MGM Grand – Macau, China
The MGM casino in Vegas is totally grand, but Macau’s MGM is beyond grand. It opened in late 2007 and is operated jointly by MGM Resorts and the daughter of Hong Kong business magnate Stanley Ho. The casino features more than 250,000 square-feet of game space spread across two gigantic floors. The lobby of this gambler’s paradise has a 26-foot aquarium filled with LED lights, sharks and over a thousand types of fish.
3. Foxwoods Resort Casino –Connecticut, USA
The largest casino in the United States is not in Las Vegas, but actually in Western Connecticut. The casino is found in the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation – the home of the World Poker Tour Room. The casino itself covers an area of 344,000 square feet, with over 6,300 slot machines and 380 gaming tables. Everything in the casino is large and impressive.
4. City of Dreams – Macau, China
The City of Dreams has an action-packed premium casino that has nearly 2,000 different table games and slots. The casino offers the latest gaming technology, themed gaming areas and a great ambiance. It also includes premium gambling opportunities like the exclusive Members Only gaming room and Li Ying VIP experience. The City of Dreams is also home to the House of Dancing Water show, the largest water-based stage productions and the most-talked about spectacle in Macau.
5. Casino de Monte Carlo – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monaco is almost a synonym for luxury, and a luxurious place is not complete without a classic, prestigious casino. The Casino de Monte Carlo is an exclusive, 150-year-old, Belle Époque-style casino that is remarkably beautiful. The stunning feature of this casino is its architecture. It also boasts of a variety of games like Trente et Quarante, Punto Banco, Chemin de Fer, as well as classic poker, blackjack and roulette.
6. Bellagio – Las Vegas, USA
The Bellagio is one of the most famous casinos in the world, probably because of its world-renowned water fountain seen in movies like Ocean’s 11, 21 and The Hangover. For gamblers, the casino is known for its famous poker rooms that they call “The Office,” hosting the World Poker Tour events. It has around 2,300 slot machines paying out great jackpots of up to $2 million.
7. Crown Casino – Melbourne, Australia
When actress Rachel Griffiths streaked through the casino on its opening night in 1997, the Crown Casino made headlines all over the world. The 220,000 square-feet gambling arena is the second-largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 3,000 slot and table games. It is also the home of the World Series of Poker in Asia-Pacific.
8. Rio Casino Resort – Klerksdorp, South Africa
Before it was acquired and renamed by casino corporation Peermont Group in 2006, it was named as the Tusk Rio Casino and Resort. It is Africa’s largest casino and when it absorbed a nearby hotel, it became the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere.
9. MGM Grand – Las Vegas, USA
It was the largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1993 and it was famous for its glass-sided lion habitat inside the casino area featured until 2012. Now, it offers the CSI experience where guests can try to solve murder cases interactively. The 171,500 square-foot casino offers a convention center, a 17,000-seat arena and around 2,600 slot and table games.
10. Grand Lisboa – Macau, China
The Grand Lisboa is a 261-meter tall skyscraper owned by the Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau. It is the tallest building in Macau and the first casino to offer Texas Hold ‘Em poker games and craps, which have since became popular in other casinos in the city.