Showcasing 10 of the coolest and most decadent casinos from around the globe. Whether it’s poker, roulette, slot-machines or Black Jack, gambling is one of the most popular entertainment activities on the planet.
Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas
The Bellagio Casino is almost certainly the most famous casino in the world. Located is Las Vegas, Nevada the casino has a total gaming area of 116,000 sq. ft. (10,800 square meters). 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.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands is a world-class luxury casino and hotel in Singapore. The coolest part of this casino is the roof top infinity pool which is draw dropping as you’ll see from the picture below.
Luxor, Las Vegas
Another Las Vegas beauty here, The Luxor is probably the most recognisable casino in the world because of its striking design of the Great Sphinx of Giza which is placed at the hotel entrance.
Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco
The small Principality of Monaco is known for one thing…it’s the favourite place of the rich and famous. 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. In 2003, a player won an amazing $2 million at this casino.
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.
The Venetian, Macao
The Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world at 10,500,000 square feet. It’s also the sixth largest building of any kind in the world. This 40 storey gambling haven is home to 3,000 suites, 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables. Like its sister casino – The Venetian Las Vegas – The Venetian Macao is home to a truly breathtaking replica of the famous canals of Venice (the Italian city from which the Venetian takes its name) allowing visitors to the hotel to take a relaxing gondola ride under the beautiful blue sky ceilings, with singing gondoliers to complete the experience.
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. .
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.
Casino Baden Baden – Germany
In many ways, Germany’s Baden Baden is a million miles away from the vast and super-modern Venetian. The casino has a rich history dating back to 1809. Beginning life as a meeting place for the German elite, the Baden Baden originally used real silver and gold chips for placing bets at the roulette table, which gives you a feel for the decadence that once existed there.
Designed to mirror the styles of French royal palaces, it’s decorated to the most opulent of standards. Thankfully, whilst the casino is now open to all and the chips are no longer golden, the extravagant interiors remain alongside 113 slot machines and 24 tables for games such as roulette, live blackjack and poker.