With the increasing popularity of online gambling, you'd be forgiven for thinking that land-based casinos might be on the verge of losing their sparkle to technology. However, punters are still attracted by the lights, glamour and atmosphere that brick-and-mortar casinos offer, while the venues themselves have stepped up into all-round resorts, with many incorporating clubs, restaurants and hotels.
With a number of these lavish casino resorts spread across the globe, here’s a list to the world’s top 10 casinos:
The second largest casino in America, Foxwoods Casino is a massive resort, boasting an authentic Native American theme. The casino (actually a complex of six individual casinos) has almost 350,000 square feet of gambling space, which includes 380 gaming tables and over 6,000 slot machines.
It can also offer a different type of gambling experience thanks to its huge bingo hall, which can house up to 5,000 players.
America’s largest casino, and the second largest in the world, the WinStar has over 500,000 square feet of gaming space, much of which is cleverly divided into eight themed gaming plazas featuring Paris, Beijing, Rome, Madrid, London, Vienna, Cairo and New York City.
Filling the mass of floor space are 6,700 slot machines, 76 tables, 46 poker tables, a 1,000-seater bingo hall and an off-track horse racing betting plaza.
Baden-Baden is a beautiful spa town in Germany’s Black Forest region. The casino itself is steeped in 250 years’ worth of history and is designed in line with French royal palaces, with its red and gold interior being so glamorous that the casino offers guided tours.
Only opened as recently as 2007, replacing the old Empire Ballroom, the Empire Casino has quickly cemented itself as London’s finest casino.
With bright, artificial lights and no windows, this casino has an almost Las Vegas feel. Along with its bars, restaurants and two floors of table games and slot machines, the venue also has a poker room that hosts World Series of Poker events on a regular basis.
Sun City is more of a resort than a casino but it still offers a great gambling experience. Its list of table games include Craps, Stud Poker, and Baccarat, along with just short of a thousand slot machines.
The resort itself boasts hotels, nightclubs, and two 18-hole golf courses, both designed by legendary golfer Gary Player.
Monaco is known mainly as a tax haven and millionaires' playground. And what does every millionaire need in his playground? A plush, charming 150-year-old casino blessed with remarkable beauty that extends to its water features out front. This casino once touted the responsibility of 'supporting' the country and their ruling family.
The architecture is stunning and the casino oozes class from every pour. It also boasts a huge diversity of table games including Chemin de Fer, Punto Banco and Trente & Quarante, as well as classic poker, Roulette and Blackjack. There are also salons privés and supers privés for Monaco's many high rollers.
The name says it all here. Once owned by billionaire Donald Trump and themed on the Taj Mahal, this casino is a glorious sight, boasting a stunning interior fit for any palace.
There’s no shortage of gambling space either, with over 2,500 slot machines, 200 game tables and a huge poker room. Not only that, but there’s a number of on-site restaurants, including a Hard Rock Café, and a multi-purpose arena which frequently hosts some of the world’s best performers.
Hopefully you don't need reminding that this isn't Julius Caesar’s actual palace, like Alan famously asked in The Hangover. Instead, this is a Roman-style luxury hotel complex complete with marble columns, famous spiral escalators, and over 150,000 square feet of casino heaven.
Table games, poker and slot machines make up one of the finest gambling venues around, with a dedicated sports and horse racing betting area that’s filled with flat screen TVs bringing bettors the latest sports from around the country to the comfort of their private booths.
Macau really can rival Las Vegas in terms of glamorous gambling. Perhaps the best of all in this remote region is the Venetian Casino, modelled on Vegas’ own Venetian complex.
With over 530,000 square feet of floor space, spread across four themed gaming areas, it’s the world’s largest casino. That’s not the only substantial figure though, as in that space there are also 500 game tables and 3,400 slot machines. There's even the San Luca canal system inside the hotel resort that visitors can take gondola trips on.
One of the most famous casinos in the world, the Bellagio sets itself apart from the rest with its opulence and elegance. The eight-acre lake that separates the building from the Las Vegas strip is made even more beautiful by its world-renowned dancing water fountain, seen in films like Ocean's 11.
The casino itself is probably best known for its high-stakes poker room which hosts World Poker Tour events, but it also offers a stylish gambling experience, probably more suited to the high rollers, with its 2,300 slots paying out massive jackpots of up to $2 million.