- Amanda Brovich
World's Best Casinos
Dispersed over several magnificent destinations around the world and hosted by some of the most opulent hotels, we put together a list of top picks of casinos. Our selection undoubtedly exposes a casino to suit your taste, whether you feel particularly lucky and want to test out the enormous variety of games offered by these opulent institutions or simply want to experience the thrill of these spectacular venues.
The Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas
Starting off with an opulence classic, the Bellagio Las Vegas, one of the most indulgent hotels on the Sin City strip, is the home of the renowned Bellagio Casino. Classified as a pinnacle of style and elegance, the Bellagio Casino, spread out over 155,000 square feet, features over 2400 slot machines, a high-limit slots room, and roughly 135 table games, including all of the classics. However, the star of the casino is no other than its famous poker room, being one of the stops on the World Poker Tour. The 7,000 square feet room offers 40 tables, two high-limit areas, and 24-hour dining beside the tables.
The breathtaking design and expensive vibe of the gaming space are accompanied by a variety of other facilities, attracting high-class crowds nightly. By choosing the Bellagio hotel, guests don’t only get to experience Sin City, but also they are allowed to immerse in the beauty of Italy by discovering the hotel’s 8-acre lake inspired by Lake Como, and the world-famous fountains, entertaining spectators with spectacular water shows throughout the day and night. The Club Privé hosts a high-limit lounge with a speakeasy-style bar serving an exclusive selection of alcoholic drinks. And if you get tired of all that gambling, you can book a table at Sadelle’s, making sure to enjoy their Italian cuisine, sip a cocktail at Lily’s Bar & Lounge, or hit the dance floor at Hyde, the hotel’s club.
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The Venetian Casino, Macao
Situated on the Cotai Strip, it’s time to discover the world’s second-largest building, housing the next must-see casino in our selection - the Venetian Macao. The establishment is equivalent to 16 football pitches and is the home of a 3000-bed hotel. Impressive, right? But you haven’t heard it all yet. The Venetian offers the dream destination for shopping addicts, numerous dining and entertainment spaces, a 15,000-seat sports arena hosting events such as NBA games, and finally, a 6000-seat banquet hall, all resembling the one-of-a-kind architecture of Venice, Italy.
The casino, one of the hotel’s main attractions, is split into four main areas - Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon, and Phoenix. What is truly unique about the Venetian casino is that it offers a higher range of games than any other gaming space in Macao. From the 3400 slot machines to any one of its 800 game tables, there is a perfect game-stop for anyone visiting the casino. For poker lovers, there is also a private poker room displaying eight cash tables, with two commonly reserved for VIP high-stake games.
Going back to the non-gambling side of the Venetian, the prominent retail space charms visitors with its 350-name-long designer list, accompanied by 30 world-class dining spots and the picturesque gondolas floating on the canals to give the final touch of the hotel’s Italian feel.
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Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Finally, to complete our top-picks list, we have probably the world’s most iconic casino situated in the heart of the French Riviera. Monaco is the home of over 30 percent of the global millionaire population, so it’s only fitting that such a decadent establishment is located there.
Even though at the core, this casino can be viewed as any other, Casino de Monte-Carlo possesses some exceptional characteristics that have made it stand out for as long as we’ve known it. To begin with, one could easily be impressed by the fact it is the world’s oldest casino standing; however, if you’re not that easily convinced, we have just the right thing to sway you! Its beautiful facade subtly contrasts the lavishly decorated interior. Think marble columns, stained glass windows, chandeliers, and sculptures - an all-in-one decadence recipe.
Jame Bond’s favorite casino, as it is nicknamed, spreads out over approximately 108,000 square feet and is split into seven different salons, each hosting a different type of game such as roulette, baccarat, trente, Texas Hold’em, blackjack, and many more.
Setting aside the elegance of the gaming space, you can dive into a little trip back to the Belle Époque by grabbing lunch at Le Train Bleu, sipping a martini at Bar Americain, or admiring the eight monumental crystal chandeliers - had enough Monegasque glamour yet?
Image: Monte Carlo SBM