Despite the recent economic slow-down, every year more and more people are making travel plans to destinations that offer gambling. And if you want to see if Lady Luck is on your side, why not try your hand (or roll the dice) at one of the most glamorous casinos in the world?
Whether it’s a discreet casino with classic Old World charm or to one that’s only a component of a mega-resort, I’ve included places from the four corners of the globe on my list of the top ten most glamorous casinos in the world.
Of course, getting to any of these destinations might be easier said than done. Luckily, you can always brush up on your skills at blackjack, roulette, or poker in the comfort of your own home with online gaming sites like partycasino.com.
Have you been to any of these luxurious casinos before?
Arguably the most famous casino in the world, the Casino de Monte Carlo has been attracting visitors—including royalty, movie stars, and the world’s filthy rich—since 1863. The top tourist attraction in the tiny principality of Monaco, the complex also features the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.
2) Casino Baden-Baden – Germany
Most people come to Baden-Baden for its therapeutic mineral springs. However, no visit would be complete without seeing the Casino Baden-Baden, one of the most exclusive and elegant in all of Europe. Opened in 1809, the 32,289-square foot casino features 113 slots and 24 table games, for American roulette, Baccarat, French roulette, and poker.
3) Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Located on the glittering Las Vegas Strip, the Bellagio Hotel was inspired by the breathtaking Lake Como resort town of the same name. The Vegas hotel opened in 1995 at an incredible cost of $1.6 billion, making it the most expensive hotel casino ever built. The Bellagio features 200 tables for roulette, craps, and poker, and an astounding 2,000 slot machines.
The Atlantis Resort features the largest casino in the Caribbean and is home to one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites as well—its Bridge Suite costs $25,000 a night! The casino has 980 slot machines and 78 gaming tables including baccarat, roulette, craps, blackjack and Caribbean stud poker. Unlike most casinos however, the Atlantis gaming floor has skylights and windows, offering panoramic views of the resort and sparkling blue Caribbean Sea.
5) The Claremont Club – London, UK
One of the most refined clubs in all of London is The Claremont Club, located in the heart of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. The club offers discreet gambling on only six tables for Baccarat, blackjack, and English roulette. Because of strict gaming laws, anyone who wants to visit a casino in London must apply for membership at least 24 hours in advance before patronizing a private club such as the Claremont Club .
6) Sun City – South Africa
Sun City, located about two hours outside of Johannesburg, is a giant Las Vegas-like resort in the middle of the bush. Sun City features four hotels and even offers safaris in its own private game reserve. The casino features 852 slot machines and 38 tables for American roulette, blackjack, stud poker and Punto banco Baccarat.
Surprisingly, America’s biggest casino isn’t on the Las Vegas Strip. Operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe, Foxwoods opened in 1968 and is composed of six casinos featuring over 7,000 gaming machines as well as seventeen different types of table games. Located not too far from Boston or New York City, Foxwoods also features one of the world’s largest bingo halls.
8) The Venetian Macao – Macao, China
A Portuguese colony from the mid-16th century until it was transferred back to China in 1999, Macao is known today as “the Monte Carlo of the Orient.” This special administrative region is now home to five of the world’s ten largest casinos including The Venetian Macao, the largest hotel in Asia. Modeled after its sister property in Las Vegas, the casino at The Venetian Macao contains 3,400 slots and over 800 table games.
The largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere, the Crown Casino opened in 1997 and offers Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow, Poker, Baccarat and Roulette (both American and European versions as well as an electronic version called “Rapid Roulette.”)
10) Casino Metropol – Moscow, Russia
There are dozens of casinos in Moscow but the most elegant is The Casino Metropol, located just a few minutes from Red Square and the Kremlin. The 24-hour casino features 11 tables with blackjack, roulette and poker, and the minimum stake is $25.
Have you been to any of these casinos? Which are your favorites? Feel to comment in the section below!Photo credits: Monte Carlo; Foxwoods; Venetian Macao.