Although gaming houses existed in countries such as China centuries ago, formal casinos were established beginning in the 17th century. The first casino, Venice’s Il Ridotto, was opened in 1638 and from there spread quickly throughout the rest of Europe and then the world. Today there are some truly remarkable casinos where you can enjoy gambling but also many other forms of entertainment. We take a look at the six best land-based casinos in the world and what makes them so popular.
Sun City in South Africa
Sun City opened in December 1979 in the former Bantustan of Bophuthatswana, which as an independent state allowing gambling. The fun continued without stopping when the area was re-incorporated in 1994. When they aren’t playing, gamblers at the Sun City Resort in the North West Province of South Africa have their pick of nightclubs, boutiques, cinemas, two championship golf courses, and two water theme parks. The Sun City Resort is more than just a casino, with entire families enjoying weekends or holidays at the complex. You can choose to stay in one of four hotels, ranging from the family-friendly Cabanas to the luxurious Palace of the Lost City. Safaris to nearby nature reserves can even be arranged!
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Often seen in Hollywood movies and television series, the world-renowned casino named after Julius Caesar is full of references to the Roman Empire. There is even a 20-foot statue of Caesar by its entrance. The casino, established in 1966, is oriented towards high rollers, offering table games such as blackjack, craps, Pai Gow, roulette, and baccarat. There is over 124,000 square feet of gaming space to fit in the fun. The hotel has 3,976 rooms, a shopping mall called The Forum, and has hosted performers such as Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Celine Dion, Liberace, and Mariah Carey both in the original hotel and in the new The Colosseum venue.
Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco
Opened in 1863, the Casino de Monte-Carlo, owned and run by the Grimaldi royal family and the Monegasque government, is an elegant classic. The famous gambling spot of James Bond is also one of the oldest casinos in the world. Inside the building designed by Charles Garnier, players can enjoy French roulette, Trente et Quarante, baccarat, blackjack, Ultimate Texas Hold’em poker, and slot machines. There is also a variety of restaurant and bar options as well as the Opéra Garnier entertainment hall. Almost 230 million euros was won at the Casino de Monte-Carlo over the last year. Could you be the next person “Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo” as Charles Wells did in 1891, inspiring Charles Coborn’s famous song?
The Venetian in Macau
The older and bigger, yet younger, sister of the Venetian Las Vegas, the Venetian Macao on the Cotai Strip offers double the casino entertainment. It officially opened August 28, 2007, and with 10.5 million square feet total, it is currently the seventh-largest building in the world in terms of floor area – bigger even than Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It is also the world’s largest casino with four gaming areas and a gaming space of over 550,000 square feet! There are over 6,000 slot machines and 800 gambling tables. Also inside are 24 bars and restaurants, four swimming pools, three shopping malls, a 15,000-seat entertainment and sporting arena, and Venetian-style canals on which you can take a gondola ride.
City of Dreams Casino in Macau
Smaller than the Venetian, but still holding its own at 420,000 square feet of gaming space, the City of Dreams casino is on the shore of the Cotai Strip directly across from the Venetian. Opened two years after the Venetian, the City of Dreams offers over 1,500 slot machines and 450 gaming tables. And if you want to take a break from playing? Enjoy a cocktail in one of the 20 bars and restaurants, a show in one of the two live entertainment venues, dancing in the clubbing arena, or take a nap in one of the 1,400 luxury hotel suites.
Casino Lisboa in Portugal
Located in the Parque das Nações (Park of Nations) in Lisbon along the riverfront, this relatively young casino opened in April 2006. Casino Lisboa offers a variety of games including exclusive tables for poker, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and Banca Francesca as well as over 1,100 slot machines with spins starting at 2-euro cents each. There are seven bars and restaurants to keep players well-fed and hydrated as well as an auditorium and art gallery to enjoy.
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