We all have different reasons to travel. Gorgeous scenery, tranquil hikes or beaches, maybe even the gorgeous historical buildings or beautiful people. For those of us passionate about casinos, we look at the map for our next trip and wonder where the best game of Poker is! So the question is, whether you are looking for the best Blackjack table, or if you want your break from the casino to be spent sipping a cocktail overlooking the ocean.
We have listed our 5 top casino destinations for your bucket list.
Las Vegas, USA
Nowhere is the world screams bright lights and big wins quite as much as Las Vegas. Undoubtedly the most famous casino city, Vegas has been the hot topic of movies, songs and stories for decades, and as we all know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
The main Vegas strip is host to some of the biggest and most extravagant casinos in the world. The Bellagio is certainly one of the most famous, and was even featured in Oceans 11 and The Hangover. The MGM Grand made a name for itself with its real life lion park, and the Luxor Hotel and Casino pyramid made history, with an atrium that could accommodate 3 Boeing 747s. Nothing screams Vegas quite like wedding bells and an Elvis impersonator minister to give you your vows, so perhaps when planning this trip, bring your loved one along!
Atlantic City, USA
As such an enormous country, it makes sense that the USA would have two of the best gaming destinations in the world. While Vegas entertains the West Coast, Atlantic City entertains the East Coast. Unlike Vegas, Atlantic City has a real coastline to gaze across in your breaks between casinos, and also has a gorgeous racecourse on offer. If you haven’t quite made it to 21, the racecourse is a great option as the minimum age is only 18. Also host to the Miss America Pageant, the city doesn’t just have beautiful casinos to draw the crowds. A definite item for the bucket list.
This is a city that few have heard of, and makes the list for a reason other than fame. The city is tiny, with only 55000 residents, and was originally a spa town. It is still a place for the rich and famous to escape and take in the mountain air and some particularly lavish spa treatments to rejuvenate the body.
It is only fitting that this is the location of one of the most luxurious casinos in the world. Baden-Baden Casino is a bucket list nominee for the sheer elegance and luxury of playing at the casino, in rooms draped in velvet and dripping with crystal chandeliers. This is definitely not a place to show up in your shorts, but instead a town to spoil yourself and to give your best cocktail number a little airing.
Monaco, Monte Carlo
Nothing says the history of casino gaming quite like the Monte Carlo Casino is Monaco. 150 years have gone by and the casino still draws tourists from all over the world. It has to, as the casino is not accessible to local residents of Monaco and a passport has to be shown as proof.
By stepping into The Monte Carlo, you step into an era where gambling was for the upper class only, a feature still brought to life by strict dress codes and careful attention to detail. Make it a destination for your next travel and treat yourself to martini, shaken not stirred, as you relive the James Bond lifestyle.
Macau is well known in passionate gaming circles as the Vegas of the East. While about 50% of the visitors to the city are currently from China, international tourism is on the rise, especially as no visa is required for most countries. With almost 30 casinos and some of the most dramatic themes, Macau is rapidly looking to overtake Vegas for fame and tales of fortune. In fact, Macau has already surpassed Vegas in gaming revenue.
The casinos in the city are gorgeous, with the Venetian complex putting her Vegas sister to shame with canals and gondolas, and several other casinos upping the luxury stakes. The fact that it happens to be on the warm South China Sea certainly can’t be overlooked. As a destination, the currency is favourable, the casinos are fabulous and weather is spectacular. It ticks all the boxes for an amazing vacation.
Wherever you decide to go, the gambling will undoubtedly be a lot of fun, and the experience in casinos around the world is certainly slightly different from country to country. Whether you are after luxury and glamour, or bright lights and action, there will definitely be a casino destination to suit you.