Since my first ever visit to a Casino on a lad’s weekend away to Manchester about a year ago, I have dreamed of experiencing first hand some of the World’s best Casinos. While I’m no Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, I like to consider myself a skilful (lucky) player and would jump at the chance to take on these famous Black Jack tables. So without further ado I bring you my top 5 Casinos around the World (that I one day plan on bankrupting, Ocean’s 11 style).
*Let me just say, only ever gamble what you can afford to lose, it’s suppose to be fun so never get too hung up on winning. Also never gamble when you’ve had a few too many, as it will seriously affect your decision-making ability*
1. Caesar’s Palace – Las Vegas
Made even more famous by one of my all time favourite movies ‘The Hangover’, Caesar’s Palace is just one of those hotels you have to stay in, just so you can say that you have. Situated on the Vegas strip between the Bellagio and the Mirage, Caesar’s Palace has a total of 3,960 rooms within its six towers named Augustus, Centurion, Forum, Roman, Palace and Octavius. The hotel and casino also features a number of award-winning Restaurants for any taste, entertainment venues, and two separate nightclubs, Pure and the Pussycat Dolls Lounge.
- August 5, 1966 Opening date.
- 3,960 Rooms.
- 15,442 m2 Total gaming space.
- Visit http://www.caesarspalace.com/ to find out more.
2. Bellagio – Las Vegas
The dancing fountains of the Bellagio are infamous and the hotel itself was prominently featured in the film ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The Bellagio hotel has a total of 3,950 rooms (10 less than Caesar’ Palace, that’s got to hurt) situated across its main and spa towers. It is the permanent home to Cirque du Soleil’s astounding aquatic show “O” and it also has its own Botanical Gardens for guests to enjoy. If you ever find yourself getting bored with gambling then there are a number of other things to do in Vegas away from the Casino tables.
- October 15, 1998 Opening date.
- 3,950 Rooms.
- 10,800m2 Total Gaming space.
- $40 Million: The estimated cost to install the fountains. Shows take place every 30 minutes.
- Visit http://www.bellagio.com/ to find out more.
3. Casino de Monte Carlo – Monaco
The architecture of the Casino de Monte Carlo is absolutely breathtaking, inside and out. It is without a doubt the poshest casino in my list and being the working class english lad that I am, I doubt I would even be allowed near the place let alone inside (which kind of makes me what to go even more). As well as a casino, the complex also houses an Opera and Ballet Theatre, Restaurant and Garden.
- Citizens of Monaco are forbidden to enter the Casino gaming rooms.
- The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix goes past the Casino.
- Was featured in the James Bond movies ‘Never Say Never Again’ and ‘GoldenEye’, but not the latest ‘Casino Royale’ which I thought it did.
- Visit http://www.casinomontecarlo.com/ to find out more.
4. Wynn Macau Resort – China
The first Las Vegas style resort in Asia, the Wynn Macau is truly a sight to behold. With a total of 1,014 rooms, countless restaurants and bars, the Wynn Macau has everything you could possibly want. The Wynn also boasts countless designer shops such as Gucci, Chanel, Armani, Prada etc etc, so if you do happen to win big I’m sure they will get your money back somehow.
- September 6, 2006 Opening date.
- 1,014 Rooms.
- 19,045 m2 Total Gaming space.
- $1.2 Billion: Estimated build cost.
- $2,500: Luxury suite cost per night.
- Visit http://www.wynnmacau.com/en/ to find out more.
5. Atlantis Resort – Bahamas
The Atlantis is more than just a Casino, it is a Paradise Island resort. With its own Waterpark containing slides, lazy rivers and rapids, there is also the worlds largest open air aquarium containing sea life such as Stingrays, Sharks and Barracudas. The Atlantis also features its own Marina to allow you to dock your multi-million pound yacht before you hit the tables. The two royal towers of the Atlantis are joined by a bridge in the middle hosting one of the worlds most expensive hotel suites.
- 3,400 Rooms.
- 9,290 m2 Total Gaming space.
- The Current is a mile long water ride complete with waves and tides.
- $25,000: Cost per night to stay in the Bridge suite.
- Visit http://www.atlantisbahamas.com/ to find out more.
Have you ever had the opportunity to visit one of these amazing casinos or know of any others that I should try to get to. Let me know in the comments below.