What makes a casino the best? Is it how many slots or table games it offers? The amenities and entertainment? Maybe it’s the casino’s history or its place in pop culture? Or it could be something more personal – I’d be willing to bet good money that for many people, the best casino is the one where they’ve won big. With thousands of casinos in the world, there’s something to appeal to every gambler. Here are five casinos that are the best at what they offer:
Classic Vegas experience
It hasn’t been on The Strip very long but the Bellagio has already become synonymous with Las Vegas. The Bellagio was the setting for the heist in Ocean’s 11 (2001), which cemented its place in pop culture history. The Bellagio is particularly popular for its poker tables and it frequently attracts professional players. Its fountains have been featured in numerous movies and these dancing waters, which are choreographed to songs such as Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas and Frank Sinatra’s Luck Be a Lady, have become an iconic Vegas image.
WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, is the largest casino in the world. It has nine themed gaming plazas spread out over nearly 400,000 square feet. Each gaming plaza is designed around a different part of the world: Beijing, Cairo, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Rome, Rio and Vienna. It’s like taking a trip around the world! They have 8,600 electronic games (like slots) and 100 table games, as well as 19 restaurants and a lounge stage if you ever need a break from gambling.
While WinStar obviously has an impressive range of slot machines and table games, it is impossible for the majority of traditional casinos to compete with online casinos in terms of selection. Online casinos can offer a huge range of slots and live casino games that are available to play from anywhere. SuperSeven, for example, has 1,300+ different slot games and a huge number of live casino games available to play at their website. If it’s variety you’re after, it’s unlikely that any local casino will be able to come close to the selection offered by an online casino.
The Bahamas are known for their beautiful beaches, pristine waters, fruity cocktails and of course the Baha Men – singers of one of the catchiest songs ever made (will we ever know who let those dogs out?). Atlantis Paradise Island fits perfectly into its surroundings. The casino features 85 gaming tables and over 700 slot machines. The resort also includes The Cove Pool, a poolside casino for a seriously tropical experience. Built into a series of lagoon, this casino resort is probably the only place in the world where you can swim with dolphins then head inside to play a hand or two of poker.
The most famous
Opened in 1853, the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco is one of the most famous casinos in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful. Associated with both the royal family of Monaco and James Bond, the Monte Carlo Casino is an incredibly glamorous venue. This casino does not offer as many slot machines or table games as some of the others on this list but what it lacks in number of games it more than makes up for in beauty and ambiance.
If you’re more interested in the setting than the gambling, the Monte Carlo Casino also offers visitors the opportunity to visit the Casino Gardens and Terraces. The lush gardens have been landscaped to include waterfalls and ponds, and are full of pathways for strolling and viewing the gorgeous tropical flowers – what a perfect setting for a break from the tables.
Most surprising location
When most people picture casinos, they do not generally imagine a picturesque manor house nestled in the English countryside. That, however, is the exact location of the North Cadbury Court casino, built into the basement of a 16th-century country house in Somerset, England. The manor house is now a wedding venue and luxury hotel. The casino is tucked away in the cellar, making it reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy. It only has a handful of table games (and very low ceilings!) but this hidden gem is a very special place. The manor house also offers guests the use of a tennis lawn and a fishing lake, making this a relaxing setting for a gambling vacation.
Whether you’re interested in a casino because it was the backdrop for a film or because it has the perfect blend of atmosphere and amenities, there is a casino for everyone. These five casinos are popular for the games they offer, their location or the experiences they provide. Which one is calling you to its floor?