Baseball fans have Fenway and Wrigley, basketball and boxing fans have Madison Square Garden, but when it comes to gambling, which places can definitely claim their spot on the bucket list?
You might be surprised to find out that the list of must-see casinos aren’t can’t simply be crossed off with one trip to Vegas. Plenty of locations around the world have legendary gaming establishments that all gamblers need to visit at least once in their lives.
In this article, I’ll outline some of the casinos that are more than worth the money for a weekend trip.
1 – Casino di Venezia
Sure, it’s going to cost you more than a few good hands of blackjack to get over there, but if you have the financial means, Casino di Venezia has to be at the top of the list.
This casino, which is the first ever on record, has stood in Venice, Italy for almost 400 years. The project was completed in 1638, when the world of gambling was still like the Wild West. Unfortunately, the casino no longer has its original property and was moved to a nearby palace in 1950.
However, it still maintains its original mystique with a combination of historic beauty and modern trappings that you would expect from a functioning casino.
For lovers of history, European casinos, and of course, gambling, there’s no other place that should be more widely sought after than Casino di Venezia.
2 – Casino de Monte-Carlo
You’ve probably attended a “Monte Carlo” party once or twice throughout your life – but even that won’t get you ready for the real thing. Breathtaking in both its opulence and historical value, the Monte Carlo Casino is more than just a gaming establishment.
Whereas a regular casino might include one or two buildings, Monte Carlo is an entire gambling and entertainment complex that can be found in the country of Monaco. Interestingly enough, the citizens that inhabit Monaco aren’t actually allowed to visit the gaming rooms.
Who did this benefit? The house, of course! Each time the ball settled on black, throngs of gamblers rushed to place bets on red, which had to eventually come up. In the end, millions of dollars were lost and the casino enjoyed one of its best days ever.
A final interesting thing to note is that Casino de Monte-Carlo was the primary source of income for the Monaco economy until very recently.
3 – Hard Rock Casino
The Hard Rock Casino is one of the most notable brands in the hospitality industry in the history of the U.S. Its guitar logo, the reputation for good times, and the endless nights of entertainment have helped to grow it into somewhat mythological status.
Recently, the Atlantic City Hard Rock finished a major renovation that greatly expanded the gambling floor to a level that is seldom seen elsewhere…even in Las Vegas. It goes without saying that a trip to Atlantic City is hard to beat for hardcore gamblers, but even new players can appreciate all the additional entertainment offered by Hard Rock.
4 – The Venetian Macau
If extravagance is your thing, you need to add The Venetian Macau to your list of “must-see” casinos.
But first, a history lesson: Macau had been a Portuguese colony for more than 200 years before being transferred back to China in 1999. This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the casino itself, but it is an interesting piece of context if you plan on visiting the site for yourself.
As for the specifics, the 550,000 square foot gambling area is second-to-none. In addition, the casino has the same Venice canal style replicas as its sister casino in Las Vegas. On the gambling side, there are more than 3,000 slots and 750 table games with a square footage of nearly 10.8 million.
If gambling isn’t your thing, there are endless other attractions and luxuries to keep you occupied. Restaurants feature cuisine from around the world, garden swimming pools help you stay cool, and world-class spas will have you feeling refreshed by the time you check out.
5 – Caesar’s Palace
Finally, Las Vegas makes the list!
Anyone who’s ever visited Sin City knows that Caesar’s Palace is a site to behold. Opened more than half-a-century ago, the casino remains one of the most visited on the strip…and for good reason.
Not only is Caesar’s Palace home to one of the best casinos you’ll find in Vegas, but the numerous other attractions make it a one-of-a-kind spot to see for yourself. First, you can’t help but notice the amazing water features that surround the building.
The fountain shows, which combine light and water routines, are unforgettable and take place on a nightly basis. In addition, Caesar’s Palace has a 50,000 sq. ft. baths and spa area, with luxury shopping also available in another area.
All in all, if you’re going to make the trip to Vegas, don’t leave until you’ve spent at least an hour exploring all the Caesar’s Palace has to offer its guests.
6 – Casino de Charlevoix
Don’t worry, checking into this classically-designed casino doesn’t require a spelling test, although if it did, many people would be in trouble.
Casino de Charlevoix, located in Quebec in the eastern part of Canada, opened in 1994. By the standards of today’s modern, and massive, buildings, this one is relatively modest…that’s exactly why I decided to include it on the list.
For one, its size is much smaller…or as they would like to call it, “intimate.” To be honest, the quaint setting against a lush green backdrop makes it hard to disagree with this label.
The attached hotel has just 405 rooms, and the casino has only 20 gaming tables. However, two outdoor pools that are hot all year long and a 27-hole golf course more than make up for its lack of size.
All in all, if you’re looking for a getaway that won’t be overwhelming, Casino de Charlevoix is a relaxing and enjoyable destination.
7 – Sun City Casino Resort
Looking for something a little more…exotic? Sun City Casino Resort in South Africa is the place to go!
While it might feel a little bit like a Vegas-style establishment, make no mistake about it, things are much wilder. The first thing that stands out its location. It’s quite literally located in the middle of the African wilderness.
Because of the apartheid policies of the 1970’s, when the casino opened in 1979 it was in a designated area for majority black populations where the laws were much more lax. This made it quickly grow into a place that attracted gamblers from tall over the world.
It has the usual amenities of a casino with a couple very notable exceptions. First, safaris are offered by the resort. Second, it even has its very own private game reserve.
This is truly one place on the list that can be enjoyed by both those who prefer luxury comforts and wild adventures.
Casinos always have their own unique environment that sets them apart from others in the industry. As this list shows, some take it further than others.
Even if you aren’t going to be able to check all of them off the list, there’s something in here that nearly everyone can enjoy, even if you aren’t a huge gambler.