Whether we’re talking about poker, slot-machines, roulette or Black Jack, gambling is definitely one of the most popular entertainment activities on the planet, even though some people see this as a serious addiction. And wherever you go, whatever destination you choose, from North America to the Middle East, Africa, Europe or Asia it’s almost impossible not to find a casino and all of them have one thing in common: they “help” you lose money or if you’re really lucky, even win something. And let’s face it, what other place can make a rational human beings go back after losing 99 times out of 100 just to remember that one time when they won.
To make a list with the world’s largest, most exclusive or spectacular casinos would probably take a long time, but that didn’t stop us from trying to bring you the most famous, exclusive and beautiful casinos in the world.
Bellagio, Las Vegas
Perhaps the most famous casino in the world, the Bellagio was opened on October 15, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada and today is known as one of the most beautiful and attractive casinos in the world. With a total gaming area of 116,000 sq. ft. (10,800 square meters), the Bellagio casino features 2,400 slot machines, a sports bet hall and 124 table where you can play almost any game on this planet. The casino is also home to countless poker tournaments each day and it also has four times more employees than a regular casino, so this means that if you don’t win, at least you’ll get impeccable service.
Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco
The small Principality of Monaco is known for one thing…it’s the favorite place of the rich and famous. Even though the country is extremely small (the second smallest country in the world, after Vatican), it’s perfectly located close to the French Riviera and is also home to perhaps the most special Formula One race, the Monaco Grand Prix. The small country’s attractive tax system draw a lot of rich people into buying properties here and opening big accounts, while others come here just to have fun. And what can you offer a rich man than the largest and the most luxurious casinos in Europe.
Ritz Club, London
While it’s definitely not the largest casino in the world, the Ritz Club located in the basement of the Ritz Hotel in London is perhaps the most exclusive one. It’s among the few casinos that requires players to pay a fee before entering and its “Members Only” policy is probably the height of British sophistication.
Sun City Resort, South Africa
Inaugurated in 1979, Sun City is the place where Las Vegas meets the African savannah. Four exclusive hotels, an impressive casino, two golf courses, one of the most amazing water parks in the world (Valley of the Waves, features a huge swimming pool with artificial waves) and safari trips are just a few of the attractions this amazing destination has to offer, the giant resort being located near the Pilanesberg National Park.
Sands Macao, China
Known as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”, Macau is definitely the most popular gambling destination in Asia. Actually, gambling is Macau’s biggest source of revenue and in 2007 it overtook the Las Vegas Strip in terms of gambling revenue.