Guide to the Best Casinos to Visit Worldwide

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If you’re a gambler and frequent the glamourous world of casinos, then you will appreciate a brief breakdown of the history of casinos, as well as a summary of the most well-known casinos all over the world.

Casino history 101

The word casino actually derives from the Italian word casa, which translates to house. Although it is not known where gambling itself actually originated, we do know that the first casino was built in Venice, Italy, in 1638. The casinos that existed at that time were not the casinos of the modern day, however, and the first actual gambling casino was established in the nineteenth century somewhere in America. Many of the most popular casino games hail from China and Europe, with card games like craps, baccarat, blackjack and roulette originating from all over Europe, and Keno originating in China – fashioned after an old Chinese lottery game.

A place filled with entertainment and gambling, casinos are the home of all-encompassing entertainment, as well as a place of leisure, rest and relaxation – many casinos are combined with hotels, restaurants, and are located in cruise ships.

Wynn, Macau, China

Opened in 2006, this luxury resort contains a casino holding nearly 400 slots, with over 500 gaming tables. Inspired by resorts in Las Vegas, it boasts a stunning hotel with over 600 rooms, complete with restaurants, a spa, a heated swimming pool and even a lake. It doesn’t end there though, as those that have a keen interest in shopping can indulge in the designer stores available, including brands like Hugo Boss, Versace, Rolex, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a gamblers haven. And this little piece of gambling heaven, located on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, USA, boasts over 2,500 slot machines, more than 100 poker and table games, one of the largest gaming floors in Vegas, a spa, outdoor pools, rivers and waterfalls (yes, seriously).

Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco

This entertainment complex ticks all the right boxes for a super successful gambling complex. It is frequently associated with the James Bond movies, hosted the annual European Poker Tour Grand Final for the event’s first seven years, and the Monaco Grand Prix’s route runs right past the casino. All of these factors combine to make it rather appealing, and particularly great for foreigners. However, the locals do not get the opportunity to revel in its delights, as the casino does not allow locals inside. They could always register a Euro Palace casino account and play online, the poor buggers.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Opened in 2010, the Marina Bay Sands resort is the world’s most expensive building, costing close to 6 billion US dollars to construct. It comprises a hotel, a casino, restaurants, a canal which runs through the many shops and The MasterCard Theatres. The Marina Bay Sands Casino holds four levels of gaming, with 1,500 slots machines and over 600 tables, and when players grow weary of gaming, they can relax in the hotel’s Infinity Edge swimming pool. This pool stunningly creates the illusion of its water extending out into the horizon, disappearing into infinity.

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut

This casino contains an impressive number of slot machines (over 6,000) and nearly 400 gaming tables. There are also restaurants, and a 2-story arcade that caters for children.

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