Candi G. (Dancer at Cheetahs)
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It’s no surprise that everybody loves the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. With its amazing architecture, exhilarating atmosphere and of course the excitement of that big win right around the corner. It’s been the go-to for gamblers for decades, but what if you’re stuck in Australia, travelling around the globe, or simply unable to get to this gaming mecca?
Don’t despair, I’ve been all over the place and have put together a list of some of my favourite casinos from around the world – so you don’t have to miss out, wherever you end up. Whether it’s the ostentatious décor, the premium service on offer, the huge jackpots, or a combination of all three that you look for in a casino, there is sure to be something in this list for everyone.
Personally, I love them all, but take a peak below and chose which works best for you, and don’t forget you can play all your favourite games from the comfort of your own home in the meantime.
Joe’s Top Five Best Casino’s Outside of Las Vegas
1. French Lick Resort
If you find yourself in Indiana, you could do a lot worse than heading down to the French Lick Resort (yes, I thought it was in France at first too – so please don’t follow my costly mistake). With two historic landmarks onsite, you can’t fail to be wowed by the accommodation here. Built in the late 1800s, you can relax at the momentous West Baden Springs or French Lick Springs between games, and who knows you may even make a bit of history yourself on the tables. Who needs a trip to Las Vegas when you could be hanging out here?
2. The Venetian – Macau, China
Known as the ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient’ it’s no surprise that Macau is home to some of the biggest and most prestigious casinos you‘ll find anywhere – and the The Venetian is no exception. In fact, as well as being the sixth largest structure on the planet, The Venetian is actually the biggest casino in the world! With statistics like that, no more needs to be said – but if I can just say one more thing – with over 3000 slots, 750 table games and over 10 million square feet of gaming area, you won’t get bored at The Venetian.
3. Sun City – South Africa
Although it’s not the first place people think of when they are thinking about casinos, South Africa is actually home to a bloody ripper. Situated a couple of hours out of Johannesburg, Sun City Casino is hidden in the middle of a huge expanse of bush. It is every bit worth the journey though, as once you uncover this beast you will be confronted by a stunning establishment that not only looks amazing, but of course is jam packed with enough slots and tables for even the most indecisive gambler. Oh, and when you need a break, you can pop outside and go on safari at the resort’s very own private game reserve. You’ll be wondering why you ever even considered going to Las Vegas!
4. Resorts World Sentosa – Singapore
Costing nearly 5 billion dollars to build, you can be sure that the Resorts World Sentosa is every bit as prestigious as any of the big casinos in Las Vegas. With breathtaking views and luxurious rooms ranging from beach villas to tree-top lofts that sit 40 feet above land, there really is accommodation for everyone – however adventurous you’re feeling. Oh, and with 2,400 slots, 500 table games, as well as a water park, theme park and the world’s largest oceanarium on offer, you’ll be glad to have somewhere comfortable to relax after a hard day of gaming at the resort.
5. The Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The Casino de Monte-Carlo will leave you feeling shaken, not stirred. During the 19th century this casino was the playground of European aristocracy. Today you’re more likely to find CEOs and celebrities. You may even recognise the casino from endless number of James Bond films. Class and sophistication are the hallmarks of one Europe’s most glamorous casinos. Grab your tux, because you’ll have the chance to have some fun being 007 even if it’s just for one evening.