5 Casinos You Must Add To Your Bucket List
Chances are, when you think of the word ‘casino’, it calls to mind images of glitz, glamour, decadence and bright lights. From the razzle-dazzle of the Las Vegas strip to the sophistication of some of Europe’s longest-standing casinos, here are 5 casinos that any discerning gambler will want to visit during their lifetime.
The Venetian, Las Vegas, USA
In the kind of extravagant artifice that could only exist in Las Vegas, The Venetian (as the name might suggest) models itself on the Italian city of Venice, complete with replicas of the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Campanile. When you’re not marvelling at the sheer spectacle of the thing or taking a gondola ride down the hotel’s ‘canals’, the 120,000 square foot gambling arena is sure to have more than enough to keep you busy.
Casino Baden-Baden – Baden-Baden, Germany
The spa town of Baden-Baden is nestled on the south-west border of Germany, and is home to one of the world’s oldest casinos, established over 200 years ago in the early 1800s. Thanks to the work of Edouard Benazet, the gambling halls of the casino still drip with traditional elegance even today, though a range of 130 pokies add a somewhat more modern touch to proceedings. As is befitting such a location, formal dress is required – but never fear, the casino will happily hire you a suit if you forgot to pack your tux.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA
The opulence of Caesars Palace makes it almost obligatory to visit if you’re in Las Vegas, with its all-pervasive ancient Roman theme being a feast for the senses – and speaking of feasting, it’s got more restaurants than you could possibly hope for, including one conceptualised by celebrity sheff Gordon Ramsey. It’s also notable for its history of musical entertainment throughout the years, from Frank Sinatra in the 60s to Elton John’s current residency. Of course, you’re here for the games, and Caesars Palace can provide, with nearly 130,000 square feet of gaming space.
Sun City Casino, South Africa
With aerial shots of the Sun City Resort making it look like some sort of lost African jungle palace, the resort’s two well-equipped casinos are just one reason to make a trip. Four unique hotels, two water parks, and two golf courses are among the other attractions on offer – the live crocodiles in the 13th hole of the Lost City Golf Course bring a new meaning to the words ‘water hazard’. If you’d rather stick to gambling with just your money, then the ‘Jungle Casino’ offers over 250 pokies, while the larger Sun City Hotel Casino has more than 330 slots and numerous tables for card games and roulette.
Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monaco has always been a haven for celebrities and the very rich alike, so it stands to reason that it would house one of the world’s greatest casinos. Expanded multiple times during the 19th Century and including work by Charles Garnier, designer of the Paris Opera, the neoclassical ‘Beaux-Arts’ architecture of the building is an impressive sight to behold. James Bond fans may also recognise the casino from movies such as Goldeneye (IMDB link – http://www.imdb.co.uk/title/tt0113189/), and the building provided inspiration for Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s very first James Bond book. Inside, you’ll find a wide variety of card and roulette games as well as Europe’s largest collection of pokies – over 1000 in total. This even challenges the record as far as Intertops’ pokies online is concerned!
Of course, jet-setting to all these luxurious locations takes time, but that doesn’t mean that the games have to stop, thanks to online casinos. Had a lucky streak at one of these casinos? Perhaps you can continue it while you travel to the next one!