The growth of the gambling industry has resulted in some very impressive buildings around the world and it seems that every major operator is looking to take things to new levels every year. If you are looking to play in a casino, the recommendation is to opt for one of the biggest and best in the world, with the top 10 being the ideal place to start.
Surprisingly enough, most of the biggest online casinos in the world are not located in Las Vegas. Instead, Macau leads in this field and is really the place to check out amazing buildings created around simple gambling games and the entertainment side of things that come with them. Without any further additions, the list starts off with the tenth biggest casino and builds its way up to the biggest of them all:
10. Casino Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal
With the gaming surface of 165,000 square feet, Casino Lisboa located in the Park of the Nations in Lisbon is a great way to start the list. It is one of the big landmarks in the capital city of Portugal and it is also the largest casino in Europe.
It first opened its doors to the public in 2006 and it is owned by Estoril-Sol, with a sister casino by the same name in Macau. Stanley Ho, gambling mogul from Hong Kong, owns a big part of the company and it certainly has some elements from the gambling capital of the world incorporated in its design and styling.
The story of Casino Lisboa is not without some controversy as the idea which first came to life in 2001 was not met with open arms when the mayor at the time proposed it. While the idea was to use the luxurious casino to help rebuild the theater district in the city, there were concerns about it being located in a big urban center and not in a tourist area. Granting younger citizens access to gambling games was considered to cause issues but the plans finally went through a year later and the result was very impressive.
There are 4,100 gaming machines available in the casino, with 285 tables throughout the rooms. The casino also has its own hotel with 2,002 rooms and 17 restaurants and bars.
9. MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA
MGM is one of the most popular gambling brands in the world and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has become iconic in the industry. It has a playing surface of 170,000 square feet and it is located in a prime space on The Strip. The entire resort is very large and pretty much takes most of the northeast corner of the busiest intersection in the city. Several updates have been made to the design and the entertainment options of the MGM Grand.
The large hotel in the background and its green lighting makes it very easy to notice and then there is the large golden lion waiting at the entrance. It has made a name for itself as being an entertainment destination for various shows at the Grand Garden Arena which can host 16,000 seated guests. It is also worth mentioning that it is the place where the production of Cirque du Soleil takes place.
It is certainly a recommended choice for many reasons. As for the casino part of the resort, there are 2,300 gaming machines and 20 tables for games to go along with the 5,044 hotel rooms.
8. Sands Macao in Macau, China
The first casino on the list from Macau is Sands Macao with a surface of 229,000 square feet. Sheldon Adelson opened this casino on the Cotai Strip in Macau as the first introduction of Sands in the gambling hub of China. The doors were first opened in 2004 and it quickly became one of the top destinations in the world, attracting thousands of players, mostly from the mainland.
Only 750 gaming machines are available but this is mostly due to the fact that Macau casinos tend to focus more on table games and so Sands Macao has 1,000 tables available on its floor. The hotel is quite small and only has 51 rooms, while there are 7 restaurants and bars available.
7. MGM Grand in Macau, China
While the Las Vegas destination was impressive, The MGM Grand Macau resort is certainly bigger at 221,952 square feet. The brand maintains its luxurious appeal from Las Vegas but also integrates the local design with quite a few touches in the styling. Its large surface takes up the corner for a major intersection and nicely lights up the streets with its golden hints. In the back, the hotel tower of 35 levels can be seen and here are almost 600 rooms and villas available, as well as a large casino and even private salons for special customers.
The list of facilities can go on for quite a while for the casino resort which opened in 2007. 835 machines can be found on the floor of the casino and 410 tables join them for various card games and more. Players can choose between 12 restaurants and bars at which to relax between gambling sessions.
6. Tusk Rio Casino in Klerksdorp, South Africa
Moving to South Africa, we have the sixth entry on our list with the Tusk Rio Casino Resort. Located in Klerksdorp, this destination has been styled after the very popular Rio Carnival and provides a colorful approach to casino games, while making sure tourists get to experience the local flavor. It is of course a fully functional first class resort with various types of entertainment and options for all players.
In fact, the casino is separated to offer non-smoking and smoking floors when at the slot machines, of which there are 257 in total. While the space is of 266,300 square feet, the number of options is actually a bit limited as there are only 12 tables available. Two restaurants and bars cater to the customers with glamorous and exotic choices.
5. Casino Porte in Macau, China
At 270,000 square feet, Casino Porte is one of the most iconic casinos in Macau and it has a unique design inspired by the gambling hub and its cultural pluralism which resulted from Chinese companies and foreign operators. There are certainly some elements taken from the big casinos in Las Vegas but the buildings are not without their own flair.
The casino is also known as Ponte 16 and it offers 320 machines and 150 tables for players to enjoy. Visiting tourists can stay at the hotel which has 423 rooms and enjoy delicious foods at the three restaurants and bars. It is the only hotel located in the inner harbor of the city and part of the Historic Center in Macau. Casino Porte stands out on its large surface with two rows of towering buildings on the sides and a large venue in the middle, also going out in front. It is a site to behold and the destination of thousands of visitors every year.
4. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut
A surprise entry on the top list is not from Las Vegas or from Macau. Instead, the US state of Connecticut is home to one of the largest casinos in the world. Foxwoods Resort Casino may not look that big when first seeing it but the hotel-casino resort covers 340,000 square feet; making it more than worthy of our number four spot.
Compared to other casinos, the design is certainly a lot more traditional and not so flashy but the fact that the entire resort is surrounded by green forests give it a unique appeal. The white buildings with the blue rooftops easily stand out and welcome players from all over the world. The resort actually began its activity back in 1986 as a bingo hall and then grew in 1992 to a much more complex stature for all gambling games. There are 7,000 gaming machines to check out and 400 tables at which to take a seat.
For those looking for a night in luxury, there are actually two hotels on the resort for a total of 824 rooms and 29 bars and restaurants.
3. City of Dreams in Macau, China
A landmark that perfectly captures the essence of Macau and acts as an iconic destination for countless players. The City of Dreams resort in Macau is certainly an impressive location as it stands on 420,000 square feet. It is composed of several buildings, each taller than the other, with large glass panels and a lighting design to make the night sky bright every time. Its stature is very impressive and easily gets noticed, even in the gambling capital of the world, and its contemporary design resembles some of the modern creations in Las Vegas.
For playing casino games, there are 1,350 machines and 520 tables, while the entertainment options are almost limitless across the large halls and stages. There are 1,400 hotel rooms on the complex and 14 restaurants with only the finest services money can buy.
The City of Dreams is mostly marketed towards young couples and single players looking to enjoy the best of what Macau has to offer and chase their dreams at the tables or along with the spinning reels.
2. WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma, United States
As we get close to the top, the numbers get very impressive and the runner up to the title of world’s biggest casino is WinStar World Casino and Resort. Located near the border between Oklahoma and Texas, this complex covers 519,000 square feet and it can certainly give the casinos in Macau and Las Vegas a run for their money.
A huge expansion project took place in August 2013 which made the resort what it is today and added a second hotel tower and a new casino attached to it. As a result, the WinStar Casino is now the largest land-based casino in the United States if we consider the size of the gaming floor, where it hosts 7,400 machines and 122 tables.
The main casino complex has 1395 hotel rooms across its three towers and there are also an additional 100 rooms found in the WinStar Inn, which is located offsite. As for its design, the outside of the resort was made to resemble different iconic buildings from around the world, while the inside shows off various artistic styles as a home for luxury.
1. The Venetian Macao in Macau, China
Finally, the biggest of the biggest and arguably the most iconic name on the list is The Venetian Macao. Located in Macau, it has become synonymous to extravagancy in the gambling capital of the world and leads the way in various categories. It covers 546,000 square feet and provides 870 tables, along with 3,000 gaming machines in order to cater to the huge number of tourists it gets every year.
It is located on the Coastal Strip and is owned by Las Vegas Sands. Inside we can find three vast shopping areas, 24 large restaurants and even gondola rides. Since the resort took more than a few styling hints from Venice, it actually looks like the city built on more than one hundred small islands and canals.
The glamour level is at an all-time high at The Venetian Macao and the complex has 1,400 hotel rooms welcoming the many, many visitors who come from around the world to see what it has to offer.