The world’s best casino destinations

12/08/2012

If you like gambling every now and then and are an ardent traveler as well, this one is for you. There are myriad world-class casinos out there, so you don’t have to restrict yourself to Las Vegas. Of course, it goes without saying that Vegas is the hub of all things casino- but you can always spread your wings and expand your horizons to indulge in a bit of fun.

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Here are the world’s top five casino destinations (apart from Las Vegas), in no particular order:

 

  • Cruise ships- You read that right. Luxury liners and their five-star casinos have many millionaire and billionaire patrons, and for good reason. Playing in an extravagant atmosphere is one thing, but doing so on the high seas is a whole other ball game.
  • Macau: Macau’s The Wynn, Grand Lisboa, and The Venetian hotels feature in almost all best casino lists, and that is no surprise. Macau is the gambling capital of the world, and more money is spent in this tiny administrative region of China than in Las Vegas. It is the pick of many casino enthusiasts due to its addictive blend of old world European charm and a modern, gambling-friendly atmosphere.
  • Monaco: Monaco is the pick of the crème de la crème of society and another top destination for gambling aficionados. It is home to Casino de Monte Carlo, the world’s oldest casino. This tiny nation’s economy is almost entirely dependent on Formula One and the gambling industry, and what’s more- it is a tax haven.
  • Aruba: The pick of many Hollywood stars as a holiday destination, Aruba, nestled in the Caribbean, is home to several five-star hotels and resorts. The Renaissance gets special mention as a gambling hotspot since it is open 24/7, which means you can play as and when you want.
  • Atlantic City: Often overshadowed by its bigger cousin, Las Vegas, Atlantic City in New Jersey is one of the most casino-friendly destinations of all time. An island city devoted entirely to leisure, business, and gambling, Atlantic City is home to topnotch casino complexes such as The Borgata, Trump Taj Mahal, and Tropicana. It is also the city which inspired the world’s most popular board game, Monopoly.