A gluttony of luxury, magic and possibility, casinos around the world are renowned for their ability to transport you to another place through the art of the game. While the best casinos in UK might offer an excellent escape from your comfort of your couch, nothing compares to the real thing. In our search for the world’s most popular casinos it came as no surprise that the US and China dominated the game. Everyone has heard of Vegas in the US but Macau in China has risen in the last 10 years or so to dominate the title of the Vegas of the East playing host to big players such as The Venetian. So whether you’re a sucker for the slot machines, teased by the high-rolling tables or simply there for the ride here is a list of the world’s 5 most popular casino resorts of the last decade where you are guaranteed to gamble your heart away in style.
Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
Perhaps the Godfather of the Las Vegas strip, Caesar’s Palace is undoubtedly one everyone has heard of, or seen, before. It has starred in recent Hollywood blockbusters such as The Hangover, 21, and Iron Man and has been dominating its place on the strip for well over half a century. Pioneering the way in exotic interiors, the roman baths and godlike statues that characterise the Palace have been emulated by some of the most famous casino newcomers around the world and can be experienced by you in their pools and on their casino floor. And with almost 4000 rooms in its hotel, there’s plenty of space for you to stay and explore the heart of Vegas.
The Most Famous
Bellagio, Las Vegas
When you think of casinos you think of Vegas, but when you think of Vegas everyone thinks of the Bellagio. Starring in popular gambler films such as Oceans 11, Oceans 13 and Focus and featuring a breathtaking eight acre man-made lake, the Bellagio is the place to be if you want to immerse yourself in the land of the stars. And it’s not just the casino that makes this place a spectacle; the Bellagio is also host to a conservatory and botanical gardens as well as the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. It is truly somewhere to get lost in.
The Galaxy in Macau tops the leaderboard as the biggest earner in the casino world making an insane $37.4bn in 2019 alone. In the last 3 months of 2019 the hotel occupancy for this resort was virtually 100% making staying there tricky but all the more covetable. And this is no ordinary rise to the top, the Galaxy only opened a mere 9 years ago and it has big plans for future development, including the opening of 2 new hotels.
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, China
Modelled in all it’s Italian inspired glory after its American sister, The Venetian in Macau, China is one of the world’s biggest casinos. Boasting a huge 36 million visits in 2019 alone this casino is popular with gamblers from far and wide and this is no humble brag; in 2019 alone the resort won awards for Leading Hotel Suite in the World Travel Awards Asia and Property of the Year in the Global Gaming Awards. No doubt it’s 362 shops, 61 restaurants and 15,000 arena seats are partly to blame for this resort’s incredible success.
WinStar World Casino – Oklahoma, USA
Opening as recently as 2003 but rising to fame quickly as literally the world’s biggest casino, the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma is nothing short of a beast when it comes to casino resorts. With over 55,000 square meters dedicated to the gambling floor alone and a host of fine-dining restaurants and outdoor live entertainment venues there is plenty to keep you occupied at this luxury and colossal resort.