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Gambling Space – the 8 largest casinos in the world

When it comes to the world of gambling, not all casinos are created equal. Gambling institutions have come a long way since the dusty saloons of the 1800s or the European gambling houses of the 1600s. Questionable liquor has been replaced with top shelf drinks. Can-can girls and piano players have morphed into world-class shows with production values in the millions of dollars. That’s not to say that smaller, quainter casinos do not still exist. In fact, with over 1,000 casinos in the United States alone, it’s fair to say that smaller casinos make up the bulk of that number. However, this website is not here to discuss the small, forgettable casino; this website is dedicated to the biggest casinos in the world.

Below is a list of the eight biggest casinos across the globe. These casinos aren’t just found in Las Vegas; countries as far as China and South Africa are home to mega-casinos that bring in millions of dollars every year. When searching for a place to win some cash and blow off some steam, why not take it up to the next level by checking out one of these behemoth casinos. Sometimes the old adage is true —bigger is better.

Even though it’s coming in at the last slot on our list, this casino is by no means underwhelming. With almost 16,000 square meters, the MGM Grand is the biggest casino is Las Vegas, and the second biggest casino in the United States. The casino boasts over 2,300 slot machines and 20 card tables. And, like all of the casinos on our list, it’s so much more than just a casino. The complex also includes over 5,000 hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, and shopping. If the endless options of gambling games happens to wear you out, the MGM Grand is known for its magnificent live entertainment.

Number seven on our list is another MGM Grand. But, instead of being in Las Vegas, this one is across the world in Macau, China, and instead of a mere 16,000 square meters, this casino has 20,600. There are slightly fewer slot machines at this location —around 853. But, they have 410 poker and card game tables. In addition to slot machines and card tables, private gaming rooms are also available. Much like the MGM Grand of Las Vegas, the MGM Grand of Macau offers hotel accommodations, entertainment, and fine dining.

Macau, China is a hot bed of gambling and casinos, so it’s not surprising that it makes an appearance on our list multiple times. Number six is the Sands Macau. This casino barely beat out the MGM Grand Macau —coming in 21,200 square meters. Despite coming in one rank higher, the hotel component of the Sands Macau is much smaller than its MGM competition. The Sand Macau has only 51 hotel rooms for its guests compared to the MGM’s 500 plus. But, what the Sands Macau lacks in accommodations, it more than makes up for in game options. The casino at the Sands Macau has 750 slot machines and a whopping 1,000 poker and card game tables. When you inevitable work up an appetite from all of your gambling, there are seven different restaurants for you to choose from, all with well-stocked bars.

A number of traditional land based casino operators are starting to move into the online arena for the first time.  This is hardly surprising given the popularity of mobile and tablet devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Google Android compatible smartphones as well as fast internet speeds over Wi-Fi and 4G networks.  Whilst mobile casinos offer convenience, nothing can really match the excitement, buzz and atmosphere of a fully equipped casino. Added to this is the fact that online gambling in the USA remains a restricted activity thanks to the UIEGA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006).

When one thinks of places to go for a gambling get away, places such as Las Vegas or Macau pop into the brain. It’s unlikely that the country of South Africa would even cross your mind. But, being home to the fifth biggest casino in the world, you may need to keep this country on your radar. The Tusk Rio of Klerkdorp, South Africa comes in at 24,000 square meters. It has 257 slot machines and 12 poker and card tables. There are even private rooms available for guests willing to spend a little extra. Based off of the Carnival Festival in Brazil, the Tusk Rio has a huge range of activities in addition to gambling, including dining, live entertainment, and even golf carts!

Number four on our list is yet another casino hailing from Macau, China. The Ponte 16 barely makes by coming in at 25,000 square meters. The Ponte 16 offers 320 slot machines and 150 poker and card tables. Much like the MGM casinos, the Ponte 16 is a much a hotel as it is a casinos. It has 420 hotel rooms and three restaurants. One unique aspect of the Ponte 16 that it’s other Macau counterparts are lacking is its location. The Ponte 16 is the only casino located on Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The United States makes an appearance on our list for its second and final time. The Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut comes in at a staggering 31,500 square meters. With over 7,000 slot machines and 400 card game tables, you will be hard pressed to find a game that doesn’t tickle your fancy. The card tables offer a wide variety of games such as poker, roulette, and blackjack. This massive complex houses over 2,000 hotel room along with a plethora of dining options (including the Hard Rock Café) as well as entertainment options.

Number two on our list of largest gambling spaces is the City of Dreams in Macau, China. This casino boasts 39,000 square meters of casino floor space. It offer guests over 1,000 slot machines and 520 poker and card game table options. Apart from the casino area, the hotel has 1,400 rooms made up from four separate hotel towers —The Hard Rock Hotel, The Crown Towers Hotel and the Grand Hyatt Macau. In addition to having four hotels and a massive amount of gambling space, City of Dreams houses 20 restaurants and over 200 retail stores.

The honor of our number one slot goes to the Venetian Macao, in Macau, China. It has a tremendous gambling space of 51,000 square meters, and the 51,000 square meters is put to good use. The Venetian Macao has an astounding 3,000 slot machines and 870 poker and card game tables. The massive casino area is divided into four separate gaming sections: Golden Fish, The Imperial House, Red Dragon, and Phoenix. The amount of gambling space at the Venetian Macao is impressive in its own right, but the added perks outside of gambling take this complex to the next level. The hotel offers over 3,000 rooms, three gigantic shopping malls, and four swimming pools. If shopping or a dip in the pool isn’t enough to entice you, then maybe a ride on a gondola on their indoor river will sway you to visit this incredible gambling complex.

There you have it —the eight largest casinos the world has to offer. Gambling space and entertainment space are two crucial factors in a guest’s overall experience. You don’t want to travel across the country or across the globe just to get to a lackluster casino. You want to go somewhere that’s guaranteed to amaze you with not only size, but also amenities. Whether you’re a gambling enthusiast who wants the best of the best, or a novice who wants a wide variety of options, any of these destinations are guaranteed to give you an experience you won’t soon forget. Why waste your time going to a tiny casino with limited options? If you’re putting forth the effort to have a wonderful vacation, you shouldn’t settle for anything but the best. There’s a saying that applies perfectly to our love of big casinos —go big or go home.