Gambling is legal in 48 states, in some capacity. By 2023, the global online gambling market is anticipated to be valued at more than 92.9 billion, according to Statista. Despite the boom in internet gambling, brick and mortar casinos are still attracting players who want the live, in-person experience. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many casinos closed (and some remain closed), which has led to a loss of revenue.
So if you’re considering traveling to one of these destinations, make sure you check early in your planning. From Las Vegas to Monte Carlo, and thousands in between, these cities have some of the best casinos in the world. So whether you’re going to put $5 on red at the roulette wheel, take a look at this gallery to choose your favorite spot.
Located about 35 miles west of Hong Kong, Macau is regarded as Asia's gaming capital. It's referred to as the "Monte Carlo of the East," and rightfully so. The city boasts more than 30 casinos. The Venetian Macau is a re-creation of the Vegas property (but at twice its size).
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Princess Caroline had the idea to open a gambling casino in Monaco. In 1863, her vision became a reality. Since then, Monte Carlo has been considered one of the glitziest gambling establishments.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The strip has turned this casino powerhouse city into much more than slots and table games. Between the main strip and the downtown scene at Fremont street, there are almost endless options for hotels, restaurants and entertainment during your visit.
San Jose, Costa Rica
After a day exploring the museums and parks that San Jose is famous for, visitors can enjoy one of the 40 casinos in Costa Rica, many of which are adjoined to hotels. The most popular game is rummy, the Costa Rican version of blackjack.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Similar to the strip, most of Atlantic City's casinos lie on the boardwalk, a long stretch bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Tourists flock to the beach in the summer and then enjoy the nightlife that A.C. offers. Several casinos also overlook the nearby marina, off the boardwalk.
Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are on everyone's must-see list in London, but tourism doesn't end there. The Hippodrome Casino, located in Leicester Square, is one of the many properties offering slots, tables and nightlife in London.
Located near the Mississippi River, Tunica's popularity and economy has grown since gambling was introduced in 1990. Gamers come from near and far to enjoy the offerings at Hollywood Casino, Horseshoe Casino, Gold Strike casino, and more.
Despite many closures in recent years, visitors are making use of the casinos that are still up and running. You can try your hand at Le Multicolore (better known as roulette). If slots are more your speed, you'll have to travel about seven miles outside of the city to Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains & Hotels, shown here.
Marina Bay, Singapore
Although there there are only two casinos in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Casino is one of the biggest in the world. The luxury hotel and rooftop infinity pool entices visitors who are looking for a truly unique experience.
Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana
Ever gambled on a riverboat? The casinos in Louisiana offer this experience, as well as table games slots, fine dining and buffets. The casinos along Louisiana's northern rivers offer another fun activity after a day at the aquarium, museums and breweries.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
After a day swimming in the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, what better way to unwind than a night out? Two of the largest casinos in the Caribbean, Baha Mar and Atlantis, are located within hotels of the same name.
St. Louis, Missouri
Don't miss the Gateway Arch in St. Louis—or the casinos! There are six popular casinos located in and near St. Louis for gamblers to enjoy in the Midwest. Located on the banks of the Missouri River, the Ameristar is the area's largest casino.
Located in the downtown area of the capital city, Wind Creek Aruba (formerly known as Crystal Casin0) is situated in the Renaissance Aruba hotel. There are 12 casinos in Aruba, which has often been referred to as the "Las Vegas of the Caribbean."
With five casinos in Melbourne, the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex is one of the most popular spots in the area. Located on the south bank of the Yarra River, the mega-resort has three hotels, 37 restaurants, a bowling center, arcade and more.
Niagara Falls, Canada
With more than 80 casinos across the entire country of Canada, Quebec and Ontario have the most gaming venues. Canada's betting industry is estimated to generate over $15.5 billion per year, according to casino.org. We're partial to the Fallsview Casino Resort, which boasts amazing views of Niagara Falls.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
There are three popular casinos in San Juan, located in La Concha Resort, Sheraton Puerto Rico and Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort. Aside from the beaches, nightclubs and bars, the casinos are one more spot for visitors to see in the capital city.
Jennifer is a freelance writer/editor covering entertainment, lifestyle, travel and health. When she's not working, she's watching Broadway musicals and applying to be a game show contestant
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