Casinos are often built near or combined with hotels, restaurants, cruise ships and tourist attractions. It is thought that the first ever legal casino opened in Baden, Austria in 1765 and since then they have become popular around the world. One of the most famous casino hot-spots on earth is the Las Vegas Strip, Clark County, Nevada.
The first ever casino to appear along the strip was the Pair-o-Dice Club and since then many more have opened their doors to the public and closed again. Here are the 10 coolest casinos in the world:
1. M Resort Casino, Las Vegas
Located near the Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort Casino is part of the larger M Resort Hotel where everyone can play, from high stakes poker to low stakes blackjack. The casino is an impressive 92,000-square-feet.
2. Marina Sands Bay Casino, Singapore
The Marina Sands Bay Casino in Singapore at this moment is the only casino you will find in the country as gambling has only recently been legalised. Even placed amongst hundreds of other casinos it would stand out for its three story high complex featuring a unique design that is inspired by playing cards.
3. Foxwoods Resort Casino – Connecticut, USA
The Foxwoods Resort Casino features 4.7 million square feet of gaming space with over 380 tables with games such as Blackjack, Poker and Roulette. It also has an entire floor dedicated to arcade games for the youngsters.
4. Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay offers more than just gaming. It's got a premiere shopping boutiques and a giant artificial reef filled with sharks that you can even go diving in - but it your looking to get your thrills from gaming you can enjoy the 135,000-square-foot tropical-themed gaming area where you can play table games, visit the beach casino area and also dip your toes into Mandalay Bay's wave-simulated waters... the sharks aren't in this section though, so don't worry.
5. Venetian Macao, China
This mega casino is the largest in the world and the seventh largest building in the world with a mind blowing 10,500,000-square-feet of floor space. It is also the largest single structure building in Asia.
6. Casino di Venezia, Venice
The Casino di Venezia in Venice is the worlds oldest casino and gaming house still in operation. Inaugurated in 1638 its best gaming tables are given to the pros however there are 600 slot machines for those interested in a less formal way of having fun.
7. Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco
This is a casino with some strict rules, and no locals allowed. If you are a citizen of Monaco you aren’t allowed on the premises, but if you are a tourist however you are welcome in. The government owns a share in this casino and it generates a healthy source of income for them.
8. Grand Lisboa, Macau, China
The Grand Lisboa casino in China is part of a hotel complex that has 58 floors and is the tallest building in Macau, China. Opened in 2007, the casino has 800 gaming tables and 1,000 slot machines. The hotel came along a year later. As you can see, it’s a pretty spectacular building architecturally.
9. Bellagio, Las Vegas
Bellagio in Las Vegas is owned by MGM Resorts and is most famous for its fountains that you will probably recognise from films such as The Hangover and Ocean’s 11. The casino is known for the high stakes gamblers it attracts, with its poker room that they call “The Office.”
10. MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas
Located in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand Casino boasts 175,000 square feet of casino floor space. The MGM Hotel Casino is actually the second largest hotel in the world by number of rooms. It has 2,500 slot machines and a state of the art sports betting section that features 60 plasma televisions, so you’ll never miss a goal again.
Oh and up until 2012 it had a glass lion enclosure with 6 lions right in the middle of the casino. Seriously cool!