Casinos are now more than just places where people come to gamble on their favourite classic table games and slots. They are mini-cities where people can stay in a hotel, experience spa treatments, eat, drink, and shop. These super structures are buzzing hubs of social activity but which ones are the biggest in the world?
The Venetian Macao, Macau, China
The largest casino ever built in the world is the Venetian Macao that possesses a gaming area that covers 550,000 square feet of space. The 39 storey building was developed by Las Vegas Sands and was officially opened back in 2007. It was modelled on its sister resort in Las Vegas and has dominated the Macau landscape ever since its opening.
There are 3,400 slots, 800 classic casino gaming tables, and a 15,000 iconic entertainment venue called The Cotai Arena. Its gaming area is split into four areas named Golden Fish, Imperial House, Phoenix, and Red Dragon. Not only is the casino the biggest one of its kind in the world but the resort also boasts the largest hotel building in the Asian continent.
City of Dreams, Macau, China
In second place on the list is yet another Macau-based casino in the form of the City of Dreams. This is a 420,000 square feet gaming area within a resort that redefined casino construction when it was built back in 2009. It is located on the Cotai Strip and was the inspiration for the City of Dreams, Manila resort that was opened in 2015.
This casino is owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, the name behind other venues such as Studio City in Macau. The casino offers 1,514 gaming tables and 450 casino gaming tables. The resort hosts a number of attractions such as the Vquarium, the Bubble Fountain, and the Dancing Water Theatre. There is also a total number of 1,400 hotel rooms across the resort with retail space, restaurants, and entertainment venues. That said before venturing into a “palace” like this you may want to follow the path other other players who practice their gambling skills before stepping into City of Dreams by trying out casino games for free on mobile apps. This strategy seems to have become immensely popular so you don’t end up broke after your first night there!
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut, USA
It is a surprise entry at number three in the form of the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. Astounding that it appears on this list ahead of any Las Vegas or Singapore casino. It is quite a magnificent venue that has a gaming area that covers over 344,000 square feet in its location on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Reservation. It is also a veteran on the casino scene having been initially opened back in 1986.
The casino holds more than 380 gaming tables on its casino floor with 4,700 slot machines. Players can bet on a range of classic games such as blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette. The expansion of the Fox Tower is the reason for the resort being considered one of the largest in the world. It has 1,400 slot machines and 53 gaming tables. It was opened in 2008 as the MGM Grand at Foxwoods but relations between Foxwoods and MGM Grand broke down and the MGM Grand name was removed in 2013.
Casino Ponte 16, Macau, China
The Casino Ponte 16 in Macau is one of the only casinos in the world to hold the title of being situated on a UNESCO World Heritage site. This status has seen it become an attractive landmark in the Chinese enclave and draws in players not only for its casino gaming but due to the fact it is an historic centre of Macau.
Covering 270,000 square feet in gaming space, Casino Ponte 16 includes 320 slot machines and 150 casino gaming tables. It has 450 hotel rooms and a wealth of restaurants and bars. Despite being a fair size smaller than some of the other behemoths on this list it remains one of the largest casino resorts in the world and is up there as being one of the most visually stunning gambling venues in Asia.
Tusk Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp, South Africa
The final entry on this list is another shock inclusion ahead of some of the more prestigious and high-profile casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Tusk Rio Casino Resort is the solitary venue from South Africa on this list but it is some structure that they have built all the way down in the southern hemisphere.
It was officially opened back in 2002 and comes with 266,000 square feet of gaming space that includes 12 classic casino gaming tables and 257 slot machines. It is a venue that got its name after being built after the famous Rio Carnival. The resort has since used the event as inspiration for its design and it essentially uses the carnival atmosphere as its theme. The hotel, dining areas, and entertainment venues add a vibrancy to the resort that makes it not only one of the biggest casinos in the world but also one of the most exciting.