Before you read on, let me be clear. I’m not going to provide you with a list of the hottest online casinos. That would be silly. We all know that Silver Oak Casino is hands down the best Internet gambling site on the planet.

And even if there were better casinos (there aren’t) management isn’t going to approve a blog that promotes rival sites (but really, the rivals just don’t stack up).

So what’s this all about? Well, if you’re like me, you’ve got your favorite game. For me, it’s Blackjack. And I don’t care if I play it online at Silver Oak Casino, live in a small home game with friends (yes, we sometimes alternate between poker and Blackjack), or at a Las Vegas casino. As long as I’m playing it, I’m happy.

And that’s why I don’t just play at online casinos. I play live. I’m a bit of a travel nut, so I’ve been fortunate to visit some incredible cities that are home to really amazing casinos. Here are my faves:

Wynn – Macau

You would think I’d start with a Vegas casino. And I sort of did. After all, when you think Wynn, you think Las Vegas Blvd. But while I’m talking Wynn, I’m referring to the property in Macau. It’s pretty much a carbon copy of the Vegas property, featuring the same color scheme inside and outside. And it’s a high roller’s paradise, featuring high-end shops like Gucci, Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton, plus highs takes game to help you win enough cash to buy something amazing.

Venetian/Palazzo – Las Vegas

This is by far my favorite casino in Las Vegas. While Bellagio and Wynn are a close second and third, I love the attention to detail of the Venetian and the high-end feel of Palazzo. Together, these two properties offer some incredible casino action.

Monte Carlo – Monaco

No, I’m not talking about the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas where famed magician Lance Burton holds his show. I’m talking about something much more magical. The famed Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco is the place for high rollers to be seen. The private rooms require a jacket for entry, and in the regular gaming rooms no shots or flip-flops are permitted. Basically, dress to impress. And bring cash. There’s a 10-euro entry fee.

Any casino in Aruba

OK, so Aruba isn’t exactly famous for its high-end, upscale casinos. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll find lots of great casinos on the island. Most hotels have them. But the average size tends to be about 8,000 square feet, not the 100,000+ behemoths you see elsewhere. So why is Aruba on our list? Because there’s nothing quite like doubling down at the Blackjack table, winning at poker, and then walking a few feet to an incredibly warm ocean. Aruba is home to some unbelievable beaches and I can’t think of a better destination that combines gambling and the ultimate in relaxation.

Simon

Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.