Good old Vegas. It’s home to some of the most impressive casinos in the world, right? Not necessarily. Yes, from a visual design standpoint, they are definitely impressive. Each property on the strip competes with one another for attention and business, and big money is spent to one-up the competition.
But upon my first trip to Vegas, I noticed one thing. While the casinos were impressive, and while they were definitely not small, they weren’t as big as I thought they would be. I remember my first trip to Planet Hollywood, thinking, “This is it? This is the entire gaming floor? This can’t be.”
While Vegas is unmatched for an experience and choice of casino resort to stay at, the world’s biggest casinos are off the strip. As in way off the strip. As in continents away. Today, we’re looking at the world’s biggest casinos. Join us on our journey (spoiler alert: most of it is spent in China).
No, not that Venetian in Las Vegas. That’s pretty large as far as Las Vegas casinos go, but the Venice-themed casino we’re talking about is the one that looks a lot like its Sin City counterpart, only it happens to be located on the other side of the world. The Venetian Macao, located in Macau, China, features 546,000 square feet of gaming awesomeness. We’re talking 3,000 gaming machines, nearly 900 table games, over two dozen restaurants and bars, and hotel rooms topping 3,000. There’s also tons of live entertainment, four pools to cool off in, and three big shopping areas.
City of Dreams
We’ll stay in Macau, China a bit longer because they do things ginormous over there. The City of Dreams features an impressive 420,000 square feet of entertainment, including 1,350 gaming machines, 520 table games (poker included) and 14 restaurants. With 1,400 hotel rooms, there’s no shortage of spots to lay your head and dream the night away. Though, to be honest, for any casino fan, City of Dreams is a fantasy come true, so we recommend staying awake.
Foxwoods Resorts Casino
You’d think that a casino hotel in Vegas would be the sole US entry on the list of world’s biggest casinos, but that isn’t the case. And you can thank Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Connecticut for that. The Native American casino is the biggest in North America, boasting 340,000 square feet of gambling space alone. The casino actually got its start as a bingo hall but it’s evolved since then. If you want to go, you’ll need some time to sort everything out. There are five hotels and the space is actually comprised of six different casinos.
We left China for a second, but we’re back. Did you miss it? We figured. So let us introduce you to Casino Porte, an architecturally impressive casino property with nearly 270,000 square feet of gaming space. The design is iconic, blending Portuguese-inspired architecture with Chinese design. It’s so awe inspiring that you’ll find non-casino players at this property just there to enjoy the environment.
Rio Casino Resort
Finally, a Las Vegas Casino – and a big one that’s home to the World Series of Poker, right? Wrong. Not that Rio. The Tusk Rio Casino Resort is actually in South Africa, but the logo and theme is very much the same as what you’ll find in Las Vegas, celebrating Carnival in Brazil. Not only is Rio the 5th largest in the world, but it’s the biggest casino in Africa, so it was worth putting on our list.
Think bigger is better? Or do you prefer smaller casinos? Let us know by commenting below. And if you’ve been to any of the top 5 casinos on our list, we’d love to hear about your experience.