Think all casinos are created equal? Think again. Sure, they all have table games, slots, video poker machines, bars, and restaurants (or at least the good ones do). But some casinos rise above the competition with impressive tourist attractions beyond anything you’ve experienced. Today, we’re taking you on a world tour through some of the most exciting casino destinations and things to see that don’t even involve gambling.
The World Series of Poker
One of the biggest spectacles in the world happens from late May through late July in Las Vegas. We’re talking about the World Series of Poker, which is now in full swing. There are dozens of events to play in, with all of them awarding bracelets to the winners. But the big show is the Main Event, which gets underway in mid-July. If you’re in Las Vegas, make your way over to the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino.
It’s located off the strip and while it appears close, you’re better off cabbing it from your hotel or taking an Uber because that trek across the freeway overpass can be treacherous. And hot. In mid-July, the temperatures can easily reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, sometimes climbing as high as 110. The last time I was in Vegas in the summer, I purchased a cold bottle of water from the Starbucks at Planet Hollywood. By the time we reached Caesars Palace, which is pretty much across the street and over one hotel, the bottle of water was lukewarm.
But when you get to the Rio, it’s pretty cool. The casino keeps the air pumping at a lower temperature than most days. That’s expected given the 2,000+ people on the tournament floor on each of the Day 1 flights, not to mention all the spectators. The WSOP Main Event attracts more than 7,000 players each year, so they like to keep those people comfortable.
If you’re a poker fan, you’ll love seeing some of your heroes. All the big names come out to play in the Main Event, including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and pretty much everyone you can and can’t name.
Not a poker fan? It doesn’t matter. The World Series of Poker attracts a number of big name celebrities. Past players have included Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Tilly, Ben Affleck, Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, and other big names.
Zip lining at The Rio
While you’re at The Rio watching the WSOP, take in the zip line that runs across the two Rio towers. It’s like zip lining through the jungle, only instead of a jungle of trees and vines, it’s a jungle of cars and drunk pedestrians. The good news is that you can zip line any time of year. If you can’t make it for the World Series of Poker, don’t sweat it. The zip line is open during all months of the year.
Fountains at Bellagio
One of the most expensive and opulent hotels on the strip is The Bellagio. But you don’t have to stay there to enjoy the view. Right outside the hotel, directly on the strip, sits the Bellagio Fountains. Every day on the half hour, the Bellagio Fountains dance in sync with a breathtaking soundtrack.
If you’re staying at The Bellagio in a room that overlooks the fountains, your TV is equipped with a channel that plays the accompanying soundtrack. This way, you can enjoy The Bellagio Fountains in your pajamas (or even without any if that’s your thing) without having to set foot outside—always a good idea after a heavy night of drinking.
Grand Lisboa LED Dome
Every city has an iconic tower that really makes its skyline. In Toronto, it’s the CN Tower. In Paris, The Eifel Tower. Chicago has the Willis Tower, which used to be the Sears Tower (and the Hancock Tower is equally as iconic). And while not a tower per se, Sydney has its famous Opera House. And Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia, is no different. There, you’ll find the LED Dome at the Grand Lisboa Casino. It’s quite the sight, especially at night, with the LED display displaying all the glitz, glamor, and wealth that Macau is known for.
Serpent Slide at Atlantis
Casinos generally offer a rush of adrenaline. That happens when your bankroll jumps up and drops down. And it’s normal to hear screams at the Craps and Roulette tables when people win big, regardless of how much money might be on the table.
But it’s what happens outside of the casino floor that will really raise the hair on the back of your neck. Atlantis in Nassau has an amazing casino and is the home of a major Caribbean poker tournament. But it’s also the home of an amazing waterpark. And the absolute best ride you need to jump on is the Serpent Slide. The ride takes you on a number of twists and turns at an incredibly fast rate, but when the slide slows down, that’s when your heartbeat will race. The ride ends with a slow stroll through a glass tube where sharks are literally inches away.
Exciting times away
At Silver Oak Casino, you won’t find fancy waterslides. There are no impressive fountains, no LED domes, no famous celebrities or poker players to see. And you can’t exactly zip line while playing, unless you happen to have a zip line course at your house. But Silver Oak Casino does have one up on the competition. Silver Oak Casino comes to you.
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