Casinos today are typically all about one word: BIG. Everything from the buffets, to the attached hotels, to the selection of games, are progressively getting bigger year-after-year as casinos race to continually outdo each other and become the biggest casino in their region (or the world).
At the moment, Macau, China, is indisputably the “big” winner due to its collection of eight of the world’s 10 largest casinos. While we could have made a list simply of the largest casinos from there only, below we have instead compiled a sampling list of some of the world’s other largest casinos (with a few Macau ones still thrown in, of course).
10. Casino Estoril (Lisbon, Portugal)
Square Feet: 26,900
Slot and Table Games: 1,235
Bars and Restaurants: 10
The inspiration for the James Bond novel Casino Royale, southwest Lisbon is home to Europe’s largest casino. In addition to the usual large selection of games and dining options that most mega-casinos have, Estoril has its own art gallery, live music venue, and nightclub that guests can all enjoy after they are done gambling.
9. MGM Grand Las Vegas (Las Vegas, United States)
Square Feet: 171,500
Slot and Table Games: 2,639
Bars and Restaurants: 27
The largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1993, Vegas’ MGM Grand property hosts five pools and lazy rivers that cover 6.5 acres, a convention center, and a 17,000-seat arena in addition to its over 2500 slot machines.
Once famous for its live lion habitat in the casino area, guests can now instead take part in an interactive, crime-solving experience, themed after the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
8. Trilenium Casino (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Square Feet: 180,000
Slot and Table Games: 1,975
Bars and Restaurants: 5
Formerly the Casino de Tigre, the Trilenium Casino in Buenos Aires probably isn’t the largest casino on our list. However, it is the largest casino in South America and features several of the best restaurants in the Tigre province, live music every week, and of course over a thousand slot machines.
7. Crown Casino (Melbourne, Australia)
Square Feet: 220,000
Slot and Table Games: 3,000
Bars and Restaurants: Over 50
Not that it needed any help, but Melbourne’s Crown Casino initially made headlines when actress Rachel Griffiths streaked through the casino on its opening night back in 1997. Today, the Crown makes headlines for being the second-largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere, the home of the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific series, and a 1,500 seat ballrooms that have hosted countless high-profile award shows and other galas.
6. Rio Casino Resort (Klerksdorp, South Africa)
Square Feet: 266,330
Slot and Table Games: 257
Bars and Restaurants: 3
Known as the Tusk Rio Casino and Resort until 2006, Africa’s largest casino was bought and re-named by casino conglomerate Peermont Group as the Rio Casino Resort (no relation to the Vegas casino of the same name). Within two years they had absorbed another nearby hotel and became the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition to the large selection of gaming machines and private high-stakes gambling rooms, the complex includes go-karts, a live entertainment venue, and a children’s arcade.
5. MGM Grand Macau (Macau, China)
Square Feet: 267,000
Slot and Table Games: 1,545
Bars and Restaurants: 8
If you thought that Vegas’ MGM was Grand, wait til you see Macau’s. Built and operated jointly between MGM Resorts and the daughter of Hong Kong business magnate Stanley Ho (aka “The King of Gambling”), this mega-casino features over 250,000 square feet of expansive casino that wraps around two gigantic floors.
Welcoming you to this gambler’s paradise in the Grand’s grand lobby is a 26-foot cylindrical aquarium filled with LED lights, sharks, and over 1,000 other fish:
4. Casino Ponte 16 (Macau, China)
Square Feet: 270,000
Slot and Table Games: 470
Bars and Restaurants: 9
Nestled in Macau’s Rich Inner Harbor, Ponte 16 used to lay claim to offering something that truly no other casino complex in the world did. On display at the casino for several years were 10 different authentic Michael Jackson items, including the rhinestone-decorated glove he wore while moonwalking on television for the first time. While the items have since moved on to other exhibits or been auctioned off, the casino’s MJ gift shop and cafe are still in full operation.
3. Foxwoods Resort Casino (Ledyard, United States)
Square Feet: 340,000
Slot and Table Games: 7,788
Bars and Restaurants: 40
Most are surprised to learn that the largest casino in the United States is not in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, but instead in…Western Connecticut? Actually, a network of six different casinos, the gargantuan complex owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Nation covers more than 9,000,000 square feet and is the home to the WPT World Poker Tour Room, the largest poker room outside of California (and the third-largest in the world).
Big, dynamic, and all-inclusive, Foxwoods offers players “the wonder of it all” across more than 9 million square feet of resort casino action. The ambience at Foxwoods is delineated by rich reds and golds; blue, crimson, and purple neon, and sparkling, reflective brass, crystal, and mirrors. Everything is large and impressive including the progressive slot and the bad beat poker jackpots.
The electrifying casino environment is alive with plenty of ongoing action that includes player favorites such as blackjack, craps, baccarat, and roulette, and more exotic offerings, including Crazy 4 Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, and Spanish 21. Tournament and cash poker are alive and well, bingo and keno are a major draw, and the race book provides continuous action.
If you’re looking for a break from gaming, there’s plenty more to do at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Golf enthusiasts can play on the Rees Jones designed Lake of Isles course, one of the finest in the East Coast. Ranked by Gold Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” it is dramatically beautiful. Also available is an extensive collection of video and pinball games at the Tree House Arcade, bowling at the trendy High Rollers, and historic and natural experiences at the Pequot Museum and Trails. There are plenty of entertainment possibilities too, including comedians, magicians, and recording artists. Recent headliners include Bob Dylan, Foreigner, and Jeff Beck.
Five four-diamond hotels provide a range of accommodations designed to ensure that you are comfortable and secure in every way. Plus, Foxwoods Resort Casino includes more than 25 shops, a welcoming, relaxing, luxurious spa, and a wide range of dining experiences.
Foxwoods Resort Casino has everything a player wants, including 24/7 action, more entertainment experiences than you can imagine, and big jackpots waiting to be won. Surrounded by natural beauty, Foxwoods is a bastion for players who want to be gambling whenever they’d like and who also want to enjoy a refreshing break from gaming.
2. City of Dreams Casino (Macau, China)
Square Feet: 448,000
Slot and Table Games: 1964
Bars and Restaurants: 32
It might take you a lifetime to play on all of City of Dreams’ nearly 2000 different slots and table games, but that’s assuming you can actually make it to the casino floor past the complex’s countless other-diversions. Standing in your way is the largest club in Macau, an immersive LED projection theatre called the Vquarium, and the “House of Dancing Water” show, one of the world’s biggest water-based stage productions, seen by over 2 million since premiering in 2010.
The City of Dreams is a distinctive, mega-cool, premium casino that has everything players desire and more. Big, brash, and vivacious, there’s a whole lot of gaming in its casinos. Along with the primary casino, City of Dreams includes premium gambling opportunities via the exclusive Members Only gaming room and Li Ying VIP experiences in the Sky Gaming lounge. Plus, there’s plenty of high caliber poker action at City of Dreams’ PokerStars Live Manila.
The experience at the City of Dreams is over-the-top as far as action is concerned. The energy on the City of Dreams casino floors is contagious. Included are themed gaming areas, the latest gaming technology, and a rich ambience that’s defined and heightened by stunning decor, brilliant lighting, and upbeat, stimulating music.
If you’re a low to mid stakes player, you won’t be disappointed as there are well over 100 tables ready and waiting for you, and if you are a high roller, you’ll find minimum rates as high as $650 US ($5,000 HK). Along with roulette, craps, baccarat, and blackjack, players can enjoy Pontoon, Baccarat 27, 3 Card Baccarat, and Caribbean Stud Poker. Sic Bo, Texas Hold’em Poker, and Money Wheel are also available.
Luxury and lavishness define the three hotels at City of Dreams. The Crown Towers, Nobu, and Hyatt offer six towers, over 1,400 rooms, and amenities galore. There’s no lack of great dining experiences, which include Ji Xiang Yuan, Golden Pavilion, and Ru Yi Noodles. The City of Dreams also offers one of the entertainment highlights in Macau, House of Dancing Water.
The City of Dreams is an action-packed, dynamic gaming establishment. It’s a fantastic, world-class resort casino with a focus on exciting gaming opportunities, fine customer service, and wonderful entertainment choices.
1. The Venetian Macau (Macau, China)
Square Feet: 546,000
Slot and Table Games: 4200
Bars and Restaurants: 53
Directly opposite the City of Dreams you will find the Venetian Macau, by far the world’s largest casino complex. Not that you would miss it–the 10,500,000 square feet and 39 stories make it the world’s seventh-largest building by floor area. The sister casino of Vegas’ famous casino of the same name, this Venetian includes the same kind of Venice-inspired canal that weaves through much of the complex, but also a theatre custom-built for Cirque du Soleil shows, over 4,000 gambling tables and machines, and a 15,000-seat indoor arena that has housed major music, sport, and television events imaginable of all kinds.
How much exciting action and how many amenities can someone want from a casino resort? The Venetian Casino Resort Macao has tried to answer that question by providing players with the most lavish and supremely outfitted gaming establishment in the world. One important note, this casino resort is not just for adults. It is also very welcoming to families with children. Everything is big at the Venetian, including the hotel that boasts over 3,000 premium guest rooms and suites.
Gaming at the Venetian Macao is a major enterprise, as players have access to low, medium, and high stakes tables and machines. Blackjack, roulette, craps, and baccarat are all available. There is also Sic Bo, Dragon Phoenix, and Fan Tan. There’s also a fine range of poker games. If you’re into exclusivity, you’ll want to consider joining the Paiza Club, which is the Venetian’s VIP club. Private butlers, elevators, and entrances define this high-end gaming area.
The Paiza Club also has its own lounge and restaurants and various private gaming rooms. Rooms are named after major cities in Asia, including Yunnan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. VIP members have access to the club 24/7.
The Venetian setting is expansive, sumptuous, and thriving. Included are the Venetian’s signature gondoliers. They navigate their watercraft along various canals that traverse the Grand Canal Shoppes. At the Grand Canal Shoppes, guests have access to the latest fashions and trends, the best upscale electronic and technological merchandise, and exclusive signature shops. There are over 400 commercial establishments at the Venetian Macao.
Along with gondola rides and shopping, there are plenty of other activities. There is the fully outfitted V Gym where you can get in your strength and conditioning workout. You can also relax at one of four pools, which include 48 cabanas; unwind at the Venetian’s spa; or let the children loose at the kid’s playground. Looking for a break? Take the entire family to the exclusive, finely manicured Grado Mini Golf course for one of the best rounds of miniature golf you’ll ever play. Plus there’s Kids at Venetian, offering a wealth of features, including a 6-meter-tall climbing course with a full-speed slide, numerous rainbow slides, and various net climbing challenges.
The hotel is comprised of various premium rooms and suites. Included are king or queen beds, high speed Internet and Wi-Fi, cable and On-Demand TV, and more. Marble baths with separate showers and tubs, bathrobes and slippers, and complimentary tea and coffee are standard. There are always various types of promotions and packages designed to offer premium experiences at reduced rates, maximum upgrades, and enticing getaways.
Entertainment is first-class at the Venetian Casino Resort Macao. The Venetian Theatre and Cotai Arena are world-class venues capable of hosting the biggest and most technologically advanced shows. Top concert offerings include The Rolling Stones, aMEI Utopia 2016 World Tour, and 2016 Jeff – Love – Light Year Live Concert. Plus, you can enjoy big productions such as Shrek the Musical and Cirque de Soleil’s Zaia.
The Venetian Casino Resort Macao is considered to be the best of the very best. Players love this all-inclusive casino with competitive minimums and plenty of gaming possibilities. This casino resort is a player’s paradise that is also extremely welcoming to families with children.