Casino resorts have evolved over the years and are now considered to be more than just a casino venue. They are now treated as an entertainment complex with so much to see and do. Here is a list of five cool things to see at casino resorts around the world.
Las Vegas Stratosphere, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower, Las Vegas, USA
The first casino resort on the list is the one that will undoubtedly provide the most breathless attraction. The Stratosphere is iconic across the world for its towering structure that holds a rollercoaster on its rooftop. Yes, you read that correctly. Guests can take a ride on the X-Scream rollercoaster on the top of a roof of the 1,149-foot tower.
There are three other thrill rides at the top of the tallest freestanding tower in the United States including Big Shot, SkyJump Las Vegas, and Insanity. Big Shot is a pneumatically powered thrill ride that is the highest thrill ride in the world. SkyJump Las Vegas is a bungee jump-style thrill ride that sees riders dropped 855 feet under a controlled descent. Insanity is the second highest thrill ride in the world and spins riders around as they are dangled over the edge of the tower high above the Las Vegas Strip.
The Fountains of Bellagio, The Bellagio, Las Vegas, USA
The Bellagio is one of the most renowned casino resorts in the world and so it is only just that it is symbolized by something as extravagant as the Fountains of Bellagio that separates the resort from the Las Vegas Strip. It opened back in 1998 and has wowed guests ever since with its stunning music and light displays.
The fountains operate every half hour between 3pm and 8pm then every 15 minutes until midnight. 1,214 spritzers shoot water out of the 8.5 acre lake up to 460 feet in the air. The displays are often synchronized to music to make for some dazzling performances. Music by Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and even DJ Tiesto has been soundtracked with the fountains over the years.
The Sky Park, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
What the Marina Bay Sands lacks in size, it more than makes up for in extravagance. When it was built it became the second most expensive casino resort in the world at a cost of $5.5 billion and it looks worth every penny on the eye. It comes with 500 casino gaming tables and 2,500 slot machines, but that is not the biggest attraction.
The jewel in the crown at the Marina Bay Sands is the Sky Park. The highlight being the 500-foot infinity pool that gives guests the feeling that they are swimming above the Singapore skyline with its 360-degree views. The observation deck on the Sky Park also gives guests a great view of the Singapore landscape from the Marina South Pier all the way up to the Singapore Strait.
The World Series of Poker, Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, USA
Nothing encapsulates the gambling atmosphere of Sin City more perfectly than the World Series of Poker. Every year, thousands of players congregate on the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to take part in a number of poker events over the course of a month.
The tournament draws to a close with the WSOP Main Event that includes some of the great professional poker players such as Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Siedel, and Phil Ivey. The 2015 WSOP Main Event winner took home a mammoth prize fee of $7,683,346, so it is a great opportunity to watch history unfold in front of your very eyes or even take part if you have the money to buy-in to an event.
LED Dome, The Grand Lisboa, Macau, China
Not many casino resorts around the world are as physically dominant on the skyline as the Grand Lisboa in Macau. Opened in 2007, it is measured at a staggering 856 feet tall. It offers 800 classic casino gaming tables, 1,000 slot machines, and the hotel boasts a 430 guest suite.
It is a venue that is famed for its attractions. The Star of Stanley Ho is permanently on display there and its 218.08 carat diamond is believed to be the biggest cushion shaped flawless d-coloured diamond on the planet. The wine selection also offers 15,000 wines and is one of the largest collections in the world. However, the real stand-out attraction is the largest LED dome in the world that is visually stunning comprising of over a million LED lights that produce some magical displays.