You can call me a casual casino-goer. I enjoy the occasional black jack and craps game. It’s rare that I win anything but sometimes I do. After a recent trip to Las Vegas as part of my Utah and Arizona adventures, I started to think about all the awesome casinos in the US.
There are a ton of fun things to do in the US and as a Canadian visitor, one trip that is always at the forefront of our minds is Las Vegas. Whether it’s for a bachelor/bachelorette party, part of a road trip, family trip or for something like UFC, there’s really something for everyone in Vegas. In terms of casinos, all the most well known ones can be found here.
This time we stayed at the Doubletree Tropicana with the help of my Priceline strategy.
One of the largest casinos to visit in the city of Las Vegas is the MGM Grand. Located on the Vegas Strip, the casino is also part of a larger complex which includes a hotel. The hotel is unique as it is the second largest in the world. When it first opened, it was the largest hotel. The grounds include five pools, manmade rivers and waterfalls that cover almost 7 acres. Shops have also been included which provides top of the line shopping.
And then there are other new resorts like Cosmopolitan, Vdara and Aria which have really stepped up their game in terms of providing a luxurious and trendy experience.
What about the east coast?
The Foxwoods Casino used to hold the distinction of being the largest casino found anywhere in the United States. Unlike what many might think, this casino is not located in the gambling city of Las Vegas but rather in Connecticut on the East Coast. This resort casino is formed from six smaller casinos. The resort covers a total space of 4.7 million square feet. There are over 6300 slot machines with more than 380 gaming tables.
The biggest and baddest
Currently, the largest casino in the U.S. is the WinStar World Casino located in Oklahoma. Who would’ve thought? Originally opened in 2004, the casino wasn’t initially the largest venue. However, when the casino was expanded in 2009, the now total gaming area of 519,000 square feet made it the largest. With over 7200 electronic gaming machines, including slots and video poker, it is easier to find some favourite games which you can also find online at sites like River Belle online casino. The casino has a special poker room with 46 tables and 76 table games on the main floor.
The next Vegas?
The biggest action for casinos is now happening overseas and this year I also had the opportunity to visit the epicenter of gambling in Asia – Macau, China. It was incredible to see the amount of new casinos that have sprouted up since my last visit 20 years ago. The Venetian there is almost an exact replica of the one in Las Vegas. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out in Asia as I’m sure places like Macau are drawing away potential travelers and gamblers from the area to Las Vegas and the US.