The Worlds Biggest Casinos
The word casino is an Italian word that was originally used to describe a small country house dedicated to pleasurable pursuits. The word, therefore, is somewhat unsuited to today’s gaming palaces, structures that cost hundreds of millions of dollars and offer patrons a dazzling array of entertainment opportunities.
In fact modern casinos appear to be engaged in a competition to outdo each other, resulting in some of the most expensive, lavish and ostentatious structures on the planet.
5. The Red Rock Resort and Spa
The Red Rock Resort and Spa is a relatively new addition to Las Vegas’ famous collection of casinos. While the casino is not the most ostentatious in sin city, having a classic art-deco look, no cost was spared in creating one of the biggest, most advanced casino facilities on earth.
The Red Rock Casino features 87,000 feet of gaming space and also offers the world’s biggest pin bowling court, with 72 lanes. Gamers have access to 3000 slot machines, 62 tables and a cinema mega complex featuring 16 movie screens.
With the focus on classic casino elegance there’s an absence of over-the-top decorations, however, the presence of $6 million worth of crystal chandeliers is an eye opener for even the most jaded casino patron.
4. The Luxor Hotel and Casino
A celebration of ancient Egyptian culture, the casino features a 350-foot high black pyramid and a sphinx larger than the one at Giza. Ironically, there are no pyramids or sphinx monuments in the real Luxor.
The Luxor Hotel offers gamers 120,000 feet of gambling space. Other attractions include the famous LAX nightclub and a cutting edge IMAX theatre. However, the casino is probably most famous for one of the design features of the exterior – the world’s strongest spotlight, which shines from the peak of the Luxor pyramid. The beam is so strong that it can be seen from 275 miles away.
3. Excalibur Hotel and Casino
The Excalibur Hotel and Casino is owned by the MGM group, also the owners of the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Like the Luxor development the Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a theme attraction, featuring a stylised medieval castle. The Excalibur is targeted at both adults and children, and was one of the first casinos in Las Vegas to market itself to families.
While casino patrons looking for sophistication would be better off looking elsewhere, the Excalibur is perfect for those seeking family entertainment. Along with traditional medieval dining facilities, the Excalibur offers medieval theme weddings, jousting, and for the purist, a moat where a magician does battle with a dragon on a nightly basis.
There is more than enough space left over for serious gamblers, with 100,000 feet of floor space dedicated to casino games.
2. The MGM Grand
The Hollywood theme MGM Grand is the largest casino in Las Vegas and features the second largest hotel in the United States. Built in 1993, this massive complex is virtually a city in its own right. Guests have access to two food courts, 16 restaurants, six swimming pools, nightclubs and over 170,000 square feet of gambling space.
The MGM Grand has embraced the trend toward a classic Nevada desert feel in recent years, with many of the more tacky original trappings of the casino removed in favour of a more stylised art deco look. The venue is currently best known for its SKYLOFTS, a selection of luxury villas that can cost up to $10,000 per night.
1. The Foxwoods Casino
While the MGM Grand can boast the second biggest hotel in the United States, bragging rights for the largest casino facility go to a venue that isn’t in Las Vegas. With 340,000 square feet of floor space, the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut is the largest casino in the United States, and the second largest on the planet.
This Indian Casino isn’t about impressive frills, it is instead a venue for the serious gambler, offering 125 gaming tables and 6,400 slot machines. The casino employs 2,000 dealers from the local community and attracts an average of 40,000 gamers per day. The estimated annual revenue of the Foxwoods Casino is around $1 billion per year.
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