Gambling has always been a part of life. Whether it’s as simple as buying a lottery ticket or spending thousands at the local casino, it’s a way taking a chance and hoping for great rewards. If you’d like to combine some excellent sightseeing with games of chance, these are some of the best cities in the world to visit.
1. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
This is probably the ultimate gaming city. It’s filled with amazing casinos, theme hotels, nightclubs, entertaining shows, restaurants, golf courses, and enough lights for a million Christmas trees. There aremore than 1,700 officially licensed casinos in town. The famous Las Vegas strip is where most of the action takes place.
2. Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo, which lies next to the Mediterranean between Italy and France, is one of Europe’s most famous gambling destinations. It’s a well-known luxury hangout for the rich and famous. It’s also home to the Monaco Grand Prix as well as the Casino de Monte Carlo. The Casino hosts the yearly European Poker Tour and has been the location for many feature films, especially James Bond pictures.
3. Macau, China
Macau has quickly and quietly become one of the world’s top gaming destinations. It’s often referred to as Monte Carlo of the Orient. There are over 30 casinos in Macau, as well as greyhound and horseracing tracks. There are plenty of things to do and see in this historic locale.
4. Manila, Philippines
Manila is becoming a popular site for those who want to live it up, especially considering the favorable exchange rate. Manila offers great value for the money. There are plenty of entertainment and shopping venues as well as a world-class casino and luxury hotels.
5. Paradise Island, Bahamas
The island is a stone’s throw from Nassau, and it’s sort of like a mini Las Vegas, but on the ocean. The big resort here is Atlantis, which is about seven acres in size and located alongside a beautiful lagoon. Visitors and soak up the sun, swim in the sea and head to several outdoor gaming spots. There’s also a private beach and about 20 swimming pools.
6. Baden-Baden, Germany
Baden-Baden is located next to the Oos River and in the Black Forest’s foothills. It’s quite picturesque and features hot springs to boot. The famous Spielbank casino is about 200 years old and is naturally quite historic. This is an ideal spot to enjoy a unique gaming experience along with some wonderful sightseeing.
7. Melbourne, Australia
There are dozens of reasons for visiting this fantastic Australian city. It’s known as the nation’s entertainment and sporting capital and also features the Crown Casino, which sits on the banks of the Yarra River. This is one of the biggest casinos in the southern hemisphere with a gaming floor that’s about half a kilometre long.
8. Genting Highlands, Malaysia
This resort lies in the Titiwangsa mountain range and is about 60 miles from Kuala Lumpur. You’ll get some amazing views of the countryside from Resorts World Genting as well as world-class accommodations, entertainments, and dining. There’s a 200,000 square-foot themed casino on site, which is the only one in Malaysia.
9. Sun City, South Africa, Africa
The controversial Sun City has been called Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure. It’s a luxury resort/casino that’s about 100 miles from the city of Johannesburg. There are two large casinos and golf courses along with a spectacular wildlife reserve. The Sun City Casino is also the entertainment center of the resort and features an indoor jungle.
10. Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City is a smaller version of Las Vegas, and located on the eastern seaboard of America. It’s not as glitzy as Vegas, but offers the famous boardwalk by the Atlantic Ocean and several top-class casinos, shops, and restaurants. It also features numerous entertainment options as well as many world championship boxing matches.