For Vegas regulars, even the grandiose and gold-plated casinos of Sin City can get a little stale. Luckily, Americans aren’t the only ones that love the thrill of a good bet. Next time you hit it big and can afford a little out-of-the-box vacation, check out one of these five international gambling destinations.
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nothing will make you feel like you’re in a James Bond film quite like a trip to Monte Carlo in Monaco (where the film Casino Royale was shot). You will be waited on by tuxedoed men and welcomed by rows of gambling tables. This is the ultimate high-roller destination – and a serious bank account is a pre-req – but the gaming culture is second to none and the sprawling mediterranean views don’t hurt either.
In the gaming rooms, the Casino de Monte Carlo offers European and English roulette, trente et quarante, blackjack, and ultimate Texas hold’em. Summer time invites you to the Salle Blanche & Terrasse, while private restaurants bring a taste of the Mediterranean right to your plate.
Unlike casinos in Las Vegas, this destination is a little less “anything goes” (no shorts, sports shoes, or flip flops are allowed and jackets are recommended after 8:00 p.m.), but the once-in-a-lifetime experience makes it worth the hoops.
- Macau, China
It isn’t known as the “Las Vegas of the Orient” for nothing, and Macau has quickly become one of the most exciting and diverse places on the globe to lay your money down. This Chinese destination boasts the biggest casino in the world, the Venetian Macau, and has maintained a relatively Western atmosphere due to its proximity to Hong Kong (just an hour by boat). More money flows through Macau’s casinos than anywhere else in the world, which has drawn Las Vegas-based companies like MGM, Las Vegas Sands, and Wynn Resorts to their hot gaming markets.
While it is definitely a gambler’s paradise, the city also boasts picturesque landscapes and clean streets, magnified by the waterfront avenues near Nam Van and Outer Harbor. Macau is also home to one of the most beautiful golf courses in Asia, top-notch horse and dog racing venues, and an annual Formula 1 race.
- The Bahamas
Put a little tropical in your gambling getaway with a trip to the Bahamas. The island nation offers a ton of gaming options and enough beautiful outdoor activities to drag you away from the table – even if it’s just for a little while. The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island is famous for its huge casino (the biggest in the Caribbean) with 75 gaming tables and over 700 slot machines.
While Atlantis has been the big man of the Bahamas for almost a decade, the upcoming Baha Mar casino in Nassau is expected to rival the giant when it opens this December. The $3.5 billion property will have over 100,000 square feet of gaming space, several hotels and restaurants, a golf course, retail shops, a spa, pools, and beach. Other all-inclusive resorts that feature casinos include the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Our Lucaya Reef Village.
Gambling in Singapore is relatively new, but the city has hit the gaming scene with a vengeance and, in just a few short years, has seen the introduction of a Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World casino, a Universal theme park, and Singapore’s World Resort. Like Vegas, the area also includes nightclubs, pools, and other leisure activities to ensure maximum relaxation on your gambling vacation.
The recently opened Singapore’s World Resort is presented as Asia’s first Michelin-chef showcase and its table games include baccarat, blackjack, Texas hold’em, craps, caribbean stud poker, money wheel, pai gow, pontoon, and more. Macau and Singapore, alike, have seen a decline in gambling revenue since their governments cracked down on corruption, but this is still a great destination for those seeking a fun gaming experience in one of the most tech-savvy cities on earth.
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