Spin the Globe: A Tour of the Most Iconic Gambling Cities

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BetMGM Nov 10, 2023, 4:18 AM

Even if you’re a big fan of stay-at-home online casino games, nothing beats the thrill of playing in a land-based casino. It’s even more exciting if it’s located outside of your hometown. Here’s a list of 10 of the best cities where you can get your gambling fix. Take an armchair tour around the world to visit some of the biggest gambling cities and what they have to offer.

1. Las Vegas

Las Vegas – the USA’s most lavish gambling destination. Home to 60 major casinos, Las Vegas pulls in the crowds because it consistently offers much more than just an amazing gambling experience. From musical extravaganzas and residencies by some of the world’s biggest musical artists to fine dining and fantastic shopping, Las Vegas has it all. 

2. Atlantic City

Staying in the United States, Atlantic City works a little better geographically for East Coast Americans, but it’s not only its seaside location that earns the city a place here. With gambling only legalized here in 1976, Atlantic City is something of a new kid on the block. Since the first casino opening in 1978, A.C. has made up for lost time, offering nine casinos, some located along the historic boardwalk.

3. San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is among one of the leading gambling capitals of the world. The political capital and economic hub of Costa Rica, San Jose, is safe and environmentally progressive. It’s the sixth most-visited city in Latin America and first in Central America. Most of Costa Rica’s over 30 casinos are located in the San Jose area, whose reputation has also benefited from being host to several poker conventions and conferences around the issues facing the gambling sector. Take advantage of the magnificent location and climate to visit more of Costa Rica when you tear yourself away from the tables.

4. Nassau, Bahamas

Alongside soft sandy beaches and waving palm trees, Nassau conjures up visions of magnificent golf courses, luxury yachts moored in the harbor, and casinos. Home to arguably some of the Caribbean’s most spectacular casinos, some enjoying floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bahamian waters, it’s hard not to get distracted by the view. But with a wide variety of casino games, slots, live sports betting, and more, Nassau definitely ranks right up with some of the best gambling destinations in the world.

5. Macau, China

Moving continents, Macau is possibly the single most important gambling city in Asia. Often referred to as “the Monte Carlo of the East,” Macau has been set up as a Special Administrative Region of China and is the only place in the country where casinos are permitted. Gambling has been legalized in the city since the 1850s, but until the introduction of Western games in the 20th century, only Chinese games were allowed. Now, however, you can enjoy a range of casino games and sports betting as well as all forms of casino games online, including online slots.

If Macau is known as “the Monte Carlo of the East,” then what about the real Monte Carlo?

6. Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, a haven for the rich, famous, and extremely glamorous, is one of the world’s smallest countries, with the most wealth per square mile of almost anywhere in the world. Monte Carlo is, in fact, an administrative district of the Principality of Monaco, whose Grimaldi royal family has filled many magazine pages since Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III in 1956.

The stunning Monte Carlo Casino is architecturally iconic and has been featured in many movies. It’s reserved for foreign visitors only, as Monegasques are forbidden to enter and enjoy the tables and other gambling delights on offer.

7. Paris

While not synonymous with gambling (and home to fewer than 10 casinos,) the famous so-called City of Light attracts some very high rollers. With as much culture, food and wine, museums packed with art, classical architecture, and the Eiffel Tower to keep you busy by day, Paris’s casinos offer high stakes by night.

8. London

The same can be said of London — but with a different vibe. An iconic city in its own right with a long history of sports betting, London now offers more than 20 casinos for all levels of gambler, from the highest rollers to occasional gamers. Given that it’s one of the world’s most diverse gambling arenas, there are also plenty of other reasons to visit London.

9. Sydney, Australia

Meanwhile, down under, Australia has its own gambling mecca in Sydney, with around 10 casinos offering thousands of slots and gaming machines and almost 700 tables. Ironically, though, the country’s largest casino is located in Melbourne.

10. Marina Bay, Singapore

With legalized gambling less than 10 years old in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands has staked its claim as one of the most impressive casinos in the world. The resort, which opened in 2010 at a cost of $6.88 billion, has over 2,500 bedrooms and the largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. Add to this award-winning restaurants, signature chefs, and world-class shopping of international brands — and you have one hugely impressive destination.

Explore the World Through BetMGM

If you’re unable to visit these fascinating gambling meccas, you can always get a taste of distant lands when you play casino games online at BetMGM. Enjoy a wide range of online slots and table games like poker, blackjack, and roulette from the comfort of your couch when you register.


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