Everyone loves a bit of gambling… at least most people do. The world of casinos is growing significantly. According to the American Gaming Association (AGA), 53% of all casino visitors gamble, a stat I found quite hilarious – so what do the other 47% do? Sit and drink or be tourists and take photos. I’ll be honest here – I’ve been in the 47% more often for the risk of losing money. These are the top 5 Casino Cities on the planet and I aim to tick them all off eventually.
1. Las Vegas, USA
Let’s start with the one you all expect to be in here – Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world, attracts gamblers on a global scale. Over 39 million people visit Vegas each year. Gambling aside, Vegas is also a hot spot for marriages, with over 500 wedding ceremonies taking place each day.
Ultimately, the potential to turn a dollar into thousands is what drives many of us to have a flutter and millionaires have started their dreams in Vegas. In 1992, Archie Karas visited a casino in Vegas and turned $50 into $40,000,000. Furthermore, it’s not just individuals who realise the potential of gambling; companies see the benefits as well. The CEO for Fed Ex, Fred Smith, visited Vegas in the 1970s and gambled the company’s remaining $5000 into $32,000 in a game of blackjack, keeping the company afloat from the proceeds. Lucky git.
According to NXT, Macau boasts some of the biggest casinos in the world and could soon knock Vegas from its glory off its perch. If you’ve been backpacking in Macau you will know it has some of the biggest casinos in the world, something that makes Macau a special part of the Chinese empire.
3. Monte Carlo, MONACO
Whether Monaco is a country or not is still a debate and I usually count it as part of France. However Monte Carlo can’t be denied its spot in the Casino top 5 on the planet and is Europe’s only entry in here. I always remember the time that Del Boy and Rodney lost their millions here in Only Fools and Horses.
4. Atlantic City, USA
The buzz of Atlantic City will rope you in for the lifestyle of it all. Beaches, bars, restaurants and the big gambling obsession. Yes, Atlantic City makes the top 5 for sure!
5. Genting, MALAYSIA
Getting away from Kuala Lumpur and the tropical beaches of Malaysia and heading into thew mountains may seem like an adventure for hikers. Not so here at Genting where a massive complex in the mountains has the sole purpose of being a Casino city! It might look like an eyesore but those that go there rave about it!
While these are the top 5, I’ll be honest and say that the main casinos I have been to myself have been in slightly less famous and maybe more remote places. I visited a Casino in Uruguay, North Korea, England and Australia on my recent adventures!
Safe travels and don’t waste too much money!