WinStar World Casino and Resort, Oklahoma, USA
This is the biggest casino in the world, with a whopping 600,000 square feet of gaming floor space. Visitors can enjoy state of the art facilities that include 8,500 electronic games, 101 table games that include blackjack and craps, 55 poker tables with multiple high limit rooms, and an off track racing bookies.
Located in Thackerville, Oklahoma which is approximately 120 miles south from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and one hour north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Most of the guests who come to stay arrive from North Texas or Oklahoma.
As well as providing the biggest casino floor space in the world, the WinStar casino also has a large resort for visitors to stay, with a luxury hotel that has 1,395 rooms and a variety of restaurants that include Panda’s Express, Khan’s Mongolian Fire Grill, Chips ‘N Ales, Vino's Italian amongst many popular ones.
The resort includes leisure activities for guests such as a spa, a pool with a custom built waterfall grotto, the ONYX boutique, the Isle at WinStar gift shop and an 18-hole golf course with a 4,850 square foot golf academy where visitors can opt for private golf lessons.
The casino and hotel were opened in 2009, and featured musical performances from American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd. The WinStar casino has since held many events, with stars such as Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Adam Lambert, Weezer, Lil Wayne, ZZ Top, Maroon 5, Kid Rock, Tony Bennett, and Davy Jones all performing shows at the venue.
Venetian Macau, China
The Venetian Macau is modelled on its sister casino, the Venetian Las Vegas. This Chinese casino resort is the second largest casino in the world and the seventh largest building in the world by floor area. The hotel contains 3,000 suites, 500,000 square feet of gaming floor space and the 15,000 seat Cotai capacity stadium. The casino has 3,400 gaming machines as well as 800 gambling tables in lavish surroundings that are modelled on a Venetian theme, there are even small canals across the resort where guests can find gondoliers who can take them on gondola rides
The Cotai stadium has hosted many different events ranging from sporting events such as boxing, tennis, basketball to concerts and international televised awards shows. Musical performances are also held frequently, with huge stars in the industry performing there such as Celine Dion, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber and many more.
A Venetian styled theatre can be found on the premises as well, the opening ceremony for the theatre was a 90 minute performance from the Cirque du Soleil called the Zaia. The show was so popular that it ran for another four years at the theatre, with a maximum of 1,800 people in attendance at a time.
For guests who want to pamper themselves with premium service, there is a special club called the Paiza Club. Here guests can access private gaming rooms, each named after renowned Asian cities and regions, such as Yunnan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. There is also a premium catering service for the Paiza club members, with an exclusive lounge that is open all day.
City of Dreams, Macau, China
Located an stone’s throw from the Venetian Macau, the City of Dreams is a towering, glass casino resort that provides its guests with 420,000 square feet of gaming space in which they have a pick of over 1,500 machines and 450 tables games.
There are four hotel towers, named the Morpheus, the Nuwa, the Countdown Hotel and the Grand Hyatt Macau, totalling just over 2,200 rooms for guests.
Attractions include a Vquarium - a virtual aquarium that is 61 feet wide and 22 feet tall. Behind each of the acrylic walls there is a projector that displays images of aquatic wildlife and mermaids, and water cascades down the inside of the walls to further enhance the effect.
The bubble fountain is a decorative indoor fountain, it has an 8 foot sphere where the water spouts from the top and rolls down into the pool below.
The Dancing Water Theatre is another of the big attractions, it contains one of the largest commercial pools in the world with a diameter of 25 feet. Unlike usual theatrical performances, the shows here are all played out in the water, with acrobats and props. The pool is surrounded by some 2,000 seats as well as 70 VIP boxes, where visitors can watch the unique shows.
The City of Dreams takes the casino dining experience to a whole new level with differing options from casual meals to fine dining. One that guests never miss out on is the three Michelin starred Jade Dragon restaurant that offers traditional Chinese meals with personalised service. Additionally there is the Alain Ducasse, a two Michelin starred restaurant that serves international food, the L’Attitude, a French bistro that serves everything from pâté en croûte to French onion soup as well as a variety of desserts, and the Yi restaurant that offers a gastronomic adventure with a Chinese food menu that changes with each month of the Chinese calendar.
Foxwoods Casino and resort, Connecticut, USA
This resort is located on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nations reservation in Connecticut. The oldest casino featured on this list, the Foxwoods opened as a bingo hall in 1986 and was the biggest casino in the world before being surpassed by the WinStar casino resort. After undergoing 4 renovations since it first opened its doors, the establishment currently has 6 casinos that have a total of 344,000 square feet of gaming space. Games include over 5,500 modern slot machines with all the latest and most popular titles, as well as more than 250 table games.
The casino has a huge variety of games that include Baccarat, Bingo (in a hall that can accommodate up to 5,000 players), Blackjack and “dollar Blackjack” for players with more limited budgets, Craps, Keno drawings, Pai Gow, Sic Bo, Roulette and many different variants of table poker, including Caribbean Stud poker, Three Card poker, Pai Gow poker, Texas Hold ‘Em bonus and Casino War just to name a few.
For more serious, high stakes poker, there is a poker room where professionals and high rollers can play on any of the 114 tables available. Poker games in the exclusive room include no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em, pot-limit Omaha Hold ‘Em and seven-card stud. Several poker tournaments have been held here over the years, making it one of the most exciting features in the casino.
There have been a number of major fighting events hosted at the Foxwoods, including UFC Fight Nights and fights from the World Series of Fighting.
Wynn Macau, Macau, China
Perhaps the most eccentric of the biggest casinos in the world, the Wynn Macau is clad in an earthy brown glazing and visually does not look too flashy from the outside. This is sharply contrasted by a luxurious interior, with vast palatial spaces and historical relics such as Qing dynasty vases, 16th century French tapestries and Ming dynasty statues amongst many more fascinating decor.
The casino contains over 273,000 square feet dedicated to games. The resort has a hotel with 1,008 rooms as well as eight casual and fine dining restaurants and over 59,000 square feet of retail space.
Visitors can also enjoy the additional leisure activities such as the spas, salons, fitness centres, pools and cabanas. Side attractions include a performance lake, with brilliant lit fountain shows at night, and a dragon statue that is the casino’s centrepiece. The Dragon of Fortune statue is an animated statue that turns and breathes smoke into the air as it is lit in the middle of the main lounge, and guests gather to watch the Dragons show that plays at intervals of 30 minutes from 10AM to midnight.