The World Top 10 Biggest Casinos
There are many casinos around the world that have gained notoriety in popular culture for their size or because Elvis once played there. These are the only reasons behind why any casino becomes famous. This list of 10 casinos around the globe will give you valuable insights into some of the big players in the industry from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, Macau to Klerksdorp, South Africa.
- The Borgata, Atlantic City
The Borgata was opened in 2003 and is one of the newer casinos to grace the bright lights of Atlantic City. With a total gaming space of 161,000 square feet, it’s certainly quite big. Sporting 2002 rooms it remains the largest hotel in New Jersey with over 4000 slot machines being span on the casino floor.
Now owned by MGM Grand, The Borgata was initially built by Steve Wynn to create a whole new area of Atlantic City. The ‘tunnel project’ as it was dubbed was intended to link up the main expressway tunnel in Atlantic City to the Borgata, funneling all the casino traffic into Steve Wynn’s pockets. Naturally, the project was rivaled by the new US president, Donald Trump.
- Casino Lisboa, Lisbon
Casino Lisboa is naturally located in Lisbon, Portugal. It boasts a gaming floor of 165,000 square feet and features a total of 1000 gaming meanings. 3000 short than the Borgata. The casino was opened in 2006 and was built as part of a project to rejuvenate the dying theatre district in Lisbon – a popular tourist area. Criticism was mounted against planners as it was thought that Lisboa would create gambling problems among the youngest of Lisbon.
- MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
MGM Grand is perhaps one of the most well-known casinos in the world despite not being the biggest. Formerly the Marina Hotel and Casino from 1975 it was transformed into the MGM Grand in 1993. Boasting 5,124 rooms covering 171,500 square feet, MGM is a stalwart of the Las Vegas strip. The Garden area of the casino has hosted many iconic sporting events such as the 1996 fight between Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson with Tupac Shakir in attendance.
If that still hasn’t got you. MGM is the company behind the roaring lion at the start of your favourite movies.
- Sands, Macao, China
Sands is located in Macao, China, an autonomous region of the state that enjoys loosened gambling restrictions. Covering a total of 170,000 square feet the casino has a total of 2,300 gaming machines alongside 178 card and table games. There are around 5044 hotel rooms across the Sands complex.
- MGM Grand Macao, China
The company behind MGM Grand in Vegas ventured east to open this sister Casino in Macao, China. The gaming floor covers a square footage of 221,952 and has a total amount of gaming machines of 835. Truly staggering. The casino was opened in 2007 as part of a joint venture between MGM Resorts and the daughter of Macao Casino magnate Stanley Ho.
The deal formed part of an innovative and unprecedented end to the government granted monopoly that Stanley Ho had on the Chinese gambling market.
- Tusk Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp, South Africa.
You may not associate South Africa with a budding casino culture but here we are. With a gaming floor that covers 266,330 square feet and possesses 257 casinos, this is the largest casino in South Africa. There’s not much to say about the Turk Rio other than it was built in 2002, therefore we shall move swiftly on.
- Ponte 16, Macao, China
Another casino snatched from the grasps of Chinese magnate Stanley Ho, Ponte 16 is the fourth largest casino in the whole entire universe providing casinos don’t exist on planet earth. It spans a whopping 270,000 square feet which is almost 5 football pitches. Ponte 16 was opened in 2008 and features a lovely collection of Michael Jackson items including the glove that he wore when he first performed the moonwalk. Amazing stuff.
- Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut
Connecticut is perhaps another area on the map that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with land based casinos but here we are. The resort covers a staggering 9,000,000 square feet with the casino floor covering 340,000 square feet. There’s 7000 slots machines at Foxwoods meaning that this place is simply enormous.
In 1992, Foxwoods developed a monopoly on gambling in the Connecticut region making profits amassing billions of dollars. Unfortunately, the global recession came amid huge investment for Foxwoods leading them to default on almost $2 billion dollars’ worth of debt.
- City of Dreams Resort, Macao
Macao truly is the city of Chinese dreams and this casino certainly lives up to that idiom. Covering a total of 420,000 square feet the City of Dreams has 1350 slots. The City of Dreams was opened in 2008 and is the second biggest casino in Macao.
There’s a number of attractions within the casino including a giant Aquarium that was constructed in the United States, the global home of aquarium construction. Unlike any other aquarium, this is more of a virtually augmented aquarium that features mermaids and cascading waterfalls ahead of an acrylic screen.
- The Venetian, Macao
Here is a huge replica of the Venetian that’s in Las Vegas. The Chinese version covers a staggering 546,000 square feet and has a total of, wait for it… 3000 slot game machines. After it’s opening in 2007 with 3000 rooms available in their bookings list the casino also features the Cotai Arena that holds sporting events such as; boxing, tennis, as well as many concerts.
The Venetian has experienced some controversy throughout its brief existence. The gates were closed to the complex during construction as amid mass labour suspensions for a number of Asian countries. The suspensions came amid speculation that human rights were being breached across the continent.
The Sands president for Asia was forced to lay off almost 11,000 staff with a lot of staff leaving without receiving any severance pay. Despite this, the Venetian went on to become the biggest casino in the world. Happy Days.