10 Of The World’s Largest Casinos
Often, you won’t even realise that you are overstepping the thin boundary that exists between it being a hobby and becoming something more serious than that. Gambling addiction is a real thing, and it can have a devastating effect on one’s personal life. Nevada is definitely a champion state in terms of US gambling laws with two out of the top 10 biggest gambling cities earning a spot here.
Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, who also once owned the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio, was a majority stakeholder. In the year 2000, MGM purchased Mirage Resorts which gave MGM control of the Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Boardwalk, and the Golden Nugget. Later in 2005 they also merged with Mandalay, an acquisition that gained them Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, and Circus Circus. Foxwoods Resort is one of the largest casinos in the world, and one of the biggest casinos in the US. It’s owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on reservation land and provides a standalone resort complete with shopping and fine dining. You can even take a break from the gambling with a round on Foxwoods’ own golf course.
Opening in 1944, Harvey’s now has a chic, modern décor in the 740 hotel rooms and suites as well as a full-appointed casino. Located right next door to the Heavenly ski area and partners with Harrah’s, Harvey’s gives you easy access to all the four-season thrills that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino has over 900 of the hottest Lake Tahoe slots, including the only Wheel of Fortune Super Spin machines in Northern Nevada. The casino also has tables games, Keno and a comfortable poker room. Burgers are made with a combination of short ribs and chuck roast and are tall and juicy. The classic Beaver Burger is only $12 with all the fixings and the Gambler with applewood smoked bacon, beer-battered onion rings, smoky BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese is $14.
Chicagoland covers over 10,000 square miles and has around 9,5 million inhabitants. With the Windy City’s skyscrapers being so high, people claim that if you stand atop on a sunny day, you can see as far as Indiana! So, it’s no wonder there are huge casino complexes which make the Chicago metropolitan area third biggest gambling site in the US.
Sports lovers should spend time at Jax, a sports bar featuring more than 20 video poker games, and Chickie’s & Pete’s, an interactive sports bar and crab house. After a day of swooshing down the ski slopes or sunbathing on the beach, put a spin on your evening by paying a visit to a Tahoe casino. All the Lake Tahoe casinos are located on the Nevada side of the lake, so don’t plan on finding any slot machines in the Californian towns.
Macau also surpassed Las Vegas as the largest gambling market in the world. Customers gamble by playing games of chance, in some cases with an element of skill, such as craps, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and video poker. Most games have mathematically determined odds that ensure the house has at all times an advantage over the players. This can be expressed more precisely by the notion of expected value, which is uniformly negative (from the player’s perspective). In games such as poker where players play against each other, the house takes a commission called the rake. Casinos sometimes give out complimentary items or comps to gamblers.