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Ten Beautiful Casinos Where the Rich Lose Their Money

We seem to be attracted by high class casinos for a reason. Not only gambling buildings look gorgeous but there are a lot of people with high spending limits, and despite the fact that the chances to win are almost nonexistent, it’s a mix of rich and richer. I don’t think someone with loads of money is going to a casino for profits. Winning at least once, smoking a quality cigar and having a glass of old brandy is what everyone wants. Here are the most beautiful casinos in the world where VIP gamblers get to spend their time, and of course, money.

Mandarin Oriental Casino

It’s located in a luxurious resort 40 km away from Hong Kong on the Macau Peninsula, inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and though it’s not the biggest in the area, it is very luxurious. With a 12,140 sqf gaming area, two VIP rooms, 59 slot machines, 12 table games including baccarat, blackjack, boule and roulette, you may not want to miss this one while you’re in Macau.

St. James Club Casino

For four consecutive years the St. James Club was selected as the best hotel in the Caribbean. Located on the plush Mamora Bay grounds with crystal-blue waters and white sandy beaches it’s a great choice for your vacation. If during the day you’ll do all sorts of water sports or sun bathing, the Las Vegas-styled casino is the perfect place to spend your night.

Casino Metropol

They call it the noble’s casino mostly because it’s one of the most elegant casinos in the world. Inside Hotel Metropol in Moscow and close to the Red Square and the Kremlin, you will have to dress up in your finest tuxedo to be allowed inside. Built over 100 years ago, it has had an illustrious history always gathering the best of Moscow’s society.

Atlantis Resort Casino

Oh Bahamas! The Atlantis Resort is located on the Paradise Island in Nassau close to a seven acre lagoon and has a beautiful architecture. The casino has a very nice history, it was built as a homage to the lost continent of Atlantis and is the only one in the world to stand above a body of water. The gaming area has 850 slot machines, a race and a sports book, 78 tables for blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, and Caribbean stud poker and is split between the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon.

The Bellagio

What could you expect from a casino in Las Vegas? Lots of lights, nice architecture, lakes and beautiful surroundings. Inaugurated in 1998, the Bellagio is a five diamond rated luxury hotel and casino. The casino is renowned for its (smoke free) poker rooms where lots of pros come for the high-limit tables. 2400 slots, a race and sports book, 124 tables to play all sorts of card games and 10,000 employees are all there to make it a beautiful experience.

Sun City Resort

The best place and one of the first choices for a holiday in South Africa is probably the Sun City Resort with four world-class hotels, a few golf courses, a wave pool and lots of green surroundings. Did I mention that it is considered the gaming Mecca of South Africa? 852 slot machines and 38 gaming tables playing roulette, blackjack, craps, stud poker, baccarat, and punto banco are expecting you (and your money).

Baden Baden Casino

Baden Baden is a city in Germany at the foothills of the Black Forest mountains and is well known for its thermal springs and of course for the casino. It was built in 1824 and is the oldest in the country. I am not sure if these words and one picture are enough for you to see the real beauty beneath but I will have to give it a try.

The Baden Baden casino has always been the domain of the rich and famous as you can probably see. Looks like a small palace with a white marble facade and lots of sculptures, stunning murals and massive gilded chandeliers inside. I guess this is why Marlene Dietrich once said it’s “the most beautiful in the world”.

The Venetian

Opened in 1999 in Las Vegas, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is the largest five diamond luxury hotel and casino. Inspired by Venice with marble floors, lots of frescoes and lengthy gondola rides you get to prepare for spending time at one of those 100 gaming tables with almost every game imaginable and 2,500 slot machines. For serious poker players The Venetian opened in 2006 a 10,500 sqf poker room.

Casino Monte Carlo

What is Monte Carlo known for? Royalty, nobility and wealth, a Formula 1 race, and I was about to forget the casino. It’s not just a casino, it’s more like a complex that includes gambling facilities, the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, the Opera or the Ballet house.

It was built in a Baroque style in 1878 by architect Charles Garnier, the same that built the Paris Opera. It has 316 slot machines and 35 game tables including different kinds of roulette, stud poker, blackjack, trente et quarante, craps, baccarat or video poker. And for extremely wealthy people, they also have a private poker room.

Don’t forget your expensive suit when you want to gamble in Monaco.

The Ritz Casino, in London

The crème de la crème. Elegant, luxurious, sophisticated, stylish, the essence of fine gaming. I’m talking about the members-only Ritz Club Casino in London which they call “the world’s most exclusive privately owned gaming club”. The first time I took the virtual tour I was charmed. Everything seemed perfect and every inch was screaming luxury.

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6 Comments for "Ten Beautiful Casinos Where the Rich Lose Their Money"

Thai Hotel Expert says on August 29th, 2008 at 6:52 pm:

I think I like Wynn in Macau most .. and Bellagio is also great!

Luxury Travel says on September 15th, 2008 at 11:21 am:

I agree. My favorite is also the Wynn – the Las Vegas version :)

Hotel Discount Expert says on October 24th, 2008 at 5:39 pm:

just got back from Wynn in Macau … It’s a great trip cos i won quite a lot of money from roulette :-)

Hotel Discount Expert says on November 21st, 2008 at 7:51 pm:

I think my next trip to Macau I will have to check out Mandarin Oriental Casino to see if it’s really luxury!

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