When it comes to the biggest casinos ever, we’re talking giants, behemoths and big-guns. Sprawling complexes of entertainment that could rival a small town in size.
There’s gaming and then there’s next level gaming and, as some of the gambling universe’s most glamorous names jostle for bragging rights, it can be hard to keep up with who is offering the best selection of slot machines, restaurants and shopping malls.
To put the size of these casinos into perspective for Aussie audiences (according to the www.worldcasinodirectory.com):
The gaming floor at Crown, Melbourne is 20,438m2 and has 2500 gaming machines and 399 gaming tables
The gaming floor at The Star Sydney is 9,662m2 and has 1490 gaming machines and 140 gaming tables
So, find out which juggernauts of the gambling and gaming sphere make the list of the biggest casinos in the world:
1. WinStar World Casino, Oklahoma, USA (55,742m2)
WinStar World Casino is not only the largest casino in the US but also the biggest casino in the world – in the unlikely destination Oklahoma!
With at least 55,742m2 of gaming space, this super-size casino delivers a knockout blow to rivals with its 7,000+ gaming machines, around 100 table games, 800-capacity bingo hall and non-smoking poker room.
And that’s just for starters.
Aside from the gaming appeal, you’ll be kept on your toes with the resort’s golf course, nightclub, sports lounge, pool bar and spa. Its eight gaming plazas take their names from some of the world’s most famous cities, and this international feel is reflected in its 17 restaurants.
Adding to its pull, this Chickasaw Nation-owned establishment is punching above its location by attracting top entertainers and events, thanks to a 3,500-seater Global Event Centre and 7,700-seat Colosseum — venues a small city would be proud of.
2. Venetian Macau, Macau, China (50,725m2)
This mammoth offering from Macau, and one of the biggest casinos ever, is located directly opposite the City of Dreams — making it easy to immerse yourself in this exciting, vibrant and contemporary gambling destination.
The bright lights of the Venetian’s exterior reflecting in the water below are a sight to behold, as this premium, luxe casino and hotel complex is comprised of an impressive 39 stories and 55,725m2 of space overall.
Of that, around half of it is dedicated purely to gaming. It proudly showcases 6,000+ slot machines and 800 gaming tables, as well as four themed gambling areas.
In addition, this ginormous resort is styled after Venice’s romantic winding canals and replica landmarks to give its patrons a unique experience. It offers huge swathes of retail, convention and dining spaces, and a 15,000-capacity events area.
3. City of Dreams, Macau, China (39,019m2)
Casino patrons flock from far and wide to experience all that this otherworldly 39,019m2, themed gaming space has to offer.
If the generous menu of 450 gaming tables and more than 1,514 gaming machines don’t take up all your time and attention, you’ll still have VIP areas, four hotels, four spas, 16,258m2 of retail space and endless boutique shopping to keep you occupied.
With more than 30 restaurants and bars, art exhibits, a nightclub and a live water theatre, the City of Dreams lives up to its self-billing as a ‘leading leisure destination’.\
4. Foxwoods, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA (31,587m2)
Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, this sprawling resort actually contains six different casinos.
With an estimated total gaming area of between 31,587m2 – 31,958m2, guests will be spoilt for choice with over 250 tables, including the usual suspects like blackjack and craps, and more than 3,400 slot machines.
As well as this, there’s a shopping centre and several high-end boutiques. You can also find a huge offering of around 55 food and drink outlets, a spa, golf, and activities such as bowling and zip-lining.
5. Wynn Macau, Macau, China (25,363m2)
With a gaming area of approximately between 25,363m2, the resort also features an art gallery, pool, spa, four fine dining restaurants and around 29 designer shops.
There are several eye-catching installations and visual art shows that make this casino resort stand out from the crowd.
These include a colour-changing ‘Tree of Prosperity’, a rotating ‘Dragon of Fortune’, a mesmerizing ‘Performance Lake’ featuring a light, music and fire show, and a fluorescent ‘Moon Jelly Aquarium’.
6. Ponte 16, Macau, China (25,083m2)
Players can explore 25,083m2 of gaming attractions at the 6th largest casino in the world.
These include 109 tables, around 307 slot machines and two VIP halls. With plenty of variety, the resort showcases games such as fan tan, pat kao, American roulette, three card baccarat and face-up blackjack.
For the full experience, upscale travelers can make the most of a luxurious French hotel with a swimming pool, spa and fitness center.
There’s also an Angry Birds-themed kids’ play center, foot massage center, a gallery of unique items from around the world and a street performance area. The seven restaurants and bars will keep hunger at bay.
7. Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp, South Africa (24,743m2)
Get in on around 24,743m2 of gaming action at Rio Casino.
Taking inspiration from the carnival atmosphere of the Brazilian city it takes its name from, there’s 24-hour slots to enjoy, with 274 gaming machines and 12 table games overall, plus regular poker tournaments.
There’s also a Salon Privé for high-rollers, a hotel, a kids’ arcade gaming centre, a crèche, two restaurants and a bar to complete the attractions.
8. Sands Macau, Macau, China (21,274m2)
Sands Macao offers 21,274m2 of gaming area, encompassing more than 200 tables and over 1,000 slots, all located under its trademark high ceilings.
And there are conveniently located spa and theatre facilities, for when you’ve had your fill of the floor.
When guests are peckish, they’ll have roughly nine drinking and dining spots to choose from, including the likes of Starbucks, KFC and McDonald’s. You’re never far from one…
Go Big Or Go Home
That’s what the movies will tell you. And it’s certainly a quote that the world’s casino bigwigs have taken to heart.
It’s all about size and thinking BIG: bigger buffets, larger hotels, more games and those star names.
It’s an exciting time for casino connoisseurs, as resorts continue to compete to provide the best all-round experience and race to become the biggest in their region, or even the world.