n our American history, most of the early gambling establishments were commonly referred to as ‘saloons.’ Many of us know about the growth of the gambling industry in America, but that same growth has been mirrored in other countries. The United States doesn’t have the largest of the casinos, the most popular, or even the highest count of. As far as large casinos are concerned, the United States is nowhere near first place.
If we ignore the size and number of casinos, we can focus on what’s important, average gross revenues. When we look at the year’s records for 2009, you can see that the Macau China area (with 33 casinos) produced almost $15 billion in revenue compared to Las Vegas’s second place finish of only $10 billion. It’s strange, as Las Vegas has nearly four times the casinos (A staggering 42 in all). What’s even more interesting is that France had more casinos than Vegas (189 casinos) and only produced just under $4 billion in revenue.
There’s a world-wide casino market of over $50 billion a year. If the size of a casino matters to you, you’re going to want to make note of this list of some of the largest casinos in the world. This list provides you with the square feet or each facility, as well as the casino’s overall features and interest. That said, this list isn’t all inclusive. Otherwise, it would only consist of casinos in China.
Casino Estoril, Lisbon
- Square Feet: 26,900
- Bars & Restaurants: 10
- Games Total (Slot and 1Table): 1,235
- Rooms: 0 (not a hotel)
We’re kicking off this list by starting with the largest casino in Europe. The Casino Estoril is in Lisbon, Portugal, and is often referred to as the ‘Las Vegas’ of Europe. This giant casino, featuring two floors of gaming action, was the very inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel Casino Royale. It may be difficult to gather more information on this casino as their website is exclusively Portuguese, but it’s obvious that this is a full size, legitimate casino with everything one might expect.
Many online reviews attest to the casino’s size and overall beauty. It seems that there is plenty of space on the gaming floor, and it’s a great place to catch a drink late on a weeknight as its main attractions are usually open until 3 am.
Casino Estoril is the largest casino in Europe, but it isn’t a hotel, so you’ll need to book a room at one of the lodgings that are nearby. That said, the Casino Estoril features all the amenities you’d come to expect from any casino hotel including music, dance/night clubs, restaurants, shows, shopping, and a wide variety of gambling options, just no rooms.
MGM Grand, Las Vegas
- Square Feet: 171,500
- Slot and Table Games: 2,639
- Bars and Restaurants: 27
- Rooms: 5,044
The MGM Grand, Las Vegas, is the largest casino hotel in the United States. Not only is the MGM one of the largest casinos on the Las Vegas strip, it’s also one of the greatest hotels in the world with over 5,000 rooms. Your choices of amenities could justify spending a week at this resort alone. You could completely ignore all the other hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas strip and easily have a full and be satisfying Vegas vacations without ever leaving the MGM Grand.
This giant hotel also features impressive restaurants, (Emeril’s, Wolfgang Puck, Pearl, Shibuya, Craftsteak, Joel Robuchon, Hakkasan, and more), signature entertainment attractions, (David Copperfield, Jabbawockeez, Ka, and Brad Garrett’s comedy club), and plenty of options to gamble on the largest gaming floor in all of Las Vegas.
Trilenium Casino, Argentina
- Square Feet: 180,000
- Slot and Table Games: 1,975
- Bars and Restaurants: 5
- Rooms: 0
Now we’re heading down South to talk about the largest casino in all Latin America, headquartered within the Tigre Resort in Argentina. The Trilenium features three floors of gambling action, and on each floor there’s at least a couple bars or restaurants. The Trilenium Casino doesn’t feature any of its rooms, but several beautiful hotels are located nearby.
The casino itself keeps the local hours of 11 am to 6 am M-W, and then it’s open 24/7 the rest of the week. One of the nicest features of this particular casino that you won’t find in many of the casinos located in the United States is that the entire complex is 100% smoke-free. During the weekends the casino is said to be packed with good-looking locals, and tourists from around the world.
There’s plenty of places within the casino to grab some food, and an occasional performance is hosted there. Overall, even though there isn’t an attached hotel, the Trilenium Casino is very impressive. If you find yourself staying in or around the Tigre area, Latin America’s largest casino is sure to be worth the visit.
Crown Casino, Melbourne
- Square Feet: 220,000
- Slot and Table Games: 3,000
- Bars and Restaurants: Over 50
- Rooms: 1,604
The Crown Casino in Melbourne Australia is by far one of the largest casinos in the entire Southern hemisphere. It could easily be said that the Crown is fully qualified as a mega resort and tourist destination. It has all the requirements to compete with other resorts around the world including a hotel, spas, restaurants, entertainment, and of course gaming.
The Crown has one of the largest varieties of games available compared to most other large casinos around the world. They offer your standard blackjack tables, craps, poker, pai gow, baccarat, and roulette, but if that wasn’t enough, they also offer exciting new games like ‘Rapid’ Roulette and Baccarat, an electronic Vegas Star Roulette, and a ‘Big Wheel.’ Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the entire basement is a giant poker room. If you like to gamble, and you’re able to afford a trip to Australia, the Crown Casino is a must.
The Crown offers lodging in any of its three luxurious hotels. There’s the Crown Towers (a 5 star rated luxury hotel which overlooks the city center), The Crown Metropol (Australia’s largest hotel by room count), and the Crown Promenade (23 floors of 4.5-star rooms). The hotels are all located in the casino complex, to make it easy to access the casino and other amenities.
One of most beautiful parts of the compound are the water features located throughout, including giant sea inspired walls that span the towers of the hotel. There is also a variety of fountains and other water features such as the “Seasons of Fortune,” Southern Porte Cochere, Revelry, and Celebration.
If the expensive hotel rooms, water features, and more slots than you can play in a weekend isn’t enough for you, The Crown also offers a vast selection of nightclubs, restaurants, and stores.
Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp
- Square Feet: 266,330
- Slot and Table Games: 285
- Bars and Restaurants: 3
- Rooms: 70
The Rio Casino Resort in Klerksdorp South Africa is another casino resort monster located in the Southern hemisphere. As they say on their website, “It’s Always Carnival Time at the Rio.” The Rio themed hotels are all usually themed in Rio de Janeiro’s carnival style. This large resort features everything you’d expect including gaming, hotel rooms, entertainment, and plenty of conference space.
One of the unique characteristics of the Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp, is the Karamba Grillhouse. This is a restaurant that is intended for meat lovers. The Karamba Grill House serves Their cuts of prime beef, and modern South African dishes in its “cow themed” restaurant.
Gambling at the Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp is a less than unique experience. Their selection of table games and slot machines is typical when compared to the others on our list, but there’s still plenty of action.
MGM Grand, Macau
- Square Feet: 267,000
- Slot and Table Games: 1,545
- Bars and Restaurants: 8
- Rooms: 600
The MGM Grand, Macau, is another one of the squeaky clean “smoke-free” casinos that seem rare here in the United States. A unique feature of the MGM Grand are the events that they host. One of the big ones is a “Lion Dance Championship” that is an international invitational. The MGM Lion Dance is a sporting event where teams called ‘troupe’ dance with a giant lion; there’s also stunts performed and acrobatics.
It’s often said by visitors that this beautiful hotel in China is the rival of any similar hotel in Las Vegas. It features an excellent art gallery (butterfly garden), a fantastic Cantonese restaurant, and a very well managed casino. The rooms have flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, floor to ceiling windows, and upgraded suites are always available.
Many visitors of the MGM Grand complain about the price points, as it’s also often said that the casino hotel is a bit of a letdown. Sure, it’s bigger than a lot of casinos/hotels in America, but the real opulence and luxury seems to be missing. Instead, they’re soulless art pieces, and high prices.
Casino Ponte 16, Macau
- Square Feet: 270,000
- Slot and Table Games: 470
- Bars and Restaurants: 9
- Rooms: 408
The Casino Ponte 16, is the French-themed resort among the wannabe Vegas resorts located in Macau, China. It features similar entertainment, a hotel, dining, and gambling options that you’d expect from any world- class casinos.
Part of the main appeal of Casino Ponte 16, Macau is its unique location. This massive casino-hotel is situated directly in Macau’s Harbor, which is widely known as, “The Historic Centre of Macao,” which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The resort was built around the large clock tower located in the harbor by Pier 16. From the hotel, many of the city’s most famous architectural monuments are only a short walk away.
The Casino Ponte 16, is a great place to gamble, but an even better place to eat. Several world-renowned restaurants on site offer top-tier Chinese and French culinary mastery. You can go on a food journey with tastes ranging from home-made style Asian noodles to the very best in French and Mediterranean cuisines.