There’s something magical about casinos in the flesh: they represent a fantasy land where time doesn’t pass, and the world collapses down into nothing more than you and the game. So, our new blog series at Lucky Nugget Casino is dedicated to charting some of the best casinos around the world.
We start our adventure with America: land of the free, and home of the brave gamblers. Check out some of the biggest and best US casinos – which, of course, are some of the best in the world.
WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Located just a short hop over the Texas border, in the heart of the Deep South, it’s ideal for travellers looking to visit both the USA and its infamous neighbours. With 519,000 square feet of playing space, the WinStar is one of the largest casinos in the world. There’s also a whopping 7,400 gaming machines – which, according to WinStar, makes it the larhgest casino in the world by machine number.
You won’t be short of ways to stay entertained at the WinStar World Casino: besides the electronic games, there are 46 poker tables, 99 total table games, off-track betting, keno, and bingo available. There’s sixteen different restaurants competing to make your taste buds sing, and even a WinStar Golf Club located nearby. Whatever you’re looking for in a casino, WinStar World Casino has it.
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Nation, Foxwoods was for a long time the largest casino in the USA. It was originally founded as a bingo hall in 1986, but grew massively since then. There are six casinos inside a resort that covers 9,000,000 square feet in all, and as such there’s a huge amount of space. Pull up a chair at one of the 380 gaming tables, or settle in at one of the 4,700 slot machines which line the walls.
The casino has the third-largest poker room in the world (after two casinos in California), and hosts a variety of game types. But the most striking element of Foxwoods may be its grand exterior, which towers above all the surrounding buildings. As opposed to being a tower like many casinos, Foxwood has a multistory edifice which houses its 2,266 hotel rooms, as well as its palatial children’s arcade.
Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California
Voted the Best US Casino by USA Today, Pechanga Resort and Casino might seem like an unlikely choice. It’s the largest casino in California, located outside of Los Angeles’ urban sprawl and around an hour north of San Diego. The casino covers 188,000 square feet, and highlights the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians’ culture.
There are eleven restaurants, a high-limit gaming area, 54-table poker room, food court area, 1,200-seat showroom, and 200-seat cabaret lounge, as well as other attractions. Patrons seeking a change of pace from the casino can also check out the golf course, Journey at Pechanga, or else take a well-earned break in the luxurious Spa Pechanga. That’s the kind of versatility we like to see at our casinos!
Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
While Las Vegas is the most famous gaming city in the world, many of its casinos and hotels can’t compete with the regional offerings around the USA. However, Red Rock Resort manages to make its mark in the landscape. It’s the kind of casino that locals frequent, so it’s more substantial than the standard Las Vegas clubs.
Red Rock Resort sits ten miles west of the famous Las Vegas Strip, in Summerlin, and has 70 acres of land around it. There’s 3,000 gaming machines, a 600 seat bingo hall, a 20 seat keno lounge, and a 72-lane bowling center to boot. The casino oozes opulence, from the Swarovski crystal chandeliers to its expansive art collection – so if you ever find yourself in Sin City, it’s well worth a visit.
Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey
All the way across the country from Las Vegas, Atlantic City is the east coast’s very own resort city. Borgata is the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City, and it’s got everything the discerning gamer needs spread out over 161,000 square feet. There’s around 4,000 slot machines at this casino, as well as 50 poker tables, 180 table games, and the only sportsbook in Atlantic City. There are frequent high-stakes games held as part of the World Poker Tour as well, perfect for professional and amateurs alike.
If you’re looking to let your hair down then hair down then head to one of the five fine dining establishments and six more casual restaurants — alongside the four different nightclubs. But if you can’t make it to New Jersey, then Borgata has extensive iGaming operations in place: why not have a spin online, for a taster of the experience?
When it comes to casinos, the USA has an incredible breadth of choice. No matter which state you go to, there will be fine gambling establishments to satisfy your every need – but if you only want the best of the country’s thousand casinos, you know where to look.