People visit high-end casinos partly for the gambling, but also for the glamour. It’s a chance to dress up in your best clothes and enjoy an environment made famous by iconic real-life and fictional characters such as the Rat Pack and James Bond. Of course, these casinos still offer the thrill of wagering your money on the various games. You may not have the kind of money in your wallet to play for the very highest stakes, but you can still gamble and vicariously enjoy the opulence of your surroundings.
These are some of the casinos that will give you just that kind of experience.
Casino de Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo, in Monaco, is known around the world as a playground for wealthy jet-setters and one of the places they love to play is the Casino de Monte Carlo. What many fail to realize, however, is that this spectacular complex was not originally created for the ultra-wealthy visitors and population.
Instead, the then-ruling House of Grimaldi had it built in the 1860s to convince these wealthy people to visit a Monaco that was struggling financially at the time. Almost from the moment of its grand opening in 1863, the Casino de Monte Carlo has been doing just that.
It has been expanded several times since then, but the architectural splendor of the old world has been preserved throughout. In addition to all imaginable table and gambling games, the modern complex also boasts its own opera house – the Opera de Monte Carlo – and many lounge bars and restaurants.
This casino has been featured in several Bond movies and don’t expect to enter in jeans and a t-shirt. It’s a high-end casino and you should tailor your poker outfits accordingly (think tuxedo or evening dress).
Las Vegas is considered the gaming mecca of the world and that reputation is due to establishments such as the Bellagio. Found on the famous Las Vegas Strip, it was designed by Steve Wynn and cost a whopping $88 million when it opened in 1998.
However, every cent of that is visible from the moment you arrive. The huge complex is set in grounds with an 8-acre lake, a shopping center with every conceivable high-class fashion outlet and the famous fountains.
Bellagio’s fountains have been featured in many movies, perhaps most notably Ocean’s 11, but are far more impressive when seen in real life. The gaming isn’t too shabby in this location either.
It is home to a 156,000 sqm casino with thousands of slot games and nearly 200 table games. For the high rollers, there is an exclusive area called Villa Prive and the high-limit poker room that often hosts the World Series of Poker tournament.
Marina Bay Sands
Located in Singapore, this stunning casino complex was officially opened in 2010. Costing a remarkable $8 billion to build, its three massive skypark towers are a dominant feature of Singapore’s skyline.
There are plans to expand the complex, with the addition of a fourth tower to be completed in about four years. According to architect Moshe Safdie, the inspiration for the look was the decks of playing cards.
However, it is not only the unique and stunning architecture that makes the Marina Bay Sands such a fantastic example of the first-class casino. The Casino Block contains approximately 1,400 slot games and 1,000 table games, while the other two towers are an Exhibition Facilities Block and a Theater Block.
There is also a shopping center called Shoppes with hundreds of boutiques and its own canal, as well as an Art Science Museum and that aforementioned sky park with a huge swimming pool.
Casino Baden Baden
Germany is not known for being a hotbed of casino games, but the spa town of Baden Baden in the Black Forest is home to one of the world’s most attractive casinos. This has always been a resort that has attracted the wealthiest and most royal from all over Europe, but today it is more likely to attract wealthy gamblers. Like the Casino de Monte Carlo, this gaming house has a distinctly European feel. The building itself is designed in Baroque style and the architect took many of the ideas from the Palace of Versailles in France.
It was made in 1824 and the designer was Friedrich Weinbrenner. The casino began to rise in popularity among the French nobility the following decade after France imposed a ban on casino games. Over the years, the blackjack tables, poker and roulette wheels – as well as other amenities like the spa – have attracted stars like Marlene Dietrich, who said it was the world’s most beautiful casino.
Combining all the joys of modern gaming with Belle Époque architecture, this is one of the best gambling establishments you can find anywhere. Make sure to wear a tie if you decide to visit. These are four of the most beautiful casinos the planet has to offer and a visit to one of them will guarantee you a unique and unforgettable experience. This is gambling in the most stylish of environments and a chance to see how the rich live.
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