Casinos: An overview of land-based gaming

For punters chasing comfort and convenience, playing at an online casino can’t be beat. However, when you’re looking for an authentic, live gambling experience, land based casinos offer so much in the way of atmosphere and entertainment. For those times where you want the authentic casino experience, we’ve provided an overview of best land based casinos and hottest gambling regions around the world to provide you with a real life gambling experience you’ll never forget.

Las Vegas

Ahh Las Vegas, the mother of all gambling regions! Situated right in the heart of the searing Nevada desert, Vegas is famous for embodying the sheer excess that the USA is known for. Think big, over-the-top casinos, opulent resorts, world famous restaurants, celebrity studded nightclubs and the true spirit of nostalgic Americana.

Land based casinos in Vegas are open 24/7, with hundreds of venues to choose from up and down the Las Vegas Strip and in the less touristy Downtown Vegas area. You won’t be able to walk a few minutes without stumbling upon a casino in Vegas, but here are some of the best ones:

Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

  • The Bellagio
  • Caesars Palace
  • MGM Grand Casino Las Vegas
  • Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino
  • Aria Resort & Casino
  • The Venetian
  • The Monte Carlo Las Vegas
  • New York – New York Hotel & Casino
  • Wynn Encore Resort & Casino
  • Tropicana Las Vegas
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Mandalay Bay
  • The Mirage
  • Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
  • Bally’s Casino
  • Red Rock Casino
  • The Cosmopolitan

Atlantic City

Atlantic City is an East Coast resort town with a high density of land based casinos – think of it as the baby sister to Vegas when it comes to gambling in America. Based in New Jersey, Atlantic City is famous for its casinos, its boardwalk and its beaches and the town has a long, fascinating history (the hit TV series Boardwalk Empire was set here to give you an idea of how action packed this seaside town once was).

Some of the most famous land based casinos in Atlantic City include:

  • Bally’s Hotel & Casino
  • Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
  • Golden Nugget Atlantic City
  • Caesars at Atlantic City
  • Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
  • Tropicana Casino Resort
  • Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
  • Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Atlantic City Hilton Hotel & Casino


Located 65KM to the west of Hong Kong, the city of Macau is built upon the land based casino industry, with expenditure at Macau’s casinos counting for 50% of the region’s economy. This opulent city has become a hot spot for Asian gamblers, as well as attracting punters and pleasure seekers from all over the globe. Unlike its Las Vegas counterpart which is all about excess and novelty, Macau is famous for luxury and sophistication, and on top of gambling it attracts tourists seeking high-end spa treatments and surgical procedures.

Developments are constantly underway at Macau, with new casino partnerships with big name Western developers happening all the time. Amongst Macau’s best land based casinos you’ll find:

Venetial in Macau

  • City of Dreams
  • The Venetian Macau Resort
  • Wynn Macau
  • Sands Casino Macau
  • MGM Grand Macau
  • Galaxy Casino
  • Casino Oceanus
  • Starworld Casino Macau
  • Grand Lisboa Casino
  • Altira Macau
  • Grandview Casino
  • Grand Lapa Hotel & Casino
  • Casa Real Casino

Europe & the UK

Given that Europe and the UK account for the most international tourist arrivals anywhere in the world, it’s surprising that their casino industry isn’t as prevalent. While most visitors to countries like Italy, France, England, Germany, Turkey and Spain are chasing rich culture, history and cuisine, you will find some world-class casinos scattered around the European continent including:

  • Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Casino Baden-Baden, Germany
  • Casino Lisboa, Portugal
  • Casino Estoril, Portugal
  • The Casino di Venezia, Italy
  • Casino di Campione , Italy
  • Porto Carras Grand Resort, Greece
  • Casino de Madrid, Spain
  • Holland Casino, Netherlands
  • Aspinalls Casino London
  • The Claremont Club London
  • Maxims Casino London
  • Casino at the Empire London


Amongst its beaches, deserts and cosmopolitan capital cities, Australia is home to many world-class casinos. Gambling makes up a big part of Aussie culture, and it’s common for locals to meet up with friends for a drink or two while enjoying a night out on the table games.

Amongst several smaller land based casinos that can be found in tourist hot spots, each Australian capital city has one opulent casino:

Crown Casino in Sydney

  • Crown Casino Melbourne
  • Crown Casino Perth
  • The Star Casino Sydney
  • The Treasury Casino Brisbane
  • Adelaide Casino
  • Wrest Point Casino Hobart
  • Canberra Casino
  • Jupiters Casino Gold Coast

New land based casinos in the works

The land based casino industry is worth big bucks, so it’s not surprising that new developments are constantly in the works. Whether investors are talking, plans are being made, or building is underway, each year there seems to be something big happening in the casino world. Here are some of the land based casino plans underway in 2016:

Crown Sydney Hotel Resort
Casino giant James Packer and his Crown Entertainment Group have developments in place to build a new six-star hotel and casino on the Sydney Harbor. The Crown Group entered into agreements with the New South Wales Government in 2013 and planning is underway, with Packer stating that “Sydney deserves one of the world’s great hotels on its magnificent harbour. My desire is for Crown to build the best hotel in the world at Barangaroo.”

Land based casinos in The Philippines
There is talk of the Philippines becoming the next big destination for land based casino gambling, with the government deliberating the possibility of extending gambling licenses outside the capital city of Manila. The South East Asian destination plans to compete against Macau for gambling tourism, with four casino resorts already scheduled to be built in the new seaside location known as Entertainment City.

Casinos in Japan
Land based casinos are currently illegal in Japan, but recently there has been deliberation about allowing integrated casino resorts in order to boost Japan’s tourism to aid the economy. In late 2015 a bill was submitted in parliament, which if passed will see Japan aiming to be the third biggest gambling industry in the world.

For more information about how land based casinos differ from online, read our guide to online VS real life casinos.


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