Casinos aren’t my normal choice of destination. As a whole I’m more at home up a mountain than at a dealer’s table. But there has to be something said about going to one of these places every once in a while, especially if you’re headed to one of these three.
Bellagio, Las Vegas, USA
When we think of casinos, one of the first places we might think of is Las Vegas. This is probably because of all its lights and movies such as Viva Las Vegas. It cost $88 million to build the Bellagio in Las Vegas. It was designed by Steve Wynn, a casino specialist. Its claim to fame as a casino is that it featured in the Hollywood movies Ocean’s 11 and 21.
For those into the gambling as much as the glamour, the Bellagio is known for its top-end poker rooms, and also for its sky-high table limits. It will hold World Poker Tour events with regularity. It houses 2000 slot machines which pay-out jackpots of up to $2 million.
In terms of its surroundings, the Bellagio is surrounded by an 8-acre lake, some world-famous dancing fountains, and boasts some very exclusive fashion stores. So, there is something for everyone to spend their money on.
Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Officially named Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo’s casino is located in Monaco. Also the home of F1 racing and some very expensive yachts. It has a reputation for being a millionaire’s playground, as a tax haven for countless millionaires.
If you are just sightseeing, anyone can enter the casino building without showing ID to have a look in its atrium, which is in itself grand. Off to the left, it has a bar and an aperitif area. This is where you obtain your courage to have a flutter, although I doubt serious gamblers are tempted to impair their judgment by being tempted to partake in too many drinks for Dutch courage.
The casino has a long history, having opened in 1863. No particular code in terms of dress exists for entry into the casino, but everyone should be properly attired. So, no shorts flips-flops, or sports shoes.
Monaco has become such a draw for the rich and famous, who you are bound to rub shoulders with, because it scrapped income tax in 1869. The amount of tax collected from the large sums of money spent on luxury goods in Monaco more than makes up for the income tax they lose. The tax benefits, of course, mean that its residents have more money to spend in its shops and casinos. You can temporarily feel a part of the extravagance if you go there on a gambling holiday, or just a holiday to take in the sights of Monaco.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City, USA
The décor outside and in is something to marvel at if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. You can observe its pointed domes, stone elephants, shining chandeliers, and twisty minuets.
The whole idea of this casino resort was dreamt up by Donald Trump, a serious gambler of the financial markets, and now of presidential fame. It can only be described as an opulent casino. But then, who would expect anything else when Trump Towers is known for its gold-plated fittings.
Inside the casino, because I know that you are waiting to find your way in, you can play a round of poker in a smoke-free room or join the gaming salon where the stakes are high. Alternatively, or after all of that, you can venture into the resort’s Hard Rock Café. The whole resort is a must-see place to visit.
So, three wonderful places to visit, whether you are sightseeing or looking to try your luck inside the casinos.