The gaming industry has come leaps and bounds since the very first casino opened on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy in 1638.
Throughout centuries, classic casino games have become more accessible to the masses, being associated with incredible entertainment and a lavish Hollywood lifestyle.
But, with so many gaming venues offering such similar games, where in the world can you get the ultimate casino experience?
From history, games and location, to socialising, entertainment, glamour and technology – here are the top three places where you could find the best casino experience for you…
Online – At home
When looking for somewhere to go, this one is easily overlooked. There’s nothing quite like the sheer number of online Slots, or classic table games you can get stuck into from your own home, or anywhere you have internet access.
With unique graphics, mechanics and technology that capture the bright lights and glamour of the complete casino experience, you can find more games online than you would anywhere else!
There are special features, promotions and bonuses, and even themed games for you to explore – and that’s all before venturing into the world of live casino gaming.
That’s right, the social element of gaming hasn’t been left behind in this virtual casino. You can play all your favourite games, hosted by a real-life, professionally trained dealer, directly from a specialist studio, in real-time! You don’t even have to change out of your pyjamas. It really doesn’t get much better than that!
Macau – China
That is, of course, unless you want to jump on a plane and visit the City of Lights – Macau, in China.
In 2010, Macau exceeded Las Vegas as the world’s casino capital, bringing in a much higher revenue. It is the only part of Greater China (China, Hong Kong and Macau) where gambling is legal, making it the place to go if you want a taste of the sparkling lights.
The city has a rich history, but now focuses on high-rollers, hosting private rooms with special privileges. This is because, in the past, the casinos were largely built around VIP rooms which were sub-contracted to gambling promoters.
Up until 2001, only one company was licensed to operate casinos in Macau. However, from 2002, big firms from all around the world with recognisable names from the gaming industry – like MGM, Galaxy and Wynn Resorts – were also granted licenses.
This expanded Macau’s tourism and employment opportunities, with the City of Lights still growing, and plenty of incredible casinos now soar into the skyline.
Las Vegas – America
Despite Macau over taking Las Vegas as far as revenue is concerned, the famous Strip that makes up Sin City in Nevada is no doubt one of the best places to get the full casino experience. Here you can soak up the history of casino-resorts, Hollywood and celebrities.
It’s true that Las Vegas casinos were first created by the Mob, but over time, the buildings transformed into entertainment houses, with the likes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra lighting up the night.
In the modern-day, Las Vegas is about more than just casino gaming, which of course you can do plenty of in the many venues lined up in and around the Strip.
The bright lights, famous entertainment, landmarks, history, and glamour just can’t be found anywhere else.
So, which of these three places most takes your fancy? Do you think your favourite casino experience will come from gaming online, visiting one of the richest cities in the world, or experiencing the depths of Sin City for yourself?