Gambling is a business that’s grown over the years into one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. In the United States alone, gambling is a $240 billion a year industry. The world is a playground for gamblers these days; almost everywhere has a casino resort that you can make into your entire vacation.
Most of these luxurious hotels and casinos are set up to include everything you could ever want to do or see while on vacation. These places have become so all-inclusive that it’s easy to see why they’ve also become vacation destinations instead of merely lodging accommodations.
Most of the resorts I’m going to tell you about have everything from massive casinos, multiple swimming pools, restaurants, shows, and even full scale shopping malls all found inside the resort. They also have activities set up for families and child care options to give parents a little free time to be alone.
1 – Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
March 7, 1991, in Milwaukee Wisconsin the Forest County Potawatomi Community opened the Potawatomi Bingo establishment. When it first opened the facility was only 45,800 square feet. Over the years the facility has grown to an impressive 780,000 square foot venue.
The opening of this facility marked the first off-reservation Indian ran casino in the country and is still the only one of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. When the Forest County Potawatomi Community first opened the gaming facility it was designed to pull their people out of a life of poverty and to help improve the lives of those in the surrounding community.
When you come to this resort you’re not only going to have a wonderful experience but you also get a chance to learn about the history of the tribe that runs the resort.
The Potawatomi has a huge event center that offers great entertainment experience. They also offer the Northern Lights Theater and Bonkers Comedy Club. Along with these extra entertainment options comes the dining. The restaurants span the globe and offer up foods from all over. You get to choose from comfort and classic at the Canal Street Café, to warm Italian at Bella Italiana, steak lovers feel right at home at Dream Dance Steak, and of course, it wouldn’t be a casino without a buffet. The Buffet offers everything from Mexican, Asian, to American so everyone can find something they like for a good price.
The casino has everything from table games to bingo all at your fingertips but lets break it down and see what’s available.
Bingo– Since this is where it all started you knows you’re going to have a great bingo experience. The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino serves up multiple games of bingo every day. These games have jackpots available that can range from $3,600 to $27,000. Some of the games played here are Pot of Gold, All-Star Special, Pick 8 Special, B-13, and Bingo Storm. Games are from 9:30 am until 11 pm each day.
Depending on your game choice you can get to play for as little as $5, packages are also available that offers multiple games and range in price from $20 to $50. The Bingo room also has promotion specials for its player’s; just check to see the most recent ones either online or with one of the room attendance.
Off Track Betting – When you can’t be at a race you can come and place your bets at the Off Track Betting room inside the resort. Here you have the ability to place your bet and leave or stay and watch the races on one of the 115” TVs. If you choose to stay you can enjoy the comfortable seating and drink service. The room is non-smoking but does have an attached smoking room for those who do smoke.
Poker – With the explosion of poker over the past decade, poker rooms have become a part of the casino brand. At the Potawatomi, you get a poker room that’s open 24/7 and has 20 tables available. You can play both limit and no limit Holdem, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha in regular games or you can take your chances and buy into the tournaments.
Slots – On the casino floor you’ll find over 2,500 slot machines for you to choose from. You can choose your betting amounts and find the slots that are right for you from 1 cent to $100 bets they’re all there waiting for you to play. Many of the slots also have progressive jackpots if you’re looking for a thrill, find one of these machines. Also if you love slots but have issues with the smoke filled air you can take your play up to the Sky Lodge which is a smoke-free room that has 260 slot machines waiting to be played.
Table Games – The Potawatomi offers many of the regular table games found in casinos. You can play 24/7 with over 100 tables to choose from. You’ll find all of your favorite games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat with much more to choose from.
On your next trip to the Midwest, you might just want to make a stop in Milwaukee and see what the Potawatomi is all about.
2 – WinStar Casino and Resort
Another hotel and casino resort that has been brought to us by the Native American’s is the WinStar. Owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation this amazing 630,800 square foot resort can be found in Oklahoma. The Native Americans do it again with an all-inclusive vacation getaway that offers everything you can possibly imagine.
The casino is set up into 8 city-themed gaming plazas, plus you have dining choices that range from the high end to the more comfortable home cooking. The Global Event Center at the resort offers big time entertainments from big time artists. Some other great amenities available include the 1,400 three tower hotel, the 27 hole D.A. Weibring Golf Course, and the Spa at WinStar.
The casino here is set up different than anywhere I have ever seen. With the 8 city-themed plazas, you can gamble in Paris, Beijing, Rome, Madrid, London, Vienna, Cairo, and New York.
Slots – Within the 8 cities you find a vast amount of slot games. The WinStar has over 7,400 electronic games for you to choose from. These games offer betting for as little as a penny up to $25. If you’re a high stakes player they have three options for you to choose from in the Regal High Stakes, Crown High Stakes, and Belvedere High Stakes.
Poker – The WinStar is home to a 46 table poker room that spans 20,220 square foot with its own restaurant called the Red River Grill. Here you can try your hand at many versions of Limit and No Limit Holdem, and Omaha games. The room also offers daily and seasonal tournaments for you to join in. The daily tournaments have a buy-in of $65 during the week and $120 on the weekends.
Table Games – The WinStar has over 100 tables that offer all your favorite casino games. These tables offer you a chance to try your hand at games like Blackjack, Let it Ride, Roulette, and Craps. For the high stakes players the High Stakes tables open at noon every day and remain open until 2 am to offer you the best chance of winning big.
Bingo – WinStar offers a Bingo hall with 800 seats to accommodate those who love bingo. The bingo hall is located right next door to the Poker room and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They do have an option called Mega Frenzy Bingo that has a daily cash prize and progressive jackpots available to players.
Keno – Keno Lounge can be found in the New York Gaming Plaza. Here you can play anywhere from 1 to 1,000 games for a chance to win up to $100,000. The Lounge is opened daily from 8 am to 2 am. They also have the Keno Progressive Jackpot that can give you a chance at $2 million dollars.
3 – The Venetian Macau
When you hear the Venetian you automatically think of Las Vegas and you’re not wrong just that this massive resort is located on the other side of the world in Macau China and is a larger more extreme version of its brother that’s been a household name for many years in the United States. This version of the Venetian puts the one found in Vegas at a not so close second.
This resort and casino is family oriented with activities available for everyone. The hotel itself is incredible and has over 3,000 rooms and suites to make your stay as comfortable as possible. From the minute you step foot on the property you feel like you’ve been transported into Venice with the gondola rides, and the impressive Italian-inspired décor.
The resort has a full-scale gym, 4 pools with 48 cabanas available, go and relax at the Venetian’s spa, mini golf course for family fun, and watch the kids have a blast on the slides and climbing courses available. You can also take in a show such as Shrek the Musical or Cirque de Soleil’s Zaia at The Venetian Theatre and Cotai Arena.
Slots – The Venetian offers you a multitude of electronic games to choose from. Anyone who wants to try their hand at slots won’t have a problem finding one that works perfectly for them. With over 1,850 different games to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Table Games – All your favorites can be found and some games you may not be as familiar with at the tables at the Venetian casino. These games include Poker at 7 tables, along with Baccarat, Blackjack, Sic Bo, and Fan Tan spread around the remaining 643 tables.
4 – City of Dreams Casino
Another massive casino calls Macau China home and I found it interesting that it sits right across the street from The Venetian. So as you travel this main road you get to view two of the largest casinos in the world side by side.
The City of Dreams is a miniature city inside a large city. You won’t ever find yourself bored because there are so many different activities you can engage in you won’t be able to see and do everything all in one trip.
The hotel at the resort is actually split between 6 towers and 3 different hotel chains. These 6 towers are home to over 1,400 rooms each and many different options for entertainment and dining. Entertainment at the City of Dreams can range from the famous House of Dancing Water show to the kid’s playground area, to concert events, and their own version of a night club.
Dining options are just as expansive as the resort itself, you can choose from any of the 29 different eateries to get some of the most delicious food you have ever had. Don’t forget to stop by the luxurious spa to get yourself relaxed and refreshed and ready for your night out or a trip to the casino floor.
This 420,000 square foot casino has two levels and is filled to the brim with slot machines and table games to accommodate just about any type of player who stops in at City of Dreams.
Table Games – The casino has 270 gaming tables on the first level of the casino with the most popular games being played by all. These games include Texas Holdem, Sic Bo, Roulette, and Blackjack. You can place bets starting as low at $50 but if you’re a high stakes kind of player you’re going to have to join the VIP clubs to get access to the second level and the multi-million dollar wagers.
Slots – The City of dreams offers over 1,500 slot machines with varying wager amounts of anywhere from .05 to $50. If you can’t find a game you like in this huge array of games I just don’t think there’s a game out there for you.
5 – Foxwoods Casino and Resort
Foxwoods is the largest casino in the United States it covers a massive 340,000 square feet and is home to a full-fledged casino, along with dining, entertainment and many more features that make your stay here enjoyable.
The resort is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and finds its home in southeastern Connecticut. Here you have the chance to experience not only the state of the art entertainment venues but you also get to learn about one of the Native American tribes that have managed to survive over the years.
While staying at the Foxwood you can enjoy gourmet meals along with the faster quick serve options, take a relaxing trip to one of the world renowned spas, or play a few holes on the golf course. You also have amazing shows to choose from like Australia’s male revue Thunder from Down Under, some of the most famous comedians, and amazing live performances from big names like Patti LaBelle and Mark Anthony.
Slots –Foxwoods has 4,800 slot machines in many different variations that give you the best variety to choose from. You can find some of the most recent pop culture sensations as themes along with the old school greats. You can find slots that cater to the lower roller and the high rollers with penny slots available and even some machines with $100 wager opportunities.
Table Games – With over 250 tables available you can find all the games you know and love here at Foxwoods. Games like Baccarat, Blackjack, and Pai Gow are some of the games you can find and play daily. These games come in all different versions so give yourself plenty of time on the floor to try them out.
Poker- The Poker room at the Foxwoods casino is one of the largest poker rooms on the East Coast. It has over 30 tables that host games from Limit and No Limit Holdem to Low and High Limit Stud games along with 10 tournament tables that you can play at on a daily basis.
Bingo – The bingo hall at the Foxwoods has 3,600 available seats and covers many different versions of the game for bingo lovers to enjoy. Regular games are offered twice daily at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm with doors opening 2 and half hours before. So come get your seat and play some bingo.
Keno – Foxwoods offers live drawings every six minutes. You can pick up to 15 numbers on a straight ticket or play the Pequot progressive ticket with 20 numbers.
6 – Island Resort and Casino
This resort and casino can be found in Harris Michigan and is owned and operated by Hannahville Indian Community which is a Potawatomi Indian tribe. This luxurious resort spans an impressive 408,520 square feet and has everything available from fine dining, entertainment for the entire family, and relaxation opportunity at the spa.
Slots–You can find an impressive 1,200 different slot games to choose from when you visit the casino at the Island Resort and Casino. These machines range from the penny slots to the higher stakes versions to cover all forms of players.
Table Games – The casino offers 15 tables that offer games like Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, and Spanish 21. These tables are open daily from 10 am until 2 am. Depending on the game you can have a buy in for as little as $2 so give the games a try, you just might get lucky.
Bingo – Like most other Native American ran casinos, the Island Resort and Casino started out as a bingo hall so it’s no surprise the game still has a place here. You can find many different bingo games at the Hannahville Bingo hall like Cosmo Bingo, Odd Ball, Secret Good Neighbor and much more. With 200 seats available you want to make sure you get there early to get the best seat in the house.
7 – Mohegan Sun
Connecticut is home to this sprawling 300,000 square foot resort and casino. It opened in 1996 and is owned and operated by the Mohegan Indian Tribe. It offers two hotel towers that have 1,563 rooms, two world class spas, along with a massive 10,000 square foot indoor pool.
The Mohegan Sun has some of the best restaurants and bars available. You can choose from over 40 different varieties and find just what you’re looking for. You can also spend some time at the comedy club, or out shopping at the 130,000 square foot retail shopping area.
Slots–Mohegan Sun offers up 5,000 different slot machines for you to choose from. You can find all the most recent pop culture-themed games, some games with well-known personalities, and the tried and true old school games. These games cover the spectrum from the low-level penny slots to the high roller slots, there’s something for everyone.
Table Games – Find all your favorite table games on the Mohegan Sun floor. You can play Craps, Caribbean Stud Poker, Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, and much more at the multiple tables available at the casino.
Poker – Casino of the Wind is the Mohegan Sun’s poker room. The room has 42 tables dedicated to multiple version of poker. You can always find an Omaha, or Holdem game going on so don’t forget to stop by and play a hand.
8 – Ponte 16
This world class hotel and resort sits in the culturally rich Inner Harbor of Macau China and has a five-star hotel rating along with Asia’s first Gallery and many entertainment and retail options in the works. The casino takes up the biggest part of the resort and sits on 270,000 square feet of the facilities 1.3 million square feet total.
You can find 389 rooms and suites along with 19 apartments at the Mansion of Sofitel hotel. You can also find all the coolest bars, great restaurants, outdoor swimming pools, and a great state of the art fitness center in the facilities as well.
Slots –The Ponte 16 has a 307 slot games to choose from. You’re sure to find a machine that fits your needs and gives you the chance to win some great money in the process.
Table Games – All the table games you know and love can be found at the 109 gaming tables at the Ponte 16. You can enjoy games such as Roulette, Sic Bo, Fan Tan, and much more when you take your chances and buy into your favorite game.
9 – Sands Macao
Macau China brings us another of the largest casinos in the world. This one has a well-known name and you can find its brother on the Las Vegas Strip. This casino and resorts sits on 229,000 square feet of land and offers some of the most extensive amenities I have seen.
At The Sands, you can enjoy fine dining, in the form of multiple buffets, high-end steakhouses, and even some American favorites like Starbucks and McDonalds. The entertainment at the resort is also top notch. Amazing shows like the Colombian All Stars, Sands Sirens, and many different concerts can be enjoyed at the Xanadu Lounge and Sands Theatre.
The hotel at the Sands has fewer rooms available than most of the other facilities on the list. With only 51 rooms you’re going to want to book your room early or you might have to stay somewhere else. During your stay at the Sands make sure to take a trip to the top of the line spa and salon, or take a relaxing dip in the indoor pool found on the sixth floor of the resort.
Slots – The Sands has a remarkable 750 slot machines to choose from. You’re sure to find just the right game with the right wager range to play.
Table Games – The Sands has a massive 1,000 table games to choose from. You can find every game you can imagine from Blackjack to Sic Bo at the Sands and if you’re lucky enough you just might walk away a winner.
10 – MGM Grand
One of Las Vegas’s largest casinos is the MGM Grand it sits on 170,000 square feet of prime real estate right on the strip. This massive resort has a 5,044 room hotel to accommodate as many of the customers as possible with a luxurious and comfortable feel to relax them and get them ready to spend their money at the casino.
MGM Grand is home to some of the most world-renowned restaurants with 12 different ones to choose from I’m sure you’ll find one that fits your tastes. Along with the dining, the entertainment offered here is out of this world.
The MGM Grand hosts some of the most amazing shows, sporting events, and concert series to ever be seen in Vegas. This resort is where you go to see your title boxing matches, Cirque de Soleil, famous comedians, and dance groups. The entertainment doesn’t stop with the shows; the multiple night clubs the Grand has to offer gives everyone a chance to have the time of their life. You have everything from a country western themed bar, to the Techno music DJ party club, to the low key whiskey bar.
Slots – The MGM Grand is the home to over 2,300 slot machines. These games are all top of the line and offer the players anywhere from penny wagers up to massive $1000 wagers. Some of the games come with progressive jackpots and they even have High limit slots that give you a chance to win over $500,000.
Table Games –The MGM is home to over 150 table games. You can find everything you want here at the MGM. You play to your heart’s content at staples like Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, and Roulette. You can even find some of the lesser known games on the floor like Casino War, and Crazy 4 Poker.
Poker – The poker room at the MGM Grand is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and offers $1-$2 No limit games regularly. Not only does the room have 13 tables to accommodate as many players as possible but they also offer daily tournaments with buy-ins at as little as $50. I can’t forget to mention the tableside massages, and food and beverage services available either.
11 – The Borgata
Atlantic City is home to this massive 161,000 square feet casino and resort. Here you can find everything you could ever dream of in a one stop shop hotel and casino. The hotel has 2,000 rooms that are stylish and comfortable that rival those found in New York and Vegas.
While you stay at The Borgata you can enjoy a world-class culinary experience that encompasses well-known chefs like Bobby Flay, and Wolfgang Puck, along with comfort food and high-class steakhouses. After you get your belly full you can check out some of the shows available like The Music Box or catch a concert with a big time performer. If none of that catches your eye try out the Gypsy Bar or Premier Nightclub if that’s more your speed.
During your stay don’t forget to check out the retail and spa options available as well.
Slots –The Borgata is home to over 3,475 slot machines with themes that cover anything you can think of. You can find machines that bring your favorite movie, TV show, or celebrity to life. The denominations found at these games can range from a penny to $1,000.
Table Games – You can find all the staples on the floor of The Borgata from Blackjack to Roulette I am sure you’ll find the game you’re looking for. Give some of the other games a try like Flop Poker, and Spanish 21 and see how you fair.
Poker– If you love poker you’ll want to make sure you make time to stop by the poker room at The Borgata. You’ll find multiple games going on of limit and no limit holdem, along with 7 card stud and Omaha hi lo. You can enter into a daily tournament and play around the clock until you win the big money.
These casinos are all amazing and have everything you could ever wish for all together under one roof. Why book a vacation where you have to keep leaving and going places when you can get everything you want to do right in one spot? I know the next vacation I plan I’m going to make it to one of these monsters so my family and I can experience these wonders of construction and entertainment.
I hope these reviews give you a general idea of what to expect when you visit any of these resorts. The bigger the better; they always say.
Any one of these resorts is a great choice for a vacation and I hope I’ve made it a little easier for you to choose the best one for you.