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casinos in america
Casino gaming has experienced a bit of a renaissance, partly thanks to the online gambling boom that has opened games like poker, blackjack and roulette to the masses. Visiting a casino or gaming online is now more popular than ever, with people from all walks of life enjoying gambling more regularly.
The US may still be pretty strict when it comes to gambling, but there are still plenty of licensed casinos across the country, notably in states like Nevada and New Jersey where the attitude to gaming is a little more relaxed. If you're planning a trip to the states anytime soon and feel like enjoying a bit of casino gaming when you're out there, then the following 5 casinos are a great way to enjoy some gambling the American way.
- Borgata Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
At the heart of Atlantic City, Borgata goes a long way to keep the gambling heritage of the boardwalk casino very much alive. The Borgata is a huge entertainment complex offering luxury hotel rooms, a great selection of restaurants and of course a fully equipped casino floor with horse race betting, every casino game imaginable and a huge choice of slot games. The Borgata is a bit more refined than the neighbouring Harrah's resort, so expect to see bigger bets and more celebs at the tables.
- Mohegan Sun Casino, Norwich, Connecticut
Voted the best casino in the US by USA Today, the Mohegan Sun is a huge Indian reservation casino that wouldn't look out of place on the Las Vegas strip. The complex is part gigantic shopping mall, part casino, with slots and gaming rooms mixed in with famous stores where players can spend their winnings. The modern layout looks futuristic, but with a twist of native heritage and even features a huge arena that hosts world-class music acts throughout the year.
- Hard Rock Hotel, Biloxi, Louisiana
New Orleans is the spiritual home of poker, with the first recognised game played in the city in 1829. The working riverboats that ferried passengers up the river continued this gambling tradition and now Louisiana visitors and residents can enjoy a fantastic gaming experience in Biloxi, around and hour and half from New Orleans. The Hard Rock Hotel brings the Hard Rock brand to the Gulf of Mexico with a brilliant seaside complex featuring all of the brilliant features expected from a Hard Rock venue. As well as a massive variety of slots and table games, the real attraction is a game of Mississippi stud in the birthplace of poker. Before your visit, make sure you get a grasp of the rules so you can fully appreciate all forms of the game.
- The Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
One of the most famous casinos in the world, the Bellagio oozes class with insane décor, incredible service and so many slots and games that it would be impossible to try them all out in a lifetime. Just walking into the triple A, five-diamond Bellagio is an experience in itself, with the insane fountain show and surrounding gardens blowing visitors' minds before they've even placed a bet. Be prepared to splash some cash however, with high rollers and celebs mixing it on a weekend and putting plenty of chips down in the process.
- The Wynn Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
In terms of overall experience, the Wynn and Encore resort is the hands down winner in every category. Everything is designed to amaze, with incredible attention to detail from the tables all the way to the 5-star+ luxuries in the rooms upstairs. The nightlife and restaurants consistently have the best atmospheres in Las Vegas and the Encore theatre holds nightly dinner shows featuring the likes of Diana Ross and Tony Bennett. In terms of value for money and jaw-dropping experiences in every area of the complex, the Wynn is probably the best casino in America.
Your trip to the US will definitely be made more memorable with a trip to any of these casinos and there's a good chance that you could even pay for some of your holiday with a big win or two along the way!