Casino resorts and gambling venues don’t usually deal in subtlety. Across the world, these locations lean into opulence and glamour, making themselves as striking as possible, and for good reason; they attract millions of visitors every year.
Usually costing tens or hundreds of millions – or even billions – to build, these venues are truly a sight to behold and offer much, much more than just a place to play some cards and make some bets. Many are a part of hotel complexes and boast entertainment features, restaurants and some even have roller coasters.
In mid-2020, the value of casinos and the online gambling industry worldwide was estimated to be a staggering $227 billion. The US remains one of the hotbeds of casinos and poker rooms, with 465 commercial and 524 tribal casinos listed there in 2019.
However, Macau has emerged as another key location as it is the only place in China where it is legal to gamble. In fact, 50% of the city’s overall revenue comes from gambling. That being said, many of their biggest casinos are owned by American companies.
With so many countries and venues trying to offer the best casino resorts, we have compiled a list of the 9 best poker rooms in the world. Topping the list is the Aria in Las Vegas, which will come as a surprise to a few.
The resort is the largest private construction project in America’s history and is arguably the most glamorous complex in Vegas. It features an enormous 215,000-square-foot swimming pool area as well as some of the finest restaurants on the strip.
Its gaming floor clocks in at 150,000 square feet and the poker room regularly hosts some of the most prominent games and tournaments in the world, including the World Poker Tour. The venue attracts some of poker’s biggest high rollers as well and fans can even watch games live.
Moving to America’s east coast, the Borgata in Atlantic City holds another world-class poker room. In fact, it is so established that a Borgata title is on many big poker player’s must-do lists.
Like the Aria, this venue is extremely elegant and provides a level of comfort and convenience to its guests that is largely unmatched across the globe. While the poker can get pretty serious there, Borgata also contains many plus restaurants like Wolfgang Puck as well as a substantial sportsbook to punt on events like NFL and NBA games.
Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas features heavily in this list and the poker room inside the Wynn is another worth visiting. While it doesn’t host any major tournaments like the World Poker Tour, it does stage its own competitions, all of which have very attractive guarantees.
The room itself is also gorgeous and easily one of the best decorated in the world, with helpful and friendly staff to boot. Plus, the hotel features an award-winning spa for when you want to unwind after a day of playing cards.
In 2016, the Gardens in Los Angeles underwent renovations that cost a whopping $90 million, but it seems every cent was well spent. Its poker room holds 300 tables and the gambling floor is strictly a card game only spot, meaning there are no slot machines in sight.
This helps create a more laid-back atmosphere than you’d find in most other major poker rooms, but there’s also a huge range of different games you can try your hand at, as the floor stretches over 200,000 square feet.
For the rock ‘n’ roll fans, there’s the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida. The complex unveiled its stunning guitar-shaped hotel in 2019 and its poker room regularly hosts World Poker Tour tournaments.
One of its main selling points is the music on offer, with an array of live performances throughout the year as well as a classic rock heavy soundtrack.
Australia is not necessarily known for its large gambling venues, but in Melbourne you’ll find the Crown Casino, which plays host to the Aussie Millions; one of the most significant events in the global poker calendar.
The complex actually has three hotels in total and its poker room holds 50 tables, featuring cash games and tournaments alike. The resort sits on a gorgeous river and the sprawling towers offer stunning views of the city.
The Hippodrome Casino in Central London is also well worth a visit. It’s arguably the poker room with the most history, with the establishment originally opening in 1900 and hosting circus acts as well as musical performances from the likes of Tom Jones, The Jackson 5 and Shirley Bassey.
The poker room is a stylish one, as expected in London, and sits on the third floor of the building.
Back in Vegas, the Bellagio is another striking poker venue, especially as it hosts the ‘Big Game’ each year. Likewise, the Casino di Venezia and Ca’ Noghera in Venice are two beautiful locations with plenty to offer. They might not have the modern flash of the Aria, for example, but they are steeped in history.
Poker really is a global game and across various continents you’ll find some thrilling places to play the game. Some host major tournaments while others are simply breath-taking structures.
Whether you’re looking for a venue that regularly features prominent tournaments or one that features a deep history and beautiful interiors, you are bound to find one that suits you in this list. The fact that they’re in beautiful parts/resorts of the world is just a bonus!