Premier casinos are the epitome of wealth and luxury. Most casinos in the U.S. draw in impressive earnings, even in this post-recession environment. But which ones draw in the most dough? Take a look at the high-end of the high rollers.
1. The Sands
Most people think of The Sands as one of the Vegas hotels and casinos, but it actually lies just outside the famous strip in Paradise, Nevada, and the enterprise includes The Venetian and the Palazzo. The Sands also operates a number of facilities in Asia and Europe, as well as location in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Together, the enterprise was worth $52 billion before the economic meltdown of 2008, but stock prices fell considerably thereafter. It is now recovering, following some multi-million dollar investments by the likes of casino tycoon Sheldon Aledson.
2. MGM Grand
Another staple on the Las Vegas Strip is the MGM Grand hotel and casino, boasting 170,000 square feet and featuring 2,300 gaming machines and 178 gaming tables, including poker. It offers 20 restaurants and bars and 5,044 hotel rooms. Built in 1993 and featuring a Hollywood theme, the MGM is a joint venture with the Mirage, with 30 floors and 5 outdoor pools. MGM also operates a sister casino of a comparable size in Macao, China, the Las Vegas of Asia.
3. Foxwoods Resort Casino
Perhaps lesser known outside gaming circles, the Foxwoods is one of the largest hotels and casinos in the world. Located in Ledyard, Connecticut, it opened in 1986 and boasts 340,000 square feet of casinos with 7,000 gaming machines and 400 gaming tables. It also offers 824 rooms and 29 restaurants and bars. There are six full casinos in the facility, with 17 types of table games with 100 tables dedicated to poker. Managed by the Mashantucket Pequot Native American tribe, it features one of the world’s largest bingo halls. Its proximity to large metro populations like New York and Boston drives the business.
4. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Situated in Atlantic City, Borgata means “Little Village” in Italian, and is worth an estimated $1.1 billion. As the largest casino in Atlantic City, it offers 161 square feet of casinos, with 4,100 gaming machines and 285 table games. 17 restaurants and bars satiate the guests, many of whom stay in one of its 2,002 hotel rooms. Marina District Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the massive Boyd Gaming company, which owns and operates facilities in Las Vegas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi also owns Borgata.
5. Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino
In an industry in which “over the top” is the norm, the Rio developed a unique way to stand out. In 2008, the casino and hotel partnered with a Las Vegas gentleman’s club and began offering a European style topless swimming pool. Though police eventually blew the whistle on this particular marketing ploy, the Rio still draws in guests with 120,000 square feet of casinos, offering 1,245 gaming machines and 104 game tables. It offers 18 restaurants and 2,500 hotel rooms. The Rio sits just off the Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
Modern gaming, however, isn’t confined to brick and mortar casinos. Some of the largest and most lucrative gaming facilities operate online. Online casinos are an excellent way to enjoy casino action outside your vacation time, while also honing your skills for greater success in the casino arena.