Las Vegas has long been thought of as the gambling mecca of the world but there are so many places out there besides Vegas. If you love the thrill of placing a bet, punching a button, or guessing an outcome, you’re going to adore these cities:
Atlantic City, New Jersey
This nostalgic location marries a family friendly boardwalk and beach to some of the most exciting gambling on the eastern seaboard. Atlantic City has undergone a regentrification project and boasts some really spectacular properties. With dozens of big-name casinos, nightclubs, and eateries you’ll get your fill of excitement in this town.
With a rich history of intrigue, it’s not surprising that Chicagoland is one of the highest grossing casino markets in the U.S. There’s something romantic and exciting about the idea of gambling in an area with such a scandalous history. However, Chicago was late to the gambling scene. It wasn’t until the Riverboat Gambling Act legalized riverboat gambling in Illinois in 1990, with a similar law in Indiana in 1993, that legal gambling arrived in the Chicagoland area. Now the Chicago Casino boasts some of the loosest slots around.
Known historically for Motown and cars, Detroit also has three well-known casinos with plenty of action. From slots to video gaming, to Super Pit table games, Detroit has you covered.
If you want to experience gambling with an international flavor (you need only be 19 in Canada to gamble where alcohol is served), cross the river into Windsor, Canada. Caesar’s Casino offers poker, slots and table games. Just don’t forget your passport.
Once a sleepy Mid-Atlantic state, this area of the country is making a name for itself in the gambling industry. With Foxwood Resorts (Mashantucket, CT), Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT) Casinos and others, you’re sure to have an amazing time. They have slots, table games, race books, poker, smoke-free gaming and more.
Should you get tired of gambling, or want to rest on your winnings, both locations bring in big name performers. Mohegan Sun’s Arena was recently named #3 in the world by Venue Today.
Home to the Liberty Bell, Philly has turned into a gambling town. With most of its action, focused on the track, it also offers several stand-alone casinos.
Another popular gambling option in Philadelphia is a Turf Club. These establishments offer off-track wagering and state-of-the-art technology. They present races from around the world, along with major sports action. The exciting events are displayed on video walls, big screens, and personal screens.
Philadelphia is only a short car drive away from Atlantic City and a couple of hours from Connecticut so if you’re looking for some real action, you can sample them all in a very long, fun weekend.
The days of trekking to Vegas for the ultimate gambling experience are long gone. There are many hot spots across the country where you can try your luck without going far. Just make sure you bring a great traveling companion, like Lady Luck.