Forget Vegas, Macau and Monaco, there are an abundance of unnoticed and underrated destinations for casino entertainment you can visit for a weekend break.
We have picked out six of the most thrilling undiscovered locations and while there are a couple on the list that are sure to make you raise an eyebrow, you will be surprised at the great value for money all six destinations offer, compared to Las Vegas et al.
1. NEW ORLEANS
The first unexpected getaway on the list is a destination many wouldn’t associate with casino culture. New Orleans is actually a hotspot for high-class casinos, boasting venues like the popular Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino.
Located in the gorgeous French Quarter, Harrah’s is a veritable landmark, providing over 2,100 slots and more than 100 table games.
Whichever casino you pick, the New Orleans hustle and bustle will be sure to bring a sparkle to your break, especially if you time your trip right to coincide with one of the many festivals.
A trip to the French Quarter and a night in Harrah’s wouldn’t put you too much out of pocket at $170 a night either.
2. THE BAHAMAS
Sun, palm trees, and blue seas, everything we associate with The Bahamas. But the gambling scene should get equal attention.
With resorts and hotels in abundance, this Caribbean destination makes for a perfect getaway if you want some sun with your Blackjack. Around the Nassau area, the Wyndham Nassau hotel should be your first stop for table and slots.
Offering a lively nightlife and paradisiacal daytime adventures like scuba diving and snorkelling, The Bahamas might entice you to stay more than just a couple nights.
Nevertheless, the larger venues are known for big bills, you can expect a cost of around $430 a night staying in the sought-after harbourside resorts.
Miami is perhaps the closest thing to the Las Vega experience you can find without the enormous price tag. Central Miami is the place to visit if you like your weather warm and your casinos classic.
While some of the venues like Mardi Gras casino stick to the basic casino games and bandits, the recently upgraded Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino offers horse racing bets as well as a number of fun activities that can keep you entertained for your whole trip.
Miami’s colourful and artistic surroundings will make you feel especially lucky, and a quick trip to the famous South Beach will definitely cure any gambling blues. You can bag a ticket to the Gulfstream races for just $10.
But a stay at the nearby Hardrock Hotel and Casino will be a little pricey, at $500 a night!
4. A CRUISE
The fourth unexpected spot on the list isn’t exactly a destination, but it does involve plenty of travel perks, close amenities and to-die-for views.
Many cruises, particular those travelling the Caribbean route, offer on-board casino venues at your utmost convenience, like with the Royal Caribbean International’s award-winning facilities.
But you wouldn’t be limited to just on-ship entertainment, with many cruises docking at the most popular casino ports.
Boasting destination stops such as The Bahamas and Bermuda, Caribbean sailing can start at just £385 per person, so grab your swimsuit and send more than just your poker hand down the river.
This getaway destination is also a popular cruise port, and with Aruba’s sandy white beaches and highly reviewed casino spots it’s easy to see why.
If you’re looking for a casino-hopping trip, Aruba is the place to go, as it offers more than 10 top casino resorts along the Western beach coast alone.
The Ritz-Carlton, Excelsior Casino, Cool Casino, Crystal Casino and even the Hilton call the Aruba coastline home, so it’s safe to say that your every casino desires will be catered for.
And with rooms at the nearby Tropicana resort starting at £110, it’s a dream break you can make a reality.
6. SUN-CITY, SOUTH AFRICA
Sun-City is an especially underrated destination, as it quite literally is a world in one city. Based in South Africa, this expansive resort offers four separate and impressive hotels, two of which feature their own in-house, luxurious casino venues with all the big games ready to play.
The real perk of this destination as a gambling getaway is the setting, with guaranteed great weather and such a multitude of activities close by.
And at £389 for 2 nights, South Africa easily rivals the value for money of the more popular destinations.
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