- The casinos in places you never knew existed
- A bucket list for the geographically adventurous gambler
Casinos are traditionally located in busy bustling metropolises, city centres and bright flashy resorts. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in Las Vegas.
But what if you’re the kind of gambler who likes to get away from it all, get off the beaten track and bet somewhere out of the ordinary? Well, you’re in luck, because there are some out of the way spots where you can escape the masses whilst still finding a casino haven.
The Grand Casino
Ok, so this title isn’t giving much away. Grand Casino? That sounds like the same old run of the mill place you’d find in any city centre or leisure park. But hang in there, because this one is located in Ashgabat, which is in Ahal, which is in Turkmenistan… not so run of the mill now eh?
Open 24 hours a day, here you can play 13 table and poker games and spin 150 slot machines, have dinner in Silk Road and a drink in Bosphorous (named after a body of water). Spontaneously gad off to The Grand Casino and it would be fair to say your postcards home will take everyone by surprise.
Marlene Dietrich described Germany’s oldest casino as “the most beautiful casino in the world” and it’s easy to see why. Built in the 1800s, this is an opulent affair, located in a spa town on the edge of the Black Forest.
It’s perhaps the most romantic casino in Europe. While Germany is of course very accessible, this casino is in a far less built-up locale than most and enjoys some stunning scenery, so shouldn’t be missed.
Alaska is mighty remote, so a trip to Atka Ira Council certainly ticks this box. The island of Atka was created by a volcano and has a population of not much more than a hundred inhabitants.
Cruise ships make regular stops in Alaskan ports, but other than that you won’t have an awful lot more company on these shores, than the indigenous ocean life.
Head to Tachileik, Myanmar, on the banks of the Mae Sai river for some rest, relaxation and gaming. Make the 9-hour bus ride from Bangkok and you could be sunning yourself in this exotic far-flung getaway, or having round the clock fun in the Jackpot Game Room.
Best Sunshine Live
On the western Pacific island of Saipan lies this oddly named joint. You’ll find it at the end of a shopping centre between a launderette and a phone shop.
Owned by Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd, the casino has some super names behind it and some very high rollers, meaning it turns over astonishing amounts of cash – especially for such a far-flung and relatively poor location with a tiny population.
In reality some of these destinations might be a little out of reach for most of us – they’re not exactly a cheap charter flight away. The good news is that the online world enables us to go places we never could in reality, so check out some of our best online casinos and enjoy a virtual trip from the comfort of your own couch.
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