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World's biggest casinos

Last updated on: April 15, 2011 12:00 IST

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After the economic downturn of 2008, casinos across the world struggled to keep their chips rolling and gambling machines humming.

But now with the economic upturn, casinos are back in business, especially in Macau, the former Portuguese colony on the south China coast, which was hit hard by the financial crisis.

Thanks largely to Chinese gamblers, Macau, home to the world's biggest casino palace, is again witnessing the glitz, the glamour and, of course, non-stop gambling.

But Macau is not the only place where casinos are minting money.

Here is a look at the 20 biggest casinos in the world.

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1. The Venetian Macau, Macau

Square feet: 546,000

Gaming machines: 3,000

Table and poker games: 870

Restaurants and bars: 24

Hotel rooms: 3,000

The Venetian Macau-Resort-Hotel is a gambling paradise throughout the world.

Run by Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands, the Venetian was the first giant casino to open on Macau's Cotai Strip, an area of reclaimed land offshore from downtown Macau.

It not only has all the luxuries, but also an odd combination of amenities and attractions, such as Cirque du Soleil's Zaia show.

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2. City of Dreams Resort, Macau

Square feet: 420,000

Gaming machines: 1,350

Table and poker games: 520

Restaurants and bars: 14

Hotel rooms: 1,400

City of Dreams is a $2.1 billion gamble by Melco Crown Entertainment's Lawrence Ho and Australian billionaire James Packer.

The resort, located across the street from the Venetian on the Cotai Strip, went through a tough time after gaming revenues were affected by the global economic crisis.

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Image: It went through tough times during the economic recession.
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3. Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut, United States

Square feet: 340,000

Gaming machines: 7,000

Table and poker games: 400

Restaurants and bars: 29

Hotel rooms: 824

Given Las Vegas' reputation as America's favourite playground, it is somewhat surprising that the gambling hub does not have the biggest casino in the US.

That honour goes to Foxwoods, a complex of six casinos with 17 different types of table games, including 100 for poker.

Opened in 1986 in Connecticut, it is managed by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe, and benefits due its close proximity to New York and Boston.

In addition to its casino, Foxwoods has one of the world's largest bingo halls.

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4. Casino Ponte 16, Macau

Square feet: 270,000

Gaming machines: 320

Table and poker games: 150

Restaurants and bars: 3

Hotel rooms: 423

The Ponte 16 is an integrated casino and entertainment resort built along the Inner Harbor of Macau, in the older part of the city.

Close to some of Macau's traditional colonial buildings, the resort draws inspiration from the former Portuguese enclave's unique East-West cultural pluralism.

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Image: Ponte 16 is an integrated casino and entertainment resort.
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5. Tusk Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp, South Africa

Square feet: 266,330

Gaming machines: 257

Table and poker games: 12

Restaurants and bars: 2

Hotel rooms: 70

The largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere, the Tusk Rio was inspired by the passion, vibe and colour of the Carnival in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

The casino is located a few hours from Johannesburg and is among the most popular casinos in South Africa.

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6. MGM Grand Macau, Macau

Square feet: 221,952

Gaming machines: 835

Table and poker games: 410

Restaurants and bars: 12

Hotel rooms: 593

This 35-storey casino resort officially opened in 2007 and is owned and operated as a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Pansy Ho Chiu-King, daughter of local casino mogul Stanley Ho.

The resort is located near some of the elder Ho's casinos on the Macau peninsula and plans further expansion.

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Image: 35-storey casino resort opened in 2007.
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7. Sands Macau, Macau

Square feet: 229,000

Gaming machines: 750

Table and poker games: 1,000

Restaurants and bars: 7

Hotel rooms: 51

Before Sheldon Adelson opened his giant Venetian hotel and casino on the Cotai Strip, Las Vegas Sands made its first foray into China's gambling hub with the Sands Macau.

The hotel, located in peninsular Macau, was designed by the Paul Steelman Design Group and opened in 2004.

Today, it is a day-trip destination for thousands of visitors, mainly from mainland China and Hong Kong.

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8. MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States

Square feet: 170,000

Gaming machines: 2,300

Table and poker games: 178

Restaurants and bars: 20

Hotel rooms: 5,044

This luxury hotel first opened in 1993 as a Hollywood themed resort and is one of the largest hotels in the world.

Operated by publicly traded MGM Mirage, this 30-floor, 293-foot-high complex has five outdoor pools, rivers and waterfalls.

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9. Casino Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Square feet: 165,000

Gaming machines: 1,000

Table and poker games: 26

Restaurants and bars: 7

Hotel rooms: 1,000

Located at Lisbon's Park Of The Nations, Casino Lisboa is a major landmark in Portugal's capital city and the largest casino in Europe.

The Lisboa, which opened to the public in 2006, is owned by Estoril-Sol, whose major stakeholder is Hong Kong-based gambling mogul Stanley Ho, who also operates a Lisboa in Macau.

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10. Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City, United States

Square feet: 161,000

Gaming machines: 4,100

Table and poker games: 285

Restaurants and bars: 17

Hotel rooms: 2,002

It may be called "little village"- as its name means in Italian- but the Borgata is anything but small.

The $1.1 billion hotel, casino, and spa is the largest resort in Atlantic City.

This mammoth gambling centre opened in 2003 and is owned by Marina District Development Corp, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming, which operates casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas as well as Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Image: The $1.1 billion hotel, casino, and spa is the largest resort in Atlantic City.
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11. Bellagio, Las Vegas, United States

Square feet: 155,000

Gaming machines: 2,449

Table and poker games: 207

Restaurants and bars: 20

Hotel rooms: 3,933

Located on the Las Vegas Strip and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Bellagio is a luxury hotel and casino owned by MGM Mirage.

Opened in 1995, the Bellagio is inspired by the Lake Como resort of the same name in Italy.

In addition to its casino, it has more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities.

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12. Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, United States

Square feet: 145,100

Gaming machines: 3,027

Table and poker games: 163

Restaurants and bars: 11

Hotel rooms: 1,140

Caesars Atlantic City is the East Coast flagship of Harrah's Entertainment, which acquired Caesars Entertainment, parent of famed Las Vegas casino-hotel Caesars Palace as well as Caesars Atlantic City, in 2005.

Harrah's now operates or manages casino resorts on four continents.

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13. Starworld Hotel and Casino, Macau

Square feet: 140,000

Gaming machines: 500

Table and poker games: 284

Restaurants and bars: 7

Hotel rooms: 507

It may not be one of the larger resorts in Macau, but the Starworld doesn't disappoint.

The resort provides dazzling decor and superior services for its guests, which in part made it win the five-Star Diamond Award granted by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences in 2008.

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14. The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas, United States

Square feet: 120,000

Gaming info: 3,086

Table and poker games: 309

Restaurants and bars: 18

Hotel rooms: 4,027

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, owned by Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands, offers States-side tourists the chance to ride gondolas on a quarter-mile recreation of the city's Grand Canal.

The hotel boasts more than 4,000 suites, an 85,000-square-foot ballroom and 19 restaurants.

It has a Madame Tussaud's wax museum and its theatre is the Vegas home of the Blue Man Group.

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15. Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Nevada, United States

Square feet: 120,000

Gaming machines: 1,245

Table and poker games: 104

Restaurants and bars: 18

Hotel rooms: 2,500

Known as The Rio, this casino is located off the Las Vegas Strip in the unincorporated area of Paradise, Nevada.

It made a splash in 2008 by teaming up with a local gentlemen's club to open what the Rio called a "European style" topless pool.

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16. Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States

Square feet: 110,000

Gaming machines: 1,900

Table and poker games: 167

Restaurants and bars: 22

Hotel rooms: 2,716

This $2.7 billion resort is the flagship property of billionaire Steve Wynn's Wynn Resorts.

It features an 18-hole golf course (co-designed by Wynn himself) complete with a 37-foot waterfall next to the final hole.

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17. Wynn Macau, Macau

Square feet: 100,000

Gaming machines: 1,270

Table and poker games: 390

Restaurants and bars: 6

Hotel rooms: 600

Following the decision by the local government to end the long-time monopoly of local tycoon Stanley Ho, Steve Wynn was the first to open a Vegas-style resort in the Chinese city.

His Wynn Macau, opened in 2006, features a sound-and-light show on a "Performance Lake" containing 800,000 gallons of water.

Armani, Boss and Chanel are among the designers with shops in the Wynn's arcade.

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18. Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, United States

Square feet: 100,000

Gaming machines: 2,500

Table and poker games: 95

Restaurants and bars: 8

Hotel rooms: 942

This casino and spa complex was the first to open in Atlantic City after New Jersey legalized casino gambling in 1978.

However, Resorts has suffered from the economic downturn as well as from competition from other casinos.

In 2010, the hotel's owner, Colony Capital, asked the state to approve the transfer of its stake to its lenders, including Credit Suisse.

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19. Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, United States

Square feet: 91,181

Gaming machines: 2,137

Table and poker games: 105

Restaurants and bars: 12

Hotel rooms: 728

This Donald Trump-branded casino-hotel designed by architect Martin Stern opened in 1984, but Donald lost control of it in 2005 when it emerged from a second stint in Chapter 11.

Trump and his daughter Ivanka are now trying to retake control of the Plaza and two other Atlantic City hotels, vowing to pour money into an effort to spiff them up.

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20. Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, United States

Square feet: 86,600

Gaming machines: 2,100

Table and poker games: 59

Restaurants and bars: 9

Hotel rooms: 711

Located one mile west of the Las Vegas Strip, this casino is owned and operated by Boyd Gaming, which also operates the Borgata in Atlantic City, among many other casinos.

The Gold Coast was built in 1986 and had a major upgrade in 2002 that added more restaurants, gaming machines and tables and parking spots.


Image: Gold Coast was built in 1986.
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