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  1. For gamblers in the twenty-first century, it is extremely easy to enjoy a quick flutter, whether it is at an online operator or their nearest land-based casino. The layered tale of how this all came into being covers centuries of yo-yo regulations, complete with visionary entrepreneurs that shaped gambling as we know it. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we explore details about the individuals that contributed to the success of gambling leading up to the present. Some had the power to change laws, while others had the money to establish casinos. Let's take a historical and biographical spin around the globe! A Brief History of Legal Gambling Games of chance and man's love for it date back to prehistoric times. Unsurprisingly, gambling's legal state varied greatly over the centuries, and its prohibition reigned for long periods at a time. Legal gambling is, in fact, very new compared to how long we've used games of chance as entertainment. Except for certain regions in Europe, most gambling only enjoyed legal status at the beginning of the 20th century. Although there were short periods before this where countries allowed citizens to enjoy making wagers, the most solid legislation came into the equation around the 1930s in America and 1960 for Britain. Decades later, the internet and innovative gambling tycoons led to the remote gambling industry that today allows millions of players worldwide to enjoy wagering wherever they find themselves. People Who Paved the Way Changes in the industry came about gradually as more regions from various continents legalised casinos, and the individuals that propelled these changes included congress members, wealthy dreamers, and talented software developers. Here are brief biographies of the individuals that shaped the gambling world. Europe ✓ Il Ridotto and the Great Council of Venice The first known permitted casino dates back to 1638, when the Great Council of Venice opened a temporary private room during that year's carnival. They named the public casino il Ridotto and planned to close it once the carnival packed up. Although the Roman Catholic Church objected to the practice of gambling, it was public demand and full government coffers that kept the gambling house flourishing. Thanks to the people of the Great Council, this gambling house inspired others in surrounding regions like Paris and Monaco, which essentially kick-started the global casino industry. Unfortunately, the Ridotto didn't survive reformist Giorgi Pisani's motion to close it and its doors shut forever in 1774. ✓ Cardinal Jean-Theodore, Bavaria Through the approval of a decree, Cardinal Jean Theodore of Bavaria allowed for the opening of the second oldest casino in the world, Redoute casino. The facility opened in 1762 and trades to this day, although its name changed to Casino Spa. A few years later, another casino opened as part of a bathhouse in the German region, Baden Baden. At the time, it was the casino for royalty, but Baden Baden Casino exists to this day, with its elaborately luxurious interiors, and is open to all gamblers. ✓ Prince Florestan I and Francois Blanc, Monaco Gambling and European Aristocracy have strong ties that date back centuries. In 1856, Monaco's Prince Florestan, the first, passed a concession for the opening of the region's first bathing house and casino. Monaco only experienced genuine success in its gambling industry two years later, after Hamburg's Francois Blanc entered the country and built a casino. Le Grand Casino de Monte Carlo came into being in 1858. USA Like all other parts of the globe, North America has a complicated history with gambling. It wasn't until the 20th century that casinos were legally allowed in some states. ✓ Governor Fred Balzar Opens Reno Following over two decades of prohibition and countless illegal operations, Nevada State Assemblyman Phil Tobin introduced Bill 98, which allowed for wide-open gambling in the state. Governor Fred Balzar understood the financial implications and signed the bill into law on 19 March 1931. From there, small gambling venues traded for a decade in Reno before the first Las Vegas licences appeared. ✓ Thomas Hull and El Rancho Armed with his Las Vegas licence, entrepreneur Tommy Hull built the first hotel-casino in Sin City. Rumour has it that the land owner offered it to Hull for free, but he insisted on paying $1,000 per acre and took 57 acres from her. Hull's casino celebrated outstanding success, and its surrounding area later became known as the Vegas Strip. We all know how the rest of this story goes. Today, Las Vegas is the gambling hub of the West and the Strip houses 31 stupendous casinos and resorts. ✓ Enoch L. "Nucky" Johnson and Atlantic City New Jersey is yet another gambling jurisdiction with a long history of gambling, starting before the prohibition era. Locals tell the tales of how it was a well-known attraction to find all prohibited goods and services in this state. During his time as the leader of the Atlantic County and Atlantic City governments, Enoch L. "Nucky" Johnson publicly admitted to the lawlessness of his state. For a good reason, he had the reputation of a powerful city boss. Although his methods were crooked, Johnson paved the way for Atlantic City's casino industry's success. Federal Authorities eventually grew tired of Johnson's criminal approach and arrested him. The first legal casino opened in the 70s after countless landmark hotels were closed and demolished. Britain The first legal casino in the UK opened its doors in 1961, following the government's release of the Betting and Gambling Act that year. ✓ The Casino Club and George Alfred James Some refer to him as 'The Father of British Casinos' and The Casino Club Port Talbot was George Alfred James' brainchild that launched his UK casino empire. Located in Wales, the spectacular facility included a fine dining restaurant for 400 people, illuminated floors, and cabaret performances for the wealthy aristocrats of the area. Frequent guests comprised celebrities and other rich and famous Brits. One year after this, James expanded his casino business and opened the doors of the Prince of Wales club in Cardiff, The Golden Horseshoe in London, and The Kingsway Casino in SouthPort. The latter became a flagship in James' empire with events like celebrity appearances and top musical performances, merging casinos and entertainment in the UK for the unforeseeable future. Macau Like most regions, Macau's gambling history includes power struggles and regulatory challenges. Nonetheless, Macau became the world's leading gambling hub in a short 4 decades. ✓ Stanley Ho He may not have been the most popular guy in the room or world, but Macau's journey to the gambling capital of the world started with Stanley Ho's monopoly casino empire. He secured a gambling monopoly licence for Macau in the 60s and worked his magic. Under the syndicate, Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM) Ho started with the New Garden Casino and a year later opened the casino hotel, Estoril. Nearly a decade later, after establishing smaller gambling venues across the city, STDM presented its flagship casino, the Lisboa Hotel, where patrons enjoyed traditional Chinese games and Baccarat, blackjack, and slot machines. The Lisboa had the first VIP rooms, leading to Macau's flourishing junket operator's industry. Ho's reign and his monopoly ended in 2002 when the Chinese government freed up the gaming industry. Online Gambling In 1994, the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda established the Free Trade and Processing Act, which allowed licences for online gambling companies. Regarding whom the first official online casino provider was, it remains arguable, but the following had a tremendous impact on the igaming world. ✓ Roger Raatgever and Martin Moshal South African-born business graduate Roger Raatgever was Martin Moshal's investment and loan banker when Moshal faced a declined loan application to start a software company. Raatgever believed the online gambling company had potential and offered Moshal loan security for a 50% share in what would become Microgaming. Their company officially launched in 1994, and Raatgever was the CEO. Microgaming launched its first online slot, Cash Splash, in 1998 with the first progressive jackpot. In collaboration with other industry leaders, Raatgever worked to break down industry stigmas, and they created the Interactive Gaming Council, which became a pioneering regulatory body in iGaming. ✓ Denise Coates and Bet365 The cutthroat gambling industry does not have many female faces in executive positions, but UK-born Denise Coates is not just any lady. In 1995, her father offered her the chance to manage their family business, a betting shop chain. Driven by the absolute conviction that online sports betting is the way to go, Coates persuaded her lawyer brother to join forces with her and with his support, she launched Bet365. Bet365 is one of the world's most reputable online betting platforms. Two decades of hard work allowed Denise to help shape the sports betting global market. ✓ Big Time Gaming Online gambling in all its forms was well established by the time that Nic Robinson founded his software company named Big Time Gaming. Since his company's launch in 2011, it has contributed to unforgettable changes in the iGaming industry. Most notably, Robinson's business invented the crazy mechanics that power Megaways, and since then, slots were never the same. BTG became part of the innovative live casino company, Evolution in 2021, and the partnership continues to shake things up in igaming. A Golden Future It may have taken a century to shape the gambling industry into what it is today, but the speed of change and innovation change gears constantly with the rapid growth of late. These figures made invaluable changes for gambling and casinos, and many more will follow as we move into the era of virtual reality and the metaverse. One thing remains clear, the future of gambling is as exciting as the colourful tales in its history.
  2. Gambling has been around for thousands of years, dating back to early civilizations. While it may come in different forms, gambling games are often adjusted to suit the time and place they’re being enjoyed. You may know that there are video games currently on the market that feature casinos and gambling games. Titles such as GTA Online and Red Dead Redemption both feature different forms of gambling. You can visit a virtual casino in GTA and play for in-game currency or take a seat at a blackjack table when playing Red Dead 2. However, these are not the only video games where you can play to win (for fun). Let’s take a look at these popular adult-targeting video game titles where you can gamble as you play. Buckle in, as you find yourself very surprised. ✓ Original Pokémon Games One of the most well-known franchises around the world, Pokémon games haven’t always been about catching creatures on your phone. Many Gen I Pokémon games feature a casino building where you can visit to spin the reels of adorable slots. Still available today on consoles such as the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS, you can download early versions of the original Pokémon games. Available in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, visiting the Rocket Game Corner will give you access to a number of slot machines where you can bet in-game cash. In Gen II to IV games, the building is known as the Game Corner, a large building where you’ll find rows of slots, most of which don’t work. The games are familiar with a fun Pokémon theme where you must match symbols to receive in-game rewards. You can find the casino in the following Pokémon games: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal What was once a fun tradition to be found in every Pokémon game, the Game Corner buildings were removed from newer titles to maintain the family-friendly age restriction the games have always held. ✓ Stardew Valley The fun and friendly Stardew Valley may seem like an innocent game but for those who play, it’s easy to see that this video game was created with adults in mind. Sinister storylines, vague and clever descriptions, and an unexpected casino are all a part of the game’s fabric. After completing several tasks for the mysterious Mr Qi, the casino will be unlocked in the Calico Desert. Use Qi coins to play casino games that resemble slots, blackjack, and roulette to win even more Qi coins that can be exchanged for prizes. You can even purchase the coveted Statue of Endless Fortune (from a rather shady customer) for 1,000,000 gold. While the games resemble those you’ll find in land-based casinos, playing is all in the name of fun. There is no way to make real-money deposits or withdrawals, with all in-game currency simply used to purchase farm equipment and upgrade buildings. ✓ The Sims 3 For those who’ve spent any amount of time playing the many games available in the Sims franchise, this may come as a real shock. While many have only ever delved into the newest version of the game, The Sims 4, those who explored The Sims 3 will know that there was once a casino available for download. Lucky Simoleon Casino was available for download from The Sims 3 Store, an online shop that allowed players to purchase additional gameplay items. This item was a premium content venue that featured casino games for your Sims to enjoy. What makes this very surprising is the squeaky clean reputation that The Sims tends to have. Sims only drink juice with no alcohol added to the game and when things get ‘exciting’, they can retire for a bit of WooHoo. While the game is played by millions of adults around the world, The Sims team has always kept playing as PG as possible. The addition of the Lucky Simoleon Casino was interesting and it was an optional extra that could be purchased for real money. It was never added to the game through an expansion pack, which is probably how The Sims team got around the possible implications of affecting their game rating. Honourable mention: The current version of The Sims may not have an official casino available but Sims modder, Arnie, has released a fantastic custom content option for The Sims 4 which can be found on his Patreon page. Look out for the Royal Casino CC available now. ✓ Fable II Pub Games The Fable franchise is one of the most popular series of video games created by Lionhead Studios. Fable II, the second instalment in the series, has an optional addition containing gambling games called the Fable II Pub Games. Available as a download for Xbox 360 players, Pub Games was free for those who preordered Fable II from participating retailers. The games included can be played to win in-game rewards for your Fable II character, as well as in-game currency, giving you the chance to start the game with a fair bit of coin. While not available to play in the game itself, Fable II Pub Games directly impacts the character you play which makes it even more exciting. There are 3 casino-style games included: Fortune’s Tower – A card game featuring multiple decks, the aim of the game is to complete the tower to win the jackpot prize. Complete the card cycles and place your bets to be a winner. Keystone – Described by Peter Molyneux, Fable game creator, as "a bit of a cross between Roulette and Craps", Keystone features 3 dice. Based on the bet you place and the roll that lands, winning is all about luck. Spinnerbox – Slot games that pay out on a chain of wins, there are 6 different slots to choose from, each with its own fun theme. If one thing is for sure, each of these video game titles is aimed at providing even more entertainment for adults who choose to indulge in these creations. Gambling and casino games within video game titles may not be as prevalent anymore but it’s all in the name of fun.
  3. Being a gambling enthusiast doesn’t have to mean spending all of your time at a casino – whether online or land-based. Even professional sports players don’t spend all their time on the field or in the gym, right? If you want to find a balance between still living your best gambling life and staying close to the games you love, keep reading. Punters from around the world have plenty of creative ways to show off their favourite pastime, and if you are a fan, these ideas will work perfectly for you. Kick It with Online Streamers Being a spectator while you take a break from placing bets yourself is one way to stay connected. Casino streamers became all the rage in the last year, and sites like Twitch and YouTube Live host millions of live streamers who cover an array of topics. Twitch is by far the most popular choice for gambling live streams, though, and they have well over 100 channels devoted to this topic. You can expect to see a live feed of the game the streamer is playing as well as a video stream of the player - if they’re not playing from a land-based casino. Because these live recordings are of real money gambling, which is an age-restricted topic, the streams are only intended for viewers of legal age. The advantage of tuning in to a live stream of a popular casino streamer is that you get to enjoy the thrill of casino games, most often slots, but you don’t spend a cent and you can chat to your fellow viewers. One of the most popular Twitch streamers is Trainwreckstv. Tyler Faraz Niknam has 1.7 million followers on his Twitch channel, and the streamer plays various casino games while preferring slot games. Streamers like AdinRoss take a different approach and stream with a bunch of friends. They stay online for hours and incorporate other entertaining feeds into their videos. With a mind-blowing 5.4 million following, they rake in close to a million views on a session. CasinoDaddy streams every day and plays high roller games, including poker. Roshtein is very popular on Twitch as well with 830K followers and Teceno is a good choice for esports betting fans. Get Inked with Gambling Symbols Serious gamblers have often turned to a permanent trophy they can always have with them. The popularity of tattoos increased tremendously in the 21st century, and the stigma attached to getting inked slowly became something of the past. Today, it is an art and tattoo artists with tremendous talent create masterpieces for enthusiasts. Punters no longer need to page through a booklet of pictures and pick their favourite image. Modern tattoo artists can envision the inspiration behind your tattoo and create something truly unique to you. Some of the most popular gambling tattoo images include playing cards and most refer to luck in some form. The Vegas, Nevada, sign is a very popular choice to incorporate into your art, as well as casino chips and whiskey on ice. The ace of spades card is a good option and blackjack as well. Some of the most famous gamblers have tattoos that incorporate all aspects of gambling, making it a stunning collage of casino images. A hand that holds a royal flush, rolling dice, and money often make it into the design and they can easily incorporate lucky numbers to make it as personal as possible. With the right tattoo artist, you can get a piece that is incredibly personal and may even be your own personal lucky charm. Dress in Gambling Apparel The love for gambling is nothing new and a couple of designers have used it as the inspiration behind their labels. Lucky7 is one such brand and the iconic logo of the brand incorporates the luckiest number. You can’t help but feel lucky dressed in this men’s brand available in Quebec. A brand with a similar name called Lucky Brand, founded in Los Angeles, gives you the chance to dress in luck from head to toe. Other brands may not scream gambling, but a name like Ed Hardy is a quintessential rock label and his designs incorporate some symbols well known in gambling. Wearing a Don Ed Hardy creation may not be everyone’s style and you will definitely stand out from the crowd, but his recognisable work with its skulls and tigers will tick all the boxes for punk punters. Rhinestone finishes and contemplative phrases make his clothes an exciting choice for gamblers. If you are looking for something unique, you can design a custom image or download free templates of gambling images and have them printed on clothing. Some websites offer a range of images to choose from and a variety of shirts or hoodies to print on. These include cute phrases and iconic images to show off your love for gambling. Textiles with unique gambling prints on them are available online as well and with these, you could make outfits according to your liking. Hollywood and Casino Life Gambling is such a big part of society that it must be part of filmmaking. Movies allow us to travel from this world to one where anything is possible. Casino inspired Hollywood titles are a great way to enjoy the wagering life while placing nothing on the line. ✓ Rounders (1998) Matt Damon takes the lead in this classic gambling flick. The young Mike McDermott (Damon), a gifted poker player, is a reformed gambler that faces a tough call when an old friend knocks on his door. Lester Murphy, portrayed by Edward Norton, lures Mike back into the game and before long he is tangled in a KGB mob drama where he must face his nemesis Teddy, played by John Malkovich. This gambling drama is one of those must-watch 90s movies. ✓ 21 (2008) If you are a blackjack enthusiast, you may have heard of the MIT club of students who trained to become card-counters and subsequently cleared out Vegas casinos. 21 is the movie based on facts of the MIT crew and this release has Kevin Spacey as the team’s coach. Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira play the team of students, and Laurence Fishburne portrays a ruthless casino boss. This drama-thriller is the dramatised version of the story and makes for superb entertainment while teaching us about a piece of gambling history. ✓ Ocean’s Eleven (2001) Possibly one of the most popular Hollywood films in the casino genre, this star-studded movie was released at the beginning of the millennium. Since then, Danny Ocean and his 10 accomplices became synonymous with epic heists, and we can’t imagine a movie where Brad Pitt and George Clooney are in that does not include Julia Roberts. Matt Damon shows up once again in a casino film and Andy Garcia helps with a well-rounded cast. The team plans to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously and the crime thriller will capture you from the first scene. ✓ Casino Royale (2006) A James Bond (Daniel Craig) fan favourite, this 007 film plays out when Bond first received his 00 status, and his mission is to beat a private banker to terrorists at a game of poker. The venue for this extremely high-stake game is Casino Royale, Montenegro. The villain, Le Chiffre, must win the game to maintain his status within the terrorist market. M sends Bond and Vesper to prevent this at all costs. A classic within the spy-film world, this is a must-watch for any gambler. Listen to Casino and Gambling Inspired Music One of the best ways to unwind is by listening to music. Creating a playlist with songs inspired by gambling is easier than ever with streaming sites that have music from all corners of the world, dating back to when music was first released on public platforms. Here are five gambling songs to get you started. ✓ Lilly, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts by Bob Dylan Some may argue that this is about more than gambling, but the theme that will resonate with gamblers is one of chance and fate. It includes a haunting murder plot involving a game of cards and a love quartet. Seems like Bob Dylan created the perfect dramatic song to suit the highs and lows of gambling. ✓ Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Perhaps this song is the reason Elvis has the honour of officiating marriages in Sin City. One thing is clear, though. The king of rock and roll certainly captured the glamour of Las Vegas in this song and if you want a different take on it, try Bruce Springsteen’s cover of it. ✓ The Gambler by Kenny Rogers A gambling playlist would be incomplete without this one. An absolute classic for the moral value late Kenny Rogers put into this song, it is a must for any punter. Naturally, it has a country tinge to it, but whether or not you enjoy that type of music, you may learn a thing or two from the lyrics. ✓ Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen One of his many hits, this is a bit of a sombre one from The Boss, but he tells a story many could identify with. Atlantic City is a well-known gambling hub, and the lyrics are about a man who struggles to make ends meet and he is going to take his chances there. ✓ Ace of Spades by Motörhead The rock and roll legends wrote a song about the most important card in the deck. Perhaps that has something to do with the enormous hit this song became, but it is one of the most famous gambling songs of all time. The lyrics are all about card gambling and it is a must for any punter’s feel-good playlist. Take a Breather The above methods are all good fun when you want to soak up what gambling offers without taking part in games of chance and staking your money. However, take a breather from gambling now and then to clear your head. Returning to the slots or tables with renewed vigour will help you think clearly and place bets responsibly.
  4. Most dream about striking it lucky and walking away with the jackpot. Others argue that a successful gambler understands how luck has very little to do with becoming a wealthy punter. So what do the wealthy and famous gamblers have in common, and how did they get to the top? As it is only a handful of people that make it to a level of astonishing wealth through gambling, there has to be a secret. With seven being the industry’s lucky number, we take a look at the top 7 richest gamblers of all time and what they did to get the title and wealth. A hint we can give is that being skilled at numbers has a lot to do with it. ✓ Tony Bloom Anthony (Tony) Bloom hails from the United Kingdom and he carries the nickname ‘The Lizard’. Worth approximately $1.7 billion, he owns a Premier League team and is a professional sports bettor, poker player, and owner of Starlizard, the UK’s largest betting consultancy. Add to his resume that he is the chair for Brighton & Hove Albion football club, and it becomes hard to imagine what this gambling superstar does not do. Bloom’s love for going against odds started as a teen, where he crossed some lines with an illegal ID, but he studied mathematics at the University of Manchester. He worked as an accountant and then as a trader before he became a professional poker player. Since then, he took part in 11 WSOP tournaments, made it to the finals and they report he collected $1.5 million in winnings by 2008. Known as a ‘cold-blooded killer at the poker table’, peers gave him his nickname. Bloom moved into sports betting and owns a few horses as well, which have given him very successful runs. Although Tony Bloom’s wealth comes from various sources, his gambling career gave him a head start and he once stated himself that he believes poker gives a person a good grounding for many things in life. Like how to observe a situation well and read people. ✓ Bill Benter This professional gambler is one of the most famous punters because of how he gambles and how much he has made thanks to his system. Reports say that William “Bill” Benter is worth $1 billion, and he started his gambling career at blackjack tables in Sin City. Benter always believed there must be a way to crack the code concerning the casino’s advantage and with his brilliant maths aptitude, he attempted Edward O. Thorp’s card counting strategy. After 7 years of winning some money, getting banned from Vegas casinos, and realising it is not as lucrative as he had hoped, Benter moved on to greener pastures. Horse racing became his new focus area, and he was hell-bent on making educated investments rather than gambling against odds. The mathematical genius teamed up with Alan Woods and they created a formula for predicting the outcome of horse races. Estimates are that Bill Benter can make around $5M to $10M on a single race day, thanks to his gambling software. Bill has a physics degree and, apart from being known for his brilliant gambling strategy, he is also a generous man known for philanthropy and supporting political groups. ✓ Edward O. Thorp It is little wonder that Edward Oakley Thorp is one of the most famous gamblers in history, as he got a PhD in mathematics and applied his genius to betting odds. The ‘Father of Card-Counting’ invented a formula most people have heard of while he was a university professor. They estimated his current worth at $800 million and naturally, his favourite game is blackjack, but Thorp also enjoys roulette, baccarat, and backgammon. Edward O. Thorp wrote the first book on card counting, called ‘Beat the Dealer’. Here he explained how to tilt the house edge in your favour by tracking the ratio of high and low cards. Together with Claude Shannon, he invented the first wearable computer to take into casinos with his formulas for beating roulette and blackjack. They have since banned these, but the formula remains one of the favourite blackjack strategies. Thorp moved into financial markets and became a hedge fund manager, which is his principal source of income today, but he still loves his game of 21. Edward is one of the original 7 gamblers to be honoured in the Blackjack Hall of Fame. ✓ Andrew Black The co-founder of the first bet exchange, Betfair, Andrew Black, has many streams of income but is one of the wealthiest gamblers of all time. As a sports bettor by heart, he owns a few horses, but it is his gambling business that is his mainstream income. He has an estimated net worth of $500 million and the software he developed for making money on bets changed the gambling industry. He originally worked in derivatives, but as his success in gambling increased, he set his sights on bigger things. Black is also an avid bridge player and his love of this game opened the door for Betfair. One of his favourite opponents in this game was Edward Wray, and this is where he presented his software design for a money-making betting business. Wray was all in and the two launched Betfair at the beginning of the Millenium. Since 2000, the sportsbook gained tremendous momentum, made it to the London Stock Exchange in 2010, and became one of the largest in the world. ✓ Alan Woods He became a legendary Australian horse bettor and his estimated net worth is AUD670 million ($470 million) but the late Alan Woods wasn’t always on the up. In his family home, he grew up playing bridge and despite his mathematical brilliance, the University of New England expelled him for poor performance and lack of attendance. He started gambling during his university attendance, but it wasn’t until later that he discovered his blackjack skill and knack for picking the right nag. Woods carried the nickname of ‘The Playboy Punter’ and after a failed marriage, he became a full-time gambler. This decision led him to Hong Kong and there he and Bill Benter discovered their formula for horse betting. Alan Woods went on to become a sports betting tycoon and created his betting network. The punter never left his apartment to place bets, as he had a team of bettors all over the world who bet on his behalf using his formula. He continued to live a life of luxury and did so from his home in Manila with all ‘The Girls’, a Philippine version of the Playboy Mansion. ✓ Zeljko Ranogajec Zeljko Ranogajec is one of the most elusive gamblers and keeps a low profile, but in the gambling world, he bears the nickname of ‘The Joker’. He holds a record for winning the biggest keno prize worth $7,5 million, but we know him as a blackjack and sports betting enthusiast. Experts believe that Ranogajec’s net worth is around AUD610 million ($430 million) but they also speculate that his gambling turnover can be well over $1 billion annually. The Joker studied at the University of Tasmania and was born in Australia, although his parents are of Croatian origin. He dropped out of university to become a professional gambler. However, he still holds a day job despite his wealth and successful gambling. Ranogajec had the same fate as Bill Benter as casinos banned him due to card counting and so he moved his focus to the sports betting scene. A strategy that Ranogajec admits to using is favourable discounts and rebates, a tactic that allowed him to buy an apartment in the most expensive development in the world. One of his betting partners and university friends, David Walsh, had an enormous influence on his betting strategies. ✓ David Walsh From humble beginnings at the Australian University in Hobart and a well-known friend and gambling partner of Zeljko Ranogajec, David Walsh is a fascinating punter with a different take on betting. With an estimated net worth of $200 million, he utilises the wisdom of crowds and says talent has very little to do with his success. Walsh is also a mathematician, and he believes that when considering formulas designed to predict bets, one should incorporate psychology concepts too. Nicknamed the Tasmanian Devil, Walsh partnered with Zeljko Ranogajec and set up a gambling company called Bank Roll. Through this, they both turned a fortune and had others doing their betting work for them, utilising their formulas and strategies. Some things this eccentric gambler did with his millions included opening the Mona museum, which he refers to as ‘adult Disneyland’ and transferring visitors to this venue in camouflaged ferries. In contrast to his betting partner, Walsh is very open about his gambling and life and makes a habit of sharing his wisdom. ✓ Honourable Mention: Don Johnson Although Don Johnson did not reach the levels of the aforementioned seven punters, he did make waves in the betting community for his approach. We think he deserves a spot on this list because would-be professional punters can learn from the man who broke Atlantic City. Johnson made a small fortune in a very short period in blackjack and he did this without counting cards! During 2011 and 2012, the clever businessman used his negotiating skills and persuaded the pit boss to apply the blackjack rule of lower house advantage and a loss rebate. In his winning streak, Johnson banked $15 million thanks to what we now know as a ‘positive expectation bet’.
  5. If you’re getting ready to take a trip somewhere exciting, then you won’t want to miss your chance to experience what we have listed below. We’ve combined the most exotic locations with the best gambling action across the globe. With each of these must-visit spots, you can enjoy various destination-based activities along with the hottest casino gaming action. Take a look at our travel guide to 10 of the best gambling venues in the world. ➀ Monaco If there is an idyllic country to visit, it’s Monaco. It has amazing viewpoints, magical sunsets and great beaches. Depending on what time of year you go, you might also get to catch the streets turn into a racetrack. On top of it all, the second smallest country in the world comes with great gambling entertainment. For gambling action, you can head over to Monte Carlo where there are multiple exciting casinos to choose from of which Casino De Monte Carlo is the best. About Casino de Monte Carlo: Size: 108,000 sq/ft Games: 56 table games, 140 slot machines Accommodation: Linked to the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo To-do: Fine dining, beach clubs, nightlife entertainment and more Casino de Monte Carlo is a beautiful casino that has been around for decades. The casino is not just a favourite among visitors but has also been featured in popular films including Casino Royale and several other James Bond films. ➁ Las Vegas There’s one place you can automatically put on your bucket list if you’re looking for the ultimate gaming experience. That is indeed Sin City, we’re talking Las Vegas where anything can happen. Las Vegas has plenty to offer in terms of activities, daily entertainment and a whole strip of high-quality casinos. And one casino that remains a must-visit when in Las Vegas is Caesar’s Palace. About Caesar’s Palace: Size: 166,000 sq/ft Games: 169 table games, 1324 slot machines and 16 poker tables Accommodation: Luxurious rooms available To-do: Cocktails in the garden, luxurious spa, retail shopping and more This iconic casino is a Las Vegas trademark and is at the heart of the Las Vegas strip. It puts you in the middle of the action and allows you to indulge in the best gambling action, while also giving you the opportunity to indulge in luxurious spa treatments, cocktail excursions and fine dining. ➂ The Bahamas The name says it all, if you’re in need of a holiday at the beach with minimal clothing, beautiful beaches and quality resort entertainment then it’s time to book your flights to the Bahamas. During your time in the Bahamas, you can indulge by visiting the Atlantis Resort. About the Atlantis Resort: Size: 100,000 sq/ft Games: 90 table games, 1,000 slot games, 1 poker game Accommodation: Pricey hotel suites To-do: Fine dining, water excursions including snorkel and scuba The Atlantis Resort is one of the most famous and largest casinos in the Caribbean. The casino has everything a casino player can dream of. On top of that, you’ll get to relax and take frequent breaks while enjoying the calming beaches and breath-taking views of the Caribbean. ➃ South Africa South Africa is home to more than just beautiful wildlife and nature parks, in this country, you’ll get to enjoy rich cultures, history and get your fix of exciting gambling excursions. South Africa is that hidden gem that has something for everyone, making it an ideal location to bring the entire family. If you’re keen to gamble then you’ll definitely benefit from taking a trip to Sun City Casino Resort. About Sun City Casino Resort: Size: 125,000 sq/ft Games: 33 table games, 852 slot games Accommodation: Multiple hotels To-do: Water park adventures, cinema excursions, arcades and more Sun City gives that Las Vegas feeling but with a twist, it is located in the middle of the bush. A real South African experience where you can enjoy quality gaming entertainment. If you’re looking for proper relaxation, then this is a must-visit resort. And you have the benefit of visiting nearby spots, restaurants and sights for more South African beauty. ➄ Macau Macau is easily one of the most popular travelling destinations for various reasons. Not only is it a beautiful space to visit but it is also home to a great number of amazing casinos. One of which includes the popular Wynn Macau which is located on the waterfront. This giant casino and hotel give you a taste of everything from quality gaming to relaxing stay. About Wynn Macau: Size: 100,000 sq/ft Games: 500 table games, 840 slot machines Accommodation: 1,000+ luxurious rooms To-do: Retail shopping, gourmet restaurants and a world-class spa If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway where you can truly indulge in some retail shopping, fine dining experiences and exciting gambling experiences then Wynn Macau is a must on the bucket list. ➅ Singapore If food, music and quality gambling is at the top of your to do’s for your next trip then Singapore is a must. This beautiful region offers you the chance to indulge in world-class eats, explore new flavours, attend exciting music festivals and of course visit some of the most exotic casinos. This includes one of the most expensive properties ever built, Resorts World Sentosa. About Resorts World Sentosa: Size: 152,000 sq/ft Games: 500 table games, 2,400 slot machines Accommodation: Multiple Hotels To-do: Marine Life Park, Universal Studios Theme Park, fine dining and more During your visit to the Resorts World Sentosa, you can enjoy high-quality gaming with thousands of exciting casino games to choose from. During the day you can explore the world’s largest oceanarium or take a trip to the Universal Studios theme park. The best part of staying here is that each hotel has its own theme, allowing you to choose between luxury rooms or treetop lofts if you’re a nature lover. ➆ San Juan There’s a long list of reasons why you should take a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico but the main reasons include the breathtaking beaches and the buzzing nightlife. Of course, there are also the rich cultures and the outdoor activities that draw most tourists. Whether you adore nature, food or the beach there is plenty to do in San Juan. And for those who prefer gambling entertainment, San Juan is also home to a spectacular casino, the Ritz Carlton. About the Ritz Carlton: Size: 17,000 sq/ft Games: 17 table games, 329 slot games Accommodation: Hotel stay available To-do: Trips to the rain forest, food explorations, beach activities If a proper beach holiday with tons of outdoor excitement is what you’re in the mood for then the Ritz Carlton in San Juan is a must-visit. You will get to enjoy a classy casino atmosphere indoors while taking in the island beauty while outdoors. ➇ Oklahoma One of the main reasons anyone ever adds Oklahoma to their bucket list is to find their way on to Route 66. Other reasons include the beautiful lakes, seeing bison in the wild and getting to relax in the beautiful green country. Of course, Oklahoma is also home to the Winstar World Casino and Resort. About Winstar World Casino and Resort: Size: 370,000 sq/ft Games: 100 table games, 8,500 slot machines, 55 poker tables Accommodation: Resort stay available To-do: Lounge by the pool, quality dining This Chickasaw Nation operated casino and resort is one of the best casinos in the world. It is fully kitted with all the best games including slots, poker tables and table games. There is something for everyone and during the day you can lounge by the pool for sweet relaxation. Or you can take the time to explore all that Oklahoma has to offer. ➈ Spain Spain is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to visit the best beaches while adding a few must-sees to your itinerary. This includes breath-taking architecture, top museums, and diverse cultures. Of course, another top bonus includes the vibrant culture which brings fun fiestas and delicious local cuisines. You can take your stay at the Ibiza Gran Hotel Casino. About Ibiza Gran Hotel Casino: Size: 51,000 sq/ft Games: 8 table games, 45 slot games, 3 poker games Accommodation: Luxury Rooms To-do: Parties, beaches, restaurants and more During your stay, you will get to indulge in high-quality gaming with the casino being one of the top attractions on the island. It also hosts a lot of Texas Hold’Em tournaments so you might get lucky depending on what time you visit. And with the location overlooking the marina and the Old Town, it’s perfect for a romantic getaway. ➉ Argentina Then there is Argentina, South America, where you can enjoy the beauty of natural landscapes. Here you can explore a range of national parks, wildlife and get to see the Iguazu Falls. On top of that, there is the opportunity to indulge in Argentinian wine, food, art and culture. If you’re visiting Argentina, we suggest taking a trip to the Park Hyatt Mendoza Casino. About Park Hyatt Mendoza Casino: Size: 32,000 sq/ft Games: 22 table games and 656 slot games Accommodation: Luxury hotel rooms To-do: Fitness centre, swimming pool, restaurants and more The Park Hyatt Mendoza Casino is famous for hosting high stakes games, so if you’re a high roller then this is definitely where you’ll want to take your gaming experience. And when you’re not busy dominating the tables or spinning away on the slot machines, you can enjoy the beauty of the natural landscapes.
  6. If you know anything about cryptocurrency, then you'll know of the "joke" crypto Dogecoin. While it's true that it was first created as a joke back in 2013 (based on the doge meme), Dogecoin is no laughing matter now. Today, it's a currency used mainly by people on Twitter to tip one another. But did you know you can do a lot more with this crypto? For instance, there are lots of online casinos that actually accept this type of currency. Are you interested in gambling with Dogecoin now? Then you're in the right place! Here, we'll show you what the best Dogecoin casinos are for 2021! BitStarz Did you know that BitStarz was the first online casino to ever let punters bet with Bitcoin? This means that this casino is not only well-versed in crypto, but that it should be fairly easy and smooth to use Dogecoin as well. This casino was started in 2014 and they started allowing Ethereum and Dogecoin as of early 2018, so that's great news for you! 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FortuneJack Casino FortuneJack Casino is another online casino that was established in 2014. While they're known as a Bitcoin casino, they're actually the biggest Dogecoin casino around! So if this is your preferred type of crypto, you definitely have to try FortuneJack Casino out! On this site, you'll find over 1,400 games! Not only that, but they come from major software providers such as Evolution Gaming and Microgaming. And as of early 2019, you can also enjoy sports betting on this online casino. Because the online casino sphere is so competitive, you can expect the majority of them to offer generous welcome bonuses and other promotions. FortuneJack Casino is definitely not an exception! From the moment you sign up, you'll enjoy tons of excellent bonuses that'll have you coming back for more. What's awesome is you don't just get to use Bitcoin and Dogecoin. Other cryptos you can use on this website include Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Zcash, Dash, and Monero. 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If you still can't find the answers to your burning questions, you can always get live support 24/7 with an agent. Another type of contact available to you is 7BitCasino's online contact form. Obviously, this will be much slower than How to Deposit and Withdraw on Online Casinos You now know some fantastic sites to gamble on if you want to play with Dogecoin. But how do you get started with using this type of cryptocurrency? First, you need to get some Dogecoin. You can purchase some at a number of cryptocurrency exchanges. Usually, you can buy Dogecoin with either fiat money or other types of crypto, such as Bitcoin. Once you acquire Dogecoin, keep it safe by depositing it into a wallet, whether they're hard (offline) or soft (online). Then, simply go to the online casinos that interest you above. If you want to commit to gambling, then deposit your Dogecoin by using your wallet. After your deposit goes through, then you're free to play! Try Out These Dogecoin Casinos Today Now you have a wonderful selection of Dogecoin casinos to try out! Plus, we've also shown you the general idea of how to deposit and withdraw on online casinos with this cryptocurrency. While Dogecoin might've started off as a joke, and you might've even bought some as a joke, isn't it great that you can potentially make some money off of it? Even if you don't, at least you'll get to spend your cryptocurrency doing something you love: gambling! So take your Dogecoin and start playing on these recommended online casinos. Striking it big with a huge jackpot could just be around the corner for you! Are you interested in trying out other crypto casinos? Then check out our list of the top ones around!
  7. By now, everyone's heard of Bitcoin. It's probably the most famous cryptocurrency out there. And the growth of Bitcoin brought in its wake the expansion of crypto casinos, whose popularity was tied to fair gambling and instant payouts. But the exciting thing about blockchain-based currencies is that there are so many of them. Bitcoin isn't the only player in town—Monero is another open-source currency that's taking the online gambling world by storm. It's even one of the top ten cryptocurrencies on the market. Let's take a look at what Monero is, and examine some of the best Monero casinos in 2021. The 411 on Monero So just what is Monero? Appearing in 2014, Monero is a cryptocurrency that's a little newer than the more established cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin. It's an open-source cryptocurrency that leverages the decentralization, interchangeability, and privacy features for which blockchain-based financial systems are famous. So, whether you're an international terrorist bent on world domination, or just really privacy-conscious, Monero is the cryptocurrency for you. It was created by an individual colorfully known as "thankful_for_today," a frequenter of the Bitcointalk forum. Called at first "BitMonero," it had a slow and shaky start; later, it was taken over by a character named "Johnny Mnemonic," and renamed Monero. Since then, the cryptocurrency has enjoyed a rather dubious history, becoming the crypto of choice for many black marketeers and drug dealers. You know, the good guys. Some of Monero's Privacy and Security Features So what is it that makes Monero such a secure cryptocurrency? Why is it a favorite of online gamblers? Here are some of the crypto's security and privacy features: Bulletproofs: These are a form of NIZK (non-interactive, zero-knowledge) proof. That means transactions can be verified without any exchange of details between the sender and the receiver. Stealth Address: The sender's address is a one-time, cryptographically generated address link. This ensures the sender's privacy. Encrypted Transactions: All transactions using Monero are encrypted, so users cannot be tracked. And there are some other complicated, blockchain-type stuff that works to ensure the security and privacy of transactions. Basically, if you're trying to keep your online financial transactions on the down-low, Monero is the go-to cryptocurrency. How to Get Monero Getting your hands on some Monero may be the most difficult part of the whole process, but once that's taken care of, you're ready to hit the casinos. Like other cryptocurrencies, Monero is listed on various exchanges, such as Kraken or Poloniex. You purchase the amount of Monero you'll need, and store it in your crypto wallet. MyMonero, Monerujo, and Cake Wallet are considered among the most secure and trusted Monero wallets you can find. Best Monero Casinos Okay, now let's get down to business. Monero is growing in popularity as the perfect crypto for online gambling. Its peerless security features and anonymity conspire to make it an ideal medium of exchange for gambling sites. Nevertheless, Monero has yet to fully infiltrate the online gambling space. Which means your options are somewhat limited. Still, there are several good options available. Let's take a look at some of the best online casinos that accept Monero. 1. FortuneJack Casino FortuneJack Casino is without doubt one of the best crypto casinos out there. It offers nine different cryptocurrencies, including (you guessed it) Monero. Then there's the fact that it has over three thousand (!) games, including slots, dice, table games, and much else. In fact, there are so many games offered that you're virtually assured of finding something that is to your liking and skill level. The site features a number of bonuses and promotions, and it has a slick layout that will keep you coming back for more. 2. Betcoin Betcoin is a long-standing Bitcoin casino, but it also offers other cryptocurrencies, including Monero. It has an extensive gaming library—though not as extensive as FortuneJack's. The casino offers 150 games, including blackjack, baccarat, craps, dice, slots, etc. There's also a poker room with impressive tournaments, and a sportsbook. Betcoin's overall look and feel may not be as slick as FortuneJack Casino, but it gets the job done with a number of online games. 3. 1xBit Founded in 2015, 1xBit has established itself as a comprehensive Bitcoin gaming portal, catering to many different games, as it is not only an online casino. It also offers a much wider range of cryptocurrencies than just Bitcoin, and this includes Monero. As for gaming—1xBit has a truly massive selection of well over three thousand games available for play. There are standard casino games and slots, multiplayer games, a sportsbook, fantasy soccer tournaments, and betting on various televised games and financial events. 4. 7BitCasino 7BitCasino has been around since 2014, and boasts a gaming license from the government of Curaçao. It has an attractive online interface, and offers over two thousand popular online casino games. It comes with the usual slot and table games, and also has a live dealer lobby—something of a rarity. The site also offers numerous promotions and bonuses. Hit the Slots at the Best Monero Casinos of 2021! Cryptocurrencies have enjoyed some spectacular growth in the past decade. Whether it's the old standbys like Bitcoin and Ether, to edgier newcomers like Monero and ZCash, there's a whole lot to choose from. Finding the right Monero casinos is all about doing your research and finding the right fit for you. We think these five casinos, however, make a pretty good start. 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  8. While 2020 has been a downtrodden year, it hasn't stopped card players and slot machine enthusiasts from winning big. While many of them haven't been able to visit actual slots or card tables, online casinos still remain a viable option. Within that scene, cryptocurrencies like XRP or Ripple are becoming more popular due to reliable blockchain technology and easier payouts. But what is Ripple, and which online casinos support it? That's what we're looking at today. In this article, we'll be outlining the 4 best online Ripple casinos for players to visit in 2021. Why Play at Ripple Casinos? With the COVID-19 pandemic placing a lot of restrictions on gamblers, card players, and casino owners alike, there's going to be a continued emphasis on online casinos for many people to get their fix. As such, Ripple, one of the world's leading cryptocurrencies, is going to remain prominent as a way for players to deposit their wagers. 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  9. Gambling in casinos these days has grown more diverse in terms of payment, which is thanks to the rise of crypto casinos, where you gamble with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Over the years, both cryptocurrencies have given online gamblers new ways to store their winnings. Gamblers can deposit and withdraw money fast to and from their accounts. There are some differences between bitcoin and cryptocurrencies that one needs to know when figuring out which to use while online gambling. If you want to know which kind of Bitcoin casinos work for you versus Ethereum, keep on reading. What Are Bitcoin Casinos? You may be very familiar with bitcoin, given its popularity as a cryptocurrency and its acceptance among government regulators. However, you may not be as familiar with bitcoin casinos when playing for the first time. Here is the way a bitcoin casino works. The software behind the casino game conducts and runs it, with occasional minor human interference. If a game only needs human players, the software will act out the role of a table dealer. Bitcoin itself can either be used as the means for the primary transaction or offered as an additional currency. Bitcoin casinos have to assure users of the operation's impartiality since all transactions happen online. Most bitcoin casinos will try to build their players' trust by being transparent about how their software's algorithms work. Otherwise, the casino's reputation is grown by word-of-mouth or online advertising about how unique their offering of casino games are. The Pros and Cons of Bitcoin Casinos One great benefit of using a bitcoin casino is that it allows for the right amount of total anonymity. This is different from regular casinos where they are always connected to a specific person that can be easily identified and traced. When engaging in a bitcoin transaction, there is no risk of financial volatility during payment processing, and it will automatically convert to your country's currency. Some other pros about using bitcoin casinos are as follows: Offering higher limits for withdrawals and deposits Great bonuses offered by various websites when depositing with Bitcoin No processing fees Providing instant transactions Not subject to taxation Note that even if a crypto casino does offer Bitcoin, it is best to check the fine print when signing up. Some sites may not accept Bitcoin at all, while others may need the player to be a certain age if using Bitcoin. Bitcoin can have its issues too. Gambling websites will process the Bitcoin withdrawals manually for security purposes, thereby making Bitcoin withdrawals take more time than with credit or debit cards. What Is Ethereum? Different from Bitcoin, Ethereum, as a blockchain platform, is an open-source software that generates and runs decentralized digital applications. These digital apps then enable users to make agreements and conduct transactions directly with each other. This means users can buy, sell, and trade without a middle man. Their cryptocurrency is known as Ether. It can be used as a digital currency on exchanges and on the Ethereum network to run applications. The Pros and Cons of Ethereum Because of its unique nature, Ethereum can add some unique benefits for a user's online gambling experience. Some of the benefits of Ether include the following: Cheaper because of a lack of third parties Not regulated by government entities Its open-source creation means more stability and transparency Has its own identifiers It does have its own issues, though. For example, the transaction speed can get congested and sluggish at times. In addition, some may find the platform too complicated and comprehensive to use easily. Another major disadvantage is that many casinos may not be as familiar, so it may reject Ether users if the site does not support it. Ultimately, Ether and Ethereum were created to make possible unchangeable, programmatic contracts and applications through its own currency. Crypto Casinos Now that we have introduced the differences between these two types of cryptocurrencies, here are some online gambling sites and crypto casinos that may work best with Bitcoin and Ethereum. Slots Heaven While this site mainly specializes in bitcoin slots, it also allows players to play live casino crypto games or table games such as Bitcoin Blackjack or Roulette. BitStarz Notable for being one of the first crypto casinos to accept Bitcoin as a form of deposit and wager, this website has over 2,900 games available to play. They let you deposit your Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency into your account, which will be held in your desired cryptocurrency. This site also supports both Bitcoin and Ethereum, along with many other forms of payment. No Bonus Casino This crypto casino is known among online gamblers as a site acting as a clubhouse for players who would rather play without bonuses (except their 10% cashback feature). When withdrawing Bitcoin, the casino will issue the funds to your account in no more than 24 hours. Choose the Right Type of Bitcoin Casinos for You Online gambling has grown to a very diverse size over the last decade, thanks to the growing use of Bitcoin casinos and Ethereum. Cryptocurrency transactions in crypto casinos can be sparse, but you can find the right casino for you if you take our advice on the best crypto casinos out there. We offer some great tips and information about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies for online gambling. 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  10. Casinos have been around since the 17th century. During that time, we've seen them develop into some of the most stunning and luxurious places in the world, as well as some of the most bizarre! What are the boldest, the oldest and the biggest casinos in the world? Which are the casinos you really need to see before you die? Keep reading as we take a look at some of the most spectacular casinos ever built. The Biggest Casinos in the World What is the largest casino in the United States? What about Europe? Is the biggest casino to be found in Vegas? Here are some of the biggest casinos in the world. WinStar World Casino, Oklahoma If you guessed that the world's largest casino was in the US, you were right. If you guessed it was a Vegas, you were very wrong. The largest casino in the world is the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma. Coming in at around 600,000 square feet of gaming space, this mega-casino has eight gaming areas, seventeen restaurants, a 7,000 seater Colosseum, and more than 7,000 gaming machines. What is the largest Indian casino? Well, it's this one. That's right, the largest casino in the world is owned by the Chickasaw Nation. MGM Grand, Las Vegas What is the biggest casino in Vegas? That honor goes to the MGM Grand. At 170,000 square feet of gaming space, this enormous casino is still less than a third of the size of the Winstar World Casino. That still doesn't stop it from being one of the most popular and recognizable casinos in the world. Expect to find around 3,000 slots, 200 table games, poker rooms, fifteen restaurants, and two theatres. It certainly lives up to it's Grand title. Venetian Macau, Macau What is the largest casino in Asia? That prize goes to the Venetian in Macau, which has a floor area of over 500,000 square feet. Macau is a former Portuguese colony and now a special administrative region of China, and it is home to some of the most impressive casinos in the world. In fact, the highest-grossing casino in the world is the Galaxy Macau which turned over nearly $6 billion in 2014. The Venetian Macau may not make the most money, but it certainly boasts the most floor space. The Oldest Casinos in the World Unsurprisingly, many of the biggest casinos in the world are fairly new. But what is the oldest casino in the world? We'll take a look at some of the oldest casinos out there. Casino di Venezia, Italy Casinos have been around since before the US was formed, so it's no big surprise that the first casino was in Europe. Where in Europe is the world's oldest casino? The answer is Italy. The Casino di Venezia sits on the grand canal in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. When was the first casino invented? Incredibly it opened in 1638, five years before Isaac Newton was born and only eighteen years after the Mayflower first landed at Plymouth Harbor. Who made the first casino? It was originally set up as a theatre with a separate area for gambling in the intermission. The gambling proved more popular than the shows, however, and by the 18th century, there were more than 100 casinos in Venice. The casino stopped operating for many years but was reopened in the 1960s and could claim possibly the boldest marketing ever done by a casino. The entire baggage carousel at Marco Polo airport in Venice was turned into a giant roulette wheel. The casino said the stunt saw visits rise by 60% making it one of their most effective ads. Kurhaus of Baden-Baden, Germany The Casino di Venezia may be the oldest casino, but it hasn't been operating continuously during that time, having only moved to its current location in the 1950s. If you're looking for the oldest continually-operating casino, then its the Kurhaus of Baden-Baden in Germany. The casino was completed in 1824 and has been running ever since. When gambling was banned in France in the 1830s, things began to really take off. The casino was visited by the author Fyodor Dostoevsky and was the inspiration for his novel The Gambler. The Boldest Casinos in the World There are some truly weird and wonderful casinos out there. What's the most provocative casino? What is the craziest casino design? Read on as we look at some of the boldest casinos in the world. The Venetian, Las Vegas What is the boldest casino theme? Well, how about recreating the canals of Venice, Italy? The Venetian in Las Vegas does exactly that. It includes replicas of famous Venetian landmarks, including the Rialto Bridge, the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale. You can even take a gondola ride along those famous canals. The Bellagio, Las Vegas What is the most innovative casino? That's hard to say; it depends on whether you mean innovation in gaming technology or innovative design. Regardless, we couldn't have a list of the great casinos without including The Bellagio. The go-to casino for many a Hollywood movie, this casino is based on another region of Italy: Lake Como. It features an eight-acre lake that contains the casino's most innovative feature: the Fountains of Bellagio. This enormous water feature is the centrepiece of incredible performances featuring light and sound that take place throughout the day and are visible from the Strip. When it was built, it was the largest fountain in the world. Ready to Learn More? If this list of the oldest, boldest and biggest casinos in the world has whetted your appetite, then you're in the right place. Our site is devoted to bringing you information about everything related to online gambling. 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  11. While in-person gambling is a fun tradition that's been around for centuries, the popularity of online gambling is growing at an enormous rate. In fact, by 2020, the global market for gambling online is projected to grow by a whopping 8.77%! As you can probably imagine, the fact that there are two exciting and viable options for getting your gambling fix makes gamer's loves more interesting, but also vastly more complicated. After all, choosing which form of gaming is right for you can be an overwhelming task. Luckily, we're here to help! Today, we're going to talk about offline vs online gambling and outline the pros and cons of each. Read on to get some insight as to which of these alternatives is best for you. Offline Casino Gambling Even back in medieval times, people enjoyed heading to gaming parlors to place bets and socialize with others. That tradition still persists today despite the fact that games are different and casinos have a much more modern aesthetic. Read on to learn some of the merits and downsides of offline casino gaming! How Does Traditional Gambling Work? To partake in traditional gambling, you need to hop in your car, drive to the casino, and start placing bets (as soon as you know the rules!) Most of these locales are attached to other venues like malls, hotels, restaurants, and resorts. At an offline casino, all gamblers are present in the room where bets are being placed. The room is filled with neon lights and a roaring crowd of other gamers, which is an engaging aesthetic that makes lots of gamblers feel high on adrenaline. Pros There are a lot of pros to offline gambling that make for an amazing experience: Social experiences. You're surrounded by other gamblers, which is a fun experience if you're interested in making gaming a social experience. Aesthetic and adrenaline. The lighting and traditional aesthetic of a land-based casino really helps to get the adrenaline pumping and the excitement at an all-time high. This is especially the case because excitement is contagious, so when other people are having a good time in the casino, you're likely to as well. Less paperwork. While online casinos require registrants to include personal information into their accounts, most offline casinos are pretty chill about background verification. This means less paperwork for you so that you can start gaming faster. Opportunities for a high payout. There aren't really any limits as to what you can bet at an in-person casino, so this is a great option for high-risk gamblers. Cons However, there are also a few downsides: Less variety. Since there are space constraints in land-based casinos, they can only have so many gaming options. You won't have the same amount of variety as you would online. Strict unspoken rules. There are a lot of etiquette rules that you'll need to follow at a physical casino. It overall makes for a better experience where all gamblers respect each other, but it can still be annoying sometimes. Lack of disabled accessibility. Casinos can get loud and bright, which a lot of people like. However, for those with sensory processing issues, it can also get overwhelming. Know yourself and your preferences! Online Gambling Now that you know the pros and cons of going to a land-based casino, it's time to take a look at the alternative: online gambling. Read on to learn why this might be the right option for your needs! How Do Online Casinos Work? Online casinos are basically large online rooms where you can play virtual versions of all the games that you would at a casino. You place bets using a bank account or, more popular as of late, bitcoin. Online casinos are great for games like slots that don't require a lot of interaction. However, poker, blackjack, and other card games are an entirely different experience digitally. Pros Here's why online casinos are awesome: Convenience. Online gambling can happen in your PJs from the comfort of your own home! You can be really comfortable while playing as a result. High percentage of payout. While land-based casinos offer opportunities for high payout, you'll likely not win very often. Online casinos offer more chances to win smaller prizes. Opportunities for real-life experiences. When you use an online casino, you aren't sacrificing the opportunity to play against real-life players. Live dealers are an option on most casino sites, so you can play against other people in a virtual room. More variety. Online casinos have no space restrictions and therefore offer more games. Cons However, there are also a few cons: Less social opportunities. You can't bring friends to an online casino for a night out. It's a generally slow experience. The lack of a roaring crowd and neon lights also makes for less adrenaline. More restrictive. High-stakes gamblers have betting restrictions. Many sites also make it so the more you win, the less likely you are to win in the future. This is obviously unfortunate for those who are skilled at gaming. So, Which Option Is Best? Neither offline or online casinos are inherently better than the other. Which alternative is right for you depends on what you want your gaming experience to be like. If your primary goal is winning anything, including small prizes, then online gambling is likely the right choice for you. However, if you have a lot of money and are a high-stakes gambler, you won't like how restrictive most casino sites are with betting and probably want to head to your local offline casino. If you're looking for a social experience, then you're definitely going to want to head to an in-person venue. You can bring friends and hang out with them while placing bets. This is a great way to have a night out- casinos serve most food and alcoholic drinks in addition to the awesome entertainment that they provide. Those who are interested in convenience may want to go with online gaming that you can do from the comfort of your own home. This is also the case for autistic gamers and those with other sensory processing accessibility needs. The bottom line is that you need to know yourself! Place a Bet Today Whether or not you prefer to gamble online or in a casino, there are lots of options out there for the places you can make bets and the types of games you can play. Now that you know the pros and cons of both online and offline gambling, it's time to get started. Check out the 'games' tab on our homepage for more information about the various casino games you can play in the format of your choosing. From slots to poker to blackjack to roulette, we've got you covered.
  12. Casinos have been around since the 1600's. From card games to slot machines, gambling is a centuries-old sport that has never dwindled in popularity. As more casino locations have started popping up, the industry has given birth to some truly "out there" destinations. Read on for our list of the top 10 weirdest casino locations. 1. Cadbury Court in the UK There aren't many basement casino locations, let alone a basement of a medieval manor. That's Cadbury Court's claim to fame, though, and it's a really unique spot. Located in the small town of Yeovil in south England, this historical spot used to be a real medieval manor. Today, the entire space can be rented out, allowing guests full use of its 30-player-capacity casino in what once was used as a wine cellar. Cadbury Court Casino (Image credit: northcadburycourt.com) 2. River's Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois USA The self-proclaimed "casino on a puddle" is none other than River's Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois. Built on a small water pit, or "puddle" as many like to call it, River's Casino was specifically designed to comply with Illinois gambling laws that specify that all casino locations must be a "riverboat" design. Located near O'hare airport and the famous city of Chicago, River's casino offers a huge gambling floor with over a thousand slot machines and fifty gaming tables, from blackjack to craps and so much more. Rivers Casino (Image credit: chicagobusiness.com) 3. Macau Palace in Macau Macau is a famous travel destination for those who are seeking casino locations. However, if you're looking to escape the traditional bright and busy spots, a trip to the Macau Palace could be just what you need. Macau Palace is a floating casino located on a barge in Macau. It's a small spot, but it still is hugely popular for wager-loving gamblers. Another unique thing about Macau Palace is it was once the setting for the 1974 James Bond movie, "The Man with the Gold Gun." It's one of those great gambling places to visit if you're interested in a quieter place with lots of culture. Macau Floating Casino (Image credit: tripadvisor.com) 4. X-Train in Las Vegas, Nevada USA There are plenty of casino locations in Las Vegas to choose from, but this is the only one that's on a train. The X-Train offers a break from the traditional casino packages and resorts in the city, allowing gamblers to play while traveling on a huge train. While the train doesn't seem to be in service yet, be sure to keep an eye out for future casino locations. X-Train Las Vegas (Image credit: latimes.com) 5. Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, Australia This casino is located in, you guessed it: the middle of the desert. The Desert Cave Hotel hails from the Australian Outback, offering visitors a one-of-a-kind subterranean gambling experience. Although this is one of the smaller casino locations on the list, it still offers a great selection of games as well as a bar and an arcade. Since the nearest casino is over 800km away, it's still a popular spot for travelers and locals alike. Desert Cave Casino, Australia (Image credit: dailymail.co.uk) 6. The Casino Jet Lounge The Casino Jet Lounge is the perfect casino for high rollers, high stakes, and high altitudes. Coming from Designescence and AirJet Designs, this mile-high casino can be installed on your private jet or on a commercial flight. There aren't many casino locations that allow you to gamble at 30,000 feet. This is one of the best gambling places for adventurous casino-goers looking for an all-new experience. Casino Jet Lounge (Image credit: airjet-designs.com) 7. Resort World in Genting, Malaysia This one might be one of the most difficult casino locations to get to, since it's built on top of a mountain. Malaysia's Resort World is located 6,000 feet above sea level. To get there, visitors hop on skyway cars in Kuala Lumpur and ride across the mountains up to the casino. There they'll find one of the most well-equipped gambling places in Asia, as well as a luxurious spa, golf, shopping, and even a theme park. The area is also surrounded by the incredible views of its surrounding 150 million-year-old rainforest. Resort world in Genting, Malaysia (Image credit: rwgenting.com) 8. Prairie Knights Casino in Fort Yates, North Dakota USA If you're scouting remote casino locations, Prairie Knights Casino has everything you could possibly want. Located in a middle-of-nowhere prairie in Fort Yates, North Dakota, this casino is like a brightly lit oasis in the middle of a green desert. The inside offers a vast gambling floor with plenty to do. The only catch is, the nearest airport is over 2 hours away. Still, there's plenty of beautiful scenery to admire: there's nothing around for miles except a vast, grassy prairie. This may not be one of the best gambling places for nightlife, but the experience it offers is truly unique. Prairie Knights Casino (Image credit: Tripadvisor.com) 9. Victory Casino Cruises in Port Canaveral, Florida USA For gambling aficionados everywhere, choosing between casino vacation packages or a cruise can be tough. Well, with this cruise ship in Florida, you get the best of both worlds. Victory Casino Cruises depart out of Port Canaveral in Florida, taking visitors on a 5-6 hour cruise down the beautiful Space Coast. While you're on it, you can enjoy over 600 slot machines and a variety of table games, including the state's only live craps and roulette tables. You can also venture to their sportsbook lounge and place bets on football, hockey, MMA, boxing, baseball, soccer, and basketball games. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy the ship's drinks and buffet as well as its shows and wild dance floor. Victory Casino Cruises (Image credit: victorycasinocruises.com) 10. Virtual Reality Casino Locations One of the most unexpected casino locations is right where you're sitting! Potentially, of course. With the power of virtual reality technology, you can slip on a headset and immediately immerse yourself within a full 3D casino experience. It's a great alternative if you aren't looking for expensive casino vacations to get your gambling on. The first virtual reality casino was launched by SlotsMillion, allowing users to play an interactive and fully inclusive gaming floor without ever having to leave their homes. It certainly gives new meaning to the question, "what's the best casino near me?" Game On! With so many options for gambling places, casino vacations never get old. Now that you know some of the most unique casino locations, get your game on and start planning your next visit! For more gambling inspiration, check out our other blog entries.
  13. Online gambling is a lucrative and growing industry worldwide. While many countries have banned gambling in one form or another in their regions, there are key countries that have been far more liberal about gambling activities inside their borders. Many of these regulated jurisdictions are controlled from within Europe, including the United Kingdom and the European Union. Progressive thinking governments have seen the advantages of allowing controlled gambling, which quite simply put – contributes to their revenues each year. Of course, this means that casinos and betting businesses are therefore being taxed. But, have you ever stopped for a few seconds to wonder how this taxation is conducted? Players seem to be far more concerned about whether they need to pay taxes, that many of us don’t give a second thought as to how the government benefits from the operators themselves. Land-Based vs Online Betting Levies A few decades ago, when talking about casinos, it was taken for granted that we were talking about physical betting premises with physical game cabinets, tables, roulette wheels and more. We cannot be as assuming today, as online gambling has reached fever pitch, affording its own segment in the gambling industry. It goes without saying that the costs involved in running a brick and mortar casino versus running an online operation vary greatly. For starters, the overheads in a physical premises ought to be much higher, not to mention the salary cheques paid every month to the massive staff compliments. So there is a distinct difference in the business makeup in each of these sectors, but are these various platforms seen in a different light by the governing authorities and therefore taxed differently? – This is the question we hope to answer. We will take a look at some of the prime gambling districts in Europe to draw our conclusions, namely the United Kingdom (under the regulation of the UK Gambling Commission) and most of the European Union (most of which gambles under the banner of the Malta Gaming Authority) and Sweden (which is a new regulated jurisdiction under the Spel Inspektionen). A Kingdom of Difference in the UK The United Kingdom is commonly accepted to be the most tightly regulated market in the world. The legislation in place is far more bias towards the player’s interests than the casino’s needs, yet still commands a lot of ‘dough’ from the operators to boost their coffers. In the online sector, the general taxation on remote gambling operations lawfully catering to UK citizens under license rose from 15% to 21% of the Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) in October of 2019. This constituted a steep climb in taxes, and together with further tougher laws coming into place with regards to betting limits and credit card payment restrictions, online casinos are sure to feel the pinch. The pinch is not as painful as that experienced by land-based operators, who face taxes of up to 50% GGP. The tax system for land-based operators is on a tiered system, so some casinos and betting facilities could pay as little as 15% of their income, while those gaming giants yielding in excess of £5 million in revenues will be subject to the maximum tariffs. All the while, players in the UK needn’t worry about coughing up for the tax man, as all gambling wins are exempt in this regard. GGR: Gross Gaming Revenue is calculated by subtracting wins paid out to players from the total revenues paid from players to the casino. Machine Mayhem in Malta The Malta Gaming Authority is one of the fairest and most well-balanced gaming regulators around often said to be the benchmark for gambling regulatory bodies around the world. While the taxation seems far more lenient than those set out by the United Kingdom, there is once again a marked trend in extra costs for land-based operators. While all gambling establishments must foot the €25,000 per annum licensing costs, additional taxation of 5% on the GGR is required year on year. While this already sounds favourable, the costs do not stop here. All land-based operations must pay separate levies on each gaming device offered on their gambling floors. This could see the casino or betting facilitator paying around 30% of the GGR on those devices, depending on the type of game being offered. But it doesn’t stop here. Both land-based and online operators must also pay a Compliance Contribution based on the types of games that they offer to the public. The maximum tax level incurred here is around 4% with a set cap for each type of game offered. Traditional casino gambling is split into: Type 1 Games: These are casino games of chance controlled by RNGs. The tax cap is €375,000. Type 2 Games: These are casino games similar to those in Type 1 gaming, but where the game outcomes are not determined by RNGs. The Tax Cap is €600,000. Type 3 Games: These are facilitated games, where the operator promotes and abets the gaming, but where players play against other players and not the house (Like World Series Poker). The tax cap is €500,000. From the above information, it is discerned that land-based gambling operations are run at a greater cost than online vendors. Did you know: The RTP on slot games run at land-based casinos are lower than those offered by online games? This is because the overheads and taxation costs are generally higher and a higher profit is therefore needed to make ends meet. The Swedish Switchover For a long time Sweden operated gambling via state run casinos, who offered both land-based and online casino entertainment to its citizens. Though they were always allowed to issue licenses to other parties, they never did. The country has since relaxed its hard stance on solely government owned casinos, and now issues licenses freely (without compromise of quality of regulation) to remote casinos who want to operate within the borders of the country. Whether an independent casino is land-based or online, they are taxed in exactly the same way (though licensing costs will differ), at a fixed rate of 18% of GGP. All social and public gaming remains tax exempt. This rate falls a little below the UK, which is why many UK Licensed casinos are now turning their attention to the budding Swedish market to grow their platforms. Tax Highs and Lows Though we have concentrated efforts on three of the most well-known regulated jurisdictions in Europe, there are many more countries incurring either much higher or much lower taxation levels. For instance, the most expensive country to run a casino from would be Germany. Here the taxation rate is as high as 90% in some provinces, which is shockingly high. It puts a new light on the term ‘sin taxes’. Then there is Gibraltar. This region runs a tight ship when it comes to gambling regulation, to such a degree that the UK Gambling Commission will allow Gibraltar-licensed casinos to trade within their borders, but of course, they must cough up the remote gambling tax of 21% for doing so. Normal taxes levied by the Gibraltar government are very low, having just recently dropped from 1% of GGP to a meagre 0.15%, constituting as a casino ‘heaven’ for operators. Russia, however, is surprisingly the most accommodating country in the world when it comes to gambling operators, as the tax rate on casinos is 0%. Here, players pay more on their winnings declared than the casinos do (an amount of 13%). Verdict Despite the already pressing expenses incurred at brick and mortar casinos, it seems that regulators believe that they have the most to gain from these establishments, as they load the levies for land casinos. Online casinos are treated more mildly and are left with a great opportunity to earn rewards with minimal expense, especially if they are licensed in the right area.
  14. When you think about large casinos, your attention may immediately focus on some of the more popular casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. While these cities are known for their gaming action, the reality is that most of their gaming resorts pale in comparison to the size and grandeur of the top venues around the world. Whether you are new to gambling or you are a high roller, these are the largest and most magnificent venues in the world, and they deserve your attention for your next big trip. Casino Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal (Image credit: casino-lisboa.pt) 1. Casino Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal If you are looking for serious gaming action in Europe, Casino Lisboa is the place to go. The gaming space in this enormous resort covers 165,000 square feet across two floors. It includes 26 table games and 1,000 slot machines. When you need a break from gaming, you can take advantage of the many other amenities and attractions on-site. For example, you can catch a live performance in a large auditorium that boasts a triple-ring rotating stage. This venue also has three impressive restaurants and a contemporary art gallery. MGM Grand, Las Vegas (Image credit: mgmresorts.com) 2. MGM Grand in Las Vegas MGM Grand is the largest gaming resort in Las Vegas and the only one that is large enough to make this list. If you visit MGM Grand to enjoy its gaming action, you will have more than 170,000 square feet of space to explore. This area boasts 200 table games, 3,000 slot machines and a dedicated poker room for non-smokers. As a travel destination in its own right, it is also home to two theaters that host elite performers regularly, three hotels along with elite villas, a nightclub, a spa, a huge pool, a sports arena, 15 restaurants and more than two dozen boutiques and shops. The Sands, Macao (Image credit: sandscasino.com) 3. The Sands in Macau The Sands is only one of five huge gaming venues in this city. Its gaming space covers 229,000 square feet, and it holds more than 1,000 slot machines and 200 gaming tables. It is notably known for its towering ceilings, which create a grand ambiance. Adding to the fun, this venue also is home to a theater, a health spa and nine restaurants. Rio Casino Resort, South Africa (Image credit: riocasino.co.za) 4. Rio Casino Resort in Klerksdrop, South Africa At the Rio Casino Resort, you can appreciate a jovial, carnival-inspired ambiance as you explore more its 266,330 square feet of games. It hosts poker tournaments regularly, and it gives you 24-hour access to its 274 slot machines and 12 table games. This venue offers something for all of its guests to enjoy with amenities like a bar, two unique restaurants, an arcade for the kids, a luxurious hotel and a private salon dedicated exclusively to high rollers. Ponte 16, Macau (Image credit: ponte16.com.mo) 5. Ponte 16 This is the second Macanese venue to make the list, and its gaming space covers 270,000 square feet. It boasts a waterfront location in the Inner Harbor, two VIP rooms, 307 slot machines and 109 tables. Its many games include fan tan, face-up blackjack, 3-card baccarat and American roulette. During your stay, you can feel pampered at a French-themed luxury hotel. You can also enjoy a fitness center, a spa, a pool area, a gallery featuring live performances, a foot massage station, a children’s play area and numerous bars and restaurants. Wynn Macau (Image credit: wynnmacau.com) 6. Wynn Macau This Wynn-brand casino is located relatively close to Ponte 15, and it is slightly larger. Across its 273,000 square feet, you will find slots, table games and other gambling hot spots. In addition, the Wynn is home to a pool, an art gallery, a spa, more than two dozen shops, four elite restaurants and stunning visual arts shows that combine music, fire and other elements. Foxwoods, Connecticut (Image credit: foxwoods.com) 7. Foxwoods in Ledyard, Connecticut This is the second of three venues in the United States to make the list, and it is owned and managed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The venue is broken into six unique casinos, and they collectively cover more than 340,000 square feet. The gaming centers have 3,400 slot machines and more than 250 tables for a wide range of games across the six venues. In addition, you can take advantage of 55 restaurants and bars, a spa, a shopping center, zip-lining, bowling and more. City of Dreams, China (Image credit: cityofdreamsmacau.com) 8. City of Dreams in China The next venue on the list is considerably larger than Foxwoods. City of Dreams sits in Macau, and its gaming space encompasses 420,000 square feet. Its spacey, futuristic vibe is only one of its many qualities that set it apart from others. It is home to several VIP lounges with unique themes, more than 1,500 slot machines, 450 gaming tables and 30 bars and restaurants. It also has more than 175,000 square feet of boutiques and shops, four hotels, a nightclub, four spas, a water theater, an art exhibition space and more. Venetian, China (Image credit: venetianmacao.com) 9. Venetian in China The Venetian is the largest gambling venue in China and throughout Asia. Out of more than 10 million square feet of total space, approximately 530,000 square feet is dedicated to gaming activities. There are four game spaces with exciting, individualized themes, and these collectively hold 800 gaming tables and more than 6,000 slot machines. The venue also includes a 39-story hotel, numerous retail and dining areas, a huge special events center and a beautiful Venice-inspired decorative scheme. WinStar World Casino, Oklahoma (Image credit: winstar.com) 10. WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma Across Europe, Asia and beyond, all casino venues pale in comparison to the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma. It is owned by the Chicksaw Nation. This venue’s gaming space covers 600,000 square feet, and it boasts an additional 600,000 square feet that has a wide range of additional amenities and attractions for every high roller to enjoy. At the WinStar World Casino, you will find an 800-seat bingo hall, 100 table games, more than 7,000 slots and a poker room dedicated to non-smokers. Additional hot spots at this venue include two event centers that offer more than 11,000 seats collectively, a golf course, a spa, a pool with a poolside bar, a sports lounge, a nightclub and 17 restaurants.
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