Land-Based Casinos - Find Your Next Destination!

Ziv Chen

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Last Updated 28th May 2024, 01:21 PM

In my opinion, nothing beats a night at the casino. The lights, the luxury, the atmosphere, meeting fellow players – there’s something really special about traditional casino venues that simply cannot be recreated online. 

While you can't overlook the convenience and fun of gambling at online casinos, nothing truly compares to the experience of playing at a land-based casino.

I travel a lot, and wherever I am in the world, I'm always looking for casinos near me where I can spend some quality time. Of course, since it's part of my job, I document these experiences, and now I have created this page to share them with you. Below you'll find a list of brick and mortar casinos I've visited with links to the reviews I created for each one.

Land Based Casinos Destinations

Have a peek at my list of traditional casinos I've recently visited. I'll keep adding to this list as I visit more places, so come back from time to time to check my reviews!

Macao Casinos

  • The Venetian Macao - Known as the “Las Vegas of Asia” and located on the Cotai Strip this is a premium venue for casino goers. 
  • Grand Lisboa Casino in Sé, Macau - attached to a luxurious hotel with 47 floors, this casino wasn't what I expected. 
  • MGM Casino Macau - you'll find this gem in the heart of Macau, sprawling over 284,353 square feet of casino space and housing lots of games.
  • Galaxy Casino Macau - Another local casino housed on the Cotai Strip with over 1,200 slot machines, 700 table games, and VIP gaming rooms.
  • Morpheus (City of Dreams) Casino Macau - Located at Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, here you'll find 420,000 feet of gaming halls with over 1,500 slot machines and 500+ table games.
  • Sands Casino Macau - Four floors and 229,000 square feet of gambling tables and slot machines await you at Sands Macau Casino.

New Zealand Casinos

  • Casino Christchurch - Standing tall in the centre of Christchurch City, this elegant structure houses the oldest but most popular gambling club in New Zealand.
  • Skycity Casino Hamilton - this red-carpet venue features 23 classic table games and a massive collection of 300 pokies machines around the room edges.

Australia Casinos

  • Crown Sydney Casino - 160 tables, electronic machines, and private salons spread over multiple gaming floors, including the Crystal Room and the more exclusive Mahogany floor.
  • Tattersalls Club Sydney - Here it's all about slots, Keno, TABS, and card games in a luxurious setting.
  • The Star Casino - World-class entertainment is guaranteed at this Australian venue with private gaming areas, with dedicated areas for Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and Craps.

UK Casinos

  • Hippodrome London Casino - located in Leicester Square at the heart of London, this UK casino extends over four floors and four distinct casino zones where you'll find the classics of roulette, blackjack, slots, baccarat, and poker. You can also access the special PokerStars™ Live lounge.
  • Aspers Casino - A relatively fresh arrival on the scene, the Aspers Casino opened its doors in December 2011. The location is on the top floor (level 3) of the Westfield Stratford City shopping complex.
  • Empire Casino London - The Empire is a relatively new casino when compared to the other gambling venues in old London town. The former ballroom holds 55k sq ft of gaming area across two floors, so don’t be fooled by the exterior into thinking it looks tiny.
  • Grosvenor Victoria Casino - The casino is called Grosvenor Casino, but it is also known as The Victoria or The Vic and it's a premium poker venue in London.
  • Admiral Slots - This venue in Manchester, UK, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here you get slots, and nothing but slots.
  • Napoleons Casino in Manchester - There are 12 dealer tables inside of the casino, as well as a small selection of 40 Novomatic slot machines.
  • Grosvenor Casino Didsbury in Manchester, UK - Located within the huge Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre off the A34 Kingsway, this is a small casino with a good selection of slot machines, table games and a 100-player poker room.
  • Alea Casino Glasgow in Scotland - With daily poker tournaments and 2 gaming floors full of casino games, options available at the Alea Glasgow Casino include American roulette, blackjack, three-card poker, real money slots, and a selection of electronic roulette games.
  • Glasgow's Grosvenor Casinos - on this page I reviewed two Grosvenor sites, the Grosvenor Casino Riverboat right on the water’s edge, and the Merchant City Casino, the bigger and some might argue more central of the two. 
  • Genting Casino Glasgow - Found on Sauchiehill Street, Genting Casino is close to the Charing Cross Station, Kelvinbridge Park, and near the King’s Theatre. The game selection includes roulette, three card poker, blackjack, slots, and baccarat - as well as live e-tables, Dragonfire Roulette, Blazing Blackjack, and TCP Stud Poker.
  • Genting Casino Edinburgh - here I visited two sites, The Genting York Place, located within a beautiful building, and the Fountain Park casino which is the bigger of the two and hosts quite a lot of games, including some surprising ones.
  • Grosvenor Casino Edinburgh - better known by the locals as the Maybury Casino, this site is located within an impressive building on the city’s western outskirts. The casino is fairly large and there are multiple rooms that house the various different games.
  • Genting Casino Newcastle - Of all the casinos in Newcastle, the Genting was my preferred. This is mostly down to the variety of games offered. They simply had more choice here, which helps this venue hold up against the best casino sites that bit better.
  • Grosvenor Casino Newcastle - A touch dated, and not as huge as I expected, this is much more of a locals’ casino than a tourists’ one. Good value on food and drinks, and the staff are very friendly.
  • Aspers Casino Newcastle - found on Newgate Street, on the first floor of a centre known as The Gate, this well-kept casino has a good game variety including games I’ve not seen elsewhere.

US Casinos

  • Parx Casino in the US - A stone’s throw away from Centre City Philadelphia, this mammoth 260k square-foot gaming destination offers slot machines, live tables, poker, and a racetrack. Parx also has numerous bars, restaurants, and live entertainment venues.
  • Rivers Casino - Standing on the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino offers a great mix of social casino and weekend getaway. The total complex sprawls across an enormous 1.3million square feet, much of which is taken up by a brilliant selection of bars and restaurants. 
  • Mount Airy - A picturesque retreat in the Pocono Mountains awaits at Mount Airy casino. It's a haven for lovers of the outdoors, good, relaxing spas and incredible indoor and outdoor pools. 
  • Hollywood Casino at Meadows - Washington, Pennsylvania is home to a casino with its own racetrack attached at Hollywood at Meadows. It's just 40 minutes outside of Pittsburgh and is a 100% no-smoking venue. 
  • Caesars Atlantic City - Taking pride of place on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk, Caesars is perhaps not as imposing as its Las Vegas counterpart although it is just as much fun. 
  • Bally's Atlantic City - Bally's is a big name in gambling. Its Las Vegas property has just been rebranded to Horseshoe, but Bally's Atlantic City is still going strong and a must-visit for gamblers - even if it is just to soak up the history alone.
  • Tropicana - Another baordwalk property and another with a storied history. You'll also find a 126k square foot casino here across two floors.
  • Resorts - The oldest casino hotel in Atlantic City and the one that offers the best old-school gambling experience.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood - The home of an incredible 'see it to believe it' guitar shaped tower that performs every single night. 
  • Seminole Hard Rock Tampa - An enormous 245,000 square foot gaming space with roughly 5,000 slot machines. 
  • MGM Grand - An emeral green icon at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The mammoth casino resort boast an incredible pool complex, 170k square feet of gaming space and loads of live entertainment. It's a must for any Vegas visit. 
  • Aria - One of the newer resorts in Las Vegas, Aria is an impressive presence at the very heart of the Strip. Its glass exterior and high-technology rooms make a vist to its sprawling casino a must.
  • Mandalay Bay - It's the closest casino resort to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign and a picturebook Polynesian-themes paradise. The incredible Mandalay Bay Beach pool complex, complete with real sand and a wave machine, is worth a visit just by itself. 
  • Bellagio - Is there any more Las Vegas sight than the Bellagio Fountains? Probably not, other than the sign of course. The Bellagio is the centrepiece of the Las Vegas Strip and no visit to Sin City is complete without checking it out. 
  • The Venetian - Las Vegas is famed for, among other things, themed hotels and The Venetian is right up there with the best of them. The casino is huge and if you need a break you can be ferried down the Grand Canal on a gondola whilst being serenaded in classic Italian. 
  • Mirage - The Mirage was the first Las Vegas mega-resort and the one that inspired dozens of others. As of April 2024 it is transitioning into a Hard Rock property, but it's still one of the best casinos in Vegas to play. 
  • Wynn - Anyone who thinks that Las Vegas is tacky can't possibly have visited the Wynn. It's the most luxurious resort in Las Vegas with a brilliant casino. It's not themed, unless pure decadance can be classed as one. 
  • Caesars Palace - There is probably no individual casino resort name more synonymous with Las Vegas than Caesars Palace. It has been a colossal presence on the Strip for more than 50 years and is more popular today than ever before. 
  • The Cosmopolitan - Not all icons in Las Vegas are long-established themed resorts. The Cosmopolitan is a relative newcomer to the Strip but it sits in the perfect location, offers balcony to guests, and has a casino so popular doorstaff sometimes have to limit access on a weekend.
  • Circus Circus - If you're looking for old school on the Las Vegas Strip, you won't find anywhere that satisfies that craving more than Circus Circus. The casino is brilliantly bonkers with circus acts going on above your head, and it's one of the few truly family-friendly resorts in Las Vegas too. 
  • Horseshoe - A storied Las Vegas resort in a great location that is the home venue for the annual World Seies of Poker.
  • Paris - A beautifully themed casino resort set right at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Gun Lake Casino - It's maybe not quite a casino resort yet as there is no hotel on site yet. That's coming in 2025 though and the casino is enormous. 
  • MGM Grand Detroit - Yes, it's an MGM Grand, just not the MGM Grand. It's still extremely impressive, though. 
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown - A brilliantly eclectic mix of Michigan old and new in a brilliant location.
  • Four Winds New Buffalo - A large Michigan casino resort within easy driving distance from Chicago.
  • Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie - A quirky casino with great architecture, an indoor water-feature and an awful lot of character.

Canadian Casinos

  • Cowboys Casino - Mosey on down to Cowboys Casino Calgary for a unique land-based gambling experience. Cowboys is a modern homage to the city’s Western heritage and promises to be “the most fun you can have with your boots on”.
  • Grey Eagle - Travel back in time to days gone by, when you could light up a Marlboro indoors without getting harassed by angry door staff. Enter Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Alberta’s one and only smoking-friendly casino.
  • Pure Casino Calgary - Located just minutes from downtown, Pure Casino Calgary is a haven for bettors seeking to escape the chaotic cultural capital and its crowded casinos.
  • Elbow River - With hundreds of slots, an array of table games, a racebook, and a poker room, Elbow River is said to be as close to a Las Vegas casino exprience as you will come to it in Calgary.
  • Deerfoot Inn & Casino - A one-stop shop and family-friendly casino resort in Calgary with extensive food and family-friendly entertainment options.
  • Pure Casino Edmonton - Another one of the PURE group's excellent casinos in Alberta.
  • Century Casino - A small casino but one that hits hard with an excellent racebook attached.
  • Grand Villa Casino - Outstanding boutique casino in the ICE District of Edmonton that's brilliant for a night out.
  • Dolphin Gaming Toronto - There are no table games and not many slots - well, 'Tap n Play machines' - so hardened gamblers may feel Dolphin Gaming has little for them. If Bingo is your thing, though, you'll be very satisfied. 
  • Great Canadian Casino - Toronto's brand new sprawling 328,000 square feet behemoth with nearly 5,000 sot machines. 
  • River Rock Casino - A brilliantly located casino resort in Vancouver perfect for travel layovers, gambing vacations and city mini-breaks. 
  • Parq Casino - A sleek and modern casino with high-end hotels attached in Downtown Vancouver.
  • Grand Villa Casino - A large Las Vegas-style casino in the Burnaby suburb of Vancouver that does not disappoint.
  • Starlight Casino - A sprawling casino in the New Westminster, part of the Greater Vancouver Area. 
  • Caesars Windsor - As close as you're likely to get to a Las Vegas-style casino resort in Canada.
  • Casino Rama - A relaxing casino resort retreat, situated away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

European Casinos

  • Monte Carlo Casino - Step straight into a Bond movie at this stunning building created by Charles Garnier in 1863.

What Are Land-Based Casinos?

Also known as brick-and-mortar casinos, land-based casinos are physical casino premises. The term is used to differentiate between casino venues and their online counterparts. These gambling locations will hold a license to provide slot machines and table games like roulette, blackjack, poker, baccarat, craps, and Sic Bo. 

The first gambling house was located in Italy. Constructed in the 1630s, the Ridotto offered controlled gaming during the carnival season. Since then, the popularity of land-based casinos has spread worldwide, with countries far and wide opening their own brick-and-mortar gaming establishments. 

Do the likes of Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City ring a bell? These locations have emerged as some of the world’s leading hotspots for land based casinos. However, with thousands of casino resorts spread around the globe, you can find renowned gambling venues in Italy, Malta, Macau, Germany, Singapore, the US, and more.

Land-based casinos have come a long way since their early days. Now, alongside slot machines and gambling games, most venues offer other amenities to attract prospective players. These include hotels, bars, restaurants, entertainment, and even sportsbooks.

Difference between Playing Online vs. In-Person

While land-based casinos were the original home for classic slot machines and table games, they have since skyrocketed in popularity online. But which casino format is best when playing for real money? Sure, both provide plenty of advantages, but are real money online casinos all they’re cracked up to be, or will the land-based gambling format remain the best? Let’s examine how both measure up:

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Nothing truly beats the social element that land-based casinos have – you can interact with other players and dealers while placing your bets.To put it simply, gambling online is far more convenient than gambling at retail locations. You don’t need to wait for a seat at a table, and games are available 24/7.
Land-based casinos also come with other amenities, like bars, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment.You get a bigger selection of casino game genres online, including games you won’t find in land-based casinos, like live dealer options, online bingo, and progressive jackpots.
By withdrawing at the casino cage, you get instant cash outs when playing at brick-and-mortar casinos. Online, you’re looking at lengthy processing speeds.Online casinos also boast a wider game selection than their land-based counterparts – you’ll often find thousands of options online!
You’ll rarely find any glitching or slow-loading games when gambling in real life.By utilizing the latest technology, online casino games often feature better-quality graphics.By utilizing the latest technology, online casino games often feature better-quality graphics.
Physically spinning the reels of slots and pressing buttons to bet is much more entertaining than clicking your mouse or tapping your mobile.You get the advantage of casino deposit bonuses and promotions when gambling online.
Playing table games like roulette, blackjack, and poker is also much more immersive at land-based casinos.Online casinos may also feature VIP programs, where you can collect points and prizes with every wager you place.
 Finally, online casinos provide a wide range of popular and secure payment methods, from traditional debit and credit cards to modern e-wallets and prepaid options.
TRIVIA: Fan of James Bond? Well, sadly, there is no real Casino Royale as described in novel and film. The casino is fictional, as is the French seaside resort of Royale-les-Eaux where author Ian Fleming placed this land based destination.

Pros and Cons of Land-Based Casinos

Sure, gambling at land-based casinos comes with tons of advantages. However, there are still negatives you should consider. Here are some pros and cons to bear in mind when it comes to local casinos:

Land-Based Casino Pros:

  • Social Atmosphere: Although there are many advantages to visiting land-based casinos, the social element is the most prevalent. If you prefer being in the company of others, physical casinos provide instant and accessible socialization. Better still – you’ll have a common interest to discuss in the games on offer. This makes it far easier to strike up a conversation and make friends with fellow players.
  • Other Amenities: Casino resorts offer the whole package. Aside from slots and table games, you’ll find restaurants, bars, live music venues, and luxurious hotels at arm’s length. You can spin the reels while enjoying delicious food and drink.
  • Immersive Environment: There’s no denying that land-based casino games are a little more exciting in the flesh. Handling real cash and chatting with real punters can make for a more exhilarating gambling experience.
  • Best for Table Games: The social atmosphere makes brick-and-mortar casinos the best place for table games like roulette, blackjack, poker, and craps. While an online casino with live dealers recreates a fraction of this experience, it can never truly replicate the atmosphere and excitement of a real casino table.
  • Instant Withdrawals: Another key feature of land-based casinos is instant withdrawals. No need to keep your eye on your bank balance to ensure any online casino withdrawals have hit your account – your cash will be counted and then handed to you right after your win.

Land-Based Casino Cons:

  • Travel Time: Traveling to your favorite casino resort takes time, whether in your city, a few towns over, or even in a different country. When playing online, you can get up and running in a matter of minutes.
  • Travel Costs: You’ll need to factor in travel costs when playing at your preferred casino venue. Whether it be a dollar or two in gas or plane tickets, that’s still cash you could have put toward your online casino deposit.
  • Waiting for Tables: While online casino games are available 24/7, you’ll have to wait for a seat/space to free up at brick-and-mortar locations. You might be frustrated by any waits or time restraints on tables, so in-person entertainment can be bittersweet.
  • Lower RTPs: Most of the time, land-based casino games like slots have a lower RTP percentage. This is because casinos must pay rent on every machine, so venues will often lower the RTP to cover some of the cost. Although, if you’re in-it-to-win-it on table games, this is probably an irrelevant ‘con’ to you anyway!

What Makes a Great Land Based Casino?

When it comes to land-based casinos, a few elements set them apart from their online counterparts. The most obvious is that you can see and touch the games and casino equipment. This hands-on experience is one of the reasons why local casinos continue to be popular with players all over the world. 

  • Location: While you’ll usually find that bigger casinos are city-central with multiple public transport links, any great casino should be easily accessible.
  • Design: While you want a land-based casino to be appealing, you also need it to be functional. Is your retail venue clean? Does it have an efficient layout? Is there room to walk around?
  • Games: You’ll want to find a decent variety of slot machines, table games, and more at land-based casinos. Retail gambling establishments that offer both quantity and quality should be at the top of your list.
  • Customer Service: Ideally, there will be friendly, professional, and helpful staff on hand to assist with anything from gameplay to cashouts.
  • Events: A casino should provide the opportunity to enjoy special events, tournaments, and other exclusive rewards as part of its membership. Since best live casinos frequently treat players to lucrative promotions, land-based casino perks are great for attracting visitors.
  • Amenities: The likes of bars, restaurants, hotels, live entertainment, and even cash machines add to the local casino experience and separate a good land-based casino from a great one.

Tips When Playing at Land-Based Casinos

Gambling in a traditional casino is much different from playing using the best online casino apps. With so much to discover, from immersive slot machines to table games full of live action, knowing where to start can be challenging. That’s why I've compiled a list of top tips to help you make the most of your brick-and-mortar casino experience: 

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Gamble responsibly

Firstly, you should always gamble responsibly, no matter if you sit at a table in a traditional casino or play casino games online. It’s easy to get carried away with the adrenaline rush that real money betting can cause. Yet, by controlling your gambling habits, you can help your bankroll last a little longer. Check out my top responsible gambling tips below:

  • Only ever gamble with disposable income you can afford to lose.
  • Consider any cash lost as the cost of entertainment and any money won as a bonus.
  • Set a cash limit and stick to it. Only take a certain amount of money with you to the casino and stop playing once you make a win or it runs out.
  • Set a time limit and stick to it.
  • Never borrow cash to gamble.
  • Never chase losses.
  • Don’t use gambling to cope with life.
  • Seek professional help if gambling becomes a prominent part of your day.

Follow casino etiquette

Land-based casinos can be confusing places for first-time visitors. Full of bright lights, noise, and plenty of players who seem to know exactly what they’re doing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Before you head to your local casino, here are some tips for adhering to land-based casino rules:

  • Understand game rules before taking a seat. Although casino staff is usually happy to talk you through rules before a game begins, you don’t want to put other players’ noses out of joint or cause delays by asking questions during a tense tournament.
  • Don’t get drunk. This one seems straightforward, but with the amenities and bars often available at land-based casinos, you don’t want to get carried away. Staying sensible will also allow you to make smarter bets.
  • In some casinos, you may be expected to tip the dealer. Be aware of this before the game begins so you’re not caught short at the end of the game!
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Find the best game for you

Traditional table games are top-rated at land-based casinos for their social aspect and popularity but don’t be afraid to explore your options. With plenty of gambling games to try, you’ll never find a dull moment when gambling in person. Let’s take a closer look at your options:

  • Slots: Playing free casino games online is great, but why not play slots for real money? Whether you go for the traditional 3-reel fruit machine variety or the updated and impressive video slots available now, spin your chances into potential slot success. Often with significant jackpots, you could land some big wins.
  • Roulette: This exciting table game comprises a wheel with an outer dial divided into red/black alternated slots. Once the dealer spins the roulette wheel, a ball falls randomly on a pocket when the wheel stops spinning, which will determine your payout. Whether you play it safe with outside bets or risk your bankroll on inside bets is up to you, but you’ll have plenty of different betting options to pick from.
  • Blackjack: Your main aim in blackjack is to beat the dealer. To do that, you’ll need to collect cards and build a hand with a higher value than the dealers, all without going over 21. While this classic online blackjack casino game is easy to learn, its complex bets make it popular with experienced players.
  • Baccarat: This casino staple features a low house edge and speedy gameplay, making for an exciting land-based gambling game. Regular baccarat games use six to eight decks of cards, and you’ll need to wager on whether the “Player” or the “Dealer’s” hand will have a total closest to 9.
  • Poker: Poker has become one of the most popular land-based casino games, and tables are available at most brick-and-mortar venues. In its basic form, poker is a card game in which you’ll need to build the best hand from the cards you have and community cards on the table.

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Ziv Chen has been working in the online gambling industry for over two decades in senior marketing and business development roles. Ziv writes about a wide range of topics including slot and table games, casino and sportsbook reviews, American sports news, betting odds and game predictions. Leading a life full of conflict, Ziv constantly struggles between his two greatest loves: American football and US soccer.

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