Jessica Warlack

I am a professional Freelance writer interested in self-education and travelling. Currently travelling and writing abroad. Has an interest in gambling, attractions, health and fitness.
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    The Wynn, Las Vegas

    February 26, 2016 in the United States

    Kind of the dark horse of this list, given that it isn’t owned by a huge conglomerated hotel company, the Wynn is no less luxurious or amazing as a resort destination. In fact, it has won more Forbes

    Travel Guide Five Star awards than any other independent hotel company, and more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star awards than any other resort in Las Vegas. The Wynn features high stakes poker tables, daily tournaments, and a comprehensive race as sports book section. Outside of the casino, the Wynn has a versatile selection of dining arrangements, bars, and nightclub areas. Additionally, it is open for renting to host events such as weddings, conferences, etc.

    As you can see from these amazing top 5, casinos have a whole lot more to offer than just gambling. Many of them are all purpose entertainment locations that can be amazing destinations for people of all interests. Check out Las Vegas as a travel destination whether you want to be transported to Venice for a gondola ride, or you want to feel like you are at the beach swimming in waves!
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    MGM Grand, Las Vegas

    February 26, 2016 in the United States

    Another classic casino that’s appeared in many movies, and is generally known as a Las Vegas landmark, is the MGM Grand; which is actually owned by the same people as the Bellagio. The MGM Grand, however, is the second largest hotel in the world based on the number of rooms it contains. It has a casino floor that’s 175,000 square feet, it features 2,500 slot machines in addition to a multitude of table games and it has a sports betting section with 60 plasma TVs. Until 2012, the MGM also had a glass enclosure with six lions right in the middle of the casino.Read more

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    The Bellagio, Las Vegas

    February 26, 2016 in the United States

    The Bellagio is one of those classic casinos that’s instantly recognizable when you see it. This is partially due to the fact that it has been used as a location for numerous Hollywood movies, such as The Hangover and Ocean’s Eleven. The casino has fine dining, numerous bars and nightclubs, and entertainment attractions including performances from Cirque du Soleil, botanical gardens, and the huge fountains outside the casino. The casino itself is famous for its semisecret high stakes poker room nicknamed ‘The Office.’Read more

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    Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

    February 26, 2016 in the United States

    Mandalay Bay has kind of a tropical theme going on, which it gets through its 135,000 square foot themed gaming area that features slots, table games, and so much more. Additionally, the resort has an artificially constructed reef that is home to sharks, fish, and other sea creatures, which you can actually go diving in during specific programmed events. Outdoors, they have a beach area with a wave pool and a bar and grill. Finally, Mandalay Bay features a huge shopping boutique where you can buy products of all kinds from some of the top suppliers in the country.Read more

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    The Venetian, Las Vegas

    February 26, 2016 in the United States

    Like many of the casinos in Las Vegas, the Venetian is huge. It actually is home to two buildings on their property – the Venetian itself and the Palazzo, which was added some time later. Between the two locations, they have over 2,000 slot machines, over 100 table games, and exclusive high stakes tables for preferred customers. The entire casino is designed after the home of the Venetians in Italy, bearing a canny resemblance to Venice. They regularly host poker tournaments and other gambling events. When gamblers get hungry, they can head over to the LAVO restaurant, which fuses blackjack with mixology and Italian cuisine. The Venetian also has several stages where they host events of all kinds, including award shows such as the MMA Awards, and celebrity performers like Kenny G.Read more

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    Casino di Venezia

    February 26, 2016 in Italy

    The Casino di Venezia is established within the Ca’ Vendramin Calgeri, which is a castle along the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio quarter of Venice. The palace was built in the early 1500s, and over a hundred years later around 1638, it became a gambling hall for rich Venetians. As a palace, it also features apartments and rooms for the influential Venetians who lived there.

    Notably, it was also the home of Richard Wagner who was the composer of the Ring cycle of operas, among many other famous operatic works. In fact, Richard Wagner died while staying at the Casino di Venezia in 1883, and a section of the casino is a museum dedicated to commemorating Wagner’s life, works, and in particular, the time he spent in Venice. Since then, it has been a largely historical building until it was purchased in 1946 by the City Council of Venice. They refurbished it in 1954 to the modern casino we know today.

    Games

    In a lot of ways, the Casino di Venezia is a very traditional casino. So much so, that in rooms beyond the slot machine floor, the casino enforces a dress code where men must wear a jacket in order to be permitted access. In addition to slot machines, they offer a full variety of French and American table games including fair roulette, French roulette, chemin de fer, black jack, Caribbean poker, Texas hold ’em poker, and baccarat. A number of these might be a little unfamiliar to American casino goers.

    Texas hold ’em, French roulette, black jack, and baccarat are all quite familiar, but the others might be a little foreign. Chemin de fer is a medieval game that is kind of a mixture of roulette and baccarat. Fair roulette, meanwhile, is a dynamic version of the traditional French roulette. The differences are mainly in the staff who are present and the size of the table, which is larger. Caribbean poker, similarly, is an alternative version of poker where the players challenge the banker rather than each other.

    Getting there

    Because the Casino di Venezia is located on the Grand Canal, the best way to reach it is by gondola or water taxi, which you can get regularly throughout the day. It is also worthwhile to note that the casino actually has two locations. The first is the one that we have been talking about in the Ca’ Vendramin Calgeri estate, and the second is in a different palace called the Ca’ Noghera. Both of them feature similar amenities and casino space. The Ca’ Noghera was opened in 1999 as Italy’s first American style casino, and it is located very close to the Marco Polo airport in Venice.

    Other sightseeing

    Venice is a stunningly beautiful city with plenty to see just walking around. Gondola rides are popular for sightseeing – and not only because so much of Venice requires water access. A couple of noteworthy locations are San Marco square, easily one of the most famous city squares in the world. Another place to check out is the Grand Canal where the casino is located. In the Renaissance, many wealthy Venetians built palaces along this canal, which makes a trip up and down it a pretty incredible sightseeing opportunity. No matter what you check out, it’s sure to make for an unforgettable trip!

    As you can see, the rich history of gambling and casinos is much older than one might have expected. Although many of the world’s oldest casinos are likely lost to time, and there are tons that we’ll never know about, it’s amazing that the Casino di Venezia exists. Through it, we have a brief window into the past to see a little piece of the fascinating history of gambling.
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