The first casino in Las Vegas had about 70 slot machines and a few table games. These days, casinos have hundreds — if not thousands — of slots and table games as far as the eye can see. Don’t forget the restaurants, entertainment venues and water parks — you name it, they’ve got it.
All this variety makes for a great vacation, but sometimes you want to keep it simple and hunker down at a slot machine. Whether you’re a longtime slot player or think they’re relics of the gambling world’s past, it’s difficult to deny their nostalgic appeal and charming aesthetic.
So where do you go when you want to hit the slots? Luckily, today’s sprawling metropolises of lights and action aren’t lacking in that department. Check out the top 10 casinos in the world, ordered by number of slot machines.
10. Choctaw Casino Resort – Oklahoma
Open 24/7 year-round, the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant has 4,000 slot machines. The newly built Spa Tower features 286 luxury rooms, and The District hosts bowling, laser tag and an expansive movie theater.
9. Resorts World Casino New York City – New York
Resorts World, best known for their Asian casinos, set up shop in New York City with 4,094 slot machines and thousands of table games. The Times Square Casino and Fifth Avenue Casino offer separate, but equally exciting, gaming experiences.
8. Maryland Live! Casino – Maryland
Maryland Live! Casino has more than 200 live dealer table games and 4,200 slot machines, making it one of the largest commercial casinos in the country. From Sept. 23 to Oct. 5, the casino hosts a World Poker Tour event.
7. Twin River Casino – Rhode Island
Twin River Casino is one of just two gaming venues in the Ocean State and features 4,268 slot machines. The former Lincoln Greyhound Park also hosts simulcasts of thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the U.S.
6. Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo – Argentina
The first Argentina National Derby was held in this very establishment in 1884. In addition to 4,600 slot machines, Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo is well-known for its live horse racing schedule.
5. Foxwoods Resort Casino – Connecticut
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe opened one of the first Native American gambling halls in 1986. Today, Foxwoods’ 4,800 slot games cover everything from penny slots to $100 machines. If daily tournaments aren’t your style, try bowling, visiting the arcade or taking a tour of the nearby Pequot Museum.
4. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa – Florida
This casino boasts 5,000 slots in a central location in Tampa. True to the Hard Rock spirit, the events calendar is always packed (though the newly-added $10 parking fee might dry up your thirst for adventure). This casino is the fourth-largest in the U.S. and the sixth-largest in the world.
3. Mohegan Sun – Connecticut
Created in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, this casino has become an impressive destination with 5,000 slots, a 55-foot waterfall and the one of the world’s largest indoor planetarium domes. Mohegan Sun also features its very own WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun. If you’re a fan of art (or deep-sea diving), make sure to check out the River Blue sculpture. Its 10,000 pounds of hand-blown colored glass, and it looks like something you’d find on the bottom of the ocean.
2. Empire City at Yonkers Raceway – New York
Empire City’s slot count totals 5,300, and the venue has live racing five nights a week. Yonkers Raceway was founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, and the casino continues the racing tradition with live racing five nights a week.
1. WinStar World Casino and Resort – Oklahoma
WinStar comes out on top with an impressive 7,471 slots. The casino also features weekly poker tournaments and is the largest casino resort in a state that boasts 134 venues. Catch an outdoor concert or a Professional Bull Riding event at The Colosseum.