The word “casino,” usually refers to an indoor gambling facility which offers blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Poker, craps, or slot machines. However, strictly speaking, a casino would usually be a location where people play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and other casino games for cash. In Las Vegas, however, all of these games are played for “wagering” purposes only, so the term” Casino” would technically apply to any indoor facility that offers wagering also. Many tourists visiting Las Vegas and other gambling destinations confuse “gambling” with “playing” when it comes to the terminology of the gambling establishments themselves. A casino is strictly a place where players put their money to gamble or play some form of game.
The majority of U.S. gamblers live in or near a metropolitan area, since most cities have a number of gambling venues. In addition to Las Vegas, some of the country’s largest and most popular gambling destinations are New York City (including Times Square, Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Stock Exchange), Las Vegas (including the Las Vegas Strip, the Venetian Hotel and Casino, and the Bellagio Hotel & Casino), Boston, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Santa Monica, and St. Louis, wherein there are a variety of well known gambling facilities. The larger U.S. cities typically boast several smaller gambling venues, such as a high roller’s club, a strip joint, or a miniature golf course. In addition, some European cities (e.g., Amsterdam, Manchester, Birmingham, and Cardiff) also have a variety of “nightlife” and “gambling” establishments.
In Europe, most or all of the main gambling centers are located in Amsterdam (the capital of the Netherlands), which is located in the Amsterdam city center. In addition, London (U.K.), Manchester (England), and Paris (France) are also top destinations for those seeking a casino experience. Typically, the majority of the larger casinos are located in the United Kingdom, with some or all of the major cities (including Macau, Berlin, Rome, Toronto, Lisbon, Madrid, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg in Russia) being the sites of major world casinos. However, due to the recent loosening of licensing restrictions regarding the operation of Russian casinos, many of the new European gambling establishments are now bringing in casino players from Russia. Some of the new European casino sites are taking advantage of this by offering special “Russians Only” promotions, which are geared toward the clientele of Russian origin, since the majority of these Russian clients are either immigrants or Russian ex-pats.
Atlantic City, N.J., is another favored destination for those who enjoy playing casino sports online. Located in the northern part of the state on the Jersey Shore, this southernmost point of the country has long been a favored local spot for gambling enthusiasts. A trip north on I-95 will take one to the small city of Atlantic City, where the most popular electronic and video casino in the U.S. resides. This gaming mecca is home to the multi-world indoor and outdoor Amusement Park Amusement Complex, the largest in the Eastern Seaboard. The resort area is also host to the popular annual “edscene” event, which is considered to be an important holiday for residents and out-of-town visitors alike.
Las Vegas, Nevada, is a favored destination for tourists looking to play casino games on the Internet. The city is home to many of today’s popular online gambling venues, including the luxurious Bellagio and the Venetian. Although Las Vegas is not among the other cities that were named among the top U.S.A. casinos, it is certainly close enough to give gamblers a great deal of excitement and recreation.
North of the Strip is the town of Santa Monica, which is another favorite stop for visitors seeking to play the slot machines and poker at any of the numerous casinos located in the region. One can also find a casino in the Hollywood Shores section of Los Angeles. There are also casinos in Lake Las Vegas, just across the street from the now-closed Silverton Hotel. For those who prefer gambling indoors, there is the W Las Vegas Hotel, just across the street from the Bellagio. As stated above, there are many gambling venues throughout the United States, but none are as popular or prosperous as those found in the cities of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.