Caesars Palace

November 23, 2020 at 9:09 pm

Caesars Palace For grammar aficionados, the absence of a possessive adjective in ‘Caesars Palace’ is not an error; it was, in fact, a deliberate ploy by hotel developer Jay Sarno to make the name sound inclusive and appealing to every one of his patrons, who could each feel like ‘a Caesar’.

As the name suggests, Caesars Palace was inspired by Ancient Rome so, naturally enough, various depictions of Julius Caesar, including a 20-foot high marble statue that stands watch over the entrance, are to be found in, and around, the building. The toga-clad cocktail waitresses, which were one of the innovations revealed when Caesars Palace opened in 1966, still feature, although their uniform is no longer as short and tight as was once the case.

In the meantime, Caesars Palace, which occupies a prestigious location on Las Vegas Boulevard South, on the western side of the Las Vegas Strip, has become one of the familiar landmarks in ‘Sin City’. In terms of accommodation, the modern facility features over 4,500 rooms, suites and villas – a seven-fold increase since 1966 – and the modern casino floor occupies 125,000 square feet. Table games include baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette and several varieties of poker, including Three Card Poker and Crazy Four Poker, and are supplemented by a variety of traditional and video slot machines with stakes starting at just 1¢.

Ponte 16 Resort

November 21, 2020 at 7:20 pm

Ponte 16 Resort Ponte 16 Resort is an integrated casino, entertainment and hotel complex in Macau, the semi-autonomous territory on the south coast of China, otherwise known as the ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient’. However, unlike other resorts in the region, Ponte 16 is located in Santo António on the western portion of the Macau Peninsula and is, in fact, the only resort in the Inner Harbour of Macau.

Opened in February, 2008, Ponte 16 Resort encompasses 1,300,000 square feet, of which roughly a fifth – that is, an area broadly equivalent to two-and-a-half international football pitches – is devoted to gaming space, spread over four floors. At the same time, it is worth mentioning that the limited number of gaming tables on the privately-run second and third floors are the preserve of ‘high rollers’, with minimum stakes ranging between $1,000 and $10,000.

The majority of the 100 or so gaming tables, though, are located on the ground floor, which is the larger of the two floors available to the mass market. Table games include baccarat, roulette and sic bo – electronic versions of which are also available – along with blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, fan tan and pai gow, all with relatively low minimum stakes. Similarly, between 250 and 300 slot machines, with stakes ranging from $0.20 to $1, are dispersed throughout the ground, first and second floors and video poker is also available on the second floor.

MGM Grand

October 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm

MGM Grand Although superseded as the largest hotel complex in the world by the First World Hotel in Malaysia and the Venetian, also on the Las Vegas Strip, the MGM Grand remains the largest single hotel in the United States. Built as an extension to the 700-room Marina Hotel – which forms the ‘West Wing’ of the current hotel – in 1991, the MGM Grand opened in 1993.

Situated at the intersection between Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana, the entrance to the MGM Grand is guarded by the unmistakable figure of ‘Leo the Lion’, the mascot of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) film studio. The huge, 45-foot bronze statue replaced the original entrance in the Nineties, after many superstitious Asian visitors refused to enter the casino through the jaws of a lion, as was previously the case.

In any event, the MGM Grand has a casino floor covering 171,500 square feet or 1.59 hectares – in other words, larger than Lords Cricket Ground – making it the largest in Las Vegas. Table games include baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette – in both European, single-zero and American, double-zero versions – and several poker variants, such as crazy four poker, pai gow poker and three card poker, as well as Texas hold’em poker. The MGM Grand also offers an extensive selection of electronic gaming machines, including slot machines and video poker machines, with stakes ranging from £0.01 to $1,000.

Venetian Macao

September 5, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Venetian Macao Unsurprisingly, The Venetian Macao, like The Venetian Las Vegas, is owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and was designed to be a Las Vegas-style integrated resort casino. In fact, The Venetian Macao is a carbon copy of the Venetia Las Vegas, right down to the canals, gondolas and gondoliers.

Of course, The Venetian Macao is situated on the so-called ‘Cotai Strip’ – the term was coined, and trademarked, by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation – on Cotai Island, which is part of the semi-autonomous territory of Macau, a.k.a. Macau, in southern China. Indeed, with a casino floor covering 546,000 square feet, or just over 5 hectares – visualise five international football pitches fashioned into a single, huge square – The Venetian Macao ranks second, behind only the WinStar World Casino and Resort, in Oklahoma, on the list of the largest casinos in the world.

The sprawling casino floor offers over 800 gaming tables offering, with one or two exceptions, every conceivable table game, plus others, such as Sands stud poker and banking three card baccarat – erroneously advertised as three card poker in some cases – which are not available elsewhere. Slot machines, many of which will be familiar to foreign visitors, although some less so, number over 2,000, with stakes ranging between $0.02 and $100, although typically $1 or less.

Hippodrome

June 14, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Hippodrome Formerly the London Hippodrome, the Hippodrome Casino stands on the corner of Cranbourn Street, a.k.a. ‘Hippodrome Corner’, just off Leicester Square in the West End of London. Following an investment of £40 million, the Hippodrome Casino was opened by the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in July, 2012.

The Hippodrome occupies five floors and a total of 93,000 square feet, including three, individually-themed casinos, namely Lola’s Underground Casino, on the lower ground floor, the Grand Casino, on the ground floor, and the Cranbourn Club, on the third floor. Way up in the gods, a dedicated poker room, run in association with PokerStars, overlooks all three casino floors. Cash games, in No Limit Texas Hold’em and other poker variants, such as Pot Limit Omaha, are available around the clock and daily tournaments start at 2pm seven days a week.

Many of the most captivating casinos in the world are in the US, and arguably even the best online casino options are US based https://www.onlinecasinosnoop.com/usa-online-casinos but the hippodrome has plenty in its favour too! Collectively, the gaming floors of the Hippodrome Casino offer a wide range of table games, electronic games and slot machines. Unsurprisingly, the emphasis is on roulette and blackjack, but the Hippodrome also offers harder-to-find table games, including baccarat, craps, pai gow and three card poker. Similarly, electronic games and slot machines are plentiful, with over 100 to choose from; stakes typically range from £0.20 to £50, so low-stakes, recreational gamblers should feel equally at home as their ‘high rolling’ counterparts.