Best Gambling Destination (2015)


Las Vegas might be the city most synonymous with gambling, but it's certainly not the only destination worthy of a spot on a player's bucket list. USA TODAY 10Best teamed up with a panel of travel agents specializing in gambling travel to find the best gambling destinations on the planet, and the results are in.

  • Atlantic City

    Atlantic City

    Gaming comes in all shapes and sizes in Atlantic City, the biggest gambling destination on the Eastern seaboard. Gambling fans who visit AC have eight major casino resorts to choose from, including the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (nominated for Best U.S. Casino). A lively beach and boardwalk add to the appeal.
    Photo courtesy of Atlantic City

  • Connecticut


    Popular with gamblers from surrounding states, Connecticut boasts two of the nation's top casino resorts (not to mention two of the largest in the world) – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun – a pair that earns the state a spot on the list of top gambling destinations.
    Photo courtesy of Foxwoods Resort Casino

  • Las Vegas

    Las Vegas

    Sin City hardly needs an introduction; casinos and Las Vegas go together like peanut butter and jelly, and when most people think gambling, it's this city in the desert that likely comes to mind. Even non-players will find something to occupy their time in the Gambling Capital of the USA, as the assortment of shopping, entertainment and restaurants is hard to beat.
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  • Monte Carlo, Monaco

    Monte Carlo, Monaco

    For gambling a la James Bond, head to the glamorous city of Monte Carlo, situated on the coast of the principality of Monaco in Europe. Monte Carlo owes its immense wealth to the establishment of casinos during the 19th century, including the spectacular Belle Époque-era Casino de Monte Carlo. Gorgeous Mediterranean scenery only strengthens the appeal.
    Photo courtesy of Olliesammons

  • Reno


    Reno, the "Biggest Little Town in the World," was once the gambling capital of the nation before Las Vegas took over. With some two dozen casinos to choose from, Reno still offers plenty of non-stop gaming action, all in close proximity to outdoor adventures at Lake Tahoe and the California border.
    Photo courtesy of Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    San Juan, Puerto Rico gives Americans the opportunity to gamble in a tropical paradise, no passport required! Many of PR's two dozen casinos are located in the historic capital, many are open 24/7 and all take the U.S. dollar as currency. Popular options include the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Renaissance La Concha San Juan and the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Casino and Spa.
    Photo courtesy of SeanPavonePhoto

  • On a Cruise

    On a Cruise

    While cruise ships aren't technically a destination, they do provide a unique opportunity for gamblers to hit the slots and tables at a variety of different destinations and even during days at sea. Most cruise ship casinos offer a less intense experience than the big land-based operations, making them great for beginners, but more advanced players can opt for themed cruises with poker rooms, high limits and multiple tournaments.
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  • Aruba


    One of the hottest spots in the Caribbean for a gambling getaway, Aruba has the distinction of being the birthplace of Caribbean Stud Poker. Many of the island's casinos can be found in the resorts along Palm Beach or in downtown Oranjestad, making it convenient to transition from the poker table to the beach. The Stellaris Casino ranks among the islands largest and best casinos.
    Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

  • Nassau, Bahamas

    Nassau, Bahamas

    For high stakes excitement in a tropical paradise, look no further than Nassau in the Bahamas. Located a short hour flight from Florida, this sun-drenched island getaway has it all: beaches, water sports, Caribbean restaurants and casinos. A must-visit for gamblers is the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, home to 7 acres of gaming space and host of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the world's largest poker tournament after the World Series of Poker.
    Photo courtesy of Spondylolithesis

  • Niagara Falls, N.Y./Ontario

    Niagara Falls, N.Y./Ontario

    After witnessing the grandeur of the spectacular falls, visitors to Niagara on either side of the border have a range of gaming options to choose from. On the Canadian side, Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort offer a combined 4,500 slots and 145 table games, while on the U.S. side, the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino boasts another 4,000 slots and 100-plus table games.
    Photo courtesy of AlexPro9500

After four weeks of voting, USA TODAY 10Best readers have chosen Atlantic City as their favorite gambling destination. The gambling capital of the Eastern seaboard boats eight major casino resorts, as well as an appealing beach boardwalk setting.

Runner-up for Best Gambling Destination was Connecticut, a state where you'll also find the second- and third-place finishers for 'Best U.S. Casino.'

The top 10 winners in the category Best Gambling Destination are as follows:

  1. Atlantic City
  2. Connecticut
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Monte Carlo, Monaco
  5. Reno
  6. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  7. On a Cruise
  8. Aruba
  9. Nassau, Bahamas
  10. Niagara Falls, N.Y./Ontario

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Sarah Lee (TraveLee) and Brandi Poss (Mexico Group Travel) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of casino and gambling travel.

Additional nominees for 'Best Gambling Destination' included London, Los Angeles, Macau, Melbourne, Paris, Punta Cana, San Jose, Singapore, Sint Maarten and Sydney.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.

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