Best U.S. Casino (2017)


The United States is home to more than 1,500 casinos – more than any other country on the planet. From coast to coast, gamblers have a huge range of options for where to place their bets. To help us find the best casinos in the country, we recruited Lisa Robertson-Dziedzic, Editorial Director of Casino Player and Strictly Slots magazines, along with Tony Harrell, a travel agent specializing in casino travel, to nominate their 20 favorites.

  • Mohegan Sun

    Mohegan Sun
    Uncasville, Conn.

    One of two gambling destination resorts in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun features three casinos: Casino of the Earth, Casino of the Wind and Casino of the Sky. The three gaming floors between them boast a whopping 5,000 slot machines, 275 table games, 42 poker tables, a race book, two smoke-free areas and Sunrise Square, an area fashioned after an Asian market that offers traditional Asian table games like Sic Bo, Pai Gow Poker and Baccarat.
    Photo courtesy of Mohegan Sun

  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas

    Caesars Palace Las Vegas
    Las Vegas

    A classic Las Vegas casino, Caesars Palace brings the gaming experience to an ancient Roman setting. Encompassing 85 acres on The Strip, Caesars pairs its unique atmosphere and comprehensive casino offerings with some of the best retail, dining and entertainment in the city.
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  • Pechanga Resort & Casino

    Pechanga Resort & Casino
    Temecula, Calif.

    Located in Southern California, Pechanga Resort & Casino houses a 200,000-square-foot casino floor where gamblers will find more than 4,000 slots, 130 table games, 11 restaurants, a 700-seat Bingo hall and coming in December 2017, a $285 million expansion.
    Photo courtesy of Pechanga Resort & Casino

  • L'Auberge Casino Resort

    L'Auberge Casino Resort
    Lake Charles, La.

    L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana sits only two hours from the Houston metro area, making it a convenient place to enjoy 70,000-square-feet of gaming space equipped with 70 table games and some 1,600 slots. The casino's High Limits Salon offers even more tables and slots with denominations up to $100, while its 2,100-square-foot, 24/7 poker room has six tables plus one semi-private high stakes table.
    Photo courtesy of L'Auberge Casino Resort

  • Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
    Atlantic City

    The only nominee in Atlantic CityBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa at Renaissance Pointe opened its doors in 2003 as the first new hotel in over a decade. Today, the 2,000-room resort offers gamblers 3,475 slot machines, 250 table games and Atlantic City's largest poker room, all spread out over 161,000-square-feet of casino space. Restaurants by Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck headline the culinary lineup, while the 2,400-seat Borgata Event Center plays host to some of the world's biggest names in music.
    Photo courtesy of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

  • Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

    Reno players will find one of the city's top casinos at the Peppermill Resort, where more than 1,500 slot and video poker machines and 48 table games await. The casino also features a keno lounge, luxurious poker room and a sports theater with 61 big-screen HDTVs.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Foxwoods Resort Casino

    Foxwoods Resort Casino
    Mashantucket, Conn.

    One of two premier gaming resorts in Connecticut, Foxwoods Resort Casino offers 4,500 slot machines – ranging from penny games to $100 minimums – as well as 300 table games, high stakes Bingo at one of the world's largest Bingo halls, a race book with 50-foot digital projection screens and the largest poker room on the East Coast. Four unique hotel properties and over 30 restaurants make it easy to stay and play.
    Photo courtesy of Foxwoods Resort Casino

  • The Cromwell

    The Cromwell
    Las Vegas

    The 40,000-square-foot casino at The Cromwell in Las Vegas includes a selection of 440 slot machines (both classics and the latest and greatest), as well as 66 table games. High rollers can play at three tables in the high limits area or inside The Abbey, an exclusive reserved gaming area with three tables.
    Photo courtesy of The Cromwell Hotel

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    Sioux City, Iowa

    Gamblers at the award-winning Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City can choose from 835 slot and video poker machines (including penny slots and one of Iowa's first 3D machines) or 26 table games. Six restaurants and bars provide plenty of options for refueling between games.
    Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City

  • Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

    Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
    Las Vegas

    Frequented by both locals and tourists, the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa sits on 70 acres of land near the beautiful Red Rock Mountains in Summerlin, about 10 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort casino includes 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 60 table games, a race and sports book with a 96-foot video wall, a 20-table smoke-free poker room, 600-seat Bingo hall, a 20-seat Keno lounge and two private rooms for high-stakes gamers.
    Photo courtesy of Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

For the past four weeks, USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting for their favorites. It was a close finish, but in the end, Mohegan Sun came out on top, dethroning Pechanga Resort & Casino as the best in the U.S.

The top 10 winners in the category Best U.S. Casino are as follows:

  1. Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, Conn.
  2. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas
  3. Pechanga Resort & Casino - Temecula, Calif.
  4. L'Auberge Casino Resort - Lake Charles, La.
  5. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - Atlantic City
  6. Peppermill Resort Spa Casino - Reno
  7. Foxwoods Resort Casino - Mashantucket, Conn.
  8. The Cromwell Hotel - Las Vegas
  9. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sioux City, Iowa
  10. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa - Las Vegas

Congratulations to all these winning casinos!

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