The popularity of casino gambling has skyrocketed in recent years, with hundreds of casinos in destinations around the nation. According to the Committee for Economic Development, 17 of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States have at least one casino within an hour's drive.
With so many choices for where to place your bets, we wanted to narrow it down by asking our readers to vote for their favorites in six categories.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas: Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, California
Barona is a favorite in the San Diego area — Photo courtesy of Barona Resort & Casino
Barona Resort & Casino, known as one of San Diego’s best casinos, boasts 2,500 loose slots, 120 table games, a collection of acclaimed restaurants and casual eateries. Plus, there's gameside dining, a hotel, Spa Barona and the award-winning 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club.
Best Las Vegas Casino: The D Las Vegas
This is the second straight win for The D Las Vegas — Photo courtesy of The D Las Vegas
On the first floor of The D Las Vegas, players will find the latest table games and slot machines. The second floor casino is a step back in time to old Vegas with vintage slots and even a Sigma Derby horse racing machine, the last of its kind in the world. There’s also a keno lounge, William Hill sports book and The D’s famous Dancing Dealers.
- the D Las Vegas
Best Casino Hotel: Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut
Winning hotel takes design inspiration from Mohegan folklore — Photo courtesy of Mohegan Sun
The Mohegan Sun comprises three hotel towers with a combined 1,563 guestrooms and suites, and Mohegan tribal stories come to life throughout the hotel’s design. Rooms are outfitted with the latest technologies, like lightning-fast Wi-Fi and intelligent thermostats. Other amenities include a fitness center, pool and Mandara Spa.
- Mohegan Sun
Best Casino Restaurant: Il Mulino at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Winning restaurant serves Old World Italian cuisine — Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Il Mulino at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City celebrates Old World Italian fare with its menu of antipasti, fresh salads, meats and pastas, made in-house.
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Best Las Vegas Show: Penn & Teller at Rio Hotel & Casino
Winning show features magic and comedy — Photo courtesy of Penn & Teller
Magic and comedy come together when Penn & Teller take the stage at Rio. This live show features sleight-of-hand and large-scale illusions, sideshow routines and physical comedy. The duo hang around for meet-and-greet sessions outside the theater.
- Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Best Players Club: Caesars Rewards from Caesars Entertainment
Caesars Rewards members earn at more than 40 casinos and resorts worldwide — Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment
With Caesars Rewards, players can earn and redeem Reward Credits at more than 40 casinos and resorts around the globe, including Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, The Cromwell, The LINQ, Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas. Benefits include discounted hotel stays and pre-sale access to select shows, as well as member pricing at some restaurants.
Congratulations to all our casino winners!