Casino Capitals Award

A Thrill-Seekers Guide to World-Class Casinos: The Ultimate Casino Capitals

From the Las Vegas strip to the shoreline of Sydney, the most prestigious gambling destinations are sprinkled worldwide. Whether you’re looking to surf the high waves or sightsee till dusk, a world of gambling possibilities will invariably await.

The Ultimate Casino Capital Ranking uncovers gambling havens around the globe. By including multi-layered criteria, from the national gambling industry to a city-level breakdown of casinos, hotels, and bars, they reveal top travel destinations for both the high-rollers and budget-seekers looking to secure the jackpot

A total of 30 cities have been analysed worldwide, and ranked according to the number of casinos, revenue of the largest casino, slot machines and table games, tourism and entertainment activities, and the largest grand-prize payout. These were then standardised to create the final ranking of the world’s Ultimate Casino Capitals.

The United Kingdom’s state-franchised lottery, the National Lottery, has raised billions of pounds for good causes to date. The UK is one of the few places to offer online casino licenses, and it often licenses casinos overseas. In terms of Ultimate Casino Destinations, London secures a strong place in the ranking.

However, there are plenty of countries and destinations to choose from, and it’s crucial for British thrill-seekers to make sense of the bright lights and big numbers before choosing the city, and casino, that’s right for them.

The top 10 Ultimate Casino Capitals are revealed in the table below:

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  • Casinos
  • Online Casinos License
  • Slot Machines
  • Table Games
  • Revenue
  • Top Casino
  • Revenue Casino
  • Slot Machines
  • Size (m2)
  • Highest Jackpot
  • Tourists
  • Hotels
  • Bars & Pubs
  • Nightclubs
  • Restaurants
Gambling Industry Casino Toursim & Entertainment
# City Country TOTAL SCORE SCORE TOTAL SCORE FINAL SCORE
1 Las Vegas USA 76 No 897979 25093 138,942,954,285 € 10.00 Caesar Palace Casino 1,914,935,170 € 1324 169 12075 18,823,044 € 7.93 39010000 2422 301 168 3915 8.28 10.00
2 Los Angeles USA 10 No 897979 25093 138,949,088,980 € 8.97 San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino 78,960,827 € 4200 100 27870 2,703,566 € 7.59 48300000 5009 788 489 10017 9.66 9.66
3 Melbourne Australia 5 No 197122 1947 20,765,066,190 € 6.90 Crown Casino 1,294,244,228 € 2500 399 510000 2,381,023 € 9.66 2783000 4233 611 366 7179 7.59 9.31
4 Toronto Canada 6 No 98902 2153 11,831,197,500 € 6.55 Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort 615,507,545 € 3000 40 18580 881,687 € 6.90 15000000 2346 507 90 8731 8.97 8.97
5 Atlantic City USA 12 Yes 897979 25093 138,942,077,900 € 9.31 Borgata 694,752,658 € 3038 259 14865 2,116,043 € 8.97 24100000 180 55 17 1045 4.14 8.62
6 Sydney Australia 4 No 197122 1947 20,765,942,575 € 5.86 The Star 2,061,193,373 € 1490 140 9700 1,077,070 € 7.24 3858000 5600 474 250 5929 7.93 8.28
7 Montreal Canada 5 No 98902 2153 11,831,197,500 € 6.21 Casino de Montreal 317,686,585 € 3000 100 48900 1,609,415 € 8.28 11100000 2132 177 75 6280 6.55 7.93
8 London United Kingdom 19 Yes 167839 1674 15,606,155,500 € 8.28 Aspers Stratford Casino 69,606,005 € 40 88 5100 1,121,056 € 2.41 20715900 21683 5820 474 13017 10.00 7.59
9 Berlin Germany 17 No 277325 373 13,500,000,000 € 7.93 Berlin Casino 42,500,000 € 350 12 11000 3,500,000 € 3.10 12970000 4361 734 192 7532 9.31 7.24
10 Singapore Singapore 4 No 4700 1265 3,505,540,000 € 3.10 Marina Bay Sands Casino 2,772,041,588 € 2500 700 14865 1,939,731 € 9.31 18551200 1280 255 89 6137 6.90 6.90
11 Macau China 22 No 13826 8319 28,920,705,000 € 8.62 Wynn Macau Casino 1,782,731,454 € 1015 495 19050 8,816,854 € 8.62 18931400 292 19 15 294 2.07 6.55
12 Buenos Aires Argentina 11 Yes 98717 924 3,943,732,500 € 7.24 Trilenium Casino 140,602,626 € 1800 74 22000 264,546 € 6.21 2241000 4166 262 131 5201 5.52 6.21
13 Reno USA 18 No 897979 25093 138,950,841,750 € 9.66 Atlantis Casino Resort Spa 156,996,353 € 1463 40 6020 1,675,456 € 5.52 5000000 180 99 21 1004 3.45 5.86
14 Ledyard USA 2 No 897979 25093 138,948,212,595 € 7.59 Foxwoods Resort Casino 754,685,047 € 4800 380 32050 1,713,726 € 10.00 296000 24 14 13 126 0.34 5.52
15 Barcelona Spain 7 Yes 212513 423 1,018,359,370 € 5.52 Casino Barcelona 82,900,000 € 100 45 5000 79,302 € 1.72 14500000 11277 5140 48 2267 8.62 5.17
16 Venice Italy 3 Yes 456367 195 19,700,000,000 € 4.48 Casino Ca'Vendramin Calergi 94,000,000 € 600 7 5000 2,800,000 € 3.45 30000000 6526 137 89 897 7.24 4.83
17 Mexico City Mexico 10 Yes 90000 49 8,763,850,000 € 4.14 Royal Yak Casino 339,900,000 € 701 0 7500 1,201,103 € 4.48 8600000 1949 91 149 6622 6.21 4.48
18 Santiago de Chile Chile 3 No 11057 326 657,288,750 € 1.03 Monticello 99,315,040 € 1771 80 15000 3,526,998 € 6.55 6449993 976 346 37 1301 5.17 4.14
19 Cape Town South Africa 4 No 35004 904 1,193,096,925 € 3.45 GrandWest 138,437,200 € 2563 65 10000 636,048 € 5.86 1520000 5165 93 11 452 3.45 3.79
20 Johannesburg South Africa 4 No 35004 904 1,193,096,925 € 3.79 Sun City Casino 117,623,440 € 659 43 11600 636,048 € 4.83 5538000 1035 19 18 645 2.76 3.45
21 Lima Peru 20 Yes 89874 113 674,816,450 € 5.17 Dreams Peru 17,794,480 € 1061 37 3200 23,634 € 1.38 2274000 1960 66 33 1618 4.83 3.45
22 Lisboa Portugal 2 Yes 5467 156 309,000,000 € 0.00 Casino Lisboa 83,900,000 € 1100 26 6040 336,050 € 3.79 4500000 9894 70 61 4039 5.86 2.76
23 San Jose Costa rica 17 Yes 2777 215 3,724,636,250 € 4.83 Fiesta Casino Heredia 879,193,275 € 198 11 3200 3,525 € 2.07 1500000 436 33 22 1846 1.72 2.41
24 Nassau Bahamas 8 No 1660 270 171,771,460 € 1.72 Atlantis Casino 128,575,675 € 800 90 9290 40,863 € 5.17 3629891 456 16 17 67 1.38 2.07
25 Punta del Este Uruguay 5 No 6362 169 708,995,465 € 1.38 Conrad Casino 73,771,742 € 550 75 3400 3,967,580 € 4.14 824016 1344 10 5 107 1.03 1.72
26 San Juan Puerto Rico 10 No 14423 184 276,061,275 € 2.41 Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino 12,849,416 € 400 19 1100 23,724 € 0.34 3839000 816 33 22 1608 3.79 1.38
27 Zürich Switzerland 1 No 4402 240 610,326,919 € 0.34 Swiss Casino Zürich 63,730,000 € 287 26 3000 6,900,000 € 1.03 3200000 548 83 47 1461 4.48 1.03
28 Ibiza Spain 1 Yes 212513 423 1,016,606,600 € 2.07 Casino de Ibiza 7,392,449 € 100 33 1300 142,000 € 0.00 3200000 1319 18 33 332 2.41 0.69
29 Panama City Panama 1 Yes 10648 191 2,079,661,605 € 0.69 Ocean Sun Casino 14,325,520 € 600 37 10800 175,632 € 2.76 1650000 617 6 3 46 0.69 0.34
30 Monte Carlo Monaco 6 No 440800 86 192,804,700 € 2.76 Casino de Montecarlo 69,600,000 € 116 7 7422 958,950 € 0.69 336000 112 9 7 30 0.00 0.00

Methodology

To conduct this study the research was divided into three categories: Gambling Industry (33%), Casino (33%), and Tourism and Entertainment (33%), to give a holistic overview of the national gambling industry, and the casinos and entertainment venues in each city.

Each of the 3 categories were further divided into subfactors (performance in each factor was indicated by a number - number of casinos, for example), and then all factors were added together and standardised to 10 to create a final number and ranking for each category.

Final Score: ⅓ Gambling Industry, ⅓  Casino, and ⅓ Tourism and Entertainment

The final number and ranking for each category were then added together and averaged to create the final score, and the final overall ranking of the Ultimate Casino Capital Ranking.

The breakdown of each factor is outlined below:

  1. Gambling Industry

Casinos: The number of casinos per city (source: Google Maps, Yelp, Trip Advisor, Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap).

Online Casino License: The countries offering online gambling licenses. Many online casinos are licensed in the UK (source: local gambling websites, national gambling databases - see links below).

Slot Machines: The number of slot machines per country (source: local gambling industry reports).

Table Games: The number of table games per country, including the number of poker rooms (source: local gambling websites, national gambling databases).

Revenue: The total gambling revenue per country (source: annual gambling reports).

 

  1. Casino

Revenue: The top casino was defined as the casino with the highest revenue (source: online gambling database).

Slot machines: The total number of slot machines per casino (source: annual reports, individual webpages, local gambling websites).

Table Games: The total number of table games per casino (source: annual reports, individual webpages, local gambling websites).

Size: The surface area of the casino in m2, in square meters (source: gambling databases, individual casino websites, Google Maps).

Highest Jackpot: The highest grand-prize payout, converted to euro so that the data can be easily compared (source: gambling articles and local newspapers).

 

  1.   Tourism and Entertainment

Tourists: The number of tourist arrivals per city. Data from 2017, and where this was unavailable, 2016 (source: online databases, local tourism websites).

Hotels: The number of hotels per city (source: Trivago).

Bars & Pubs: The number per city, calculated as an average from across a variety of sources (source: Google Maps, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap).

Nightclubs: The number per city, calculated as an average from across a variety of sources (source: Google Maps, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap).

Restaurants: The number per city, calculated as an average from across a variety of sources (source: Google Maps, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap).

Sources

The UK Gambling Commission - Licencing UK Casinos and Lotteries

Interactive Gambling: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

State of New Jersey, 215th Legislature

Casinos in Monaco; regulation and data

Gaming in South Africa: An Overview

US Casino Capital Awards

From the Las Vegas strip to the shoreline of Sydney, the most prestigious gambling destinations are sprinkled worldwide. Whether you’re looking to surf the high waves or sightsee till dusk, a world of gambling possibilities will invariably await.

 

The Ultimate Casino Capital Ranking uncovers gambling havens around the globe. By including multi-layered criteria, from the national gambling industry to a city-level breakdown of casinos, hotels, and bars, they reveal top travel destinations for both the high-rollers and budget-seekers looking to secure the jackpot.

 

A total of 30 cities have been analysed worldwide, and ranked according to the number of casinos, revenue of the largest casino, slot machines and table games, tourism and entertainment activities, and the largest grand-prize payout. These were then standardised to create the final ranking of the world’s Ultimate Casino Capitals.

 

The casino market in the United States is especially complicated because each state has its own gambling laws and regulations, with 40 states having legal casino operations and 2 having legally licensed online casinos. Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are both well positioned in the ranking.

 

However, there are plenty of countries and destinations to choose from, and it’s crucial for American thrill-seekers to make sense of the bright lights and big numbers before choosing the city, and casino, that’s right for them.

 

The top 30 US Casino Capitals table:

Gambling Industry Casino Toursim & Entertainment
# City Country TOTAL SCORE SCORE TOTAL SCORE FINAL SCORE
1 Las Vegas USA 76 No 897979 25093 159,255,163,715 $ 10.00 Caesar Palace Casino 2,194,881,457 $ 1324 169 12075 21,574,804 $ 7.93 39010000 2422 301 168 3915 8.28 10.00
2 Los Angeles USA 10 No 897979 25093 159,255,163,715 $ 8.97 San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino 90,504,189 $ 4200 100 27870 3,098,803 $ 7.59 48300000 5009 788 489 10017 9.66 9.66
3 Melbourne Australia 5 No 197122 1947 23,800,731,981 $ 6.90 Crown Casino 1,483,451,086 $ 2500 399 510000 2,729,107 $ 9.66 2783000 4233 611 366 7179 7.59 9.31
4 Toronto Canada 6 No 98902 2153 13,560,812,094 $ 6.55 Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort 705,489,208 $ 3000 40 18580 1,010,581 $ 6.90 15000000 2346 507 90 8731 8.97 8.97
5 Atlantic City USA 12 Yes 897979 25093 159,255,163,715 $ 9.31 Borgata 796,319,243 $ 3038 259 14865 2,425,389 $ 8.97 24100000 180 55 17 1045 4.14 8.62
6 Sydney Australia 4 No 197122 1947 23,801,736,486 $ 5.86 The Star 2,362,521,293 $ 1490 140 9700 1,234,527 $ 7.24 3858000 5600 474 250 5929 7.93 8.28
7 Montreal Canada 5 No 98902 2153 13,560,812,094 $ 6.21 Casino de Montreal 364,129,504 $ 3000 100 48900 1,844,696 $ 8.28 11100000 2132 177 75 6280 6.55 7.93
8 London United Kingdom 19 Yes 167839 1674 17,887,634,979 $ 8.28 Aspers Stratford Casino 79,781,776 $ 40 88 5100 1,284,944 $ 2.41 20715900 21683 5820 474 13017 10.00 7.59
9 Berlin Germany 17 No 277325 373 15,473,578,500 $ 7.93 Berlin Casino 48,713,118 $ 350 12 11000 4,011,669 $ 3.10 12970000 4361 734 192 7532 9.31 7.24
10 Singapore Singapore 4 No 4700 1265 4,018,018,398 $ 3.10 Marina Bay Sands Casino 3,177,289,120 $ 2500 700 14865 2,223,302 $ 9.31 18551200 1280 255 89 6137 6.90 6.90
11 Macau China 22 No 13826 8319 33,148,651,785 $ 8.62 Wynn Macau Casino 2,043,350,747 $ 1015 495 19050 10,105,799 $ 8.62 18931400 292 19 15 294 2.07 6.55
12 Buenos Aires Argentina 11 Yes 98717 924 4,520,270,698 $ 7.24 Trilenium Casino 161,157,465 $ 1800 74 22000 303,220 $ 6.21 2241000 4166 262 131 5201 5.52 6.21
13 Reno USA 18 No 897979 25093 159,255,163,715 $ 9.66 Atlantis Casino Resort Spa 179,947,807 $ 1463 40 6020 1,920,392 $ 5.52 5000000 180 99 21 1004 3.45 5.86
14 Ledyard USA 2 No 897979 25093 159,261,190,742 $ 7.59 Foxwoods Resort Casino 865,013,208 $ 4800 380 32050 1,964,257 $ 10.00 296000 24 14 13 126 0.34 5.52
15 Barcelona Spain 7 Yes 212513 423 1,167,234,345 $ 5.52 Casino Barcelona 95,019,234 $ 100 45 5000 90,895 $ 1.72 14500000 11277 5140 48 2267 8.62 5.17
16 Venice Italy 3 Yes 456367 195 22,579,962,700 $ 4.48 Casino Ca'Vendramin Calergi 107,741,954 $ 600 7 5000 3,209,335 $ 3.45 30000000 6526 137 89 897 7.24 4.83
17 Mexico City Mexico 10 Yes 90000 49 10,045,045,995 $ 4.14 Royal Yak Casino 389,590,321 $ 701 0 7500 1,376,693 $ 4.48 8600000 1949 91 149 6622 6.21 4.48
18 Santiago de Chile Chile 3 No 11057 326 753,378,450 $ 1.03 Monticello 113,834,005 $ 1771 80 15000 4,042,613 $ 6.55 6449993 976 346 37 1301 5.17 4.14
19 Cape Town South Africa 4 No 35004 904 1,367,516,958 $ 3.45 GrandWest 158,675,473 $ 2563 65 10000 729,033 $ 5.86 1520000 5165 93 11 452 3.45 3.79
20 Johannesburg South Africa 4 No 35004 904 1,367,516,958 $ 3.79 Sun City Casino 134,818,928 $ 659 43 11600 729,033 $ 4.83 5538000 1035 19 18 645 2.76 3.45
21 Lima Peru 20 Yes 89874 113 773,468,542 $ 5.17 Dreams Peru 20,395,873 $ 1061 37 3200 27,089 $ 1.38 2274000 1960 66 33 1618 4.83 3.45
22 Lisboa Portugal 2 Yes 5467 156 354,173,019 $ 0.00 Casino Lisboa 96,165,425 $ 1100 26 6040 385,177 $ 3.79 4500000 9894 70 61 4039 5.86 2.76
23 San Jose Costa rica 17 Yes 2777 215 4,269,144,548 $ 4.83 Fiesta Casino Heredia 1,007,723,419 $ 198 11 3200 4,040 $ 2.07 1500000 436 33 22 1846 1.72 2.41
24 Nassau Bahamas 8 No 1660 270 196,882,902 $ 1.72 Atlantis Casino 147,372,282 $ 800 90 9290 46,837 $ 5.17 3629891 456 16 17 67 1.38 2.07
25 Punta del Este Uruguay 5 No 6362 169 812,644,221 $ 1.38 Conrad Casino 84,556,506 $ 550 75 3400 4,547,605 $ 4.14 824016 1344 10 5 107 1.03 1.72
26 San Juan Puerto Rico 10 No 14423 184 316,418,949 $ 2.41 Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino 14,727,885 $ 400 19 1100 27,192 $ 0.34 3839000 816 33 22 1608 3.79 1.38
27 Zürich Switzerland 1 No 4402 240 699,551,222 $ 0.34 Swiss Casino Zürich 73,046,752 $ 287 26 3000 7,908,718 $ 1.03 3200000 548 83 47 1461 4.48 1.03
28 Ibiza Spain 1 Yes 212513 423 1,165,225,335 $ 2.07 Casino de Ibiza 8,473,158 $ 100 33 1300 162,759 $ 0.00 3200000 1319 18 33 332 2.41 0.69
29 Panama City Panama 1 Yes 10648 191 2,383,689,415 $ 0.69 Ocean Sun Casino 16,419,782 $ 600 37 10800 201,308 $ 2.76 1650000 617 6 3 46 0.69 0.34
30 Monte Carlo Monaco 6 No 440800 86 220,991,012 $ 2.76 Casino de Montecarlo 79,774,894 $ 116 7 7422 1,099,140 $ 0.69 336000 112 9 7 30 0.00 0.00