Ten Decade-Old Casinos Around the World

A casino is a gambling establishment offering chances to win money by playing games of chance or skill. Some casinos specialize in certain games, such as blackjack or craps, and some offer a wide variety of casino table games like roulette, poker, and video poker. Most casino games have mathematically determined odds that guarantee that the house will always make a profit, known as the “house edge.” In addition to the houses’ advantage over individual players, some casino games also have built-in advantages for groups of players. These are known as group games. A game with a group advantage is usually conducted by a croupier, who handles the money and cards in the game.

Gambling is a worldwide phenomenon, with casinos in almost every country. The United States has the most casinos of any nation, with over 1,000. Some cities are known specifically for their casinos, such as Monte Carlo and Las Vegas. Other cities are famous for the quality of their casino hotels or as destinations in their own right, such as Venice and Singapore.

The Bellagio is probably the world’s most famous casino, and for good reason. But there are plenty of other casinos just as dazzling, from the grand old buildings in Monaco to the sleek new ones in Macau and Singapore. In this collection, we’ve selected ten of the most decadent temples of temptation where you can throw your chips down and see what fate and fortune returns to you.