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Top 10 casinos around the world that every poker player dreams of visiting

Many globetrotters expect the most extraordinary variety and peculiar kind of facilities by their chosen hotel or resort as offerings. They are just as important as their vacation destination. This is predominantly true of international gambling fans who pursue the most breathtaking and deluxe accommodation in the most alluring, attractive and picturesque spots, merged with the world-class land casino. When it comes to land casinos with slots in abundance, the list is exhaustive, but here are the topmost ten biggest land casinos to consider:

1. The Venetian – Macau, China

 Its sister casino is the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, which is based in the Chinese city of Macau and is currently the world’s biggest casino resort. Since its grand opening in August 2008, this casino has attracted many millions of gamblers and tourists alike from all over the world, and the reason is because its spectacular.

Situated on 980,000 of Macau’s exclusive and picturesque Cotai Strip, the 3,000 room Venetian Macau has 51,000 of gaming space which houses more than 800 table games and 3,400 slot machines. This means if a player had to spend one minute playing every slot in the casino, it would take over 56 hours to play them all. Even the world’s premier online casinos don’t have that many slots.

2. City of Dreams Casino – Macau, China

China homes the world’s second-biggest land casino resort, the City of Dreams Casino, which is also in the gambling-friendly city of Macau. This is owned and operated by the Melco Crown Entertainment.

Constructed on an area measuring over 113,000 sq. mt, the City of Dreams Casino has a gaming floor area of almost 40,000, with over 450 table games and 1,500 slots. With over 1,400 most luxurious rooms and suites, this casino resort invites wealthy visitors from China and abroad.

3. Foxwoods Resort Casino – Ledyard, USA

Foxwoods Resort Casino, the third largest casino resort in the world and largest in the United States, is located farther up the East Coast in the small town of Ledyard, Connecticut. Opened in July 1986 and since its launch over 30 years ago, Foxwoods Resort Casino remains America’s biggest resort casino at over 840,000, 32,000 of which is gaming floor. With over 800 table games and 3,400 slot games, it offers competition to The Venetian Macau’s gaming floor. Renowned for its serene forest setting, this casino attracts sophisticated gamblers and tourists alike.

4. Ponte 16 Casino Resort – Macau, China

The Gambling city of China, that is Macau, is also home to Ponte 16, a popular casino resort situated next to the city’s renowned Inner Harbor. Since its opening in February 2008, Ponte 16 has acquired the world attention for its picturesque location, state-of-the-art table games and slots, and for housing Asia’s first ever Michael Jackson Gallery.

The casino owes its amazing and appealing appearance to a combination of Portuguese / Chinese immense architectural styles. Built on over 120,770 sq. mt of real estate with a view described as “one river, two banks,” the casino’s gaming floor measures 25,000 sq. mt and contains 109 table games and 300 slot machines.


5. MGM Grand – Macau, China

The MGM Grand is yet another paradigm of a colossal Chinese casino resort galvanized by its prominent Las Vegas counterpart. Inaugurated in December 2007, the MGM Grand Macau was the consequence of a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Pansy Ho.

Constructed on 288,000 of land, the property’s golden-hued exterior boasts three wave-shaped tiers designed to reflect the ocean swells of the South China Sea. With a gaming floor measuring just over 20,000, gamblers and holidaymakers alike can enjoy over 400 table games and 1200 slot machines to suit the expense of any slot fan.


6. Rio Casino Resort – Klerksdorp, South Africa

The casino residing father south to South Africa and Rio Casino Resort, is a vast gambling and entertainment complex. Situated 160km from Johannesburg, Rio Casino opened in May 2002 under the name Tusk Rio Casino Resort and is owned by local hotel, resort and casino giant, Peermont Global.Rio Casino is a huge casino of South Africa’s 38-licensed land casinos and also the largest casino in Africa and one of the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Despite the size of its gaming floor (24,743, Rio has relatively few games; just 11 table games and 274 slot machines.

7. Crown Melbourne – Melbourne, Australia

The Crown Melbourne is extensively considered as one of the Australia's ‘gaming jewels.’ It was inaugurated in June 1994 in the Northbank of Melbourne but was then relocated to the Southbank in 1997, where it still operates even today. Owned by Crown Resorts, it covers 510,000 sq.mtof real estate.

With a marvelous view of the Yarra River, gaming fans can look forward to games from over 540 table games and 2,628 slot machines. Crown Melbourne has a total gaming area of 20,438

8. Trilenium Casino – Buenos Aires, Argentina

The largest bricks and mortar casino in Argentina, and in South America and lying to the west of South Africa is Trilenium Casino. Since it inaugurated some years ago close to Buenos Aires, it has been a very popular gaming, dining and entertainment destination for locals and tourists too. It houses many of the city’s and the Tigre Province’s finest restaurants.The Trilenium Casino doesn’t offer accommodation. It has about 74 table games and over 1,800 slot machines scattered across its 16,700 gaming floor.


9. MGM Grand – Las Vegas, United States

The United States accommodates the MGM Grand Las Vegas, the largest single building hotel in the country with over 5,100 rooms. It was inaugurated in December 1993. Owned and run by MGM Resorts International, the MGM Grand is situated on the famous Las Vegas strip.

Out of the MGM Grand’s approximate 453,248 property, 15,930 is used for its gaming floor which houses roughly 140 poker and table games and 2,500 slot machines and other gaming machines. Its famous for its lion logo, before a renovation in 2012, the casino resort drew vast crowds with its exclusive glass-sided lion habitat constructed within the casino floor area.

10. Casino Estoril – Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s Casino Estoril,is the only entrant from Portugal and Europe, and the most oldest, dating back to 1916.The casino served as the inspiration for the James Bond novel Casino Royale. Today it attracts many local and foreign gamblers and voyagers from all over the globe.

With a vast selection of table and poker games, and 1,100 slot machines, there are more than enough games to accommodate even the most seasoned gambling fans.

Werewolf Speaks: WPT DIARIES

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The idea of playing live tournaments always excites me no end for multiple reasons.

For one, it gets me away from the computer screen that I perpetually stare at for more than 10 hours a day.

Secondly, because I feel it takes me closer to a purer form of poker , sitting across opponents , judging their moves, hiding your emotions  and holding real cards. The atmosphere is electric, with a lot of energy flowing through the poker room. You sit across people , looking at them , judging them , making mental notes. Who is afraid ? Who is flamboyant? Who is the thinker? Who will be easy to manipulate? Who to be afraid of? Evaluating people on their strengths and weaknesses, putting them on ranges and waiting for the right time to make the move.

Ahhh! Live is a different ball game.
So we started our second year of participation in the World Poker Tour, Goa.

Last year was a pretty successful year as we made two Final Tables , In Highroller Event and the Turbo Event.  In any case I feel I personally perform better on Live felts, so we went with a lot of positivity.
The first two events however did not go very well for us, Mostly card dead and getting suckedout out we could not make any money in the Kickoff event that took place on 13th November and the Deepstack event on 14th November.

Uncanny how it may be, we busted both the tournaments to Villain Holding A10 off, In the Kickoff we had AQ and Villain flopped two pairs , In Deep stack the villain went on to make nut flush with four diamond cards opening on the board.

But we did not let it dampen our spirits and in the bounty tournament managed to reach the Final table and ended the day the runner-up, nearly missing the trophy but making an Even Chop (splitting up the top two position prize money equally)  with the winner for the prize moneys. We went on to cash the Main event and making no money in the Highroller or Turbo event this year.

All in all a not so satisfying tour for me personally but can't complain either.

Now a little about the basic dos and don’ts at LIVE tourneys, for those of you yet to make your first live trip to a series/tournament.

1. Do not take unnecessarily long to make a decision.

I’m not saying don't give it a thought or be hasty but just don't tank on every hand. Usually, players are folding their hands and waiting for the next hand to be dealt so they can participate, there’s one player taking time on every hand for every decision (bet/raise/fold) is not so nice for them.
2. Always place your bet in front of you.

Never throw it in the pot directly, let the dealer collect it when the action on that street completes. Just to make sure every player has bet or called the right amount and avoid controversy.
3. Always act when it's your turn not before it.

You mucking your card before your turn gives an unfair advantage to the player on your left.
4. Make your bet or raise by compiling the pile of chips in front of you then move them over the betting line.

Throwing chips in one after the other is called STRING BETTING and is not allowed. Its best to announce your action and then put in the chips, for eg. Say "I BET X AMOUNT" or " I CALL" or "I RAISE TO X AMOUNT".
5. Remember to put in the antes in time.

Most of the online players forget to post the antes when they kick in and have to be reminded every hand. Better to learn it beforehand and not delay the action on the table. Online the antes/blinds are automatically posted but live players have to learn to post them in a timely manner.
6. Don't Lift your cards from the table.

One reason is it tells the table who all are in the hand, Secondly you reduce the chance of other players accidentally seeing your cards.
7. Don't abuse the players or the dealer.

Many people end up cussing when they lose or get a bad beat. Please understand its the nature of this game and abusing can get you barred from the games. Keep the conversation healthy. Give everyone the respect you expect from them.
8. Never discuss your cards when the hand is still in play.

Whether you are in that hand or have folded, revealing your cards is a strict NO NO.

So go ahead and have fun playing LIVE poker. If you have any queries about tournaments in Goa, feel free to comment below and I will try to address it as soon as I can. Ill be coming up with something for all the noobs in my next blog. Stay tuned!