The Venetian Macao

Modelled on The Venetian Las Vegas and owned and operated, like its Nevada counterpart, by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, The Venetian Macao is located on the so-called Cotai Strip in former Portugese colony of Macao, or Macau, on the south coast of China. The Venetian Macao stands 39 storeys high, covers an eye-watering 10.5 million square feet and includes 3,000 rooms and suites. A total of 2.8 million square feet is devoted to convention centre and retail space, but 546,000 square feet of casino floor space makes The Venetian Macao the second largest casino in the world, behind only the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma.

The vast expanse of casino floor space is conveniently divided into four, themed gaming areas which, collectively, offer over 800 gaming tables, offering perennial favourites, such as baccarat, blackjack and roulette, along with sic bo and so-called ‘Sands’ stud poker, in which players play against the dealer rather than each other. Similarly, the 3,400 slot machines on offer include same familiar names and some less familiar, such as ‘Duo Fu Duo Cai’, which translates into English as ‘much luck’. The latter features a Chinese-themed style of play, specifically designed to appeal to Asian slot players.

Gambling opportunities aside, other notable features of The Venetian Macao include three huge shopping malls, four swimming pools, four award-winning restaurants, not least the Michelin-starred Golden Peacock Indian restaurant, and the San Luca, Marco Polo and Grand Canals on which visitors can ride in a traditional, flat-bottomed gondola.

WinStar World Casino and Resort,

WinStar World Casino and Resort, formerly WinStar Casinos, is a Native American casino and hotel located in Thackerville, Oklahoma, close to the border with Texas. The casino, which is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, opened in 2004, but subsequently expanded, with the addition of a 395-room hotel tower in 2009 and a second, 1,000-room hotel tower in 2013. Nowadays, WinStar boasts 600,000 square feet of casino floor, making it not only the largest casino in Oklahoma, but the largest casino in the United States, ahead of Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, and the largest in the world, ahead of the Venetian Macao.

Aptly situated at 777 Casino Avenue, about 60 minutes’ drive south of Oklahoma City, WinStar World Casino and Resort divides its casino floor into nine, internationally-themed gaming plazas, representing London, Paris, New York and other cities from around the world. Collectively, they feature 100 gaming tables, offering perennial favourites such as blackjack, craps and roulette, over 7,000 electronic games, including slots and video poker, and a dedicated, smoke-free poker room, which covers 19,000 square feet. High limit rooms exist for poker, table games and slots, while other attractions include an off-track horse racing betting plaza and a bingo hall capable of accommodating 1,000 players. Visitors should note that, by law, WinStar World Casino and Resort requires an ante of $0.50, or $1.00, on table games, depending on how much you stake and complimentary drinks are similarly banned.