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Top 10 casinos I want to visit

17 July 2023

Sportsbooks. Table games. Drinks. Atmosphere. Slots. Restaurants. There are so many reasons to visit a casino. Luckily, there are so many casinos to choose from when planning a vacation. Here’s a list of casinos that I’d like to visit.

10. Wynn Las Vegas
With so many casinos to choose from in Sin City, one would think it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one, but for me, it’s Wynn Las Vegas. And the reason is simple. Being from Massachusetts, I’m lucky enough to have Encore Boston Harbor in my backyard, and given that I love this local casino, I want to see the original Wynn resort.

There are over 1,800 slot machines and the Wynn Poker Room as well as blackjack tables and roulette wheels within the casino, which is open 24 hours a day.

Plus, like Encore, there’s a Wynn Race & Sports Book. This one features a nearly 1,600-square-foot LED video screen to watch games while placing bets on your favorite teams.

I would also like to see ‘Awakening.’ Wynn’s ‘only-in-Las Vegas’ acrobatics show features aerialists performing in high-energy choreography show.

If that all wasn’t enough of a reason to visit this casino, well it also happens to have just received top honors on the Travel + Leisure 2023 World’s Best Awards list for hotels in Sin City.

9. Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto
Having crossed the north border a couple of times in my life, I’ve yet to go to Toronto, despite a lot of people telling me it’s such an easy trip and fun place. This is why Canada’s largest and newest gaming destination, Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, is on my list as I’d like to parlay a Blue Jays (maybe even against my hometown team the Red Sox) game with some gambling.

There are 4,800 slot machines and e-tables as well as 145 table games from baccarat, blackjack, roulette and poker.

There’s also a CA-SU-AL. Anyone, who knows me, knows casual is a perfect adjective for me. Combine that with a gastropub with the aforementioned name and a steak name with the word “baseball” in the description that includes peppercorn sauce with garlic and chive mashed potatoes, wild rice or French fries as sides, then I’m totally in.

8. Harrah's Metropolis Hotel & Casino
There’s nothing fictional about this Metropolis as Harrah’s is not the home of Superman and his closest allies. This Metropolis is 24,000-square feet of gaming space that contains 600-plus slots and 17 table games, including blackjack, craps, min-baccarat and roulette. There’s also three-card poker, high-card flush, and Mississippi Stud for those who are in the poker mood. However, if you just want to place bets on sporting events then you’re in luck as there’s a Caesars Sportsbook.

After a long day of gambling, Bridges Dining Company offers something for everyone from breakfast, to lunch and dinner. For me though, I really want to try the Southern fried chicken tenders with ranch and honey mustard sauces.

7. Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Talk about a winning parlay. Niagara Falls trip and a quick jump over to Senaca Niagara Resort & Casino.

The casino, which closed during the pandemic, is back up and running. It features over 2,500 reels and video slot machines. In addition to craps, traditional blackjack, roulette, baccarat and traditional poker, Seneca also features the following poker variations Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride Bonus and Pai Gow Poker as well as Spanish 21, which is a different take on blackjack.

The Sports Lounge is the place to be to watch sports and place bets on your favorite teams or if you’re feeling really lucky on the Buffalo Bills, after all, it’s got to be their year some year, right?

6. Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City
Beignets, hushpuppies, Jambalaya, and gambling. I’m in.

The Margarita Resort Casino is a 30,000-square foot one floor paradise of 1,200 slot machines and 50 table games consisting. That’s not the highlight of this casino though.

That’s the Barstool Sportsbook, which Penn Entertainment just completed its migration on last week after purchasing the Barstool sports in February for $388 million. Guests can watch all the games, while getting real-time odds, points spreads, and over/unders from the comfy confines of the sportsbook, which they’re currently building in my backyard at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts.

5. Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
Who doesn’t love a celebration? That’s exactly why it’s a great time to visit the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, as it’s commemorating its 20th anniversary this year. Plus, it’s located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is synonymous with gambling.

Like anyone celebrating a milestone the resort is treating itself to a present in the form of a $55 million redesign and rebranding of The Water Club. When finished The Water Club will be renamed the MGM Tower and it will feature more than 700 guestrooms and suites overlooking the Atlantic City skyline.

Within the casino, there are all the usual suspects at the tables such as blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat and roulette, but there’s one game here that I’m interested in trying out as it reminds me of a game that my dad played when I was a kid. He used to play Mahjong on the computer, which is why I’m intrigued by the opportunity to play Pai Gow Tiles. Even though different, it invokes a nice memory.

There’s also a BetMGM Sportsbook, which reminds me of home as there’s one at MGM Springfield, which became the first a full-blown resort in Massachusetts upon its opening in the summer of 2018.

4. Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia
The Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia has a special place in my memory as it hosted an event last fall for the Deaf Poker Tour, which just happened to be the first feature article that I wrote for Casino City. Plus, it’s still a relatively new casino with all the bells and whistles that just celebrated its second anniversary in February.

The casino features 140 table games and over 2,000 slot machines. There’s also The Poker Room that houses daily tournaments, promotions and 29 poker tables.

If sports are your poison, then the FanDuel Sportsbook is where you’ll set up shop. With a 52-foot LED media wall with 24 TVs, it’s the perfect spot to place your bet on your favorite team or on the hometown Phillies before hopping over to Citizens Bank Park right up the street to catch a game and of course, The Phillie (yes, this is the correct spelling) Phanatic.

3. Casino Del Sol
Another fun fact about me is that I love the heat, so what better place to go than Casino Del Sol in Arizona.
There are over 1,300 slot and video poker machines, table games, and a bingo hall.

The big draw here though is the sports betting. The past two falls this casino introduced two sports-centric novelties. In the fall of 2021, it opened SolSports, a 4,000-square-foot sportsbook with 60 TVs, luxury seating and game-day food. Not only that, but Casino del Sol is the first and only sportsbook across the country to offer a new NFL Cross Game Matchup, allowing players to place weekly bets on any team playing that week against any other team in the NFL, regardless of who they are matched up with for the week.

2. Pechanga Resort & Casino
I’ve always wanted to go to California, so what better place to go to than Pechanga Resort, which has the largest casino floor on the West Coast. There are over 4,500 slots, 154 table games, a poker room and an Off-Track Betting room within the 200,000-square feet gaming space. Add in a 700-seat bingo hall, a high-limit room, and private gaming rooms.

With less than 60 days until football season, it’s almost the perfect time to go here as last year Kelsey’s offers a perfect mix of American pub food and NFL action. There are dozens of giant flatscreen TV’s, beers on tap, and a fan-favorite menu, plus promotions.

1. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
You can’t go wrong at Beau Rivage as it combines 1,800 slots, the usual suspects for table games such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps, plus there’s a poker room that includes a variety of games, tournaments and promotions. There’s also a high-limit lounge with 100 games and slots, including six double-deck blackjack games, four blackjack shoe games, and high-limit baccarat.

Of course, a trip to this Mississippi casino, which sits directly on the Gulf Coast isn’t complete without placing some bets at the MGM Sportsbooks.

Another thing that draws me to Beau Rivage is Salt & Ivy, which is a popular Las Vegas restaurant that’s made its way to Mississippi in April. Yes, I’ve had chicken and waffles before, but there’s something intriguing to me about having a southern dish down South.

Jarrod LeBlanc

Jarrod serves as Casino City's associate editor and helps produce and edit all of our weekly newsletters, as well as the GPWA Times Magazine. He has more than six years of experience as a writer and editor and enjoys playing fantasy sports, but spends most of his time with his family, running and coaching youth sports. Contact Jarrod at and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityJL.
Jarrod LeBlanc
Jarrod serves as Casino City's associate editor and helps produce and edit all of our weekly newsletters, as well as the GPWA Times Magazine. He has more than six years of experience as a writer and editor and enjoys playing fantasy sports, but spends most of his time with his family, running and coaching youth sports. Contact Jarrod at and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityJL.