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Top-10 most beautiful casinos

24 August 2009

Take a ride with Casino City as we criss-cross the globe and select what we feel are the 10 most beautiful casinos in the world.

10. Crown Casino – Melbourne, Australia
Internationally renowned architect Daryl Jackson was part of the design team that created this sparkling entertainment complex that is the largest casino in Australia and sits on the south bank of the Yarra River. Once you're inside, the "wows" keep coming as you pass through the Atrium entrance that features falling fountains, flashing towers and light shows that correspond with the current season outside.(photo by Adam J.W.C.)

9. Sun City Resort Casino – South Africa
It's easy to see why Sun City is considered the gaming Mecca of South Africa. Developed by the hotel tycoon Sol Kerzner as part of his Sun International group of properties, Sun City not only features dazzling décor and a massive gaming area, but it also topped our list of the casinos with the most restaurants with 35.(photo by Andrew Miller)

8. Atlantis Resort Casino – Bahamas
If you're looking to gamble in paradise, there's not a much better option than this hot spot in the Bahamas that carries its Atlantis motif throughout the property. Everything here is exorbitant. For example: the Crystal Gate at the entrance is 30,000 pounds and is made of 2,000 pieces of hand blown glass. And there's plenty to do here than simply gamble in the vast casino or sportsbook, as there is also a water park, aquariums and dolphin habitat. (photo by John Casale)

7. The Venetian – Las Vegas
One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is the fact that you can walk from casino to casino on the Strip and feel like you are walking through different parts of the world. The Venetian – which is built on the property of the former Sands Hotel -- allows you to whisk yourself away to Italy with its romantic romance setting, built to replicate the atmosphere of Venice. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion, it was one of the most expensive resorts of its kind when it opened in 1999. And when its sister resort – The Palazzo – opened next door in 2008 the two properties combined with the Sands Expo and Convention Center became the world's largest indoor structure at 19 million square feet. (photo by Svein Magni Tunli)

6. Bellagio – Las Vegas
This Steve Wynn-created, MGM Mirage-owned property has become a Las Vegas icon thanks to its location on the strip and the eight-acre, man-made lake that sits out front and features dancing fountains synchronized to music. Like the Venetian, the Bellagio sits on the property of a former Las Vegas staple (the Dunes) and has an Italian theme as it was inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy. And if you think the outside of the Bellagio is eye-catching, talk a walk through the lobby. It's absolutely stunning.

5. Wynn Macau – Macau
Sure, Wynn Las Vegas and the recently opened Encore Las Vegas are stunning properties in their own right. And Steve Wynn already has one of his previous inspirations (Bellagio) on this list. But the Las Vegas legend's best work from an architectural standpoint may very well be Wynn Macau. Wynn Macau was the first Las Vegas-style resort to hit Asia and in front of the property there is Performance Lake – a remarkable atrium featuring the Tree of Prosperity and Dragon of Fortune. The atrium depicts Chinese and western astrological symbols and includes a crystal chandelier, and a golden tree, which symbolizes hope and prosperity. (photo by Sutanto)

4. Casino Baden Baden – Germany
You won't find a more antiquated casino on your gambling travels than this 250-year-old masterpiece despite the fact that it was closed for 61 years (1872-1933) after the German government ordered the closing of all casinos. Legend has it that at one point in time, real silver and gold chips were used on the roulette tables. And each gambling salon is named after someone. For example, the Madame Pompadour room is named in honor of a mistress of Louis XV. Formal attire is required here and judging from the spectacular architecture you can certainly see why.(photo by Kroner)

3. Caesars Palace – Las Vegas
Everything about Caesars is over-the-top beautiful. It's vast, it's historic, it's imposing, and it's iconic. The property opened in 1966 and has changed ownership several times, Currently it is owned by Harrah's Entertainment. Hotel developer Jay Sarno decided to call it Caesars Palace because he thought it would elicit thoughts of royalty because of Julius Caesar and he wanted his guests to feel like a king while at his hotel. One other trivial nugget: the resort is called "Caesars" (without the possessive apostrophe) and not "Caesar's" because Sarno wanted every guest to be his or her own "Caesar." (photo by Kroner)

2. Casino De Genting – Malaysia
This striking property features much more than gambling. Located 6,000 feet above sea level, Casino de Genting is home to 29 restaurants as well as a theme park that includes a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, a wind-turbine sky diving simulator, a hand-gliding roller coaster and a Rain Forest Splash Pool. There is also a Cineplex, bowling alley and a championship golf course on site. No wonder why it employs more than 13,000 people!

1. Monte Carlo – Monaco
Monte Carlo is not only one of the most famous gaming venues in the world, but it's also a popular tourist attraction. It was built in the mid-1800s and was designed by architect Charles Garnier, whose work also consists of the renowned Paris Opéra. High rollers – both fictional and real-life players – are the norm at Monte Carlo and the décor inside and out certainly helps that kind of clientele feel right at home. (photo by Wi Gulf)

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