Gambling Destinations

Favorite gambling destinations besides Vegas? Share anything unique or notable about each place

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've done Vegas, Tunica, Atlantic City, Reno Laughlin, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Pechanga in California, the Santa Anita Racetrack, and Lake Tahoe. I'll occasionally play roulette, blackjack and craps, or possibly a small bet in the sports book. I've only done a handful of times, but the more entertaining way to gamble is to go a racetrack and play the horses.

    If you're planning a trip, Vegas is the obvious answer. There is just so much to do. We rarely ever go to the strip. We hike, eat at nice restaurants, go see bands or go downtown.

    The only other place I would recommend is South Lake Tahoe. The casinos are kind of lame, but the town is gorgeous and the snowboarding is amazing. It's great in the winter or summer.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Tunica
      Mississippi? That's where games go to die, isn't it?

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I really enjoyed an evening at Casino Estoril, in Portugal, on the seaside not far from Lisbon. It’s been largely remodeled and modernized over the decades, but it’s an ancient Euro-casino at heart, a sort of low-budget Monte Carlo (which is also worth visiting, both for gaming and general atmosphere, although it is as expensive as its reputation). And Estoril and adjacent, larger Cascais are just nice, relatively posh seaside resort towns, very pleasant in summer.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, the old casino, maybe now closed(?); at the Del Rio in San Jose, Costa Rica was interesting for the way in which it aspired toward glamor while being insanely sleazy—there were nice potted palms and brass railings, they sold expensive cigars, but the building was wall-to-wall hookers, literal hundreds of them. They tried to clean up their act a few times over the decades, but it was a lost cause. I believe they finally went out of business, but haven’t been back to CR in a very long time.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the corner store for scratcher tickets

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    love Reno tbqh. cheap and fun and still seedy old timey nevada feel but not as bad as it was 10 years ago

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Reno is great. Good beer and food scene these days. Not a bad music scene either. You can still find $10 table minimums at most casinos. Reno is big on all-you-can-eat sushi too. It’s good and cheap

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You guys will probably laugh but Atlantic City or the surrounding Jersey shore towns can be great and cheap

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      never been but it looks comfy tbqh

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone been to Macau?
    It has to be the most exotic gambling destination in the world. Only for high rollers

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't trust foreign casinos. Vegas is highly regulated and they still cheat. Imagine getting a fair game in a country with no gaming regulations. Same goes with Indian casinos and cruise ships. If you want a fair game and you're playing big money, I'd recomend you stick to craps in a larger vegas casino. I worked in Bellagio as a Clerk for 2 years and I rarely ever saw a dispute where didn't side with the player on the craps table if they complained loudly.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Vegas is highly regulated and they still cheat
        They don’t need to cheat. They offer horrible odds on table games and themed video slots with 85% payback rates

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'll teel you 3 times where I personally witnessed cheating in Vegas. The first was in a poker game. They brought in a new deck and counted out the old deck and there were 45 cards. 7 were missing. Some of the people at the the table had stolen them. And wouldn't you know it...2 of the other players were regulars. The casino didn't kick anyone out or look at the tapes. They did reimburse my 2 friends for their initial buy-in after we threated to call the gaming board.
          Another time was at Sahara in the mid 2000's when they offered $2 craps. My buddy placed a $100 bet on a hard 8. That's a big bet for Sahara. They'd have to pay out $1,000 bucks. Bam. A hard 8 hits. The stick man whacks the dice with the stick and calls out "No roll" and refuses to pay. His excuse was that the one of the dice was resting on a chip. He had called numbers all night where the dice were resting on the chips. We called the supervisor over and fought it, but they wouldn't pay it.
          A third time I saw the casino cheat was at a really shitty casino on the strip that's now gone called the Klondike. My buddy was playing blackjack and he put a $25 chip on the side bet for blackjack. He hits a suited blackjack which should have paid out 10 to 1 or something close to that. They straight up refused to pay. The floor person intervenes and said that the dealer had made a mistake and that bet was no longer offered.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            None of these actually happened you stupid homosexual liar.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Imagine getting a fair game in a country with no gaming regulations.
        Gambling in Macau is actually probably better regulated than you think. There *is* a section of Macau-specific law related to gaming, and it’s been pretty zealously protected ever since China regained control of the territory back in 91. China absolutely loves to gamble, almost certainly more than most countries, on average, and Macau is the only place it’s legal. Both billionaires and bureaucrats want to keep it that way. So they’re at least Vegas-level careful in broad outline, not least because some of the highest rollers are party bigwigs. They’re also probably roughly Vegas-level dirty. But no worse.

        There’s a lot of terrible things to say about China and not be wrong, but on a government level they’re actually just moderately corrupt, less corrupt than the Asian average (this is a low bar, perhaps, but corruption-watchers who really study this crap usually put them somewhere in the middle, rather than at the bottom with Cambodia and North Korea and Burma).

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >China loves to gamble
          Luck is a huge part of Chinese culture and lore

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        can't speak to cruise ships but tribal casinos in OK are legitimate (avoid the miserable slots)

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Gotta go with

      I don't trust foreign casinos. Vegas is highly regulated and they still cheat. Imagine getting a fair game in a country with no gaming regulations. Same goes with Indian casinos and cruise ships. If you want a fair game and you're playing big money, I'd recomend you stick to craps in a larger vegas casino. I worked in Bellagio as a Clerk for 2 years and I rarely ever saw a dispute where didn't side with the player on the craps table if they complained loudly.

      on this. There's nothing about chinks that leads me to believe Macau is a good time. They cheat on levels that even Black folk thought weren't possible, I can't imagine what the casinos are like, unless they have casinos with only high limit pits.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, it was cool but I just wasnt wealthy enough to enjoy the gambling aspect ot it

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cambodian border

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ah being in Poipet 10 years ago. Those were the days
      >inhales kretek

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I only go to Monaco

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I dont gamble but I went to Monaco and was surprised how empty Montecarlo casino was. Paid an stupidly overprized wienertail at the bar to tick off that box. The rest of the city is amazing though

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