Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore  Introduction

Marina Bay Sands is Asia’s most spectacular entertainment destination consisting of three towers, each with 55 storeys of hotel rooms. On its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world’s most expensive casino property. It is located in the heart of Singapore’s CBD and has over 2500 hotel rooms, casinos, restaurants, meeting and exhibition centres, theatres and a luxurious shopping experience. It also has the world’s largest rooftop Infinity pool, award-winning dining and boasts one of the world’s largest Swarovski crystal chandeliers.

Marina Bay Sands Attractions

The Casino at Marina Bay has 15000 square metres of gaming space spread across four levels and is home to over 600 table games and 1600+ slots, making it one of the largest casinos globally.

This magnificent splendour also has Skypark with a capacity of 3902 people and the magnificent 150 ft infinity swimming pool set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform. The theatre hosted the Riverdance performance, The Lion King, and Cirque Eloize. An indoor skate rink that uses artificial ice and Marina Bay Sands has seven celebrity chef restaurants Justin Quek, Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck and Tetsuya Wakuda.

The crystal pavilions are anchored by an Apple Store and the world’s largest Louis Vuitton boutique both located on the floating island connected to the retail division via an underwater tunnel.

Popularity

The Towers of the Marina Bay Sands have appeared on numerous episodes of the Amazing Race including the Asian, Australian, American and Israeli seasons, all of which featured a tightrope walk between the two towers. The Towers have also featured in the 2015 version of the video game Call of Duty Black Ops 3, the trailer of Independence Day and Resurgence. Those who have watched the blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians will recall seeing it in a few scenes. Marina Bay Sands Singapore is a man-made wonder with every conceivable luxury available.

 

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut, United States

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut, United States

Introduction

Foxwoods Resort Casino is a casino and hotel complex owned and operated by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on their reservation in Ledyard Connecticut. Foxwoods covers an area of 840 000 square metres, with over 250 gaming tables for Craps, Blackjack, Poker and Roulette. They also have over 5500 slot games catering for the slot lovers. There are also several restaurants within the casino, one of them being the Hard Rock Café.

The resort comprises of two towers with a total of 2228 hotel rooms and an arcade for children. In 2015 a retail complex opened between the two towers consisting of 85+ stores known as the Tangier Outlet Mall.

Games available at Foxwoods Casino

The games on offer include the following:

  • Bingo which has a Bingo Hall big enough to accommodate 5000 players

  • Blackjack- there are 6 or 8 deck shoes and they also a rare game of Blackjack called Dollar Blackjack.

  • Big Table Baccarat/Punto Banco Style and Mini Baccarat and the casino banks the game in both variants.

  • Craps

  • Keno

  • A Money Wheel

  • Pai Gow in the Asian Gaming Section

  • Table variants of Poker

  • Sic Bo in the Asian Gaming Section

  • American Roulette and a few European Roulette variants

  • A Race Book Facility and the races are projected on 50 foot high digital screens.

A newer addition to their selection is sporting events. In 2014 three major mixed martial arts events have been hosted by Foxwoods and the most recent was the World Series of Fighting 24 Fitch vs Okami.

Conclusion

Foxwoods Casino had a monopoly on casino gambling since it opened its doors in 1992 and made billions in profits. However, in 2008 shortly before the recession, they borrowed vast sums of money to finance their expansion and landed up defaulting on debts totalling over 2 billion dollars. The owners of Foxwoods applied for and received millions in federal grants. After much ado, strikes, unionisation, they have come out tops and have one of the world’s most magnificent gambling destinations.

 

Sun City Rustenburg South Africa

Sun City Rustenburg South Africa  Introduction

Sun City is a luxury resort and Casino situated on the Pilansberg Game Reserve’s borders in the North West Province of South Africa. It is also approximately 140km northwest of Jhb, and this luxurious resort is made up of several themed sun resorts with hotels on each one. The hotels are The Cabanas, Sun City Resort, The Cascades and The Lost City/The Palace.

Sun City was developed by the renowned hotel magnate Sol Kerzner as part of the Sun International group of properties in 1979 then located in what was known as Bophuthatswana. As Bophuthatswana was declared an independent state during the apartheid government, it allowed gambling and topless revue shows which were all banned in South Africa.

Sun City Casino

Sun City has one Casino on the premises in which you will find more than 852 slot machines and a total of over 40 Table games. If you are a Sun MVG cardholder, you will enjoy more benefits, including exclusive access to the Salon Prive and VIP gaming. They also have great casino promotions where players can win cars and other luxurious prizes.

The Rise of Sun City

When this resort was established, the United Nations had imposed a cultural boycott on S.A. To overcome, this Kerzner offered considerable incentives to performing artists to use Sun City as a venue that paid off as several artists disregarded the boycott and performed at Sun City. Amongst those artists were The Beach Boys, Cher, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart and Elton John.

Sun City also has a vacation club sold as timeshare; two internationally recognised 18 hole golf courses both designed by Gary Player. The resort has also hosted numerous Miss South Africa pageants and the Miss World five times. Furthermore, the film Blended starring Drew Barrymore, and Adam Sandler premiered on the premises.

MGM Grand Casino Las Vegas

MGM Grand Casino Las Vegas  Introduction

MGM Grand Casino Las Vegas is a hotel and Casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. It’s the largest single hotel in the US with 6852 rooms. When it opened its doors in 1993, it was the largest hotel globally and the largest Casino in Clark County, which occupies 15,930 square meters.

The MGM Grand Casino is located on the Tropicana and was originally the Golf Club Motel’s property site during the 1960s.

MGM Grand Casino Gaming

As previously mentioned, the MGM Grand Casino has one of the largest gaming floors in all of Las Vegas with over 2500 machines and 139 Poker and other Table Games. Their slot machines range from $0.01 to $1000, and they include Video Poker, Progressive Jackpots and Multi-Game Machines.

To cater for their high rollers, they have a particular High Limit Slots area featuring slots with payouts of up to $500 000. Sporting fanatics will be enamoured with their state of the art race and sports book area that features 60-inch plasma TV’S along with twenty-four 42 inch plasmas. Players can bet on Soccer, Boxing, Football, MMA and many more sporting events. They are also the first to offer Skyboxes which can hold up to ten guests and come with waiters and complimentary eats.

Media and Film History of the MGM Grand

The MGM Grand Casino was one of the casinos robbed by Danny Ocean and his crew in the 2001 film Ocean Eleven. Clark Griswold and his family also enjoyed a Keno game in the MGM Grand Casino in the movie Vegas Vacation. The old entrance was also featured in Casino and also featured in the Amazing Race 15 and 24.

The MGM Grand Casino was also one of the many casinos at which the MIT Blackjack Team gambled in the book Bringing Down The House.