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The 25 Best Casino Resorts

Our picks for the country’s greatest casinos from coast-to-coast

By J. Phillip Vogel

Casino Player is celebrating its 25th year in print, and what better way to herald this landmark anniversary than a yearlong series of features detailing the 25 greatest casino properties nationwide. Throughout 2013 we’ll be highlighting an eclectic mix of the country’s best gaming resorts, 25 properties that have taken the term casino and morphed into something wholly unique and amazing. Think of this as a sort of casino bucket list—25 of gaming’s greatest resorts that you should see before you, well, cash in your chips.

We’ll begin with four of the hottest new properties to emerge on the gaming scene: Revel Resort & Casino, Resorts World NYC, Winstar World Casino, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
 

Revel_Beach_Globe_v3Revel Resort & Casino

Atlantic City, NJ

 

ResortsWorldResorts World Casino

Queens, NY


WinStar-ExteriorWinstar World Casino

Thackerville, Oklahoma

 

The-Cosmopolitan-marquee-from-The-Boulevard-PoolThe Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

 

In the next issue of Casino Player, we’ll explore more of America’s most amazing casino-resorts. If these first four are any indication about what we’ll see this year—and over the next 25 years—casino resorts promise to only get bigger and better.

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The 25 Best Casino Resorts

Our picks for the country’s greatest casinos from coast-to-coast

By J. Phillip Vogel

In celebration of our 25th year in print, Casino Player has taken on the daunting challenge of featuring the nation’s 25 greatest gaming resorts.  Last month, we saw four stunning examples of casino grandeur and near perfection.  Picking up where we left off, this month we’re featuring three no less impressive properties: Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa, and Biloxi’s own Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

 

Niagra_Exterior_312#1836E23Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

Niagara Falls, NY

 

RedRockExteriorRed Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa

Summerlin, NV

 

BeauRivageexteriorBeau Rivage Resort & Casino

Biloxi, MS

 

There’s no question that each one of these properties affords casino patrons something unique and exciting, and sometimes even inspiring.  From trendy desert getaways to Gulf Coast charm to majestic Northeastern wonders, I think I speak for casino goers everywhere when I say they’ll be tough to beat.

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The 25 Best Casino Resorts

Our picks for the country’s greatest casinos from coast-to-coast

By J. Phillip Vogel

April may house the holiday for fools, but this month’s Top 25 selections are anything but a joke.  In previous issues we’ve visited desert playgrounds and grand southern treasures, but this month we’re sticking a bit closer to home, uncovering the properties dominating the Las Vegas scene.  If you’re going to Sin City anytime soon do yourself a favor and visit at least one of these megaresorts: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

 

MGM Grand ExteriorMGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV

 

PHRC_Hotel_ExteriorHiPlanet Hollywood Resort and Casino

Las Vegas, NV

 

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The Top 25 Casino Resorts:

Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

By J. Phillip Vogel

Some of the greatest gaming properties aren’t in the casino capitals like Las Vegas and Atlantic City—they slightly off the beaten path. In this installment of our Top 25, we travel from one side of the country to the other, first exploring the northeast’s premiere mega-resort then shifting gears to one of the hottest stops in the heart of “The Biggest Little City in the World.”  Indeed, this month’s Top 25ers are some personal favorites not simply for their great gaming but for their exceptional offerings to guests of all tastes.

Ready?  Let’s take a tour of Connecticut’s favorite Foxwoods Resort Casino and Reno, Nevada’s own Atlantis Resort Casino & Spa.

 

FoxwoodsFoxwoods Resort Casino

Mashantucket, CT

 

atlantis_new_ext_HRAtlantis Casino Resort Spa

Reno, NV

 

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The Top 25 Casino Resorts:

Our roundup of the best US casinos from coast to coast!

By J. Phillip Vogel

In this round of the Top 25, Casino Player travels north and south in search of the hottest casinos in North America. First we dare to dip our toes a little north of the U.S. border and pay a visit at Caesars Windsor—just in time for their fifth anniversary. Caesars Windsor is  surely one of the finest casinos to grace our pages. Later, we take in the palm-dotted landscape of the Sunshine State for some “Star Treatment” at the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa.  And finally, back up North to the Motown City and the fabulous MGM Grand Detroit.

CaesarsWindsorExterior of Building-finalCaesars Windsor

Ontario, Canada

 

MGMGrandDetroitNightShot2@300_CurtClaytonStudios 2MGM Grand Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

 

HardRockTampaExtSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Tampa, Florida

 

That concludes another round of traipsing across the country in search of the best casinos.  We may have deviated just a bit and dipped our toes outside the US, but I’m sure you’ll agree—we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  See you next month!

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The Top 25 Casino Resorts:

Our roundup of the best US casinos from coast to coast!

By Karrie L. Zukowski

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—some of the greatest gaming properties aren’t in the casino capitals like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But they’re magnificent all the same.  For this issue’s not-so-hidden gems we begin with our exploration of Pennsylvania’s pride and joy, Sands Casino Resort. Later, we go deep into the south to pay tribute to one of the greatest casino resorts ever built: Gold Strike Tunica.

SandsBethlehem_4882Sands Casino Resort

Bethlehem, PA

 

GoldStrikeHeroGold Strike Casino and Resort

Tunica, Mississippi

 

From PA’s pride to the shining star of Tunica, these casinos have proven they have what it takes to be called the best. We hope you’ll agree. Next month, we’re announcing the winner’s of this year’s Best of Gaming awards so we’ll be taking a short break from our Top 25 coverage. But we look forward to resuming our travels early in the Fall!

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The Top 25 Casino Resorts:

Our roundup of the best US casinos from coast to coast!

By Karrie L. Zukowski

For that little extra bit of indulgence during your stay, whirlpool tubs and full body spa showers are available in select suites.

The heated pool, lazy river and lounging areas of this tropical oasis are perfect for an idle retreat.  Swim up to the Poolside Bar at the lazy river and enjoy a frozen cocktail.  Meanwhile, the adults-only pool offers luxury cabanas and full-bar service.  For a private experience, reserve a poolside cabana with sunbathing patios and personalized attendant services.

Our Top 25 selections for October include three shinning gems that are sure to be the winners in your book as they are in ours. Whether you’re looking for the glamorous star treatment in Oklahoma at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, or have the desire to be pampered in southern comfort in Louisiana at the twin L’Auberge properties, you’re sure to have the best in gaming excitement. These are some unique casinos that you just don’t want to miss, we guar-on-tee!

hard-rock-hotel-and-casinoHard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Catoosa, OK

lauberge-baton-rouge L’Auberge Casino Hotel

Baton Rouge, LA

lauberge-lake-charlesL’Auberge Lake Charles

Lake Charles, LA

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The Top 25 Casino Resorts:

Our roundup of the best US casinos from coast to coast!

By Karrie L. Zukowski

Whether you’re a table game rookie or seasoned veteran, it’s easy to enjoy some great table action.  Offering tried and true favorites like craps, blackjack, poker and roulette, players are sure to find their niche.

Boasting more than 165,000-square-feet of gaming space, Parx features 3,350 slot machines, over 100 live table games, a premier poker room, live racing and simulcast action. In short, the exhilaration is nonstop.

Heading into the final stretch of our yearlong rundown of the best gaming properties, it seemed only appropriate that this month we shift our focus ever so slightly and examine a pair of exceptional racinos: Wheeling Island Hotel Casino & Racetrack in West Virginia and a PA favorite, Parx Casino & Racing.

WheelingIslandWheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack

Wheeling, West Virginia

parxParx Casino & Racing

Bensalem, PA


Great games, fantastic food, top entertainment, racing and just about everything else in between are the hallmarks of a great racino.  And it’s also what makes both Wheeling Island and Parx Casino a part of our Top 25.

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