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Gambling is one of the oldest leisure activities in human history; dating back to the Paleolithic period, before written history.

It was first invented in Mesopotamia, a historical region of Western Asia, where the Chinese invented a game of chance using tiles. This was back in 3,000 BC, though some 5,000 years later, Asia’s gambling game has stayed strong.

Whether it’s the thrill of the tumbling dice, the suspense of the spinning wheel, or the charm of how the cards might turn, gambling has become one of the most popular pastimes in Asia for both locals and tourists alike (according to smart casino guide).

There’s no better place to experience the thrill of the casino than in the region that gambling was first invented, and for travelers interested in rolling the dice, you’ll be pleased to learn that the three biggest casinos in Asia are all in Macau.

They don’t call it the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’ for nothing!

The Three Biggest Casinos in Asia (Hint: They’re All in Macau!)

#3 MGM Grand Macau

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The MGM Grand Macau is the cousin of the famous MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas, so as you would expect, this is one of the most sought after and highly visited casinos in Asia.

The casino is bigger than the Las Vegas version in terms of square feet, but not with anything else. There are a tenth fewer hotel rooms in the Asian casino, and more importantly for gamers, only a third of the game total that the Las Vegas casino offers.

Though this doesn’t make it any less exciting.

The name alone carries this casino and ensures that it remains a popular place to play. The total square foot of the casino stands at an impressive 267,000 in total, giving those who visit a lot of space to move around, a theme through many Asian casinos compared to those in America.

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#2 City of Dreams Macau

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Boasting nearly 200,000 more square feet than the MGM Grand Macau, the City of Dreams takes the sheer size of gaming up a level in Macau.

It is quite apt to call this casino the City of Dreams, as the shops and services on offer inside are the same as what you would find in a city, such is the size of it.

This is far more than just a gaming casino, look out for high-end boutiques where you can spend your winnings and of course they offer players the chance to stay in a hotel inside the casino for the ultimate gaming holiday.

Also Read: Things You Need to Know About Staying in Casino Hotels

With 448,000 square feet to fill, you can find everything you’ll ever need, and should you be lucky enough to stay inside this casino, even when you want a break from gaming you won’t have to leave if you don’t want to!

Inside you will find many great restaurants alongside the shops on offer, all offering you the chance to get away from gaming for a short while, just to recharge the batteries before you are ready to hit the tables and slot machines once again.

#1 The Venetian Macau

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Not only the biggest casino in Asia, but also the second biggest casino in the world, The Venetian Macau is paradise for gaming lovers.

This is not just a casino though, expect anything and everything under this roof, which should be no surprise to you considering they have an enormous 546,000 square feet of space to fill inside this huge entertainment centre!

As far as gaming goes, you’ll find 3,000 machines and 870 gaming tables; the choice on offer here is exceptional. However, this is more than just gaming, it is about the overall experience of the place, and that is finished off nicely with the other services on offer inside.

Also Read: Where to Find the Fanciest Food in Macau

For those looking for a fine dining experience, you have 24 high-end bars and restaurants to choose from. Fancy a swim? You have the choice of not one, but four swimming pools.

And of course, those who have traveled to Asia for the shopping can literally shop till they drop, and it all comes under the one roof.

If you’re looking for an experience in Asia, and want more than just gaming, The Venetian is the place to be. Being here will transport you into a world that offers the chance to see and do things you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams!

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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