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2021 was definitely not the most productive year for exciting new openings, with construction on projects like new resorts, museums, and land based casinos very much on hold.

Though while many development plans have been forced to fold, others have held on tight, and refused to accept defeat! So we’re fortunate that now with travel recommencing, we have some incredibly ambitious projects due to open.

Destinations like Macau and Las Vegas have always been a mecca for casino resorts, and now to tempt tourists back, there are a number of new openings that are now (or soon to be) accepting reservations.

The World’s Newest Casino Resorts

Resorts World Las Vegas

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Forget the Mirage and the Bellagio, the newest resort to check out in Vegas is Resorts World Las Vegas.

Fresh off their opening weekend, there hadn’t been many new casino sites built from scratch in Sin City in the last decade so anticipation was high. There is an impressive 3250 gaming machines and 250 tables spread across its 117,000 sq/ft casino. 

After a long wait, the $4.3 billion Genting project is certainly expansive, set on 88 acres of prime, northern strip and boasting over 3,500 suites and rooms from three of the Hilton brands.

But it’s the 66th floor that really gets our heart pumping; their Sky Casino and Crockfords Lounge overlooking the city has a dedicated, 30 table poker room.

After a hard day/night/day-again on the dice, you can relax it all out with 5.5 acres of luxury pool complex. RWLV is tipped to be the next Bellagio or Venetian, such is the sheer scale and attention to detail of this project.

City of Dreams Mediterranean

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Not only will the City of Dreams be Cyprus’ first ever integrated resort, but it will be the largest premier resort in Europe. Set in a beautiful location in the very south of Europe, 500 luxury rooms and suites will be spread over 14 storeys of five-star indulgence. 

Cyprus, already a fan favourite for those seeking the hot weather of the med over summer, has targeted this project to really offer a year-round option for tourists.

And although the construction has been halted due to the pandemic, their priorities are certainly in line; they have constructed a temporary casino to meet the demand until operations can shift to their resort, next year.

Cyprus’ first ever authorised casino, C2 covers nearly 50,000 sq/ft of bars, restaurants and casino, with 33 table games, 242 slots and a solid VIP area. When completed, 1000 machines, 100 tables and 80,000 sq/ft will await players, so watch this space.

The Londoner Macao

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Flying off the coat tales of their Parisian and Venetian ventures, the rebranded Londoner is the newest resort in Macao’s extensive gambling foray.

Oozing dapper charm, they have literally tried to recreate the city within their 6000 guest rooms, including suites designed and inspired by none other than David Beckham.

The casino aside (Macao is one giant casino floor), having a 5.2m high telephone box where inside, the queen’s corgi’s welcomes you to having a recreated tour of David’s finest sites in a black cab, they’ve really thrown everything at this one.

Add in a little of Gordon Ramsey’s Pub and Grill, a recreation of Saville Row for your shopping and even a “big ben” to pose in front of and we think it’s $2 billion well spent. Macao continues to rival Las Vegas as the worlds gambling capital.

New Online Casinos

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If all this talk of beautiful resorts in far, flung lands is doing your soul more harm than good, fear not as 2021 has certainly kicked off with a plethora of new casinos in the online world, too.

The last decade has seen huge shifts in the demand for mobile options and now, every great online site has developed their platforms for the small screen.

Many new casino sites may not have the glitz and glamour of a week in Macao but the excitement you can have from your sofa is certainly close to rivalling Sin City.

Live dealer casinos that use state-of-the-art studios to live-stream in HD direct to your device may be as close as some of us get to a real-life croupier, but it’s certainly still good fun.

So whilst the land-based resorts continue to plough through these troubled times, and a vacation still seems a little too far to think about, why not try your hand at best the web has to offer. It’s no City of Dreams but new online casinos are certainly convenience to a T.

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 100+ 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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