One of the world leaders in the gambling business is the United States, where it is allowed in 48 states and completely banned in two – the state of Utah and Hawaii. The largest gambling center in the country is, of course, Nevada with its famous Las Vegas.
The second largest center is the state of New Jersey (Atlantic City). At the same time, in states where gambling is allowed, there are some restrictions. For example, in Missouri, Louisiana, Iowa and Illinois, you can not play on the “land of the state”, so there are floating casinos.
The legal regulation of such business in the United States is within the competence of local authorities. You can run a gambling business only after obtaining a license. There are three types of them in total: limited (you cannot set up gambling tables, you can have a maximum of 15 slot machines), unlimited and special (needed if the gambling business is located in a place that does not belong to the owner of the business).
An interesting situation in the United States with online casinos and electronic bookmakers: for a long time they were banned, now their activities are legalized only in the states of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.
You can participate in gambling in the United States from the age of 18 or 21, it depends on state law.
Bally’s Hotel and Casino – Atlantic City, USA
After the largest casinos in Las Vegas, we are moving to the third place in the ranking of the largest gambling establishments in the United States – Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
In 1977, businessman Martin Bluntt purchased the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel in Atlantic City to build the new Park Place complex in its place. In 2000, the new casino hotel was renamed Bally’s. It is now owned by the huge American corporation Caesars Entertainment. His income is a significant part of the income of the company that owns many casinos in the United States, in particular in Las Vegas.
The entertainment complex Bally’s offers its visitors not only a hotel, casino and restaurants, but also a concert venue, where bright mass events regularly take place – music concerts, performances, sports events.
The casino itself covers an area of more than 20 thousand square meters. The institution can be proud of the assortment that will satisfy any visitor. Bally’s offers 5200 slot machines, tables for poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and other games. For players who make big bets, there are separate VIP rooms.
Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, USA
The second place among the largest US casinos is occupied by Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The Mohegan Sun complex, unlike previous establishments, is not owned by a private corporation, but by the indigenous Mohegan Indian tribe. It was introduced to the world in 1996.
From the beginning of its existence, the institution brought a good profit, but the financial crisis of 2007 somewhat shook its position. Until 2012, the casino business was not going as we would like – the owners had a lot of debt. However, as the world situation improved, Mohegan Sun was able to pay off its creditors and recuperate.
The Mohegan Sun entertainment complex has a concert arena, a cabaret theatre, conference and ballrooms and, of course, a casino. The gambling establishment occupies 33,800 square meters of area. 6,500 slot machines and more than 370 gaming tables have been placed on this territory for gamblers.
Foxwoods Resort Casino – Ledyard, USA
Many are surprised by the fact that the largest casino in the US is tribal. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut is owned by the Mashantucket Native American tribe and is ranked number one.
At the beginning of its history, in 1986, Foxwoods was a small bingo parlor. This game was so popular on the reservation that the income of the owners grew quite quickly. This gave them the opportunity to develop. First they added table games, then video slots, and then poker tables. In 1996, Foxwoods became a full-fledged casino.
Gradually, the owners, with the support of investors, were able to bring down the huge towers, open a hotel and turn Foxwoods into a huge entertainment complex.
The total area of the Foxwoods Resort Casino complex is 840 thousand square meters. There is a hotel, a casino, bars and restaurants for every taste, a spa, and a shopping center. The casino offers visitors 4800 slot machines and a huge number of tables for various games: poker, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, Chinese games, bingo, keno and so on.