2020.08.27

10 Most Expensive Casinos Ever Built

There are casino’s and then there are casinos. In the last 60 years Casinos have taken our world by storm, providing entertainment for families, businessmen, opportunists and high rollers. The casino world has managed to not only create a billion-dollar industry but also create some of the most magnificent and spectacular architecture the human race has seen.


From Roulette tables, Texas Hold’Em and 1000’s of slot machines to breath-taking hotel suites and retail therapy, these are the top 10 most exclusive expensive casinos ever built that have it all.

“Life is like a game of poker; you have to play the hand you're dealt. A wise player can play a weak hand and win the game’
- Rick Warren

10. The Palazzo, Las Vegas ($1.8 billion)

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The Palazzo (meaning “palace” or “excellent residence” in Italian) is time and again regarded as one of the best resorts to stay whilst visiting Las Vegas. The Palazzo makes you feel like you are visiting Italy itself, as it has that charming Italian atmosphere to it. No wonder Steven Soderbergh, director of Oceans 13, decided to film the blockbuster movie at this outstanding casino location.

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The Breakdown

Price: $1.8 billion | Built: 2007 | Game/Slot Machines: 2,700 | Table Games: 160+

Amenities

  • Shoppes at Palazzo
  • Canyon Ranch Spa Club
  • The Pools of Palazzo
  • The Las Vegas Car Museum
  • Dal Toro Restaurant

Although ‘The Palazzo’ is not number one on our list, it is one of the most visited and noticed casinos on the Las Vegas strip in Paradise, Nevada. The Palazzo is part and parcel of the Venetian resort and the Sands Convention Centre. This magnificent casino offers luxury in an Italian Renaissance ambiance, a possible taste of heaven where you can enjoy some relaxation by The Pools of Palazzo and the Spa Club. There is a wide range of boutique stores from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Fendi and Cole Haan and restaurants like Dal Toro Restaurant to visit too. Not only is there some mind-blowing food to enjoy there, but inside the Dal Toro Restaurant, there is the famous Las Vegas Car Museum that displays automobiles from automakers including Bugatti, Spyker, Saleen, and Koenigsegg. Well, now that the kids are satisfied and the wives have had their fill of Boutiques’ shopping, the real fun begins with The Palazzo, offering over 3000 slots and casino games for patrons to enjoy.

What Are Customers Saying?

Telegraph expert rating "All the Italian romance and flair of the neighboring, more famous Venetian hotel, but in a setting that scores higher on unassuming, understated luxury. Guests love the regal, all-suite accommodations with their split-level allure.""

AMAZING!! -member of TripAdvisor “We really liked this casino as it was quieter, with no blaring music from a band or DJ. While 'quiet' this doesn't mean 'dead'. It has a lively atmosphere with a good selection of slots and table games. The focus here is gambling, not a 20-something party. We appreciated that!”

FODOR'S EXPERT REVIEW -Genevie Durando "The $1.8 billion Palazzo, the all-suite resort brings new meaning to the word, ushering even more luxury to the north end of the Las Vegas Strip."


9. Encore at Wynn Las Vegas ($2.3 billion)

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Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas was built in the year 2008; a project that cost $2.3 billion and certainly gives the full Vegas experience you desire. It offers high-end features and amenities that carry every gambling game you could imagine.

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The Breakdown

Price: $2.3 billion | Built: 2008 | Game/Slot Machines: 900+ | Table Games: 100+

Amenities

  • 18-hole Wynn golf course
  • Encore Beach Club
  • The Pools of Palazzo
  • XS night Club
  • Encore Theatre

The Encore Las Vegas is a luxury resort and a well known Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The Encore is on par with its sister resort, namelt theWynn Las Vegas. This casino has a gigantic space of 7200 Square feet to allow for the 900 games/slot machines plus offers over one hundred table games. The Encore Beach Club has a further staggering 55000 square feet, with over 25 Cabanas on offer too. And while you are there, you surely can’t miss out on a little boogie time at the XS night Club, where some of the most famous DJ’S play. If it is not DJ’s that you are looking for, then give the Encore Theatre a bash. Here you can enjoy and demand encore moments from some of the biggest artists, like Beyoncé and Robbie Williams, just to name a few.

What Are Customers Saying?

Telegraph expert rating ‘’The younger, sister property to Wynn Las Vegas maintains the lavish standards of the original, with unabashed displays of opulence and high-end design around every corner. It's the brand that started luxury in Vegas, and it shows’’

Booking.com - Lynneah ‘’The Encore is so fantastic. Wynn Hotels have hit it out of the ballpark. The staff is accommodating, friendly and trained to deliver exceptional service. The room was immaculate. We dined in Wazsusi and the food was terrific and the staff so terrific. The casino was quiet but that didn’t bother me....lol’’


8. City of Dreams, Macau ($2.4 billion)

City of Dreams - Macau

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City of Dreams, Macau

The City of Dreams, Macau is a new breed of Mega Casino Resort, costing $2.4 billion to construct. It has around-the-clock entertainment, high-end hotels, and lavish gourmet restaurants. Not only does it aim for tourists to gamble and test their luck, but it lures tourists in to find enable them to find fun and relaxation.

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The Breakdown

Price: $2.4 billion | Built: 2009 | Game/Slot Machines: 1,500 | Table Games: 450+

Amenities

  • 18-hole Wynn golf course
  • Encore Beach Club
  • The Pools of Palazzo
  • XS night Club
  • Encore Theatre

Next in line, we have the City of Dreams also known as the CoD in Macau China. This top-of-the-line casino is made up of ‘The Hard Rock Hotel’, ‘Crown Towers’ and the ‘Grand Hyatt Macau’ (2 towers). It has held the title of the ‘Most Expensive Casino in Macau’ for a number fo years now. It houses the biggest resort and night club on the Cotati Strip in Macau. The casino has a staggering 400,000 square feet of gaming area with over 2000 slot machines and table games. A must-see whilst you there is ‘The Bubble Fountain’, that hosts The House of Dancing Water at The Dancing Water Theatre. Fun fact: this is the largest commercial pool in the world.

What Are Customers Saying?

Google Reviews- KM 5/5 ‘’Beautiful example of Macao. 5-star accommodation and entertainment’’


7. The Venetian Macau ($2.4 billion)

The Venetian Macau

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The Venetian Macau

This breathtaking casino and resort was inspired, based and modeled on the success of its sister company, The Venetian Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The Venetian, Macau has laid its claim to be one of the biggest casinos in the world.

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The Breakdown

Price: $2.4 billion | Built: 2009 | Game/Slot Machines: 6,000+ | Table Games: 800+

Amenities

  • 850+ store Sands Shoppes Macau
  • 5-star restaurants and buffets
  • The 39-story main hotel tower

This magnificent beast of a casino and development cost $2.4 billion to build and has over 546,000 square feet, allowing for a staggering 6000 slot machines and 800 gambling tables. If you are one of the exclusive ‘top dogs’, you will no doubt have access to the club dining area, the Paiza Club, as well as the Dining and Lounge that has 24-hours a day service.

The Resort has accommodation with 2,905 suites. If you are looking for some sporting entertainment, then The Venetian has an indoor arena known as ‘The Cotai Arena’ with a seating capacity of 15000. There would be no doubt that some sort of sporting events like Boxing, Tennis or Basketball would be taking place, giving ample reason to get one’s sport mode on. The arena allows for concerts and international televised awards shows too.

What Are Customers Saying?

Best casino in Macau- TripAdvisor Member ‘’As young westerners, we felt most comfortable in this casino. We were intensely stared at by other casino-goers in all the other casinos we entered! We were also consistently ID’d in the other casinos whereas this one ID’d us upon entry then made us feel super welcome once we were inside.’’

Telegraph expert rating ‘’The Venetian headlines Macau’s casino boulevard, the Cotai Strip, with a hotel, shopping mall, restaurants, bars, theatres, and – but of course – O Sole Mio gondolas. Really. The resort is amazing, overwhelming, diverting – and only very slightly risible.’’


6. Wynn Las Vegas ($2.7 billion)

Wynn las vegas

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Wynn Las Vegas

Resorts World Las Vegas is still under construction and will only have its grand opening in 2021. This splendid luxury casino and resort will fly into No. 4 of the world's most expensive casinos ever built. Genting Group is responsible for the construction of ‘Resorts World’ and has high expectations for this casino. Undoubtedly, expectations that will be met as ‘Resorts World, Las Vegas is located on the strip in Winchester, Nevada.

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The Breakdown

Price: $4.3 billion Year Built: 2021* Game/Slot Machines: 3,000+ Table Games: 250+

Amenities

  • Hotel and luxury suites
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • 220,000-square-foot pool complex

This outstanding casino and luxury resort will provide 110,000 square feet of floor space purely for gambling. This is more than enough space to slot in thousands of slot machines and table games. Resorts World will have 3500 rooms, a theatre that can seat 5000 people for shows and entertainment, 70,000 square-feet of retail space, a Convention Center of 350,000 square feet, a 220,000 square foot pool complex as well as various top-notch restaurants to choose from. The Resorts World casino and luxury resort will bring new excitement and experiences to the table, so to speak.

What Are Customers Saying?

Google Reviews "Very friendly place love the open spaces the style so unique full of life the gambling table still smell like new staff super friendly this is a must-go place nice selection of restaurants .everyone always happy I will be attending more often."


5. The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas ($3.9 billion)

The cosmopolitan Las Vegas

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The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

In 2010. The Cosmopolitan was built on the Las Vegas strip, in Paradise Nevada. This elegant luxury casino and hotel resort was a $3.9 billion project. The Cosmo consists of two high-rise towers with over 3000 rooms. The Cosmo has gone out of its way to exude refinement, to the point that it has won many awards and is considered one of the best hotels in the world.

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Price: $3.9 billion Year Built: 2010 Game/Slot Machines: 1,300+ Table Games: 500+

Amenities

  • 3,000+ hotel rooms and suites
  • 3,200-seat theater
  • Spas, pools and clubs

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has over 110,000 square feet of gambling space with a choice of over 1300 video slots, video poker machines and, of course, your favorite table games. Expect to enjoy the likes of the classic tables games, Texas Hold’Em, roulette, craps, blackjack and more. I am 100% positive that there is enough space to make sure no one cramps your style. The luxury resort has a theatre that can seat over 3200 people. There are hundreds of shops and restaurants to choose from and, of course, once you are done and dusted with all the gambling, shopping and eating, you can then relax and treat yourself to the one of the heavenly spas. Better yet why not go have a great time at pools of the Marquee Nightclub and Day Club?

What Are Customers Saying?

Telegraph expert rating 9/10 One of the glitziest of the new breed of Vegas hotel resorts. The casino itself is notably more glamorous than its old school competitors, and the property offers a complete holiday package, with high-end dining, shopping and all-round entertainment options.

Google Reviews - D Bolich "We have stayed here twice now and both experiences were incredible. We have stayed at other hotels in Vegas but none compare to The Cosmopolitan. The staff are accommodating and friendly and the rooms are very clean and new. If you go, you have to eat at the Wicked Spoon!"


4. Resorts World, Las Vegas ($4.3 billion)

Resorts world las vegas

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Resorts World, Las Vegas

Resorts World Las Vegas is still under construction and will only have its grand opening in 2021. This splendid luxury casino and resort will fly into No. 4 of the world's most expensive casinos ever built. Genting Group is responsible for the construction of ‘Resorts World’ and has high expectations for this casino. Undoubtedly, expectations that will be met as ‘Resorts World, Las Vegas is located on the strip in Winchester, Nevada.

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The Breakdown

Price: $4.3 billion Year Built: 2021* Game/Slot Machines: 3,000+ Table Games: 250+

Amenities

  • 16 restaurants
  • 10 bars and clubs
  • 1,800-seat theater

This outstanding casino and luxury resort will provide 110,000 square feet of floor space purely for gambling. This is more than enough space to slot in thousands of slot machines and table games. Resorts World will have 3500 rooms, a theatre that can seat 5000 people for shows and entertainment, 70,000 square-feet of retail space, a Convention Center of 350,000 square feet, a 220,000 square foot pool complex as well as various top-notch restaurants to choose from. The Resorts World casino and luxury resort will bring new excitement and experiences to the table, so to speak.

What Are Customers Saying?

Google Reviews "Very friendly place love the open spaces the style so unique full of life the gambling table still smell like new staff super friendly this is a must-go place nice selection of restaurants .everyone always happy I will be attending more often.""


3. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore ($4.93 billion)

Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

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Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Let us pack our bags and gambling wits and fly to the island of Sentosa, just off the Southern coast of Singapore. The Genting Group Singapore opened its doors to the ‘Resorts World Sentosa’ in 2010. In Addition to this marvellous casino, there are some other main attractions that will set your heart to flitter.

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The Breakdown

Price: $4.93 billion | Built: 2010 | Game/Slot Machines: 2,400+ | Table Games: 500+

Amenities

  • Universal Studios tour
  • Aquarium and waterpark
  • Fine dining and shows

Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore is the third most expensive building and casino ever built, costing $ 4.93 billion. The casino has 600,00 square feet of gaming room, allowing for 2400 games and slot machines, as well as over 500 Game tables. Resorts World Sentosa is the big sister of its family. Resorts World Manila and the UK rendition would no doubt admire their ‘big sister’. The amenities of Resorts World Sentosa stretches across 120 Acres, with seven hotels to stay in, a Universal Studio theme park, an Adventure Cove Water Park and the S.E.A Aquarium. Did you know that the world's second-largest oceanarium (after Chimelong Ocean Kingdom) is this very SEA Aquarium? It goes without saying that there are the usual amenities, like shops and restaurants for those individuals that prefer to keep things chilled, while all the other offerings may be well suited for those adrenalin junkies out there.

What Are Customers Saying?

Telegraph expert rating 8/10 "Overlooking the South China Sea, the high-octane W Singapore offers glamorously edgy rooms surrounded by lush foliage and crystal blue marina. This hotel and casino is strong on the wow-factor and offers a break from the archetype of traditional luxury. Arrive in style via a yacht if you wish."


2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore ($5.88 billion)

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Coming in at second place, we have the astonishing Marina Bay Sands. This fantastic casino is located in the downtown core of Singapore. You will be pleased to find that it was designed by the visionary architect, Moshe Safdie. This is one of the most iconic and compelling projects to grace the skylines of Singapore.

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The Breakdown

Price: $5.88 billion | Built: 2010 | Game/Slot Machines: 1,500+ | Table Games: 600+

Amenities

  • SkyPark gardens and pool
  • Canals and gondolas
  • 300 shops and boutiques

Marina Bay Sands casino held its grand opening in 2010 and was titled ‘the world's most expensive stand-alone casino’ at the time. The construction of the casino and luxury resort cost $5.88 billion. The casino takes 160,000 square feet and has over 1550 slot machines and 600 table games to choose from. Your biggest concern would be what to play. The resort is made up of 2,561 hotel rooms, 300 boutiques and shops at the Marina Bay Sands Mall, a Museum, a massive Theatre, restaurants owned by celebrity chefs, two floating crystal pavilions, an Art and Science Exhibition, an Ice Rink and to push the limits even further, the complex has a 340-meter long SkyPark able to accommodate 3900 people. If that wasn’t enough, it goes without saying, there is also a 150-meter (490 foot) Infinity Swimming Pool over-looking the beautiful city of Singapore. The SkyPark has the world's highest gardens too. Another awesome feature is the fact that whilst shopping you can travel by Gondola, right through the mall.

What Are Customers Saying?

Telegraph expert rating 9/10 "Developed at a cost of $8 billion Singapore Dollars, the triple-towered, 55-story Moshe Safdie-designed mega property fronting the Marina Bay is reportedly the most expensive stand-alone integrated resort property ever built.""


1. City Center, Las Vegas ($9.2 billion)

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City Center, Las Vegas

Finally, last but not least, we have the winner, the king of casinos. The most expensive casino and luxury resort to have ever been built to date is The City Centre. Once again located in Las Vegas, on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, this whopper cost a colossal $9.2 billion, yes ladies and gentlemen, you read correctly; $9.2billion!

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The Breakdown

Price: $9.2 billion | Built: 2009 | Game/Slot Machines: 2,000 | Table Games: 100+

Amenities

  • SkyPark gardens and pool
  • Canals and gondolas
  • 300 shops and boutiques

The City Center is one of the most monumental, privately-funded projects undertaken in the history of the United States of America. City Centre has a 15,000 square foot of gaming floor with more than enough space to squeeze in 2,000 slot machines and over 100 table games. The hotel has an impressive 4800 hotel rooms, high-rise residential apartment blocks with over 2,500 people actually living in it and a large retail district area.

For uninterrupted opulence and an experience in luxury that is unrivalled, this is where the buck stops for all casino revellers. Decadence has a new name, and its called: The City Centre.

What Are Customers Saying?

Google Reviews- Brain Page ‘’What an amazing array of sights and sounds to see here at the CityCenter. The Aria hotel is as nice as you would expect, probably nicer! The shops are all the very best and latest top brands and the casino is great to lose a few dollars (or more) in. Very nice atmosphere and design. Will visit again!’’

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