In the US, bigger is better; at least, that’s the general mindset. We are a country of massive skylines, skyscrapers and of course, fully decked-out casino resorts. But while many associate the word “casino” with Las Vegas, surprisingly, the largest casinos are actually located outside of Nevada. What’s more, all of the top five are tribal-owned casinos, continually proving their power against other casino conglomerates like MGM Resorts.
Here’s a look at the most colossal casino properties in the US.
#5 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Located in Florida, Seminole Hard Rock is the largest casino in the Sunshine State. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe, this music-themed property checks in at 245,000 square feet of fun in Tampa.
Built in 2004, the casino comes equipped with 5,000 slot machines and 225 table games, 46 of which are poker.
If high-limit slots and puffing on a pack of Turkish Silvers is your vice, look no further. At Seminole Hard Rock, smoking is allowed. For nonsmokers, there is a 26,000-square-foot, smoke-free mezzanine level. Additionally, guests can find slot machines for $1,000 per pull located in the casino’s 13,000-square-foot gaming space.
Unfortunately, one amenity not available yet is sports betting.
#4 Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Thunder Valley Casino, located 30 miles northeast of Sacramento, is the largest casino in California. Built in 2003 and owned by the United Auburn Indian Community, the property features 3,400 slot machines and 125 table games, including poker.
If you are wondering what 250,000 square feet gets you, well, it can provide a lot. The property has a 400-room luxury hotel, 14 restaurants and bars, and an outdoor amphitheater. If you want to try to shave a few strokes off your golf game, the casino is home to an 18-hole golf course, the Whitney Oaks Golf Club.
Also, yet again, sports betting is absent from this casino.
#3 Foxwoods Resort Casino
If poker is your game of choice, then look no further than Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The casino is home to the third-largest poker room in the world, with 114 tables. It trails only Commerce Casino and Bicycle Casino, both in Los Angeles.
Constructed in 1992, the property sits on 200 acres of land and comes in at 344,000 square feet. It houses 5,500 slot machines and 280 table games. Additionally, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation-owned Foxwoods is home to a 2,266-room hotel that ranks fourth in the country.
As with the previously mentioned casinos, you won’t find sports betting at Foxwoods.
#2 Mohegan Sun
There are towns in Texas with fewer businesses than Mohegan Sun has under its roof. Built in 1996, the casino is home to 45 restaurants, bars and lounges, and a 130,000-square-foot shopping area.
Owned by the Mohegan Tribe, the casino itself is huge, checking in at 364,000 square feet. It has 6,500 slot machines and 377 table games. The space houses two large casinos under the same roof spread across 240 acres of land in Uncasville, Connecticut.
If driving isn’t your method of choice and you truly are a high roller, there is helicopter transportation available between the casino and Manhattan. It’s also home to two professional sports teams, the New England Black Wolves (National Lacrosse League) and Connecticut Sun (WNBA).
Like its neighbor Foxwoods, it has no sports betting.
#1 WinStar World Casino & Resort
As for who takes the top place, “bigger is better,” indeed. WinStar World Casino & Resort happens to be the largest casino in the US and is located one hour north of Dallas. (It’s no surprise that the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones would form a partnership with WinStar. The owner of the single-most lucrative NFL franchise has a reputation for larger-than-life extravagance.)
A beacon in Thackerville, Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation-owned casino was built in 2003 and is a massive 400,000 square feet. There are 8,500 slot machines and 155 table games, 55 for poker. The four “gaming plazas” each have their own theme: New York, Paris, Beijing and Rio.
It may not have a helicopter pad, but it does have a 3,500-seat Global Event Center, which has played host to the likes of Blake Shelton, Jerry Seinfeld and even KISS.
Lastly, the resort is home to not one but two 18-hole golf courses designed by PGA pro D.A. Weibring.
But the one amenity you won’t find here is — you guessed it — sports betting.
While Nevada is home to several premier casinos, packing something this large on the Las Vegas Strip would take some work. But if venturing to Florida, Connecticut and Oklahoma are on your bucket list, be sure to check out some of the largest casinos along the way.