The Largest Casino Resorts in the US
January 15, 2021
The gambling industry has become massive in the last decade, and it is still growing rapidly towards new heights. Nowadays, most of the top-tier casinos are by no means casinos only. They offer a unique environment which is a blend of distinct non-gaming facilities.
The visitors can thus spend a night (or more) in luxurious hotels, enjoy fine-dining in several high-profile restaurants within each significant casino, go shopping at huge centers, relax at pool & spa centers, attend major theatrical shows, or play golf for instance.
America is a country of thousands of casinos that make tens of billions in gaming revenue every year. Las Vegas is widely known as the world’s gambling capital. To stand out in such an environment, you constantly need to grow bigger, larger, taller, and not everyone can afford such a luxury.
Some of the richest American businessmen fight for bragging rights, but who truly offers the widest array of gaming machines, table games, hotel rooms, shopping malls, and restaurants?
We are just about to answer these questions by providing the most recent list of the ten largest casino resorts in the United States.
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There are no casinos in New Jersey nor any casinos in Pennsylvania on the list. Your first guess would then likely be that the majority of these establishments are located in Las Vegas. Sin City has by far the strongest gaming action packed in one area, but believe it or not, none of the ten biggest American casinos can be found in the desert. Stay tuned and enjoy the list.
10 – Encore Boston Harbor, Everett, Massachusetts
The tenth in size, and the youngest of all casinos on the list, is the biggest construction project in Massachusetts’ history, worth $2.6 billion. The luxurious property owned by Wynn Resorts is located in Everett, 5 miles from the center of Boston.
The grand opening occurred on June 23rd, 2019. The casino has two floors. The main is reserved for 2,800 slot machines, while the second houses 166 table games, including blackjack, roulette, baccarat and much more, as well as a 74-table poker room. The entire resort has a bountiful array of additional attractions, including a 600-room five-star hotel, 13 restaurants, a spa, and a sports bar.
9 – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was originally built in 1998. The owners, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation, changed its look and functionality in 2018 when the property had undergone $27 million worth of renovations.
The main purpose was to widen up the range of potential visitors as several buildings and sites were added to complement the existing casino floor. The Kids’ Quest, the Cyber Quest, a night club, and a sports bar have thus flourished, making the whole establishment much more attractive to families rather than individuals.
Casino-wise, the patrons have a chance to enjoy a brand new VIP & high-stake room, on top of a regular offer that includes more than 4,400 slot machines, 70 table games, and 18 poker tables.
8 – Choctaw Casino & Resort, Durant, Oklahoma
Choctaw Casino & Resort is one of eight Indian casinos/hotels located in Oklahoma. It is the biggest in the chain, owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
The establishment has two casinos and hotels apiece. The South Casino emerged first, in 2006, while the North Casino was completed four years later. The two offer more than 4,200 slot machines and around 50 table games on a 218,844-square-foot gaming floor.
The hotel offer was significantly boosted when the Grand Tower (featuring 330 rooms and suites spread over 12 floors) joined Choctaw Inn (101 rooms). The casino in Durant is visited by more than 300,000 people annually, an enormous 81% of whom are Texas residents.
7 – Riverwind Casino, Norman, Oklahoma
Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma have a casino to match the aforementioned Choctaw in size. This one is located in Norman and has a 219,000-square-foot casino floor.
As for the gambling offer, it is somewhat more modest, hosting just more than 2,700 slot machines and around 20 table games. The establishment offers a host of non-gambling activities as well, from a 100-room hotel (opened in 2009) to a couple of high-class restaurants, numerous bars, a food court, and a theatre. Poker aficionados can find a regular NL Hold’em cash game action at any time in a 17-table poker room.
6 – San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, Highland, California
Although San Manuel does not currently have n onsite hotel within their offer, they launched a massive $550 million expansion project in the summer of 2018. Once the project is completed (estimated for 2021), the property will feature an exclusive 450-room tower hotel (with all additional facilities) and a 3,000-seat event center. Renovations will include an expansion to the 6-story parking structure as well.
Given you can’t find a better slot and table games selection anywhere on the West Coast, we just had to find a place on the list for San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. Slot aficionados are truly spoilt for choice there among 600 distinct types of games. We should also note the site features as many as 11 restaurants, suited for both fine-dining and casual variants.
5 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa, Florida
Following the name, rock and roll is the main theme in the resort owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The property has been expanded on multiple occasions since the initial opening in 2004.
It currently claims bragging rights in the state and is one of the five largest casinos in the entire country. The 245,000 square feet casino floor is in the center of the action, offering more than 5,000 slot machines and over 200 table games, including poker.
What helps Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa stand out is the music. You can thus enjoy watching rock videos and song lyrics displayed on numerous screens. The hotel tower consists of 12 stories and features all the regular amenities like a fitness center and a pool.
The iconic Hard Rock Café houses live stage performances, while you have several elite restaurants providing international cuisine dishes. Council Oak Steak House, Rock and Raw sushi bar, and The Fresh Harvest Buffet are the most popular.
4 – Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, California
We continue the list with the Indian-owned casinos. This one, the largest in California, is operated by the United Auburn Indian Community. The casino welcomed its initial players in June 2003 and has expanded the offer to a broad range of other facilities since.
In 2010, a luxurious hotel with 400 rooms and suites was added to the site. With a vast 275,000 square feet floor, the facility ranks sky-high in terms of size and both gambling and non-gambling amenities. The players can choose among 3,000 distinct slot machines and more than 125 table games, including all of the popular variants. Card game admirers will fancy a poker room that can accept 160 players at once.
When it comes to other facilities, a pool, a spa center (featuring a whirlpool, sauna, health club, and steam room), 14 bars and restaurants, and a 1,000-seat entertainment hall are all available to the guests.
3 – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Mohegan Sun Casino was the second-largest casino in the United States before a 2019 downgrade in square footage. The casino operated by the Mohegan Tribe decided to close one of three significant areas to use the freed space for enlarging the non-gambling facilities. A 364,000-square-foot gambling space was thus cut down to 300,000 square feet, following the closure of the Casino of the Wind.
Nevertheless, the Casino of the Earth and the Casino of the Sky are still big enough to keep the Mohegan Sun at sky-high third place on our list. An impressive site features a couple of deluxe hotel towers, a 55-foot indoor waterfall, and a three-story crystal mountain.
The range of casino games easily beats every aforementioned property, including more than 6,500 slot machines and almost 400 table-game variants. It is also interesting to mention the establishment is home to WNBA’s team Connecticut Sun.
People who visit it are usually most impressed by the Casino of the Sky. A lovely dome consisted of 12,000 plates of onyx from all over the globe certainly has something to do with it.
2 – Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut
Two of the top three casinos on the list are based in Connecticut. Foxwoods took over Mohegan Sun in the second place after the aforementioned downgrade of the former in 2019. As many as six casinos can be found in the whole property which covers a massive 900,000 square feet area. Two hotel towers feature a grand total of 2,228 hotel rooms, making Foxwoods the fourth largest resort in America, outside of Las Vegas.
The site only offered bingo when it first opened the doors to the public in 1986. The full-part casino was added in 1992, one year before the hotel construction was completed.
The gaming offer is outstanding, featuring anything from slot machines (5,500) to bingo, blackjack, craps, keno, money wheel, Pai Gow, Sic Bo, roulette, and a racebook. What makes Foxwoods truly stand out is its poker room. With 114 tables, Foxwoods’ Poker Room is the third biggest in the world. Among numerous non-gambling amenities, we have to highlight a zipline that goes 350 feet into the air.
1 – WinStar World Casino & Resort, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Oklahoma is by no means the gambling center of America, but it takes bragging rights for hosting the largest casino in the world. There is no other casino anywhere on the planet capable of matching WinStar World’s 400,000-square-foot gambling space.
Even the most demanding slot aficionados will find more than enough options between 8,100 machines that are up for grabs. Whilst the range of slots is unparalleled, we’ve already had casinos with a richer table game selection on the list.
However, 100 table games and a poker room featuring 55 tables should still do the job in keeping the guests thrilled and amused. WinStar Golf Club is one of the resort’s most appreciated amenities, featuring two 18-hole golf courses.
Should we even mention a pool bar, a spa, a sports lounge, and a nightclub? Global Event Center can accept 3,500 people, while Colosseum has 7,700 seats. The evolution of this casino resort has been outstanding and we can’t wait to see what The Chickasaw Nation has prepared next.
The Top Ten Largest Casino Resorts in the US:
- WinStar World Casino & Resort Oklahoma, 400,000 square feet
- Foxwoods Resort Casino Connecticut, 344,000 square feet
- Mohegan Sun Casino Connecticut, 300,000 square feet
- Thunder Valley Casino Resort California, 250,000 square feet
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Florida, 245,000 square feet
- San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino California, 222,000 square feet
- Riverwind Casino Oklahoma, 219,000 square feet
- Choctaw Casino & Resort Oklahoma, 218,844 square feet
- Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Michigan, 210,000 square feet
- Encore Boston Harbor Massachusetts, 210,000 square feet