What is the BEST casino in America? What is the BEST casino in the World?

Largest Casino in the world - the Venetian, Macau in China
Largest Casino in the world – the Venetian, Macau in China

Well, “BEST” implies many subjective judgments, considering the overall offerings in the entire casino to differences in personal taste & preference.  Let’s not forget one of the most personal aspect – “where do you feel is your the luckiest casino?”

When expansion of casino gambling is complete, New England gamblers may have a plethora of large casinos to choose from – future casinos such as MGM Springfield, Wynn Everett, Mashpee’s First Light, and Brockton’s Region C casino, competing with Twin River, Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun.

The expansive Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Proposal in Taunton, Mass. Poses a Threat to the Boston Area
The expansive Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Proposal in Taunton, Mass. Poses a Threat to the Boston Area

While the decision of “BEST” has many gray areas in determining quality, we can measure other aspects of casinos – quantity as in casino square footage, number of hotel rooms,  number of table games, etc.

Which brings me to the two questions I’m asking today:

  1. What is the largest casino in America?
  2. Which of the largest casinos offer more overall?

Foxwoods Full Size
Foxwoods Massive size, without the addition of the Tanger Outlets.

Beginning in the 1990’s, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut was considered the largest casino in America for years.  It’s largest expansive mass of buildings is rumored to be almost two miles long from one end to the other.  Even in comparison to the largest in casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Foxwoods was the largest by far.  The, the Mohegan tribe built and expanded their large casino, slightly smaller than Foxwoods.  Connecticut was home to two of the five largest casinos in America.

But with explosion of gaming in the U.S. and all over the globe, Foxwoods dropped from largest in the country to 2nd largest. In the world, Macau, China alone now has five casinos that dwarf the largest in America, Foxwoods included.

So, which casino IS the largest in America now?  We need to look to a place not considered a hot spot of casino gambling – Oklahoma.

Oklahoma - Land of many Tribal Casinos
Oklahoma – Land of many Tribal Casinos

Oklahoma? Yes, with over 90 casinos that are tribal.  Most casinos, according to Steve Bourie of the American Casino Guide, offer only Class II machines which look like slot machines, but are actually games of bingo and the spinning video reels are for “entertainment purposes only.” Some casinos also offer traditional Class III slots, and that brings us to the largest casino in America….drum roll, please…….the winner is……

WinStar World Casino

The largest casino in the country is on Oklahoma at WinStar World Casino & Hotel
The largest casino in the country is on Oklahoma at WinStar World Casino & Hotel

It does, indeed, have the largest casino floor in the U.S., including over 100,000 more sq. ft. than mega-casinos Foxwoods and Mohegan in CT, and even more than the largest casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.  The question is, how does it measure up as a Resort, or as an all-in-one destination.

Its many accolades and important proximity to the Dallas, Texas area make it a destination to visit.  While this blogger hasn’t checked it out, I certainly would like to.  But back to the Title Question – Does Size Matter in Choosing a Casino Destination?  Obviously other factors are important – gambling, hotel, entertainment, amenities and other offerings not seen in other smaller casinos or slot only joints.

WinStar World is Massive, too!
WinStar World is Massive, too!

Size does matter when it comes to the ability to offer certain amenities not seen in smaller casinos, such as spas, many dining and entertainment options, and even things like movie theaters, bowling alleys, amusements and rides.

At first look, WinStar has its limitations in entertainment, convention space and retail.  But this may not mean anything to many patrons’ quality of visit. It could be ambiance and of course GAMBLING.

Casino 360° immerses players in ribbons of pulsating lights, sounds and music. Hit a jackpot and the room explodes with celebration – lights, music and your name ‘tweeted’ to WinStar World followers and on the jumbo screens
Casino 360° immerses players in ribbons of pulsating lights, sounds and music. Hit a jackpot and the room explodes with celebration – lights, music and your name ‘tweeted’ to WinStar World followers and on the jumbo screens.  Sounds really cool -millennials should love this!

But WinStar’s largest casino floor may have its drawbacks also, such as poor Video Poker pay tables, according to vpFREE2, and card based craps and roulette.  But WinStar could be a fun and “lucky” place, with great atmosphere (remember, this is also a newly renovated and expanded complex!) That’s where quality and terms like “best” come into play – which can’t be reviewed without a visit or two.

So, N.E.Time Gambling offers you a comparison of the largest casino in America with Connecticuts two large casinos – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.  Omitted from the comparison are the likes of Venetian Las Vegas, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Mandaly Bay Las Vegas, Botgata in AC, etc for two reasons 1) the three compared are all Tribal Casinos, and 2) this is a New England Casino Blog!

Click on the link below to see a comprehensive comparison of numbers. Keep in mind that this is definitely a look at “Quantity”, not necessarily “Quantity.”  For quality – well you’re going to have to visit all three and see for yourself.

Foxwoods, Winstar, Mohegan Sun Casino Comparison

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