A casino is an indoor facility for playing card games, poker, blackjack, craps, bingo, slots, video poker, etc. Casinos can be built near or mixed in with restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, retail shops, theme parks, or other tourist attractions. Some casinos are even known for hosting live shows, like live concerts, stand-up comedy, and corporate entertainment. In the United States, there are many casinos located in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Miami Beach, and San Francisco. There are also new casinos being built in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Sacramento, Sarasota, Tampa, West Palm Beach, New York City, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami Beach, and Cincinnati.
The National Association of Casino Manufacturers (NAM) views the creation of a casino as a major business decision for a state. “casinos have long-term viability as an economic development strategy, which should be vigorously pursued,” said John Burns, executive vice president of NAM. Burns went on to say that the benefits to a state in terms of tourism, tax revenues, jobs, gaming revenues, etc. far outweigh the cost incurred by building a casino. He further stated that the success of a casino in a community is dependent on its location, demographics, government support, infrastructure, access to resources, etc.
The Gaming Association of California is a non-profit group representing the interests of individual cardrooms, resort groups, lottery operators, casino operators and municipalities across California. Gambling is legal in the state of California. Gambling is a controversial issue in the United States. In the United States, the debate over whether or not to legalize or regulate gambling has been heated between proponents and opponents of legalized gambling.
Although many of the proposed locations for California casinos have yet to be approved, they are in existence today. In Los Angeles there are the Alhambra Hotel and Casino, the Pechanga Resort & Casino, the L’Auberge the Las Vegas Strip and the Treasure Island Casino. There are also the State Las Vegas Resort Casino, the Bellagio Resort Casino, the Treasure Island Park Hotel Casino and the Treasure Island Racetrack. Casinos can be found throughout all of California.
The state of California has approved the construction of two new state-of-the-art casinos: the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Expo Site and the West Coast Collection Hotel Casino. The LA Sports Expo is currently under construction and will open in July 2021. It will be the first large-scale gaming event to take place in the State of California. Approximately half of the cost of the Expo site will go towards the construction of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Expo, with the remainder going towards the design and construction of the new facility.
The second largest casino floor in the state is the world-renowned L.A. LIVE Casino, which can be found in downtown Los Angeles. The L.A. LIVE Casino promises an exciting combination of live entertainment, gaming, dining, bars and lounge. The facility is being constructed at the former Inglewood High School. Expected to be completed in 2021, it will feature an original casino, two high-definition gaming screens, a single digital video screen, restaurants and bars with over 40 high-quality restaurants, bars and lounge, as well as numerous other restaurants and bars. There will also be a bowling center, stage shows, live music, family shows and family games. The hotel will offer convenient suites and room options that include a fitness center, health club, wet bar, kid-friendly pool and a heated outdoor pool.
Las Vegas is home to some of the most highly regarded gaming resorts in the world. They boast a great collection of casinos, cardrooms, gaming tables and live entertainment. Many of the top resorts have won numerous awards and boast millions of loyal patrons. There are five-star casino resorts that have won awards from U.S. News and World Report. These include the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Universal Studio Hollywood Hotel and Casino and the Bellagio Country Club.
In the mid-sized town of North Las Vegas, one can find the newest facility to be built, the Fountains at Silverton. A planned seven-acre recreation center consisting of an attraction for both the young and old, the Fountains at Silverton promises an exciting new experience. The planned attraction includes an indoor water park, a water tower for balloon rides, an indoor hiking trail, as well as a tramway that will take visitors through the resort’s many theme parks. The largest casino floor in the state, the Bellagio, is located in Downtown Las Vegas. The hall-marked property features a complete assortment of casino tables, gaming systems, video poker and other electronic gaming systems. The Fountains at Silverton offer a variety of free attractions including horseback riding, bird watching and hiking.