Poker news | Oct 14, 2022
The 8 Weirdest Casinos in the World
By RTR Alex
Now we've all heard of the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and the MGM Grand, but if you're looking for a unique casino experience, then Las Vegas may not be the place to go.
X-Train, Las Vegas, NV
Okay I know I said no Vegas, but it's just one, and it's worth it.
In classic Vegas style, you can now gamble on the move.
The X-train is Vegas' latest addition to the endless casino resorts that the city hosts. Not only can you lose your money getting from A to B, but you'll also lose it in record time as the X-train runs at lightning-fast speeds.
Casino Jet Lounge
Airjet Designs and Designescence are changing the whole meaning of the Mile High Club, with their casino in the sky.
This passenger jet has a fully functioning casino on board to add something special that will keep you entertained for those long-haul flights. With table games and roulette wheels you won't be short of options on the redeye.
Desert Cave, Coober Pedy, Australia
If you're looking for a remote, quiet place to gamble, then look no further. It doesn't get more isolated than this.
The Desert Cave Hotel & Casino in Coober Pedy, Australia, is exactly what it sounds like. An underground casino and hotel that hosts 16 casino gaming machines located underneath the Australian desert.
The subterranean casino can be found 85km from the city of Adelaide, deep in the outback desert. Due to the extreme temperatures, the first inhabitants carved out their homes from the rocky terrain, to live underground. The caves have now been repurposed to serve as one of the most unique hotel and casino experiences in the world.
If you ever find yourself in Adelaide, why not take a trip out to the Desert Cave Hotel for one of the strangest games of poker you could ever play.
North Cadbury Court, Yeovil, Somerset, UK
Looking like it was taken straight out of Downton Abbey, this grand house in the quaint English countryside has been renovated for private events with the highlight being a casino in the basement.
The 400-year-old estate is a wedding hotspot but is sometimes hired out for other events. Sadly, the casino is only available for those who book the entire venue. If you find yourself lucky enough to be invited to a prestigious event, you'll feel like James Bond betting in this underground casino.
Resorts World Genting, Pahang, Malaysia
One of the biggest brands in the industry, Resorts World Genting runs online casinos that are hugely popular with the poker community, but their brick-and-mortar locations are also big players in the game.
Now, their casinos aren't famous for being weird, but this one stands out from the rest as one of the most unique casinos around.
The Genting Casino in Pahang, Malaysia is located 6,000 metres above sea level and is 45 minutes from the nearest city, Kuala Lumpur. It sits at the top of a mountain and boasts views of the 150-million-year-old Malaysian rainforests.
It may be tough to get to, but once you take a look out the window, you'll understand why they chose the location. The views are truly amazing. Plus, the design of the resort itself makes it worthy of this list.
Rivers Casino, Des Plaines, Illinois, US
The law states that any casino built in Illinois, must operate on water and while most take the form of riverboat casinos, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines may as well be built on top of a puddle (and it pretty much is).
The building was originally constructed on a shallow area of water so that it is technically operating on water. But you'd have no idea that's the case while you're sat at one of their tables. This looks like pretty solid ground to me:
Esperanza Base, Hope Bay, Antarctica
A genuine contender for the title of weirdest casino in the world - the Esperanza Base casino is located in Antarctica’s barren permafrost.
A team of Argentinian scientists, assisted by their support crew, built the casino in a small building that also houses the group.
So, if you ever find yourself in Antarctica, why not stop in and challenge a scientist to a few hands in one of the most secluded casinos in the world. Maybe you could pack a tuxedo to match the penguins?
VR Casinos, Everywhere, Nowhere
Now, this one is sort of cheating - but I think it still counts.
No matter how fast the world of online gaming progresses, something about virtual reality and the metaverse will always astound me. The creation of these alternate realities is beginning to surpass what we can offer in the real world, all from the comfort of your own living room.
If you don't feel like making the trip to a physical casino, you can now throw on a headset and play a few hands against opponents all over the world, for real money, without moving a muscle.
While Slot Million was the first to venture into the world of VR casinos, many others have been hot on their tails. We're already spoiled for choice. It's undoubtedly an easier way to increase your bankroll, but you won't be getting the free drinks you might at a table in Vegas (although I guess you can just grab one from the fridge).