High Rollers – A look at the world’s most expensive casino

Every year, over 50 million people visit casinos around the world for a little time out from their busy lives. Across the globe, there are around 187,000 casinos and these range from the modest high street venues to huge, flash resorts in London, Monaco and, of course, Las Vegas. If you have deep pockets, you may want to visit CityCenter Las Vegas – the most expensive casino in the world. 

Landing on the strip

Taking pride of place on the famous Las Vegas strip, CityCenter covers a massive 18 million square feet of prime real estate. Completed in 2009, the venue, which is owned by MGM Resorts, cost a cool $9.2 billion to build. CityCenter is much more than a casino, though; almost like a town within itself, the development contains: 

  • ARIA casino
  • 669 luxury condominium residences
  • 1495 hotel rooms
  • Full service wellness spa
  • Hair and beauty salons
  • 3 pools with 50 cabanas
  • 16 restaurants
  • 10 bars and lounges

The largest privately funded development in the whole of the United States, guests can even get married at this extraordinary resort with ceremony prices starting from $2600. 

Rolling in it

CityCenter is not, of course, alone on the strip – there are currently around 30 casinos on the strip with many more nearby and, these include MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, The Mirage and Bellagio Hotel and Casino. It’s estimated that a staggering $25 million dollars is made on the Las Vegas strip every single day – and more at weekends!  The lion’s share of the Las Vegas strip is owned by a company called Las Vegas Sands Corp. which owns two resorts on the strip as well as many others across the USA. The company earns approximately $13 billion dollars every year. 

If you’re heading to Vegas for a holiday, gambling is not, of course, the only form of entertainment available. On any given day, Las Vegas is host to some of the world’s top music and comedy stars including Celine Dion, John Mayer and Van Morrison to name just a few. However, if you do not feel like travelling, but want to gamble either way, check out the possibilities provided by online casinos such as slots online, poker or live baccarat. 

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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