Gambling is a lot like being mugged by a large, friendly man covered in neon lights that gives you a 25% chance of getting your money back with interest. Unlike a good ol’ fashioned back alley mugging though, gambling is a choice; a choice that balanced, rational and emotionally stable people avoid like the plague. After all, no normal, productive member of society wants to be stuck in a casino at 4am surrounded by a grisly cast of addicts – and do you know why? Because rational people with emotionally stable lives are boring and only have stories that revolve around their work, their children, or their pets.
Walk into any casino in the world after midnight. Seriously, bookmark this and only continue reading once you’re inside. Look around. You’ve entered the melting pot for all of society’s diverse quirks, outcasts, eccentrics and misfits. These people are your new friends for the next few hours. It’s like The Breakfast Club, just with infinitely more sadness. Take that guy playing blackjack in a smoky haze. He doesn’t speak to anyone except the dealer, and even then – like a sleepy sadomasochist – he mumbles ‘hit me’ under his breath to signify he wants another card. Homeboy doesn’t even look up from the table, nor does he glance at his chips. He knows exactly how much he has at all times, a blackjack artist.
Grandma over there by the slot machine is fixated solely on feeding the screen in front of her tokens. She’s transfixed, her gaze uninterrupted by the mortal impulse to blink. She ascended past that long ago. She will, of course, blink occasionally, and we have reason to believe her blinks synch up with the passing of Halley’s Comet every 75-76 years.
The point being made here is that casinos are full to the brim with delightfully dysfunctional people, and they’re worth a visit even if you don’t plan on gambling that much. However, not all casinos are created equal, so if you’re going to do this, you better come prepared. We can help you choose the right destination. Let’s profile the top 10 gambling cities in the world, in one of which you might get lucky enough to hit the jackpot.
10 San Jose, Costa Rica
9 Reno, U.S.A
8 Paris, France
7 Los Angeles, U.S.A
5 London, England
4 Monte Carlo, Monaco
3 Atlantic City, U.S.A
2 Las Vegas, U.S.A
1 Macau, China
There are two special administrative regions in China – regions that don’t fall under the legal framework of the rest of the mainland. One is Hong Kong, as it was a British territory well into the late 20th century that established a capitalist culture within communist China, and the other is Macau. Macau has its own monetary system, immigration policy, and legal system that makes it distinct from the laws of China, and will have these autonomous powers until the year 2049. This is because Macau was a Portuguese colony for hundreds of years until 1999 when it was transferred back to China – on the condition that it retain its autonomy for 50 years after the transfer. Macau is a wealthy region with an extremely high quality of life that attracts wealthy tourists from all across Asia. More money flows through Macau’s casinos than anywhere else in the world – which is why Las Vegas based gaming companies like MGM, Las Vegas Sands, and Wynn Resorts have all entered Macau’s gaming market. If you want to experience gambling and excess on an unprecedented level, Macau should be #1 on your list.
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