Gambling with high (or even moderate) stakes is outlawed in many parts of the world. Some places that allow such gambling draw travellers from far away.
The splendour of the casinos' architecture should remind you the direction of the cashflow; the house wins in the long run. Set a budget for how much you can lose; when you have spent that amount, go on with your itinerary.
At the casino
Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something. – Wilson Mizner
Casinos typically make many efforts to maximize time and money spent by guests. Windows and clocks are usually absent, and exits can be hard to find.
They usually have special food, drink and entertainment offers, to keep guests in a good mood, and keep them at the premise. Some venues offer alcoholic beverages on the house. However, drunkenness impairs judgement, and all good gamblers know the importance of staying sober.
A typical offer gives a discount, or free service, for a guest who buys chips, with some waiting time. A disciplined traveller can take advantage of these offers.
Places for gambling
- Goa, India — the only place in the country where gambling is legal
- Hong Kong — the only legal gambling is on horse racing
- Macau — now the world's highest-volume gambling venue
- Baltic Sea ferries
- London, England
- Baden-Baden, Germany
- Northern Cyprus
- Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Sundsvall, as well as several horse-race tracks
- Most cities in the Balkans
- Foxwoods, Connecticut
- Mohegan Sun, Connecticut
- Shreveport, Louisiana
- Biloxi, Mississippi
- Nevada, particularly Las Vegas and Reno
- Niagara Falls, New York
- Atlantic City, New Jersey
Due to their special status many Native American Nations may legally run Indian Casinos in states where it is otherwise illegal.
As gamblers bring much money to town, gambling venues attract scams and other dubious businesses. Some unauthorized games might be scams themselves; stick to casinos, and other well-reputed venues. Even legal gambling is sometimes associated with organized crime. Normal gamblers who pay their debts won't usually be affected by that, however.