Sports betting and traditional gambling are incredibly popular in Singapore. Locals tend to favor speculation over football and horse racing, as well as a specifically Singaporean variation of Mahjong. Tourists and high rollers, on the other hand, come to the city-state in droves to avail themselves of the glitzy, Vegas-style casinos recently erected along the banks of the Singapore River.
The architecture alone is enough to take your breath away. The Marina Bay Sands hotel rivals anything you’re likely to find in Nevada. The casino and resort complex is housed within the world’s largest cantilevered building, an iconic trio of towers connected by a 1,000 foot-long “SkyPark” with the capacity for literally thousands of guests, as well a gigantic swimming pool from which revelers can take in views stretching out to the horizon.
Easily the planet’s most expensive casino, Marina Bay plays host to a permanent production of The Lion King and other family-oriented attractions, to provide plenty of means of keeping your loved ones occupied while you bet the farm at one of the thousands of gaming tables and slot machines.
Located on the island of Sentosa just off the southern coast of Singapore is a Universal Studios-themed resort that contains the island’s 2nd-largest casino. Though capped in size and scope, the casino is nonetheless a world-famous assemblage of games of chance.
A stiff entry fee levied against permanent residents and Singaporean citizens drives most of the local traffic away, so if it’s an authentic feel you’re looking for, you’ll have to head elsewhere.