Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Had Enough of Gambling in Las Vegas ?

Patricia Demauro recently headed to the craps table in Atlantic City, but she wasn't expecting the extended roll that she ended up on: the novice player bought into the game for $100 and ended up playing for four hours and 18 minutes! Demauro's winnings were not announced by the casino, but it was reported that she beat the previous record holder by one hour and 12 minutes. 154 dice rolls after the game started, Demauro was greeted by a champagne toast. If that sounds like something you'd like to witness for yourself, there are casino stops all over the globe that you'll find equally as fun, if not as lucrative.

Let's say that you've already done the Atlantic City and Las Vegas thing, and you've got your sights set on something a little more international. Have you ever thought about going to Australia for a few games of roulette or poker? There are tons of well-known gambling pros who hail from Down Under, and you can take your pick from 400 casinos and racetracks in Australia, including the Crown Casino and Star City Casino in Sydney. When you look into all your options for possibly winning big, consider the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, the Park Hyatt Sydney, or The Observatory Hotel in Sydney--all three offer Exclusive Perks for those booking through WhataHotel.com. For individuals who need a dose of nature before and after the casino, consider the Park Hyatt Sydney for its stunning 360-degree views of Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.

If you're craving a European vibe instead, there's always France. France has always been highly regarded as a great spot for gambling thanks to its high concentration of casinos, its generally glam reputation, and the fact that it has tons of spots for sightseeing like Arc de Triomphe, Cathedrale Notre Dame, Musee du Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower to complement your time at the table. For a real treat while you're planning your conquests at the Aviation Club de France, book a stay at the Esprit Saint Germain, which recently opened its doors after an extensive renovation. Two 18th-century buildings, which look similar to grand private residences, have flat-screen TVs and well-appointed suites complete with en-suite bathrooms and a sauna on the upper floor, and you'll be situated right on the fashionable Saint Germain des Pres.

Got that gambling craving? Now you've got options besides Vegas!

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