When you think about gambling destinations in the world, there is likely only one place that comes to mind - Las Vegas. And while Las Vegas is the most well-known destination for making bets and winning big, there are plenty of other worthy opponents scattered all over the world. Here we take a look at the top 12 hottest gambling destinations on the planet.

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12. San Jose, Costa Rica

While Costa Rica is probably not on your radar for gambling, its capital city should be as it is home to more than 30 casinos. But why travel all the way to Costa Rica just to gamble? Well, thanks to an attractive exchange rate and a balmy, tropical atmosphere, this is a destination where you can mix business with pleasure.

11. Aruba, Caribbean

Aruba is a small island country situated in the Caribbean, where white beaches and casinos reign supreme. Here you can combine a relaxing tropical vacation with the non-stop action of casinos, as there are so many to choose from, including Crystal Casino, Glitz Casino, and Casablanca Casino, to name just a few.

10. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Who would have thought that San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was a casino hub? The city is home to many casinos, some of which are open 24/7, so there is always gambling some sort of gambling action taking place. Many of the city's most famous resorts feature casinos, namely the Renaissance La Concha San Juan and the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Casino and Spa.

9. Paris, France

A city of romance, beauty, culture and cuisine. Paris is famous for many things, but not really as a gambling hotspot. But did you know that Paris is home to some excellent casinos and attracts plenty of high rollers looking for a more exclusive gambling experience? While online gambling is illegal in France, land-based gambling is a booming industry. Spend the day sightseeing and sampling delicious cuisine and a high-action night at the blackjack table. Now that's what we call a well-rounded trip.

8. Reno, Nevada

While Las Vegas seems to get all the love, Reno is another Nevada destination that deserves some credit. Known as the 'Biggest Little Town in the World,' Reno is home to over 20 casinos and is where the gambling industry in the USA actually started before being surpassed by Las Vegas. Some of the biggest casinos include Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Eldorado Resort Casino.

7. Los Angeles, USA

The West Coast really is home to plenty of gambling opportunities, even in the City of Angels Los Angeles. You may not consider this location as a gambling hotspot, especially since it is so close to Reno and Las Vegas, but next time you are in Los Angeles, you should definitely check out its gambling opportunities, with the Commerce Casino and Bicycle Casino being two of the most recognisable establishments in the city.

6. London, England

London is calling all gamblers to visit its host of casinos, some of which are so exclusive that they are not even open to the general public. There are exclusive establishments like the Ritz and the Crockfords Club that have strict policies about who may gamble and who may not, only adding to the thrill of your entire experience. For us average players, the city is the home to over 20 casinos, and that's in addition to the many other attractions scattered throughout London.

5. Singapore

There are many reasons to visit Singapore - its botanical gardens, the world's largest Ferris Wheel, its spell-binding skyline. And then there are the casinos. The gaming industry is still in its infant stage as it was only legalised a few years ago, but it is already booming. Two resorts feature large casinos that have opened its doors to traveling gamblers, namely Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands.

4. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo is the most popular gambling destination in Europe. Thanks to this region's wealth and high standard of living, the gambling culture has grown to epic proportions, which are highlighted by some of the most incredible views over the Mediterranean Sea. But gambling is Monaco is not for the faint-hearted, and you should be prepared to spend big bucks and rub shoulders with some of the most established high rollers in the game.

3. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Another destination in the USA that is constantly being outshined by Las Vegas, Atlantic City takes care of all your gambling needs while visiting the East Coast. In fact, Atlantic City is built around the casino industry, with almost all its tourists visiting for one reason - to gamble. You should never overlook Atlantic City as a premier gambling destination as it attracts gamblers from all over the world.

2. Macau, China

Macau is a special administrative region of China, and is known as the 'Monte Carlo of the Orient.' This destination is home to 33 casinos, which attributes to 50% of its entire economy. Most of the casinos are located on the Macau Peninsula, with seven of its casinos amongst the 20 largest casinos in the world.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Viva Las Vegas! Of course this gambling hotspot peaks at number one. Las Vegas is top of mind to anyone talking about gambling, and it is the dream of many individuals, gamblers or not, to come and see what all the fuss is really about. Situated in the middle of the Nevada desert, the city is built with tourists in mind, complete with the grandest casinos, hotels, and amusement parks. Also known as Sin City, this destination is where people go to have a good time, earning it the title as the premier gambling destination in the world.

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