There is something unabashedly over-the-top about a casino -- even above and beyond it being a place where the brave risk losing a lot of money in hopes of gaining more. And as gaming culture becomes increasingly popular, the casino experience has grown into far more than blackjack and slots, often involving renowned names in the hotel, food and entertainment worlds.
While Las Vegas remains the gold standard, there are several international hotspots -- both classic and new -- that deserve attention. And whether they're set in bustling cities or bucolic mountain settings, these hotels prove that even when it comes to a casino hotel, you can have it all.
-- Chadner Navarro