Vegas or Atlantic City for a Weekend of Gambling?

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When you think of gambling and casinos there are only two places in the USA that instantly spring to mind – Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But which one is the best for a weekend of gambling and fun?

It all comes down to personal requirements and what you’re looking for. One thing is for sure, whichever city you do choose to visit you’ll be able to gamble all night long.

Having been to both on several occasions I know that they are both world famous for good reason. Having to make a decision between the two is a good position to be in, because I love them both.

So let’s take a look at what both gambling meccas have to offer.

Casinos and Hotels:

 Atlantic City has seven famous casinos. They are all located on the legendary AC Boardwalk; here you’ll find the big casinos such as, Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City. The best part is that they are within walking distance of one another. If you stay in Atlantic City you will love the views over the water, but remember that it’s best to head there in spring and summer to avoid the cold.

Las Vegas is much bigger in terms of size and on this occasion size really does matter. There are an amazing 40 casinos on the main strip, Las Vegas Boulevard. I love to have a bite to eat in New York, New York and the head to the Bellagio to marvel at the fountains, before having a flutter in Caesars Palace. There’s more to choose from in Vegas so it certainly wins the first round.


 Las Vegas might be famous for the entertainment it provides, but Atlantic City is definitely turning up the heat with its musicals. Head to the Golden Nugget and Harrah’s to find star singers at top comedic talent. If you need a break from all the betting action, The Tropicana has an IMAX theater for you to escape to. Many touring musicals call Atlantic City home and you’ll find showcases such as Thunder Down Under on the bill during the peak season.

Sin City is known around the globe for being home to some of the best and innovative entertainment available today. Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood always have famous resident singers on the bill for months at a time, and then there are the world famous productions such as Cirque du Soleil that always swing in to town. If you like a bit of adventure then I highly recommend going to the downtown area and trying out the Fremont Street Experience. It’s a zip line that takes you through the streets giving you a real buzz and a great view.

With all the entertainment in Vegas comes heavy crowds, if that’s not your thing then Atlantic city should be the place you go for the weekend.

Have you visited Las Vegas or Atlantic City or even both? Tell us what you liked and didn’t like about your trip. If you have any tips or great stories then we would all love to hear them. Just put your comments in the box below this post.