The likes of Las Vegas, Macau, and Atlantic City may be the big icons, but one of the world's biggest businesses, gaming, pulls 'em in all over the globe, from Tunica to Panama City and Moscow to Mmabatho. What's up where these days?

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The World's Top 10 Casino Destinations

Here's a pretty interesting look at the  ten best cities where gambling has built hubs of entertainment that draw millions each year. And not just the likes of Vegas, Macau, and Monte Carlo, but several which will no doubt surprise you - Paris? London? Well, OK, I guess. But San José Costa Rica? Pretty eye opening!

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Adrenaline pumping above the casino at the Stratosphere in Vegas

Perhaps the most exciting casino hotel in Vegas, the Stratosphere (soon to be rebranded as the STRAT) is on Las Vegas Boulevard, and considered to be the Strip's northernmost casino hotel. But what especially sets it apart are what's here besides its 2,424 rooms and huge (8,000-square-foot) gaming floor: the action-packed attractions contained in its Stratosphere Tower - the city's tallest, as well as the USA's tallest observation tower and fifth tallest in general. There are two observatory…

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How to spend a great day and night in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is in the center of attention among numerous travel (and of course casino) enthusiasts all over the world, but where are you going to start your fascinating journey once you’ve landed in the heart of Sin City? Here are a few tips and tricks as for how to spend a fabulous day and night here. read post

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    "Gov. Chris Christie...announced plans last month to revive this city’s flagging economy by having the state essentially take over municipal operations in the casino district."

    But the pieces still ends with a question mark:

    " gambling continues to expand in neighboring states — Pennsylvania and Delaware both recently added table games to their slot-machine parlors — Atlantic City casino operators and local and state officials have not reached a consensus on how to change the city’s appeal.

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  • Is Hawaii about to join the club?

    Hawaii may add gambling to its natural beauty
    Mark Niesse, Associated Press

    HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii has always been known for its sun, sand and surf. It may soon add another attraction: slots.

    Hawaii is one of the last two states with no legalized gambling, but lawmakers facing billion-dollar budget deficits and hunting for ways increase revenue are thinking about allowing casinos in tourist-filled Waikiki or on Native Hawaiian lands.

    Proponents say casinos would draw much-needed new money and jobs into the long-troubled, tourism-dependent economy.

    Tourists from the mainland would skip Las Vegas to sun on pristine beaches and take a turn at the roulette tables. Coveted high-rollers from Asia could avoid the long trans-Pacific flight, shortening their trip to the slots while also checking out the hula dancing.

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  • Where the heck is Mmbatho??? More into Foxwoods here... but not into gambling bigtime, it's fun to watch the crowds. Never been to Vegas, hope to go one day soon!
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