Top 10 Popular Gambling Cities in America

As poker's popularity has soared over the last decade, thanks in large part to the exciting televised games broadcast every year from the World Series of Poker, the interest in casinos could not be greater. Attendance has skyrocketed in not just the big names of Las Vegas, but across the country. There are 23 states right now that house their own casinos, with more states continuing the push to legalize it and take advantage of this renewed popularity in one of the oldest forms of table-top entertainment. For a taste of the diversity and a look at some of the best establishments in the country, we’ve gathered 10 of the most popular gambling cities in America for you to visit, if you’re ever in-town and looking to watch the cards fly.

1: Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

We start with the grand-daddy of all gambling cities. The city of sin, the place where dreams are made and retirement funds are lost in the blink of an eye. Vegas is intentionally larger-than-life and at the same time encapsulating with its landmark replicas as billboards. The casinos are some of the best in the world. There is no such thing as an “off night” when it comes to finding action at the tables or slots. It’s the city the never sleeps, which can be off-putting for anyone arriving for their first time. Grab a friend and experience gambling in all of its glory.

Address: Las Vegas, NV

2: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Here you get a little bit of Las Vegas, a little bit of Jersey Shore, and lot of fun. AC is always expanding their operations as one of the top 3 casino cities in the country, often mentioned in the same breath as Reno and Vegas. This is where most gamblers on the East Coast get their first taste of the big league poker tournaments. AC is also a great place to go for some excellent seafood, which you aren’t going to find in the middle of the desert.

Address: Atlantic City, NJ

3: Reno, Nevada

Reno, Nevada
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Reno has its own unique charm and blend of big city life with small-town comforts. It’s a proverbial melting pot of cultures and experiences just waiting to be explored. Come for the casinos, the food, the music, and the great nightlife. If you’re looking for a little country two-step to go with your hold’em, then Reno is just the place for you.

Address: Reno, NV

4: Tunica, Mississippi

Tunica, Mississippi
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Sean Davis

Just outside of Memphis, there’s a glitzy little city that has taken the gambling community by storm. Quietly building up its reputation, with ten casinos in operation, Tunica is now the third largest gambling city in the country. People have been coming every year to experience Vegas-style gambling with southern-style entertainment. A match made in heaven for poker cowboys like Doyle Brunson.

Address: Tunica, MS

5: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Kevin Dooley

Illinois is home to ten different casinos, but they are all located offshore on riverboats. Unfortunately, casinos can only operate away from dry land, but fortunately they are all really nice and well-respected establishments. Don’t worry about getting seasick, you can save the nausea when you bust out with pocket Aces.

Address: Chicago, IL

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