Travel Picks: Top 10 hang-outs for high rollers

Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:44pm EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - If you are feeling a bit flush after the tax return, have enjoyed a windfall or are just a keen gambler, then a visit to one of world's top gaming destinations might be on the cards.

For those who enjoy hitting the tables, rolling the dice or making the most of what you're dealt online travel company Expedia ( offers its top 10 places for splashing the cash. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Perched above the Mediterranean and bounded by the French and Italian coastlines on either side, Monaco provides a spectacular and luxurious setting for the wealthy and the wannabees. Home to the Monaco Grand Prix and the legendary Casino de Monte Carlo, this isn't the place for those on a tight budget. The magnificent Casino hosts the annual European Poker Tour and was also the scene of several James Bond Films, including the original "Casino Royale" and "Golden Eye."

2. Paradise Island, Bahamas

Located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, Paradise Island is best known for its sprawling 'Vegas-by-the-sea' resort, Atlantis. The resort spans seven acres along a lagoon, where guests can soak up the Caribbean sun and choose from a variety of outdoor gaming areas. When in need of a break from the tables, guests can enjoy the private beach or one of the resort's 20 sunlit pools.

3. Melbourne, Australia

As Australia's sporting and entertainment capital, Melbourne offers the perfect option for high rollers looking for a local break. Aussies need look no further than Crown Casino on the southern bank of the Yarra River, which is one of the largest casino complexes in the southern hemisphere. The main gambling floor stretches more than half a kilometer and the casino was the first to introduce the new game Rapid Roulette, which allows players to place bets on a personal electronic touch screen connected to a central roulette wheel.

4. Macau, China   Continued...

<p>A model poses on a solar "lasy sun bed" for luxury boats during the Monaco Yacht show, September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>