The East is truly a fantastic, interesting and mystifying part of the world to explore. It’s departure from Western norms, culture and civilisation means that when one endeavours to go into these parts, one should truly be expected to expect the unexpected. However, if you’re seeking to find common ground, then you really cannot go wrong by electing to set foot inside a casino. Some call it the ultimate equaliser based on the fact that you’re bound to see folks from all walks of life – something quite applicable to Singapore when you consider that it has 4 four official languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.
When it comes to gambling, Singapore is surprisingly young, having only opened its very first casino back in 2006. The good news is that Singapore is right up there with the likes of heavy hitters like Las Vegas and Macau. So if you’re looking to take in new experiences while also hoping to cash in on your luck, then the offerings within Singapore’s land-based casinos are unlikely to disappoint. You might want to warm up with a mobile casino session on your way to the Lion City, though!
Singapore’s Big 2 Casinos
For a country that once banned chewing gum, forced McDonald’s to make sure its burger boxes were edible, and is known to cane foreigners who overstay their visas – let’s not forget a potential jail term of 6 months, Singapore has become surprisingly sweet on casinos. It might have something to do with it being a major financial centre and a casino’s ability to reel in high-rollers; either way you look at it, Singapore has seen fit to open two world class establishments, sure to up its flow of tourists and further aid its economy. So with all this in mind, let us now see what the Lion City (a good omen) has to offer those looking to win big…
The Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands is one of the defining structures of the Singapore skyline and that’s no surprise when you consider the fact that the international architect firm Aedas designed it. But the high-end credential didn’t stop there; the interior was designed by Moshe Safdie, another prolific architect who claimed that he used a deck of cards as his inspiration. There’s so much to admire and take in about this casino. For one thing, at a height of 340m and straddling three towers is the SkyPark, a boat-like structure that lets you take in the amazing sight of Singapore’s skyline and an engineering feat, if ever there was one.
The engineering feats don’t stop with a ship on top of three buildings; in fact, it’s further elevated by the SkyPark Infinity Pool, a pool with a staggering length of 146m and an elevated height of 191m. What’s quite clear from the get-go is that the Marina Bay Sands fully embraces the concept of bigger is better, but what is a casino and hotel resort without what counts? The good news is that gaming at this structurally impressive monolith will entitle you to winning possibilities on 1000 tables comprising all established crowd pleaser’s like blackjack, baccarat, roulette and sic bo to name but some. And if your fingers are twitching to push those buttons that signal max-bet amongst others, then 1400 slot machines are sure to suffice.
The Resorts World Sentosa
Next up is the Resorts World Sentosa, another casino resort designed by an admired architect. For the sake of attention spans and other personal pressing matters, we’re going to only deal with the essentials of this casino, and you know what that is. Boy oh boy, if you’re a fan of slots, then this one place you’ll not go wrong with! If you’re ready to play for some scatter symbols which will in turn lead to those much wanted free spins, then try and keep it under control when you realise that there are 2400 slot machines ready and waiting. So many one-armed bandits would not be comfortable in a casino without 500 table games, which is what you’ll get at the Resorts World Sentosa.