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If you like to gamble, there are other places you can go other than Vegas. Some take place in international waters or countries with very relaxed tax laws, so you get to keep most of the money you win!

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Casino de Monte Carlo is one of the most famous places to visit in Monaco. While the citizens aren’t allowed to gamble, tourists are more than welcome to take their chances with lady luck. You’ll be treated like a VIP guest, but keep in mind this is a high-end place where you can easily lose a lot of money or maybe even win some.

Monte Carlo is a principality bordering southeastern France on the French Rivera. There are about 40,000 full-time residents in the principality but the area overflows with tourists. Many celebrities and sports stars, especially tennis players, are residents.

Monaco is the second smallest sovereign states in the world just slightly larger than Vatican City. French is the official language, but you can get by with English or Italian.

The current (2020) prince of Monaco is Albert II, who began his reign in 2005 after the death of his father Prince III. Albert’s mother was the American movie star who marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956. Their marriage was an internationally famous event at the time.

The place to play in Monte Carlo is the world-famous Place du Casino (Casino Monte Carlo) where fortunes are won and lost. The Casino has been featured in many films including the 1995 James Bond movie “GoldenEye,” starring Pierce Brosnan.

Monaco, Monte Carlo cityscape. Real estate architecture on mount
Monaco, Monte Carlo

Reno, Nevada

Reno, the biggest little city in the world, is near the Nevada-California border. The top 7 casinos earned about $72 million last year. Drinks are free for players in most casinos. And with 22 casinos, over 400 tables, and over 12,000 slots, you can get a lot of free drinks. Of course, those free drinks may tempt you to lose more of your money, so try to stay sober when you gamble.

The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is the second largest in Nevada next to Las Vegas. It is about 22 miles from Lake Tahoe.

The famous Reno Arch was erected on Virginia Street in 1926. The arch was built to promote an upcoming exposition and included the words “Nevada’s Transcontinental Highways Exposition” and its exposition dates. After the exposition, a $100 prize was offered to Reno citizens to suggest a new slogan. The winner is “Reno, The Biggest Little City In The World.” G.A. Burns of Sacramento won the prize money.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Gambling is legal in Puerto Rico and this island territory of the United States needs all the extra cash it can get after the destruction caused in September 2017, by Hurricane Maria. Outside San Juan, you can hike through lush jungles or walk on beautiful beaches. So, when you’re are tired of the roulette wheel, slot machines, or card games, you can go out to get some fresh island air.

Spain ceded the island to the United States in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American was by signing the Treaty of Paris. Citizens of Puerto Rico are also citizens of the United States since the Jones–Shafroth Act of 1917. Of Puerto Rico’s population of about 4 million, 2.5 million live in the metro area of San Juan.

Condado Beach Puerto Rico
Condado Beach Puerto Rico

Cruise Ships

Cruise ships can only open up their casinos once they are in international waters. But the great thing is that this is a cheaper way to vacation and gamble at the same time. If you can’t get to some of the far off locations on the list, cruise ships might be the answer!

Cruise liner view from the air, Croatia
Cruise liner view from the air, Croatia


Aruba is known for luxurious resorts, beautiful beaches, and great casinos. Every place you stay will have its own casino or be within walking distance of one. They not only have all the traditional games such as blackjack and roulette, but you can also bet on sports teams, play bingo, and tournaments.

Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go
oh I want to take you down to
Kokomo, we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we want to go, way down in Kokomo”

Partial lyrics from the song “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys

Private island on Aruba
Private island on Aruba

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