Top Ten Biggest Casinos in U.S. – by Gaming Square Footage

Foxwoods is the 2nd Biggest Casino in the United States

Foxwoods is the 2nd Biggest Casino in the United States

By Steve Beauregard

In a country with over a thousand casinos, and tens of billions in annual gaming revenue, ten resorts stand tall as the biggest casinos in the United States.

Here, we’re counting square footage devoted to gambling. Some resorts have large meeting rooms, arenas and shopping districts, however that space doesn’t count in the rankings. We’re only ranking these in terms of actual, casino floor space.

That being the case, the largest casino in the U.S. is the WinStar World Casino Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

The massive resort just north of the Texas border has over a half a million square feet of gaming space. It’s not the largest in the world by square feet, however if measuring by number of gaming machines, (slot machines, video poker, video Keno, etc.), WinStar claims that their 7,400 gaming machines make it the biggest casino in the world.

Second on the list of top ten largest casinos in the U.S. is the giant Foxwoods Resort complex in southeast Connecticut, with 344,000 square feet of casino space, 4,800 slot machines, and 280 table games (including poker tables).

Interestingly, Foxwoods used to have 6,300 gaming machines and 380 table games before downsizing due to the recession, and to free up space for more bars, clubs and restaurants.

(A WinStar World Resort commercial)

Largest Casinos in the U.S.

Here’s a list of some of the biggest casinos in the United States, (by floor space dedicated to gambling space, and not overall size of the hotel and resort).

Please note that I’ve spent hours trying to find a definitive top ten list, however many Indian casinos do not publish, (or maybe do not know?) their gaming square footage. Unlike commercial casinos in Nevada, where gaming floor space size is a matter of public record, there is less transparency with Indian casinos.

Very large casinos that would normally make the list have been omitted in cases where I could not reasonably verify the square footage of actual gaming space.

So here’s the list of top ten biggest casinos in the United States, along with other notables, and others where reportable square footage data could not be found.

The Mohegan Sun is the 3rd largest casino in the U.S.

The Mohegan Sun is the 3rd largest casino in the U.S.

1) WinStar World Casino and Resort – Thackerville, Oklahoma. 519,000 Square feet. 7,400 gaming machines. 97 table games.

2) Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, Connecticut. 344,000 square feet. 4,800 gaming machines. 280 table games.

3) Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, Connecticut. 300,000 square feet. 5,300 slot machines and 297 table games.

(Per its website, the Mohegan Sun has “more than 300,000 square feet of gaming…” Interestingly, adding up the advertised square footage of all three of the Mohegan Sun casinos under one roof: Casino of the Earth, Sky and Wind, gives us a total square footage of 344,000 – the exact same as its Indian cousin ten miles to the east. Coincidence?)

4) San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino – Highland, California: 220,000 square feet. 3,700 slot machines.

Oftentimes erroneously quoted as having “480,000 square feet,” this popular Indian Casino 70 miles east of Los Angeles has 1 million square feet of total resort space (including garages), and 480,000 of indoor space.

However of the 480,000 total indoor space, 220,000 square feet is gaming space. This is according to Lochsa Engineering, who says they helped built the building, which was completed in 2004.

5) Riverwind Casino – Norman, Oklahoma: 219,000 square feet. 2,700 gaming machines

6) Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant, Oklahoma: 218,000 square feet. 3,500 gaming machines.

7) Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan: 210,000 square feet of gaming space.

8) River Spirit Casino– Tulsa, Oklahoma: 200,000 square feet of gaming space. 2,600 gaming machines. (Soon River Spirit will be even larger as the resort is currently undergoing a remodeling and expansion with a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville casino adding 50,000 square feet of gaming space to the resort.)

9) Pechanga Resort and Casino – Temecula, California: 200,000 square feet of gaming space, (when current expansion construction is completed). 3,800 gaming machines.

10) Tulalip Casino –Marysville, Washington: 192,000 square feet of gaming space. 2,200 gaming machines.

Other Notable Large Casinos in the United States

Seminole Hard Rock – Tampa, Florida: 190,000 square feet of gaming space. 4,500 slot machines. 160 table games.

Wynn/Encore – Las Vegas, Nevada: 186,187 square feet of casino floor space. 1,900 gaming machines. 167 table games.

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino – Washington, Pennsylvania. 180,000 square feet of casino space. 3,000 gaming machines.

Parx Casino – Bensalam, Pennyslyvania: 176,592 square feet (after currently constructed expansion is complete).

Trump Taj Mahal – Atlantic City, New Jersey: 167,000 square feet. 2,531 gaming machines. 192 table games.

Sunset Station Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada: 162,173 square feet of gaming space.

Borgata – Atlantic City, New Jersey: 161,000 square feet of gaming space. 3,038 gaming machines. 259 table games.

The Tulalip Casino north of Seattle

The Tulalip Casino north of Seattle

Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, Nevada: 160,334 square feet.

Sante Fe Station Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada: 156,401 square feet.

Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada: 156,000 square feet. 2,449 slot machines. 207 table games.

Harrah’s Atlantic City, New Jersey: 155,536 square feet. 2,306 gaming machines. 179 table games.

MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada: 153,000 square feet. 2,500 gaming machines. 178 table games.

Aria Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada: 150,000 square feet.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 150,000 square feet. 3,000 gaming machines, “nearly” 100 table games.

Caesars Atlantic City, New Jersey: 145,100 square feet. 3,027 gaming machines. 163 table games.

Thunder Valley Casino – Lincoln, California: 144,500 square feet of gaming space. 2,500 slots.

Pechanga Resort & Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino

Maryland Live – Hanover, Maryland: 140,000 square feet of gaming space. 4,300 slot machines.

Viejas Casino and Resort – Alpine, California: 133,000 square feet of gaming floor space (per Indian Country Today magazine). 2,000 gaming machines.

Other of the USA’s Biggest Casinos

Here are some of the other largest casinos in the United States, however we have been unable to find hard data on their square footage. If a large casino is not listed here, it’s because we were unable to find data on their size or slot-machine count. If you happen to know, it, please let me know. Thank you.

Morongo Casino – Cabazon, California: 2,600 gaming machines

Treasure Island Resort & Casino – Welch, Minnesota. 2,500 slot machines. 58 table games.

Pala Casino Spa Resort – Pala California. 2,000 gaming machines.

(Foxwoods Photo courtesy of Mark Goebel. Tulalip photo courtesy of Blake Handley via Flickr).