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.
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Please note that I’ve spent hours trying to find a definitive top ten list, however many Indian casinos do not publish, (or maybe do not know?)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.
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. 4,369 gaming machines. 280 table games.
3) Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, Connecticut. 300,000 square feet. 5,087 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. 4,200 slot machines. Over 100 table games, (including their poker room).
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, 30 table games, 17 table poker room, off-track betting and a keno area.
6) Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant, Oklahoma: 218,000 square feet. 3,500 gaming machines.
7) Seminole Hard Rock Casino – Tampa, Florida: 216,000 square feet of gaming space. An expansion completed in April of 2017 brought this popular casino seven miles north east of downtown Tampa into the top ten.
However in terms of number of machines, the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is the nation’s 3rd largest casino, with 5,000 slot machines.
The resort also boasts 140 table games, along with a 46 table poker room.
8) Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan: 210,000 square feet of gaming space.
9) Pechanga Resort and Casino – Temecula, California: 200,000 square feet of gaming space. 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
Wynn/Encore – Las Vegas, Nevada: 186,187 square feet of casino floor space. 1,900 gaming machines. 167 table games.
Parx Casino – Bensalam, Pennyslyvania: 176,592 square feet. 3,501 slot machines, 184 table games.
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg – Lawrenceburg, Indiana: 175,000 square feet. 1,802 slot machines. 79 table games, plus a 19 table poker room.
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.
Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, Nevada: 160,334 square feet.
Hollywood Casino Columbus – Columbus, Ohio: 160,000 square feet of gaming space. 2,249 slot machines. 70 table games, not including the 36 table poker room.
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. Yet, this casino has to have the nation’s (if not the world’s), largest bingo hall, with 1,350 seats.
Morongo Casino – Cabazon, California: 150,000 square feet of gaming space. 2,600 gaming machines, 74 table games.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Cherokee, North Carolina – 150,000 square feet of gaming space. 3,800 slot machines. Over 100 table games.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood – Hollywood, Florida: 150,000 square feet of gaming space. Over 2,000 slots and over 100 table games.
Sands Casino Resort – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: 145,913 square feet of gaming space. 3,013 slot machines. 237 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. 2,700 slots, and 103 table games.
Maryland Live – Hanover, Maryland: 140,000 square feet of gaming space. 3,941 slot machines, and 209 table games (per Maryland Gaming .
Tachi Palace Casino – Lemoore, California: 140,000 square feet. 2,000 slot machine. Just 31 table games, but a big bingo hall.
Rivers Casino – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 138,140 square feet. 2,969 slot machines. 122 table games.
River Spirit Casino – Tulsa, Oklahoma: 136,8000 square feet of gaming space. A $365 million resort expansion completed in January of 2017 included the addition of an attached 46,000 square foot Margaritaville casino, bring the resort’s gaming square footage up to 136,800.
This casino on the banks of the Arkansas River, just 11 miles south of downtown Tulsa now has 3,387 electronic games, 32 table games, and a 12 table poker room.
Viejas Casino and Resort – Alpine, California: 133,000 square feet of gaming floor space (per Indian Country Today magazine). 2,000 gaming machines.
MGM National Harbor – National Harbor, Maryland: 125,000 square feet of gaming space, (although the resort has 1 million square feet total). 3,237 slot machines, and 165 table games.
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino – Washington, Pennsylvania. 125,000 square feet of casino space. 3,100 gaming machines. 81 table games.
Hollywood Casino Toledo – Toledo, Ohio: 125,000 square feet of gaming space. 2,044 slot machines. 59 table games, not including the 19 table poker room.
Other Biggest Casinos in the United States
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 either their size or slot-machine count. If you happen to know, it, please let me know. Thank you.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino – Welch, Minnesota. 2,500 slot machines. 58 table games.
Pala Casino Spa Resort – Pala California. 2,000 gaming machines. 95 total table games.
Jackpot Junction – Morton, Minnesota. It’s website claims it has “440,000 square feet of exciting gaming action” however with relatively few slot machines (1,200), and just 24 table games, I find this very dubious, even considering their 250 seat bingo hall. More likely, they are counting the entire resort and hotel square footage in the 440,000 figure.
Graton Resort & Casino – Rohnert, CA. 3,000 slot machines. 144 table games. A 20 table poker room.
(Foxwoods Photo courtesy of Foxwoods. Tulalip photo courtesy of Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. River Spirit photo courtesy of Tulsa Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. San Manuel photo courtesy of the resort’s press room. Wynn courtesy of Jed Scattergood via Flickr. Caesars AC from NJ.Gov).