Do professional gamblers really exist? Yes, they do! For many it’s just a dream, and others simply hit a big jackpot, but some people manage to make a living from gambling. They are commonly poker players or very astute when it comes to sports betting, while a few manage to beat the odds at table games such as blackjack. These days, there’s an abundance of online casinos to play at, from the slot machines to the many online bingo halls, to the live casinos, where you sit “face to face” with a real dealer.
Many professional gamblers make one spot their home base but own a second home where they travel most frequently. Here are some of the most popular travel destinations for professional gamblers.
If you like tropical weather, Caribbean cuisine and high stakes, then look no further than Nassau. Not only is this quite literally what you would call a paradise island, it’s also where the world’s second biggest poker tournament, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, is played.
This former Portuguese territory is now an autonomous “Chinese special administrative region” where gambling is legal, unlike the mainland. Its economy is almost entirely dependent on casinos and luxury tourism, but it’s still surprising to most that it has the world’s largest gaming revenue – even beating Las Vegas. It’s a massively popular destination for the upper classes of many Asian countries, as well as for professional gamblers from the west, and it all takes place in an area of less than 45 square miles.
San Jose, Costa Rica
While the casinos of San Jose are not the most extravagant, there are many of them and they are more known for being affordable and very varied in their offerings. It’s also very possible that the professional gamblers come to Costa Rica mainly for the nightlife, beaches, weather and women.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo and its “Place du Casino” has been famous as a gambling hotspot since the middle of the 1800s and is still known for its wealth (and extravagant display thereof). The main complex, aptly named the Monte Carlo Casino, has famously been featured in no less than two James Bond films – Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye. It was also the setting of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief from 1954. The fact that it’s still popular for gamblers from all over the world speaks to its appeal.
Need we say more? It’s the most famous place in the world when it comes to gambling, casinos and other vices. People travel to Vegas from all over the world just to visit the casinos, but even non-players flock here for all the other forms of entertainment, the sights and the spectacle of it all.