Gambling is a major part of human history. It’s not surprising that places like the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco, the Flamingo in Las Vegas, and the Casino Lisboa in Macau have been entertaining players for decades. But not all casinos have stood the test of time. Here’s our list of the top 5 abandoned casinos throughout the world.
5) Casino di Consonno (Consonno, Italy)
A friendly reminder that not all dreams can come true, the abandoned Casino di Consonno stands alone in the hilly region east of Milan.
A wealthy man named Count Mario Bagno chose this quiet location to turn into his own version of Las Vegas. He went all out, demolishing everything except the local church to make room for a sprawling casino empire.
Unfortunately, Bagno’s Casino di Consonno did not make him a successful man, and he had no choice but to give up on the project, leaving behind nothing but a ghost town.
4) Asbury Park Casino (Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA)
Once a popular tourist destination for decades, Asbury Park Casino’s steel exterior and crumbling walls now stand silently, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The casino’s fate was inevitable as local competition grew rapidly in the mid-20th century. The rise of Atlantic City, the creation of Six Flags Great Adventure, and the rapid re-urbanization of surrounding communities was too much for this seaside casino to handle.
But Asbury Park is coming back into swing, and the local government is now working to renovate this once iconic casino.
3) Penthouse Adriatic Club Casino (Krk Island, Croatia)
When Penthouse magnate Bob Guccione found himself restless in the early 70s, he set his sights on Yugoslavia. Working with the Haludovo Palace Hotel on Krk Island, he successfully opened the Penthouse Adriatic Club Casino in the summer of 1972. It became an instant tourist favorite in the region.
But this turned out to be one of Guccione’s many poor investment decisions. Foreign affairs in the region were shaky, preventing him from fully reaping the benefits of his new gambling haven. And when Penthouse itself began to struggle against the rise of Internet porn, he had no choice but to let his casino go – a $25 million investment that clearly failed to meet expectations.
2) Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino (Kampot, Cambodia)
The isolated Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino was one of the many establishments built by French colonialists in Cambodia in the 1920s. It prospered for a time, but now it stands isolated and uninviting, only drawing the attention of vandals and explorers.
The reason for its downfall? It’s hard to say exactly, but the rise of the Khmer Rouge was certainly a big factor.
1) Casino Constanta (Constanta, Romania)
The crème de la crème of all abandoned casinos stands proudly overlooking the Black Sea. The Casino Constanta’s golden walls and beautiful architecture once held wealthy tourists looking for a good time at the turn of the 20th century.
But the good times didn’t last forever. The casino eventually became a necessary location to nurse soldiers and civilians to health during WWII, then failed to spring back to life under years of communism. It’s been abandoned since the 1990s, and although its interior has suffered, the Casino Constanta is still easy on the eyes of passersby.
These 5 abandoned casinos are fascinating reminders of how war, urbanization, and poor decision making can make a big impact on how we enjoy ourselves. But as new casinos are built every year, it’s clear that we aren’t going to stop gambling anytime soon.