USA Today’s survey of the 10 best US casinos outside Las Vegas is an eye opener. When rating resort casinos, the survey focused on the gaming experience and looked at what the place had to offer, the value for the services offered and even the fees charged to visit. Three of the largest tribal casinos in the country made it into the top 10 list, with the massive Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut taking spot number 2.

Perhaps more surprising is the fact that the Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, California – a casino that’s less known than Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun – is taking the top spot. A tribal casino with over 2,500 slots machines, Barona also offers a 400-room hotel, a luxury spa, and award-winning golf and dining.

The results were gathered by talking to players, research from the 10Best editorial staff, and consulting with gaming industry analysts.  Except for spot #10, taken by a casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, most casinos are located on the East and West Coast with New York, California, and Connecticut having more spaces on the list.   

10 Best Casinos Outside Las Vegas

Barona Resort & Casino, California

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut

Pechanga Resort Casino, California

Grand Sierra Resort, Nevada

Mohegan Sun, Connecticut

Encore Boston Harbor Resort, Massachusetts

Resorts World Catskills, New York

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Nevada

Turning Stone Resort Casino, New York

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Mississippi

So … What Exactly Make These Casinos Better?

Players and experts agree that a variety of table games and friendly table dealers is important, but so is a strong loyalty program that truly rewards returning players. Experts also like smoke-free floors, a good choice of entertainment and food, and a good variety of slot machines in all denominations.

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Thomas McCoy was born in Bethesda, Maryland and studied finance at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington D.C. before heading to New York and a job as a forex trader on Wall Street. Successful enough to launch his own, online forex trading platform, Thomas has long had a keen interest in the places where the worlds of finance and technology meet. As a prolific blogger, Thomas considers himself an expert on cryptocurrencies, casino asset restructuring, and emerging technologies set to change the way people do business.