If you're looking for a casino trip at home or abroad, but can't bear the thought of travelling without your dog, then canine-friendly casino hotels may offer a solution. Here's the lowdown on how to avoid leaving them out of the fun.
London casino hotels that like dogs
London is home to the UK's most prestigious casinos. Hot spots like Mayfair are crammed with high-class hotels and casinos – and it can be tricky taking your pet.
However, a little sniffing around will find you some boutique hotels that do welcome pooches with open arms – so long as they're well-behaved. For example, how about the Athenaeum Hotel & Residences, located near Green Park? It's a classy Mayfair establishment that caters for dogs – it's even marketed as 'A luxury dog friendly Mayfair Hotel'. You'd be on the doorstep of some of those high-class casinos we've mentioned.
It's not easy to find casino hotels that accept man's best friend, so the best option is to find a regular hotel nearby that allows them to stay with you.
Take your dog to Las Vegas – the ultimate pooch casino trip
If you're seeking the ultimate way to experience some of the world's greatest casino gaming, while also taking your best friend along for the trip, then Las Vegas is the number one destination. It goes without saying that the city is the most famous gambling location on planet earth – and on the typical casino player's bucket list.
However, it just so happens that Vegas is also pretty dog friendly, with numerous major hotel resorts allowing dogs to come and play (albeit they're likely to be refused a bet, however cute they look when they paw a poker chip). Caesars Palace, which opened in 1966 and is a Vegas icon, welcomes furry friends.
Our ten great Vegas hotels for dog lovers are, in no particular order as the awards show hosts say, Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino; Paris Las Vegas; Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino; Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino; Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino; Harrah's Las Vegas; The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa; Delano Las Vegas; Bally’s Las Vegas; Serene Vegas.
If you're based outside of the US, then you'll need to ensure your dog's health documents, vaccinations and pet passport are up to date – otherwise they're more likely to end up having porridge for breakfast and not a VIP Vegas breakfast. However, many dogs travel to Vegas from the UK and Europe every year. Once you and your pooch arrive in Las Vegas, you'll find an array of canine services, such as deluxe grooming, three-course VIP dining and walking services.
Las Vegas is probably the most dog-friendly casino destination in the world, but it's still worth noting that there are some restrictions. For example, resorts like Caesars Palace have terms and conditions, such as a maximum of two dogs per room. You might want to have a weigh in for your dog as well as your luggage, as dogs heavier than 50lbs won't be accepted. Dogs are permitted only in designated dog zones on a leash, and unattended dogs must be kept in a kennel or cage in rooms. As you might expect, loud or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave and find kennelling close by. While you can find off-strip dog hotels that may have fewer rules, do weigh up the pros and cons.
There are also restricted zones on the Vegas strip, so you can't just go for a walk, enter a casino, and expect your dog to be allowed to go to sleep under the roulette table.
Check-in at home and let your dog enjoy the casino
If you can't find a casino hotel that's suitable for your dog, then you can always opt to stay at home and play some online casino games that have good pedigree. Table gamers will no doubt want to find casinos that offer Red Dog, while slot lovers can find a range of barking mad titles, such as Diamond dogs, Dog n’ Roll, Dog Cashier and Wild Wolf.
However, the Hound Hotel video slot has to be the winner. It's made by one of the leading game developers, Microgaming, and contains a pack of posh pooches, including pugs, terriers, poodles, wolfhounds and basset hounds.
And unlike most casino hotels that do allow dogs to stay in rooms, your best friend won't be left out in the cold once you start gaming in the actual casino.