5 Brick and Mortar Casinos in Malaysia

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B Wright Friday, June 28, 2019

Gambling in Malaysia isn’t always the easiest thing to do but when you can find a good brick and mortar casino in Malaysia it is likely to blow your socks off. Being a Muslim country, gambling is not accepted by the Malaysian government, but there are a few exceptions to the rule.

Horse racing has been around since the British made it popular in the late 19th Century and there are a few tracks within Malaysia which are very good. In fact, no matter where in Malaysia you happen to be, there is a world-class track within reach.

For a proper casino experience, there is only one place to go as of 2019, and that place is Resort World Genting. The resort is nothing short of incredible and has definitely put Malaysia on the map. There will soon be the world’s largest floating casino on the nearby waters, but for now one is all you get.


When we say, ‘brick and mortar’, you should probably take that with a grain of salt. Opening its doors as early as 2020, the Malaysian firm, Podiumspot Capital Group, will embark on a journey like no other. Instead of opting for a multi-million dollar building for their new casino, the Malaysian firm has decided to set sail with the world’s largest floating casino ever built.

The Crusino will be home to an array of comforts and entertainment, as well as world-class gambling experiences to suit even the savviest of players. The large, 300m ship with more than 1,300 staterooms will provide modern, state-of-the-art gaming on its two gaming floors. Other areas of the cruise ship will be set aside for amenities like a swimming pool and jacuzzi, a sauna, a spa, a fitness centre, plenty of shopping and entertainment, and even a library for when you need a little quite time.

Penang Turf Club

When you want to bet on horses in Malaysia, there are few places better than the countries oldest turf club. The Penang Turf Club is home to some of the countries most exciting events and has been a big part in shaping how horse racing is carried out in Malaysia.

The current location of the famed Penang Turf Club track has been in use since as early as 1939, but the track is actually much older than that. Before moving to Batu Ganong Rd, in Penang, the track got its start on Macalister Rd nearly 70 years earlier.

The current track accommodates 14,000 spectators who come to watch races carried out on a 1,900-metre-long track. Racing isn’t the only thing on offer at the Penang Turf Club, though. Golf also plays a major part in the club’s popularity as there is a beautiful 18 holes included on the 270-acre property.

Perak Turf Club

Just north of Penang, in Perak, there is another turf club almost as old as the Penang Turf Club. The Perak turf Club has been going strong since 1926. The organization that opened the track in ’26, however, had been hosting racing events from 1886 on.

The 1,800-metre-long track can be comfortably viewed by up to 15,000 fans thanks to renovations carried out in the early ‘70’s. The track is open every weekend throughout the year, and there are numerous levels of comfort that spectators can opt for. General admission is, of course, the most cost-effective way to see a race, but for more privacy and features like air-conditioning upgrades are necessary.

Selangor Turf Club

In Kuala Lumpur, the largest turf club in Malaysia hosts matches on a weekly basis, year-round. The Selangor turf club has a few advantages over the other Malaysian turf clubs which make for some very exciting sporting.

The Selangor Turf Club shares much of the same historical background with others in the country, but it is also the most modern track in Malaysia. When the club moved the track for the last time, they did so with modernization in mind. The current track hosts an impressive 25,000 spectators who come to watch races on the 2,000-meter track.

The speed at Selangor is unmatched. Thanks to off-chamber turns, the horses barely slow down while rounding the bends which is a feature that adds a level of excitement that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Resorts World Genting

With the exception of the Crasino, there aren’t too many places to gamble in Malaysia, horse racing aside, that is. Resorts World Genting is where you want to be if you are looking for a full-fledged casino and resort that comes with all the bells and whistles that a proper brick and mortar casino should have.

The casino at Resorts World Genting is huge. There are more than 3,000 slots machines and over 400 gaming tables to keep players entertained on the 204,500-square-foot gaming floor. No matter what type of game you happen to be in the mood for, you can be sure that you will find it at Resorts World.

Gaming isn’t the only thing you’ll be doing at resorts World, either. There are numerous hotels and a host of other activities and leisure opportunities designed to keep players in their best spirits.

When you want to visit Resorts World Genting, you’ll need to head for the hills. Located approximately one hour north of Kuala Lumpur, the resort sits nestled atop the Titiwangsa Mountains.

Thinking of gambling in Malaysia?

As mentioned, if horses are your thing, there is ample opportunity in Malaysia to gamble on the match of your choice. Gambling in a casino setting, on the other hand, takes a fair bit of planning and travelling in some cases. That said, once you do make it to Malaysia’s biggest and best brick and mortar casino, you might not ever want to leave.