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Travel from Atlanta: Try your luck at four casinos

Gambling might be illegal in Georgia, but that doesn't mean a fun weekend at the casino is out of your reach. There's plenty of top rated casinos within a day's drive of Atlanta, just waiting for you to come and place your bets. Here are four casinos to check out when you get the itch for some excitement:

1. Victory II Casino Cruise

4378 Ocean St., Jacksonville, Florida. 855-468-4286, www.victorycasinocruises.com

The drive from Atlanta to Jacksonville is about five hours via I-75 South. This casino cruise sails from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, for over five hours of gambling and fun. The cruise has over 300 slot machines and blackjack tables starting at a $3 minimum bet. Besides the gaming options, the cruise ship also features a dance floor, a viewing deck and a buffet. The casino cruise claims to be the closest casino to Atlanta.

2. Harrah's Casino

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228 Poydras St., New Orleans, La. 800-427-7247, www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/casino

If you don't mind a full day's drive, getting to New Orleans will take you just under seven hours via I-85 South, I-65 South and I-10 West from Atlanta. Everything seems more fun and festive in the Big Easy, and gambling is no exception. Harrah's is a resort and casino, so there's plenty of options for staying for the weekend. The casino offers table games, slot machines, video poker and tournaments on special occasions.

Alexander Kostin, of Betting Expert, says, "The Crescent City is more than just festivals, parades and voodoo. Casinos are another popular entertainment option for tourists that shouldn't be overlooked."

3. Seminoles Hard Rock Casinos

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fla. 866-502-7529, www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/

Just over nine hours from Atlanta via I-75 South and Florida's Turnpike, the Seminoles Casinos in Florida are another option for a weekend casino getaway. Seminoles is a popular casino chain in the area, with several locations in southern Florida. The casino is attached to the Hard Rock Hotel, several restaurants, and a pool and spa. The casino offers popular table games, such as craps, blackjack and poker, as well as slot machines and video poker.

4. Cherokee Casino Resort

777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, N.C. 828-497-7777, https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee/hotel

It's just over a three-hour drive to Cherokee via US-23 North, which makes Cherokee Casino Resort a viable option for a quick casino getaway. The casino also features a hotel and multiple restaurants. It's also conveniently located just an hour outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, so your options for securing other accommodations are abundant. Aside from the table games and slot machines, this casino also features Le Fu Men, a gaming space with Baccarat and Blackjack with an Asian flair.

If you're feeling lucky and don't mind spending a few hours in the car, take a weekend trip to some of the best casinos in the south. You never know, you might even go back home a few dollars richer.

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