Las Vegas Casinos

Las VegasAladdin Resort and Casino

100,000-square-foot main casino

2,800 slot machines and 87 table games.

Plus The London Club, 35,000-square-foot European-style gaming salon operated in partnership with London Clubs International.

Casino games include Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Keno, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette, Slots, Baccarat, Wheel of Fortune, Megabucks and Super Megabucks.

3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Las VegasBellagio Las Vegas

Bellagio is the most opulent and expensive casino ever built anywhere on Earth.

It's roomy, luxurious, and filled with a big money international elite surrounded by gawking tourists.

Under its hushed orange canopies you can easily spot a high-roller betting $5,000 a hand as if it were pennies.

Yet 5? slots are tucked in the back corners somewhere for low rollers and excellent blackjack games are offered for serious players.

The outstanding and large live poker room sees some serious piles of chips in the pot, but you're better off playing video poker almost anywhere else.

The race and sports book is super high-tech; each seductive leather seat is equipped with its own TV monitor. With good games and posh surroundings, the Bellagio scoffs at even middle-market comp seekers.

Parents take note: those under 18 are unwelcome everywhere within Bellagio, but especially in the casino. There's a free monorail to take the footsore to the Monte Carlo.

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Bally's Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Bally's owns a huge chunk of one of the most popular intersections in the world

-- it's across the street from the Flamingo, Caesars Palace, and the Bellagio --

and it accommodates a perpetually large convention crowd of older players.

Yet the casino is so roomy that when the crowds become at all oppressive, you can almost always find a more open part of the floor.

Bally's tends to attract high rollers, so its table minimums are rarely less than $5.

The comp card for Bally's is good at its flashier sister property Paris. You can earn comps at one property and use them at the other. There's a monorail between Bally's and MGM to get you quickly down the Strip.

If you're trying to park at Bally's use the Paris garage for a one-minute walk to the casino.

3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Caesars Palace

Las Vegas

With three 24-hour casinos, Caesars offers some of the best gaming facilities in Las Vegas.

Games available include roulette, craps, baccarat, big six, and Caribbean stud poker.

Stakes start at $5 and increase when the casino is busy.

A unique form of stud poker is played here, based on five-card stud.

Blackjack games are available in many forms including hand-dealt single, double and multiple deck games, games dealt from a shoe, and over/under 13 games.

Stakes on the slot machines start from 5c. The venue, which has hosted many championship boxing tournaments, also offers a huge sports book.

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas

Circus Circus comprises three casinos, plus a separate keno area.

The main casino has over 1800 slots with a range of progressive games.

Table games include roulette, craps, poker, blackjack, casino war, pai gow poker and Caribbean stud poker.

Stakes start at $3 for blackjack, $2 for craps and $1 for roulette.

The poker room has 10 tables featuring low limit games. The West Casino has over 500 slots, plus roulette and blackjack tables.

The SkyRise casino has over 400 slots, blackjack and roulette.

2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Excalibur Hotel Casino

Las Vegas

This giant medieval-theme casino is in one continuous room, and the ringing of the Merlin slot machines can become overpowering at times. At first glance it's a Camelot for low-rollers with $3 blackjack tables and plenty of 5? slot machines, but the lousy rules beef up the house's edge way above its Strip rivals. The aging Excalibur is known for a readily available funbook with some good coupons, and there's usually a free-pull promotion going on. A good perch to watch the action is The King's Pavilion, a beautiful circular bar in the middle of the casino. As part of the Mandalay Resort Group, your Excalibur comp card is good at all of its sister properties in Las Vegas. There's also a free monorail between this casino and Mandalay Bay and Luxor.

3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Luxor Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas

This magnificent bronze-tint pyramid, owned by Mandalay Resort Group, is arguably the most unusual casino in the world, inside and out. Luxor's casino is not only huge, it's also round, so it will take some time to get your bearings. Minimum table stakes start at $5, increasing to $10 on busy nights. Novice players can practice in poker lessons and try their luck in beginner's games with $1-$2 minimum stakes.

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

MGM Grand Hotel And Casino

Las Vegas

The biggest of the Las Vegas casinos, the MGM has 3,500 slot machines and 165 table games with high minimums and tough comp requirements for its crowd of older high-rollers.

The MGM offers some of the best games for players, though, in its many pleasant casinos whose only difference seems to be a change of ceiling color.

Plan on spending at least an hour going from one end of the casino to the other and back again.

The hike from the parking lot to the casino is similarly strenuous.

However, those in a wheelchair will appreciate the spacious isles and well-spaced slot machines.

Search the back of the MGM for the free monorail to Bally's.

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Mirage Resort & Casino

Las Vegas

In many ways the ultimate carpet joint, the Mirage rang in the modern era of Las Vegas and has held up impressively to competition both from outside and within its own corporate family.

The casino has high minimums (such as $500 slots and a plush private pit where the minimum bet is $1,000), ionospheric maximums, intense security, and the most professionally trained staff in the casino business.

Blackjack at the Mirage has some of the best rules of any Strip casino, while single-zero roulette offers the gambler a strong game.

The poker room has a stellar reputation for good action, low and high.

The decor is. rain-forest rustic: pits are distinguished by separate thatch roofs. There's even a wonderfully lush tropical garden in the middle of the casino to clean your lungs with fresh air.

3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

New York New York Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas

The Big Apple theme runs rampant through this casino both outside and in.

The casino, like Manhattan itself, is crowded and cramped.

The main casino pit has a vague Broadway feel with its noise, overwhelming neon signs, and confusing layout.

The tables and video poker have moderate minimums, but the rules are slightly less inviting than a stick-up on the subway.

But try and find the roller coaster ride in the back of the casino for an unforgettable upside-down view of the Strip.

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The casino is all decked out in Gallic regalia, including three massive legs of the 50-story Eiffel Tower replica jutting through the roof and resting on the floor.

Game rules are poor for the player, minimums high, and comps tough to get, but the main casino floor feels just like Paris in springtime under the breezy twilit sky.

The attention to French detail, down to fancy floral wash basins in the Provençal-style bathrooms, adds up to a charming yet classy casino.

The Paris player's club is the same as Bally's, so you can earn comps to either property.

There's even a cobblestone walkway between the properties with some delicious French pastries and a mime on the loose. And as all the dealers say, bon chance at this French beauty of a casino.

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas

Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas

The rococo-style casino has 122 gaming tables, offering blackjack, craps, roulette, pai gow, Caribbean stud poker and let it ride.

The minimum stake is $5, increasing at peak times.

There is a race and sports book and keno lounge.

There are 2500 slot machines with stakes ranging from a nickel (5c) to $500.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas