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
Bellagio is the most opulent and expensive casino ever built anywhere
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
Circus Circus comprises three casinos, plus a separate keno area.
The main casino has over 1800 slots with a range of progressive
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
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
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
3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas
MGM Grand Hotel And Casino
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
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
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
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
The Big Apple theme runs rampant through this casino both outside
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
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
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
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