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Best Casinos in Las Vegas

The best casinos to play, to enjoy, to see and to win in Las Vegas

The choice of which Vegas casinos is best for you clearly depends on what you are looking for, if it's the atmosphere, or the elegance, or the number of slot machines (and how modern and fun they are) or the type of tables, or even the type of crowd. If it’s your first time in Vegas you should visit a few different ones to see which one works best for you, since each one has a different atmosphere (see paragraphs below).  On the other hand, if all you want is cheap tables, off-Strip is your best bet, such as on Freemont Street (which is still a tourist area), including El Cortez.  There are many off-the-beaten-track (tourist-wise) options if you want low-limits table, such as Eastside Cannery (the slots weren't that generous though last time we were there in 2014!) and Arizona Charlies Decatur.


As per 'loose slot's, the rumors state that off-Strip casinos have 'looser slots', but in our 2014 experience this does not necessarily seem to be the case.


As per atmosphere, elegance, beauty, fun on the Strip:


The Venetian Casino is awesome for poker players, it's huge and really popular; it's a fantastic casino for all pockets offering a variety of games with lots of modern slot machines as well; it's important, in our opinion, to keep the most popular games (and offer many slot machines with the same popular games) but it's also important to offer modern, fancy games too, so that the frequent visitor can be mesmerized each time!


Another beautiful casino is Wynn's, though you don't have the huge choice of small denomination games such as at Mirage for example.


Mirage.  Definitely a favorite of ours; they offer a large variety of machines and games and the casino itself is very large, set in a fun and pleasant atmosphere.  I particularly love Mirage casino marketing:  they seem to be more generous than any other casino on the Strip (they give you more 'comps' for your play), especially if you stay at their hotel.  We always, always get our stay and our buffet visits comped the day after a night of gambling here, or at check out. 


Excalibur is very popular and ... It's huge, so you will find a variety of machines you can try.  However, it's one of the smokiest casinos on the Strip (well, these days Caesars Entertainment group seem to have even smokier casinos, especially the low ceiling ones) therefore, so if you love your lungs, you may want to avoid it); it's, in any case, far from a 'classy casino'.  The problem with Excalibur is, in our opinion, that casino marketing are not very generous and they tend not to reward your play as much as they should (unlike at Mirage).  However, you are more likely to receive a 2 free nights offer from Excalibur and Luxor than from the beautiful Mirage, though at Mirage casino marketing tend 'comp' your nights at check out (if you have gambled somewhat at their resort).


The locals love some downtown casinos such as Main Street Station (which needs to be seen anyway because it's simply amazing, like a museum, a piece of history to be visited at all costs) or the beautiful Silverton casino (more challenging to get to if you don't have a car), or the Gold Coast and The Orleans (easier to get to thanks to their frequent free shuttles to and from mid Strip).  These days downtown Vegas casinos allegedly offer better chances to win or at least to lose less money over time; one of the favorites seem to be El Cortez and Plaza (the latter has much more modern slot machines) followed by Plaza (because, although you don't have the same good odds as at El Cortez (in my opinion), it offers a variety of slot machines, many modern ones and a better than average money played vs rewards ratio (= what you get for your money in terms of 'comps', namely things/services for free). 


Aria has a beautiful casino, really modern and airy, but we lost some money (not much, but it's unusual for us) there too frequently; the same can be said for Mandalay Bay, where some slot machines seem to pay really well consistently, especially those strategically placed (see further down for link to explanation of this), but the most modern games seem to be geared towards 'taking your money', we found.  Mandalay Bay is a large casino but late at night they have had some ridiculously noisy bands there, trying to appeal to the youth; maybe that contributed to our lack of concentration! 


Cosmopolitan is another beautifu, pleasant, airy & modern mid-Strip resort and casino:  we have actually won many times here in 2014.  Maybe it's a wild card, trying to attract loyal customers.  It may be worth your while asking casino marketing what their policies are for rewarding play when you go (since these are at times subjective and changeable):  during our latest visits I found them relatively generous, though not as much as Mirage.


Wynn is another beautiful casino, of course, and so are the casinos of all luxury resorts.  But they don't give you much for your gambling, unless you are a first-timer and you have just signed up for their players card.


The Bellagio casino is beautiful but it is geared towards those who have a larger budget; you will find a few smaller denomination games, but not a huge variety of them.  You can breathe more easily here and the resort is beautiful, but Bellagio has never been a casino we gamble much, mostly because they don't have enough of the low denomination slot machines.

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