A Sure Bet: The Las Vegas Strip's 10 Best Casinos

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By Heather Turk, Travel Expert

Before Las Vegas was known for its celebrity chefs and extravagant productions, it was famous for one thing: gambling. While that may be overshadowed these days by everything else the city has to offer, it's still an important part of Las Vegas, and there's arguably no better place in the world to risk it all on black than the Las Vegas Strip.

Home to some of the world's most luxurious casinos, gamblers can place their wagers in a variety of fun environments. You'll feel like a high roller, even if you're just playing the penny slots, on the elegant casino floor of the Wynn. You'll feel like a stud as some of the city's sexiest blackjack dealers deal your cards at the Stratosphere's Double Down Party Pit. One step into some casinos and you'll even feel like you've been transported to an exotic locale, like Venice (The Venetian) or Egypt (Luxor).

For those looking for a wide variety of gaming options, massive casinos like the MGM Grand are sure to have just what you're searching for. Prefer a more intimate gaming experience? Then check out Encore, which has gaming tables designed to bring the dealers closer to the guests.

With so many casinos within walking distance of one another, it's easy to find one that speaks to you. If you don't have the time to explore them all for yourself, though, check out our list of the Strip's 10 best casinos. They're all sure bets for a great time.

10. Treasure Island
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Set sail to Treasure Island's 90,000-square-foot casino, mateys, for some gaming excitement. Featuring 1,500 slots and 62 table games, there's sure to be something for treasure-seekers of all types at this popular Strip casino, including blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette with a single zero option, Pai Gow poker and tiles, three card poker and Let It Ride stud poker. A high limit lounge is also available with double deck blackjack, baccarat and single zero European roulette. Poker tournaments are offered daily, with cash pots for up to seven places. There's even a race and sports book that offers complimentary drinks for bettors. With so much in one place, guests are sure to find their own treasure in no time!

9. Luxor Las Vegas
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You don't have to travel to Egypt to gamble in a pyramid--in fact, you may not even be able to. But you can in Las Vegas, courtesy of this iconic resort. Known for its striking architecture, the Luxor boasts more than 120,000 square feet of gaming with a hip, contemporary design that mirrors the dynamic energy of the casino floor. Guests will find more than 2,000 slot, video poker and video keno machines as well as several table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette, mini-baccarat, Pai Gow poker, Let It Ride, three card poker and Caribbean Stud. There's also a race and sports book conveniently located near the parking structure entrance, so guests don't have to venture far to place a quick wager on the game.

8. Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower
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Bet on having the time of your life at this recently renovated casino, boasting 100,000 square feet of gaming action. Known for constantly updating its casino floor with the latest and greatest in video slot technology--not to mention being home to some of the friendliest dealers in town--the Stratosphere offers 1,025 gaming machines as well as 50 tables games and 19 poker tables. Games include everything from Caribbean Stud poker to crapless craps, or for a more unique gaming experience, head upstairs to the Level 8 Pool for bikini blackjack. There's also a race and sports book that hosts exciting contests and special events, so win or lose, gamblers are sure to feel like a winner!

7. Tropicana Las Vegas
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Tropicana Las Vegas has survived the era of implosions, when many older Strip hotels went down in spectacular piles of debris. Instead of getting blown up, the Tropicana received a face lift in 2010 in order to keep up appearances. Having undergone a $200 million transformation, its new South Beach theme is well done, giving the casino a bright, airy feeling. Featuring 50,000 square feet of gaming excitement, offerings include more than 800 slot machines, a rich variety of table games including craps, roulette, Let It Ride, Big Six, Pai Gow poker and Texas Hold'em, and a high limit area with five blackjack tables and two mini-baccarat tables. There's also a state-of-the-art race and sports book operated by Cantor Gaming that has its own mobile wagering system, so guests to place their bets on the go in the resort's bars, lounges and casino.

6. Aria Resort & Casino
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The sleek and sophisticated casino at ARIA features more than 150,000 square feet of gaming space, including 1,940 slot machines and 145 table games. Gamblers can test their luck at blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette, Let it Ride, Pai Gow and Ultimate Texas Hold'em, among numerous other games. A popular spot with poker players, the casino at ARIA has a luxurious 24-table poker room including 'The Ivey Room'--a one-table, high-limit room. Tournaments are offered twice daily. It also boasts an intimate race and sports book that can show up to 200 live events at once and has two 220-inch TVs, so bettors are never in danger of missing any of the action!

5. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
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A gambler's mecca, MGM Grand boasts more than 170,000 square feet of gaming space. Gaming enthusiasts will find everything they're looking for under one (massive) roof, including more than 2,500 slot and video poker machines. Table games run the gamut from blackjack to craps, roulette to War. For those who want to play a game of poker away from all the cigarette smoke, the casino at MGM Grand even features a 23-table non-smoking poker room. For sports fans, the casino at MGM Grand is home to one of the most luxurious sports and race books in town, with more than 150 seats and four exclusive skyboxes. Want to wager on racing of a different kind? Then check out the Sigma Derby machine located by the buffet.

4. The Venetian
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The Venetian instantly transports guests to Venice with its stunning architecture, providing bettors with one of the more memorable gambling environments on the Vegas Strip. Combined with its sister property, The Palazzo, The Venetian offers 237 table games in six separate gaming areas covering more than 33,000 square feet. Gaming options include blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, Pai Gow poker, Pai Gow tiles and 26 various novelty games. For guests who prefer playing the one-armed bandit, there are more than 2,400 slot machines for visitors to choose from. In addition to the main casinos, premium guests have access to The Paiza Club, an exclusive gaming area located on the 50th floor of The Palazzo and 36th floor of The Venetian. There's also poolside gaming available at The Palazzo as well as blackjack and craps inside Lagasse's Stadium, the premier location for viewing sporting events in all of Las Vegas.

3. Wynn Las Vegas
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You don't have to be a high roller to feel like one at this elegant casino, featuring 111,000 square feet of gaming space. Alongside popular table games like baccarat, blackjack, Big 6, Caribbean Stud, European roulette, Let It Ride, mini-baccarat, Pai Gow poker, roulette and three card poker, guests will find all their favorite slot machines, including Wheel of Fortune and Monopoly. There's also a state-of-the-art race and sports book featuring a VIP section with individual wagering monitors and a 27-table poker room that offers a variety of games and limits to suit all levels of play. Daily tournaments are available, and players can dine without leaving their seats. Talk about living the high life!

2. Encore Las Vegas
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Although a bit smaller than the casino at its sister property, Wynn Las Vegas, Encore's 72,000-square-foot casino is equally elegant, with gaming tables designed to bring the dealers closer to the guests, thereby creating a more intimate environment for the game. Featuring 95 tables total, guests can play baccarat, blackjack, Big 6, Caribbean Stud, European roulette, Let It Ride, mini-baccarat, Pai Gow poker, roulette and three card poker. The casino also boasts 860 slot machines as well as island gaming by the pool. Additionally, Encore offers penthouse exclusivity and views from its Sky Casino: a high-limits gaming area with slots, baccarat and a lounge.

1. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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Although fairly new to the Strip, The Cosmopolitan's modern facilities, friendly dealers and swanky atmosphere have already made it a popular spot among gamblers. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer incredible views of the Strip, creating a distinctive gaming experience. The 100,000-square-foot casino features all the classic table games bettors have come to expect as well as a wide variety of slot machines with denominations ranging from $0.01-$500. In total, 83 individual gaming tables give guests a wide variety of games to choose from, including blackjack, craps, Pai Gow poker, mini-baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Spanish 21 and War. High limit gaming is also available, and the casino's race and sports book offers bettors the ability to wager on sports and other live events in regulatory areas of the casino thanks to a mobile wagering devise.