Las Vegas' 10 Best Casinos: So Many Games to Choose From

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas is famous for its casinos, and each casino has its own ambiance and games. Visitors have a wide selection of casinos in Vegas to choose from, and serious gamblers will want to consider all the options before settling on where to try their luck.

While you’re certainly find some standard games at all casinos, like poker and slots, some games, like bingo, are found more commonly in neighborhood casinos located away from the Strip. The number of high limit and low limit tables are also unique to each casino, and games like blackjack may vary in some specifics, such as how many decks are being dealt from the shoe. Odds at each casino also vary, even though the house always has the advantage.

Some may assume that Las Vegas’ best casinos are only found on the Strip, but there are several casinos in town worth venturing off-Strip for. In fact, one of the city's coolest casinos can be found downtown. The D Las Vegas features one of the only two-level casinos in the city, with its second floor dedicated to vintage machines.

The Strip is also home to some of the world's largest casinos, like The Venetian. With its large casino, well-known poker room, and striking interior design, The Venetian is a popular casino for both visitors and locals.

For more about Las Vegas' 10 best casinos, check out our list.

10. Caesars Palace
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Caesars Palace is a classic Las Vegas casino, and it's known for its upscale atmosphere. This is a place with plenty of high limit games. Table games like blackjack, craps and baccarat will test your luck. Poker players can enjoy a 16-table poker room (with upgraded WiFi and USB charging ports) that offers a daily tournament schedule. A race and sports book give players a vast array of games to watch and bet on, plus 65 private booths with their own individual screens. A visit here might be as much to see the famous casino as to play a few hands. Numerous restaurants, an A-list of entertainers and an upscale shopping mall are also on the grounds of the hotel, in case you decide to give Lady Luck a break for a while.

9. El Cortez Hotel & Casino
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The El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas has been around for decades, long before mega-sized casinos and ATM machines. The property's history includes "Bugsy" Siegel, who was once a partial owner. Today the vintage casino attracts patrons who want a taste of Old Vegas. Gamblers will find a large selection of low-limits games, a casual atmosphere, and a large supply of colorful customers who keep the vibe authentic. Perhaps most notably, gamblers can also find single and double deck blackjack. Las Vegas got its start Downtown, thanks to places like the El Cortez. Today, it's still a reason to make the trip to Fremont Street.

8. M Resort Spa Casino
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M Resort Spa Casino is just south of the Las Vegas Strip, and it boasts one of the most eye-catching environments to test your luck at the tables. Offering more than 92,000 square feet of gaming, the casino features more than 1,800 slot machines, 64 table games and its own high-limit area, mobile wagering and a state-of-the-art race and sports book. Skylights provide natural lighting, a rarity in casinos. Aside from the friendly casino, guests will also find a selection of well-regarded restaurants and bars. Perhaps the most striking thing about the M may be outside of the casino--it's 400 feet higher than the Strip, so the views of Las Vegas are great.

7. Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
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This beautiful resort on the far west side of the city has one of the few casinos in Las Vegas that both locals and tourists frequent. Boasting 3,000 slot/video poker machines and 60 table games including blackjack, baccarat, craps, poker and roulette, the casino at Red Rock Resort is sure to have everyone's favorite game; there's even a 600-seat bingo hall and a 20-seat keno lounge. Non-smokers can also enjoy a game of poker in Red Rock Resort's smoke-free poker room. A private high-limit room is available for high rollers, a mobile app is available for wagering and there's a 206-seat race and sports book with a 96-foot video wall for sports fans to catch and bet on all of the latest games.

6. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
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The sheer size of the MGM Grand's casino is impressive. A gambler's mecca, it boasts more than 170,000 square feet of gaming space. Gaming enthusiasts will find everything they're looking for under one roof, including thousands of 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 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 60 screens and four exclusive skyboxes.

5. The D Las Vegas
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This recently rebranded downtown casino offers guests a two-level casino, a rarity in Las Vegas. The first floor offers a contemporary feel, with slots and table games, while the second floor offers a vintage casino experience, with numerous classic coin-operated slots and a Sigma Derby machine. For those walking down Fremont Street looking for the distinctive experience of gambling in a classic casino, an escalator sits in front of the D that takes people directly to the second-floor. The D is also home to the William Hill Sports Book, where sports fans can place bets and watch the latest games on high-definition televisions.

4. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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The Cosmopolitan's modern facilities, friendly dealers and swanky atmosphere have made it a popular casino. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer incredible views of the Strip, creating a gaming experience not commonly found in casinos on the Strip. 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. The High Limit Slot Lounge gives players slot machines with the most updated technology. Other gaming options on the casino floor include blackjack, craps, Pai Gow poker, mini-baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, High Card Flush and Casino War. The casino's race and sports book offers bettors the ability to wager on sports and other live events within the casino on a mobile wagering device.

3. 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. ARIA also boasts an intimate race and sports book that can show up to 200 live events at once and displays big events on at least one of its 220-inch TVs, so bettors are never in danger of missing any of the action.

2. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
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Mandalay Bay's expansive footprint includes a large casino of over 135,000 square feet. Features of the gaming area include over 1700 slot and video poker games, a full array of table games like Baccarat, blackjack, craps and roulette, as well as a variety of poker games including Texas Hold'em, Crazy Pineapple and Omaha High. The large, 17-screen race and sports book area showcases the largest screens in town and offers a plush VIP booth for big spenders. All of this is surrounded by a gorgeous, exotic tropical habitat. Service is impeccable, and the resort offers several restaurants and alternatives to gambling if you'd like a break from the casino.

1. The Venetian
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The Venetian's stunning architecture provides bettors with one of the more memorable gambling environments on the Vegas Strip. Combined with its sister property, The Palazzo, The Venetian offers hundreds of table games in separate gaming areas covering a huge area. Gaming options include blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, Pai Gow poker, Pai Gow tiles and various novelty games. For guests who prefer playing the one-armed bandit, there are more than 1,200 slot machines to choose from at the Venetian alone. Even when the casino is busy, it's large enough that you never feel crowded. There's also poolside gaming available at The Palazzo and Lagasse's Stadium, the premier location for viewing sporting events on the Strip.