Test your luck at the Las Vegas Strip's 10 best casinos

Las Vegas casinos have welcomed players since gambling became legal in 1931. Today, the city offers a host of things to do outside the casinos, but most people still want to try their luck on slots or video poker. No matter what kind of wager you'd like to make, there's arguably no better place in the world to do it than on the Las Vegas Strip.

Casinos on the Strip can be luxurious, with plenty of high-limit tables and first-class amenities in the high-stakes rooms. At the Bellagio, players can enjoy one of the poshest casinos in Las Vegas with one of the most well-known high-limit rooms. Caesars Palace always has room for high rollers and is an iconic Las Vegas destination. No matter how much you're betting, a visit to these high-end casinos is entertaining.

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. The expansive casino floor has every kind of game.

Sports fans will want to check out the race and sportsbooks on the Strip, all of which feature comfortable seating and walls full of screens displaying the latest games. Mobile sports betting is also becoming a standard feature.

Before you decide on where to ante up, double down or bet on the game, check out our list of the best casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.


Just as you'd expect from a classic Las Vegas casino, The Mirage has the full array of expected games: blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, a variety of poker and even Casino War. Slots range from a penny per play to $1,000. The atmosphere here is slightly tropical and casual. A full-service, non-smoking race and sportsbook will let you watch and wager on all the games, which are broadcast on giant 85' HD projection screens. A sports bar is also available onsite, and VIP seating is offered along with beverage packages and couches for large groups. Mobile betting is also available, as is myVegas Bingo, an app that gives bingo a make-over.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: With a welcoming vibe and a casino floor fully stocked with all the popular games, The Mirage offers guests an assortment of gambling options.

Terrisa's expert tip: Featured slots at The Mirage include Ironman, based on the comic and film, and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, where finding the golden ticket will win you $5,000.

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Luxor Las Vegas
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Even if you can't travel to Egypt, you can still see a pyramid in the desert in Las Vegas. Known for its striking architecture and the gigantic light at the pyramid's apex, the Luxor boasts more than 120,000 square feet of gaming. Guests will find more than 1,100 slot, video poker and multi-game machines as well as 62 table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette, mini-baccarat, Let It Ride, three card poker and Texas Holdem. There's also a non-smoking race and sportsbook conveniently located near the parking structure entrance, so guests don't have to venture far to place a quick wager on the game. Mobile sports wagering is available through the BetMGM app.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: The Luxor's casino offers a solid array of games and a conveniently located race and sportsbook.

Terrisa's expert tip: The player's club card at Luxor is MGM Rewards, which allows players to earn points redeemable for hotel stays, dining and other perks. In addition to getting points for casino play, you can also earn points for using the mobile betting app.

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The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod
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Bet on having the time of your life at the Strat's 80,000-square-foot casino. 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 Strat offers 750 gaming machines as well as 44 tables games. Games include everything from Texas Holdem poker to crapless craps. Blackjack players will find single and double deck tables. There's also a race and sportsbook that says it provides the country's most expansive wagering menu. Screens throughout the area broadcast the day's sporting events, and comfortable seating offers plenty of places to watch the games.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: The STRAT gives players a variety of games, from penny slots to poker, and a lively casino with plenty of action.

Terrisa's expert tip: If you're looking for a place to try your hand at 21, or blackjack, the Strat is a good place to test Lady Luck. Payouts are 3 to 2, and they offer both single and double deck games.

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Bellagio Las Vegas is a luxury property with an Italian-ish theme, but that only scratches the surface of this iconic Vegas hotel and casino. The atmosphere here is perhaps the biggest reason to stop in and check out the casino, with its high-class attitude and well-kept decor. On the casino floor, you'll find a race and sportsbook, table games like Pai Gow, craps, baccarat and slots. Their acclaimed poker room offers an exclusive space for serious players. The classy, slightly less-smoky casino wins points from many players. An upscale clientele and a large selection of high-limits games attract gamblers looking for a more refined Vegas casino experience.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: The Bellagio's casino has a high-class ambiance and a well-known poker room with plenty of high-limit games.

Heather's expert tip: The Bellagio's poker room features 40 tables and two high-limit areas. It's also smoke-free and offers 24-hour dining, a full-service cashier cage and 19 total television screens.

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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 'Table One'--a one-table, high-limit room. Tournaments are offered twice daily. It also boasts a non-smoking race and sportsbook with a wall of 90 high-definition screens playing up to 200 live events: baseball, football, basketball, races and much more. Two 220-inch screens play the biggest events being broadcast each day.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: Aria's large casino offers a solid array of well-known games, plus a popular poker room.

Terrisa's expert tip: If you want to place a sports bet but can't make it to the sportsbook, you can use the mobile app, BetMGM. It allows players to place sports bets from anywhere within Nevada and in several other states, although sometimes with restrictions.

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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 1,100 slot and video poker machines. Table games run the gamut from blackjack to craps, roulette to baccarat. For those who want to play a game of poker away from all the cigarette smoke, the casino at MGM Grand even features a 13-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. The race and sportsbook is also non-smoking.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: The large casino floor at MGM Grand offers players a wide variety of games, and the poker room and sportsbook are non-smoking.

Terrisa's expert tip: The MGM Grand's slot machines range from penny slots to $1,000 per play. Those who want to play high limits can enjoy a private lounge with progressive machines for $5, $10, $25 or $100.

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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 table and video games in an area covering nearly 200,000 square feet. Gaming options include blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, Pai Gow poker, Pai Gow tiles and three card poker. A large, well-appointed poker room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On the casino floor, there are more than 2,000 slot machines for visitors to choose from. The spacious sportsbook can display 42 events simultaneously and offers a mobile betting app.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: With a large casino floor, a wide array of games and a popular poker room, playing in The Venetian's casino is a winning move for guests.

Terrisa's expert tip: The Venetian offers a new electronic gaming collective that allows multiple players to participate in a game that's being dealt live and displayed on the players' individual screens and on large LED displays around the room.

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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 28-table poker room that offers a variety of games and limits to suit all levels of play. Daily tournaments are offered.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: Wynn Las Vegas offers an upscale gaming experience for players that includes a poker room and a race and sportsbook.

Terrisa's expert tip: Join the Wynn Rewards program to get points and become eligible for discounts. Getting a player's card is always a good idea at any casino.

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Caesars Palace has one of the Strip's most well-known casinos. It's a large casino with 185 table games and 1,324 slot machines, and it's often thought of as a destination for high rollers. Caesars does have its fair share of high-limits games, although you can still find plenty of gaming options at all price points. Poker players can enjoy a big poker room in the center of the casino floor that offers a daily tournament schedule. An acclaimed race and sports book gives guests a vast array of games to watch and bet on, plus private booths with their own individual screens. Mobile ordering lets you order food and have it delivered to your seat, and a wagering app is also available.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: Caesars Palace is one of the Las Vegas Strip's most recognizable casinos, and it offers players a spacious casino floor with hundreds of games.

Terrisa's expert tip: Caesars offers a new kind of video game, Cannonbeard's Treasure, a skill-based game you play with friends. Players have to electronically grab the cards they need to win the pot.

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The Cosmopolitan's modern facilities, friendly dealers and swanky atmosphere have made it a popular spot among gamblers. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer incredible views of the Strip. The well-designed, 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 individual gaming tables offer guests a wide array of games to play, including blackjack, craps, Pai Gow poker, baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em and Casino 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. They also offer a mobile wagering app. A lounge, complete with video poker, sits in the center of the sportsbook.

Recommended for Casinos on the Strip because: Guests will find a full array of gaming options, including a sportsbook and a stylish casino at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Terrisa's expert tip: If you're a sports fan, don't miss the sportsbook. The walls are lined with LED screens to show all the games, and you can order inexpensive food and drinks.

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Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She's watched Las Vegas grow and change over the years, especially the ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip. She still enjoys hanging...  More About Terrisa