Make a Date With Lady Luck at Las Vegas' 10 Best Casinos

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas’ casinos are famous around the world, and over the years each casino has developed its own ambiance and selection of games. Finding a casino you enjoy might require sampling a few different places to get a feel for what you like best. While some gamblers take a serious dive into the odds and payout stats of each casino (an undertaking for the math savvy among us), others are more interested in finding low (or high) limit tables, or specific types of games.

Casinos throughout Las Vegas offer a pretty standard array of games like poker, slots and craps, but if you’re looking for something specific, it’s worth doing some homework. If you like bingo or live keno, for instance, you’ll probably need to find a neighborhood casino like the Red Rock Casino. Poker, in its many forms, can be found virtually everywhere.

The number of high and low limit tables are also unique to each casino. Neighborhood and Downtown casinos tend to have more low limit tables than Strip casinos. (Many think they also offer better odds to players.) The El Cortez on Fremont Street has plenty of low-limit games, plus blackjack from a single or double-deck shoe.

For the largest casinos and newest games, the Strip is the place to play. The Venetian offers one of the world’s largest casinos, plus a popular poker room that attracts locals and visitors.

Keep scrolling for our list of Las Vegas’ 10 best casinos--and good luck!

10. Caesars Palace
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Caesars Palace is an iconic Las Vegas casino, and it's known for its upscale atmosphere. This is a place with plenty of high limit games, so come prepared to spend some money. Poker players can enjoy a 16-table poker room that offers a daily tournament schedule. A race and sports book give players a vast array of games to watch and bet on, plus private booths with their own individual screens. You can also try out the newest in skill-based games with games like Cannonbeard's Treasure, a combination of cards, skill and naval warfare. 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 Ben "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. South Point Casino
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South Point's location on the far end of Las Vegas Boulevard means it's not actually a part of the Strip, which is a bonus for visitors. The casino is one of those with aspects that appeal to both residents and tourists, giving its guests the benefits of both lower prices and plenty of amenities. The casino offers a wealth of machine play, with over 2,390 slot and poker machines. The casino floor holds over 60 table games, including all the standards as well as some newer games like Progressive Fortune Pai-Gow Poker, No Commission Baccarat and Three Card Poker. A poker room, bingo room and a race and sports book round out the gaming options here.

7. Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
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This beautiful resort on the far west side of the city is one of those Vegas casinos that attracts both locals and tourists. Boasting thousands of slot/video poker machines and 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 610-seat bingo hall (with a non-smoking section) and a 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 watch and bet on all the latest games.

6. Palms Casino Resort
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The Palms recently underwent a renovation and is proudly re-claiming its reputation as a hip and trendy hang-out. With a location just off the Strip, the casino enjoys a clientele that includes locals as well as visitors. For Vegas casinos, a strong local presence is thought to give the players slightly better odds (although it's worth noting that the house always has the advantage). The Palms claims to have the loosest slots in town, and with over 1,300 machines to choose from, you've got plenty of chances to find a winning one. A generously-sized casino floor is filled with a variety of games like Baccarat, blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps. High-stakes games include no-limit Texas Hold'em.

5. The Mirage Casino
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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 casino war. Guests can even enjoy non-smoking tables, once an unusual feature in Las Vegas but something more people are requesting. Slots range from a penny per play to $1,000. A full-service race and sports book will let you watch and wager on all the games, which are broadcast on huge 85' HD projection screens. The Mirage's poker room is consistently acknowledged as one of the preferred places to try your hand with Lady Luck, with Hold'em (limit and no limit), Omaha and 7 card stud available. Buy-ins range from single digits to $1,000+. Tournaments happen throughout the day with buy-ins starting at $65.

4. Hard Rock Casino
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The Hard Rock is located just east of the Strip, but it's every bit as lively as the Strip with its mashup of off-the-Strip value and a hip, music-infused vibe. The casino reflects that combination, with a solid array of games and limits. You'll find penny slots as well as a high limit room that offers Baccarat and blackjack and comes with butler service, food and beverages. In addition to the usual array of table and video games, Hard Rock also has a race and sports book. Within the sports book, you'll find the Side Bet Bar, a sports bar with 16 beers on tap, seven 55" TVs and eight bar-top gaming machines.

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 other games. A popular spot with poker players, the casino at ARIA has a luxurious 24-table poker room. 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. You can also use your mobile device for sports betting from anywhere in the state of Nevada when you use the playMGM app offered at ARIA and other MGM properties. Just sign up, fund your account and start placing bets.

2. Golden Nugget Casino
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The Golden Nugget has been around since the 1940s, and like a lot of Downtown hotels, it's kept an Old Vegas ambiance. The Golden Nugget is one of the larger, more upscale properties along Fremont Street, and so its casino isn't the cheapest in the area, but it is consistently high-energy. In addition to all the regular table games, you'll find slots, keno, a poker room and a race and sports book. A wide array of minimums should give every gambler a price point they can be pleased with. It's not unusual to see crowds around the hot tables on the floor, and it can get crowded at various points. It's a smaller sized casino in comparison to the mega casinos on the Strip, but it's also easier to navigate and has a more down-to-earth feel.

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.