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Local hangouts & first-class resorts: 10Best casinos in Lake Tahoe



The Nevada side of Lake Tahoe has a range of casinos to choose from: local hangouts with great food and musical bands to high-class resorts that feature elegant rooms, award-winning chefs, and relaxing spas. The Stateline area of Lake Tahoe is known for having the most and biggest casinos. These include the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the tried and true Harrah's Lake Tahoe, the music-inspired Harvey's and the high-end MontBleu resort. They are all within a quick walk of each other and are close to the Heavenly ski resort.

Most casinos in the area feature slot and video games, table games, sports bars, roulette, high roller rooms, player clubs and tournaments. Other features in each of the hotels are restaurants and bars, spas and outdoor or indoor pool areas.

Other casinos in the area include the laid back Lakeside Inn & Casino on the south shore and the Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe on the North Shore. If you want to hang out with the locals, head to the Crystal Bay Casino on the North Shore where you can get some great food and beer at the Steak & Lobster House. The Crystal Bay is also known for its concerts featuring local and regional singers and bands.


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This entertaining casino right on the border is only one part of a facility that also features comfortable rooms with lake views and access to California's Kings Beach. When you decide to test Lady Luck, you'll find at your disposal 200-plus slot and video poker machines, a sportsbook, and enticing table games of roulette, craps, and blackjack. Regular tournaments are also part of the gaming fun. The Biltmore also offers custom wedding packages that are affordable and elegant. The Tahoe Biltmore is also Lake Tahoe's best lodging value, offering 113 reasonably priced and well-appointed rooms and suites in the main hotel and quaint cottages overlooking Lake Tahoe.

Recommended for Casinos because: The Tahoe Biltmore is located on the beautiful North Shore and is away from the crowds of South Lake Tahoe.

Christina's expert tip: The Tahoe Biltmore's cafe is known for its large, inexpensive breakfasts. Check out the $7.99 buttermilk pancakes.

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Lucky Beaver, Bar & Burger
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The Lucky Beaver is a 24 hours sports bar on the Nevada side of the lake that also offers video poker and a large menu full of great burgers, sandwiches, salads and an appetizer menu with chicken wings and the famous Tower of Onion Rings. All of the Lucky Beaver's 1/2 lb. burgers are made with a combination of short ribs and chuck roast and are tall and juicy. The classic Beaver Burger is only $12 with all the fixings and the Gambler with applewood smoked bacon, beer-battered onion rings, smoky BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese is $14. The bar features popular beers on tap as well as in the bottle and serves up signature cocktails, wine and beer. The bar has video poker and large screen TVs that show various sports and special events and the bar is hopping on Super Bowl Sunday and during other local and regional football events.

Recommended for Casinos because: While not an official casino, the Lucky Beaver does have plenty of poker slots located at the bar.

Christina's expert tip: The Lucky Beaver's burgers are some of the best in the area. They also serve the plant-based Impossible Burger.

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Boomtown is located just west of Reno and just a few miles from the California town of Truckee. This large hotel and casino offers stylish rooms, great dining and service and a full casino that includes 11 table games like Blackjack and Poker and various slots. Boomtown has been rated #1 in the area for both Blackjack and video poker and has one of the friendliest player clubs in the area. The 318 room hotel is just steps away from the casino and offers suites with Serta pillow top mattresses, large bathrooms and great service. The dining areas in the casino include the Bistro 2100 casual eatery and the famous Lobster Buffet with all you can eat lobster, seafood, salad bar and dessert bar. Other restaurants and bars include the Sports Dog in the sports club and Baja Mexican. Families are welcome at Boomtown and kids will love the 30,000 square foot Fun Center which includes a classic carousel, Ferris wheel, Rodeo Rider, miniature golf, token games and even a bounce house.

Recommended for Casinos because: Boomtown is not officially in Tahoe, but it is about 15 minutes from Downtown Reno and 20 minutes from the international airport.

Christina's expert tip: Boomtown is a large, fully equipped hotel and casino in between Tahoe and Renoâ€" right next to Cabela's.

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Harveys Lake Tahoe
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Harvey's was the very first casino hotel built on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Opening in 1944, Harvey's now has a chic, modern décor in the 740 hotel rooms and suites as well as a full-appointed casino. Located right next door to the Heavenly ski area and partners with Harrah's, Harvey's gives you easy access to all the four-season thrills that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino has over 900 of the hottest Lake Tahoe slots, including the only Wheel of Fortune Super Spin machines in Northern Nevada. The casino also has tables games, Keno and a comfortable poker room.

Recommended for Casinos because: Harvey's has a relaxed, low-key casino as well as the hilarious Improv comedy club.

Christina's expert tip: The 19 Kitchen Bar is a modern lounge with a lake view, offering specialty drinks and small plates.

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Harrah's Lake Tahoe
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Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Stateline is another of the larger casinos in the area and offers everything you will need for your stay at the lake. The hotel features an 18-story tower with award-winning guestrooms and gives Lake Tahoe visitors' easy access to all the excitement of our casino and the relaxation awaiting at the magnificent swimming pool and a luxurious spa. The casino has over 900 of the hottest Lake Tahoe slots and table games like craps, roulette, blackjack and poker. Dining includes the American River Cafe, Friday's Station Steak & Seafood and the Forest Buffet with views of the lake. The PEEK nightclub is the newest nightspot at the lake and has 40 intimate VIP sections and books the hottest DJs from L.A., New York City and Las Vegas.

Recommended for Casinos because: Harrah's has been offering great resort and casino amenities in South Tahoe since 1955.

Christina's expert tip: Harrah's Forest Buffet is located on the 18th floor and features amazing views of Lake Tahoe.

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MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
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The Montbleu has 437 luxurious hotel rooms, many with spectacular lake and mountain views. The suites are designed for conferencing and entertaining and feature a living area, big screen TV, dining and wet bar. Wireless internet access is available throughout the resort for a nominal fee. The resort also has several areas for dining including the award-winning Ciera restaurant which features an exquisite array of steaks and chops, fresh seafood and vegetarian entrees, complemented by an international selection of 300 wines and champagnes. The resort has a high-class casino with various table games, slots, tournaments and special clubs for participants. The full service spa includes a fitness center, private relaxation rooms, saunas, whirlpools and eucalyptus steam rooms.

Recommended for Casinos because: The MontBleu is a stylish and fun resort casino that offers great concerts and special events.

Christina's expert tip: The Opal Ultra Lounge nightclub at MontBleu offers weekend special events such as free ladies nights.

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Lakeside Inn & Casino
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The Lakeside Inn and Casino has become of the local's favorite casinos and is more than welcoming to visitors as well. The casino offers a hotel with value rooms that are decorated with a Tahoe lodge style, free WiFi, coffee, a pool and hot tub and some pet-friendly rooms. The casino offers all the favorite games including poker tables, slots, craps, Blackjack and a Player's Club with special offers. The Lakeside also has a race and sportsbook that features all the top betting games and special events like the Super Bowl and the World Cup. When you are not playing at the Lakeside, you can be eating instead. The Inn and Casino feature The Timbers restaurant with its lodge-inspired decor and relaxed menu. The Lakeside also features several bars with table games and slots.

Recommended for Casinos because: The Lakeside is one of the friendliest casinos where you will meet Tahoe locals out for dinner.

Christina's expert tip: The Lakeside Inn & Casino is located a little farther away from the larger casinos, so it has a more quiet and laid back feel in this casino-centric area of the lake.

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Casino
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The Hyatt's Grand Lodge Casino is only one aspect of an enviable resort, which features a spa, top restaurants, a pool, and access to everything from skiing and hiking to golf and boating. No matter your gaming pleasure, you'll find something to test your luck: slot machines, video poker, a sportsbook, and table games like craps, roulette, and blackjack. Weekly video poker and blackjack tournaments invite participants for a $25 buy-in, and live entertainment is an evening standard. The pet-friendly hotel also features 422 guestrooms, including private lakeside cottages. The Hyatt Lake Tahoe is also home to the 10Best favorite restaurant, Lone Eagle Grille.

Recommended for Casinos because: The Hyatt in Incline is a classy and beautiful casino resort away from the crowds of South Shore.

Christina's expert tip: Enjoy one of the best views of the lake on the deck of the Lone Eagle Grille.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the newest casino hotel in the South Lake Tahoe area. This fully integrated resort has a 25,000 square foot casino with over 500 slot machines and various table games. The hotel boasts 539 rooms as well as multiple restaurants, bars, outdoor venues and the largest outdoor pool area in South Lake Tahoe. The casino's restaurants and bars include Park Prime featuring features local grass-fed beef, premium seafood and specialty cocktails. The Center Bar is located in the heart of the casino and is the place to be seen as is the Oyster Bar. The bar's stage featured nightly music and a large LED screen to watch concerts and videos.

Recommended for Casinos because: The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has nightly live music and regular special gaming events.

Christina's expert tip: The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino features hundreds of pieces of rock and roll memorabilia including some Elvis Presley items.

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Crystal Bay Club Casino


The Crystal Bay Casino has been voted one of the best casinos in the Lake Tahoe area, but they don't let it go to their head. This casual and friendly casino on the North Shore has become known for its excellent selection of live shows as well as for their lively casino. Many locals hang out at the Crystal Bay on the weekends to enjoy the numerous entertainment that the Crystal Bay books. Acts include legends like Dick Dale and Los Lonely Boys as well as fun bands like Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, the White Buffalo, Super Diamond and Tainted Love. The Crystal Bay also has comedy acts and special events with bands like the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars. And the best thing? A lot of these music events are free. During the shows in the Crown Room, there is no smoking allowed, but dancing is. The Crystal Bay's Sports Book offers full-service action on HD Plasma monitors, the casino has table games like Blackjack, Double Odds Craps, $2 and $4 Texas Hold'em and Roulette as well as numerous slots.

Recommended for Casinos because: The Crystal Bay Casino is probably the friendliest casino in the area where you can meet locals.

Christina's expert tip: The live music acts, such as Rising Appalachia and the Pink Floyd tributes, at the Crystal Bay Club are some of the best at the lake.

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Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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