Las Vegas

Las Vegas is truly the casino capital of the world! While many years ago the city may have had a…

Las Vegas is truly the casino capital of the world! While many years ago the city may have had a reputation as an “adult play­ground” run by “shady characters,” today’s Las Vegas features many world-class facilities run by some of America’s most familiar corporate names

Las Vegas has more motel/hotel rooms – 145,000 – than any other city in the U.S. and it attracts more than 37 million visitors each year. The abundance of casinos in Las Vegas forces them to compete for customers in a variety of ways and thus, there are always great bargains to be had, but only if you know where to look.

The annual gaming revenue report breaks the Las Vegas market down into two major tourist areas: the Strip and downtown. There is also a very large local market in Las Vegas and those casinos are shown in the gaming revenue report as the Boulder Strip and North Las Vegas areas.

Click here to see a list of Las Vegas casino slot machine payback statistics.

The machines in downtown Las Vegas pay out more than those located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Returns even better than the downtown casinos can be found at some of the other local casinos along Boulder Highway such as Boulder Station and Sam’s Town and also in the North Las Vegas area which would include the Fiesta, Santa Fe and Texas Station casinos. Not only are those numbers among the best returns in the Las Vegas area, but they are also among the best payback percentages for anywhere in the United States.

This information is pretty well known by the locals and that’s why many of them do their slot gambling away from the Strip unless they are drawn by a special slot club benefit or promotion.

All Las Vegas casinos are open 24 hours and, unless otherwise noted, offer slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette.

Some casinos also offer: sportsbook (SB), racebook (RB), Spanish 21 (S21), baccarat (B), mini-baccarat (MB), pai gow (PG), poker (P), pai gow poker (PGP), Caribbean stud poker (CSP), let it ride (LIR), three-card poker (TCP), sic bo (SIC), keno (K), big-6 wheel (B6) and bingo (BG). The minimum gambling age is 21.

List of Casinos in Las Vegas

Shown below is a list of all Las Vegas casinos. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

Video Tour of Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas

A video tour of Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

American Casino Guide author Steve Bourie takes a look at Sam’s Town’s rooms, restaurants and other amenities offered at this favorite locals casino.

Free Las Vegas Attractions

Phoning to double-check on times, tours, or anything that is readily changed or seasonal is always a good idea.

OrganizationAttraction (with Details)
BellagioBellagio Lake Fountains Show (every half hour [M-F (3-8pm), Sa-Su (noon-8pm)] & every 15 minutes [daily, 8pm-midnight])
Bellagiolarge floral conservatory (24/7 near registration)
Bellagioten million dollar floral chandelier (24/7 at registration)
Caesars Palace Fall of Atlantis (statues talk daily on the hour [10am-11pm(midnight F,Sa)])
Caesars Palace Forum Shops (classic Roman street, ‘sky’ runs through a 24-hour cycle every hour)
Caesars Palacesea aquarium (24/7, feeding 3:15pm)
Caesars Palacespiraling escalators (24/7)
Caesars Palacestatue of David (24/7)
Caesars PalaceTrojan Horse (daily business hours of FAO Schwartz)
Circus Circuscircus acts (every half hour [11am-midnight])
Circus Circusclown shows (daily [noon,2,4pm] at Adventuredome main stage)
Ethel Mtwo self-guided tours through cactus garden & candy factory which includes candy tasting (daily [8:30am-7pm]; Sunset & Mountain Vista)
Fashion Show MallThe Cloud, sunshade with accompanying video screens (24/7)
FlamingoWild Life Habitat & Arboretum (24/7)
Flyawayobserve indoor skydiving (daily [9:45am-7:30pm]; 200 Convention Center Drive)
Fremont StreetFremont Street Experience, four-block overhead show (nightly on the hour [dusk-midnight])
Golden Nuggetsizeable collection of real gold nuggets (24/7)
Hard Rockmusic memorabilia displays
Las Vegas HiltonElvis statue, at main entrance
Las Vegas HiltonScenic Elevator, at north end of hotel, at least 29 floors
Las Vegas Hiltonwallpaper above urinals displays women looking down expressively; in men’s restroom near cashiers cage
Liberace Museumadmission for locals (second Sunday of each month [12-4pm], 1775 Tropicana E [798-5595], NV photo ID)
Luxorbeautiful Egyptian motif (24/7, near registration)
Luxorimpressive inside overlooks from upper floors
Luxorinclinator rides, elevators at 39 degrees (To ride, use inside fire escape to bypass lower floors.  Then use inside fire escape to selectively move up one floor to experience different sets of elevators.)
Main Street Stationartifacts & antiques (24/7, brochure available at registration)
M. Barrick Museumnative exhibits of SW US (M-F [8am-4:45pm], Sa [10am-2pm] at UNLV, 4505 Maryland Pkwy S [895-3381])
MGMlion habitat (daily [11am-10pm])
MGMRain Forest Cafe (daily [8am-11pm]), display of mechanical animals, two sizeable aquariums
Mirageatrium (24/7)
Miragesea aquarium (24/7 behind registration)
Miragevolcanic eruption (daily every hour [7pm-midnight])
MonteLago VillageMonteLago Village (24/7, sizeable Italian-style village)
Neon Museumoutdoor gallery of refurbished casino signs on & near Fremont St (24/7)
Out of This WorldOut of This World Museum (private home paranormal museum at 3019 McLeod Dr run by Mike Kurban [call for hours 457-1377])
Pinball Hallarcade of 200 new and old pinball machines, all playable by visitors daily from 11am -11pm, 1610 Tropicana E, children allowed to play, additional games can be won
Planet Hollywoodindoor thunderstorm on the hour on M,Tu,W,Th; on the half hour on F,Sa,Su
RioMasquerade in the Sky (Th-Su [7,8,9,10,11pm,midnight])
Sam’s TownSunset Stampede (daily [2,6,8,10pm])
Silvertonsea aquarium, 117,000 gallon, 8,000 fish (24/7, fish feedings daily [1:30,4:30,7:30pm])
Silvertontwo sea aquariums, 500 gallons each, contain only jellyfish; in Mermaids Lounge
Silverton: Pro Bass Shopsmuseum quality displays: waterfalls, stuffed animals, etc. (M-Sa [9am-10pm], Su [10am-7pm] at Pro Bass Shops)
Treasure IslandSirens of TI (daily [7,8:30,10,11:30pm])
Treasuresnude entertainment with free buffet and well drinks and/or domestic beer (daily [4-6pm], 2801 Westwood Drive [257-3030])
VenetianGrand Canal Shoppes, canalized Venetian shopping district on second floor (24/7)
VenetianLiving Statues; 10am-6pm in St. Mark’s Square, noon-8pm at Ann Taylor
VenetianVenetian Carnaval performances; noon,1,2,4,5,6pm, St. Mark’s Square
VenetianThe Venetian Trio; 6-10pm, St. Mark’s Square

Tips For Your Trip to Las Vegas

How to Save Money When Planning a Las Vegas Vacation with Jean “Queen of Comps” Scott

Steve Bourie, author of the American Casino Guide, interviewed gambling author Jean Scott, who is also known as the “Queen of Comps,” for information on how to save money when planning a Las Vegas vacation.

  • Topics covered include
  • The best times to travel
  • How to save money on rooms, food, transportation, and shows
  • Tips on how to get the most from your gambling bankroll

10 Tips for Visiting Las Vegas with Las Vegas Advisor Publisher Anthony Curtis

Steve Bourie, interviews Las Vegas Advisor newsletter publisher Anthony Curtis about 10 tips for Las Vegas visitors to get the best deals.

Topics covered include:

  • How to save money on rooms
  • Dining and shows
  • Best advice for gamblers
  • Resort fees and how they can be avoided
  • Best and worst times to visit
  • Why “locals” casinos often offer the best values
  • Plus, much more!

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