How Many Casinos in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is home to one of the most electric, elaborate, and iconic gambling scenes in the entire world – but it’s no secret. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons why the city draws in more than 32 million tourists every year and something the 650,000 residents who call Las Vegas home take part in on a regular basis.
With casinos on what seems like every corner – you can even gamble in gas stations and grocery stores – visitors have plenty of options to consider when finding their favorite spot to gamble. Even beyond the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street, there are hotel casinos and smaller casinos throughout the valley.
Of course, that begs the question – how many casinos are in Las Vegas? According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, there are more than 150 casinos that either operate 15 or more slot machines or offer table games – there are also more than 300 smaller casinos and 2,000+ other slot machine parlors.
Most Popular Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is the primary reason why Las Vegas sees so many tourists every single year – when you picture Las Vegas in your head, you’re looking at the Strip. Located along Las Vegas Blvd., the Strip consists of more than four miles of hotels, casinos, and other entertainment to keep tourists busy.
For those looking to gamble, the Strip is home to 60+ casinos – half of which are located in the heart of the Strip (between Mandalay Bay and the Stratosphere). A weekend trip won’t be long enough to visit each and every one, especially if you’re sight-seeing along the way – so make sure you plan accordingly.
While everyone’s going to have their own opinion, here are five of the most popular casinos on the Strip:
1. Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace is located along the west side of the Strip and sits between the Mirage and the Bellagio. It was founded in 1966 and was themed after the Roman Empire – it features The Colosseum, which is where a majority of their biggest acts perform. It’s also home to the Forum Shops if you want to shop.
The Bellagio Resort & Casino is located along the west side of the Strip and sits between Caesar’s Palace and the Cosmopolitan. It was founded in 1998 and was themed after the village of Bellagio, near Lake Como. It’s home to the Bellagio Fountains display and the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
3. MGM Grand
The MGM Grand Las Vegas is touted as the largest single hotel in the world with more than 6,850 rooms. It was founded in 1993 and is located next to the Tropicana Casino Resort and across from New York-New York. It’s home to the Garden Arena, the Hakkasan nightclub, TopGolf, and so much more.
4. New York, New York
For those that want a taste of New York City, the New York-New York Hotel and Casino – which is owned and operated by MGM Resorts – is the place to be. It’s located across from the MGM Grand and next to Park MGM. It features an outdoor/indoor rollercoaster and is designed to resemble the streets of NYC.
The Luxor is one of the more unique hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s shaped like a pyramid and has a light that shines out the top. It’s located between the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay on the west side of Las Vegas Blvd and is home to both the Titanic Exhibit and Blue Man Group – a must-see show.
Most Popular Casinos on Fremont Street
Along with the Las Vegas Strip, the Fremont Street Experience is one of the biggest attractions Las Vegas has to offer. Also referred to as ‘Downtown Las Vegas,’ Fremont Street was where the original ‘Strip’ was located before it expanded further down Las Vegas Blvd.. While not as modern, Fremont still has charm.
Fremont Street is where you’ll see a lot of the street performers – street dancers, bucket drumming, living statues, and spray paint artists. Of course, Fremont is also home to some of the most iconic hotels and casinos Las Vegas has to offer – the same hotel-casinos that made Sin City famous in the early 1900s.
With that said, let’s take a look at five of the most popular casinos along the Fremont Street Experience:
1. Golden Nugget
The Golden Nugget was built in 1964 and is one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. It’s themed after the Gold Rush and features The Tank and The Hideout complex – where you can marvel at their 200,000 gallon shark tank aquarium and hang out poolside in one of their 17 private cabanas. It’s a vibe, for sure!
2. Circa Resort & Casino
One of the newest casinos in Las Vegas, the Circa Resort & Casino is a first of its kind – being the first adult-only casino in the valley. It’s a sportsbook junkie’s favorite spot – Stadium Swim, wish is equipped with 6 pools, a 40-foot HD screen with sports on all-day long, and swim-up bars. It’s an experience!
3. El Cortez Hotel & Casino
The El Cortez Hotel & Casino was opened in 1941 and is one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. It’s such a historic casino that it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was once owned by Bugsy Siegel and features Spanish-style architecture – for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
4. Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel
Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel was founded in 1951 and was owned by Benny Binion and his family up until 2004 – it’s now owned by TLC Casino Enterprises. It’s home to some of Fremont’s best restaurants – such as Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews, Binion’s Cafe, and so much more.
5. Plaza Hotel & Casino
The Plaza Hotel & Casino was founded in 1971 and was formerly known as the Union Plaza Hotel and Casino. It’s home to CORE Arena – the very first and only permanent outdoor equestrian center in Downtown Vegas – and also houses a rooftop pool. If you like pickleball, they have 12 courts available.
Most Popular Station Casinos
The Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street Experience are the two biggest attractions in the Las Vegas valley, especially for those looking to gamble. While your trip will likely be centered around those two attractions, Las Vegas has so much more to offer if you’re willing to venture out into the suburbs.
For starters, you’ll find hundreds of slot machine parlors (Dotty’s is a perfect example) located throughout the city – which is where you’ll find a lot of the locals trying to avoid the crowds of tourists. You also have Station Casinos – a company that owns more than a dozen casinos that are geared towards the locals.
Let’s take a look at the five most popular Station Casinos that are located outside the Strip and Fremont:
1. Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
Located next to Downtown Summerlin, the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa is one of Summerlin’s premier destinations. It’s a favorite among locals with a wide range of quality cuisine options, a vibrant nightlife scene, an incredible 3-acre pool area, a unique bowling alley, and a massive movie theatre.
2. Sunset Station Hotel and Casino
The Sunset Station Hotel and Casino is located in Henderson, NV and is about a 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. It was Henderson’s first ever hotel-casino and boasts a unique Spanish/Mediterranean theme. It features a movie theater, a 72-lane bowling alley, and a variety of quality dining options.
3. Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino
The Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino is located in northwest Las Vegas – in the Rancho-Centennial Hills area. It boasts a bowling alley, movie theatre, arcade room for the kids, a supervised childcare facility if you need some alone time with your significant other, and a pool with a relaxing atmosphere.
4. Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
The Boulder Station Hotel & Casino is about a 20-minute drive east of the Las Vegas Strip and is located along the Boulder Highway. Much like the Santa Fe Station, it’s home to a supervised childcare facility and has a movie theatre to keep the kids entertained, but also boasts all the adult activies you’ll need.
5. Palace Station Hotel & Casino
The Palace Station Hotel & Casino is located along the Las Vegas Freeway by the Stratosphere, Circus Circus, Wynn, and Venetian – the north end of the Strip. It boasts a business center and fitness center, making it a trusted option for those that want to stay off the Strip, but still close enough to the action.
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