Everything You Need To Know About Las Vegas Casinos

There’s simply nowhere else on earth where gambling is such an integral part of the lifeblood of a city.  From it’s journey in its earliest days as a seedy getaway (when the mob ran the show), to its ascent to the modern epic centre of entertainment, if there’s one thing that’s synonymous with Las Vegas – it’s gambling.

At present Las Vegas is home to over 100 casinos and on any given night millions upon millions of dollars are wagered in the wonderful casinos of Sin City.  On this page we’ve broken down a full list of the most popular casinos in Las Vegas, along with guides on how to play casino games and some helpful tips for players.

List of Popular Las Vegas Casinos for 2017

Below you’ll find our current list of Vegas casino reviews which are part of our hotel reviews (simply scroll down to the gambling section in each review for full details).

Hotel NameLocationCasino SizeComp Program
BallysCenter Strip67,000 Sq. Ft.Total Rewards
BellagioCenter Strip116,000 Sq. FtM Life
Caesars PalaceCenter Strip166,000 Sq. Ft.Total Rewards
The CosmopolitanCenter Strip110,000 Sq. Ft.Identity Club
FlamingoCenter Strip77,000 Sq. Ft.Total Rewards
Four QueensDowntown50,000 Sq. Ft.Royal Players Club
Golden NuggetDowntown38,000 Sq. Ft.24K Select Club
HarrahsCenter Strip90,637 Sq. Ft.Total Rewards
LuxorSouth Strip120,000 Sq. Ft.M Life
Resorts WorldNorth Strip175,000 Sq. Ft.TBD
The PalmsOff Strip94,840 Sq. Ft.Club Palms
TropicanaSouth Strip50,000 Sq. Ft.Marquee Rewards

Casino Games – Guides, Tutorials & Strategy

As the casino industry has matured over the last 30 years, the sheer amount of games available on casino floors has also grown exponentially. These days it can be really intimidating for new players to figure out how the games work, which ones offer the best odds and proper etiquette for playing. Below we’ve provided a summary of the rules and strategy for thirteen of the most popular games for players.

Baccarat – The choice of high rollers, Baccarat is a fun game played against the house where the goal is to get a total as close as possible to 9, while beating either the Banker or Player.

Blackjack – One of the most popular casino games around where players need to get as close as possible to 21 to win, while having a higher value than the dealers hand.

Caribbean Stud – A 5 card draw poker game where you have to make a poker hand and beat the dealer, this game also features a progressive Royal Flush jackpot prize to be won.

Casino Holdem – This game is a variant of Texas Holdem and players are dealt two cards which they must use in conjunction with 3 community cards to make a winning hand.

Casino War – Definitely one of the simplest games in the casino, in Casino War both the player and dealer are given a card and whomever has the higher card wins the game.

Craps – One of the most exciting games, Craps is played on a long table where players bet on the outcome of two dice, throwing them across the table during each game.

Let It Ride – Another poker variant where players place 3 bets and try to make the best poker hand they can, with an option to remove 2/3 bets or let them all ride to win.

Pai Gow Poker – A popular Asian poker table game where players are dealt 7 cards and must try to make a poker hand, with big bonuses for receiving a seven card Royal Flush.

Roulette – A massively popular choice, Roulette is a game where you bet on the outcome of a spin of a wheel, choosing which number, color or section will come up on the wheel.

Slots – These games come in hundreds of different formats from Reel to Video, Bonus Round and many others, with the objective being to match up the pay table symbols to win.

3 Card Poker – The objective of Three Card Poker is to create a poker hand using 3 cards that beats the dealer, with bonuses paid out for straights, flushes and trips.

Ultimate Texas Holdem – The closest table game to traditional Texas Holdem, UTT pits the player against the dealer and whomever has the best hand wins the game.

Video Poker – Video poker is played on a machine and comes in a lot of different variants, with the most basic being 5 card draw poker, where a pair or above wins credits.

Other Interesting Vegas Casino Articles

  • Casino Comps (covers what they are, how to earn them & how you can use them for)
  • House Edge (ever wondered how casinos make money, it’s explained here)
  • Las Vegas Whales (tales from the biggest gamblers of all time)
  • Casino Hosts (what can a host do for you, how do you qualify for a host)
  • Identity Club Rewards (overview of the Cosmopolitan rewards program)
  • M Life Rewards (overview of the MGM properties rewards programs)
  • Total Rewards (overview of the Caesars properties rewards programs)
  • WSOP (a guide to the world’s largest poker tournament)
  • Online Casinos (a guide for people looking to play casino games online)