The tropical-themed ‘M-Bay’ fails to match the grandeur of Vegas’ more famous mega-resorts, although high-stakes gamblers will appreciate a classy casino that seems as limitless as the credit line needed to play here. Everything can be a spectacle here, if you only know where to look.
The blue-roofed pagoda facade and faux–Far East theme are hokey, but the zany atmosphere at what was once the Flamingo Capri is quite alright. The always-packed casino is decked out in bamboo and rattan under a dragon-motif ceiling. If you liked the indie movie The Cooler , you’ll love it here.
The name of this wildly popular casino hotel says a lot about the Rio . The corny Masquerade Village, the center of the action, offers an ongoing carnaval atmosphere.
The world’s first rock ’n’ roll casino, the hot, hot, hot Hard Rock embraces what may be the most impressive collection of rock-star memorabilia ever assembled under one roof.
You’d think all manner of vice would be welcome in the Big Easy, but Harrah’s, near the foot of Canal St, doesn’t get much local love. In spite of its best efforts to fit in – there’s a perfunctory Mardi Gras parade every night – Harrah’s still manages to make guests feel like they’re in Sparks, Nevada.
A classic dive dating back to 1940, El Cortez is choked with smoke but has vintage Vegas appeal in spades. In the crowded casino, rough-edged local gamblers grudgingly allow accidental tourists like yourself to buy into the low-limit action on roulette, craps and other table games aimed at cheapskates and gambling novices.
Designed to seduce Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers, the ultramodern Palms catapulted into the limelight with a starring role on MTV’s Real World reality-TV series and Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown .
Built by Steve Wynn on the site of the legendary Dunes, the Bellagio is Vegas’ original, opulent, if entirely parvenu, pleasure villa. You may recognize it from the 2001 remake of the Rat Pack–era movie Ocean’s Eleven .
Apparently, for casino mogul Steve Wynns creating eponymous resort Wynn Las Vegas wasn’t enough, and so he decide to build Encore resort right next-door. Flash your sun-kissed skin at Encore Beach Club, or get down with the hotties at XS nightclub.
When it debuted as the world’s largest casino in 1946, the Golden Nugget looked like a million bucks and, unbelievably, poker players were allowed to deal their own cards. In the 1970s, casino impresario Steve Wynn brought vintage Vegas back into style by inviting Frank Sinatra to star.
Tired of megaresort casinos stealing your dough courtesy of bad-odds video-poker machines and table games with ridiculous rules that inflate the house advantage (ie ‘edge’) beyond limits that even mobsters would find respectable? Well, the odds aren’t great here either, but at least low-minimum wagers make it easier to stomach.
Give me your tired, huddled (over a Wheel of Fortune slot machine) masses. The mini-megapolis of New York–New York has scaled-down replicas of the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, a mini Brooklyn Bridge and scale-warped renditions of the Chrysler and Ziggurat buildings, all topped off by a roller coaster wrapped around the colorful facade.