The best Las Vegas casinos
Whip out your wallet and place a bet at one of the gambling palaces that gives Sin City its name
Gambling on The Strip
Wynn Las Vegas & Encore casino
As you might expect, the action at Wynn is both sophisticated and decidedly pricey. Blackjack minimums start at $15, with a few single-deck games that pay the reduced 6:5 for naturals; hotel guests can also play 21 poolside at the Cabana Bar. Craps minimums are similar to blackjack. A single-zero roulette wheel is usually open in the high-limit room, though the minimums are high. The slots run the gamut from pennies to a $5,000 machine. Amazingly, Wynn has tried to attract local video-poker players with full-pay machines at higher denominations (very rare), though the schedules change unexpectedly; check the Las Vegas Advisor for their comings and goings. The keno lounge is one of the most comfortable in town. Games: Baccarat ($100–$15,000); Big Six; blackjack ($15–$10,000); craps (3x, 4x, 5x; from $10); Let it Ride; mini baccarat ($50–$10,000); pai gow poker; pai gow tiles; poker (26 tables); roulette (single & double zero); three-card poker.
The Bellagio’s casino draws celebs such as Ben Affleck and Drew Barrymore, but its ostentatious luxury verges on vulgar: the upholstery, carpets and striped canopies are a clash of colors and patterns. As you might expect, table limits are higher than at most Strip properties: minimums are often $25-$50 and it’s difficult to find even $10 blackjack. Still, the race and sports book is one of the most comfortable in town, and the poker room has replaced Binion’s as the mecca for pros, sharks and big-time players. Games: Baccarat ($100–$15,000); Big Six; blackjack ($10–$10,000); Caribbean stud; craps (3x, 4x, 5x; from $5); casino war; Let it Ride; mini baccarat ($25–$15,000); pai gow poker; pai gow tiles; poker (40 tables); roulette (single & double zero); three-card poker; slots.