How many casinos are there in Las Vegas? It kind of depends on your conception of the “Strip,” but essentially, thirty-three casinos call the Las Vegas Strip home, as far as the eyes can see. These thirty Strip casinos range from Mandalay Bay at the South, to the Venetian to the North, and everything in between. Not surprisingly, any given time of day you might see someone at one of these casinos playing the slots, roulette, blackjack or video poker.
There are other places, though, where there are more than one casino. For example, you will find the Bellagio, the Venetian, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, and even the Monte Carlo at the North. Of course, most of these are inside the hotel, but some are actually outside on the Strip. Still, that doesn’t count the Universal Hotel, which has four locations: on the North end of the Strip, the East end, the West end, and the Sante Fe complex on the Southeast. And, speaking of locations, there are dozens more throughout the entire city.
Now, how many casinos are there in Las Vegas? That’s another question that gets asked often, and the answer isn’t always clear. The number is hard to pin down because, like I said, it varies from person to person. But, for the purposes of this article, I’ll assume that there are about seven Las Vegas casinos, counting the ones in the hotel and those outlying the strip. That brings us to the next question: which ones do we actually know the names of? Here are some suggestions:
Palace of the Silverado Casino: This is the very first casino to be built when the city was created. And, it opened in 1932, long before gambling was even legalized in Las Vegas. The Palace has been home to some of the best, famous gamblers in the world, including Bill Bell who introduced the game to America.
The Venetian Resort and Casino: This is the oldest of Las Vegas’ seven establishments. And, it opened in 1931. Like the Palace, it was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It also is home to many famous gamblers of its time. Among them were famed blackjack players Jack Nicklaus and George Steinbrenner.
The Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino: This is the newest, and it promises to offer some “wow” factor to visitors. When they say “wow,” what they really mean is “amazing.” The Paris offers guests the chance to dine at one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world, and it boasts one of the most expansive layouts of any of the Las Vegas hotels.
Bellagio: This is one of the originals, a true Italian-American classic. Built by none other than the original signer of The Great Atlantic Insurance Company (G.A.I.) itself, Bellagio features a very high quality of gaming equipment. And, yes, there are poker and blackjack.
Monte Carlo: Monte Carlo is one of those places you either love or hate. Some love it, and some hate it. For some people, the gambling and women’s problems may be worth the trip. For others, the crowds, noise, and general atmosphere just don’t blend well. If you like your Vegas adventures with a bang, Monte Carlo is one of the places you should be trying to find your way to.
MGM Grand: This is another of the originals, at least in the Las Vegas Strip. And MGM, though it is a casino, does not have a real casino inside it. But it does have a great food menu, tons of free entertainment and shows, and a huge collection of memorabilia and gifts from the more glamorous eras of casino history. It’s worth a stop on any list of must-dos in Las Vegas.
Bellagio: Another great casino, and one of the originals, in the Las Vegas Strip. Bellagio was built by Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect responsible for the graceful Bellagio arch. The Bellagio has a reputation for being rough around the edges. But then again, who isn’t? Some of the more popular entertainers have performed there, like James Bond, and the slots go til pay-dotted.
Caesar’s: While it may not be on the strip, this one is a Las Vegas staple and an old one at that. The original Caesars Palace opened in 1931 and has been making trips to Vegas ever since. There are some fabulous restaurants here, and the food alone is worth a visit. If you do a little bit of research, you can find other greats restaurants as well.