1-Plaza Hotel and Casino 

Housed in the former railway station of Las Vegas, facing directly along Fremont Street, the enormous Plaza Hotel and Casino has reinvented itself in recent years to provide once again the quintessential Downtown gambling experience, which is much less slick than what you will find on the Strip. Sports betting has been on offer here for longer than at any other casino in the city, and now also includes a  Race and Sports Book run by  William Hill.

2-Monte Carlo 

The building reflects its European namesake, but the casino is typically Vegas, with the usual machines and table games. Its slot club is, however, superior to most, and the air seems fresher than in most casinos, too.

3-El Cortez

The definitive Downtown casino,  a short walk east of the roofed and pedestrianized blocks of Fremont Street, is renowned for the low odds on its gaming tables and its (relatively) high­paying slot machines. If you like your gambling hard­bitten, this is the place to come. US citizens can even win $50,000 on raffle draws of Social Security numbers.

4-The Palms 

Aimed, unusually, at hip out­of­town clubbers and budget­conscious locals alike, the Palms offers a winning combination of good­value gambling and a glamorous setting. Hoping to lure gamblers the half-mile away from the Strip, it vigorously promotes itself as having the “loosest” (best­paying) slot machines in Las Vegas, while high rollers to relish its partying, big-spending weekend vibe. 

5-Sunset Station 

Primarily patronized by local residents, Sunset Station is located just across from the Galleria at Sunset shopping mall. The casino benefits from plenty of natural light and is well ventilated, too. It also has a Kids’ Quest (nursery), where regular play events, with themes such as Superheroes and Comic Capers, are run.

6-Hard Rock Hotel 

Out on it's own situated a mile to the east of the Strip, the Hard Rock is a destination resort for those – predominantly Californians – who enjoy casino gambling as part of an all-round rock’n’roll lifestyle of partying, clubbing, and big-name gigs. It even offers swim-up blackjack and craps tables, set in the swimming pool and staffed by bikini-clad dealers. 


Ranking among the plushest of all the major Strip casinos, Bellagio offers as swanky a gaming experience as you could ever hope to find. There are exclusive baccarat and poker areas reserved for high rollers, and video games inlaid into the marble counters. It is a  great place to take advantage of the Las Vegas custom whereby active gamblers are plied with free drinks. 

8-Golden Nugget 

This casino sets itself apart from its Downtown neighbors, in terms of both its clientele and its ambiance. The restaurants are very good, and the casino is a pleasant place to gamble while waiting to see the Fremont Street Experience, which takes place just outside the doors of the complex. 


One of the most respected names in the gaming industry, Caesars has more than a dozen properties across the US, and this one, in particular, offers value for money in service, food, and ambiance. Harrah’s has one of the best player’s clubs as far as prizes are concerned. The club card can be used at any Caesars property. 

10-The Cosmopolitan 

There is no more electrifying and energizing casino in Las Vegas than the vibrant, buzzing Cosmopolitan – especially late on a weekend evening when its clubs and bars are packed to bursting point. Unlike its corporately owned neighbors, The Cosmopolitan does its utmost to prevent anyone from leaving, and the big-game atmosphere in its Race and Sports Book is unbeatable.

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