If you are planning a vacation in Las Vegas that means you are ready to have fun gambling! But don’t restrict yourself to the gambling alone. Except at the gambling tables and machines you can get the adrenaline rush by exposing yourself to the wonders of some of the most iconic and stylish casinos this city can offer. Here are the 5 most popular Las Vegas casinos that you shouldn’t miss.
1. Flamingo Las Vegas
One of the most iconic sites in Las Vegas and the oldest casino still in operation in the city is “Flamingo” (nowadays called Flamingo Las Vegas). Legendary mobster Bugsy Siegel first opened it in 1946, but since then it has undergone many renovations and remodelling and changed many owners. The casino had the huge makeover in 1953, but it seems like the next one will begin by the end of the year. There’s a 3,626 rooms hotel along with the casino, and in the architectural and design sense it relies on the Art Deco and Art Moderne style. If you are coming to the city that never sleeps, Flamingo is one of the places that should not be missed. Famous Rat Pack hit from the 60′ Ocean’s Eleven as well as the Barry Levinson Bugsy from 1991 were filmed on this historical site, and it will make you feel a bit like a movie star, too.
Another luxurious and iconic casino located on the Las Vegas Strip that has been immortalized in the new-age Ocean’s Eleven and its sequel Ocean’s Thirteen (those with Clooney and Julia Roberts). Their owners MGM Resorts International will make sure that you have an incredible time if you pay them a visit. Its design is inspired by the little Italian town Bellagio that is situated on the Lake Como. It also has the huge artificial lake between the resort and the boulevard, the magnificent Fountains of Bellagio and the gallery of fine art. Besides slots, table games and sports betting, it is famous for its poker room with high table limits in which all the poker experts play their games (they call it “Office” among themselves). The casino was the host of the World Poker Tour on several occasions.
Better known by its former name “Binion’s Horseshoe”, this casino is the place where the World Series of Poker was born. Back in the 70’, it hosted the event that brought together all the greatest poker players who were willing to determine who is the best among them. Later it became annual and got its famous name. If you want to feel the spirit of the old times, you have to visit Binion’s. Even James Bond like it: In the movie Diamonds Are Forever from 1971 Sean Connery had a scene in front of the casino.
4. The Venetian
This five-diamond hotel and casino resort is the biggest one in Las Vegas and (together with its “auxiliary building” Sands Expo Convention Center and The Palazzo Hotel and Casino) the second largest hotel in the world. Everything about the Venetian is huge. It has 4,049 rooms and 3,068 suites, as well as the gambling rooms that measure 120,000-square-foot in total (second only to The Venetian Macao in China). In 2001, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened its outpost in this resort, and it has 4 theatres and TAO Nightclub which is one of the most popular nightclubs in the world. As its name suggests, this casino is inspired by the features of the Venetian architectural style. It hosts the replicas of several important sites of the famous Italian medieval city, among which the Rialto Bridge (where you can even rent a Venetian gondola!) and the St. Mark’s Square with the St. Mark’s Campanile. If you want to spend money in the big style, be sure that there is nothing bigger than the Venetian!
5. Mandalay Bay
One more of the casinos that are owned by MGM Resorts International. It is also one of the casinos with the largest gambling area with a total space of 160,000 square foot. If you prefer South-East Asian aesthetics, Mandalay Bay is the right place for you (although the Burma’s capital isn’t actually situated in any bay…). It has a Convention centre of more than 1 million square foot (inside it, there’s a 96.000 square foot ballroom), the fifth largest one in the USA, as well as the huge shopping mall �Mandalay Place’, dozens of restaurants and bars and a enormous beach, with a wave pool and a waterfall. One of the main attractions is the salt-water aquarium called The Shark Reef, one of the biggest on the continent. In this casino, you will find any game you can think of, and have real Asian pleasures in the middle of the Nevada.