In 1931 The Pair-o-Dice Club opened in Las Vegas. In 1941 The El Rancho Vegas opened as the first resort on what is now famously known as The Strip. In 1942 a second casino, Hotel Last Frontier opened on The Strip but it wasn’t until Bugsy Siegel took an interest in Las Vegas and opened the Flamingo in 1946 and the Desert Inn in 1950 that our little town hit the map as a gambling hotspot.
Fast forward to 2009 and the opening of City Center, a 16,797,000 square-foot mixed-use, urban complex on seventy-six acres of The Strip and costing a record $9.2 billion to construct and it’s pretty evident that Bugsy had at least a glimpse into the future of what Las Vegas could become to the world.
Today, in Las Vegas, we tend to divide our casinos into three categories: Casinos on The Strip, Downtown Casinos, and Casinos for Locals.
These are the world-famous casinos we see on every Las Vegas promotion and they bring millions upon millions of visitors to our city for the best entertainment found anywhere in the world! Here is a list and links to the most famous:
Those of us that have been in Las Vegas for decades have a soft spot in our hearts for Downtown Las Vegas and the Casinos that make up The Freemont Experience. Perhaps a little less pomp and circumstance downtown, a little bit more emphasis on “affordable” and “Glitz”, here’s a list and links to our Downtown Casinos:
Spread throughout Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas are a host of “Casinos for Locals” built mainly for our residents. Most, if not all the “Casinos for Locals” have players cards that are free to customers. You accumulate points on your card from dining, drinks, and entertainment in the casino. As your points add up so do the discounts and free stuff. Most casinos for locals don’t charge for parking and that’s a big plus because many casinos on the strip and downtown now charge for parking. Here is a list and links to the best known “Casinos for Locals:”