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About Las Vegas gaming
Las Vegas was the world's first international gambling hub and still maintains its place as the world's gambling and entertainment center. The evolution from the "Glitter Gulch" (Downtown) of old, to the themed resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, and now as the destination of over 40 million gamblers and fun-seekers each year, Las Vegas still sets the trends and changes with the times as it needs to. Las Vegas is the most visited place on the planet.
The first licensed casino in Las Vegas opened at 15 Fremont Street in 1936 as the Northern Club. Known most recently as La Bayou, the casino closed along with Mermaids and Girls of Glitter Gulch on June 27, 2016 to make way for a new casino under development from relative newcomers, Derek and Greg Stevens, owners of D Las Vegas (formerly Fitzgerald's) the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLV) and other downtown properties.
The downturn and recovery of Las Vegas
Las Vegas has always been vibrant, resilient, and able to reinvent itself when needed. New development stopped for awhile with the great recession of 2008. Visitor numbers fell to 37.48 million, and the city lost about another million footfalls the next year with a low of 36.35 million visits in 2009. But by 2015 a record 42.3 million people visited the city, and July 2016 saw 3.8 million visitors in a single month, setting another record.
Of course, the economic slowdown was not the only thing keeping Las Vegas from retaining its position as the number one gambling hub in the world as judged by gross gaming revenues. Thanks to Sands Macao and Wynn Macau, in 2006, Macau posted GGR of $6.95 billion while the Las Vegas Strip clocked in at $6.35b according to RubinBrown. After years of struggling, in 2015, the Strip again took in just under $6.35b and hotel occupancy rates were back to 90% marking a complete recovery and nothing but blue skies ahead.
A changing Las Vegas
Although visitor numbers are up, and individuals began spending more money each trip beginning in 2014, gambling expenditures aren't growing as fast as spending is growing in other categories. Only 12% of visitors surveyed by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in 2014 said they came to gamble. Entertainment, rooms, and restaurants are the main draws now. But once in the city, 71% of visitors spent an average of 2.6 hours gambling each day.
All of these numbers point to a change in the way the casinos will continue to attract successive generations of visitors. In 2016 and 2017 it is the "Millenial" generation being courted. Skill-based gambling games were authorized by the legislature and governor in May 2015. By late 2015 and 2016 virtual reality and other hybrid video game gambling cabinets had made their way to the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas in a big way, and were slowly making their way to the casino floors.
There will always be gambling in Vegas, and the numbers show that visitors will likely play even when they don't really plan to. But the most important numbers are those showing precisely why people come to town, and those numbers show that it is for pleasure, vacation, and entertainment by a factor of five over those who come mainly to gamble, according to surveys conducted on behalf of the LVCVA.
Industry's response to a changing market
That's why we now have the Linq Promenade featuring an outdoor retail, dining, and entertainment plaza, not to mention the High Roller, the tallest observation in the world at 550 feet; A new 20,000 capacity arena behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York; Monte Carlo announcing plans to spend $450 million on a total renovation at The Park; a possible NFL stadium; a new casino going in Downtown; more outdoor events downtown; MGM committing to more art assets in the city; a Topgolf center, and dozens of other innovations intended to bring the younger crowds to town, and keep them around longer - whether they plan to gamble or not.
Today's player wants a little bit of everything and they want it now, or at least a few steps away. So casinos like Encore Las Vegas have developed players clubs, slightly separated from the casino floor with their own ambiance and attractions. Here you'll find a cocktail bar, gaming pit, and social lounge all in one place. Patrons can easily move from the blackjack tables to a free game of shuffleboard or billiards, watch big screen TVs from the bar or a comfortable lounge chair, and play at touchscreen tables featuring interactive social games with no gambling. The touchscreens are multi-purpose, letting visitors check sports odds, or simply browse the cocktail menu in between games.
The sports book at Cosmopolitan uses the same concept of hybrid space and multiple social avenues. The innovations are paying off and the offerings will continue to change in order to adapt to a more sophisticated, demanding, and younger clientele.
A more traditional Las Vegas experience
For old-style Las Vegas entertainment you may be disappointed that the longest-running showgirl revue, Jubilee @ Bally’s has ended its historic run - but as of late 2016 you can still find "Vegas the Show" at Planet Hollywood, and "The Rat Pack is Back" at Tuscany. Of course, there's always a concert or other show, and in September 2016 Britney Spears added 18 more shows to her run at Planet Hollywood.
If you want to see some of the seedy past of the great city, the Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana is always a good bet. An evening cab ride to The Freemont Street Experience is a must-do, or you can go to the Neon Boneyard for a tour of old signs to get your retro fix.
While Downtown offers a mix of serious gambling opportunities at legendary spots such Four Queens or El Cortez Hotel & Casino (read up before you go, this is old-style Vegas) or upscale experiences at the D Las Vegas or Golden Nugget - The Strip is undergoing its own transformation.
The Las Vegas Strip evolves with new casinos and experiences
The Riviera came down in 2016 to make room for the Las Vegas Convention Center to expand all the way to Las Vegas Blvd. The T-Mobile Arena opened in April between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo casino hotels and will host an NHL expansion team beginning in the fall of 2017. MGM is also working on a new mid-size concert venue at The Park and investing $450 million in a complete renovation and possible rebranding of Monte Carlo with two separate hotels.
The ARIA Convention Center is expanding, and they've already opened the Jewel Nightclub with over 1,400 square feet of architectural LED ribbons highlighting the 24,000 sq ft multi-faceted hotspot featuring private VIP suites.
There are also four major developments expected to open on the Strip, or just next to it, each with their own particular appeal.
The first to open will be Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in early December. Very much Asian-centric, with signage throughout in Mandarin as well as English, Lucky Dragon stands to attract plenty of Asian visitors, especially since direct flights from China to Las Vegas are now possible.
In place of the what was to become Echelon (on the site of the previous Stardust) the $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas could open as early as 2018, but more likely in 2019. The first phase should include a 3,500 room hotel and a 175,000 square foot casino, retail, dining, and convention space. As the 87-acre property develops further, expect to see three more hotel towers erected, movie theaters, an indoor water park, aquarium, and possibly even a panda environment from Genting.
No opening date is known yet for Ālon Las Vegas across from Wynn at the site of the former New Frontier Hotel & Casino, but best estimates put the opening in mid-2019. Developers have had some difficulty getting all of the funding together they will need to open, but construction is progressing. Expect something absolutely novel and cutting edge from this development.
The casino on the 34.5 acre property will only cover 50,000 sq ft and be the smallest of the resort's entertainment spaces. The nightclub, headed up by Jesse Waits, will be 56,000 sq ft, the ballroom will have 65,000 sq ft of space and the pool area will cover over 80,000 sq ft. MICE space will take up 90,000 sq ft and retail will see a footprint of some 116,000 square feet.
Although no final deal has been announced, it was revealed in July that owners of the Mohegan Sun were interested in purchasing the long-stalled Fontainebleau Resort which has been mothballed since 2009. The 68-floor hotel and luxury casino is the second tallest building in the city and is about 70% complete. The tribal authority's interest in Fontainebleau is further proof that Las Vegas has, indeed, rebounded from the downturn. Viva Las Vegas!
Las Vegas Casino Information
Las Vegas, Nevada has 169 casinos in which you'll find more than 95,461 slots and gaming machines.
There are a total of 4358 table games. The minimum bet we've found at casinos in Las Vegas is $0.01 and the maxium bet is $50,000. Click a casino on the left for more information on a particular property.
There is poker in Las Vegas! You will find over 503 live poker tables to play at. You will find the following games in Las Vegas casinos: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Slot machines, 3 Card Poker, Video Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow, Limit Holdem, No Limit Holdem, 7 Card Stud, Pot Limit Omaha, Sportsbook, Video Keno, Texas Hold'em, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Casino War, Big 6, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Crazy 4 Poker, Blackjack Switch, Free Bet Blackjack, Chinese Poker, Omaha 8 or Better, Draw, Racebook, Bingo, Keno, NL Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Electronic Keno, Simulcasting, Spanish 21, Sic Bo, Electronic Blackjack, Progressive 3-Card Poker, Tournaments, Progressive Pai Gow Poker, Midi-Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Progressive Blackjack, NL Holdem, Keno With Progressive, Video Blackjack, Electronic Tables, Blackjack - Single Deck , Mississippi Stud, Dragon Bonus Baccarat, Blackjack Double Deck, Three Card Poker Progressive, Progressive Texas Hold'em, Super Fun 21, Swim Up Gaming, Omaha Hi-Lo, Horse, Electronic Craps, Community/Multi-Player Slots, Mixed Games, Electronic Roulette, Wheel of Fortune, Texas Hold'em Bonus, Ultimate Texas Hold'em Progressive, Crazy Pineapple, , Crazy 4, Chuck-A-Luck, Red Dog, 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo, Bet The Set, EZ Baccarat, Race & Sports Book, Caribbean Stud Poker Progressive Jackpot, Let It Ride Bonus Poker, 7-Card Stud Razz, Automated Table, Mobile Sportsbook Hotspot, Traditional Slot Machines, Electronic Bingo, EZ Progressive Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, Stud, Badugi, Triple Draw, Deuces Wild Hold 'Em Fold 'Em, American Roulette, Commission Free Baccarat, Hit & Run 21, Emperors Challenge, 21+3 Xtreme, Omaha Hi, Single Zero Roulette. Some Las Vegas casinos also offer convention centers and meeting spaces. Over the entire town, you will find a total of 6,794,218 conference sq/ft space in the various casino properties.
Largest Casinos in Las Vegas
The largest casino in Las Vegas, Nevada according to gaming machines and table games put together, is Resorts World Casino Las Vegas. The Resorts World Casino Las Vegas total casino square footage is 175,000 square feet. It has 3250 gaming machines and 250 tables games.
You can contact the Resorts World Casino Las Vegas at (702) 802-6460 . The Resorts World Casino Las Vegas is located at Paradise, NV, USA.
Visit the Resorts World Casino Las Vegas information page for more details on this casino.
The second largest casino in Las Vegas would be Treasure Island Las Vegas with 2685 gaming machines / table games. The Treasure Island Las Vegas has a total casino square footage of 95,000 square feet. There is a hotel with 2884 hotel rooms available. If you wish to make lodging accommodations at Treasure Island Las Vegas, please visit the Treasure Island Las Vegas information page for more details.
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Las Vegas Casino Stats
|Total Casino sq/ft:||5,189,784 sq/ft|
|Total Convention sq/ft:||6,794,218 sq/ft|
City of Las Vegas
495 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
|Governed by: Nevada Gambling Authority|
555 East Washington Avenue
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