When you think of Las Vegas casinos, a few images undoubtedly come to mind. Swanky rooms filled with the sound of slot machines and dealers calling out instructions to bidders. Beautiful cocktail waitresses passing out drinks to cheering gamblers. But nothing you could imagine truly comes close to the ultimate casino experience. It’s something you have to see for yourself!
A Brief History
Just what makes a Las Vegas casino so special? A proud history of luxury and fun. The very first casino was built in 1931 and was called the Pair-o-Dice Club. However, the first casino to be built on the 4.2 mile stretch of what is now known as the Strip was the El Rancho Vegas in 1941. California passed strict gambling laws in the late 1930’s, so people looking to try their luck flocked to Vegas. And you know the history after that! The Las Vegas casino scene quickly became the playground of the brightest stars in Hollywood. Today, the casinos fill the Strip with dramatic, modern architecture. Simply walking the strip to look at the buildings is entertainment enough. But you’re going to Vegas to try your luck, so get in there and join a long history of people hoping to win big!
The “Average” Casino?
Any thought of “average” flies out the window in Las Vegas. Nearly all of the world’s largest hotel/resort casinos are in Las Vegas. Nineteen out of the top twenty-five, to be exact! Which means you have many options to choose from. But no matter where you go, expect to find excitement and bustle. The air is thick with cheers and the ringing of slot machines (and not to mention cigarette smoke!). Every Las Vegas casino allows smoking, but if you are looking for smog-free air, a few rooms at Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, and Mirage are smoke free. The customer service is excellent and you will find yourself gladly sipping cocktails as you try your luck. While a Las Vegas casino is a haven for the experienced gambler, beginners can still have fun. It’s enough to just feed off of the excitement in the air! You can also take free gaming lessons if you want to get in on the action of a Las Vegas casino.
Few casinos in Vegas have as much history as the famed Sands Hotel. It operated from 1952 to 1966, and is most famously known because of the “Rat Pack.” Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford, performed there in its heyday, and the 1960 version of Ocean’s Eleven was filmed within its famed halls. But the most famous Las Vegas casinos aren’t just in the past. The Palms casino opened in 2001 and has been world famous ever since. It contains 701 guest rooms, night clubs, casinos, a huge showroom, and even a recording studio. It is frequented by the young and beautiful stars of Hollywood and is home to the one and only Playboy Club.