Best of Las Vegas

Last update: August 2021

Best Deals

Best Insider Tip:  Visit mid-week.  Hotel rooms often cost 3-4x as much on the weekends, and with weekend crowds you'll wait in line for everything.  (more tips...)

Best Hotel Value on the Strip.  Strat, often as cheap as $35 (plus resort fee).  Circus Circus is just as cheap but much dumpier and smokier.

Best Transportation Deal.  The double-decker Deuce bus goes up and down the strip and to downtown, 24/7, $8 for a 24-hour day pass. (more...)

Best Things to See & Do

Best Free Attractions.  Bellagio Water Fountains, and the Fremont Street Experience. (more...)

Best Thrill Rides.  Anything on top of the Strat Tower. (more...)

Most Luxurious Casino Interiors.  Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian


Easiest Game for a Beginner to Get Good Gambling Odds.  Baccarat. (more...

Best Blackjack:

  1. Non-strip/downtown.  Pretty much every casino that's not on the Strip or Downtown has real 3:2 blackjack games with low table minimums.  (e.g., Ellis Island $5, South Point $5, Gold Coast and Orleans, $10.)  They're your best bet for blackjack, and all other games.
  2. Strip.  Strat often has $5, true 3:2 blackjack, but never in the evening.  Treasure Island has $1, 3:2 Stadium Blackjack.
  3. Downtown.  The Downtown Grand has $5, true 3:2 blackjack.
    (Thanks to Vegas Advantage for keeping up with blackjack conditions.)

$1 Blackjack.  OYO (even-money)


  • Lowest-limit single-zero game.  Plaza, $10 (source)
  • Lowest-limit double-zero game.  Cannery, $1 (source)

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Practice gambling with play money

Before you throw down your hard-earned cash in a casino, PRACTICE FIRST!  Learn the games with play money where it doesn't cost you anything if you lose.  Seriously.

You can play Bovada's games (below) right away without registering for an account.  Most every other online casino makes you give up your email address just to play the fake-money games — ugh.  That's the main reason Bovada is the only online casino that gets advertising space on my site.  (When you see the registration box, you can cancel it and proceed to the game without registering.)

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