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  • No registration required.  Most casinos let you play for free with fake money, but there's a catch: They make you register an account first.   That's not just a hassle: after you register you can expect them to badger you by email trying to get you to deposit real money.  But Bovada lets you play right away without forcing you to register an account.  Just close any registration boxes that appear, and then you can play without registering.  Here, try it.
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Largest Hotels in Las Vegas (most rooms)

Last Update: April 2022

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Notes on data for # of rooms:

  1. Most other websites report the wrong figures for number of rooms.  One of them publishes bad data and everyone else copies them.  Wikipedia rarely shows a source for its room figures, and whatever figure it shows is usually wrong.  If a source shows an even number of rooms (e.g. 1500 for Virgin), it's almost certainly wrong.  (Virgin actually has 1504 rooms.)
  2. I use the best sources.  My source for properties of publicly-traded companies such as MGM, Caesars, Boyd, and Station/Red Rock are official SEC Form 10-K filings (recent as I type this in 2022).  For others, in this order, I take the first available: 10-K filing, hotel website, real newspaper/magazine, travel website.    Unless there's a lot of interest I won't go to the trouble of publishing source information.
  3. Room count for the Strip is accurate and up-to-date.  I plan to finish reviewing and updating room count for other areas this week.
  4. If a casino has multiple "hotels" in the same tower(s), I include those in the count.  For example, Mandalay Bay includes Delano and Four Seasons, and Park MGM includes NoMad. But MGM Grand doesn't include Signature at MGM Grand, since Signature is three completely separate towers.
  5. Almost no other website bothers to mention whether their count includes associated hotels.  They can't, because they have no clue how whatever site they're copying from tabulates the data.
  6. Circa trumpets "777 rooms" all over its website, but as of 3/22, only 512 are actually finished and open (which is the figure I use).  Come on, guys.
  7. In 2019 Binion's reopened its Hotel Apache, formerly with over 300 rooms, now 81 after remodeling those 81.  They're not gonna notify me if they ever open more rooms, so if you know that they have, please let me know.


Strip vs. Downtown Casino/Hotels
These are general differences, not different in every case.
Circa hotel/casino is a notable exception to most of the downtown traits listed below.
The Strip Downtown
Expensive hotel rooms Much cheaper
Modern, New Older
Luxurious; high
casino ceilings
Not as nice;
low casino ceilings
Larger rooms Smaller rooms
All have pools Most don't
(except Golden Nugget, Downtown Grand,
& The Plaza)
Higher table minimums Lower table minimums
(cheaper to gamble)
Mostly 6:5 blackjack
(boo)
Lots of 3:2 blackjack
Less smoky Smokier

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