Reason I like Bovada #3:

One-stop shopping

Let me share my experience at another online casino whose name I won't mention:  I wanted to try out their free-play games, and they made me sign up for an account.  That was annoying, just for free-play, but actually most casinos make you register, so they can annoy you by email to pressure you into depositing real money.

I didn't get to choose my own username, they assigned one, and it was long! An astounding twelve digits of mixed numbers and letters.  There was no way I'd be able to memorize it, I'd have to write it down.

After trying out the free-play games I decided to deposit money and play for real.  And guess what? I had to register a separate account to play for real.  They assigned me a brand-new twelve-digit username.  Great.

Shortly thereafter they started offering play-in-browser games.  That's convenient, so I wanted to get in on that.  Guess what?  Yet another username.

And guess how they handle they money they give you as a matching bonus on your deposit?  You guessed it, another account.

Okay, now let's fast-forward to Bovada: One account gets you everything.  And I mean everything.  Real money, fake money, bonuses, you name it.  I didn't get to choose my account name, but at least it's easy to remember.

And if you want to play for free with fake money, you don't even need an account at all.  For example:

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All in all, I think Bovada is the best bet for U.S. players.


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Las Vegas Strip Maps

Last update: October 2020

Here's an exclusive only from Easy Vegas:  Point to any casino and see what used to be there.  (On desktop computers only, not mobile phones...yet.)  And if this map is too professional for you, I drew a more cartoonish one below it.  Both maps are to-scale north-to-south, but not so much east-to-west.  By the way, mine are the only Strip maps that show both buses from the airport. (Note: What's shown as the Westcliff bus is now the CX.  I'll be updating the maps soon.)

STRAT
2020- • Strat
1996-2020 • Stratosphere
1979-95 • Vegas World

EL RANCHO
1941-60

SAHARA
2019- • Sahara
2014-2019 • SLS
1952-2011 • Sahara

PALACE STATION
1984- • Palace Station
1977-84 • Bingo Palace
1976-77 • The Casino

WET 'N WILD
1985-2004

CIRCUS CIRCUS
1968- • Circus Circus

SLOTS-A-FUN
1971- • Slots-A-Fun

WESTGATE
2014- • Westgate
2012-14 • LVH
1971-12 • Las Vegas Hilton
1969-71 • International

RESORTS WORLD
2021- • Resorts World
2007-08 • Echelon construction (unfinished)
2007 • Stardust imploded
1958-06 • Stardust Casino

NEW FRONTIER
Hotel/Casino:
1999-07: New Frontier
1966-99: Frontier
1955-66: New Frontier
1942-55: Last Frontier

Nightclub:
1939-42:  91 Club
1936-39:  Ambassador
1930-36:  Pair-O-Dice

LANDMARK, 1969-90
1995:  imploded

ENCORE: 2008-

WYNN
2005- • Wynn
1950-00 • Desert Inn

PALAZZO
2007- • Palazzo
2004 • Tam O'Shanter+Vagabond close, demolished
1998 • San Dunes demolished
1996 • Days Inn > Vagabond Inn
1990 • Imperial 400 > Days Inn
1973 • Carousel > Sand Dunes Motel (not the famous "Sands" or "Dunes" hotels)
1962 • Spanish Trail > Imperial 400 motel
1960 • Spanish Trail out of business
1959 • Tam O'Shanter Motel added
1957 • Ottilia Via > Spanish Trail Motel
1954 • Park Lane now part of Carousel
1953 • Carousel Motel in addition to below
1949 • Motels: Ottilia Villa, Park Lane

VENETIAN
1999- • Venetian
1996 • Sands imploded
1952-96 • Sands hotel/casino

MIRAGE
1989 • Mirage
1987 • Castaways closes
1965 • casino reopens
1964 • casino closes
1963 • Castaways (not the Castaways on the Boulder Strip)
1950s • Sans Souci Hotel/casino
1930s • San Souci Auto Court motel

CASINO ROYALE
1992- • Casino Royale (casino on the Nob Hill site, hotel on the Caravan site)
1990 • Nob Hill closed
1978 • Nob Hill Casino (next to Travelodge)
1968 • Caravan Travelodge
1964 • Caravan Motor Hotel

HARRAH'S
1992- • Harrah's
1973-92 • Holiday Casino

LINQ
2014- • The Linq
2012 • The Quad
1979 • Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino
1977 • Imperial Palace tower added
1972 • casino added
1959 • Flamingo Capri motel

GOLD COAST: 1986

CAESARS PALACE: 1966

FLAMINGO
2000- • Flamingo
1974-00 • Flamingo Hilton
1947-74 • Fabulous Flamingo

RIO: 1990-

THE CROMWELL
2014: The Cromwell
2007: Bill's Gamblin' Hall
1979: Barbary Coast
1952: Empey's Desert Villa

SILVER SEVENS
2013- :   Silver Sevens
2000-12: Terrible's
1981-99: Continental Hotel & Casino

PALMS: 2001-

BELLAGIO
1998-: Bellagio
1993: Dunes closed, demolished
1983: 2nd casino opened, "Oasis"
1955: Dunes Hotel/Casino

BALLY'S
1986-: Bally's
1973: MGM Grand
1973: New Bonanza
1967: Bonanza Hotel/Casino
1963: Three Coins Motel

TUSCANY
2003: Casino opens
2001: Hotel opens-

COSMOPOLITAN: 2009-

PARIS: 1999-

ELLIS ISLAND
1985: Ellis Island
1967: Village Pub

ARIA: 2009-

PLANET HOLLYWOOD
2007: Planet Hollywood
2000: Aladdin (newly-built)
1998: Aladdin hotel imploded
1997: Aladdin closes
1966: Aladdin
1962: King's Crown Tallyho
1962: Tallyho Hotel

VIRGIN CASINO
2021: Virgin Casino
1995-2020: Hard Rock Casino

PARK MGM
2020: 1st non-smoking casino in Vegas
2018: Park MGM
1996: Monte Carlo

THE ORLEANS: 1996-

NEW YORK NEW YORK: 1997-

MGM GRAND1993-: MGM Grand
1975-90: Marina Hotel & Casino
1960s: Gold Club Motel

EXCALIBUR: 1990-

TROPICANA: 1957-

OYO
2019: OYO
2006: Hooters
1989: Hôtel San Remo
1985-89: Polynesian
1985: Pacifica
1978: Treasury
1977: 20th Century
1975: Paradise Hotel
1973: Howard Johnson's, w/slots-only casino

LUXOR: 1990-

MANDALAY BAY
1999-: Mandalay Bay
1996: Closed & imploded
1956: Hacienda




Las Vegas Strip Map


Maps from other websites

If you don't like my maps, here are some others I found.  Some of them are quite dated, though.

Other Maps of the Strip

  • 3D map with little buildings (2019).  This is the very best map of the strip, which I wish I'd been clever enough to make.  Each casino is depicted with a small drawing of its building, making it really easy to understand.  It doesn't show the monorail stops, but here's a similar strip map from the Monorail company which does.  The only downside of these maps are that they're wide rather than tall, and hard to view on phones, even if you turn your phone sideways.
  • Wizard of Vegas (2013).  This is the second-best map of the strip, another one I wish I'd been clever enough to think of making.  Each casino is depicted with its logo, making it both visually interesting and easy to understand.
  • Las Vegas How-To (2019).  It's decent enough.  Their best idea was putting circle markers next to the labels so you can see exactly where the casinos are.  I used that as inspiration to make the first map above.
  • La Epic Club Crawls (circa 2018).  If you like simple and easy, you're not gonna do better than this one.
  • Hot Mama's map (circa 2018).  Any description I type wouldn't do it justice, you have to see it.  Visually awesome, I'm a fan.
  • CheapoVegas (2013).  Their soft design was the inspiration for my second map, above.
  • Vegas Today & Tomorrow (2011).  A dizzying buffet of maps.  Take a look at the Strip with construction since 2003 highlighted in green, or see a color-coded map of which companies own which casinos.
  • Historical Map (2007).  Shows not just what hotels are on the strip, but which ones used to be there.

Maps of hotel interiors

Vegas properties are big.  Sometimes you'll need a map to navigate inside the casino!  You can see such maps at Vegas Casino Info.

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.

I like Bovada's practice games the best, because you can play 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 why Bovada is the only online casino that gets space on my site.  I hope other casinos will eventually start treating their visitors like human beings rather than walking wallets, but until they do, there's Bovada.  One click and you're in.

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