Best online casino for most U.S. players: Bovada

If you're in CT, DE, NJ, PA, or WV, online casinos are legal in your state, and you should play at a casino licensed there.

If you're in any other U.S. state, your best bet is Bovada, not because they're good, but because everything else is even worse.  I'm reminded of the Simpsons episode where the RV salesman is telling Homer, "Simpson, you're never gonna own a finer RV.  And I don't mean that in a good way, I mean this is IT for you!"

THE GOOD ABOUT BOVADA

  1. Play the practice games without having to register an account.  Other casinos force you to register so they can market to you.  Bovada is the only U.S.-wide casino I know of that lets you play right away with no registration.  (They throw up a registration box, but you can cancel it and continue to the game.)  For example, here's the free-play blackjack.  And the games play right in your browser, so you don't have to download any special software.
  2. Consistent payouts.  Online gambling is mostly unregulated and if a casino refuses to pay your winnings you have little recourse.  But Bovada has always had a good reputation for paying out properly.

THE BAD ABOUT BOVADA

  1. Not licensed.  Because online gambling in most states isn't explicitly legal, no legitimate authority will license a U.S.-wide casino.  That means if you have a dispute, you have no recourse.
  2. Customer service is pretty pathetic.
  3. Phantom bets in live dealer games.  While I was watching (not playing) a live roulette game to record spin data for an article, Bovada claimed that I made two losing bets ($45 and $15) that I didn't actually make.  I complained about this, but they insisted I made those bets.  So, you probably want to steer clear of the live dealer games.

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Las Vegas Strip Maps

Last update: March 28, 2022

Here's an exclusive only from Easy Vegas:  Point to any casino (or tap on mobile) and see what used to be there.  The map is to-scale north-to-south, but not so much east-to-west.  There is no other strip map on the whole Internet as complete as this one.  (As just one example, no other map shows both buses from the airport.)

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

circa 2009- • McDonald's
2006 • Westward Ho imploded
2005 • Westward Ho closed
1971 • Westward Ho (casino added)
1963 • Westward Ho (hotel only)

2016 • Riviera imploded
2015 • Riviera closed
1955-2015 • Riviera

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

SILVER CITY
circa 2005-: Silver City Plaza, including Denny's
2004: (demolished)
1974-2004: Silver City Casino

The first non-smoking casino in Vegas, starting in 1991.

The Silver City Casino marquee sign still adorns the plaza entrance on Convention Center Drive.

LANDMARK, 1969-90
1995:  imploded

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

ENCORE: 2008-

WYNN
2005- • Wynn
1950-00 • Desert Inn

TREASURE ISLAND
1993- • Treasure Island (ti)

PALAZZO
2007- • Palazzo
2004 • Tam O'Shanter+Vagabond close, demolished
1998 • Sand 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

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

ARIA: 2009-

2009- Waldorf Astoria
2006: Boardwalk closed & imploded
1989-2006: Boardwalk (w/casino)
1985: Viscount
1970s-80s: Holiday Inn South
1965-70s: Holiday Inn (hotel only)

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 GRAND
1993-: 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


See the list of updates to the map.


Older versions of my strip map

Older versions of my cartoonish 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.
  • Dave Miller Gaming (2021).  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.

Change history for the main map

3/27/22

  • PLACES ADDED: Silver City (defunct casino), Vdara, Pinball Hall of Fame, T-Mobile Arena, Allegiant Stadium
  • NAME CHANGES: McCarran Airport > Harry Reid Airport
  • LABELS FOR DEAD CASINOS: Added Boardwalk, Riviera, Westward Ho. Removed the "R.I.P." for dead casinos already listed, not enough room.
  • DISPLAY ADDED: Shading for 3 convention center locations
  • FIXED: I inexplicably had Wet 'n' Wild in the wrong place, even though I've been there.
  • OTHER: Changed the shape of the Aria Express tram line

Next: Area 15

My wish list

  • Alphabetical index of live casinos
  • Alphabetical index of defunct casinos
  • Add mile markers
  • Revive the picture-based map
  • Add pics, prices, booking links
  • Option to hide dead casinos

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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