Best Casinos in Las Vegas for Poker, Partying and More
OK, so the adjective ‘best’ is always a subjective term. Without context, you can’t really know if or why something is really the best or not. For example, a Bic pen might be seen as a better writing implement than a piece of chalk. However, if we say the two need to be tested on a rock, things quickly change. In an effort to try and be as objective and inclusive as possible, what we’ve done is to pick out the ‘best’ Vegas casinos for certain activities.
Instead of focusing on the big names that are clearly leading the way in a general sense, we’ve decided to highlight four properties that cater to a variety of interests. Sure, the list won’t be a comprehensive breakdown of everything Las Vegas has to offer (ten articles wouldn’t be enough to cover this), but it will give you an insight into some of the top casinos. So, without any further ado, here are our top Las Vegas casinos:
Best for Poker: The Bellagio
When it comes to gaming in Vegas, poker is big business like online poker in the UK and there’s no bigger player in town than the Bellagio. Home to the famous Big Game where the top players in the world compete for millions on a daily basis, this casino is the perfect place for any poker fan. As well as the excitement of the Big Game, you’ll likely find yourself a few feet from a poker legend, too. Everyone from Doyle Brunson to Daniel Negreanu will ante-up in the Bellagio’s famous poker room. Put simply, if you want to rub shoulders with the stars and potentially pick up a tip or two, the Bellagio is the best place to do it.
Best for Food: Bally’s
To get you through a marathon poker, casino or sports betting session in Vegas, you need some fuel. While there are literally hundreds of high-end restaurants scattered across the city, the best casino for food, in our opinion, is Bally’s. Now, there are a couple of caveats to this. Firstly, Bally’s is located downtown which means it’s one of the older casinos in Vegas and, therefore, lacks some of the glitz and glamour of a Strip casino. Secondly, it’s only really the best place to eat on a Sunday.
But it's worth the wait. Known as the Sterling Brunch, Bally’s buffet has consistently ranked among Vegas’s best all-you-can-eat experiences for 30+ years. What makes this buffet different from the rest? Simple: champagne, caviar, oysters and more. Basically, if you want to eat like a king or queen on a Sunday morning, this is the place to be. Sure, it costs around $90, but for that price you get endless champagne, the finest seafood and then some.
Best for Entertainment: The LINQ and The Cromwell
For this section, we’ve actually picked two casinos. The reason we’ve done this is because the LINQ and Cromwell are fairly small venues and they’re literally a stone’s throw from each other. In fact, if you’re looking for an action-packed night, you can literally flit between the two and have some serious fun. For starters, you can take a ride on the LINQ’s giant Ferris wheel known as the High Roller. Officially the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet (the London Eye is only 442 feet), the High Roller is a great way to see the Vegas strip.
Once you’ve enjoyed the wheel, you can head to O’Sheas for an Irish/American experience. As well as a stocked bar, O’Sheas has gaming tables, pool and beer pong. Basically, if you want to relax, play a few games and have a laugh, O’Sheas is perfect. Once you’re finished in O’Sheas, it’s over to the Cromwell for some Beach Club action before you finish the day with a stroll through the LINQ’s mall.
Best for Partying: Caesars Palace
Regardless of whether you’re a drinker or not, Vegas has some of the best bars, lounges and nightclubs in the world. Created by the Hakkasan Group and opened in 2015, Omnia at Caesars Palace is certainly up there with the best. Step inside Omnia, and it’s like you’re walking into a nightclub from the future. There are mirrored panels, velvet curtains, endless strobe lights and, of course, DJs that rival any club in the world.
On top of all this, you get a unique view of the strip, which makes it better than any Ibizan club you’ve ever been to. Overall, whatever you like, whatever you want to do, Las Vegas has something for you. Even though we’ve listed our top four venues, you can use these as a starting point. Vegas is a city where anything goes and that means you can build a perfect experience whatever your preferences.