One of the Internet’s favorite things to do in Las Vegas is to rank casino hotels. (In fact, the resorts do sort themselves into categories, which have much to do with their size, the number of offerings under one roof, and their general level of luxury.) But ranking them would be like comparing apples to oranges—or in the case of Las Vegas, astoundingly wild approximations of Venice (such as in Venetian and Palazzo) to, say, Lake Como (Bellagio) or Rome (as in Caesars Palace).
In other words, there’s not a single best place for anyone; there are a lot of best places for many different kinds of travelers. For instance, if you love the idea of checking into a resort and never having to leave, Venetian—with its huge variety of restaurants, great nightlife, tons of shopping, and a serious gaming floor—might be perfect for you. However, if proximity to lots of different experiences and a short walk to the city’s events arenas is your thing, ARIA or Cosmopolitan might be your best bet.
That said, the following list is generally organized to spotlight casino resorts whose casino floor square footage is particularly impressive. But if it’s size you think you’re after, Vegas gaming newbies should keep a couple things in mind:
- Some casinos that aren’t the largest in size may have some of the features you want, like a fantastic sportsbook, or the most private poker room, or the fanciest high-level slots—look for such features.
- If you’re planning on gaming, sign up for the casinos’ rewards clubs, such as M Life Rewards (MGM), Wynn’s Red Card, Venetian’s Grazie, and Caesars’ Total Rewards program. Each comes with great benefits with easy-to-rack-up rewards.
The gold-plated palace at the south end of the Strip is the focal point of a resort complex that also features a sprawling pool playground, aquarium, and events center. Mandalay Bay’s massive casino clocks in at an impressive 160,334 square feet, and is packed with more than 1,700 slot machines, from high limit to progressive. Its video poker machines feature more than 200 variations of video poker (starting at a nickel to play). And although the casino has a huge variety that’s great for gaming dilettantes, its table games—baccarat, craps, blackjack, and roulette—are often packed with regulars. Its race and sportsbook is among the largest on the Strip.
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Bellagio’s high-energy casino is a mammoth 156,000 square feet, and its limits can be high, which account for its mostly upscale clientele. Its elegant floor includes more than 200 table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette, Pai Gow Poker, and Pai Gow. Its 2,300-plus slots are a fun diversion, and its sportsbook has plush seats, large screens, and a VIP vibe. The poker room is one of the city’s high-rolling favorites.
In this 153,000-square-foot casino, there are more than 175 table games, including baccarat, Let It Ride, craps, Pai Gow, three-card poker, Texas Hold’em, Casino War, and blackjack. Slot lovers from dabbler to devotee will love the 2,000 slot machines in denominations from one penny to $100, with high-limit jackpots reaching $500,000. Alongside the casino floor, the VR gaming lounge Level Up takes interactive gaming to the next level.
ARIA's 150,000-square-foot casino is surrounded by lounges, restaurants, and bars, with great views of CityCenter (a bonus for people who tend to get a little claustrophobic on a gaming floor). Table games run the gamut from baccarat, roulette, and European roulette to all the flavors of blackjack, Pai Gow, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. In other words, variety is the name of the game. Unlike some other casinos, ARIA has made a concerted effort to minimize or eliminate smoke; it's made its sportsbook non-smoking, and has employed high-tech methods to remove smoke from the floor.
The casino, 138,684 square feet, is surrounded by restaurants and lounges (you can easily get lost in Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes). The table games are some of the best and most varied: blackjack, Caribbean Stud poker, craps, progressive Pai Gow Poker, Imperial baccarat, and many more. Venetian’s Grazie casino rewards program works at both Venetian and Palazzo and allows players to earn points on slot and video gaming, which you can redeem for food, beverage, entertainment, and accommodations. The sportsbook has independent booths with small monitors for focused sports betting. This is a high-energy room and draws a crowd for pivotal games. The poker room is located right on the main casino floor and features large tournaments and plenty of high-limit games. Plus, Venetian’s ideal location makes it an easy walk to lots of other Strip attractions (good if you have a big group with lots of different ideas).
The casino is spread among spaces along the ground floor of this iconic resort, which makes it feel even larger than its 124,181 square feet. Its table games include baccarat, blackjack, craps, and roulette, and the spacious poker room with 16 tables and nonstop poker feels nicely separated from the clutch. The sportsbook is massive, with big screens covering the length of the room, as well as individual betting stations and mobile sports wagering. Caesars’ Total Rewards membership allows players to earn credits and rewards at 14 different Caesars Entertainment Properties. It’s a tiered program that includes shopping, entertainment, and hotel benefits along with VIP exclusive offers.
Most already know Circus Circus for its indoor “Adventuredome” big top with rides and games—but it also has a massive gaming floor, with lots of table games such as blackjack, mini-baccarat, Let it Ride, virtual and live craps, and virtual and live roulette. The sportsbook was recently remodeled, with plenty of lounge-style seats and televisions.
Wynn set a new standard for elegance when it opened in 2005, with its big, open spaces; skylit esplanades; and spaces that seem constantly in bloom. The environment is so gorgeous, even those who normally start feeling claustrophobic on a gaming floor won’t.
The casino floor itself is a large-but-walkable 116,187 square feet, with an elegant poker rooms that holds daily tournaments and high-limit games. Table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, and Pai Gow, while the sportsbook has a wraparound LED video screen, VIP booths, and an endless array of viewing options. Even those who usually avoid the sportsbook will get into the action, since Wynn opened Charlie’s Bar + Grill, a fun and accessible spot serving American favorites right in the heart of the race and sportsbook. Love high-limit slots? Wynn has the most beautiful room of them all.
The very high ceilings and spacious walkways at the Palazzo create a comfortable and elegant gaming space, and of course you’re adjoined to Venetian and the Canal Shoppes. Its 105,000-square-foot casino feels large but manageable, and has a great array of table games, with all kinds of blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, progressive Pai Gow poker, and Imperial baccarat. Along with Venetian, Palazzo uses the Grazie casino rewards program. The sportsbook and poker room are both next door at Venetian.
The Cosmopolitan has seriously ramped up its casino play in recent years, adding lots more choices for high rollers. The 100,000-square-foot space has a great selection of classic table games like blackjack, roulette, craps, and baccarat, as well as Fortune Pai Gow poker, three-card poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Its sportsbook is seriously state-of-the art, with LED video walls, dozens of high-def screens, mobile wagering, lounge-style seating, and a fun race and sportsbook lounge that serves food and cocktails with perfect views of the LED walls.
At 120,000 square feet, Luxor's casino is among the largest, with 62 table games including three-card poker, Let It Ride, craps, and blackjack. Perhaps the biggest recent gaming attraction is its Hyper X Esports Arena Las Vegas, a multilevel, 30,000-square-foot venue with a 50-foot LED video wall—the first dedicated esports arena on the Strip, which opened in 2018.