Casinos in Las Vegas are the ultimate adult playgrounds, places where you can play poker or spin the roulette wheel. Later, lounge by the pool with a cocktail, spend the day at the spa or dance to the latest hits without ever leaving the hotel. Glitzy casino floors offer an endless sea of baccarat, blackjack, craps and slot machines, as well as glamorous shows and concerts by international stars.

    Spend 5 minutes in any of these casinos and you'll realize gambling is only one of the many onsite attractions. Luxurious shopping arcades and celebrity chef's restaurants are joined by driving ranges, aquariums, art galleries and gondola rides, all contained within the sprawling buildings. Read on for our selection of the best casinos in Las Vegas.

    What are the best casinos in Las Vegas?


    The Venetian

    Best for luxury and elegant Italianate decor

    The Venetian is a little slice of Italy in the middle of Las Vegas where you can glide down the Grand Canal in a gondola. Under the casino's majestic hand-painted frescoes you can play baccarat, blackjack, craps or roulette, or play a hand in the sophisticated poker room. There are also more than 1,000 varied slot machines and a sportsbook that offers mobile betting.

    The Venetian is renowned for its luxury shopping, with hundreds of upmarket brands lining the cobblestone walkways. The entertainment options are endless, from immersive virtual reality adventures to a branch of Madame Tussauds with waxworks of Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus. Also popular is the replica of St Mark's Square, complete with the Rialto Bridge and the Doge's Palace.

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    Location: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA


    MGM Grand

    Best for arcade fun and a broad range of games

    MGM Grand has some pretty swanky table games and a colourful array of slot machines, but if you want to try something a bit different, head for LEVEL UP. This arcade is filled with classic pub games like table football and air hockey, an arm-wrestling table, and an oversized version of Pac-Man. There's also a good range of virtual reality games where you can fight killer robots or solve fantastical puzzles.

    For something more outdoorsy, practise your swing at Topgolf, a high-tech driving range, or take a dip in the whirlpools at the Wet Republic. Visit the Losers Bar afterwards for live country music performances, or try rare whiskies and handcrafted cocktails at Centrifuge and Whiskey Down.

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    Location: 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA


    Caesars Palace

    Best for sports betting and dancing the night away

    The sportsbook at Caesars Palace is one of the best in Vegas, with 143-ft HD screens and reclining leather seats for a cinematic experience. Horse racing is a favourite here and there's a special racing book featuring 65 private booths and live races from across the country. According to Caesars, their slots floor has seen more million-dollar jackpot wins than any other casino.

    When you get tired of gambling, grab your dancing shoes and head for the chic rooftop of the Omnia mega club. You can also eat aged porterhouse at Old Homestead Steakhouse, admire LED-screen views of skylines around the world in Vista Cocktail Lounge, or listen to live music on the delightfully kitsch Cleopatra's Barge.

    Location: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA


    The Strat

    Best for thrilling rides and breathtaking views

    The Strat is an 80,000-sq-ft casino with 44 gaming tables and a whole host of high-energy slot machines, from 3-reel to video and poker. Have fun with the low stakes penny machines or go big on the $25 machines. Spend your winnings on gaudy souvenirs at Las Vegas Gift Shop, or grab an ice cream or decadent treat from 108 Eats.

    Soaring 1,149 ft above the city, The Strat's observation platform gives you unparalleled views of the Vegas Valley. Exhilarating rides will swing you out into thin air at the top or shoot you up and down the side of the tower. You can also enjoy the 360° vistas at a more leisurely pace in the revolving restaurant and cocktail lounge.

    Location: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA



    Best for dedicated poker fans

    Bellagio's is a major stop on the World Poker Tour that features 40 poker tables of Hold 'Em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha 8 and mixed games, plus 2 high-limit areas. The most exclusive of these is Bobby's Room, an opulent private area with a minimum $20,000 buy-in. If poker's not your game, the Bellagio's blackjack, baccarat, craps and roulette tables are also popular.

    Other reasons to visit include the Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art, which works with galleries around the world to host exhibitions on Picasso, Fabergé and Warhol, as well as evening entertainment by the acclaimed Cirque du Soleil. Look out for the building's stunning architectural features, especially the thousands of hand-blown glass flowers that adorn the lobby.

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    Location: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA


    Red Rock Casino

    Best for a peaceful atmosphere and mountain views

    Head out to Red Rock Casino when you think you've had enough of the hectic Vegas atmosphere. Located at the edge of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the casino is surrounded by acres of open space. Sip on a craft cocktail by their palm-shaded pool or enjoy premium steaks and handmade pasta at T-Bones Chophouse and Osteria Fiorella.

    Slots are a major focus here, with 2,700 slot machines covering casino classics and fun themes, plus a dedicated high-limit slots lounge. The sportsbook includes a 96-ft viewing wall with the latest games and 200 personal televisions where you can watch everything from football to horse racing. There's also a bowling alley, bingo hall, and 16-screen IMAX cinema.

    Location: 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135, USA


    Mandalay Bay

    Best for sun, sea, sand and amazing outdoor concerts

    Mandalay Bay has an entire beach while other casinos merely have swimming pools. Its 11-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 2,700 tons of real sand and comes with a lagoon, wave pool, and lazy river – not to mention a shark tunnel where you can spot sharks, stingrays and endangered green turtles. During the summer, headlining artists perform on the enormous poolside stage.

    The casino has a decent selection of table games, including an energetic craps table, and fun slots like The Goonies and Cleopatra Pinball. This isn't the place for serious, high-stakes players – the emphasis at Mandalay Bay is on fun and entertainment.

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    Location: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA


    Planet Hollywood

    Best for glitz, glamour and top-notch entertainment

    Planet Hollywood has some of the best shows in Vegas, appropriately for a casino named after Tinsel Town, with past headliners including Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani. It's also home to elaborate magic shows, dramatic burlesque dancers, and a spectacular choreographed light show. Dining-wise, you can enjoy gourmet burgers in Gordon Ramsay's restaurant or creative modern Asian dishes at PF Chang's.

    The snazzy casino attracts a young, party-going crowd to its 90 gaming tables and almost 3,000 slots. Dealers are dressed in skimpy outfits or lacy lingerie, with go-go dancers entertaining you while you gamble in the Pleasure Pit. Film memorabilia is on display around the casino to enhance the Hollywood-style glamour.

    Location: 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA



    Best for sleek sophistication and gorgeous art

    Aria's cool, modern feel makes it a haven among the loud, garish resorts of Las Vegas. The beautifully designed casino covers the usual table games, plus mini-baccarat, European roulette and blackjack switch. The slot floor is constantly adding new machines, including a Walking Dead-themed game and Wheel of Fortune 3D.

    Aria has a compelling Fine Art Collection, with sculptures and installations by acclaimed international artists, but it's the incredible interiors that really wow visitors, from the reclaimed silver sculpture of a flowing river to the colourful butterflies decorating the ceiling. Dine at chef Mario Carbone's glamorous mid-century Italian American restaurant Carbone or try trendy Asian-influenced seafood at Catch.

    Location: 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158, USA


    Golden Nugget

    Check out the stunning aquarium and really big lump of gold

    Golden Nugget goes all-out on the ostentatious glamour, from its glittery facade to the contemporary black and gold interior. The casino has a good range of table games, with lots of interesting poker variants like Let It Ride and Mississippi Stud. Slot machines start low and include favourites like Buffalo Grand, Top Dollar and Wheel of Fortune.

    The casino's most beloved attraction is the enormous complex of pools and waterfalls, which features a 200,000-gallon shark aquarium. Have a drink in the Ice Bar for a welcoming respite from the Nevada heat with excellent martinis and a view of the shark tank. The 'Hand of Faith', a 61-lb nugget of gold to match the casino's name, is displayed in the lobby.

    Location: 129 East Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

    Victoria Hughes | Contributing Writer

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