The City of Las Vegas is based on a Spanish phrase meaning “the meadows.” It’s one of the 30 biggest cities in the USA, and it’s the biggest city in the state of Nevada. Vegas is best-known for its resorts and casinos.
People from all over the world visit Las Vegas to gamble. Since this site is primarily about gambling, it’s hard to not occasionally touch on the subject of Vegas.
And I thought a fun way to look at Las Vegas casinos would be to ask and answer seven interesting trivia questions about the city’s casinos.
1 – What Casinos Are in Las Vegas?
This is a more interesting question than it might initially appear, because you first have to define what constitutes a casino.
Las Vegas, Nevada, is famous for offering casino games in all kinds of places you wouldn’t find casinos in other destinations. For example, the airport has dozens (if not hundreds) of slot machine games available. Most local bars have slot machines and video poker games.
According to the Nevada Gaming Commission, a casino is any business with more than 15 slot machines. By this definition, there are over 100 casinos in Las Vegas and nearly 170 casinos in Clark County (of which Las Vegas is the county seat).
Over 30 of those casinos are located on the Las Vegas Strip which, incidentally, isn’t even in the city limits of Las Vegas. 20 are located in Downtown Las Vegas. Over 10 are located in North Las Vegas. These cater mostly to locals. And there are over 30 more casinos operating on the Boulder Strip.
2 – What Are the Newest Casinos in Las Vegas?
Park MGM is Las Vegas’ latest rebuilt casino with a brand-new name. Other casinos that are set to open soon include Circa and Resorts World.
Resorts World is mega-resort casino that is planned to open in 2021, and it will be located where the Stardust used to be.
The Circa, a hotel and casino that is being built in Downtown Las Vegas, is on track to open sometime at the end of 2020.
3 – What Is the Most Famous Casino in Las Vegas?
Many of the casinos in Las Vegas are famous, so choosing the single-most famous casino is more a matter of personal opinion than anything else. (I’m sure someone could take a poll to find out which casino comes to mind first when you talk about Vegas, but that’s beyond the scope of this site.)
I’d say that Caesars Palace is probably the most famous casino in Las Vegas, followed closely by the Bellagio.
The Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino was built and opened in the 1960s, so it’s had decades to become famous.
I can’t imagine anyone even remotely interested in Las Vegas gambling that hasn’t heard of Caesars Palace.
The Bellagio was built and opened in the 1990s, and that’s where the famous dancing water fountains are. Even people who know almost nothing about Las Vegas have seen footage of the water fountains at Bellagio.
The Bellagio is also home to the biggest and most famous poker games in the city. When Phil Ivey wants to sit down to play poker with David Sklansky, he does so in the poker room at the Bellagio.
4 – What Is the Oldest Hotel in Las Vegas?
The oldest hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is the Flamingo, which opened in 1946. It’s a 77,000-square-foot property with over 3,500 rooms. It also features an art deco courtyard and wildlife habitat. The Flamingo has been in operation for over 70 years now.
The Sahara is the second oldest hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, and it opened in 1952. It has over 1,600 rooms and 85,000 square feet of gambling space. It was closed at one time (from 2011 to 2013), but the Sahara re-opened in 2014 after extensive renovations.
The Tropicana is almost as old as the Sahara. It opened in 1957 and has over 1,400 rooms and 72,000 square feet of casino-hotel action. It’s also one of the most centrally-located properties on the Las Vegas Strip.
5 – What Is the Largest Hotel in Las Vegas?
The biggest hotel in Las Vegas is the MGM Grand, which has over 5,690 rooms. The MGM is followed closely by the Luxor, which has 4,408 rooms.
The Mandalay Bay and the Venetian also have more than 4,000 rooms, making them massive hotels by any definition.
6 – Are Drinks Still Free in Las Vegas Casinos?
Yes, you can still get free drinks in Las Vegas, but it’s not as simple as just walking into the casino and saying, “Hey, I want a free drink.”
Las Vegas casinos give free drinks to people who are gambling. If you’re not playing the casino games, you’re not going to get free drinks.
One way to make sure you get your share of free drinks, though, is to tip the waitstaff well. A $1 or $2 tip is standard for when they bring you a free drink, but if you want to get noticed and get continuous service throughout the night, tip $5, $10, or even $20 for the first drink. After that, tip a dollar or two for each drink.
The waitstaff might just remember your generosity and keep the free drinks coming. Also, the math behind the casino games practically ensures that you will lose more money than the free drinks are worth. But you should already know that going into this situation.
7 – How Can I Win Money in a Las Vegas Casino?
Anyone can win money in a Las Vegas casino. The best way to walk away a winner is to get ahead early and walk away once you’ve shown a profit. Be satisfied with a small profit, too.
For many people, this sucks all the fun out of gambling in a casino. After all, any jerk can make a single bet on black at the roulette wheel and walk away having doubled his money almost half the time.
But what are you going to do for the rest of your stay at the casino? My approach is to set some kind of goal for my winnings. Sometimes, it’s an aggressive goal; other times, it’s less so.
For example, if I’m playing roulette, I might want to win a single-number bet just one time. I might divide my bankroll into 38 units and bet the same number 38 times in a row.
Sometimes, I’ll hit the winning number twice in a series of 38 spins. Other times, my number won’t even hit once. Either way, I know with certainty when I’m going to walk away from the roulette table.
With slot machines, I have a different strategy. I’m playing to win a jackpot, but I don’t chase progressives. I only play flat-top games, and I play until I hit the top jackpot or until all my money’s gone.
Most of the time, I go home broke. But once in a while, I hit a jackpot of 1000 coins or so. Chasing that jackpot is where it’s at for me.
You should decide what your goals are and go for them, but with the understanding that no matter what casino game you’re playing, the odds are against you.
Are those the best trivia questions I could have answered about Las Vegas casinos? Let me know what you think in the comments!
Also, I’d like to leave you with a final caveat—Las Vegas changes rapidly. The answers to any and all of these questions will certainly change over time. I’m confident the facts are accurate at the time of publication, but if you’re reading this five years from now, things have probably changed.