Best of Vegas

March 2015

By Henry Tamburin



These are my opinions on the best that Las Vegas has to offer. It is based on my experiences of visiting Las Vegas every year for over 40 years. I also currently own a house in nearby Henderson, NV and spend about 50% of my time there. I’ve recommended this list to my friends and family. I will continue to add different categories to the list each month, or modify them if needed, based on my experiences.


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Henry Tamburin



Best Free Things To See
CityCenter on Strip
Fountains of Bellagio
Conservatory (Bellagio)
Walking through the Venetian Hotel and Shopping Area
Fountain shows (Forum Shops, Caesars)
Stroll around Red Rock Casino resort
Freemont Street Experience
Volcano (front of Mirage)
Hoover Dam
Lake Las Vegas Village
Encore (entire casino/hotel)
Cosmopolitan Casino (casino/ hotel)
Best Inexpensive 4-Star Hotel
Golden Nugget (downtown)
Best Four Star Strip Hotels

Best Resorts
Red Rock Casino & Resort
Green Valley Ranch
Best Gourmet Restaurants
Le Cirque (Bellagio)
Prime (Bellagio)
Delmonico (Venetian)
Sinatra (Encore)
Hugo’s (Four Queens - less costly and very good)
Best Prime Rib
Lawry’s The Prime Rib (one block east from Strip on Flamingo)
Best Italian Restaurant
Maggianos (across from Wynn Casino)
Fiamma (MGM Grand)
Best Steak House
Delmonico (Venetian)
Charlie Palmer (Four Seasons)
Steakcraft (MGM Grand)
Best Casual Restaurant
Grand Lux Café (Venetian)
Olives (Bellagio)
Best Seafood
Emeril's (MGM Grand)
Best Buffets

Best Las Vegas Local Restaurant
Todd’s Unique Restaurant (Sunset Road, Henderson)

Best Production Show
Mystere-Cirque Du Soleil (Treasure Island)
Best Car Rental Company
Best View of Las Vegas Strip and Valley
Stratosphere (observation deck)
Vic’s Restaurant at Sun City Anthem (Henderson)
Best Double Deck Blackjack Game (basic strategy player)
Mirage ($25)
NYNY ($50)
MGM Grand ($100)
Wynn ($100)
Best Double Deck Blackjack Game (low stakes card counter)
Santa Fe Station
El Cortez
Palace Station
Green Valley Ranch
Best Single Deck Game
El Cortez
Best Shoe Dealt Blackjack Game (basic strategy player)
MGM Grand ($10 min)
Bellagio ($10 min)
Mandalay Bay ($10 min)
Best Crap Game
Casino Royal (center strip)
Main Street Station (Downtown)
Best Coupon Book
Las Vegas Advisor Member Book of Coupons (
2015 American Casino Guide book (tear out coupons)
Best Video Poker Games (lots of full pay games)
South Point
Gold Coast
Best Place to Play Slots (consistently higher paying slot machines)
Boulder Station
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder
Sam’s Town
Best Roulette Game
Monte Carlo (single 0 wheel)
Stratosphere (single 0 wheel)
Best Low Limit Casino Gambling
Downtown casinos
Best Source for Casino Promotions

Best Source for List of Casinos that Offer Full Pay Video Poker Games  (video poker page)

Best Source for List of Casinos that Offer Double or Triple Point Slot Point Promotions (Las Vegas) (Slot Club Bonus Points)

Best Source for Current Blackjack Playing Conditions
Blackjack Insider newsletter at
Las Vegas Blackjack Survey at

Best Source for Best Craps and Roulette Games

Best Spa
Canyon Ranch (Venetian)

Best Recreational Activities
Lake Las Vegas
Lake Mead
Red Rock Canyon
Mount Charleston