Walk into any casino around the world and the main action and buzz always seems to be around the bright lights, music and sound effects coming from the floors stacked with endless rows of loud and colourful slot machines.
In fact, you’ll find over 200,000 slot machines in Las Vegas alone. And while some slots look the same, not all of them are quite the same, due to some casinos offering better rewards through their players’ programs, for example. Others have ‘looser’ slots (games with a higher RTP).
Here are some of the recommended casinos for slots players in Vegas.
1. Aria Resort & Casino
This is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and it also has one of the biggest slot machine floor areas anywhere in the city. On top of that, they have the biggest and most exclusive high roller slot machine parlor in the entire state, named Spin. There you can find slot machines that accept up to $5000 per spin bet! Spin is the pinnacle of service and luxury where you are treated like royalty with butlers and private bathrooms, while you probably lose money on a grand scale.
You don’t have to be envious of the high rollers; Aria caters to all and small gamblers too. The casino offers over 2,000 slots overall, including popular titles like Wheel of Fortune and The Walking Dead. They also frequently host slot machine tournaments.
Many people see the Bellagio as the best place on the Las Vegas Strip to play poker, and they are right, of course. But Bellagio is also one of the best places on the Strip to find slot machine tournaments and a wide variety of slots games to choose from. Including video poker and slots, Bellagio has over 2,300 different gambling machines to choose from. All games at Bellagio are available in multiple denominations, catering to both casual gamblers and high rollers. Many of Bellagio’s slot machines feature progressive jackpots where you can win $1 million or more on a single spin of the reels.
Also, since Aria and the Bellagio are both owned by MGM, membership at either of these slots clubs there means that you automatically have a membership in MGM Rewards loyalty program, which is the players club at the following casinos:
Aria; Bellagio; Delano Las Vegas; Excalibur; Luxor; Mandalay Bay; MGM Grand; The Mirage; Park MGM; New York-New York; Vdara
3. The Venetian
This casino has two floors of slot machines to choose from, and they have a great loyalty program. The Venetian also makes an effort to offer the very latest games on the floor, (besides the classic old favorites of course) and they’ve done an excellent job of ensuring they are always ‘first off the blocks’ in introducing new games ahead of their competitors.
Like Aria, the Venetian caters to high rollers ( as well as casual gamblers). They offer an area called “The High-Limit Slots Salon,” which is a quieter and less crowded area for customers comfortable with betting up to $5000 per spin playing the slots.
4. The Golden Nugget
So far, we’ve focused on slot machine games that cater to high rollers on the Strip. But not all the best slot machines are found on the famed Las Vegas Boulevard. The gaming floor at the Golden Nugget has over 1,000 gambling machines to choose from, with one of the largest variety of games in the city, too. They carry famous games like Wheel of Fortune, but they also have a bigger variety of “Buffalo” slots than almost any other casino.
In fact, the payback percentages (RTP) for machines in other parts of the city are usually higher than the glitzier establishments on the Strip. And what better “other part of the city” is there than downtown?
The slot area in this casino is rather sumptuous. Chandeliers, elegant colors, machines arranged in groups rather than long rows, and a constant influx of the latest games make playing here very worthwhile. Even Snoop Dogg has got into the slot development act and has a slot called “Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker’s Wild,” and yes, you’ll find it a the Cosmo!
If you are lucky enough to also stay at the Cosmopolitan, the standard rooms are apparently as big as the suites at Caesar’s Palace.
6. Red Rock Casino
The Red Rock is the place to ‘meet, eat and play’ for everyone heading back from the Red Rock National Park, which is just a short drive west of the city. The draws at this casino are the slot machines and the restaurants. Judging by the sizeable slots floor, you will know you are in one of the best Las Vegas casinos for slot machines. Although the casino offers table games and a high roller suite, the big slot selection is its main draw card. The Red Rock also hosts a movie theater, bowling alley, and a food court and a number of bars.
The Excalibur is the fun, castle-themed casino on the Strip. Their slot area attracts some hard-core slots players, the kind who play one machine for hours on end. Excalibur claims that it offers the newest games, but also holds onto the classics. It’s a delicate balance of catering to those seeking novelty, but also providing for people who rather want the comfort of continuity and familiarity.
And when you are tired or hot and bothered, the Excalibur also has some of the best swimming pools in Las Vegas.
8. Sam’s Town
Sam’s Town, away from the Strip on the Boulder Highway (but still very easy to get to from the Strip), is an older establishment and feels warm, “down-home,” friendly, and lively.
The slots players at Sam’s always appear to be having a good time. The slots floor is smoky and crowded (giving off that old-school “casino” vibe), and the atmosphere is friendly. What it lacks in luxury, Sam’s Town makes up for with high payout slot machine games.
One thing that Sam’s Town offers that isn’t available at other Las Vegas casinos is an online listing of the slot machine games they have available. You can search their database by denomination, type of game, or keyword in the game title.
Sam’s unique feature is a glass conservatory in the middle of the property called “Mystic Falls,” and it features streams and pathways through greenery and the occasional glimpse of animatronic wildlife. It always feels cool and calming in Mystic Falls, even on the hottest Vegas day.
There are just too many casinos to mention, but we’ve tried to provide a variety from the most exclusive to the older but still enjoyable venues available in Vegas. One visit is never enough to give you an idea of just how much Las Vegas has to offer, even besides gambling.