There are few tourist destinations more awe-inspiring than Las Vegas. Enormous, sprawling mega-resorts line the Strip and are sprinkled across the city. Vegas hotels typically sport impressive pool complexes, shopping, dining options, and of course, casinos.
All that enormity got me to thinking: What is the biggest casino in Vegas?
I dug into reporting from the Nevada Gaming Commission to count down the 15 biggest casinos in Las Vegas, which is based on square footage dedicated to gaming activity.
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Biggest Casinos in Las Vegas
15. Circus Circus – 124,123 Square Feet
Originally opening in 1968, Circus Circus’ expansive gaming floor is showing some wear. Featuring kid-friendly attractions like Adveturedome, the Midway, and a free Circus act, Circus Circus remains a favorite for families visiting Las Vegas.
14. Caesars Palace – 124,181 Square Feet
Like Circus Circus, Caesars has been around for a while. Originally opening in 1966, the gaming floor at Caesars is a roman themed maze that incorporates one of my favorite sportsbooks in Vegas.
13. Aliante – 125,000 Square Feet
Not only does this North Las Vegas casino have a large gaming floor, but the slots are likely a bit looser in North Las than those on the Strip according to data from the Nevada Gaming Commission. Also, because Aliante is located off the beaten path, table games frequently offer $5 minimum bets.
12. Palace Station – 126,085 Square Feet
Located just off the Strip, Palace Station can be reached via a free shuttle to and from the Strip which picks up at Fashion Show Mall. Fresh off a $192 million renovation, Palace Station’s gaming floor shines. Come for a cheap gamble and stay for a meal at the famous Oyster Bar which is worth the wait.
11. Venetian/Palazzo – 129,083 Square Feet
Along with over 1,900 gaming devices, and 250 table games Venetian showcases impressive theming elements across the resort. Guests are able to stroll along canals in the Grand Canal Shops, grab lunch in St. Mark’s Square, and listen to Gondoliers serenade their guests as they paddle through the property.
10. Orleans – 129,083 Square Feet
Breaking the top 10 biggest casinos in Vegas, The Orleans gaming floor is made up of over 2,600 gaming devices, 35 poker tables, a 60-seat keno room, and more. Located just off the Strip on Tropicana Ave., Orleans is easily accessible by rideshare options like Uber/Lyft.
9. South Point – 137,232 Square Feet
Located south of the Las Vegas Strip, South Point’s sprawling gaming floor has over 2,200 slot games, 60+ table game options, and a race/sportsbook which is a favorite among bettors.
8. Green Valley Ranch – 143,890 Square Feet
An off-Strip casino with a luxurious vibe, GVR offers one of the biggest casino floors in Vegas complete with the full selection of games you would expect. Even better, they are located in the Boulder reporting area which has the loosest slots in Vegas according to data from the Gaming Control Board.
7. Mandalay Bay – 147,992 Square Feet
Marking the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay opened in 1999 and has 3,209 rooms in addition to its sprawling gaming floor. After playing the slots, grab a drink at the Minus5 Ice Lounge which is constructed completely of ice.
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6. Aria – 150,000 Square Feet
A newer addition to the Strip, Aria opened in 2009 and offers players 1,940 slot games in addition to 145 table games.
5. Santa Fe Station – 151,001 Square Feet
Edging out Aria by a single square foot, Santa Fe Station is the 5th biggest casino in Vegas. Although located a ways from tourist centers, the resort is home to over 2,400 slot and video poker machines and 39 gaming tables.
4. Bellagio – 156,000 Square Feet
The crown jewel of the MGM Resorts portfolio opened to the public in 1998 and cost $1.6 billion to construct. After attacking the 4th biggest casino in Las Vegas I suggest checking out Bellagio’s free attractions. Both the conservatory and Fountains of Bellagio are sure to impress.
3. MGM Grand – 161,880 Square Feet
Initially opening as a Wizard of Oz-themed property in 1993, MGM Grand is a behemoth. Although the theming has been stripped away over the years, the casino is still one of the biggest in Vegas.
2. Sunset Station – 163,951 Square Feet
As the second biggest casino in Vegas by square footage, Sunset Station has over 2,100 machines and a full assortment of table games. Due to Sunset’s location away from tourist centers, table minimums tend to be $5 – a strong value proposition for those looking to stretch their dollar.
1. Wynn/Encore – 191,424 Square Feet
The biggest casino in Vegas is also one of the most luxurious. The combined gaming floors of Encore and Wynn are made up of over 1,800 slot games and 180 table games. After trying your luck, grab a cocktail at Parasol Down and check out Wynn’s Lake of Dreams, a free show.
Biggest Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas
2. Golden Nugget – 48,367 Square Feet
Although nowhere near being among the biggest in all of Las Vegas, I’d be remiss to forget about downtown. The second-biggest casino on Fremont Street is Golden Nugget, boasting just shy of 50,000 square feet of gaming space.
1. Circa – 100,152 Square Feet
The newest resort on Fremont Street also boasts the biggest casino, which uniquely spans 2 floors. While most casinos in Las Vegas are indistinguishable from one another, Circa’s is a can’t-miss attraction. Both Circa’s 3-story sportsbook and the refurbished Vegas Vickie sign should be on your “must-see” list.
There you have it, the results are in and Wynn owns the title of biggest casino in Las Vegas, and it’s not close. Like I always tell myself, size doesn’t matter – After all, gambling is fun regardless of how big the room is.
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I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.
Thursday 23rd of July 2020
How big are Wynn & Encore casinos separately, since no other casino is combined?