When Downtown, you must check out the Gold Spike. It's probably the scariest casino in town. It's dark, dirty, smoky, and hot. This is the Last Resort for those gamblers who just don't want to stop, even though they've run out of money. Worth a look for the human spectacle alone.
Okay, it might be fun to gamble at one of the large and beautiful casinos, but they will rip you off!!! If you really want to gamble without throwing away your savings, check out some of these 'hole in the wall' places that only the locals (Californians are pretty much locals) know about! Casino Royale is still on the strip, but is definitely OLD SCHOOl with blackjack tables with minimums of $1, $3, and $5! Roulette tables for $1 too! It's fun, cheesy, and cheap! Best of all, you get free drinks all night long as you're playing for $3 or something! Imperial Palace is another old school hotel/casino. This is one place where you can actually win! For some reason, the odds seem better at an older casino/hotel!
There is a long standing (in Vegas that means around since the 60's) Italian supper club just off the strip called Battista's Hole in the Wall (it is just east of Bally's; I believe on Audrie Lane). This is a casual Italian restaurant with a kitschy attmosphere. The one price meals of pasta, seafood include a 'bottomless glass' of house wines. When we have been there they have had various forms of entertainment - from Battista in the old days who would walk around singing, asking you about the food, and offering to sell you his own record - to an accordian player who was there last time we went in June.
I am sure He is not John Wayne. That's in downtown. On Famous Fremont Street. There is a light show in the ceiling of the street every hour.
Like most hotels on the Strip, the Flamingo Hotel has an exhibit that's consistent with the theme of the hotel. Here you will find an outdoor habitiat of flamingoes and other tropical birds.
And is standing on the sidewalk on Las Vegas Blvd! Traffic was slow enough that I could get this shot as well as observe the impersonation -- it wasn't half bad!
This venue is the site for various Industry trade shows such as CES (Consumer Electronis Show), Comdex (Computer Expo) and NAB (National Assoc of Broadcasters).
Don't forget the older casinos such as The Flamingo, The Frontier and The Stardust -- not as glitzy -- but of more than nostalgic interest.
Every path in Vegas has been beaten beyond recognition. Drop in and have a greasy burger at the 'Fat Burger'. Conveniently located on the strip, just across from the Belagio.