By Steve Beauregard
How many casinos are on the Las Vegas Strip? It sort of depends on your definition of the “Strip,” but basically, thirty-one casinos call the Strip home, as of April 2016, up from 29 just a few years ago, but down one, due to the closing of the Riviera Hotel and Casino.
These 31 Strip casinos range from dinky little dives like the cheesy but classic Slots A Fun, to the glamorous (and expensive) Wynn and Encore resorts.
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The 31 casinos stretch from Mandalay Bay on the South, up to the Stratosphere to the North. Many others casino/hotels, like the Rio, Palms, and Hard Rock, aren’t included in the 31, as they are not located right on Las Vegas Boulevard. However these near-strip casinos are within walking distance – albeit a long walk in the heat. For example, The Hard Rock Casino is almost exactly a one mile walk to the Strip. The Rio to the Strip (at the Bellagio entrance) is just under a mile.
According to the Nevada Gaming Commission, there are actually 42 casinos in the Las Vegas strip area. Again however, their definition of “strip” is not as strict nor literal as ours is here, and therefore their list includes casinos off of Las Vegas Boulevard.
From the south, going north, the list of casinos on the Las Vegas strip is as follows:
New York New York
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
The Linq (Formerly the Quad and Formerly Imperial Palace)
Slots A Fun
SLS Las Vegas
Here’s some HD footage of the sights and sounds of Las Vegas Boulevard:
Besides the Hard Rock, Rio, Gold Coast and Palms, some of the other casinos, just off the strip, which I did not include here, include Hooters and the Westgate, (Which some of you may remember as the short-lived LVH, while many more of you will remember as the Las Vegas Hilton). The list above is strictly for casinos with frontage on the Strip.
Included in the 31 is the new Cromwell Hotel and Casino, as well as the new O’Sheas. The old O’Sheas, may have been my absolute favorite casino in Las Vegas. It had a laid back vibe, a shot-pouring leprechaun, fun party atmosphere (including beer pong) and poker tables, which allowed you to play low limit hold’em practically on the strip sidewalk.
The new O’Sheas, along with the new rebranded Linq Hotel and Casino, are part of Caesars Entertainment Linq shopping and Ferris Wheel development.
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The list of thirty-one strip casinos also includes the newer, small, Margaritaville Casino, which opened on October 1, 2011. While technically it is inside the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, the 22 table, 15,000 square foot casino has a separate entrance, (and vibe) from the regular Flamingo casino down the hall. (However you can use the same chips at either casino).
Strip Casino Ownership
Of these thirty-one casinos, over half are owned by one of two corporations: Caesars Entertainment, and MGM Resorts International.
Caesars Entertainment owns Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, Paris, the Linq, O’Sheas, Planet Hollywood Casino, the Flamingo, the Cromwell, and Margaritaville (although it’s a joint venture). You can use your Total Rewards at any of the casinos listed above. Away from the strip, Caesars Entertainment also owns the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.
MGM Resorts owns the following, meaning you can use your M Life card at all of these casinos: Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, Mirage, New York New York, Luxor, Excalibur, Circus Circus, and Slots-A-Fun.
Of the remaining eleven, two are owned by Steve Wynn (Wynn and Encore), while two are owned by Sheldon Adelson (Venetian and Palazzo).
The former owner of the since-demolished Frontier Hotel and Casino, Phil Ruffin, owns Treasure Island, while Penn National Gaming owns the historic Tropicana.
The iconic Stratosphere, built by the fun and colorful Las Vegas legend Bob Stupak, is now owned by American Casinos & Entertainment Properties. Another colorful Las Vegas legend, Tom Elardi, owns the Casino Royale. Rounding out the list of eleven independent Las Vegas strip casinos, the $4 billion Cosmopolitan was owned by the not-so-colorful Blackstone Group, which bought the resort from Deutsche Bank, after they took it over from a man named Bruce Eichner, the original developer, who had financial troubles with the resort. The Blackstone Group paid $1.73 billion for the Cosmo in May of 2014. Considering that the resort cost $4 billion to build, I believe this $1.73 billion will seem like a steal in a few years.
The Blackstone Group – a New York City based investment banking firm – also owns the Weather Channel and Legoland, of all things.
The SLS Las Vegas is owned by an Los Angeles nightclub/restaurant company called SBE Entertainment.
Strip Casinos Revenue
Despite the recent downturn in the economy the Las Vegas strip does very well for itself gambling wise. According to the Nevada Gaming Commission, the 42 casinos they define as being in the Strip area had a combined revenue of $6.348 billion in 2015, down just .38 percent from the $6.372 billion in 2014 and slightly more from the $6.504 billion in 2013, (but up from both 2012 – $6.207 billion dollars – and 2011’s $6.068 billion haul.)
Although they look like casinos, there are also a few high-rise hotels that do not offer any sort of gambling, and are therefore not included in our list of casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard. These include The Four Seasons Hotel and Delano at Mandalay Bay. Technically, both The Four Seasons and Delano are attached to Mandalay Bay, yet both have a separate entrance and both are a long walk to their much busier and louder sister property. In a similar vein, the recently opened Nobu Hotel is a hotel-within-a hotel at Caesars Palace, and it too, does not have its own casino floor.
Besides the Four Seasons, other non-gaming hotels on the Strip include the equally ritzy Mandarin Oriental at the City Center, the less than ritzy Travelodge, the Vdara (also at City Center), and the Hilton Grand Vacations Suite on the north end of the strip. Near the Hilton Grand Vacations, the Trump Hotel also does not have a casino. Technically it is not a strip resort either, as it is about a block west of the strip. (Updated April 2016).