Slots can create magic. The special effects, the wins, the bonuses, the scattered wilds, the soundtracks…all of it can be a secret vacation to your very own happy place.
There are those who play two, three, four slot machines at a time. I don’t recommend it. Choose one machine and let it pull you into another world, one populated by Vikings, or fairies, or jungle animals.
There is a Wild West Saloon slot that makes me order straight whisky and place the max bet, hitting that button like a rough character living on the edge.
Here are the best casinos for slot machines in Las Vegas. These properties also have so much more than gaming to offer, as do most casinos in Vegas.
The Cosmo is fun for several reasons: you can people watch as you play the latest slots, the casino’s location is in the heart of the action on the Strip, and when you build up a solid hunger, you are close to Guy Fieri’s burger restaurant. Enough said!
Except, I am going to say more. I always do.
The slot area in this casino is gorgeous! Chandeliers, elegant colors, groupings of machines rather than long rows, and a constant influx of the latest games make playing here very worthwhile.
Believe it or not, Snoop Dogg has created a slot machine called “Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker’s Wild,” and yes, the Cosmo has it.
The Game of Thrones slot can be found on the floor as well, but it is popular, so stake out a machine and grab it when it is free.
The Cosmo also has baccarat slots, which give you the feel of the table game without the presence of other players at the “table.”
Baccarat is a game not as well known in the U.S. as it is in Europe and Asia. A high-stakes game, this card game is played between you and the dealer, and there are only three outcomes: win, lose or tie.
The slot version can get you comfortable enough with the style of play that you might want to try your hand at the actual table game. Baccarat is just one of many table games offered on the Cosmo’s 100,000 square foot gaming floor.
If you are lucky enough to also stay at the Cosmopolitan, the standard rooms are rumored to be as big as the suites at Caesar’s Palace.
Red Rock Casino
The Red Rock is the place to meet and mingle for everyone heading back from the Red Rock National Park, which is just a few minutes west of the city. It is also the place to meet and greet for the locals who live in the surrounding community of Summerlin. The draws at this casino are the machines and the restaurants.
When you see the sizeable slot floor, you will know you are in one of the best Las Vegas casinos for slot machines.
Although table games are popular here, and there is a high roller suite as well, it is the huge slot selection that draws many to this elegant casino hotel near the western edge of Sin City.
The Red Rock also hosts a movie theater, bowling alley, a food court that offers Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and a Capriotti’s (simply the best sandwich in Las Vegas; try the Grilled Italian).
There are bars tucked here and there throughout the property. I love the Lucky Bar because I can keep an eye on the casino action, but the Onyx bar is ideal for lovers who wish a quieter, more “tucked away” place to enjoy a whisky sour or a rye-and-water.
The Excalibur is the fun, castle-themed casino on the Strip. Their slot area attracts hard-core slots players, the kind of people who play one machine for hours on end. The Excalibur boasts that it offers the newest games but also hangs onto the classics.
The point of gambling—no matter the game, table, or machine—is to feel lucky. We all have our favorite slot machines, and if they are cycled out to make room for another game, we can lose that lucky feeling.
Thus, knowing where you can find your classic favorites at one of the best casinos for slots in Las Vegas is a big mark in favor of playing here. (Plus, the rooms are always affordable.)
When you are ready for a break from slot play, buy a ticket to the Excalibur’s dining experience, featuring Arthurian-era action such as jousting and feats of horsemanship.
The Excalibur also has some of the best swimming pools in Las Vegas. Furthermore, the pool bartender makes a stiff Bloody Mary.
The pools at this casino are not as well known as those at the Mandalay Bay and other properties which heavily advertise their swimming areas, but the Excalibur’s pools (there is an adults-only option in addition to other pools) are some of the most enjoyable in town.
The Palms is a chic property, standing close to the Strip but off in its own zone.
This casino hotel, famous for hosting Paris Hilton when she is in town, also boasts a popular player’s card club. As with other casinos, the player’s club is free to join and is generous with gifts and promos.
The Palms boasts 1500 different slot machines, which range from penny bets to $100-a-pull machines.
If you want to settle in with a machine and let the world fade away, play at the Excalibur. If you want to play slots and keep an eye on who is coming and going in the city, find a central machine and play at the Palms.
If you catch a sizeable win, treat yourself to a service in the Palms spa, which offers such exotic treatments as Reiki energy healing and gemstone massage treatments.
Despite the distinctly upscale appearance of the Wynn (slot machines with garden views, fresh flowers everywhere), travelers to Vegas note how friendly this casino is.
Slots players do highly recommend joining the Wynn’s player rewards club, as the benefits (such as the occasional free buffet ticket) are worth it.
If you prefer a low-smoke or smoke-free atmosphere in which to game, the Wynn has been considered the top location for this, out of all the best Las Vegas casinos for slots.
“Clean and Comfortable”
Is the phrase frequently used by guests in their comments on the Wynn experience.
As elegant and upscale as the Wynn is, you’ve got Sam’s Town on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Sam’s Town, away from the Strip on the Boulder Highway (but still very easy to get to from the Strip), is an older property and feels warm, “down-home,” friendly, and lively. Sam’s also has a bit of history attached to it.
The slots players at Sam’s always appear to be having a good time. The slots floor is smoky and crowded (which I love…it gives me that old-school “casino” vibe), and players come into Sam’s as strangers and often leave having made a friend or two at the machines.
Sam’s has a unique feature that I love, and you will, too, especially if you are traveling with your family.
There 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.
A Final Note
Even if you prefer to hunt down your favorite machines as you wander among the options in the top casinos for slots in Las Vegas, I do encourage you to try out the latest and greatest slots.
New ways to reward players are constantly being added to the newest slots, and you can benefit from stacked wilds, scattered wilds, and other features designed to entice you.
Also, in addition to more pay lines and better odds, the newest machines have such high-tech graphics that play can feel 3D. That is a lot of entertainment for a quarter!
If you like to gamble online for money as well, you’ll find many of the same games at leading casino sites.