Best of Las Vegas 2008-09 What you Think?

Best of Las Vegas by Henry Tamburin: Updated

These are my opinions on the best that Las Vegas has to offer. It is based on my experiences of visiting Las Vegas every year for over 30 years. I also currently own a house in nearby Henderson, NV and spend about 50% of my time there. I’ve recommended this list to my friends and family. I will continue to add different categories to the list each month, or modify them if needed, based on my experiences.If you have any comments about anything on the list, send them to me at

Best Free Things To See
Fountains of Bellagio
Conservatory (Bellagio)
Walking through the Venetian Hotel and Shopping Area
Atlantis fountain show (Forum Shops, Caesars)
Stroll around Red Rock Casino resort
Freemont Street Experience
Volcano eruption (front of Mirage)
Hoover Dam
Lake Las Vegas
Masquerade Village Parade (Rio Casino)

Best Inexpensive 4-Star Hotel
Golden Nugget (downtown)

Best Strip Hotels

Best Resorts
J. R. Marriott Las Vegas
Red Rock Casino & Resort

Best Gourmet Restaurants
Le Cirque (Bellagio)
Prime (Bellagio)
Delmonico (Venetian)
Hugo’s (Four Queens – less costly and very good)

Best Prime Rib
Lawry’s The Prime Rib (one black from strip on Flamingo)

Best Italian Restaurant
Maggianos (across from Wynn Casino)
Fiamma (MGM Grand)

Best Steak House
Delmonico (Venetian)
Range (Harrah’s)
Charlie Palmer (Four Seasons)
Steakcraft (MGM Grand)

Best Casual Restaurant
Grand Lux Café (Venetian)
Olives (Bellagio)

Best Seafood
Emeril’s (MGM Grand)

Best Buffets
Planet Hollywood
South Point
Green Valley Ranch

Best Las Vegas Local Restaurant
Rosemary’s (Sahara Ave. click here for specials)
Andreas (6th Street Downtown)
Todd’s Unique Restaurant (Sunset Road, Henderson)

Best Shows
Barry Manilow
Danny Gans
Mystere-Cirque Du Soleil (Treasure Island)
Mamma Mia (Mandalay Bay)

Best Entertainer
Danny Gans

Best Car Rental Company

Best View of Las Vegas Strip and Valley
Stratosphere (observation deck)
Paris (observation deck, Eiffel Tower)

Best Double Deck Blackjack Game (basic strategy player)
Mirage ($25)
NYNY ($50)
MGM Grand ($100)
Wynn ($100)
Best Double Deck Blackjack Game (low stakes card counter)
Santa Fe Station
El Cortez
Red Rock

Best Single Deck Game
El Cortez

Best Shoe Dealt Blackjack Game (basic strategy player)
MGM Grand ($10 min)
Bellagio ($10 min)
Mandalay Bay ($10 min)

Best Crap Game
Casino Royal (center strip)
Main Street Station (Downtown)
Best Coupon Book
Las Vegas Advisor Pocket Book of Values (
All kinds of coupons at
2008 American Casino Guide book (tear out coupons)

Best Video Poker Games (lots of full pay games)
South Point
Fiesta Rancho
Fiesta Henderson

Best Place to Pay Slots (consistently higher paying slot machines)
Boulder Station
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder
Sam’s Town

Best Roulette Game
Monte Carlo (single 0 wheel)
Nevada Palace (single 0 wheel)
Stratosphere (single 0 wheel)

Best Low Limit Casino Gambling
Downtown casinos

Best Source for Casino Promotions (Viva Las Vegas page)

Best Source for List of Casinos that Offer Double or Triple Point Slot Point Promotions (Las Vegas) (Slot Club Bonus Points)

Best Source for List of Casinos That Offer Cashback/Comps (Las Vegas)

Best Source for Current Blackjack Playing Conditions
Blackjack Insider newsletter at
Las Vegas Blackjack Survey at  http:/

Best Spa
Canyon Ranch (Venetian)
Bathhouse (THEhotel)

Best Recreational Activities
Lake Las Vegas
Lake Mead





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: