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All Nevada casinos are open 24 hours and normally offer: slots, video poker, craps, blackjack, and roulette. Other games/betting offered include: baccarat, mini baccarat, pai gow poker, caribbean stud poker, let it ride, red dog, double-down stud, spanish 21, casino war, sic bo, three-card poker, keno, bingo, sportsbook, and race book. The minimum gambling age is 21.

For Nevada information call (800) NEVADA-8.

Las Vegas

The Nevada Gaming Control Board does not break down its slot statistics by individual properties/houses/casinos. Rather, they are classified by area. The following are indicative payback percentages listed by bet value machine and by area:

5c Slot Machines

  • The Strip - 91.23%
  • Downtown - 92.21%
  • Boulder Strip - 93.26%
  • N. Las Vegas - 93.60%

25c Slot Machines

  • The Strip - 92.72%
  • Downtown - 94.95%
  • Boulder Strip - 96.34%
  • N. Las Vegas - 96.78%

$1 Slot Machines

  • The Strip - 94.84%
  • Downtown - 95.44%
  • Boulder Strip - 96.50%
  • N. Las Vegas - 97.41%

$1 Megabucks Machines

  • The Strip - 88.90%
  • Downtown - 88.21%
  • Boulder Strip - 88.15%
  • N. Las Vegas - 87.54%

$5 Slot Machines

  • The Strip - 96.05%
  • Downtown - 95.94%
  • Boulder Strip - 96.60%
  • N. Las Vegas - N/A

All Slot Machines

  • The Strip - 93.93%
  • Downtown - 94.60%
  • Boulder Strip - 95.47%
  • N. Las Vegas - 95.90%

These figures reflect the percentage of money returned to the players on each type of denomination of machine. All electronic machines including slots, video poker and video keno are included in these figures.

As you can see, the machines in downtown Las Vegas pay out 1% to 2% more than those located on the Las Vegas Strip for the lower denomination 5c and 25c machines. When you get to the $1 and $5 machines the difference is less noticeable but you can clearly see that the downtown casinos almost always return more than the Strip area casinos.

This information is pretty well known by the locals and that is why many of them do their slot gambling away from the Strip unless they are drawn by a special slot club benefit or promotion.

Returns even better than the downtown casinos can be found at some of the other casinos along Boulder Highway such as Boulder Station and Samís Town. The best returns of all, however, can be found at the casinos in the North Las Vegas area which include the Fiesta, Santa Fe and Texas Station casinos. There you are likely to get the best payback percentage returns anywhere in the United States.

One area where the Strip casinos do offer an advantage over the locals casinos is in the game of blackjack. You will find that all downtown and North Las Vegas casinos will 'hit' a soft 17 (a total of 17 with an ace counted as 11 rather than one - All about blackjack on this site). This is a slight disadvantage (-0.2%) for the player and the Strip casinos do not hit a soft 17.

There are many free tourist magazines that run coupon offers for casino fun books or special deals. All of these magazines are usually available in the hotel/motel lobbies or in the rooms themselves.

For Las Vegas information call the cityís Convention & Visitors Authority on (702) 892-0711, or visit their Website at For Nevada information call (800) NEVADA-8.
[Jun 2003 last update]

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