Information on Las Vegas Shows and Casinos

Most people visit Las Vegas to take in some shows of their favorite performers, and to spend some time in the casinos. If you're planning such a trip, hopefully you have already read our article about Las Vegas which includes information on hotels and places to eat. This article deals with Las Vegas casinos and shows: entertainment at its best for many people. We'll only be able to highlight a few of the top casinos and shows, but this should give you some basic information about what's available if you want to take in a few shows while in Las Vegas, as well as spend some time in some of the casinos. As you plan for your trip, include these items in your planning. And if you're visiting some casinos and plan to do some gambling and play games of chance like poker and blackjack, it's very important to plan and budget for these activities. More on that later. And in a separate article we cover some of the other sightseeing and entertainment activities you can enjoy while in Las Vegas. After all, this is the "Entertainment Capital of the World."

Fun and Games in Las Vegas

Most visitors to Las Vegas come for the entertainment--gambling and the shows. Most of the well-known hotels, casinos and shows will be found on "The Strip," which is Las Vegas Blvd. South. There are several web sites which lists the casinos, including,, and Keep in mind that the casinos are a part of the hotels. The larger hotels will be home to more than one casino. If you've come to see your favorite entertainers, they will also be found in the hotels. Following is a partial listing of hotels, casinos and shows for your consideration.

  • Circus Circus
    Features a real live circus and carnival midway, so if you're traveling with the kiddies, you'll want to stop here. There's also a 5-acre theme park with roller coasters, laser tag and an IMAX theater. There are three full-sized casinos featuring slot machines, table games and a poker room. Shop for fashion items, sports memorabilia, and gifts and collectibles, too.
  • Treasure Island
    Home of the very popular - and free- pirate battle shows, you'll also enjoy TI's casino and slot machines, table games, poker, and sports book betting. Catch a comedy act, too. Popular commedians such as Bill Engvall will play here.
  • MGM Grand
    For shows, catch the likes of David Copperfield, Howie Mandel, Chicago, Tom Jones, Bon Jovi, and Donnie & Marie Osmond. The Academy of Country Music Awards are held here, as are many championship boxing matches. When it comes to gaming, all your favorites such as blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat; slot machines and poker, and sports book betting, will be found here. Even if you don't stay at this hotel, you can still come enjoy the exciting entertainment and casino.

  • Caesars Palace
    A well-known landmark on the Las Vegas Stip, Caesars books acts such as Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld and Elton John for entertainment. Caesars boasts of more than 129,000 feet of casino space, and features table games, poker, slots, keno, and sports betting. Caesars Palace is also home to more than 120 shops for your shopping pleasure.
  • Las Vegas Hilton
    Just a block off the strip, the Las Vegas Hilton's casino boasts 40,000 square feet of gambling excitement with games like baccarat, craps, blackjack, many poker versions, slot machines, and sports betting. For your entertainment enjoyment, you can catch Barry Manilow, Boz Skaggs, Heart, George Lopez, Tony Bennett, Donna Summer, ZZ Top, and more. The Simmer Cabaret offers a more intimate setting, and features David Brenner or Sunset Strip-a Song and Dance revue. Especially if you're a Star Trek fan, you won't want to miss "Star Trek the Experience" or the Star Trek Museum. You can also enjoy off-Broadway productions such as "Menopause The Musical." You'll also find great shopping experiences in many Hilton stores, such as the Barry Manilow store, Deep Space Nine Promenade (if you're a Star Trek fan), the Strip Store (for Vegas and Elvis themed souvenirs), and more.
  • Mandalay Bay
    Gaming at the hotel at Mandalay Bay is a whole different experience, as you play in a tropical setting of flowing water and tropical foliage. You'll find your favorite table games, poker, blackjack, slot machines here. For entertainment, the Mandalay Bay hotel features a 12,000 seat Events Center, where you'll see superstars such as Ricky Martin and Bette Midler, BB King, Cheryl Crow or Bob Dylan; World Championship boxing matches, and the hit show "Mamma Mia."

More Information, Please

As always, there is way more information available for entertainment options in Las Vegas than we have room to present here. We've given you just the tip of the iceburg, but if you check out some of the above-listed online sites, you're sure to find just what you need.

And we didn't even touch on your dining experience in Las Vegas. Some of the finest restaurants in the world are available here, and some of the best prices, too. We're featuring dining in a separate article, as well as other things to see and do while you're in Las Vegas.

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