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Las Vegas's Most Popular Casinos: Flamingo Hotel

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No. 18 Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

If you’re a novice, the Flamingo is a good place to learn in front of a small number of people: the casino remains small, with no penny slots, a small variety of table games, and a small poker scene devoted mostly to low-limit Texas hold’em. The rest of the storied property—opened by mobster Bugsy Siegel in 1946—has been getting a face-lift. First came the “Go” rooms in 2008, with their funky patent-vinyl headboards, striped décor, and in-room technology. Now the remaining rooms have been given a “Fab” upgrade. There’s a youthful, spring-break vibe, yet also some surprising perks for families, from Donny and Marie Osmond’s nightly performance to a Wildlife Habitat stocked with flamingos, ducks, koi and turtles.

The Buzz: Intersecting pools have some of the best, little-known deals on private cabanas on the Strip. Construction has started on the Linq project, a $550-million retail, dining, and entertainment district with the highly anticipated Las Vegas High Roller, a giant observation wheel, set to open in 2013.


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