THE BEST Best Overall Gaming Resort: Red Rock Casino Resort OF GAMING 2017 Las Vegas: Locals t’s no secret among veteran casino players that some of the best gaming you’ll find anywhere is at the Las Vegas casinos that cater to local players. The clientele is demanding, having spent their lifetimes in gaming’s cap-ital city. Scattered throughout Las Vegas and the surrounding communities of Henderson and North Las Vegas, these resorts cater to local tastes, needs and demands. If you put a premium on gambling, the locals joints cater to players in the know, with higher slot returns, better blackjack rules and higher video poker pay tables. Food service runs the gamut from snack bars to gourmet, but it’s easier to find quality for reasonable prices at local favorites than at tourist havens. Some resorts are homes away from home for area residents, so bowling lanes and movie theaters sit side by side with spas and steakhouses. You don’t need a local ID nor do you need to know any secret handshakes to enter. All are welcome for the chance to discover these friendly places to stay and play. For the fourth year in a row, Casino Player readers have voted Red Rock Casino Resort as the Best Overall Gaming Resort among Las Vegas locals casinos. Red Rock brings a serious “wow!” factor to the local scene. Along with an 815-room hotel tower, it has a slew of amenities with eight restaurants, a movie theater that includes an IMAX 3-D facility, indoor and outdoor music venues and a 72-lane bowling center. On the gaming floor, there are nearly 3,000 slots, more than 60 tables and a race and sports book. With all that going for it, Red Rock is a repeat winner as Favorite Casino to Vacation At along with a long list of category wins. No. 2 for Best Overall Gaming Resort is South Point Hotel Casino & Spa. Off Las Vegas Boulevard, far south the of portion known as the Strip, South Point is a getaway 90 SEPTEMBER 2017 • www.casinocenter.com I Best Rooms: Red Rock Casino Resort all its own with 64 bowling lanes, 16 movie screens, even a 4,000-seat equestrian arena. And there’s gaming, of course. Among its category wins, South Point is tops for Best Craps, Best Reel Slots, Best Roulette, Best Video Poker and Best Race and Sports Book. Also south on Las Vegas Boulevard, in Henderson, is M Resort Spa Casino, the No. 3 choice for Best Overall Gaming Resort. If you‘re after a little pampering, readers love it in the customer service categories. M is No. 1 for Best Hotel Staff, Best Players Club and Best Hosts.