If poker is a priority, go to the Bellagio (from $179). The posh hotel has the city’s premier large poker venue and the smaller, exclusive high-stakes Bobby’s Room, frequented by the likes of Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen.
Find flashy, new-hotel hype at the Wynn (from $179). You’re still on the Strip, but with a nicer room and sharper service.
Feeling Entourage? L.A. glamourthe 29 villas, the pool, the gym, the butler, and the chauffered Maybach or stretch limoscosts between $5,000 to $15,000 a night at the Mansion at MGM Grand (702-891-1210).
Removed just far enough from the din and gambling, the Four Seasons Hotel (from $245) is Vegas’ best “regular” hotel (read: no casino), with friendly service, taxis on demand, and plugged-in concierges.
For Old Vegas atmosphere, Binion’s (from $39.95 a night, online special through Nov. 30) is a no-brainer: faded décor, low-stakes craps, the quintessential downtown coffee shop, and the birthplace of the World Series of Poker.
Vegas’ best mid-priced bet is the Mirage (from $99), melding quality cardplay with decent rooms and restaurants ranging from the casual California Pizza Kitchen to the newly opened Japonais.