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Casino Player’s annual survey of the country’s best casinos

By  J. Phillip Vogel & John Grochowski


Every month Casino Player magazine tackles the arduous task of covering the gaming industry, from the latest games and in-depth strategy to the hottest new shows and restaurants. Part of that coverage includes in-depth reporting on casinos that we think are worthy of special attention. Our focus incorporates everything from mega resorts and vintage properties, to new casinos and off-the-beaten-path hotspots. But no matter how dedicated our staff, we simply can’t be everywhere at once.  And that’s where you come in.


For one issue every year Casino Player turns over the reins to you, the reader.  Through our annual Best Of Gaming survey, we ask our dedicated assembly of casinophiles to select which casinos across the US are worthy of being crowned the best in an expanding sea of gambling options.  Our survey is extensive, picking our readers’ brains across a wide spectrum of categories—best casino, best hotels, best suites, best table games, best slots, best spa… the list goes on and on.  And as usual, our readers responded with gusto, voting in force for the properties that they love.

What makes this issue so critical? This is where YOUR voices are heard – and not just by us, or other casino lovers.  For the month of September, the eyes of the entire casino industry are glued to these pages, examining the results to see where they stand among the most influential demographic in gambling today – our readers.  A percentage of the gaming properties will be thrilled with the results and go on to tout their achievements for the next year in advertisements, on billboards, on television, radio and, of course, the web. Others will use the results to help enhance their properties, responding to your votes by creating even better casinos for future gamblers.


What follows are the results of your votes, your choices for 2018’s best of the best. Use it to learn where your favorite casino stands in the rankings, or to plan your next casino excursion – perhaps you’ll even visit one or more of the winners and see for yourself what you’ve been missing!

And the winners are…


The Games We Play

Atlantic City





Gulf Coast


Lake Tahoe 


Las Vegas Downtown

Las Vegas Locals

Las Vegas Strip




Native Midwest

Native Northwest

Native South 

Native Southwest

New England

New York






Southern Indiana


Editor’s Choice Awards

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