Caesars Palace opened on August 5, 1966. For the first few years it was tiny compared to what it is today. When Caesars first opened, it sported a 14-story hotel tower and small casino floor. Its footprint has grown substantially over the years however, and today it has become one of the most visited Las Vegas casinos.
Now the hotel at Caesars has earned five-star status, offering guests 3,960 rooms. Its gaming floor is 166,000 square feet. Both the casino and hotel follow the theme of the Roman Empire. Caesars Palace does not have an apostrophe. That is because its founders wanted everyone to feel like it was their palace. Caesars Palace is located on the northwest corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Guests that arrive by car may prefer to enter from Frank Sinatra and use the parking deck.
Casino at Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace offers one of the largest casino floors in the world. Its table game selection is massive with Blackjack being the most common game. While there are some decent games to be found, many of the blackjack tables at Caesars Palace offer the worst rules in Las Vegas. There are 23 single deck blackjack games that offer these awful rules. Blackjack pays 6-5 at these tables, players may only double on 10 or 11 and the dealer hits soft 17. Only nine of these are on the party pit. The limits are $15-$2,000. The house edge on this game is over 2%.
The shoe blackjack games require a $25 minimum bet. Players may double on any two cards and after the split. The dealer hits soft 17. There are 19 of these tables. Some are in the craps pit area while the rest are past the sports book in the back pit.
High limit blackjack games have these same rules but dealers stay on all 17s. The minimum bet for these games is usually $200. Caesars Palace takes wagers as high as $50,000 in its high limit salon.
There are eight craps tables in the main pit. The limits are $10-$5,000. Odds are 3-4-5 times.
Other Caesars Palace Table Games
Baccarat: $25-$20,000 (4)
Pai Gow Poker: $25-$20,000 (4)
Double Zero Roulette: $10-$5,000 (11)
Three Card Poker: $10-$500 (10)
Crazy4Poker: $5-$200 (2)
Texas Hold’em Bonus: $5-$500 (1)
Ultimate Texas Hold’em: $5-$500 (1)
Mississippi Stud: $5-$100 (1)
Let it Ride: $5-$500 (1)
If these limits are too high, there are plenty of virtual table games and slot machines. There is a 6-5 single deck SHFL machine that accepts bets between $1 and $1,000. A video Big Wheel game spreads the same limits. There is even a video baccarat machine, the only one in Las Vegas. This game is $1-$1199.
If playing these machines, be careful betting more than $599. Any win of $1,200 or more will trigger a hand pay that requires a tax form. This includes the original wager.
Caesars Palace is home to a 16-table poker room. The main games are 1/2 and 2/5 No Limit Texas Hold’em. The poker room is adjacent to the recently remodeled sportsbook.
Hotel at Caesars Palace
The 3,960 guest rooms are available across all spectrums. Some are in the basic range, while others are on the high end, including the new Nobu tower. The resort fee is $25 per night. It includes access to the business center, fitness center, and wireless internet for one device. The resort fee is waived to Total Rewards players that have platinum or higher tier.
Roman Tower Room – These are the smallest rooms at Caesars Palace. These are so small that two queens are not available. Instead, two-bed rooms are doubles. A single king is also available. Rooms start at $109 during the week and $141 in weekends.
Augustus Tower – These rooms are 650 square feet and offer either one king or two queens. Rates start at $119 on weeknights and $187 on weekends. Rooms with a Strip view are $25 more per night.
Octavius Tower – These 550 square foot rooms are available in one king or two queens. Rates start at $134 during the week and $201 on weekends. Strip view rooms have a $25 premium per night.
Palace Tower – These rooms are 525 square feet. Guests may choose between one king and two queens. Rates for off peak periods are $104 during the week and $179 on weekends. A Strip view carries a $25 per night premium.
Nobu Tower – Nobu Tower rooms spread one king or two queens. Rates start at $149 during the week and $249 on weekends.
Caesars Palace Suites – There are hundreds of suites at Caesars Palace starting at an oversized mini suite all the way up to the presidential palace. Many start over $1,000 per night.
Dining at Caesars Palace
Most of the dining options at Caesars Palace are on the higher end. Even the buffet commands a premium. When Gordon Ramsey’s Pub and Grill is considered casual, you know it is going to be expensive. Central Michel Richard and Serendipity 3 are also great choices for a less expensive bite to eat. There is a food court that offers pizza, Asian and a coffee shop.
Fine dining options are limitless at Caesars Palace. Rao’s, which is an extension of the New York establishment with the same name, offers delectable Italian meals. Nobu offers top Asian cuisine. Old Homestead Steakhouse offers prime Midwestern steak. Payard Patisserie and Bistro, Mesa Grill, and Restaurant Guy Savoy, round out the fine dining options at Caesars Palace.
Bars at Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace sports many bars beyond the casino’s video poker ones. Fizz is a top lounge option. Shadow Bar offers figure dancing behind the curtain. Numb spreads frozen cocktails. Seahorse Lounge and Spanish Steps are other options.
Features at Caesars Palace
Pure is Caesars Palace’s nightclub which is one of the largest in Las Vegas and recently expanded into the former poker room area. The Forum Shops offer a luxury shopping experience and it is now one of the largest malls in Las Vegas.
Shows at Caesars Palace currently include Shania Twain, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld, Luis Miguel, Diana Ross, and Daryl John and Hall Oates. Absinthe is a hit show that is performed just outside the hotel lobby.