Rio Las Vegas opened on January 15, 1990. It is owned by Caesars Entertainment. It is the only Las Vegas resort owned by the company that is not located on the Strip. For this reason, and the company’s financial problems, Rio has been the subject of sales rumors since the late 2000’s.
Rio has seen better days. It was once home to the “Show in the Sky” that resembled a Rio Mardi Gras party where entertainers in floats above the casino would throw beads to guests and perform music. Waitresses often performed musical acts throughout the casino. This has all come to an end. There is little that sets Rio apart from other casinos located off the Strip nowadays.
Rio has always tried to be a locals casino. Las Vegas residents receive discounts on drinks and dining at Rio. This has not been enough to help draw local residents. One reason is the poor gambling.
Casino at Rio
The Rio casino floor is 120,000 square feet. It hosts over 1,500 slot and video poker machines. The best video poker game is $1 3, 5, and 10 play 10/6/4 Double Double Bonus Poker. There are some $5 full pay Jacks or Better games and many 8/5 Bonus Poker ones. All of these machines have higher requirements for earning points.
There is a 14-table poker room. There is little poker action at Rio outside of the annual World Series of Poker. The Rio poker room is connected to a large sports book. There is also a live keno lounge.
Rio has one of the largest table game selections off the Las Vegas Strip. There are eight $5-$200 double zero roulette tables. There are four $5-$5,000 craps tables with 3-4-5 odds.
There are seven single deck blackjack games with $15-$2,000 limits. All single deck blackjack games at Rio pay 6-5 on a natural. There are three $15-$2,500 double deck blackjack games. Players can double on any two cards but not after splitting. Five eight-deck shoe games have limits of $10-$2,000 where players are allowed to double down after splitting.
A six-table party pit spreads three single deck and three eight-deck blackjack games. All pay 6-5 on blackjack.
There is a high limit area with 12 tables. Half are baccarat tables. The other half are blackjack games that stay on all 17’s.
Rio has a massive selection of table games away from the standard ones. Many poker games include the Six Card Bonus bet.
- Three Card Poker: $5-$200 (7)
- Baccarat: $10-$5,000 (6)
- Pai Gow Poker: $15-$5,000 (5)
- Crazy4Poker: $5-$100 (2)
- Let it Ride: $5-$200 (2)
- Pai Gow Tiles: $25-$5,000 (1)
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em: $5-$25 (1)
- High Card Flush: $5-$200 (1)
- Mississippi Stud: $5-$200 (1)
There is also a large selection of video table games. There is a $1-$1,000 video baccarat game. A $5-$500 video blackjack game is also available. Beware as this game pays 6-5 on a blackjack. There is a separate $3-$500 Interblock video blackjack game that also pays 6-5. Shoot to Win Craps with $3-$500 is located near the table pit. None of these games award Total Rewards points.
Rio uses the Caesars Entertainment players club known as Total Rewards. This program is not generous when it comes to free play, however, it is one of the best when it comes to receiving free rooms.
Rio has the coveted Diamond Lounge for top tier players. The Diamond Lounge opens at 4pm and offers guests unlimited drinks and appetizers. Its entrance is in the high limit slots area.
Hotel at Rio
There are 2,522 hotel rooms at Rio. These are described as all suites. All rooms are over 400 square feet. The basic king starts at $42 per night during the week and $69 on weekends. Two queens go for $57 on weeknights and $89 on weekends. There is a $22 per night resort fee.
Rio Cariocas Suite – These 1,100 square foot rooms have one bedroom and one and a half baths. There is also a whirlpool tub and separate living and dining area. Rates start at $350 per night during the week and $420 on weekends.
Rio Deluxe Masquerade Suites – These suites start at 1,100 square feet and run up to 1,700. Rates start at $350 per night on weeknights and $420 on weekends, depending on the size and season. Amenities include a separate bedroom, dining area and living quarters. There is also a work station and a whirlpool tub.
Rio Super Suite – This 1,200 square foot suite offers a six-person dining area, separate bedroom, dining area and whirlpool tub. Rates start at $500 during the week and $570 on weekends.
Rio Penthouses – The penthouses are around 3,000 square feet. There are several models. These tend to be two stories and offer balconies, entertainment spaces and whirlpools. Rates start at $1,050 on weeknights and $1,120 on weekends.
Dining at Rio
Rio offers a wide selection of dining at all price points.
Martorano’s – This old school Italian restaurant is one of the oldest offerings at Rio. There is a wide variety of Italian favorites, including pasta, chicken, seafood and veal. This is the most upscale dining establishment at Rio.
Royal India Bistro – This is one of the only Indian restaurants in Las Vegas casinos. It offers an upscale experience with menu items including chicken, seafood and lamb.
Voodoo Steakhouse – This upscale steakhouse is located on the 50th floor. It is a sister establishment to the Voodoo Lounge nightclub. Menu items include steak, chicken and seafood.
KJ Dim Sum – This Chinese kitchen is located next to the poker room. It spreads noodles and traditional Asian favorites.
Buzio’s Seafood Restaurant – Buzio’s is a fine seafood restaurant overlooking the VooDoo Beach. It offers fresh whole lobster, fresh fish, and a variety of other seafood items. Steak and chicken are also on the menu.
There are two buffets at Rio. The Village Seafood Buffet and the more traditional Carnival World Buffet are the all you can eat options. Other casual dining options include Hash Hash a Go Go, All American Bar and Grill, BK Whopper Bar, Sports Deli, and the Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Restaurant.
Bars at Rio Las Vegas
There are four casino bars at Rio. Other lounges include iBar, Flirt Lounge, and Voodoo Nightclub.
Rio is located just west of I-15 on Flamingo Road. It is across Valley View Rd from Gold Coast. It is directly across the highway from Caesars Palace. There is a shuttle that provides transportation to Harrah’s from Rio.
Features at Rio
Rio is home to the World Series of Poker. It is held every year in May and runs through July. Rio offers one of the largest convention centers in Las Vegas. It is also home to the Voodoo Zip line.