A Guide to the Casinos of Lake Tahoe

By Shanie Matthews | Sunday, January 21, 2024

Framed by the breathtaking landscape of Lake Tahoe, the casinos in the region offer not only thrilling gaming experiences, but also a variety of entertainment, dining and relaxation options. In this guide, we'll take a closer look at some of the prominent casinos around Lake Tahoe, highlighting the unique features and attractions they bring to the table. Keep reading to learn more.

Photo: With dazzling dice and spinning wheels, fortune awaits you in Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Crystal Bay Casino

Grand Lodge Casino: Alpine Elegance and Gaming

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Located on Lake Tahoe's tranquil north shore, Grand Lodge Casino at the Hyatt Regency offers a unique blend of world-class gaming and serene alpine surroundings. The rustic atmosphere with stone accents and timber beams sets the stage for an incredible gaming experience, featuring slots, video poker and various table games. The resort also offers dining, a spa and 20,000 square feet of gaming space.

Immersed in the glittering glamour, Grand Lodge Casino is where luck meets luxury. Photo courtesy of Grand Lodge

Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe: A Sensory Feast

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As one of the recently refurbished resorts at South Shore, the Golden Nugget's casino floor is a sensory delight. With a vibrant yet tasteful atmosphere, it boasts hundreds of video poker and slot machines as well as a variety of table games. Partnering with William Hill, the race and sportsbook at Golden Nugget received top honors, adding to the allure of this gaming destination.

Bally’s Lake Tahoe: More Than Just Gaming

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Formerly known as MontBleu, Bally's Lake Tahoe Casino Resort offers nonstop excitement with slots, table games and a range of promotions. Beyond gaming, Bally's is a complete resort with live entertainment, an escape room, diverse dining options and a conference facility. The resort's blend of gaming and non-gaming attractions makes it a versatile destination for both fun and relaxation.

Crystal Bay Casino: A North Shore Landmark

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Established in 1937, Crystal Bay Casino is a North Shore landmark offering gaming, live music, lodging and dining. Affectionally known as CBC within the community, this is the place for traditional table games like Blackjack and modern slot machines. With CBC's mix of old-school charm and modern luxury, this is also a favorite place to watch live music. The CBC Player’s Club rewards system adds an extra layer of excitement for patrons.

Crystal Bay Casino is a place for gaming, music and fun. Photo courtesy of CBC

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe: Entertainment Legacy

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Named after its founder Bill Harrah, Harrah’s has been a South Shore entertainment hub since the '50s. The casino floor, featuring classic and modern games, is complemented by entertainment venues like Cliché Lounge and PEEK Nightclub. Harrah’s also boasts diverse dining options, an indoor pool, a spa and shops, making it a well-rounded destination.

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe: Rock 'n' Roll Streak

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Harveys, the first casino at South Shore, has a rock 'n' roll vibe. Hosting Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina and the Hard Rock Café, it's a hotspot for music enthusiasts. The resort offers a variety of dining options, an outdoor pool, an arcade for kids and entertainment at The Improv at Harveys. The Summer Concert Series in the outdoor amphitheater adds to the lively atmosphere.

From tables to slots, Lake Tahoe's casinos offer it all. Photo courtesy of Grand Lodge Casino

Jim Kelley’s Tahoe Nugget: Family-Owned Tradition

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Established in 1962 and still family-owned, Jim Kelley’s Tahoe Nugget exudes a down-to-earth charm. With a focus on good food and affordable drinks, the casino features craft beers, a burger shack and a poker room. Popular for its Awful Awful hamburger, Tahoe Nugget remains a favorite among both locals and visitors.

Lake Tahoe's casinos offer a diverse range of gaming experiences, each with its own unique charm and attractions. Whether you're seeking thrilling games, live entertainment or a blend of both, the casinos around Lake Tahoe provide a memorable and vibrant atmosphere for visitors and locals. Pair gaming with an exciting event, and you have made a lifetime memory of fun. Learn more about all of the amazing events happening around Lake Tahoe at our Daytime or Nightlife pages.

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.
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