Venetian Casino Las Vegas
Combining style, elegance and luxury, the Venetian is typical of Las Vegas’ new breed of resort-style casino hotels. This no-compromise approach certainly came with a hefty price tag. But when the Venetian opened its doors on May 3, 1999, few could doubt that it was money well spent.
Setting the standard
Thanks to an initial investment of $1.5 billion, the Venetian was the world’s most costly casino complex at the time of its opening. Taking its stylistic cues from the iconic Italian city of Venice
, it was certainly extravagant; the styling even extended so far as to having a replica canal running through the complex to transport guests around.
The Venetian is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which also owns the nearby Palazzo Casino. Las Vegas Sands is one of the land-based gambling industry’s true innovators. In 2009, it launched its ECO360 programme, with the aim to measure and reduce the environmental impact of its casinos worldwide.
In 2003, the hotel was renovated. This included the opening of another tower, the Venezia at the Venetian. This boosted the casino’s total capacity significantly. It currently has 4,059 hotel rooms, 4,049 luxury suites and 11,000m² (120,000 sq ft) of casino floor space.
The Venetian stands on the grounds of another famous casino, the Sands Hotel.
Gambling in luxury and style
Gamblers should feel right at home on the Venetian’s ample casino floor. There you’ll find over 139 casino games
, including 20 table games. These include such favourites as baccarat
, pai gow
and various other forms of poker
. An ample selection of slots
awaits as well.
For those feeling lucky, there’s a high-limit salon. There’s also a sports betting lounge.
The Venetian also organizes regular tournaments, such as its famous Deep Stack Extravaganza events. These take place four times a year, and the majority of tournaments feature no-limit hold’em poker. Buy-ins usually range from $225 to $5,000.
Special hotel rates are available to those gamblers who with to stay and play at the Venetian.
A great night out
Entertainment at the Venetian Casino Alongside its luxurious rooms and stunning casino games
, the Venetian offers plenty of other forms of entertainment.
These include a variety of excellent shows. Permanent fixtures include the world-renowned Blue Man Group, and Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. Alongside this, there’s always a broad selection of temporary shows. Stars who have performed at the Venetian include comedians Tim Allen, David Spade, Rita Rudner and Joan Rivers.
There are other attractions, too. Madam Tussauds Las Vegas (a branch of the famous London wax work museum) is based within its complex, as is the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum.
A wide array of restaurants is also on offer. More than 35 different eating establishments can be found within the Venetian’s complex. And with these ranging from fine French dining to all-American burger bars, there’s something to suit every palette.
A History of the Venetian Casino
In 1989, the famous Sands Casino was acquired by American hotel and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his associates. Since its opening in the Fifties, the Sands had become one of the most recognisable casinos on the Strip. Nevertheless, it was unable to compete with the newer megaresorts. By the mid-Nineties, the decision had been taken to demolish it and replace it with a more modern establishment – the Venetian.
- November 26. 1996: Demolition work begins with the implosion of the old Sands Hotel.
- November 14, 1997: $1 billion secured for construction of new resort.
- August 18, 1998: Construction phase of the Venetian Casino complex is completed.
- August 24, 1998: The Venetian hotel starts to take bookings by phone and online.
- May 3, 1999: Grand opening of the first phase of the casino complex.
- October 7, 2001: The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opens.
- June 27, 2003: The Venice Tower opens at the Venetian, adding a further 1,013 suites and a new wedding chapel to the casino complex.
- October 10, 2005: The Blue Man Group officially opens at the Blue Man Theatre.
- June 24, 2006: Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular opens at the Venetian Casino theatre.
The Venetian Casino in Hollywood blockbusters
The Venetian Casino, as with many other iconic Las Vegas casinos, has featured in a number of Hollywood films. This includes Conair, which used the demolition of the Sands Casino to stage Las Vegas as an emergency landing site.
The Venetian Facts & Figures
Finally, here are some facts and figures relating to the Venetian casino and hotel:
- Address: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas
- Opened: May 3, 1999
- Total gaming space: 11,000m² (120,000 sq ft)
- Total number of rooms: 8,108 (4,059 hotel rooms, 4,049 suites)
- Parent company: Las Vegas Sands Corporation
For further information, including how to reserve a room, please visit the official Venetian website.