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  1. Welcome to Las Vegas

    The Bellagio's fountain show entertains visitors nightly. In the background is Bally's Las Vegas, left, and Paris Las Vegas, which has a 50-story Eiffel Tower replica in front. Over 37.5 million people visit Las Vegas each year. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Fremont Street Experience

    Located in downtown Las Vegas, this exciting pedestrian promenade is home to approximately 16 million lights, making it one of the largest LED screens in the world. (Brian Jones / Las Vegas News Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Looking for Lady Luck

    Casion visitors play slot machines at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Dunking Elvis

    An Elvis impersonator performs a slam dunk during the 2007 NBA All-Star Game on February 18, 2007, at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. (Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBAEGetty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Grand casinos

    Lights from passing vehicles are seen in front of the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Poker face

    Jamie Gold, right, of California and Paul Wasicka of Colorado go head-to-head on the final table of the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the Rio Hotel & Casino on Aug. 11, 2006, in Las Vegas. Gold outlasted more than 8,700 other poker players to win the top prize of $12 million. Wasicka won just over $6.1 million for finishing second. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Glitz and glamour

    A Canon display is seen inside the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronics Show. Las Vegas is the nation's top business travel destination, with easy airline access, numerous hotel rooms, low rates, plentiful convention facilities and a wide range of dining and entertainment options. (Karl Polverino / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Over-the-top entertainment

    Performers ride a Volkswagen Beetle across the stage during a preview of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2006, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A New York minute

    The New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas recreates the Manhattan skyline, complete with replicas of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. (Courtesy of MGM MIRAGE) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Entertainment mecca

    Kenny Chesney performs "Out Last Night" at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 5, 2009. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Tying the knot

    From left, Elvis Presley impersonator Norm Jones plays guitar as Bruce Barnett of Virginia Beach, Va., escorts his daughter Gayle to her wedding ceremony at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Graceland is the oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas and offers ceremonies with or without Elvis impersonators. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Explosive attraction

    The $25 million, newly redesigned volcano display in front of the Mirage Hotel & Casino features 150 choreographed FireShooters sending fireballs more than 12 feet in the air and a custom soundtrack created by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images for MGM Mirage) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A night on the Strip

    Hotels and casinos line the Las Vegas Strip. From thrilling roller coasters to erupting volcanos to art museums, Las Vegas' many attractions appeal to people of all ages and interests. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Fight night

    David Diaz and Manny Pacquiao fight during the fourth round of the WBC Lightweight Championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 28, 2008, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won in a ninth-round knockout. (Harry How / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Day at the races

    Rookie driver Shawn Langdon earned his first No. 1 qualifying position of his career at the NHRA Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2009, in Las Vegas. (Richard Wong / NHRA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Fabulous shopping

    The Juicy Couture retail store at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is seen before the grand opening February 5, 2009, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images for Juicy Couture) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Stunning shows

    Buyi Zama as “Rafiki” in the opening number “The Circle of Life” from THE LION KING Las Vegas. (Joan Marcus / Disney) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A slice of Italy

    Visitors take a gondola ride at The Venetian in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Get into the groove

    Dina Buell, left, and Carla Giordano, both from California, dance at the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino during Rehab, the resort's weekly pool party, in 2005 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Let’s get this party started

    Party goers gather for the grand opening of LAX Nightclub Las Vegas in 2007. (Chris Weeks / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Big laughs

    Comedian Ellen DeGeneres performs at a taping of ''Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show'' during The Comedy Festival at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2008 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A kingly stay

    The Excalibur Hotel and Casino features a castle motif with newly refurbished hotel rooms. (Courtesy of MGM MIRAGE) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A dancing fountain

    Visitors are silhouetted against the backdrop of The Bellagio's fountain show on the Las Vegas Strip. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 11/20/2008 11:27:53 AM ET 2008-11-20T16:27:53

Book by: Nov. 30
Travel by: Through March 2009

The deal
The best gambling vacations put you right in middle of the action. Whether you're into high-stake poker games, penny slot machines, world-class entertainment, pampering spas, or a 24-hour party scene second to none — if you've come to win or simply to unwind — there's a casino vacation to suit your taste and budget. And, while Las Vegas is the king of casinos, you can also get in some gambling along with beach or ski time at a casino resort in the Bahamas, Tahoe, or Atlantic City. Lucky for you, we've found money offers at our favorite casino hotspots, including Vegas, baby, from only $99/night!

The Signature at MGM Grand Las Vegas from $149/night
With over 39 million people visiting the city each year, the desert hotspot of Las Vegas is home to some of the most lavish, unique, and lively casinos in the world. From historic boutique hotels to colossal themed resorts, this adult playground truly has it all. For a deluxe and more intimate Vegas escape, try The Signature at MGM Grand, an all-suite boutique-style property with onsite amenities that include 24-hour concierge and private heated pool. Rates start from $149/night, and guests can enjoy full access to the facilities at the adjoining MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Book a two-night stay here by November 30, and you’ll also receive the third night free for travel through March 31, 2009.

Wynn Las Vegas from $199/night
For a luxury escape that may exceed the most discerning tastes, try a stay at the posh Wynn Las Vegas resort, where you’ll discover an 111,000-square-foot casino complete with over 1,900 coinless slot machines, a 195-seat race track with VIP lounges, and table games galore. Along with its Mobil five-diamond award, the Wynn also offers a high-end spa, an onsite Ferrari Maserati dealership, a championship golf course, and a range of fine dining options like celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s famed Brasserie serving tasty moules frites, steak tartare and other quintessentially French dishes. Rates for spacious resort rooms, which come with a couch and dining area, start at $199/night.

Horizon Casino Resort Lake Tahoe 3-night package from $138
With so many ski resorts, golf courses, and casinos, it’s no surprise that the area surrounding the blue waters of Lake Tahoe draws visitors year round. Clustered mainly along the South Shore in Stateline and on the North Shore in Crystal Bay and Incline Village, Tahoe’s casinos enjoy the same legal gambling status as elsewhere in Nevada, but are often less flashy than the casinos you’ll find in Vegas. For classic Lake Tahoe, look no further than the Horizon Casino Resort, where Elvis Presley played several memorable shows back in the 70s. For entertainment nowadays, the resort regularly features live music acts along with a movie theater and a 42,000-square-foot casino with the latest machines and table games. Stay at one of the Horizon’s modern guestrooms for two nights and receive a third night free before December 24. Rates for this special 3-night package start at $138.

Mohegan Sun, Connecticut, from $99/night
Located in the heart of scenic New England, the massive Mohegan Sun resort offers top-of-the-line gambling and entertainment with venues that include a 10,000-seat arena and smaller Cabaret Theater, a world-class spa, and more than 300,000 square feet of gaming space. Visit the resort’s legendary themed Casinos, Earth and Sky, and the recently built Casino of the Wind, featuring a 7-story electronic waterfall, and over 40 poker tables and 6,600 popular slot games. For overnight stays, the hotel at Mohegan Sun offers comfortable modern rooms with spacious marble bathrooms. Book the Legendary Escape package for two and you’ll also receive a $15 food and beverage coupon and $10 free bet coupon per person; rates start from just $99/night per person.

The Chelsea Altantic City from $199/night
Atlantic City has a coveted oceanfront location and its unique history dates back to the turn of the century when glamorous seaside properties like the Marlborough-Blenheim and the Traymore first ushered in the trend on New Jersey’s waterfront. Atlantic City is now the gaming capital of the northeast, offering more than 11 first-class casino resorts along miles of sandy beach and a restored historic boardwalk.

Slideshow: Beyond Vegas Recapturing some of the area’s original glamour, the retro-chic Chelsea Hotel offers guests an indulgent escape with a luxurious Sea Spa, a trendy rooftop pool and lounge, and stylish décor including terrazzo floors and vintage glass chandeliers. Book the Chelsea’s Rescue package from just $199/night by November 30, and you’ll enjoy accommodations and breakfast for two as well as a $50 gas-reimbursement card. Although the hotel is a non-gaming property, the only one in AC, and a welcomed alternative to the noisy mega casino resorts in the area, you’re within easy walking distance to the casinos at Harrah’s and Caesar’s Palace.

Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino from $189/night
Combine a beach vacation with a little gambling in the Bahamas this winter. You can snag an affordable gaming getaway on Cable Beach at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. This 850-room oceanfront resort’s facilities include a private beach, golf course, spa, and a 30,000-square-foot casino offering red-hot games like Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette and over 400 popular slot machines. Rates for an all-inclusive resort stay start at just $189/night per person, and include all meals and alcoholic beverages along with free use of the pool and fitness center. This special offer expires December 17, and requires a minimum 4-night stay.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Some of these lucky rates expire as soon as the end of the month, so book your casino vacation today.

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