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Overview of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas

The Bellagio resort is renowned for being one of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Inspired by the famous Lake Como town of the same name in Italy, the resort is famous for its guests’ exquisite tastes and more refined gambling etiquette.

In December 2011, the hotel went through a $70 million upgrade which led to an impressive AAA five-diamond award rating. Le Cirque and Picasso restaurants happen to now be the only two five-diamond awarded eateries under the same roof, an accolade The Bellagio takes great pride in.

Not only is the resort famous for its edible delicacies but also the five-star amenities and Casino. One of its most notable features has to be an 8-acre lake which separates the resort from the strip. It houses a large water fountain titled the ‘Fountains of Bellagio’ which dances along to synchronized music. The spectacular Cirque du Soleil aqua show ‘O’ is also shown here. However, the piece de resistance has to be the award-winning Casino which is renowned throughout the world as one of the best gambling floors in America.

Overview and History

Construction of The Bellagio began in 1996; the brainchild of Steve Wynn and his company Mirage Resorts. Costing a massive $1.6 Billion to build, The Bellagio remains at the forefront of classic and traditional design thanks to architects DeRuyter Butler and Atlandia Design.

The Bellagio debuted in October 1998, with a VIP opening ceremony costing a reported $88 million. The VIPs who attended were expected to donate the ticket value of more than $1,000 to The Foundation Fighting Blindness, which entitled them to an overnight stay in one of The Bellagio’s sumptuous resort rooms. At the time of its launch, The Bellagio was the most expensive hotel ever built.

The Bellagio Casino

The Bellagio Casino is world famous for hosting the World Poker Tour and many of the top players will regularly be seen playing their hands at the tables due to the high limits, which includes the high stakes game 'Bobby's Room’, named after Poker legend Bobby Baldwin. The stakes at the Big game can range from $4,000 to $8,000. Head along during peak times and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Poker playing royalty like Doyle Brunson or Jennifer Harman at the tables.

For the devoted gambler, who is confident of their ability to play high stakes, the high-limit lounge offers a VIP seclusion zone with a vast array of spirits and beverages on offer. So, in-between breaks from playing the tables relax in style inside this Art Deco designed lounge by Adam Tihany which boats a raised floor, wood paneling and silver leafed screen partition.

Why not play the tables in style, dress to the nines and gamble your night away at The Bellagio Casino. Table games include Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Baccarat, Three card poker, Pai Gow poker, Let it Ride and more.

The poker room at the Bellagio is renowned for its 7,000 square feet floor area holding 40 tables and two high limit areas, the most famous of course being the previously mentioned Bobby's Room - an exclusive two-table enclosure named after 1978 World Series of Poker Champion Bobby Baldwin. This smoke-free zone includes 24-hour table service, table-side dinning, complimentary beverage service, plasma screens, state of the art music system and much more.

Bobby’s Room is reserved for the higher stakes live cash games played anywhere in Las Vegas. High rollers play against top professionals, and anyone willing to buy in for the $20k minimum is welcome to join.

The Bellagio boasts that their slot machines give the 'most dynamic and exciting slot action in Las Vegas' - and they're not wrong! Their slots feature over 2,300 3-reel, video slots and video poker games with jackpots and progressives often hitting the millions of dollars mark. The Bellagio slot tournaments are renowned for their live entertainment and huge payouts which range from $100,000 to over $2,000,000.

Race and Sports book

The Bellagio have also mixed comfort and style with the latest technology to bring guests the ultimate Las Vegas Race and Sports book. Place your bets before watching the action on one of their 99 individual racing monitors, 7 large screens for racing and 6 large screens for sports, 38 bar-side flat screens and various viewing stations placed throughout.

MGM Resorts International has a special M life rewards program which allows gamblers to earn benefits for each dollar they spend at their Casinos. The Bellagio is part of this reward scheme, thanks to being taken over by the group in the year 2000, where frequent gamers can take full advantage of their reward points. Guests can use these rewards against room discounts, dinning, spa experiences, entertainment and much more.