For those who crave the excitement of the Strip but need a more reasonably priced Vegas holiday, "locals" casinos are an excellent bet. Here are the top 5 casinos you should hit up that aren't on the Strip.

1. El Cortez Hotel & Casino

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino has a substantial local following. It has several table games plus slot machines along with a complete sportsbook. It is so localized that members of Club Cortez can even cash their paychecks at this gaming house and get five percent of their check as free play.