Sunday, March 29, 2020

E-328: No Have On Display

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Dice is the plural of Die.  To avoid saying “Die” at the craps table, dealers refer to a single die as dice (Las Vegas: Behind the Tables)  

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Well done @Niniskya for capturing that magical moment when your plane banks to prepare for landing.  So many unique perspectives, so much beauty, all set a blaze by a neon and LED orgy.  A city on fire with opportunity, available to all and ready to delivery at any given second.  Tokyo, Dubai & NY may dominate in population density but no city is more breathtaking than Las Vegas Nevada 

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

E-327: AVN Flu

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Had more visitors driven to Las Vegas from Arizona than California, the burst of development that took place on the Los Angeles Highway, known today as the strip, would probably have taken place on Boulder Highway and Tony Cornero’s  Meadows would be remembered as a pioneering resort rather than the El Rancho (Roll The Bones: This History of Gaming, Casino Edition) 

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It’s a magical moment when you enter your room and head directly over to the window to see what view you’ll get to enjoy during your stay in Vegas.  This has been an ongoing and evolving journey for Keren and I.  I’ve had a fascination with not recommending anything and just seeing what I get.  Sometimes it’s amazing, sometimes its AC units, always an adventure.  Now that we’ve successfully stayed at ever property I’ve wanted to, so begins the adventure of upgrades.  Thanks @doug2166 for sharing what he got to enjoy on his most recent trip.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

E-326: Bluff Financing



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The paddle, as its known, protects the slot where the money goes given in exchange for chips at a table game.  A cooler move, as in they are trying to bring bad luck to the table, is when the dealer takes out the paddle, rotate it 180 degrees before replacing it.  Also known as “Spin the paddle” (@GetARoll with an assist from @VitalVegas)
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I can’t be the only one looking at this picture of the Frontier marquee being dismantled and thinking, “Isn’t this what that sign always looked like”?  This marquee could easily be the marquee for any abandon drive-in movie theater.  That isn’t to say it wasn’t cool, it just fit the identity of this property; the Kmart of the strip to Circus Circus’ dollar store.  
Also, am I the only one thinking Palazzo is standing behind the Frontier in this picture, mocking it like a posh little cunt?  Maybe its just me and I have some unresolved issues to address...I still say Vegas Vic looks like he would be that grandfather that throws around the N word like it harkens back to the good ole days.  I’m gonna go ahead and stop typing and schedule an appointment with a therapist.  This @_GrandPaD may have uncovered a repressed memory.


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

E-325: Reach for the Stars



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Although gambling was legalized in 1931, the state didn’t begin attempting to regulate casinos until 1945, with the creation of the Nevada Tax Commission.  Before that, it was just taxed. (Of Rats and Men novel) 

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This is why I love Vegas signage and @classiclasvegas has captured the best representation I’ve ever seen of what it’s like to walk among the Vegas steel and neon giants.  This picture literally causes my heart to flutter with a feeling only describable as similar to that feeling you got in your stomach every time you were crushing hard on someone.  If I ever become homeless, I will make it my life’s goal to penetrate every old school sign I can.  I know that sounds like I just said I was going to fuck neon signs but what I meant was I’d find a way to sneak inside, perhaps call them my home.  I’m now realizing I just tipped off authorities about my planned activity.  Oh well, I guess the game just got a little more challenging.  


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Saturday, February 1, 2020

E-324: Peaches for You



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The story is legendary.  An FBI plane surveilling Tony Spilatro and friends circled so long that the plane ran out of gas and they had to make an emergency landing on the golf course, crashing into the water hazard.  This week, new owners, looking to better celebrate the history of the course, purchased that plane and reinstalled it into the water hazard permanently (8newsnow.com w/ an assist by Ted Newkirk of Access Vegas)
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Favorite part about this picture is the Stardust Easter egg, in my favorite portion of the sign’s animation, the neon outline surrounding each letter, with a black background, clearly distinguishable.  I love LED but nothing is more mesmerizing to watch than animated neon and flashing light bulbs.  That said, I hope some editing was done to this picture to highlight the neon because the pedestrians are really dark at the bottom of the photo.  While I’m not afraid of the dark, I do have to say, in this picture, Westward Ho looks like one of the #1 location to get yourself mugged on the strip; thanks for the heads up @_GrandPaD Between that and bad table beats, no wonder Vegas adopted the free attraction concept.
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PCP - 360 Vintage Vegas: Steve Wynn






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Steve Wynn is probably the biggest name in modern gaming.  He’s definitely one of the biggest in gaming history.  Like Walt Disney before him, Steve Wynn saw the way things were and dreamed of how they could be better, then brought them to life.  He’s a visionary with a gift for promotion, a legacy of world renowned landmarks and a charm that can make him instantly likable.  This is the story of an icon.



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Sunday, January 19, 2020

E-323: Straight Godfather



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Starwood Resorts once owned Caesars Palace before selling to Park Place Entertainment, aka Hilton, and also owned the Desert Inn before selling to Steve Wynn. In 5 years, the value of the land they sold would increase 2,000 percent. (Vintage Research)

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A single tear rolls down the cheek of those who fondly recall Las Vegas first Landmark, no pun intended. @classiclasvegas’s picture this week, somehow encapsulates what those that have an affinity for this property did and/or do whenever they see a picture of the Landmark, gaze up in fascination at the structure and that pod at the top. Sadly, gambling only existed for a few years at the top of the structure. The space was eventually redesigned into suites for high rollers. That said, I would have happily forked over whatever amount of disposable income required to live in that space for a period of time. That said, if anyone is aware of a way to travel back in time, if only to Las Vegas, I’d also happily pay whatever amount the Dunes would have liked for a room right next to that turret marquee as well, just so I could just stare at it for hours. Also, I’d take any room on the Fremont facing side of the 4 Queens, that face the Mint, so I could do the same thing to that sign. Also, there is a chance the experience would be so cool that it causes one to become catatonic. Totally worth it.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

PCP - Evolution of Vegas E-1: El Rancho


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The "Evolution of Vegas" is a companion series to our 360 Vintage Vegas podcasts. They take advantage of the documentary format we use to tell our Vintage segments and bring the stories to life via actual photos and video from the time. While the Vintage Vegas podcasts tell the story of this evolution, they don't tell the story in chronological order. That is exactly how we will present the

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

E-322: An Uncomfortable Conversation



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Glass installation at Circa has begun! To mark that occasion, Vital Vegas shared a few project factoids. Since construction began on Oct 3rd of 2019, Circa has been building a floor per week.  While the announced plan for the project is 777, Circa will actually open with 500 rooms and 71 suites.  Demand will determine if the remaining rooms will be turned into suites or some version of a standard room. Lastly, while there are loads of other information shared in the article, the item that caught our attention is the potential future home of Vegas Vicki, INSIDE Circa, featured in the lobby, so large that she will be situation in the middle of a hole in the ceiling to give her room to fit over two stories. 
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Come...the fuck...on.  How cool did Caesars Palace used to look?  Of course, why the fuck this made Jay Sarno think of ancient Rome, who knows?  The renovated look better supports the overall theme and is clearly an improvement. All that being said, this is kind of what date night looks like in Las Vegas...wicked cool.  Maybe not like the old school Caesars Porte Cashere shared by @classiclasvegas but you get the point.  That feeling you get looking at this picture...it feels like that for locals when actually doing it.  So haters, line up, and make sure your insults are succinct...and speak up, cause it’s hard to hear you standing this close to old school neon.
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Sunday, January 5, 2020

E-321: Lake Charles Water Spout




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Sahara has turned the Monkey Bar, formerly at SLS, into the Tangiers, a nod to both the former name of one of Sahara’s hotel towers and the name of the fictional casino in the Martin Scorsese film “Casino”.  Although to be fair, the hotel tower had the name before it was used in the film (@VitalVegas and my big Vegas brain)
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I’ll be honest...Vegas isn’t the same now that I live here.  That desperation to savor every moment and make sure its memorable enough for you to survive off of until your next opportunity to catch a neon fix, is no longer there.  The large amounts of pictures, chips/cards/dices/pens/room keys/notepads/plastic cups/branded napkins...are no longer coveted.  That’s all gone now.  Now, we can just go out and enjoy these things whenever we’d like.  Had a shitty day, let’s go to Cosmopolitan, play multiline video poker at the Chandelier while Keren plays Gems before grabbing some Secret Pizza.  Or should I get Hatti B’s?  Had a great day?  Let’s celebrate.  I’ll get reservations at Heritage steak and tickets to Beatles LOVE at the Mirage.  Oh, is a band touring?  We’ll have to keep an eye out for when they come to Vegas…because everyone comes to Vegas.  Bragging aside, we finally live in a place that feels like home AND serves as a beacon, to the coolest people, in existence, on this planet, per our own, independent study.  Thanks again to @MaverickHeli for reminding us how much better we are than all of you.


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Saturday, January 4, 2020

PCP - 360 POV: Casino E-8





In this installment, we continue our analysis of Martin Scorsese's movie Casino by analyzing the scenes showcaseing Andy's Warning to Ace and the view of Fremont St from the restaurant at Plaza.