Saturday, September 12, 2020

E-241: Frustration

Random Vegas

On a roulette wheel at Caesars Palace in Vegas on July 14th, 2000, the number “7” came up 6 times in a row.  The odds of that happening are about 3 billion to 1 (Casino City Times) 


Twitpic of the week 

Game over, mission failed.  You had one job to do and you blew it.  That said, you now get why homeless people sleep here, this ground is comfortable.  No, no sleep.  Not yet.  Sleep is your reward for getting up off this ground and getting to your room, even if you need a strangers help.  It can safely be said that if the view looks like the photo from @cascetto74you are in very real danger of waking up in a jail cell.   


Fight Weekend

Fat Tuesday Closed

Circa Benchmarks

Saturday, September 5, 2020

E-340: Evolution of Vegas

Random Vegas

The Last Frontier was the first Manze to occur on the Las Vegas Strip.  The concept from the beginning was to do everything the El Rancho did, just bigger and better. (The Strip – Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream) 


Twitpic of the week

I’ve always found what goes on behind the curtain to be fascinating.  Sure, the finished product is the point but once I’ve enjoyed that, I love to see the how.  This week’s winner from @Classiclasvegas shows how much thought went into the property’s signage at the Stardust and how much was put into the accommodations.  The painted shed, as it was known, knew what people wanted and gave it to them, critics be damned.


LVCVA Buys Monorail

Resorts World Food

Burning Man Vegas

Saturday, August 22, 2020

E-339: Ouch

Random Vegas

Despite having an almost biological need to gamble, Jay Sarno, the man behind Caesars Palace and Circus Circus, didn’t discover Las Vegas until he was over 40.  (Book: Grandissimo)

Twitpic of the week

A twisted representation of a magnificent view; warped and all enveloping.  A metaphor for the mind of those who adore the city that never sleeps, go fuck yourself NY.  Captured thanks to technology and cleverness by @cascetto74, this photo is an excellent representation of the dizzying effect Las Vegas has on the senses, with or without intoxication, overwhelming either way, in the best way possible.  


Sahara Sues Vital Vegas

Sahara COVID Complaints

ACLU sues Rio/LVPD

4 Bars and a New Resort

Saturday, August 8, 2020

E-338: Itch That Scratch

Random Vegas

Las Vegas had 1 million visitors in June 2020.  That’s down 70.5% from June 2019 (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Twitpic of the week

It’s the promise of a new day north strip.  A project that, at points, cast a large shadow of doubt that it would ever be complete.  Now we get a preview of just what they have in store for 2021 thanks to @maverickheli.  The building that originated as the Echelon project became a monument to stalled plans and cynicism.  Today, we see ambition realized in red and LED; impressive for a building whose biggest claim to fame so far may be that, for a time, it looked liked a new Wynn tower.  No longer.  Resorts World is actually going to happen and once again, the strip will stretch a little further north.


Deadly Stunt

Aria Restaurant changes

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium

Saturday, July 18, 2020

E-337: The Author Opines

Random Vegas

The Holiday Motel, formerly located just north of the strip, near Stratosphere, was originally named the Holiday Inn when it opened in 1952.  In 1960, the Holiday Inn chain required them to change it.  As a part of the update, the signthey are most famous for having was erected. (Postcard History Series: Las Vegas 1905-1965) 


Twitpic of the week

The diamond of the desert, the Dunes, captured stunningly in black and white, shared by @TonyIllia. However black and white doesn’t do the legend justice, disguising the colorful brilliance on display. Clearly ahead of her time considering the surrounding landscape, this icon stands alone in my heart as the place I wish I could have seen with my own eyes.  Thanks photography for being the next best thing, even if its devoid of color.


Palazzo Closes

Vegas NHL Hub City


Monorail Purchase

PCP - 360 Vintage Vegas: Kirk Kerkorian and MGM Resorts

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Intensely private, Kerkorian’s legacy may not be as well known as Steve Wynn’s but is unarguably one of the most important in Vegas history.  Some will criticize MGM as the shinning example of the faceless corporate machine that has taken over the city but without the corporate evolution of the market, the expansion of gaming around the United States, and the world for that matter, would have never been possible.  Corporations removed the negative stigmatism the gambling industry had for eons and made it a viable, bordering on respectable business model, now regarded as just another form of entertainment.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

E-336: Misstep

Random Vegas

The Fountains of Bellagio is roughly the size of 8 football fields, holds 25 million gallons of water, or about as much as 2 thousand swimming pools and took 21 days to fill. (Book: The Fountains of Bellagio by WET Design). 

Twitpic of the week

Welcome to the new Fremont Street Experience, bright as fuck and in your face; brought to you by the man, the legend, @VitalVegas.  Here we have another example of how LED does have the potential to serve as a Neon substitute.  Not to supplant it but a respectable energy efficient alternative.  Despite all the magnificent signage available in the valley, Fremont is one of the few places you can actually bask in the glow of the city while surrounded by its loving embrace.


Corona Vegas Update

Resorts World Preview


Lucky Day Coming

Kamu Ultra Karaoke

Circus Circus Sues AIG

Saturday, July 4, 2020

E-335: Happy Delicious Cocktails

Random Vegas

The opposite sides of a dice always equal 7 (6 opposite side 1)


Twitpic of the week

Infinity is a concept seldom applicable in real life except when arguing with your siblings.  The closest would be an afterlife but that requires a leap of faith.  I submit that we have proof this existence is available on earth, albeit it through the looking glass and very wet.  Damn that sounds sexy, which is fitting because so is the picture shared by @sarcasticnsweet.  What’s better than Fremont Neon at night?  Fremont Neon at night after it rains.



Station Situation

The Caesars Bribe

Culinary Union Sues


Circa Update

BetMGM: After Hours

Saturday, June 20, 2020

E-334: Fat Tony

Random Vegas

Caesars Palace’s pool is so large it losses an estimated 10,000 gallons of water a day just to evaporation. (Las Vegas: Behind the Tables) 


Twitpic of the week

If you could take a picture of the mind as it remembers Las Vegas, this is what it would look like.  A blur of Neon glow washing us all in its glory. So much distinction blurred together into a magnificent life experience, summarize-able only by the word ‘fun’ which doesn’t adequately cover it but retains the secret of exactly what you did.  @las_when shows us art, intentional or not, of the greatest display of commerce on the planet.  Nothing like Vegas...nothing.


Boring Expansion

CoronaVegas Update

Wynn’s New Buffet

New LGBT Options

Circa Early

Masks required

Saturday, June 13, 2020

E-333: Plum Gum

Random Vegas

The very first slot machines were built with gum dispensers.  The symbols displayed on the machine related to the gum featured, Bell gum, whose wrappers featured a bar symbol.  The rest of the symbols are related to the flavors available, orange, cherry, plum, etc. (Las Vegas behind the tables part 2) 


Twitpic of the week

This is another picture from @Classiclasvegas that reminds me of a childhood I never had but enjoy visiting from time to time.  What I love about this picture is it reminds me of the view regular people get all the time.  And some of the fortunate ones staying at Flamingo had a nice view of some of the other options available.  It also seems like the kind of picture that causes you to remember that fight you had about where to stay and you over ruled Sands only to find out you have a room facing it so all the flaws of your decision are not only magnified, they are reinforced every time you’re in the room.



Now Open/Coming Soon

Boyd/Station Casinos purchase

Now Open Commercial

Saturday, June 6, 2020

E-332: Esshance

Random Vegas
Las Vegas, Spanish for the meadows, named after early settlers found natural water springs in the valley, was a critical element to why William Clark wanted to create a train station in the area, because steam engines needed water. (Las Vegas: Behind the Tables) 

Twitpic of the week

While this week’s picture by @Tonyillia is not a model…it reminds me of one.  Models have always fascinated me.  Something about miniature worlds and the attention to detail truly captures my imagination.  They somehow have the ability to capture the essence of a place while only representing those details necessary to do it.  Those details just happen to be the elements that evoke memories of a time worth remembering.  
Vegas Reopens

Saturday, May 30, 2020

E-331: Yodaed It

Random Vegas
When Vegas was still establishing itself as the entertainment capital of the world, periodically operators would page celebrities, even ones not actually at the property, just so patrons could hear their name inside the property. (Las Vegas: Behind the Tables) 

Twitpic of the week

@classiclasvegas reminds us of another time in Vegas.  I won’t say it was a better time but a more whimsical one.  The MGM Lion Entrance might be the pinnacle of the family friendly movement.  A movement that was not wrong but it became a distraction once it became the focus.  Never forget, Vegas is about having experiences you can’t have any place else.  Where the newest is typically the coolest which means a theme runs the danger of becoming dated.  It may have not been a better time, but its still a time lost and missed.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

360 Origins: Alistair

Alistair was originally the co-host of 360 Vegas Reviews.  He's a proper English man, a snarky prick, possibly the most thoughtful person I've ever met, and one of my closest friends.  He's also the most traveled person I've ever met in my life, seeing more of the United States than 99% of the people that call it their country of origin.  During one of this visits to Vegas, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to record the origin story of the man who classes up 360 despite my natural tendency to directly oppose such measures.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

E-330: Vegas Drank

Random Vegas
Famous Cheating – In July of 1968, it was discovered that the Pioneer club was using an incomplete deck of cards at a blackjack game.  Owners were fined $10k and allowed to reopen with slot machines only. (Las Vegas Behind the Tables part 2)

Twitpic of the week

Oh exterior theming, how we love, and in some cases, miss thee.  I get why Imperial Palace needed remodeled; I think we can all agree on that.  Would it have been cooler if they kept the theme?  I submit the answer to almost always be yes.  Logically I’ve accepted and celebrate what they did to her.  But Harrah’s detheming from riverboat to mardi gras theme hardly requires the loss of the riverboat theme.  Oh well.  We have photography, shared this week by @las_when so we can fondly recall yesteryear while not being shackled to it when progress and evolution is required.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

E-329: Unboreded

Random Vegas
The name of the Nevada assemblyman who introduced the Nevada gambling bill relegalizing gambling in 1931 was Phil Tobin (Las Vegas: Behind the Tables)

Twitpic of the week

It challenges the Mint for the place in my heart that determines my favorite things from Vegas history.  The Dunes hotel casino and the Oasis Casino extension to the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo Rd, both captures in their full lit up glory.  I often wonder if either of the projects would hold the same affinity to me if I’d had the opportunity to actually experience either of them in person.  That’s part of the magic of Vegas, where Fear of Missing Out is a key component to encouraging frequent return trips.  The photo, shared by @VitalVegas but taken by Larry Hanna via Las Vegas Pictorial History Facebook Group, may have the definitive photograph capturing this moment in the Dunes history, in all its glory
Top 3 Music Videos featuring Vegas
1. Bruno Mars - 24k Magic
3. Mase - Feels So Good

Sunday, March 29, 2020

E-328: No Have On Display

Random Vegas 
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)  

Twitpic of the week 

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