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 


Saturday, March 7, 2020

E-327: AVN Flu

Random Vegas
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) 

Twitpic of the week

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

Random Vegas
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)
Twitpic of the week

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.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

E-325: Reach for the Stars

Random Vegas
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) 

Twitpic of the week

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.  


Saturday, February 1, 2020

E-324: Peaches for You

Random Vegas
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 ( w/ an assist by Ted Newkirk of Access Vegas)
Twitpic of the week

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.

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

Random Vegas

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)

Twitpic of the Week

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.


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

Evolution of Vegas series.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

E-322: An Uncomfortable Conversation

Random Vegas
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. 
Twitpic of the week

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 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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