Saturday, February 27, 2021

E-357: Amateur Cult Follower

Random Vegas

Cosmopolitan has booked 9.3 million room nights since it opened Dec 15th 2010 (Vital Vegas)

Twitpic of the week

It’s such a different experience to drive up to a Porte Cashere; have people rush up to take your keys and bags while welcoming you to whatever property you’ve selected to enjoy.  Their hustle to take care of you as fast as they can is engrained to prevent any further delay in getting you on your way to whatever adventure awaits you this trip.  I know its an experience available at any hotel in the world but in Vegas, it’s just a tad more grand and alluring, as showcased here by @Summacorp of the original Aladdin.  The VIP experience starts right from the moment you get out of your car. 


Mirage shows relocate to Park Theater

Caesars Forecasting

Travel Fanboy Table Minimums

Absinthe Tickets

Saturday, February 20, 2021

PCP - 360 Vintage Vegas: Bob Stupak, Vegas World and the Stratosphere

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Today, Bob Stupak is considered just another colorful character in the history Las Vegas and properly credited as the visionary behind Stratosphere.  His tacky taste, public antics and wacky persona are all just part of his legend. The truth is, Bob embodies everything negative you've ever been warned about gambling and the industry.  He didn't want to just take your money, he wanted to make you look foolish while he did it. His nickname might as well have been "fine print Stupak” because just about everything he did had a catch to it or a technicality he hoped you would miss so he could exploit.  He preyed on those that didn't know better. But what's wrong with that? Most people know there is a mathematically proven way to play some games and yet willfully choose to ignore them in favor of strategies that increase the odds already stacked against them. Some people believe the earth is flat.  The fact is we all have access to the same information, especially in the Internet age. The only disadvantage one person has over another is self-imposed. An intellectual isn't discourage from using their acquired knowledge so why is gambling any different? Morality, you say? Well, as Canada Bill Jones said, it's immoral to let a sucker keep his money.  I’m pretty sure Bob just thought it was fun.

If you're interested in learning more about Bob Stupak, check out No Limit: The Rise and Fall of Bob Stupak and the Stratosphere

E-356: Hmm

 Random Vegas 

Visitation to Las Vegas was down 55% in 2020 or 19 million people.  The pandemic impacted gambling revenue down by only 34.6% compared to 2019 (Vital Vegas) 

Twitpic of the week 

The Monte Carlo is an interesting story.  It’s an example of a company lost and looking for an identity, unhappy with the one they’ve already established.  It all started with the addition of Diablos, evolved into a reimagining of the frontage and eventually evolved into a rebranding as Park MGM.  The problem is the Vegas market has something for everyone and when you take one of those options away, something has to replace it.  In this case, the needle not only didn’t recast Monte Carlo’s lot in the market, it degraded it.  Taking a property that pulled in $80 million a year and reducing it to $62 million a year after spending $550 million to rebrand.  Park MGM isn’t going anywhere but MGM Resorts didn’t intend for their new brand to be a discount option for visitors.  Thanks to @las_when for reminding us of a better time. 


360 VVX Update 

Covid Restriction Relaxed

Cosmopolitan Fire 

At the Sands Spotify

Saturday, February 6, 2021

E-355: Tearing Up Carpet

Random Vegas

Nevada sports books lost $1 billion dollars in 2020 thanks to the pandemic shutdown.  That said, football set a new all-time record for wagers at 1.9 billion and wagers made on mobile apps accounted for 57.1% of all wagers ($2.5 billion) (@reviewjournal)

Twitpic of the week

Arial photos almost have an unfair advantage when it comes to Twitpic of the week.  I have a predilection for seeing things inaccessible to the public at large.  @MaverickHeli lives in that place, capturing images that the rest of us don’t normally get to see.  Taking a ride in a helicopter is probably number 1 on my list of extra-curricular activities to do in Vegas.  That said extra-curricular activities are usually pretty low on my list of things to do once I find myself in the mix of all the excitement.  That said, I continue to enjoy living vicariously.


Pinball Hall of Fame Update

Circa Power Outage

Caesars Stadia Bar

Saturday, January 30, 2021

E-354: Canopy Conspiracy

Random Vegas

The U.S. has twice as many slot machines as there are ATMs. (@360VegasTony per the show Casino Secrets on Discovery Channel)

Twitpic of the week

The warm glow of electrified gas lighting up the skyline.  Fremont St, unfettered by her canopy, during a time before everything changed.  It would last another two years before the Mint was absorbed by Binion’s horseshoe, consolidating the color pallet on display and eliminating a signage icon. Once again, @Summacorp knows how to stoke the fires of emotion and fond memories sharing a time long lost but affectionately recalled.


Pinball Hall of Fame


Great Consolidation of Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sands New CEO

New Rio Owners

Saturday, January 23, 2021

PCP - 360 Vintage Vegas: The Great Consolidation of Las Vegas

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Since the creation of modern day Las Vegas, there have always been people lamenting the good ole days, whatever that means to that individual at the time. Determining what is considered “good” is about as subjective as subjective can be.  Most people today will point to the time before the strip was primarily owned by 2 companies, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment.  While the benefits of consolidation are obvious, potentially the best thing about it is the story of how it all happened.  To do that, we are going to have to trace back to how these assets exchanged hands before finally ending up in the corporate portfolio that are currently a part of.  To keep the story clean and the timeline defined, we are only going to focus on the majority owners and only their moves in Las Vegas.  We’re calling this, the Great Consolidation of Las Vegas 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

E-353: Danke Schoen Guy

Random Vegas

The original Sands sign stood 56 feet in the air, tallest on the strip at the time.  The recognizable “S” was over 35 feet on its own (

Twitpic of the week

Sexy.  It’s the best word I can think of to describe this picture of Fremont at night, some 40 years ago and a few months before the skyline was introduced to Vegas Vicki in 1980.  The color, the energy, the magic are all captured in this picture of a time long past.  @Summacorp once again uses photography to transport one back.  Was it a better time?  That’s up for debate.  What isn’t debatable is this picture, is sexy.


360VVX Update

Sheldon Adelson Dies

NBA in Las Vegas

CES 2021

Saturday, January 9, 2021

E-352: Daddy Stories

Random Vegas

The Dunes was located on an 85 acre site, making up almost a quarter of a mile of real estate along Highway 91.  Originally used for the properties golf course, today City Center occupies the majority of the space not used to build Bellagio.

Twitpic of the week

Typically, Twitpic of the week is a picture that reminds me of Vegas and inspires a monologue.  This week’s winner gives a resident perspective of this amazing city.  The Luxor, at the end of a residential street, shining as a beacon of awesome.  This picture by @lasvegaslocally single handedly shows just how cool it is to live in this amazing city.  Envy is the appropriate response.


360 Vegas Vacation 10

Coming in 2021

Saturday, January 2, 2021

E-351: Made It Less

 Random Vegas

2015 was the 1st time Las Vegas exceeded 40 million visitors in one year.  2020 was projected to exceed 50 million for the first time. 


Twitpic of the week 

Memories of a time long gone, shared by @TruckerDougYEG, the Boardwalk casino has a special place in my heart.  It was the first place we saw a lounge act for free.  More than that, it was the first place we got to experience the low rolling options on the strip, a welcome experience for newbies to Las Vegas.  The Boardwalk was imploded to make way for City Center and some may debate whether this was an improvement, but what can’t be contested is it was progress which Vegas has shown won’t be stopped.