Saturday, December 22, 2018

360 Vegas POV: Casino E-5

In this installment, we continue our analysis of Martin Scorsese's movie Casino by analyzing the view from Ace's Penthouse at night

Saturday, December 15, 2018

E-287: Litter of Pigs

Random Vegas

After Harrah's Entertainment purchased the Binion's Horseshoe brand so they could get the rights to the World Series of Poker brand, part of the assists included in that acquisition was the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino that existed in Shreveport Louisiana.  However, Harrah's already owned 2 casinos in the market.  So to avoid a monopoly, the Louisiana Gaming Commission required them to sell one of the properties.  So Boyd Gaming bought in and that's how Shreveport got a Sam's Town

Twitpic of the week 

I love history so much, especially documented history of Las Vegas, shared this week by @SummaCorp.  To illustrate how singularly focused I can be when it comes to the subject, the first thing I noticed when I looked at this picture was the Fremont hotel & casino under construction.  Once I was done marveling at that, I turned to the rest of the photograph and thought, “Okay, can we dial it back with the holiday decorations Vegas?  It’s a bit too busy for my taste.  And it’s getting the way of my ability to see all the neon signage on display.”  Then I’m reminded about another thing I love about Las Vegas “This isn’t all about you MARK”.  Then a sense of all-is-right-with-the-world washes over me. “You’re right Las Vegas, this is much bigger than me.  I recant my statements.  Please, carry on spreading happiness to all in whatever fashion they find appealing.  And also, I love you.” 


Saturday, December 8, 2018

E-286: Caviar on a Pop Tart

Random Vegas 
The S’s in the Sassy Sally signage are actually dollar signs meant to be a subliminal message to people to encourage them to spend more money as well as insinuate you can win more money at the property (Neon Museum) 

Twitpic of the week 

I’ll go ahead and say it, Steve Wynn ruined the Fremont St skyline when he replaced Golden Nugget’s exterior with the more elegant version it’s known as having today.  Look at this week’s winner, shared by @Summacorp, and tell me I’m wrong.  That glorious golden yellow set against an ever-changing backdrop of warm browns and cool purplish blues is the best the Golden Nugget has ever looked.  If time travel is ever something I’m able to figure out, one of the things I’ll do is going back to this moment and invest extensive amounts of time looking at this version of the Golden Nugget with unnerving adoration.  That is if I'm able to take my eyes off the #1 thing I’d do, leering at the Mint.  Alas that discovery is ever elusive so I’ll have to enjoy documentation such as what I had the pleasure to do this week. 


Plaza Equestrian Center Opens
Terrible Herbst’s founder Dies at 80
Michael Symon Experiment part 2
Bond Barbershop Coming

Saturday, December 1, 2018

E-285: Short Spurts

Random Vegas 
The green fees for the Wynn Golf course were $500 per golfer meaning the resort would only need 80 golfers to average the $40k per day (@MattLawson123) 

Twitpic of the week 

Here’s what I love about this week’s winner shared by @TonyIlliait looks like Americana.  This could be any random thoroughfare periodically found along route 66 that died with the advent of the highway system.  At first it isn’t even obvious that it’s Las Vegas until you spot the iconic Sands marquee at the side of the road.  But after that, while we know since this picture was taken in 1963, in the distance the Desert Inn, Last Frontier, Thunderbird, Stardust, Riviera and Sahara are all open.  At this moment in time, they fade into the backdrop of black and white desert landscape.  Something else you can’t see is what was on the horizon, because it’s out of frame.  Sitting just to the right and only 80% complete, the Landmark, the tallest structure in the city signaled the future of Las Vegas was larger than life.  Bigger was not only better, it would be required to attract guests to your property.  The Landmark’s very existence inspired the unmistakable additions of Howard Hughes future residence at the Desert Inn, the St. Andrews Tower, the iconic Stardust marquee and the 500-room cylindrical hotel tower at the Sands to the Vegas skyline before it was finished in 1969.