Saturday, December 19, 2020

E-350: Would You Rather?


Random Vegas 

The fire spewing mantas at Container Park took 500 hours to design and 3,000 to construct.  When fully extended, it is 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide and spews flames as high as 6 stories. (Container Park Signage) 


Twitpic of the week 

A familiar view with a very different landscape than we have today.  What was once the Dunes is now Bellagio.  MGM is Bally’s, Barbary Coast is Cromwell, Flamingo Hilton is just the Flamingo and Caesars footprint is vastly expanded.  What we are reminded of is how far we’ve come, how much she’s grown, evolving into the mecca she is today.  Thank you @Summacorp for another trip down memory lane, or for showing a time I missed but fondly imagine 


Wynn Rewards

MGM Fuelster Partnership

Saturday, December 12, 2020

E-349: Admiral Law

Random Vegas

Frank “Lefty” Rosenthaul convinced the Nevada legislature to allow sports books in casinos in 1975.  Stardust was the first to have one on the strip. (

Twitpic of the week

The Gambler on the Mirage marquee, Harrah’s with the steamboat motif and Sands featuring Wayne Newton.  Yep, this is a picture of a different time in Vegas, brought to you by Treasure Island and @ZotaraMichael.  The reflection from the window reminds one of late night adventures and double vision challenges.  All signs of an epic night in Las Vegas.


Tony Hsieh

Plaza Greyhound Renovation

Palazzo Closes

Boyd Hawaiian Partnership

M-less Resort

Caesars New Food Court

Secret Pizza Directions

Saturday, November 28, 2020

E-348: The Monte Carlo Situation

Random Vegas

March 10, 1995: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino debuted as the first Hard Rock branded hotel in the United States Today, there are nearly 2 dozen in North America alone.  Currently Las Vegas does not have one.


Twitpic of the week

The smallest next to the tallest, the original and the newest, the number of monikers could go on.  What it is, is Circa and Golden Gate, sister properties.  One representing the past while the other clearly establishes the future.  More than 100 years separate these two properties who together, team up to provide you with delightful times under the @FSELV canopy while consolidating your play.


25% Capacity

Cirque Du Murren

World Earliest Check-in

Saturday, November 21, 2020

E-347: Empathy


Random Vegas

On opening night at the Flamingo, some Vegas locals were upset that casino employees required them to remove their cowboy hats while indoors (


Twitpic of the week

Reflection.  Thoughtful contemplation or an oasis designed to treat one's self to some high-end cocktails while basking in the brilliance of a big titted neon sign.  That’s Vickie’s bar @Circalasvegas.  It's a place where you can do both, inspired by the aforementioned.  Once again, here is to another opportunity to create lasting memories, even if those memories become foggy the longer you are creating them.


Zumanity Closes

Resorts World Hiring

Wynnless Wynn

PCP - 360 Vintage Vegas: Boyd Gaming

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Sam Boyd was a gambler at heart.  Once he discovered his passion for games of chance, he studied them feverously, learning that in every game, the advantage was always in the houses favor.  So Sam decided the best way to gamble was to be the house.  And that’s how his career in gaming began.  Sam’s son Bill was encouraged from a young age to get an education.  So he did and became a lawyer but eventually the father and son would join forces and become a team that grew into one of the most respected gaming companies in the world.  Factor in their inherent desire to do the right thing and give back to the community, and you instantly start to suspect there’s more to the story than what you’re being told.  But dig as deep as you like, there’s no more.  The story of Sam, Bill and Boyd Gaming may be one of the greatest American success stories in history and overwhelming proof that sometimes, nice guys finish first.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

E-346: Stripper Mask


Random Vegas

Casino Dealers refer to their tips as tokes.  The origin of the name is unclear but most likely a shortening of the work token, as in token of appreciation 

Twitpic of the week

As if Vegas Vickie wasn’t cool enough @laurierogers702 captured not only Vickie in all her splendor but her neon reflection on the wall she’s affixed to.  To dispel any rumors, this is the actual Vickie that used to be on Fremont St, fully refurbished and back to working order for the first time in 40 years.  Circa did a lot of things right and this may be one of the best.


Circus Buffet Closing

Downtown Archway

Rio Reopening

Covid tourist infection

Wynn Robot Dog

Nebulaz Coming to Circus Circus

Saturday, October 31, 2020

E-345: Sympotico

 Random Vegas

Brilliant! @Neon Museum uses the largest augmented reality experience of its kind designed using 24, 3D sound speakers and 8 projectors emitting a total of 80,000 lumens of light to illuminate unrestored, no-working signs in the north gallery (@NeonMuseum)

Twitpic of the week

For the first time in 40 years, Fremont St has a new casino.  Circa, from the minds that brought you the D and Golden Gate, comes a game changer for downtown.  Strip quality amenities aren’t new to Fremont but innovation that moves the needle this much has been missing for a long time.  Brought to you in a way that only @Maverickheli can, Circa is the culmination of the Steven’s groups impact on the area, rebuilding Glitter Gulch as they see fit; and when you see the results, who are we to argue.


More Shows Returning 

Vital Victory 

Sands for Sales 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

E-344: Comma Placement

Random Vegas 

Strip casinos on average got more than 60% of their revenue from gaming well into the 1990s (Book – At the Sands) 

Twitpic of the week 

History gets me every time.  Especially when its epic and I’m pretty sure @VitalVegas knows that.  Look at the size of the former racetrack at Caesars Palace.  I realize golf courses take up this much land and more all the time but it really captures the imagination when you see something else in a similar scale.  Today this land is home to the Mirage and the Forum Shops.  If you look close you can see the Flamingo has its 2nd hotel tower fronting the strip.  Knowing that will also help to orient you. 


South Point Shooting

Cosmopolitan Curfew

New Lake of Dreams

Bally’s Brand Bought

Encore Closes

Boring Expansion

Saturday, October 3, 2020

E-343: Throat Punch

Random Vegas

MGM Resorts currently owns every property west of the strip starting with the Mirage down to Mandalay Bay except for Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace, the company that owns all the casinos east of the strip from Harrah’s down to Planet Hollywood.

Twitpic of the week

Aerial bliss capturing the warm glow of gold, blue and green.  
@MaverickHeli, hovering over the strip like a Guardian of hope, of opportunity.  Available to all who are bold enough to simply try.  Just pick your game of chance and push the button.  Unless of course you play table games in which case, do whatever it is that you do.  In any case, Good Luck


Group Gathering Expansion

Caesars Buys William Hill

Flamingo Shooting

MGM Shooting

Saturday, September 26, 2020

E-342: Beers Forthcoming

Random Vegas

Some common poker player superstitions include never picking your cards up until the dealer is done dealing, never pick your cards up with your left hand, never let someone put their foot on your chair and never gable with your legs crossed. (Las Vegas: Behind the Tables) 


Twitpic of the week 

It’s one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen of the property that only lasted a year before being absorbed by the Mint.  The Birdcagenot the one made famous by Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, existed on the corner of Fremont and 1st, known today as Casino Center Blvd, from 1958 to 1959.  The gem of this picture, shared by @NeonMuseum, is the marquee, a large bird cage with an oversized pair of dice inside. 


Wynn Fights Back

Smoke Free Park MGM

4 Queens Fire

Las Vegas Raiders Tailgate