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Las Vegas: A Hub of International Experiences

If you are having a hard time deciding on where to take your next vacation, maybe you should consider taking a world tour of Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the one place where you can travel from Europe to Asia without having to get a passport or wait in line at customs. A tour of the downtown casinos in Las Vegas is a lot like traveling the world. Not only can you visit recreations of famous landmarks from New York to Paris to Cairo, you can even travel backward, and forward, in time.

Appeal to Your Senses

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Las Vegas prides itself on appealing to all of our senses. Renowned for its excellent cuisine at affordable prices, every imaginable culinary delight is available to be sampled and savored. One of our favorites is Red Sushi in the Golden Nugget downtown. And with Las Vegas being a photographer’s paradise, you can capture photos from the times of the ancient Pharaohs to the American Old West at the height of the gold rush to the final frontier of space and beyond.

Strike Gold

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Even the lucky few who struck gold in the Old West could not have imagined the degree of modern comfort and luxury available today. Hotels provide visiting guests to their desert oasis with an astonishing variety of amenities, from catering to deep-tissue massage. That is one reason that an estimated 120,000 weddings are hosted there each year. To satisfy your sense of sound, musical entertainment is often provided for guests free of charge.

Enjoy the Architecture

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While Las Vegas architecture is an art form itself, art lovers can also enjoy some of the world’s most amazing street art without even paying the price of admission to a museum. Offering the opportunity for budget-conscious vacationers to experience the luxury of gourmet dining, relaxing poolside and enjoying top-rate musical entertainment is what made Fremont Street famous.

Get Back What You Put In

A trip to Las Vegas can be your own personal reward program like those offered by the casinos. The more activities you participate in, the greater the rewards. Letting hotel staff worry about the cooking and cleaning while you take the time to appreciate the wonders of the world is one of the most rejuvenating experiences that life has to offer.

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A Look at the History of Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette

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Thanks to advanced digital, electronic and mechanical technology, gaming has come a long way. However, despite the bells and whistles of modern games, some table games remain very popular. Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette have a long history that dates back hundreds of years.

Baccarat

Some believe that the card game was introduced to France in 1490 by soldiers serving under Charles VIII. The French version was known as “chemin de fer” and served as the basis for the modern game. The new pastime was particularly popular and remained synonymous among the French aristocrats through the 17th century. Legend also has it that the history of game involves Felix Falguiere arriving from Italy. He developed the game from Tarot cards in the latter part of the 15th century. Baccarat did not arrive in the United States until the 1950s when Tommy Renzoni brought the game from Italy.

Blackjack

Though the exact date of Blackjack’s origin remains largely unknown, history reports that the card game was initially known as “21”. The game came to the United States sometime around 1931 with the arrival of Nevada casinos. A winning hand must have included the ace of spades combined with a jack of clubs or spades. Due to this rule, the game became known as Blackjack. To this day, Blackjack is one of the most common games played by guests at casinos and hotels on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

Roulette

A rudimentary form of the game was created by Blaise Pascal during the 17th century with his efforts to invent a perpetual motion machine. The game evolved over the next century and became a combination of the British games Ace of Hearts, E.O., Reiner and Roly-Poly. The name of the spinning wheeled game came from a French board game that was called “Roulette.” The version that most represents the current-day game was played as early as 1796 in Paris. History indicates that the game was enjoyed by Americans during 1886. The U.S. version at the time featured slots having the numbers 1 through 28, one zero, a double zero and an American eagle. Only approximately six of these original wheels are thought to remain in existence.

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The Invention and Evolution of Casinos

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Archaeological evidence suggests that gambling dates back thousands of years. The Chinese documented the practice in 2300 B.C., and there are accounts of the pastime being common among the ancient Greeks and Romans. Games of chance were also enjoyed for thousands of years among Native Americans. In later years, gambling continued during Elizabethan England and among the bourgeois French. However, modern casinos did not emerge until the 17th century.

First Casinos

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The first official casino was the Italian Casino di Venezia. Constructed in 1638, the luxuriously elaborate facility is still in operation today. In the United States, casinos had much more humble beginnings as saloons. Brown’s Saloon was the first such establishment. The facility was constructed on the border of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming in 1822 and was popular among miners who frequented the location after a hard day of work. More of these venues began appearing in mining towns.

Primitive but Functional

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Saloons were nothing like the glamorous, modern-day hotels on Fremont Street and the Vegas Strip. Housed in rudimentary wood-framed structures, the old gambling houses were sometimes just bars with tables where card games took place. The businesses were typically owned and operated by a single proprietor. Later, saloons became more popular and developed in river cities while expanding in size and adding new amenities. The modernized facilities eventually emerged in larger cities like Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and St. Louis, which served as major locations for commerce and trade. These establishments were quite lucrative and enjoyed clientele from across the U.S. and other countries. Along with gambling, upscale saloons offered meals and contained hotel rooms where weary travelers stayed. Some also provided live entertainment in the form of piano players, singers and burlesque shows.

Legislation Problems

Crimes associated with gambling led to restrictive legislation beginning in 1860. Eventually, all gambling was deemed illegal in the United States. However, with the crash of the stock market and the subsequent depression, laws began reversing. By 1931, gambling became legal in Nevada and in Las Vegas in particular. This era began the construction of the elaborate hotel/casino resorts that have since become world-renowned.

For a look into the past, check out this video of Las Vegas, including the iconic Golden Nugget Casino on Fremont Street in 1979!

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