Las Vegas, Nevada
With all the new, and constantly changing, shopping centers, restaurants and
entertainment venues available in and near Las Vegas
these days it's easy to forget about the casinos. Still, they are the
cause of its existence and the center of attraction for most visitors.
Vegas doesn't have many of the old-time icons left to offer the visitor today. Even the venerable Sahara finally gave up the ghost in mid-2011. But many new ones have sprouted
up in just the past decade. Even those as old as 40 years have undergone major renovations in the past few years, to compete and to keep that
youthful spirit ever fresh.
You don't have to go all the way to the west coast to go to Hollywood.
Considered by most to be the granddaddy of modern Vegas, the MGM Grand
casino complex has been constructed to resemble a huge movie set, a bit
like James Bond meets Beau Geste
on steroids. Even with the 16,000 seat auditorium and dozens of
restaurants, there's still plenty of room for gaming. Whether you're an
old-timer who still wants to play keno or you're a young stud, or
perhaps stud-ette with an itch for high stakes poker, you won't walk away disappointed. Empty-pocketed, maybe, but not disappointed.
Paris Las Vegas
Now, the MGM Grand is a fine place, but for the real
James Bond feel to your gaming fun, check out one of the newer kids on
the block. With its re-creations of the Eiffel Tower,
de Triomphe and the Louvre,
Paris Las Vegas
is fairly easy to spot...even with one eye closed Don't
strain your eyes, however, as you need to save your eagle eye to spot
that ace that just went to your left. Also be sure to save some money
after all the Baccarat
to spend on a lady at Le Cabaret
where the Euro bands entertain, or drop by the Chateau Nightclub and
Gardens for the latest acts
After a visit to Paris, only a place like Egypt will be able to look
exotic. The Luxor
is a 360ft/110m high glass pyramid that gleams and shimmers in the
desert sun like a mirage. Get yourself worked up for some hot action
with the dice as you face off with the fez.
There's an Olympic-sized pool to cool off in after a hot night's
gambling, and you will find it has every kind of game imaginable to
heat you up. Apart from the thousands of slot machines, hundreds of
poker tables, roulette wheels and the like, there's a virtual gaming
room. A very unreal experience...really!
From Paris, by way of ancient Egypt, continue your adventure around the
world and travel to the tropics where you can enjoy some of the jazz
featured at Mandalay Bay.
Between Broadway shows in the 12,000 seat theater, you can enjoy some
fine roulette. Be sure to bet on black, since you want to avoid being
in the red after a few hours playing at house odds. When you're done
you can drown your sorrows or celebrate your winnings with a cool drink
at the bar near the sandy beach.
Despite all the Johnny-Come-Latelys, Caesars remains the Las Vegas
king. Around for decades, Ceasars Palace still offers some of the
hottest tables, the coolest dealers and the sexiest waitresses in town.
Get ready to roll the dice amid the splendor of the Imperial Roman
decor, then relax in the spa and gloat. Be sure to drop by Cleopatra's
later for some dancing or enjoy a show in the Omnimax Theater.
Whether you like Texas Hold 'Em
or European-style roulette, or just want to punch a dollar, or two,
into a slot and watch the wheels spin, the casinos in Vegas have
something for you. Be nice to the dealers, though. Despite their
hospitality and family-friendly facade, the hotels and casinos of Las
Vegas still hire large, serious looking gentlemen as managers to keep
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