Las Vegas Casinos

10 truly unique things about the soon-to-open Downtown Grand

The downtown Las Vegas landscape continues to evolve, with a growing number of developments bringing excitement and economic energy to the area. Noteworthy among these is the Downtown Grand, which is scheduled to debut before the end of 2013 (at this time the opening is being targeted for October). Located…

“Slots” of prizes and excitement in Vegas

The cordoned-off area of slot machines you might run into at a casino isn’t (exactly) a special VIP-only area. Nor is it a sign that the casino can’t afford walls anymore for its high-limits area. That gathering is probably just a slot tournament taking place. Feel free to watch and…

Back to the Future

The family-built El Cortez celebrates 70 years in Las Vegas By Renée LiButti Vegas.com The El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas has a proud past and a more promising future. With 70 years under its belt, the resort exudes historic eminence. But that’s not what sets the El Cortez apart…

What could have been: Vegas casinos that never opened

Going over a list of Vegas casinos, you see there’s a little bit of everything in this town. What can be even more interesting, however, is going over a list of proposed, but unfinished or un-built Vegas casinos. These are just some of the more interesting concepts that have sprung…

The Sahara, a Vegas icon, over the years

The Sahara closes May 16, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip through the famed resort’s storied past. Here’s a look at the exterior of the Sahara and its surrounding area over the  years. It certainly came a long way from the Club Bingo years, but as they…

Palazzo Prestige: The way hotels should be

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com Enjoying the new Prestige lounge at the Palazzo Las Vegas wasn’t difficult. On my recent stay, (hey, someone has to test the 42-inch plasma TV and electronic draperies in those rooms) I was impressed with the new Prestige Lounge and the long list of complimentary amenities…

Dialing it in

Placing bets when you’re actually sitting at the table is so 2009. Now you can place a bet while sipping on some bubbly at a hotel bar or roaming through the race & sports book in search of that perfect Lagasse’s Stadium sandwich. Available only at the Venetian and Palazzo, the Pocketcasino is…

Flashback Friday: When Coins Were Kings

As a young kid growing up in Vegas, nothing screamed – “You have walked into a casino!” – more than the constant sound of coins plopping down into the metal hopper of a slot machine. Listening to the echoing sound of plunk, plunk, plunk reaffirmed you were a winner in Vegas, if…

Flashback Friday: High-Stakes World of Baccarat

Today we flash back to 1966 to take a look at gambling in Sin City, specifically a game surrounded in mystique – baccarat. Baccarat was brought to Las Vegas from the casinos of Havana, Cuba, in 1959 by John Scarne and Tommy Ronzoni. It was first played in the Deuville…