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Want to gamble cheap and see...
Want to gamble cheap and see some 'colorful' Las Vegans...... Go to the Western, you might want to do it in the daylight hours, Dollar Black Jack, A few blocks off the Freemont Experience, I would post a picture but I was afraid to take my camera near the place. try this site for more info
Comdex used to be the biggest...
Comdex used to be the biggest convention held in Las Vegas but these days it's probably the Western Cowboy Rodeo Show that draws the most visitors to town.
This is a picture from Comdex'93. I was working at the Sun Microsystems's booth. We had an early version of a Virtual Reality demo that attracted long lines, so it was a tough booth duty assignment, having to stand all day and give the same pitch.
The Gun Store on Tropicana. ...
The Gun Store on Tropicana. This is a place where you can go and shoot fully automatic weapons. I have shot almost every submachine gun in their inventory. If you have a hankerin' to go 'Rock n Roll' with a gun, this is the place. It is not all that expensive either. You are basicly paying retail for the ammo and shooting the gun for free. I usually spend about $100.00 when I go here and shoot four clips of full auto and two clips of handgun 9mm or .45 caliber.
2900 East Tropicana (702) 454-1110
We saw a show in the afternoon...
We saw a show in the afternoon at the Flamingo. It was called 'Bottoms Up'. We chose it for a few reasons. We had a coupon to see the show for only $7 and that included a free drink. The show was in the afternoon so we could see it and a dinner show later. We also felt that seeing a show with dancing showgirls and music was a Las Vegas tradition. This show we saw was very funny. The music was a little out of date but it is the longest running show in Vegas. The beautiful girl dancers in costume were amazing. If you are offended to see topless dancers don't go to this show. I could not take photos during the show so I took a picture of the showgirls signing autographs after it was over.
It does not cost any thing to...
It does not cost any thing to take her photo while you are in Las Vegas. There are many things to do for free. We watched the fountains in front of the Bellagio. We went to watch the ships at Treasure Island in the afternoon. We saw the lions at the MGM Grand. There was a great bird show at the Tropicana with parrots and an Andean condor. The information desk of our hotel gave us a listing of the free shows and when they each started. We used that to plan our day. We went up and down the strip from one show to the next. Between shows we gambled and saw the sights.
At the Tropicana we got free...
At the Tropicana we got free tickets for a museum there about gambling. We went in and saw big cases full of poker chips. At first it was not very interesting then we found some monitors playing videos from Las Vegas history. One Video was about the disaster that happened when a hotel was on fire. Another was about bomb threats. There was even a video about the old time gangsters who helped Las Vegas become the city it is today. That portion of the museum was quite interesting.
...The Strip is ever changing....
...The Strip is ever changing. People tell me 'Oh, I've been there.' If you've not been in two years, you've not seen the Strip today. There was the Sands, now there isn't. It is worth it to go once every year or two just to see 'what's new.'
When Downtown, you must check...
When Downtown, you must check out the Gold Spike. It's probably the scariest casino in town. It's dark, dirty, smoky, and hot. This is the Last Resort for those gamblers who just don't want to stop, even though they've run out of money. Worth a look for the human spectacle alone.
Okay, it might be fun to...
Okay, it might be fun to gamble at one of the large and beautiful casinos, but they will rip you off!!! If you really want to gamble without throwing away your savings, check out some of these 'hole in the wall' places that only the locals (Californians are pretty much locals) know about! Casino Royale is still on the strip, but is definitely OLD SCHOOl with blackjack tables with minimums of $1, $3, and $5! Roulette tables for $1 too! It's fun, cheesy, and cheap! Best of all, you get free drinks all night long as you're playing for $3 or something! Imperial Palace is another old school hotel/casino. This is one place where you can actually win! For some reason, the odds seem better at an older casino/hotel!
There is a long standing (in...
There is a long standing (in Vegas that means around since the 60's) Italian supper club just off the strip called Battista's Hole in the Wall (it is just east of Bally's; I believe on Audrie Lane). This is a casual Italian restaurant with a kitschy attmosphere. The one price meals of pasta, seafood include a 'bottomless glass' of house wines. When we have been there they have had various forms of entertainment - from Battista in the old days who would walk around singing, asking you about the food, and offering to sell you his own record - to an accordian player who was there last time we went in June.
I am sure He is not John Wayne. That's in downtown. On Famous Fremont Street. There is a light show in the ceiling of the street every hour.
Like most hotels on the Strip, the Flamingo Hotel has an exhibit that's consistent with the theme of the hotel. Here you will find an outdoor habitiat of flamingoes and other tropical birds.
Gas Station Sign
Check out the 76 gas station, for a Las Vegas Landmark. This sign has been here since the 1950's. Located 1 block North of the Monte Carlo casino/South Strip.
Elvis has left the building ...
And is standing on the sidewalk on Las Vegas Blvd! Traffic was slow enough that I could get this shot as well as observe the impersonation -- it wasn't half bad!
Las Vegas Convention Center
This venue is the site for various Industry trade shows such as CES (Consumer Electronis Show), Comdex (Computer Expo) and NAB (National Assoc of Broadcasters).
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