12 Things You Didnt Know About Las Vegas!
When you mention the word “casino”, which is another word that comes to mind immediately after? Vegas. Las Vegas.
This small town in Nevada, United States, is the world center of the game, and the dream destination of any player sporting the greatest casino resorts in Las Vegas! There are also other cities in the world where casinos are kings, such as Macau, Atlantic City or Monte Carlo, but in reality there is no other place like Las Vegas.
Like it or not, there’s something excessively macho about Las Vegas. Also known as Sin City, it is a place of gambling, lust and money, a place of dreams and illusions. Consequently, it’s a perfect setting for movies. Every year, millions of people descend on Las Vegas, hell bent on having a damn good time. For some, that involves trying (and usually failing) to take money from the casino. For others, that involves clubbing, getting hammered, seeing Penn and Teller, going to a strip club, and/or screaming VEGAS!!!! at unreasonable volumes. The key to Las Vegas is that it can be damn near anything to anyone. It offers a seventy-two hour or so timeout from real life. Everywhere an observer looks, there are overt signs of tourists having unreasonable amounts of fun.
In this article we will tell you 12 things you did not know about Las Vegas. Curiosities and unusual situations that will further enhance the willingness to visit and enjoy the most fun and exciting place on Earth.
1 – 87 %
This is the percentage of visitors to Las Vegas that end up playing, even if only once, during their stay. Annually, there are over 37 million people who visit this city, and 87 % of them enjoy to play, even if only in an airport slot machine.
2 - Each person stays an average of 3.3 nights in Las Vegas
Of course most of these people spend very little time in the room, since the essential purpose of the trip is really to have fun playing and to bet. On average, each person spends $560 on games, on each trip to Las Vegas.
3 - There are 1,700 casinos in Las Vegas
It is amazing the number of gambling rooms concentrated on only one city. Besides all these casinos, Las Vegas also hosts 17 of the 20 largest hotels in the country. In Vegas there are more than 200,000 games, of which 194,000 are slot machines.
4 - Golden Gate Hotel and Casino was Las Vegas’s first hotel & casino
This casino opened in 1906, but quickly became just a hotel, since in 1910 gambling was banned in Nevada. Only after 1931 gambling was legalized, and the state of Nevada was the first to do it.
5 - The reason for the name “The Flamingo”
One of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas, “The Flamingo”, is named that way because of the long legs of his owner’s girlfriend a Las Vegas “showgirl”.
6 – 27.000 pounds of shrimp
This is the weight of shrimp that is consumed daily in the city of Las Vegas alone. Almost 30 tons. In just one day, in one city. In the United States, almost no more shrimp is consumed daily then in Las Vegas.
7 - A small Hawaii
In Las Vegas you can find a wide variety of people and nationalities. But one of the most representative are the Hawaiians. Las Vegas sports the greatest Hawaiian community outside of their island.
8 - Chinese Superstitions
When you go to a Las Vegas casino or a hotel and you cant find the 4th floor there, do not be alarmed. It is absolutely normal. For the Chinese, the number 4 represents bad luck, and as such, many casinos and hotels give the 4th floor the number 5.
9 - An oasis in the desert
The name Las Vegas is Spanish and means meadow. Indeed, where the city is located today, it was considered an oasis in the desert, since the existence of water in the area allowed the growth of a more luxuriant vegetation compared to the aridity around. And really, there is no better name for this city.
10 - Recycled Water
No, do not worry, we’re not talking about the water you drink. The water used in the lakes and waterfalls that can be found in various locations around Las Vegas use what they call the “gray water”.
The water used in the baths, is channeled and treated, and later used in the famous water shows around Las Vegas.
11 - Howard Hughes was asked to leave, and he bought the hotel…
The story is simple and can be told quickly. Howard Hughes was so pleased to be in Las Vegas that he managed to overstay his welcome by a very very long time. The hotel where he was installed was the Desert Inn. However, at some point, the hotel management considered his stay to be too long, and asked him to leave. Well, Howard Hughes, in response, bought the hotel. Thus, he could stay as long as he wanted.
12 - The second place in the world with more marriages per day
In Las Vegas over 300 weddings occur daily. Las Vegas is only beaten by the city of Istanbul in Turkey, where more than 160,000 marriages a year occur. Thats about 460 a day!
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