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Vdara Hotel Death Ray

sun too bright vegas

While many people actually seek out the sun in Vegas, a few are trying to hide from it. At least that’s the buzz lately about the Vdara Hotel.  Allegedly, Yahoo called it the Vdara Hotel death ray, Hotel guests called it an inconvenience and supposedly, one guest called it a #(*&#ing (#*&(@er #&^ %$#$)er that…

Steve Fossett

Shoot the rich guy (or as I like to call it, hunting with Dick Chaney).  So most people have heard that adventurer Steve Fossett’s airplane disappeared about 90 miles south of Reno, NV on September 5, 2007 after leaving a private ranch. Also, most people now know that his plane and remains were found near…

Tourist Trap?

Trapping tourists who drive over from Las Vegas? Each year many people drive from Las Vegas while on vacation to check out Area 51.  They drive down Nevada State Route 375 also known as ‘The Extraterrestrial Highway’ to the gate where signs deter visitors from going any further under penalty of fines, jail and security…

Janet

Hell of a commute.  For years people have been talking about the ‘JANET’ flights out of Las Vegas which shuttle Area 51 employees to work at the super-secret government test sight also known as Groom Lake.  Supposedly defense contractor EG&G maintains this terminal and its distinctive white-with-red-stripe jets. (see pic below). The reason they are…

Give Me A Shot!

Shot of oil. Many people have heard that before you go out for a wild night of drinking, that if you take a shot of vegetable or olive oil, that it almost guarantee that you won’t get a hangover due to the coating properties of the oil. Well now some of the casino bars have…

Who’s Shuffle?

Look Ma, no hands! Here’s one that I really think is true but maybe someone out there can verify it for me.  Supposedly, casinos have slowly phased out hand deck shuffling by installing automatic shufflers.  Gamblers used to get a break while dealers reshuffled.  Now it’s a constant flow of cards which increases the number…

Who Won?

Everyone is winning! You may notice that when you enter a casino, there’s a constant barrage of noises.  Slot machines spin, games ding and dong, coins hit metal, there’s the soft patter of the people running the games, etc.  Many of these sounds, like the ringing of the slots, is purposely placed background noise to…

Which Way Out?

Who moved my cheese?  It’s said that the casinos are built in a way so that there’s intentionally poor navigation.  They are built like mazes so that it’s usually tough to find a way out.  The more you have to wander around to get out, the more likely that you’ll stop to place a bet…

High Traffic Payoffs

High traffic payoff.  Here’s another myth that the casinos strategically place slot machines that pay out more often near high traffic areas like the aisles, change booth, restaurants, etc. so more people witness winners. While this may seem true, the odds of winning are totally random. Or are they?

We don’t do Windows

There are no windows. Gamblers have no idea whether it’s light or dark or sunny or rainy outside. This, along with dealers not wearing watches creates an atmosphere where time becomes meaningless.  The less you care about what’s going on outside, the more you care about staying inside the casino where it is fun.