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  • The three rides on top of the Stratosphere; Big Shot, Insanity, and X-Scream are the highest in the world
  • The Roller Coaster that once stood atop the Stratosphere tower was closed in December of 2005
  • The Stratosphere is the tallest free-standing observation tower in the U.S
  • Elvis made his first appearance in Las Vegas at the New Frontier Hotel in the spring of 1956.
  • May 1, 1967, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Anne Beaulieu are married in a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel.
  • Dec 2-12, 1976 Elvis appears at the Hilton for a two-week engagement. It turns out to be his final Las Vegas appearance
  • 80% of all visitors are return visitors and average two trips per year
  • 44% of all visitors arrive by air while 43% arrive by auto
  • 89% of all visitors gamble with an average gambling budget of $500
  • Many of the first hotels on The Strip opened in the 1950’s such as The Desert Inn, The Sands, The Riviera, The Dunes, Hacienda, Tropicana, Royal Nevada,
    Moulin Rouge and The Stardust.
  • After the Hoover Dam was completed it took 6.5 years to completely fill Lake Mead
  • The average Las Vegas low temperature in January is 33 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The Luxor’s atrium could hold nine Boeing 747s stacked on top of each other.
  • A 3-ton section of the Berlin Wall, covered with original graffiti, can be seen in a men’s restroom at Main Street Station. It was bought from the German government for 17,500. http://www.urinal.net/main_st_sta/
  • The only casinos in Las Vegas that allow you to take photographs inside are Four Queens, Excalibur, and Harrah’s.
  • A 1910 law made it illegal to gamble in Las Vegas. In 1931, a gambling bill was approved that made gambling legal again.
  • The Dunes, demolished in 1993, was the first resort to feature topless showgirls in a show called Minsky’s Follies.
  • The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened in 1906, making it the first hotel and casino to open in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • The legal age to gamble in the state of Nevada is 21
  • Las Vegas is the 11th largest school district in the U.S
  • The legal age to consume alcohol in Las Vegas is 21

Sports, Drink, Food…..

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Looking for somewhere to watch the game? Have a drink? Or get a bite to eat? If so, consider Blondie’s Sports Bar & Grill located in the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino.

So what’s so special about this place? Well, value of course, why else would I be telling you about it? Blondie’s is your typical sports bar, tons of TV’s, drink specials and a full menu. Most importantly it’s located just a few steps away from the Planet Hollywood Casino and the strip itself and they offer plenty of money saving coupons. For instance:

Tip:  Blondie’s has a daily “Happy Hour” between 3pm and 6pm where for $20 it’s all you can drink domestic draught and well drinks. Want a better deal? Use this coupon for Buy one get one FREE in other words, two can drink to your hearts content for three hours for only $10 each!

So, place your sports bet at the PH sports book. Keep the drink vouchers they give you for a later time. Then head over to Blondie’s to watch the game and drink your fill for $10.

Tip: Blondie’s also offers food discount coupons on their website.

Tip: Blondie’s also offers “Gift Certificates” for purchase at Restaurant.com which provides real value. Search zip code: 89109

Note: As far as service goes I’m 50/50. My first experience was great, the waitress was extremely attentive. The second time around the waitress we got was a complete ditz, so good luck.  

 Hungry? Blondie’s Famous Beer Can Chicken is awesome and extremely filling. It’s basically a whole chicken cooked with a full can of Budlight Lime shoved up its ass.

Hello Palms Place Suite Las Vegas!

A friend of mine got an invitation to stay with his buddy in a suite at Palms Casino’s Palm Place. The suite was provided by The Palms along with the entry fee for the 2009 World Series of Poker Tournament.

Location: 4321 W. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103, Approx 1.5 miles from the Strip


Description/Amenities: All suites (different sizes available), No casino in building, Pool and Spa on location, Two Restaurants/Bar/Lounges

Nice thing about the Palms Casino is they have a lot of casual dining in addition to upscale restaurants.  There is a food court with a McDonalds and other fast food, a 24/7 cafe, and a very low cost buffet with good reakfast/lunch food.

The pool on the weekends is a lot like college spring break, very young party crowd. 

The clubs at night draw a ton of 20-somethings. 

Casino Floor Accessibility: 4-5 minute walk. You need to take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and then a fairly long walk to the casino.  Note – there are two moving walkways which help. 

View: The room was a corner unit on the 22nd floor. All the suites have a side view of the strip.  The view was facing the Venetian/Encore/Trump with a really nice balcony.  Also, the master bedroom had a view 180 deg opposite of the strip.  So overall an awesome view, although the corner unit really helped.

Recommendation: Overall the casino portion of the Palms is very small compared to the other main casinos and is nothing very exciting. It’s a great place to stay if you are young and want to party but if you are not young and don’t want to party, the palms is very bad choice to stay at.

One more thing, from the palms you can walk across the street to Gold Coast Casino which is a very nice, low cost place to gamble.  But other than that you are pretty isolated at the Palms.  It’s about a 15 minute walk to the Rio and you really need to take a taxi or other transportation to go anywhere else.

Special thanks to Maxim (nice lid!) for the video and John for the review…