Welcome to LasVegas360.com

July 3, 2011
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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign -photo taken: 2011. photo by: LasVegas360.com

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk down the world famous Las Vegas Strip? Now is your chance to take a virtual stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard, one of the most exciting streets in the world. Start at the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and continue down the entire length of the Strip with complete 360 degree panoramic views. Be sure to stop at some of the newest and best hotels in Las Vegas including Bellagio, Wynn, Encore, Paris, Mandalay Bay and The Venetian.

Continue to the downtown area of Las Vegas, and don’t miss our 360 degree tour of Fremont Street. This street was where it all began, from a small railroad stop at the turn of the century to one of the brightest streets in the world. Fremont street was one of the best places to cruise in a convertible car for decades but now the street has been closed off to traffic and it is a pedestrian paradise lined with kiosks, souvenir shops and of course plenty of casinos.  Up above an arched steel canopy lights up the night sky with an animated, electronic show that spans the entire four blocks of Fremont Street. Further down Fremont Street is the newly developing non-gaming sector of “Fremont East District” lined with Bars, Coffee shops and places to eat, including newly opened Container Park.

Want to see Harrah’s, Caesar’s and all the famous casinos? Then take a virtual stroll down Boulevard South. It may get you tempted to come over and play for real, in which case you may want to first read up on the top games first, see this article on roulette games here or on slot machines here to get started.

Las Vegas Strip Virtual 360° Las Vegas Strip Tour: Part I (Welcome Sign – Bellagio)

Virtual 360° Las Vegas Strip Tour: Part II (Caesar’s – Treasure Island) 

Virtual 360° Las Vegas  Strip Tour: Part III (Fashion Show Mall – Stratosphere)

Downtown Virtual 360° Downtown Las Vegas Tour here

Mount Charleston / Lee Canyon Virtual 360° Lee Canyon Tour

Google Map of the Strip with VR Photos

Las Vegas History

If you want to see what there is to do away from the casinos and bright lights take a panoramic peek at recreational areas like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Mt. Charleston and the quaint little town of Boulder City, the only town in the state where gambling remains illegal. There truly is something for everyone in Las Vegas.

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On This Date: March 31, 2014 the Largest Ferris Wheel opened in Las Vegas – The High Roller

March 31, 2015
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The High Roller Observation Wheel Largest in the World with a 520 Foot Diameter

High Roller is a 550-foot tall  520-foot  diameter giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. It is the world’s tallest observation wheel, 9 ft  taller than the 541-foot Singapore Flyer, which held the record for the world’s tallest observation wheel from 2008 until 2014. After nearly three years of planning and construction it opened to the public on March 31, 2014.

High Roller Facts:

  • The High Roller tops out at 550 feet making it the largest observation wheel in the world.
  • In addition to its great height, the High Roller offers an immersive pre-ride experience for its passengers on their journey from ticketing through the wheel house complete with a lounge, to the wheel ride which features unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip.
  • The wheel structure boasts 7.2 million pounds of steel and 112 cables. Each cable measures approximately 225 feet, for a combined total of 25,256 feet.
  • The High Roller features 28 spherical cabins that hold 40 guests.
  • Each cabin weighs approximately 44,000 pounds and includes 300 square feet of glass.
  • The cabin windows are doubly curved and fabricated from four sheets of laminated glass.
  • Fabrication of the wheel began in late 2011 and took place in several locations across the globe including China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Colorado, California and Las Vegas.
  • The High Roller travels at one foot per second and take roughly 30 minutes to make one full revolution.
  • The wheel is lit with more than 2,000 LED lights.

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Las Vegas Card Counters

March 27, 2015

Las Vegas Card Counters

Last year you may have heard of Hollywood megastar Ben Affleck getting in trouble for his card counting antics. Although the card counting in itself isn’t illegal, casinos do reserve the right to refuse card counters entry to the gaming floor, and can eject players whom they suspect them of card counting. As the professional player Anthony Curtis says: “the science [of card counting] is knowing how to do it; the art is being able to get away with it.”
Ben Affleck of course isn’t the first, nor will he be the last person to be ejected from a Las Vegas casino. This being the case we thought we would provide you with a list other gamblers that have found themselves in trouble for their card counting ways, or got away with remarkable winnings.

Keith Taft

Keith Taft isn’t one of the best known members of the card counting club, but he is one of the more interesting ones. Taft is one of the members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, because of his innovative strategies for card counting that involved a whole series a different wearable computer devices over the years.

Taft unusually came from a very religious background, he first got hooked on the game of blackjack when on a family holiday to Reno. He received a token to gamble at Harrah’s Casino, he warily went into the casino, but as luck would have it the 3 hands he played were all winning ones! Taft was hooked, and from there on in he would study card counting, and even practise the game with his family. The breakthrough for him happened when he came to the realisation of why he should be doing all the card counting in his head when a computer could do the calculations for him.

Keith Taft

Keith Taft

This lead to the invention of George, a manually wired clunky 15 pound machine strapped to his chest, which attached for 4 switches hidden in his shoes which he controlled with his toes. The information of the dealt cards was then conveyed from the computer to his glasses where LED lights had been concealed. Who needs Google Glass when you have George right? Technically, this is one of the earliest pioneering forms of wearable tech, amazing when you consider that at this time in the early 70’s people like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were just dropping out of college, and hadn’t even begun to work on the first prototype of the Apple 1.

Eventually Taft and his crew got busted when their invention called Belly Telly. This involved hiding a camera in a belt buckle and filming the action, whilst a van with a huge satellite picked up the video feed, was discovered by a security guard. Although the law surrounding using computer devices was unclear at the time, the judge ruled that they be sentenced to 6 months in prison. Keith didn’t do time though. This incident also lead to the passing of legislation that prohibited the use of technology to aid gameplay.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey’s game was a little bit different from the standard form of card counting. Phil Ivey who is one of the world’s greatest poker players won £7.7 million ($11,490,000) playing a form of Baccarat at Crockfords Casino in Mayfair in London called Punto Banco. This is amazing when you consider that the game of Punto Banco is purely luck and requires no skill whatsoever. However, what the unsuspecting casino staff didn’t know that night is that Phil Ivey’s partner Cheung Yin Sun knew a skill called edge-sorting. Edge-sorting is a skill whereby the player notices imperfections on the back of cards, and memorises them to know what value the card has before it is turned over. This comes in very handy in the game of Punto Banco where a player has to guess which hand, the dealers or the players has a value that adds up closest to 9.

Unfortunately for Phil he would never see his winnings. Crockfords decided that what he was cheating, and therefore went on to withhold his winnings, and only returned to Phil his original £1 million stake. This decision was upheld by a Judge at the High Court and as such Phil won’t ever see his winnings.

Don Johnson

Although this man is technically not a card counter he is worth mentioning as his ‘lucky’ streak meant he walked away with $4 million from Caesars, $5 million from the Borgata, and $6 million from the Tropicana in Atlantic City. In one hand he won a staggering $800,000. The latter casino ended up having the 2nd lowest profits in April 2011 of any of the Atlantic City casinos. As a result the president and CEO of the Tropicana Mark Giannantonio got the boot a few weeks later. So how did he do it?

Well although he may not have been counting cards, in Tony Rodio’s words (the man who succeeded Giannantonio as CEO) “He plays perfect cards.” Don Johnson is very good at maths, and his method is based on calculating the odds against the house. What Johnson knows is that the best way to do well, is by running a smaller number of hands and paying attention to variation. As Johnson puts it the way averages work, the larger the sample, the narrower the range of variation. A session of, say, 600 hands will display wider swings, with steeper winning and losing streaks, than the standard casino charts. That insight becomes important when the betting terms and special ground rules for the game are set—and Don Johnson’s skill at establishing these terms is what sets him apart from your average casino visitor.

He knew how to play the casinos and get what he wanted from them to give just enough of an advantage over the house.

Although these people all managed to do something exceptional in their own way, they are the exception rather than the rule, card counting or trying to get an advantage over a casino in any form can get you into a lot of trouble, so before you start trying to mimic any of these methods, it’s best to weigh up the risks against the rewards. However, nothing can beat the thrill of beating the house, whatever the risk.

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On This Date: March 21, 1961 Honest John’s Casino Opened in Downtown Las Vegas

March 23, 2015
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Honest John’s in Downtown Las Vegas

March 21, 1961 Honest John’s Casino opens at 304 Ogden Street in downtown Las Vegas. This was small place was a slots only casino.

This was the Honest John’s located downtown and not the other one located on Las Vegas Blvd. and Sahara Ave. But, in 1968 it was renamed Lady Luck. In 1972, it expanded from its small beginnings to engulf the whole block as a full-fledged casino with restaurants and shops.

Currently the Downtown Grand resides at this location.

The photo above is the only photo of the downtown location we have.

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On This Date : March 20, 1931 The first gaming license issued in Las Vegas

March 20, 2015
The Northern Club on Fremont St. was the first establishment to be issued a gaming license in Clark County

The Northern Club on Fremont St. was the first establishment to be issued a gaming license in Clark County in 1931.

After the legalization of gaming in Nevada, the Northern Club received received the first gaming license in Las Vegas on March 20, 1931.  The Northern Club was located in downtown Las Vegas on 15 East Fremont Street. The license was issued by Clark County and was the first gaming license issued to a woman, Mayme Stocker.

Originally opened in the 1900’s as the Las Vegas Coffee House, Mayme Stocker renamed it the Northern Club in 1920 offering liquor and gaming while both were illegal.

The Northern Club casino was renamed in 1945 as the Monte Carlo Club by Wilbur Clark. In The Late 1970’s it was again renamed to the Coin Castle which later became the La Bayou Casino and is still in operation today.

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The Evolution of Casino Croupiers

March 19, 2015

The Evolution of Casino Croupiers

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They’re the people often taken for granted, but without them all of the finest casinos in the world wouldn’t be able to function. Although they may not be the ones holding the purse strings or keeping an eye on security, croupiers are the people that make each game you play run without a hitch. Through the flick of a wrist and the wave of an arm, casino croupiers are able to make and break the fortunes of gamblers across the world. Not only that, but these casino works are veritable fonts of knowledge and will gladly assist novices and explain the rules of any game (as well as give them a few strategy hints) when asked.

Although it may seem like a menial task to shuffle some cards or count casino chips, there’s actually a lot of training that goes into becoming a croupier. Being able to simultaneously count bets, control the action and calculate payouts all while under the pressure of time is extremely difficult and not something that can be mastered overnight.

Fortunately, the top casinos in the world have extensive training programs for their croupiers and their actions are not only effortless and efficient, but a joy to behold. However, not all croupiers are created equal and today, the wide variety of casino experiences available across the world have given rise to a new breed of members of casino controllers. Of course, the traditional life of the croupier is still very much the dominant force; however, thanks to TV and the internet, it’s now possible to interact with these guys in a number of ways.

Where it All Began: Traditional Croupiers

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Visit any casino on the Las Vegas strip, in Atlantic City, Macau or any gambling destination in the world and you’ll encounter a traditional croupier (usually wearing a smart outfit). The main skills a dealer will need to master are: chip handling, mental arithmetic, card control and shuffling. Piecing these all things together means any croupier worth a dime should be able to control the following games: blackjack, baccarat, roulette and poker/ casino Hold’em. On top of this, a croupier in a live casino may need to take charged of a sic bo (dice) game as well as craps (also involving dice and a betting ring).

The reason becoming a live croupier is so difficult and why skilled practitioners are so well respected by casino players is that it’s tough to keep a game flowing without making any mistakes. Although the slip of a card or a casino chip may not seem like a big thing, it can actually be financially damaging for a player; especially if they’re betting large amounts of cash.

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For this reason, a croupier not only needs to be accurate, but efficient in their movements. To do all this at the same time isn’t easy, but it becomes even tougher when you factor in the idea that a croupier also needs to be entertaining. Above all else, even the money, anteing up in a casino should be fun and if a croupier is too focused on controlling the game, the player’s experience will suffer. One famous Vegas croupier who has sadly now passed away who was an expert at controlling the game and entertaining players was “Elvis” Joe LeVine (not to be confused with the Elvis Presley who performed in Vegas for the first time back in 1956).

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A staple fixture at the World Series of Poker, LeVine would do his Elvis Presley routine while dealing cards and counting bets to some of the top pros in the world. In fact, during any single session, LeVine could be in control of tournaments where millions of dollars were on the line. However, regardless of the stakes, LeVine was able to stay on top of the game and ensure that players at his table had the most enjoyable experience possible.

The New Generation: Internet Croupiers

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While Vegas croupiers such as LeVine are able to give players a memorable experience through a range of senses, online croupiers have a limited set of options. This new breed of croupiers operate in a similar way as traditional croupiers, but instead of being less than a foot away from their audience, these dealers have a computer screen and, potentially, thousands of miles between them and players. Over the last few years, online gaming platforms such as PokerStars have begun to add live dealer tables to their platforms. Utilizing webcams and RFID technology, these innovative tables connect real croupiers in a remote location with players anteing via their computer.

By clicking their mouse, players can place bets which are then transmitted to the croupier. The croupier then deals cards or spins a roulette wheel and if the player wins the system credits money to their account. Although this system is able to mimic many of the features seen in brick and mortar casinos, there is an element of physical connection that’s missing. This is where online croupiers need to be more skilled in the art of engagement than their live counterparts.

When you play online, you’ll now find a string of glamorous croupiers who are as seductive as they are skilled at their job. The job of any croupier in the online world is to keep people playing and the best way to do that is to chat with them. From questions about the game to general chatter about everything and anything, these women (sometimes men) make the divide between virtual reality and reality seem non-existent.

The Hybrid: TV Croupiers

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Performing a similar role to internet croupiers are those that preside over casino games shown on the TV. Although less skilled than traditional croupiers (mainly because the games the operate take place at a much slower pace), these people are probably the most engaging variant of the genre. Because there is no interaction between the players at home and the presenter, they need to keep the game flowing and the energy levels high. For this reason you’ll often see lots of anecdotes, jokes and gaming talk.

In essence, these croupiers are more of a hybrid between presenters and casino experts. The main games they usually control involve very little proficiency with roulette wheel or deck of cards. However, they do need to be skilled at entertaining people and ensuring that they remain engaged enough to continue playing for jackpot prizes.

An Excellent Service Regardless of the Medium

Becoming a world-class croupier may seem like an easy task but it’s not and the average person will have to complete a rigorous training regime before they become qualified. A lot of the time the most skilled practitioners have previously made their living as a gambler or poker player so they are able to transfer these skills into a new arena. Keeping a player entertained as well as content that the service they are receiving is efficient and fair is a tough task, and one that takes time to master.

Fortunately, when you ante-up in any reputable venue, whether it’s live, online or even on the TV, the people in charge of handling your bets will be the best in the business. Although they may sometimes be the forgotten faces of the casino world, don’t forget that these invisible heroes are the ones that make your experience as profitable and enjoyable as possible.

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