Welcome to LasVegas360.com

July 3, 2011
Welcome to Fabulous  Las Vegas Nevada Sign

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. if you like gambling, try your luck at the various gambling establishments across the valley. From the video poker machines in the local 7-11’s to the High Roller tables at Caesars Palace. Smaller places have an All Slots Casino catering to the slot machine crowds. There are local joints, like my favorite PT’s Pub to the glamorous Bellagio, Paris and Wynn, Resorts, there is something for everyone. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas, and their are other options like Canadian Online Casinos and USA online slots.

Planning on gambling in Vegas? Visit winthebet.com for Las Vegas casino comps, tips and player information.

Did you know? If you choose to play slots online for real money you will have an option to choose either $ £ € to receive your payout in. Australians will have the opportunity to play at online casinos in their preferred currency AUD.

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. Or get your practice in beforehand with some play at one of the many online casinos which welcome U.S. players.

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

For more information on casinos and gambling in Las Vegas, you should definitely visit World Casino Directory’s guide to Las Vegas — they are one of the oldest and largest gaming sites on the internet.

If you are more of a poker type, then you’ve probably wondered where to play online poker for real money. See what PokerUpdate.com has to say about the leading poker sites in the world. 

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.  Las Vegas has something for everyone, shopping, food, entertainment, recreation at Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, and to get away from the heat, Mount Charleston offers hiking, camping, picnicking. There truly is something for everyone in Las Vegas from the glitz and glamor to the serene beauty of the Spring Mountains.

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On this Date: June 28 2006 The Klondike Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Closed

June 28, 2016
Klondike Inn

Klondike Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip

On this Day, June 28 2006 the Klondike Casino located at the very southern end of the Las Vegas Strip Closed its doors. The Klondike Hotel closed two days later.

Kona Kai Motel

The Klondike opened in 1962 as the Tiki-themed Kona Kai Motel, and included a restaurant and cocktail lounge. Ralph Engelstad purchased the motel in 1967.  In 1973, four motel buildings from Engelstad’s other property, the Flamingo Capri motel (later re-opened as the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino), were relocated and converted into a one-story motel building for the Kona Kai.

Klondike Inn (1975-1982)

In 1975, John Woodrum split from his business partner, Bill Boyd. Woodrum and another partner, Katsumi Kazama, purchased the motel that year for $1.2 million and renamed it as the Klondike Inn. Woodrum became the sole owner in May 1976.In 1976, Woodrum provided a power line to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, which had not been lit for several years. The county later provided power to the sign.

Klondike Hotel and Casino (1982-2006)

In 1982, Woodrum added a casino and renamed the motel as the Klondike Hotel and Casino.  In September 2004, Leroy’s Horse & Sports Place began operating a sports book at the casino.  In May 2005, Royal Palm Las Vegas LLC bought 5.25 acres of land adjacent to the Klondike for $42 million.

The Klondike closed its casino on June 28, 2006, and the hotel two days later.

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On this Date: June 28, 1997 Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield Ear Off

Boxer Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield Boxing

“The Bite” Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield Fight in Las Vegas on June 28, 1997

On this Date: June 28, 1997, at the Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson fight, Mike Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield ear.  The Fight was billed at the ‘The Sound and the Fury” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBA Heavyweight Championship referee by Lane Mils. But, the fight will go down in history as the “Bite Fight”.

The fight began with Holyfield dominating Tyson. Holyfield won the first three rounds. As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece.  With forty seconds remaining in the round Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield’s shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear, a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and spitting out the piece of ear on the ring floor.

The fight was stopped for a few minutes as the referee debated the status of the fight. The fight was resumed. During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield’s left ear. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Tyson’s second bite just scarred Holyfield’s ear. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. The men walked back to their respective corners when the second bite was discovered and the fight was then stopped.

A scuffle broke out in the ring between the Tyson corner , security surrounded Holyfield in his corner and Tyson took swings at the people in his way, but was taken back to his corner by security.

Twenty-five minutes after the brawl ended, announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: “Ladies and gentlemen, this bout has been stopped at the end of round number three, the referee in charge, Mills Lane, disqualifies Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield in both ears, the winner by way of disqualification and still the WBA Champion of the world, Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield!” Holyfield won the WBA’s boxing championship, prize, money and trophy because of Tyson’s disqualification.

Tyson was sentenced with a permanent suspension from boxing and his license cancelled indefinitely. Tyson was also fined $3,000,000 and had to serve a period of community service. After a year and an appeal in court, Tyson’s license was reinstated.

On October 16, 2009 on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tyson apologized to Holyfield. Holyfield accepted his apology and forgave Tyson. When Tyson and Holyfield retired from boxing they befriended each other and are now close friends today.

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You Don’t Have to Travel to Vegas to Play Quality Casino Games

June 26, 2016

All Slots Casino

Las Vegas. The city that literally never sleeps. Often referred to as the Sin City, a meeting point for players, playboys, tourists and adventurers from all over the world. But, unfortunately, not anyone who dreams of visiting Vegas for the weekend can actually do it. People overseas dream about a visit to the city of lights, too. But the distance between Europe and the United States keeps their dream being a dream, not more. But they have the next best thing: the All Slots Online Casino, where they can play their favorite games over the internet.

Online gambling in Europe

Online casinos, just like their land-based counterparts, were invented in Europe. A company based in the Isle of Man combined Cryptologic’s secure online payment solutions with its game development expertise, launching the first veritable real money online casino in 1994. The following years turned a novel form of online entertainment into a billion-dollar business. Many online casinos, including the All Slots Casino, were launched in the early 2000s, and some of them – only the best – have managed to survive the regulatory turmoil and the UIGEA (the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006).

Today online casinos are strictly regulated, but accessible to the public in Europe, and banned in most states of the US.

What about the All Slots Casino

The All Slots Casino is among the oldest online gambling destinations still in business. Open to players from Europe, Australia, and Canada, as well as other territories, it offers its players a complete casino experience over the internet. Its game variety competes with, or even exceeds, what you can find in even the biggest land-based establishments: it has a complete range of table and card games, plus lotteries, scratch cards, video poker games, and a large variety of slot machines.

The games are available for download on Windows PCs, browser play on all other operating systems, as well as smartphones and tablets running virtually any operating system.

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Las Vegas casinos offer their patrons free buffets and drinks. The All Slots Casino can’t compete with this – instead, it gives out free cash for its players to play with. New players at the All Slots Casino get free cash worth $30 to start playing on the right foot, and more generous bonuses, worth up to $1,600, on their first few deposits. Besides, players can redeem other deposit matches and bonuses each month, and compete for amazing prizes each month.

Online casinos will never be able to compete with the Las Vegas shows and nightlife. But when it comes to games, they often exceed what the Sin City has to offer. And this without the player having to leave the house – or put on pants, for that matter.

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Las Vegas Card Counters

June 23, 2016

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: June 21, 1996 The Monte Carlo Opened on the Las Vegas Strip

June 21, 2016
Monte Carlo Resort

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino fire broke out on January 25, 2008

The Monte Carlo opened on June 21, 1996 and is a megaresort hotel and casino on the Famous Las Vegas Strip. The hotel has a  102,000-square-foot casino floor with 1,400 slot machines, 60 table games, and 15 poker tables. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The hotel offers 2,992 guest rooms, including 259 luxury suites.

Recently added is the new T-mobile Arena (650,000 square feet up to 20,000 seats) and The Park occupying space between the Monte Carlo and the New-York New-York Hotel.

MGM said it will redesign the Monte Carlo to create two hotels. The Park MGM hotel will have 2,700 rooms and incorporate some of the Monte Carlo’s European design influences.

The other hotel will be known as The NoMad Las Vegas, which will occupy the top three floors of the existing hotel tower.

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