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: July 21, 1948 B-29 Superfortress Bomber Crashed into Lake Mead

July 21, 2016
A Modified B-29 (F-13) crashed in to Lake Mead on July 21, 1948

A Modified B-29 (F-13) crashed in to Lake Mead on July 21, 1948

On July 21, 1948 a Boeing B-29 Superfortress (F-13)  crashed in to Lake Mead. The Bomber was modified from a B-29 into a F-13. The “F” meant that it was modified for photo reconnaissance. It was on a special mission to conduct atmospheric research using an instrument called the “Sun Tracker”.  Painted on the nose of the plane was the words “Cosmic Ray Research”.  The plane operated as high as 30,000 feet down to just about as low as you can fly.

While on mission, the plane was making a very low pass over the Lake Mead surface with what is described, “glass like” when it hit the water.  The plane was traveling at about 250 mph as it crashed and skipping across the surface for over a quarter of a mile.  Five men on-board escaped via life rafts before the plane sank in water over 170 feet deep.  The crew was rescued from the lake six hours later and was instructed not to disclose any details of the flight, its mission or its loss. As the mission was classified, these details were not released until fifty years later.

In 2001, a private dive team searching for the B-29 using side-scan sonar found the wreckage in the northern arm of Lake Mead. Because the bomber lay inside a National Recreation Area, responsibility for the site fell to the National Park Service. Due to the cold deep water, the plane  has been well preserved. Currently the site is off limits to divers.

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Popular Online Casino Game Developers You’ve Never Heard Of

July 15, 2016

Gamevy, Ash Gaming, Quickspin

After playing in online casinos for years, I’m still learning about game developers I’ve never heard of. We’ve all heard of the popular developers, such as Playtech, Microgaming, Cryptologic, Betsoft and Net Entertainment (NetEnt), but there are quite a few other game studios building casino games that we’ve all come to love.

There are dozens of game developers building great games that are featured in hundreds of online casinos. You may have even played several of these games previously, as some of the unknown developers have been in business for more than a decade already. The list below features some of the most popular developers you’ve likely never heard of.

Gamevy

London-based developer Gamevy was only started last year (2015). The company won the “Winner Pitch” at ICE 2015, “Game to Watch” at ICE 2016 and a 2016 EGR B2B award. Most new online casino game developers often take years to hit the mainstream markets, but Gamevy casino games just went live at the MarathonBet Casino.

What’s so special about Gamevy? Well, they cater to the next-generation of gamers. Rather than develop online slots, the company has focused on other niches, including lotteries and instant win games. Gamevy have also developed the world’s first online gameshows where players can test their skills and win prizes, including big jackpots.

It’s only a matter of time before Gamevy games are available on the British online gambling scene.

Ash Gaming

Another London-based game developer, Ash Gaming has been in business a little longer than Gamevy, as they launched in 2000. Playtech actually bought the company in 2011 for £23 million. The company is licensed in the UK and you can play their online casino games in many casinos, including Coral, 888 Casino, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Bet365.

Most famous for their British-themed online slots, such as Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Little Britain, Ash Gaming has a growing portfolio. One of the most popular Ash Gaming slots is Alice in Wonderland. Enjoy having the chance to win big progressive jackpots? Ash Gaming offers over a dozen progressive jackpot slots, including Leprechaun’s Luck.

Quickspin

Some of you may have heard of Quickspin recently, as they were in the news a lot after being sold this year (2016) to Playtech for €50 million. Like Ash Gaming, Quickspin still operates independently from Playtech. Quickspin doesn’t have a delivery platform, but they’ve partnered with various networks in order to get their games into online casinos.

Where can you play Quickspin games? Plenty of casinos, including Mr. Green, Come On Casino and Gala Casino. The company only develops video slots and all of them offer the best in technology. The graphics and audio are impressive, plus the gameplay is exciting and engaging. Popular Quickspin slots include Genie’s Touch and the brand new Spinions.

Rabcat

Austrian-based Rabcat has been developing casino games since 2001, but they’ve always partnered with companies to deliver games to online casinos. They have partnerships with Microgaming, Quickfire and Odobo. That means you can play Rabcat developed games in many online casinos, including Royal Panda and William Hill Casino.

Rabcat has a full suite of online casino games, including a wide table game selection. However, the company is more well-known for offering excellent online slots. Some of the most popular slots developed by Rabcat include Castle Builder and Forsaken Kingdom: The Path of Valor. Both slots offer great gameplays, features and payouts.

I hope you enjoy some of the slots I’ve mentioned in this article next time you’re playing online.

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On This Date: July 15, 1999 The JW Marriott in Summerlin Opens

The Resort at Summerlin

The Resort at Summerlin

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Summerlin quietly opened its doors on July 15, 1999. It was described as Las Vegas’ first off-Strip luxury resort, according to its developers. The original Regent Casino was re-branded as the Rampart Casino in 2002.

The Resort at Summerlin is a luxury hotel in Summerlin, Nevada, near Las Vegas. The 50-acre resort was designed using a Tuscan/Tropical theme. Golf was a component of the project from the start as it acquired tee times at the adjacent Tournament Players Club course with direct access from the resort.

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On This Date July 13, 1974 Bob Stupak Opens Vegas World

July 13, 2016
Bob Stupak's Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Bob Stupak’s Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Vegas World was a casino/hotel opened in 1979 on Las Vegas Boulevard owned and operated by Bob Stupak. It was also signed as Bob Stupak’s Vegas World.

Stupak bought the land on which he would eventually build Vegas World with money he raised himself and from his father’s friends. On March 31, 1974, he built a small slot joint called Bob Stupak’s World Famous Historic Gambling Museum. Although, on May 21, the place burned down when an air conditioner caught fire.

After the fire he managed to persuade Valley Bank to lend him more than $1 million to complete what would be known as Vegas World. Vegas World opened on Friday, July 13, 1979 with 102 rooms, with the motto “The Sky’s The Limit”. Bob Stupak developed weird and original rules for traditional games, like double exposure  21, where the dealer would deal both of his card face up. Another of his successful promotions was his direct-mail coupons offering value packages, and his ad were often seen in the back pages of magazines like the National Enquirer.

At its peak, Vegas World made $100 million a year in gambling revenues.

Vegas World is remembered by some as one of Vegas’s most unusual and quirky casinos. Vegas World closed on February 1, 1995, in order to make room for its successor, the Stratosphere, Stupak’s dream project. Stupak died in September 2009.

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Las Vegas 360: 5 years of Blogging on Las Vegas

July 3, 2016

Thank you - 5 years

On this date: July 3, 2011. Well…, that is how most of the posts start out. But, it has been 5 years since the LasVegas360.com’s original web site – (started in 1999) was converted to a blog format from a basic set of static web pages.

The original web site was just a series of 360 degree panoramic photos of the Las Vegas Strip, Downtown and Red Rock Canyon. There were thousands of photos taken with a small digital camera and stitched together to build all the panoramics. The original photo shoot was a big expedition that took place back in 1999. On foot, the journey started at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, (still surrounded by desert) all the way to the Stratosphere. You can see long gone sites like the Onmimax, Imperial Palace, and Wet-n-Wild. Now this collection of photos needed a home, so they where dumped onto the newly created LasVegas360.com website.  With hundreds of static pages to maintain it became difficult to maintain and they sat there for years not doing too much. Along came a piece of software called WordPress, a long weekend, hours of configuration and uploading the LasVegas360 blog sprung to life.

Nowadays, the site basically composed of posts made up of historical events, photos, and things to do around the Las Vegas area. If you are a history buff ,take a look at the History section. There is the Daily Neon, which is a photo collection of today’s and yesterday’s past neon signs. It is hard to believe in just 5 years how may of the old Vegas neon signs are gone.  Off the Beaten Path is a section is dedicated to things out of the Las Vegas Area: Hiking, ghost towns and things of interest. Regardless, if you have never been to Las Vegas or you are a local, hopefully there is something you like on this site.

Over the last 5 years, there has been 480 posts, half a million visitors, and thousands of photographs added. LasVegas360.com, is just a small hobby and does not get the love that it deserves. I hope you find it to your liking and “Thank You” to everyone who has visited.

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