Las Vegas Casino Hotels and Resorts

Las Vegas StripLegalised gambling in Nevada came into full swing in the early 1930’s and unlike the rest of the United States, which was battling the ravages of the ‘great depression’, Las Vegas was booming. VariousĀ  casino hotels and resorts s have since been established in the city.

The nearby Hoover Dam construction project got underway employing thousands of locals, and the gambling industry, although still in its infancy, proved to be pretty lucrative. Confidence was high, and although the advent of the Second World War put a temporary halt on expansion plans, the city fathers realised the enormous potential of legitimate gaming.

A decade later the very first hotel-casino was built, on what is now the Las Vegas strip – the El-Rancho Vegas Hotel-Casino. The success story is history, a building boom had begun and hotel-casinos were popping up all over the city. One of the more famous hotel-casinos, which still exists today, sixty-two years later, is the Flamingo Hotel, originally owned and run by the notorious mafia boss, Bugsy Siegel.

Competition was rife and in an effort to attract more gamblers, the hotel-casinos not only offered free drinks, but also provided free entertainment for their patrons. Shows became more and more fantastic, and a variety of topless revues were brought in from Europe including the Folies Bergere, the Lido de Paris and Minsky’s Follies.

When gambling was legalised in Atlantic City in the 1970’s the casino bosses recognised that they had to offer more than their New Jersey counterparts. It was the era of the megaresorts. Entire theme parks were constructed by the casino bosses in an effort to draw the crowds.

  • Luxor is a replica of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb, pyramid and all.
  • Excalibur features medieval practices like jousting, and guests are entertained by court jesters in the ‘castle’ casino
  • MGM Grand Hotel & Theme Park, the biggest of its kind, boasts tennis courts, swimming pools, a massive casino floor, theatres and much, much more
  • New York New York features replicas of the ‘Big Apple’ like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

Even though these megaresorts have all the excesses, the top ten casinos today are more of the traditional hotel-casinos of the 1940’s and 1960’s. The famed Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, Mandalay Bay, Paris Las Vegas and the Monte Carlo are possibly the best examples of the traditional gaming houses which attract the more serious punter to their tables, roulette wheels and slot machines.