In the western United States, right in the middle of the Mojave Desert, is the city of Las Vegas. Las Vegas often hosts presentations of the world's best brands.
The city beckons with the opportunity to get rich quickly, and just have fun. Let's get to know this amazing city better by getting rid of common stereotypes.
Las Vegas was immediately founded as a gambling center. The city itself was founded back in 1905, but for a long time it was considered just a major railway station. Here the trains stopped, going from west to east and back. Surprisingly, today the city has no rail links with the rest of the country.
The city was founded by gangster Bugsy Siegel. Locals themselves believe that Las Vegas, as a gaming center, was founded by one of the most violent bandits in the history of the country, Bugsy Siegel. Allegedly, it was he who built the first Flamingo casino near Highway 91. This route goes through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles. There is a legend according to which a domineering and cruel gangster dreamed of building an oasis in the desert. But as soon as the establishment began to make a profit, Siegel was killed by his own friends. This myth was popularized by many local establishments and companies. But Bugsy Siegel wasn't the founder of Vegas. The name of the founding father of the city of entertainment is precisely known. It started with Bill Wilkenson, founder of the Hollywood reporter and gambler. He hired decorator Tom Douglas and architect George Russell to make his wishes come true. The Flamingo Casino was supposed to serve the rich in California. But over time, Wilkenson realized that he did not have enough funds to complete the project. Then he turned to the mafia to invest money and take the development of the project under its control. So Bugsy Siegel just got what was already built before him.
Flamingo was the first casino in the city. In 1931, gambling was allowed in the state of Nevada. By 1940, there were almost 9,000 players in Las Vegas. The first real casino in Las Vegas was called "El Rancho Vegas", it appeared in 1941, 5 years before the opening of "Flamingo". The establishment was made in the style of the "Wild West", which was not new for those times. The uniqueness of this casino was that it became the first on the highway number 91. And the institution became the prototype of modern analogues, here they tried to provide customers with a full range of services, trying to keep it as long as possible.
Only gambling lovers go to Las Vegas. This myth can be debunked if you look at the income structure of MGM Mirage, one of the largest casinos in the city. It turns out that only 40% of the casino's profits come from gambling. The rest of the income comes from the renting of expensive and stylish hotel rooms, the sale of food and drinks, exciting rides and children's shows. Back in 1999, income directly from games was 50%, and this figure is gradually decreasing. According to these statistics, people spend their holidays in Vegas not only through gambling. Luxurious hotels were built all over the city and they began to hire great chefs. And the types of night entertainment have become much more diverse. People have where to spend their money in addition to casinos.
Las Vegas is the capital of gambling. Since 2006, Macau has been considered the gambling capital of the world, followed by Singapore. In the gambling enclave in southern China, gross gambling income was $ 33.5 billion! This is 5.5 times more than all of Las Vegas earns in the same period.
In Las Vegas, only the rich can afford a vacation. The city also offers inexpensive rest. It is easy to find many proposals for its organization. So, in Las Vegas there are several interesting places that are available for free visiting. For example, the habitat of lions at the MGM Grand Hotel. There you can watch predators walking through the spacious premises. Tourists are impressed that only thin glass separates it from the lion. The list includes the dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio Hotel. This bundle of water, light and music works in perfect sync with each other. The dance is really mesmerizing. Another free Vegas attraction is Fremont Street. The shopping street is completely pedestrianized and protected from the sun. Moreover, the roof is also a screen. The computer can simulate a severe North African thunderstorm, with lightning and heavy rain. You can save money if you do not stay in a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, but find a hotel in a couple of blocks. There are free private taxis in most areas that will take you to the Strip at any time.
Las Vegas is under the control of the mafia. Gambling entered the city even before crime laid hands on casinos. However, it's no secret that big money has poured into Las Vegas thanks to the likes of Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Lucino and Meyer Lansky. These mafiosi became famous not only due to criminal activity. After World War II, criminals realized the full potential of Las Vegas as a gambling capital. And in the 1940s, the city really became closely associated with the mafia. But this could not last forever. In the 1980s, the FBI took over Las Vegas. The Mafia quickly sold the establishments it controlled. Now casino owners are clean before the law.
Prostitution is legalized in Las Vegas. This myth is not so straightforward. Existing Nevada laws allow any city with a population of up to 400,000 to open licensed brothels. But the number of Las Vegas in 2010 has already exceeded 580 thousand, and it is constantly growing. By 2008, there were 28 legal brothels in the city, but since 2009 prostitution has ceased to be legal under local laws. Brothels have been open in Nevada since the 19th century; they began to receive licenses since 1971. The famous Mustang Ranch premium brothel operated from 1971 until 1999, when federal authorities denied the establishment a license due to frequent tax violations. Nevada has passed legislation prohibiting prostitution outside of legal brothels. Even officially working brothels were banned from advertising their services in states where prostitution is prohibited. So brothels are located in the surrounding small towns.
Kids in Las Vegas have nothing to do. This is absolutely not the case! The casino owners themselves understood that they also needed family clients. Back in 1976, even when gambling was legalized in Atlantic City, casino owners decided to fight for their leadership. Vegas had to offer people something new, the race began to create a family resort here. This is how the city has become truly universal for tourists, and remains so today. There are many interesting things for children. You can visit the Mirage Hotel, where a full-size sailing ship of corsairs is located in Pirate Bay. He exchanges gun shots with the British frigate. There is the Grand Slam Canyon water park at the Circus Circus casino. There is a parody of the Grand Canyon with a 30-meter copy of the Havasu Falls. The 40-meter mountains and raging mountain streams have been recreated. Guests experience an unforgettable experience overcoming this stream and falling from the height of the waterfall. There are also quieter entertainments - M @ M's World offers sweet food on four floors. In the interactive Las Vegas Zoo, you can hand-feed birds and animals. And in the Palace of Caesar, the real Atlantis was recreated. You can also relax in nature, and it is completely free. So, in Clark County, Westlands Park is laid out on 40 hectares, where you can safely walk and watch birds. And he works around the clock. Summer school vacations usually coincide with the off-season in Las Vegas. So you can have a cheap rest there.
In the Las Vegas show, only stars that have been released "in circulation" participate. Once upon a time such a situation really existed, but not now. In addition to the now classics Britney Spears and Selion Dion, you can also meet the rising stars of the world show business. Producers don't hesitate to bring promising talent to Vegas. This is an opportunity for them to reach a new level.
It is impossible to win at a Las Vegas casino. Many people believe that the city's establishments, even in principle, do not allow their visitors to win. In fact, hitting the jackpot in Vegas is quite possible. It should be understood that casinos always received more money than they gave. And almost all games have unflattering reviews from losers. The casinos simply have no right to adjust the results, risking their reputation and license. There are many services that check establishments for honesty. Casinos give away up to $ 10 billion in winnings a year.
It's easy to find work in Las Vegas, because almost no one lives there. For some reason, many people think that locals spend all their time in casinos and strip clubs. And although Las Vegas is visited by 40 million guests annually, almost 600 thousand people permanently live here. But do not look for them in casinos or in tourist favorite places. Las Vegas residents are quite conservative and prefer to stay away from the lights and hustle and bustle.
Las Vegas has more churches per capita than anywhere else in America. Surprisingly, many sites consider Sin City to be the most spiritual. There are about 600 churches, temples and synagogues in the Vegas area. They represent over 60 denominations, wedding chapels are not included in this list. For a district population of 1.8 million, the ratio is one meetinghouse for every 3,000 people. Nevertheless, there are places in America with an even higher rate: Wheaton, Illinois, Key West, Florida, Nashville, Tennessee. It is difficult to say which city is worthy of the title of the most spiritual. And the figure of 3000 people per church is not at all uncommon for America.
The underground casinos contain millions of dollars. This myth is easy to believe after watching the movie "Ocean's 11". Casinos really need to have millions of dollars in cash to pay out the craziest winnings anytime. The amount of money is calculated using a complex formula. But this is clearly not the 150 million that the film is about. Where the money is kept, whether in underground storage facilities, the casino management, of course, does not tell.
The original MGM Grand hotel was blown up and rebuilt. On November 21, 1980, 87 hotel guests were killed in a fire caused by faulty wiring. Most of the victims were poisoned by carbon monoxide on the upper floors. After eight months, the renovated hotel was reopened. This time, all the premises were equipped with a fire protection system. The ill-fated rooms were rented too. The myth of the MGM Grand explosion turned out to be so popular that it is often told to tourists.
The Imperial Palace looks like a swastika from above. The hotel was opened in 1979 by Ralph Engelstad. He became famous after he twice celebrated Hitler's birthday. It happened in 1986 and 1988. The celebrations took place in a secret hall of the palace among the jewels of the Nazis. In 1989, Engelstad even agreed to pay the state $ 1.5 million for insulting the image of Nevada. Aerial photography of the hotel debunks this myth; the shape of the palace has nothing in common with the swastika.
In Las Vegas casinos, people are drugged to keep them gambling. Many people play for a short time, quietly leaving the casino. Only a few sit there for a day, spending all their funds. But these are sick people, not drugged by any means. It is no secret that most casinos do not have clocks or windows, but this is a common and accepted technique to keep customers interested.
Las Vegas is just buildings in the desert. There are plenty of things to do around the city itself, with a few minutes drive from the hotel. There is Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, parks. Nearby are the Valley of Fire and Death Valley, Hoover Dam. If driving is not intimidating, then the beach is already four hours away.
There is no small business in Las Vegas. Small businesses really cannot get into the center, but in recent years they have begun to appear en masse on the outskirts. We are talking about restaurants and small shops, including niche ones. Vegas lags behind most other American cities in terms of small business development, but the situation is gradually changing.
In Las Vegas, you can drink alcohol anywhere. In America, drinking in public is strict. But the state of Nevada has no law prohibiting this. Each city is given the right to set its own standards. Taking into account the reputation of Las Vegas, it is not surprising that it is allowed to have fun here, including with the help of alcohol, even on the street. But at a certain time, the ban is still valid. This happens several times a year and not on the Las Vegas Strip.
In Las Vegas, you can only work as a servant or a prostitute. There is quite a decent job in the city. Clarks County is the fifth largest school district in the country. There are many teachers in Las Vegas whose students live right there. There are also many businesses based in the city that have nothing to do with the entertainment industry. These are both law firms and technology companies, the online trading giant Zappos.
In Las Vegas, summer is all year round. It seems that here, in the middle of the desert, there is constant heat. And the locals don't get out of bikinis at all. It is really hot in the city in summer, but the desert climate is such that it is very cold in winter. In Las Vegas, snow can fall at this time of the year, the average temperature in winter is only 3-4 degrees.
In Las Vegas, you can get married in a state of intoxication or unconsciousness. This myth is often replicated in films. The heroes who are on a spree in Las Vegas suddenly discover that they got married at night. But this is a cinematic cliché. The ceremony is held only in sound mind and sober memory. We must also swear before the clerk that the intentions are true.
Las Vegas marriages are not valid in Russia. After the ceremony, the marriage certificate can be made valid for Russia as well. To do this, you need to get a document, an apostille, send it to our country. You will also need a notarized translation of documents. You should come with them to the FMS and get stamps in your passports. A marriage entered into in Las Vegas will be considered legal on the basis of the Russian Family Code.
In Las Vegas, you can quickly and fictitiously marry. In the city, you can get married really quickly, but quite officially. In this case, the documents will be valid. This is what attracts many young people to the city, who get the opportunity to commit an impulsive act. You must pay a fee of several tens of dollars, be of legal age, and have a photo ID. There is also an opportunity to undergo a ceremony of repeating the oaths of allegiance. It looks like a wedding, but no paperwork is required. Usually successful spouses use it.