Las Vegas Interesting Facts

Written by Iulia Pascanu

Las Vegas isrepparttar capital of world gambling. Everybody knows that. The question is not only "how" but also "who" made it become what it is now.

The three kings

Many have had their days of glory inrepparttar 110044 state of Nevada. But these three step out ofrepparttar 110045 crowd, as they gaverepparttar 110046 name ofrepparttar 110047 game.

Frank Rosenthal

He isrepparttar 110048 best sports handicapper inrepparttar 110049 history of Las Vegas. He used to be called "Las Vegas King", "Guru", or something that he surely is: a genius. He inauguratedrepparttar 110050 first sports and race book, at Stardust Hotel & Casino. Every casino in Las Vegas copied his invention afterwards. He used to run four casinos atrepparttar 110051 same time, duringrepparttar 110052 1970's and early 1980's: Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda, and Marina.

Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal inspired one ofrepparttar 110053 leading characters inrepparttar 110054 "Casino" book and movie (performed by Robert de Niro), thoughrepparttar 110055 story doesn't speakrepparttar 110056 entire truth, he says. You can find Frank at his own web page

Steve Wynn

Partially, he has made his apprenticeship with Frank Rosenthal. Finally, he "dethroned" him. He is now chairman of Mirage Resorts, that includesrepparttar 110057 largest hotel inrepparttar 110058 world, MGM Grand. Some of his success is linked torepparttar 110059 name of E. Parry Thomas, known asrepparttar 110060 only banker in town, at that time, who would loan money to build a casino. Rosenthal himself describes him as a "a very skilled mind".

George Wingfield

The two "kings" were preceded by George Wingfield, a major figure inrepparttar 110061 history of Nevada, since 1912. He used to be characterised as "the owner and operator of Nevada". Two businesses got himrepparttar 110062 glory: mining and gambling. He moved to Nevada atrepparttar 110063 begining ofrepparttar 110064 20th century. As an active politician he struggled to get gambling and divorce legalised. Gambling was re-legalised inrepparttar 110065 state of Nevada in 1931. The same year,repparttar 110066 famous six-weeks divorce law was approved. Ironically, nowadays, 230 marriage licenses are issued every day in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas & The Movies

Written by Iulia Pascanu

Sunny Las Vegas hosted hundreds of movies or movie-scenes. Some of them gotrepparttar Oscar. Others got lost onrepparttar 110043 way. But Vegas surely remains a classic attraction for film-makers sincerepparttar 110044 glory ofrepparttar 110045 Rat Pack days.

To be completely fair,repparttar 110046 early 60's weren't reallyrepparttar 110047 first screen action days in Las Vegas. Frank Sinatra's first movie, Las Vegas Nights was set back in 1941. However,repparttar 110048 Rat Pack Days are always a good point to start.

The Rat Packs

Five gentlemen in Las Vegas: Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Frank Sinatra. Good friends. Loved to party. And of course, they had their own favourite place to hang out, that was Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (which was demolished in 1996, nowadaysrepparttar 110049 site ofrepparttar 110050 Venitian).

The Rat Pack Days begun in late 50's, somewhat as a reaction torepparttar 110051 Cold War early days;repparttar 110052 guys came up withrepparttar 110053 ideea of having their own "summit of cool" in Las Vegas; it lasted seven years. Asrepparttar 110054 Sands performing scene wasn't enough for them,repparttar 110055 mighty five moved further to movies and recordings.

The seven years brought out seven films: Some Came Running, Ocean's 11, Sergents 3, 4 For Texas, Robin andrepparttar 110056 7 Hoods, Marriage onrepparttar 110057 Rocks, and Cannonball Run II. Ocean's 11 (1960) isrepparttar 110058 most famous one, and also benefited from a modern remake (2001), starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. The action in new Ocean's 11 involves robbery scenes at Bellagio. The Rat Pack, released in 1998 for cable TV, includes scenes from The Sands.

The King

The good old days gave usrepparttar 110059 classic Viva Las Vegas (1964), featuring Elvis Presley, who sings his heart out forrepparttar 110060 beloved "sin city".

Later, in 1970,repparttar 110061 King starred a documentary filmed atrepparttar 110062 International Hotel, nowadays Las Vegas Hilton (Elvis: That'srepparttar 110063 Way It Is).

The 1979 Elvis, a memorabilia to The King, stars Kurt Russell. The story goes on in 1988 with Elvis and Me, inspired by Priscilla Presley's autobiography. The 1995 BBC documentary The Burger andrepparttar 110064 King: The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley seems to have closedrepparttar 110065 Elvis & Las Vegas series, up to this moment.

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