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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Slick's Las Vegas Then and Now: 28th in Series

Floating Crap Game, Sand's Pool
Over a year ago I posted a series of episodes from Slick's unpublished manuscript, Slick's Las Vegas Then and Now. Inadvertantly, I left off the last couple of chapters. January 1, 2011 was the last entry, "Las Vegas Then & Now." So today I'm posting:

More Then & Now…
·         Stratosphere is where Vegas World Casino was
·         Mandalay Bay has replaced the Hacienda
·         Bellagio is where the Dunes once stood
·         Venetian property once held the Sands
·         Mirage has replaced the Castaways

Sure, there are a lot of others that have seen the wrecking ball. But this gives you an idea of what's happened through the years. Here's a pretty decent map showing the history of Strip casinos

A few older Strip casinos that are still around:
·         The Stratosphere
·         MGM Grand
·         Flamingo
·         Rivera
·         Sahara
·         Mirage
·         Bally’s
·         Harrah’s

For a terrific look at the Strip when the Mob ruled Las Vegas, check this out:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What Folks are saying about the Mob Museum: A hit or a miss?

The Real Donnie Brasco

Surveillance tools

Check here for recent takes on The Las Vegas Mob Museum:

and here for a New York Times slide show: