Las Vegas Interesting Facts
Many have had their days of glory in the state of Nevada. But these
three step out of the crowd, as they gave the name of the
He is the best sports handicapper in the history of Las Vegas. He used
to be called "Las Vegas King", "Guru", or something that he surely is: a
genius. He inaugurated the first sports and race book, at Stardust Hotel
& Casino. Every casino in Las Vegas copied his invention afterwards.
He used to run four casinos at the same time, during the 1970's and early
1980's: Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda, and
Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal inspired one of the leading characters in the
"Casino" book and movie (performed by Robert de Niro), though the story
doesn't speak the entire truth, he says. You can find Frank at his own web
Partially, he has made his apprenticeship with Frank Rosenthal.
Finally, he "dethroned" him. He is now chairman of Mirage Resorts, that
includes the largest hotel in the world, MGM Grand. Some of his success is
linked to the name of E. Parry Thomas, known as the 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 in
the history of Nevada, since 1912. He used to be characterised as "the
owner and operator of Nevada". Two businesses got him the glory: mining
and gambling. He moved to Nevada at the beginning of the 20th
century. As an active politician he struggled to get gambling and divorce
legalised. Gambling was re-legalised in the state of Nevada in 1931. The
same year, the famous six-weeks divorce law was approved. Ironically,
nowadays, 230 marriage licenses are issued every day in Las
Vegas.The gold mine of America
After South Africa, the state of Nevada is the largest gold producer in
the world. Golden Nugget Hotel displays the world's biggest gold
nugget ever found, that weights 61 pounds.
The most famous mine owner in the history of Nevada was George
Wingfield. He also owned every bank in the state. Goldfield
Consolidated Mines Company, that he ran together with senator (at that
time) George S. Nixon, made them both multi-classics.
The other "gold mine" of the state of Nevada is gambling, since gaming
activities were legalised in 1931. In 2003, the gross gaming revenue in
Las Vegas was $7,673,489,000.
This "gold mine" closed its doors only one time in history: on November
25th 1963, for the national mourning of the assassinated
president George Kennedy. History didn't repeat itself in the first days
after September 11. In fact, Americans asked in surveys on this subject
saw Las Vegas as a place to escape the tension.
Iulia Pascanu writes for http://www.bestlasvegashotels.info/ where you can find
more information about the most famous Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos.
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