It should not surprise anyone that Las Vegas is a gambling mecca. The red-hot Sin City has hosted some of the biggest gambling events in the world, including the World Series of Poker, the Stanley Cup, the Nevada Sportsbook Super Bowl XLIII, the World Series of Poker, and theugar bowl. Not to mention the fact that it’s the only city in the U.S. to be home to two professional sports teams (The Raiders and the Nuggets). Nowadays, Las Vegas is also home to a lot of non-professional teams that have become fixtures on televised coverage of sports. With all this going on, one would have to say that gambling has something to do with Las Vegas.
But let’s get back to the question at hand: Is gambling a part of las Vegas? When things get ugly during the Great Depression (when things were petering out, and people were literally leaving the state like houseflies), Nevada once again had an excellent idea. They said: “Guys. Stay home. As 토토 of right now gambling is perfectly legal.”
The World Gambling Event
A month later, on August 13th, 1931, the first gaming event in the entire world was held in las Vegas. On that day, Nevada’s legislature passed the Gambling Law. That law specified that all games of chance require a license. Ever since, the Gaming and Racing Commission have tried to maintain that the “Gambling Law” does not apply to video poker machines, although many courts have ruled in recent years that they are gambling in the eyes of the law. In fact, according to the Gaming Casinos Policy, all video poker machines sold in Nevada are “prohibited from” use by minors.
Ever since the passing of the Gambling Law, there has been no large-scale gambling taking place in Nevada. Casinos and gaming halls in Vegas continue to operate as normal, but the tax base provided to local municipalities for social programs and government services, such as food stamps and education funding, are still intact. On the other hand, because gambling is still illegal in Nevada, it is an attractive target for “problem gamblers”. Those with addictions to gambling money or alcohol tend to migrate to cities and counties with poor education, low healthcare, and high crime rates, such as Las Vegas.
Famous Bellagio Casino
One example of this is the so-called Bellagio casino, which sits just outside of las Vegas’ city limits. Bellagio Properties, Incorporated, the company that owns and operates the Bellagio, is owned by two Italian men Mario Bellagio and Frank Malfatti, who were former partners in what is now the infamous Enron corporation. There is also a town across from the Bellagio, Fenton, that is known for its heavy-duty prostitution trade. So, the area surrounding the Bellagio has little to offer tourists interested in gambling but plenty to offer them who are interested in what is known as the “bellagio strip”.
Although many cities in the U.S. have gambling and/or strip clubs attached to their public amenities, the Bellagio is one of the few to have the entire building designated as a casino. In fact, only the second floor (the main room where gambling takes place) is available for use for gambling purposes. Bellagio properties are well-known among las Vegas real estate buyers because of the relatively high returns. The Bellagio has the most slots, poker machines, billiards tables, video poker, craps and blackjack games of any of the Las Vegas casinos.
While many people mistakenly believe that the Bellagio is the home of the glamorous and highly-celebrated Bellagio Hotel and Casino, it actually is not. The original Bellagio opened in 1923 as a saloon and gambling establishment. While there were originally many rooms available, they quickly shrank due to lack of popularity. Today, the Bellagio boasts three casino floors, an award-winning restaurant, live entertainment on the premises as well as a full-service spa and fitness center.
One of the more interesting side stories about the Bellagio is that, in the 1970s, the hotel was sued by the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC). A representative from the NGC visited the Bellagio in that year, complaining to the manager about the lack of gambling on the second floor. He was not allowed to enter the building. Since then, the Bellagio has strictly prohibited gaming on its floors. There are still live operators at the Bellagio who allow a select number of card games and live roulette.