What do you know about Las Vegas? Of course, with that name everyone imagines the city in the desert as the Mecca of great parties, entertainment, and gambling, but I wish you would read some stories about Vegas that you haven’t read or heard elsewhere. Here’s a selection of these incredible facts that you don’t already know, but will if you read them.
In 2004, a gambler bet $135,300 on a single spin of the roulette wheel at plazacasino casino and won as much as $270,600.
In 2004, Mr. Revell risked everything he had to win in Vegas. Ashley even sold his clothes when he decided to bet $135,300 on red at the PlazaHotel hotel-casino roulette in Vegas. The ball landed on a red seven, so Ashley doubled his money to $270,600. Then he gave the croupier a $600 tip and just disappeared.
In the 1950s, Las Vegas was where every tourist could watch a nuclear bomb test at a nuclear test site.
Before it became the gambling Mecca of the world, Las Vegas attracted tourists to see nuclear testing right in the desert. In the ’60s, the tests became illegal, but 10,000 affected tourists successfully sued the U.S. government for $500,000 million in compensation for their exposure to so-called nuclear radiation.
There are people living in the underground sewer pipes of Vegas.
There is an underground town under the streets of Vegas for people who do not have homes, since the Vegas sewers are sized to contain the enormous flows of water, people are as comfortable there as in full-scale apartments. The pipes were originally built to prevent the floods that periodically occur here, but still about 1,000 people continue to live in the pipes themselves. And fatalities are not uncommon.
Vegas casinos did not allow Sammy Davis Jr., a member of the musical group Rat Pack, to stay at Vegas hotels and required him to wait by the pool between musical performances.
So back to the ’50s of the 20th century. Sammy Davis Jr. was often in Vegas with the guys from the Rat Pack musical gang, Frankie Sinatra and Dean Martin. In those days Vegas had strict segregationist rules, meaning Sammy, as an African-American, was not allowed on Vegas hotel property. He was also not allowed to have a dressing room and was required to wait for his next stage appearance by the pool.