Think you know your Vegas? What you don’t know may still shock you; be sure to check out no. 13, it’s ‘killer’…
1. Myth: Shills or starters are used at blackjack or craps tables to make players lose their focus. They are however littered throughout playing floors at slot machines to illicit excitement by letting out random Whoops and Has!
2. Truth: Howard Hues, refused to leave his hotel room. So, he bought it for $13 million dollars.
3. Truth: Camels were used as pack animals up until 1870 in Las Vegas.
4. Truth: Water structures are locally known as having gray-water. This is water recycled from every day household use (sinks and showers).
5. Truth: $20 tips can get you an upgraded hotel room. Try this trick Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday nights are too busy to accommodate such requests.
6. Truth: A fireball killed slot machine users at a casino. In 1980 the MGM Grand Casino killed 85 people as a fire swept through the 26-floored building. Some guests refused to leave their slot machines and were incinerated as a fireball exploded through the first floor lobby extending out toward valet drivers.
7.Truth: It is Nevada state law that video slot machines pay out at least 75% on average.
8. Truth: Cesears Palace waitresses were at one point in time sown into their dresses.
9. Myth: Club cards alter the success of winning at a slot machine.
10. Myth: Bugsy Siegel invented the Las Vegas Strip.
11. Truth: Some casinos’ managers will allow a prearranged return of 10-15% of loses. But you must be a High Roller for this agreement to work.
12. Truth: There is an estimated 1,000 people living underground in tunnels throughout the city.
13. Truth: In March, 1980, Sunrise Hospital of Las Vegas suspended employees betting on when certain patients would die. Jani Adams was even accused of having murdered one just to win the bet. In June, 1980, charges against Adams had dropped and her license was reinstated allowing her to go back to work.
14. Myth: Prostitution in Las Vegas is legal.
15. Myth: Casinos pump oxygen in the air to keep their players awake and alert.
16. Truth: A Black Book with blocked names refused entrance into the city does indeed exist in Las Vegas.
17. Truth: Many hotels do not have a floor beginning with the number four. It seems 4 is an unlucky number in some Asian cultures. Why risk the loss in business?
18. Truth: Casinos give double shots to liquor up guests faster.
19. Truth: Strip clubs give you free rides in company limousines. Sapphire and Spearmint Rhino are two such casinos with this policy.
20. Myth or truth: This last one remains unsettled. All you need to know is that Ted Binion was an eccentric billionaire. And that he buried his secrets and monetary assets in multiple locations, including a 12-foot-deep vault. (Only two people were known to carry the combination: Binion and vault’s maker Rick Tabish.)
Binion hid most of his loot in the vault, with other tidbits scattered along his property. The man died in what appeared to be a seeming-suicide cover-up by his girlfriend and her boyfriend (recently acquitted of the charges involving Binion’s death). Two days after his death, officials found the vault maker digging up the buried vault and unearthing its treasure.
Because there is no proof in the rumor, it remains an urban legend that money and other valuables may still be stashed in his manor at present. Most of Binion’s wealth remains lost to this day.