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Journalist Remembers When Las Vegas Was ‘America’s Monte Carlo’ | Bet-Now
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Journalist Remembers When Las Vegas Was ‘America’s Monte Carlo’

ByBet-Now

Mar 29, 2021

Posted on: March 28, 2021, 03:45h. 
Final up to date on: March 28, 2021, 05:34h.

Larry Henry Learn Extra

By means of the years, some Las Vegas casinos have related themselves with glamourous Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. Now, these days are gone, in keeping with KSNV-TV Channel 3 reporter Tom Hawley.

Firefighters reply to a blaze on the Monte Carlo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip in 2008. The resort later modified its identify to Park MGM. (Picture: Los Angeles Occasions)

Hawley just lately stated throughout a “Video Vault” report on Channel 3 that no identify has been employed extra to get clients into Las Vegas casinos than “the glamorous centerpiece of the Principality of Monaco.”
Hawley’s weekly “Video Vault” segments discover completely different features of Las Vegas historical past, together with developments within the on line casino business and the Mafia’s affect a long time in the past in Southern Nevada.
The newest phase regarded on the approach Las Vegas casinos used glamourous Monte Carlo as a advertising instrument. 
The development dates again to the years even earlier than on line casino playing was legalized in Nevada in 1931. Within the Nineteen Twenties, the Northern Membership on Fremont Road in downtown Las Vegas referred to town as “The Monte Carlo of America,” Hawley wrote on the station’s web site.
In 1932, the Northern Membership’s identify was modified to the Monte Carlo. The Silver Membership in downtown Las Vegas referred to as itself the “Monte Carlo of the Desert,” the veteran reporter famous. 
Years later, the Flamingo On line casino on Freeway 91 branded itself “America’s Monte Carlo.” The Flamingo was opened in December 1946 below the path of gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel on the desert freeway to Los Angeles. This freeway now known as the Las Vegas Strip. It’s dwelling to greater than 20 main resorts.
‘A Minimize Above’
Michael Inexperienced, a UNLV historical past professor, stated on the “Video Vault” phase that the Monte Carlo in Monaco has been related to the elite.
In Las Vegas, use of the Monte Carlo identify steered these native properties had been “a minimize above” the sawdust joints, he stated.

Loads of Western casinos within the olden days would declare they’re the ‘Monte Carlo of the West,’” Inexperienced stated. “It is smart to be the Monte Carlo of Las Vegas.”

A more moderen model of that identify was unveiled on the west facet of the Strip on June 21, 1996, with the opening of the 32-story Monte Carlo hotel-casino. 
This got here throughout a growth within the Nineteen Nineties in megaresort building on the Strip. The development growth gained steam after on line casino developer Steve Wynn opened the Mirage in 1989 on the west facet of the resort hall.
No Extra Monte Carlos
The Monte Carlo on the Strip was closed briefly after a three-alarm fireplace on the highest six flooring in January 2008.
Improper welding sparked flammable foam blocks on the resort’s ornamental crown construction, Hawley stated. Nobody was critically injured.
In Might 2018, the Monte Carlo’s identify was modified to Park MGM. Now, for the primary time in a century, there aren’t any direct Monte Carlo tie-ins in Las Vegas, Hawley stated.

Inexperienced stated Las Vegas is “well-enough identified that we actually don’t want to connect ourselves to Monaco’s coattails.”

“Possibly in Monaco, there’s now a Las Vegas resort, for all we all know,” Inexperienced stated.
Park MGM is close to T-Cellular Area, dwelling of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. Final fall, Park MGM turned the primary smoke-free hotel-casino on the Strip.

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