Twenty fun facts about Las Vegas

We’ve unearthed twenty facts about Las Vegas which you might find fun to look at before you visit the Entertainment Capital:

1. The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino was the first hotel and casino in Sin City. It opened in 1906

2. Gambling was legalised in the state of Nevada in 1931

3. Most of the Strip is not actually in Las Vegas but in Clark County

4. The largest sum won on slots was at the Excalibur in 2003 and was $39.7 million

5. The back of the famous Las Vegas sign says ‘Drive Carefully Come Back Soon’

6. Las Vegas had over 36 million visitors in 2009

7. In 2005 the City of Las Vegas had its 100th birthday celebrating the auctioning off of 110 acres of land in the Downtown area in 1905

8. In Nevada the cost of a marriage licence is $60

9. The lovely scents which waft through the Bellagio, the Wynn, the Venetian and City Center are provided by a company called AromaSys

10. There is no income tax in Nevada

11. To make the Bellagio hotel seem smaller and closer than it is each window spans four rooms. It’s not the only hotel to use this trick so remember this when you’re walking around

12. Even though Sin City is in the desert there are lots of water features on the Strip such as the Fountains of Bellagio. The water used is grey water which is recycled from the bathrooms in the hotel (not the toilets)

13. People stay an average of 3.7 nights in the desert city

14. Elvis Presley performed at the Hilton Hotel 837 times

15. Boulder City was built specifically for the Hoover Dam workers live in

16. By law, video slot machines in Nevada have to give at least 75% back to the player

17. Nevada is the leading gold-producing state in America

18. The number four is unlucky in the Chinese culture therefore the Wynn and the Rio do not have any tower floors that start with four

19. There are currently 1701 licensed gambling places in the entertainment capital

20. Actual gold was used in the creation of the windows at the Mirage hotel

And that's it for our twenty fun facts about Las Vegas.
Have a great trip!

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