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Gambling and Casinos: A Brief History of Gambling in Las Vegas


Between the late 1800s and the beginning of 1900s gambling was brought to the area now known as Las Vegas. Explorers and seekers, during the California gold rush, settled in the area and started their gambling practices. But a nationwide …

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Remembering John D. “Jackie” Gaughan – Pioneer of the Casino World in Vegas

Jackie Gaughan

The Influential King of Downtown Vegas is No Longer With Us The undisputed legend of the casino industry in Vegas, John D. Jackie Gaughan, breathed his last on March 12, 2014. He was 93. The Omaha native had stakes in several …

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Attractions of the Casino City – What Draws Tourists to Downtown Vegas


People come to Vegas, not just in search of a little love, but also a whole lotta ‘luck’. There is a reason they call it the ‘Capital of Second Chances’. But mind you, your second chance may not be in …

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Road to Vegas


A Vegas vacation is the epitome of entertainment. One of the best parts of this retreat is that the fun starts long before you enter the Sin City. In fact, if you have a perfect troupe, you can turn your …

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How to Make Your Vegas Holiday Absolutely Worth it!


Fabulous Entertainment in Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada Even a cheap Vegas vacation is worth every minute! Wanna know the best things to do in Vegas that guarantee a fabulous time? Here are our top picks off the Vegas-to-do list that …

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Giving Back This Holiday Season


We will be collecting new unopened toys at the casino cage for the CASA Foundation, which helps children who have been abused or neglected. Any guest that donates a new, unopened gift valued at $5 or more will receive $10 …

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Sunset Magazine’s Lastest-Downtown Las Vegas Goes Big


We thought that this was important to share with our community; as downtown Vegas is being recognized on a national level! A band of visionaries is pushing past the glitz and looking toward the future. There’s this thing called downtown. …

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El Cortez Fun Facts


The original 59 room El Cortez Hotel at 600 Fremont St in downtown Las Vegas, NV was built in Spanish Colonial Revival style by Marion Hicks, John Grayson, and J Kell Houssels at a cost of about $245,000. The grand …

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Life Is Beautiful At El Cortez


El Cortez is proud to be an official sponsor of the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival. Whether you are attending the festival or not, you can get a taste of just how beautiful Life is at El Cortez with live …

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Play Downtown, Stay Downtown.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

El Cortez Hotel and Casino is the longest continuously-running casino in Las Vegas. Located off the strip in the historic Downtown area, El Cortez is the authentic Vegas experience that you have been craving. El Cortez first opened its doors …

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