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discuss casinos of the united states, from las vegas to atlantic city to indian reservations and beyond. opst pictures as well if you'd like.

my pictures of casinos:

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Mirage



New York New York





Excalibur



Tropicana



Monte Carlo



Bellagio







Caesar's Palace



Paris Las Vegas



Aladdin (now being converted into Planet Hollywood)



Stratosphere







Sahara





NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK

Seneca Niagara

 

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Harrah's New Orleans...one of the largest casino's in the world:

 

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xzmattzx said:
since when has there been legalized gambling in new orleans? when was harrah's built?
About 10 years ago.
 

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Yeah, Nate, once I walk into Harrah's, I'm lost within 5 minutes. The place is absolutely mammoth. Yeah it looks big from the outside, but, good God, the place is enormous once you walk through the doors. And the noise...wow...what energy.
 

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And The Bellagio...OMG...I spent over 3 grand there two years ago, just shopping. Best watershow I've ever seen at night, anywhere (including Epcot). That place is beyond fabulous, IMO. I took the Big Shot after dark, as well (my stomach was in my brain), and rode the coaster at NY, NY...awesome coaster (I'm a coaster lover).
 

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Sean in New Orleans said:
Yeah, Nate, once I walk into Harrah's, I'm lost within 5 minutes. The place is absolutely mammoth. Yeah it looks big from the outside, but, good God, the place is enormous once you walk through the doors. And the noise...wow...what energy.
Haha, yea same here. The place is HUGE. It's like a city within a city in there in some ways. It seems like whatever is happening outside the casino doors doesn't matter, and everyone is just having a great time. I'm not a big gambler, but I enjoy going in there sometimes, playing a few slots, getting a drink and some food, and just having a good time.
 

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All that glittersSpurred by the Borgata, Atlantic City now has many spots that sport Las Vegas-style flash, and they are drawing a younger crowd to the casino town.
By Suzette Parmley
Inquirer Staff Writer

ERIC MENCHER / Inquirer
Showing its colors: 25 Hours is an illuminated bar at Resorts Atlantic City. The city's slogan, "Always Turned On," reflects the new Vegas vibe there.
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ATLANTIC CITY - One look at this seaside gambling mecca, and it's clear this isn't your grandma's Atlantic City anymore.

The slogan "Always Turned On" sums it up. Credit the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and its popular Babes for bringing a touch of Las Vegas to this resort when they debuted almost three summers ago.

"Take a look around - it's nothing but young people," said Bernard Gilmore, 38, of Cherry Hill, as he recently waited for a $25 roulette table at the Borgata.

Other casinos added to the building boom that hasn't abated. This summer's opening of the $175 million Pier at Caesars will further revolutionize the Boardwalk. The Pier, with its luxury cruise-ship design, Times Square-like signage, and high-end retailers, including Tiffany and Gucci, is modeled after the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

A tour de force of Atlantic City on a recent Saturday night showed how the Las Vegas influence - from illuminated bars, including 25 Hours at Resorts, to celebrity chef-driven restaurants, like Mia at Caesars, to dazzling shows such as "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy" at Trump Plaza - is everywhere. Here is a sampling:

Betting on Borgata. The golden-hued, $1.1 billion Las Vegas-style mega casino altered the Atlantic City skyline and this resort city. It's a magnet for young, hip customers from Philadelphia and New York - a demographic that once rarely visited Atlantic City. Now, young folks flock here, especially on weekends.

Like Greg Melillo, 26, a craps player from New York who stayed at the casino for his bachelor party.

"This is the place to be, for the nightlife and gambling," Melillo said as he rolled the dice.

The Borgata is a leader in headliner entertainment, but it also is known for its elegant decor and high-limit table games. It features 11 restaurants and two bars. B Bar sits in the middle of the casino floor and is packed on weekends, as is Gypsy Bar, which features live local bands, and the MIXX, a restaurant that turns into a club on weekends.

Showboat and the House of Blues.Christened by rap star Eminem last Fourth of July weekend, the $68 million House of Blues brought hip entertainment to the Boardwalk.

The design of HOB features lots of neon and sophistication. Before a concert, try the Creole jambalaya and the Florida Key lime pie in the restaurant. The casino features a 45-table poker room and special HOB slot machines.

The theater seats 2,200 and offers 200 live shows a year. April's concerts included INXS, which brought swarms of young people. There's live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Monday featuring local musicians.

"It's good for kids under 21 to go to for concerts," said Dana Inferrera, 18, of Cumberland County, N.J. "It's a really nice place."

The Quarter at Tropicana. Salsa dancing, anyone? There's plenty of it when both floors of the Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar transform into a multilevel nightclub after 11 p.m. on Saturdays. Cuba Libre and eight other restaurants and three separate bars, including 32º, make up The Quarter. The $285 million mega-retail, dining and entertainment complex at Tropicana casino opened in November 2004.

The Trop hasn't been the same since. Even the locals are impressed.

"It's nice to get away and get dressed up," said Allison Hunter, 23, of Wildwood, as she shopped, dined, gambled, danced and bar-hopped at the Quarter. "It's something new and different."

Modeled, like the Pier, after the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Cuban-themed Quarter has put Atlantic City on the map for high-end retail and fine dining.

"I can't believe this is New Jersey," said Sam Hertzinger, 26, from New York, as he sat at the fountain and gazed up at the palm trees under an enclosed skyscape. "This is just like Vegas."

Rock the Casbah at Trump Taj Mahal.A makeover is in the works at Donald Trump's flagship casino. The Casbah nightclub was the first casino dance club in town. It bills itself as "A.C.'s hottest dance club and luxe lounge," and underwent a redesign in January for a more modern look.

If you go on any Saturday, be prepared to wait in long lines that snake into the lobby long before the nightclub's 10:30 p.m. opening. Once inside, Casbah dancers strut their stuff on two platforms above the bar. Behind them are a half-dozen large screens that display multicolored visuals that are constantly changing.

The visuals, combined with pulsating music and strobe lights, create an experience for the senses that takes you into the next day. The Casbah stays open from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Fridays, and until 6 a.m. on Saturdays.

"The music is great, and the crowd is hot," said Krista Annucci, 27, from Randolph, N.J., who joined friends on the Casbah dance floor for her bachelorette party. "People are having a great time."


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