I’ve been indulging my fascination with Sin City – “Las Vegas” – ever since my weekend trip.
It probably all started with a casual comment from my friend B while we were leaving Wynn. She was wondering when will the gardeners of Wynn have a chance to care/move/replace flowers/plants in the botanic garden at Wynn. Because during the day, it was full of tourists, at night it was full of gamblers/drinkers/party-goers. She concluded that it must be around dawn. As she reached her conculsion, we reached the front door and the door man opened the door for us. So i thought, these are the people who really know the stories of the city. All the behind the scene gossip about casino owners, celebrities and in general the real life behind this non-stop show that we see.
So I’ve been googling like mad since my return. First on blackjack rules, the statistics, the basic strategy. Then on designers/owners/developers of the casino/hotels that i liked: The Venetian, Bellagio, Wynn.
I want to know who made these places and which kind of people they are. I want to know who work and live here, and which kind of people they are. I wasn’t disappointed. Came across a couple of good residents view of Vegas, one in Chinese, one in English.
Turned out that Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio and Wynn are all designed/build by the same guy: Steve Wynn. He seemed to have an obsession with water.
The Venetian owner is a different guy: Sheldon Adelson, who happened to be the number 3 on the richest American list on Forbes.com.
It is truly an intersting place, that’s full of colorful characters.
- Blackjack basic strategy, per wikipedia.
- Steve Wynn
- Blog on Vegas: The Moveable Buffet. The writing is not bad at all, lots of insider news of Vegas’ local politics, show review, celebrity sightings, and celebrity gossip, etc., all with a fun native perspective. Here are some of the intersting entries i enjoyed:
- Chinese women in Vegas (in chinese)
- Today’s top hottest club in town, where celebrities like to go and play: