Interesting facts in Las Vegas

Many have had their glory days in the state of Nevada. But those three steps away from the crowd after giving the game its name.

Frank Rosenthal

It is the best sports handicap in Las Vegas history. He used to be called "King Las Vegas," the "Guru," or something he certainly is: a genius. He inaugurated the first book on sports and competition at the Stardust Hotel & Casino. The Las Vegas casino casino copied his invention afterwards. He ran four casinos at the same time, during the 1970s and early 1980s: Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina.

Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal inspired one of the lead characters in the book and movie "Casino" (played by Robert de Niro), though the story doesn't tell the whole truth, he says. You can find Frank on his website

Steve Wynn

In part, he has done his training with Frank Rosenthal. Finally, he "destroyed" it. Now he is chairman of Mirage Resorts, which includes the world's largest hotel, the MGM Grand. Some of his successes relate to the name of E. Parry Thomas, known as the only banker in town at the time, who would borrow money to build a casino. Rosenthal himself describes it as a "very capable mind."

George Wingfield

The two "kings" were preceded by George Wingfield, a leading figure in Nevada's history, since 1912. He was once characterized as "the owner and operator of Nevada." Two businesses received glory: mining and gambling. He moved to Nevada in the early 20th century. As an active politician he sought to legalize gambling and divorce. Gambling was legalized again in the state of Nevada in 1931. The same year, the famous six-week divorce law was approved. Ironically, today, 230 marriage permits are issued daily in Las Vegas.

America's gold mine

After South Africa, the state of Nevada is the largest gold producer in the world. The Golden Nugget Hotel shows the largest gold nail in the world ever found, weighing 61 pounds.

The most famous owner of the mine in Nevada's history was George Wingfield. He also owned every bank in the state. The Goldfield Mining Consolidated Company, which he led along with Senator (at the time) George S. Nixon, made them both multi-millionaires.

The state of Nevada's "next gold mine" is gambling, after gambling activities were legalized in 1931. In 2003, Las Vegas gaming gross revenues were $ 7,673,489,000.

This "gold mine" closed its doors only once in history: on November 25, 1963, for the national mourning of assassinated President George Kennedy. The story did not repeat itself in the early days after 9/11. In fact, Americans polled on the topic saw Las Vegas as a place to escape tension.