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Las Vegas Sin City or Family Resorts To most people Las Vegas is synonymous with gambling and glitter a slightly pleasingly sinful fairyland for adults where they can watch the most entertaining performers and biggest names in show business in between bouts and playing games of chance that everyone knows favor the house Locals call Las Vegas Fun City or The Entertainment Capital of the World All I know is that this place is a place of lights and really big signs Just about everyone knows the desert gaming Mecca for lustier grubbier pursuits that have earned it a worldwide reputation as Sin City Las Vegas is really about gambling and the offshoot business attracted by the 247 preoccupation with gaming like loan sharking prostitution pawnshops and those wonderful tiny little marriage chapels Gamblers at least non-professionals tend to be impulsive people who are obsessed with chance and do things on the spur of the moment Other Cities may talk of local heroes like former Presidents generals baseball players or ice skating queens In Las Vegas hall-of-famers whose names are passed around blackjack tables roulette wheels and keno parlors are more likely to be like pokers greatest Amarillo Slim Tom McEvoy or Frank Lefty Rosenthal former sports gamblers Las Vegas didnt really begin coming into its own as a modern day international tourist center and gaming until a good looking vicious hoodlum who grew up in Brooklyn named Benjamin Bugsy Siegel He was co-founder of Murder Incorporated and came to Las Vegas planning to build huge casinos Siegel was the mobs glamour boy who could charm Hollywood beauties with one look His scams brought him nowhere but dead Since Siegels time Las Vegas has made many gangsters gamblers entertainers and cunning entrepreneurs incredibly powerful and rich People like Ted Binion started out there and became men of power and high status in the particular gambling-driven middle of Las Vegas society Then he was
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