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Atlantic City boardwalk as seen from the water.
For a long time, Atlantic City was considered the Las Vegas of the east, attracting gamblers and partiers from the nearby cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. for getaway weekends with its combination of casinos and beaches.
On paper, one would think this proximity and outdoor setting would give it a natural advantage over Vegas, a destination that's closest major market is five hours away (Los Angeles) and that relies on artificial environments (pools) to entertain its guests. For a long time, especially during the 1980s, Atlantic City held its own against Sin City. The last few decades haven't been as kind, however, although there was at least hope that it could once again return to these days of glory.
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Little known fact about Las Vegas's McCarran Airport: it was founded by George Crockett, a descendant of Davy Crockett, who originally named it Alamo Airport in his ancestor's honor. Other little known fact about LAS: it's the only airport where we've ever seen someone get turned away at the gate for being too drunk to board a planeand that's happened twice.
Drinking is as much a part of the modern commercial aviation experience as ignoring the flight attendant's safety instructions, because your only job as a passenger is to get to your seat and pass out. Imagine being too drunk for that. In the morning.
So naturally we were thrilled to learn that they're opening liquor stores on the premises, adding to the elegant ethos already provided by the 1,000+ slot machines scattered around the terminals. It's a little weird to think of gambling in an airport when there are casinos within a couple minutes' drive. But we suppose that there's always one more quarter that could be left behind, since the money you bring to Vegas stays in Vegas.
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Thanks to the blizzard in the Northeast that hit just after Christmas, we were stuck in Las Vegas, which, as any visitor who has spent more than 3 days there and wandered off the Strip knows, is a very small town. We got bored, and fast. Thanks to our boredom, however, we started picking up on the details of the city, like all the slot machines with quirky themes.
And in and amongst all the "Cougarlicious" and "the Monkees"-themed machines, we tracked down the only ones that mattered: the Three Travel-Themed Slot Machines Found in Las Vegas Casinos...
It's hard to believe that it was only last winter that the first Cougar Cruise happened, setting sail onboard a Carnival ship to debaucherous ports of call. Nevermind that Air New Zealand then fell to a love of cougar in the skies, the cruises continued and we are now coming up on the Third International Cougar Cruise.
This time around, Norwegian is hosting the ladies and the men who love them, and they've got something special on board for the three-night Bahamas sailing; they're debuting the Cougarlicious slot machines at sea.
Marina Bay Sands Casino
Singapore is angling to attract more and more mainstream tourists, what with the new Universal Studios Singapore and an airport that boasts a sick-looking four-story slide. Heck, we found out last night that even this season's Top Chef cheftestants are traveling to the Southeastern Asian country for the show's finale. But who knew that Singapore had a booming casino scene?
The casinos are getting credit for helping the country surpass the 1 million tourists mark in one month for the first time in July, according to AFP. And tourism officials hope to see up to 12.5 million people visit Singapore this year.