Whether you have been there or not, we are all familiar with Las Vegas. The lights, the shows, the excitement. We have seen it on TV and in movies. We’ve all dreamed of going there and changing our lives forever. Its like another world, there is so much to see and so much to do! We’ve heard of celebrity couples getting married there on a whim, only to divorce days later. We imagine the casinos, and what do we think of? Huge jackpots, people turning small amounts of money in to fortunes of a lifetime, and people dressed up in exquisite clothes sitting at the table games counting cards. We think we know all there is to know about Sin City and the casinos that line the strip. But do we really? There are some wild facts about Las Vegas Casinos that you probably didn’t know until now!

* Fed-Ex was saved by its founder, who gambled in Las Vegas to raise money for the company. In 1973, the company was struggling and had only $5000 in assets. It founder decided to fly to Las Vegas and use that money to gamble and make profits for the company. It worked. He raised over $11 million and saved the company. And the rest is history!

* The Vdara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has a reflective surface which concentrates the sun’s rays into a “death ray”. This creates dangerously hot areas around the hotel pool. It explains why guests always leave with a great tan!

* Many of us assume that employees of any company are honest and true to the company. Not so much in Las Vegas Casinos. 34% of theft and fraud in casinos in Las Vegas is committed by casino employees. Kind of hard to believe, but true!

* Howard Hughes once booked the entire top two floors of the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino. After staying longer than his reservation allowed, he was asked by the hotel manager to leave. He in turn bought the hotel and Casino for $13 million.

* Everyone loves the way the golden windows look at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. What most people don’t know is that the windows got their coloring from actual gold dust.

* A really crazy fact about casinos in Las Vegas is that all the numbers on a roulette table add up to 666! Don’t believe it? Grab a calculator and add them up!

* One of the most common casino crimes in Las Vegas is dealers trying to steal chips. For that reason, you may have noticed dealers acting somewhat strange whenever they leave the table. Upon leaving, they must show their hands to the camera, which is commonly referred to as “dusting their hands” to show that they are not walking off with valuable chips.

* Anyone who has been to the Mirage or Mandalay Bay may have noticed the coconut smell wafting through the casino. Whenever anyone asks an employee if they pump this scent through the air system, they will always reply with a “no”. Well, they are lying! Devices manufactured by Aroma Systems, Inc. do exactly that, and the Mirage and Mandalay Bay are listed as two of their biggest clients!

* Most people go to Las Vegas for a good time, not to scare themselves. However, many Las Vegas Casinos are said to be haunted! At the Luxor Hotel, three men were killed during construction. Ever since completion and the opening of the hotel, there have been reports of a ghost roaming the hallways. At the Flamingo Hotel, it has been reported that the ghost of Bugsy Siegel has been seen. Although Bugsy was killed in Los Angeles, people believe that ghosts return to places they once loved. There have also been ghost sightings at Bally’s Hotel and Casino. 84 people were killed there during the fire of 1980. There have been many ghost sightings in the older sections of this hotel and casino. People have also reported seeing the ghost of Elvis Presley backstage where he used to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino. The ghost of Justin Pierce has been seen at the Bellagio, the hotel and casino where he committed suicide by hanging himself in one of the rooms. Also, the ghost of John Entwistle has been seen at the Hard Rock hotel and Casino. He died there in 2002.

* There was a river around the casino at the Luxor when it opened. However, guests complained about the long wait for the ferry to the elevator. As a result, the hotel and casino decided to let people walk to the elevator, and kept the river as a ride called the Nile River Adventure. It was removed in 1995.

There you have it! Fun facts about Las Vegas Casinos that you didn’t know!