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A Las Vegas Tradition

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I have been going to Las Vegas since I was 21. Do the math... that is over 35 years, and for the first 25, I was very loyal to Caesar's Palace.

At the risk of sounding like an old woman, "Ahhhhh, THOSE were the days!" The slots were looser, the tables were cheaper, certain restaurants that used to be there are gone, and those $2.00 frozen vodka lemonades at the pool are now $7.00. My room was ALWAYS comped, and along with it came free meals, coupons, offers, prizes. New towers were built, the Forum Shops opened and then expanded, the Cinemax dome was torn down to make way for the Colosseum, Celine arrived, and the party was, if not over, different! Progress? Maybe, maybe not.

The hotel ownership changed several times. Emperor's Club became Boardwalk properties, and in the past several years Caesar's Palace was purchased by Harrahs. My 8000 saved points that never expired and could have been cashed in for $800 was gone overnight with no notification. (I thought of it as another bank account.) Points now expire in 6 months if you don't come back and gamble. So we DO! Can't lose those points!

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I still love staying at Caesar's, especially in warm weather, as I do love their pools in "the Garden of the Gods". I usually get a better deal (like FREE) at a sister property, Paris. The one thing that has not changed is that we always spend at least ONE evening gambling at Caesar's. Why? Because I win more!

Here's the reason. Since my first visit, immediately upon entering the hotel, I walk to the front door, right up to the statue of Caesar, and link my finger with his. I say, "Hail Caesar" with a salute, and then go off to play or shop or have dinner. It works!

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Comments (5)

I've never been to Vegas!

Love this post!

I seem to be completely devoid of the gambling gene, but this has me thinking
differently now.

Jo:

We spend many vacations in Vegas and see every show we can, but neither of us has ever bet a penny. Still one of our very favorite places to be.
RosieJo

Barb Cabot:

I love your history with this city. It is a crazy unreal town for sure...this glitzy place dropped in the middle of the desert. I love it. We leave for our annual Thanksgiving holiday there next week. Maybe I'll have to give your little "Caesar" ritual a go. Thanks for the great photos too.

I remember the "old days" too. The Sands Hotel, the original Aladdin (where I saw Elvis in the bar), the Desert Inn. Watching a Frank Sinatra show from his private table. Those were the good old days!

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