Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hail Ceasar...

(A Weekly Top Shot entry)

I'm not a gambler and never have been.  The experiences of a past life watching people around me taught me, if you think you're going to win big, you might as well just write a check to the casino owners.  It just ain't gonna happen!

Shot through the windows of an overhead walkway, you can see how empty the streets were.
The casinos have taken a hit from the poor economy and have passed it along to their patrons.
However, going into a casino with the understanding that the trip is purely for entertainment is another thing.  And this time I brought my camera...something I was really unsure about.  Heaven forbid some big casino security guard come over and confiscate it.  But, I took my chances and acted like so many other tourists.
 'Jewels' hang from the ceiling of the atrium where the high-end shops are located.
These stores were empty.

All that glitters...the view from the top of the escalator is quite beautiful, it gives you an 'I-feel-great' feeling.

Weather check...we were out on the boardwalk briefly.
The winds were so strong, they had to sandbag the casino doors to keep them from blowing open.

I needed this trip with friends. It was entertaining. There were lots of laughs. And, yes, I did make a deposit BUT it was in the budget. The next visit will be planned around 'comps!'

Ooooooo, at this point, I actually thought I was in Rome!


  1. Sand bags at the doors, who would think that? It all does look rather empty... but so glad you took your camera... my philosophy is the worst that can happen is they ask you to stop taking pictures.. Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #49!

  2. Great compositions! And lovely colour and pattern. You might like to share your work on Mandarin Orange Monday :)

  3. The decor at casinos is always a bit over the top and really fun to shoot. I've never had a problem taking photos in Vegas, so I think you're good.
    We always treat a night at the casino as entertainment - we expect to lose it all, so if you come out ahead, that's a bonus!

  4. Wow! Empty is right! We have an Indian casino in our community and it always surprises me that it has so many cars parked in the lot. It doesn't trade on the glamor and glitz as you've shown here. Just the warm, fuzzy dream of easy riches. But it is a big local employer and the enterprise has been a source of economic development for the tribe, which is doing very well. Assumably better than Caesars.

  5. how sad .. i guess everyone is in vegas ..

  6. We were married in Vegas in 2001 -- stayed within our budget. Did more sightseeing in the desert than in town. We'll never go again, but it was an experience. :)

  7. This reminds me of the Jack Lalane fitness centers...


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