Bob Stupak’s Las Vegas Titanic Hotel Plan Is Sunk

TITANIC IS SUNK – Las Vegas legend Bob Stupak’s plans to build a casino
with the theme of the Titanic were sunk by the Las Vegas city council
because of objections by neighbors backing the area. He was planning to
build in on the site of his Thunderbird Hotel which is
located halfway between Fremont St. Experience and the Stratosphere on LV
Blvd. (the Strip). The area isn’t designated as a casino development district.

Now Mr. Stupak is looking to reopen the Moulin Rouge, a shuttered hotel on
Bonanza Rd. about a mile west of downtown. The Moulin Rouge was the first
racially integrated casino in Las Vegas. The Review-Journal has quoted
Stupak as saying “The attraction is, it’s 1999 and the black people need
their spots, The ones with their Cadillacs need a place to go. There’s a
need for it.”

Word is that Bob isn’t exactly on the A list with the NAACP after that
comment, but they can’t knock him for dumping 20 million into a minority
area that desperately needs it. Full story available at:

Rendering Of Bob Stupak’s Titanic Hotel Casino

This article originally appeared June 17, 1999 in the Access Vegas Insider Vibe

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

Golden Gate Las Vegas 99 Cent Shrimp Cocktail Update

GOLDEN GATE .99 SHRIMP COCKTAIL – The Golden Gate’s infamous .99 cent
shrimp cocktail is still the same price, but it now served in martini
glasses, which appear to be half the size of the old glasses. This is the
third glass-size reduction in 6 years to maintain the longtime price of
this special but it’s still a good deal. The Golden Gate is at 1 Fremont
St. downtown and this quaint, historic hotel can be booked online (free
price / availability search) at: Golden Gate Hotel Casino

This article originally appeared June 7, 1999 in the Access Vegas Insider Vibe

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

Review: Activities for Kids (And Adults) At Luxor Las Vegas

FEATURE STORY – Attractions of the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel

The Attraction Level (second floor) of the Luxor Hotel contains a
number of interesting diversions both for those under 21 and adults
who need a break from the tables and slots. I made the mistake of
going down and thinking I could do ALL of them in an abbreviated
afternoon and opted for the all-inclusive $22.95 ticket. Don’t try
this at home, folks! While the $22.95 is a good deal, doing these
adventures back to back is time-consuming and taxing. Either plan to
do everything over the course of two days or just pick a couple of
things to enjoy.

IMAX THEATRE – If you have never experienced IMAX 3D (as I had not),
you are in for a treat. Sitting with a close-up, unencumbered view of
a screen about the size of a drive-in movie theatre screen, you don
special glasses that actually have speakers built into them to
argument the surround sound. This isn’t the old-time 3D experience
with the funky glasses that make everything fuzzy. This experience
brings the images SO close to your face that you try to reach out and
touch them.

I saw the T-Rex show, which mixed educational information about
dinosaurs and archeology with a "touching" story about an archeologist
and his teen daughter. We were taken back in time throughout the
show, viewing dinosaurs and other reptiles that were literally in our
face time and time again. In addition, the walks through the woods
and terrain of the old world forests were brought amazingly to life
through 3D. The other two shows currently playing are Mysteries of
Egypt and The Olympics. Each show lasts almost an hour and is well
worth the $8.95 admission. (That’s less than a roll of quarters or a
couple of red chips when you think of it in gambling terms). Also,
the 9:00 AM showing only runs $6.50

IN SEARCH OF THE OBELISK – This $6.00 motion simulator ride is just a
little short on bang-for-the-buck. You are led into a futuristic room
where you see a video of a "security alert" which sets up the
adventure. Then to a waiting room where another 5 minute video further
preps you for the ride. This state-of-the-art motion simulator with
wrap-around screen does engulf you in the experience, which includes a
hair-raising ride through the Obelisk, trying to escape from the "evil
forces". At around 5 minutes, the ride was a little short, although
having just had lunch, I was happy to see it end. One of the better
standard motion simulator rides in town, even if a bit short and
pricey, but go on an empty stomach.

KING TUT’S MUSEUM – A $5.00 rip-off unless you are REALLY into this
sort of history, you take a guided tour of replicas from King Tut’s
tomb. Seemingly historically accurate, this tour takes about 20
minutes because of the narration you receive from the provided
headset. Otherwise, it would take 5. Interesting, but something that
should cost $2 tops.

WORLD’S GREATEST PHARAOH’S – This 20 minute movie, shown in the same
theatre as "Lasting Impressions" starring Bill Acosta, provides a
history of the Egyptian period of pharaohs that the theme of the Luxor
is based around. Interestingly historical, it’s a nice reprieve from
the bells and whistles of the casino. Not something to take the kids
too, but at $4.00 not a bad change of pace for an adult.

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

How To Win In Las Vegas: Slot Machines vs. Table Games

SLOT PLAYERS VS. TABLE GAMES – Slot machine wins on the Strip for
April 1999 were up 15.4% (over April 1998) while table game wins were
off 3.4%. No surprise as the old mantra of "loose slots" has been
replaced by come-ons for themed slot machines. And somebody has to pay those
licensing fees. On the other hand, intelligent table game play can
cut the casino’s edge down to virtually nothing. If you have always
been interested in the joining the fun at the tables, but are too
timid for lack of knowledge, let us suggest the book Beat the Odds :
How to Win at Gambling! by J. Edward Allen. It’s a great primer,
inexpensive, and available online at
With the
book in hand and one of those inexpensive casino software programs
available at most stores, you can practice at home and play like a pro
when you get here!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

How To Die In Las Vegas – Do Not Jaywalk!

BEFORE YOU JAYWALK – a recent published report (City Life Magazine) of
the 15 most crash-ridden intersections in Las Vegas revealed the top 3
are on Las Vegas Blvd. (The Strip):

1. L.V. Blvd./Tropicana
2. L.V. Blvd./Flamingo
3. L.V. Blvd./Sahara

We mention this because a trip to the Strip (for locals) isn’t complete without
almost mowing down a pedestrian who was rushing against the light (or
outside of a crosswalk) to get to that casino across the street before
it closes. That or the bar runs out of beer. Or maybe before the
casino cage runs out of change. Before you send the hate mail,
we are NOT trying to hit you (except for maybe the taxi drivers).
But we dread the day it might happen.

On a serious note, pedestrians are hurt and killed by autos on the
Strip far more often than you’d like to know. Folks, this isn’t
Disneyland and the person behind that wheel may also unfortunately be
just as drunk as you are. Las Vegas is going to be here for a long
time. That casino you are rushing to isn’t closing. Do yourself a
favor: obey the signals, watch for traffic, and you’ll be around to
enjoy Las Vegas for many years to come.

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas