Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada, United States, the largest city founded in the 20th century, and a major vacation, shopping, and gambling destination. In the 2000 census, the city reported a population of 478,434 . The Census Bureau's official population estimate as of 2003 was 518,313. Recent figures place the population for the Las Vegas metropolitan area at around 1,950,000 people (2005 estimate ), the fastest growing in the United States.
The name Las Vegas is often applied to the unincorporated areas of Clark County that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip. This 4½ mi (7¼ km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is mostly outside the Las Vegas city limits, in the township of Paradise.
Las Vegas is sometimes called Sin City due to the popularity of legalized gambling, availability of alcoholic beverages any time (like all of Nevada), various forms and degrees of adult entertainment, and legalized prostitution in nearby counties (Nevada law prohibits prostitution in counties which have populations greater than 400,000). The nickname favored by local government and promoters of tourism is The Entertainment Capital of the World. The city's glamorous image has made it a popular setting for films and television programs-the playground for adults (only)!
Gambling Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving risking money or valuables (making a wager or placing a stake) on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity depends partially or totally upon chance or upon one's ability to do something.
Believers in the old saying about "never putting good money after bad money" offer this wisdom as a good way to keep gambling a pleasure and to stay away from gambling addiction. The saying suggests that after losing wagered money one should stop gambling and just accept the loss, instead of continuing to bet and losing even more.
In extended usage, gambling may also refer to engaging in any high-risk behavior in which decisions occur based upon incomplete knowledge - for example, high-risk stock investments (see speculation), difficult and potentially costly business or non-business ventures, or even personal relationships.
Gambling games may predate recorded history, with gambling games recorded in virtually all of the ancient civilizations. Islamic nations officially prohibit gambling; most other countries regulate it.
"Beatable" casino games With proper strategy, a smart player can create a positive mathematical expectation.
* Poker (Also recognised as a game of skill)
* Blackjack -- with card counting
* Video poker -- with proper pay table or progressive jackpot
* Pai Gow Poker and Tiles -- player-dealt
* Sports betting
* Horse racing (parimutuel)
* Slot machines -- only linked, multi-player jackpots whose prizes have reached a certain point
"Unbeatable" casino games All players must lose in the long run, no matter what strategy they choose.
* Slot machines
Then we will return to the streets! But now we are not going on any street. No! We will see the famous historic and traditional route 66! I think all of us have heard that street number!
Actually the Route 66 is called U.S. Highway 66 and the road was built between 1926 and 1938. Route 66 was the first non-stop street from Chicago to LA.
Current maps do not include the old Route 66.
Route 66 is 2448 miles long. (about 4000 km)
Route 66 crosses 8 states (that are Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California) and 3 time zones (Illinois to Texas [12 o’clock/New Mexico to Arizona11 o’clock/ Calfornia10o’clock)
Route 66 starts in Chicago, and ends in L.A. (Santa Monica).
In 1926 only 800 miles of Route 66 were paved. Only in 1937 Route 66 got paved end-to-end.
You can only drive parts of Route 66 these days... it has been replaced by the interstate highways I-55, I-44, I-40, I-15 and I-10
Route 66 is also know as "The Mother Road", "The Main Street of America"
Welcome to San Francisco!
Your Task: Study the sights of San Francisco and find the ways to the following sights.
below. Try to describe what you see on each picture.
Use the given information to tell about the sights of San
Find a way through the city (give directions). Make a plan how to get from sight to the other.
Idea: You can start your Presentation like this:
“Today it is a wonderful day in San Francisco and before the big fog will destroy our view of the city, we want to show you the nice places of San Francisco. We start our little trip at the Golden Gate Bridge (now describing the bridge) and see what is all over there, then we go south on Highway 101 along the coast to Fisherman’s Warf. We have to take Lombard Street down turn left into Van Ness Ave. After three blocks we turn right into North Point street which takes us all the Way to fisherman’s Wharf. There we see/do...