The Romans were great innovators and an all-conquering empire. Tales of their conquests are still recounted to this day.The same can be said of an American pioneer, Jay Sarno. Sarno was the brainchild behind Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. A 4-diamond luxury hotel so grand and so opulent, it set the benchmark for what the world has come to know as a VIP experience. Opening on August 5 in 1966 at a cost of $24 million, Caesar’s blew the competition away and wasn’t like anything Las Vegas had ever seen.
What it’s all about
At 14 stories and with 680 rooms, the Roman Towers were colossal and outrageously over the top in every way imaginable. The inauguration ceremony of the hotel on August 5, 1966 saw Sarno and his partner Nate Jacobsen spend one million dollars, a LOT of money at the time. They made the largest order of Ukrainian caviar ever placed by a private organisation to satisfy the expensive tastes of their guests.
They weren’t done there, as they also ordered two tons of filet mignon, 300 pounds of Maryland crabmeat and 50,000 glasses of champagne to wash it all down with. Distinguished guests were greeted by Cocktail waitresses in Greco-Roman wigs who would and say “Welcome to Caesars Palace, I am your slave” upon their arrival.
Famous people have been there
As with everything in Vegas, Caesar’s has seen its fair share of action. Frank Sinatra once got into a heated row with one of their managers leading to a gun being pulled and death threats being exchanged. A multi-functional venue, Larry Holmes and Ken Norton also fought one of the greatest fights in heavyweight history at the Caesar’s Palace Sports Pavilion in 1978. Perhaps the most dramatic thing to happen was Daredevil Evil Knievel’s attempted motorcycle jump over the resort’s fountains on New Year’s Eve in 1967. Unfortunately, a hard landing resulted in several serious broken bones and a 29 day coma.
What to expect in the modern day
Caesars Palace is now owned and operated by Caesar’s Entertainment. As of July 2016, the hotel has 3,976 rooms and suites in six towers and a convention facility of over 300,000 square feet. The hotel has a large range of restaurants, including several serving authentic Asian cuisine to cater to wealthy East Asian gamblers. From the onset, Caesar’s Palace has been oriented towards attracting high-rollers with a penchant for the finer things in life.The modern casino facilities include table games such as blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and poker among other titles. Caesar’s has a massive 4500 foot square poker room that operates 24/7 and a large number of slots tables. Caesar’s is an enduring monument of greatness, the original embodiment of top of the line entertainment and luxury. The ultimate place to put it all on the line and live like a king!
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