Las Vegas is a strange city. Often described as an adult’s playground, Las Vegas is known as a place where (almost) anything goes. Here are a few weird facts about the city that gave Elvis a second chance, gambling is not only welcome but encouraged, and the place that Andre Agassi calls home.
The Las Vegas Strip isn’t really in “Las Vegas”
Las Vegas is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, but the most popular part of the city is technically located in an unincorporated town called Paradise. Paradise also includes McCarran Airport and UNLV.
Ann Margret and Elvis got married in Las Vegas…
…Just not to each other. On May 1, 1967, Elvis married Priscilla Bealieu got married at the Aladdin Hotel, which has since been replaced with Planet Hollywood. One week later, Ann Margret married actor Roger Smith at the Riviera. Ann and Roger’s marriage lasted until his death in 2017; Elvis and Priscilla divorced the following decade.
It’s illegal to have a party house in Las Vegas…
Unless you’re registered with the city. Clark County has strict regulations against party houses, and Las Vegas only allows them under heavy restriction. This doesn’t include a typical house party like the ones you throw for a graduation or holiday; this just means you can’t operate a nightclub out of a residential dwelling.
You can’t sell dentures to a pawn shop
If you’re looking to sell your old set of teeth for some extra gambling cash, think again. It’s illegal for any pawn shop to purchase used medical equipment since state law requires detailed records on every item purchased by a pawnbroker. This creates a conflict when it comes to protected health information, since that record would have to be shared with any subsequent purchaser of the item.
Gambling (was) illegal in Las Vegas
This was during the time when what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. From 1910 to 1931, in the days when Las Vegas was little more than a glorified resting stop, you couldn’t legally gamble in Las Vegas. This changed, thankfully, in 1931 when construction on the Hoover Dam first began, changing the landscape and the economy of this city for good.