Why Las Vegas is such a popular place for stressed-out people

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Even now, with the world in the grip of a global health crisis, Las Vegas native Stacey L. Tokunaga still manages to see the best of her town. While she still urges everyone to stay home to help in the battle against COVID-19, she highly recommends that when this is all over, people visit Las Vegas to relax and let their stresses out.

While the main danger of the COVID-19 pandemic is in one’s physical health, specifically in their lungs and heart, it can be seen the world over that the crisis’ psychological effects have been just as heavy as the economic effects and almost as troublesome as the physical illness itself.

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Stress is a real killer. Anyone who says otherwise has never really felt stress on a level that affects every aspect of a person’s life. That said, stress can be overcome. Fortunately, over the years, experts from mental health fields have come together to list down a myriad of activities that people can engage in to help them overcome stress.

One of these activities is playing games. And this is why Las Vegas is such a popular place for people who are stressed out by their daily lives – because it is America’s favorite playground. Here, people can play games and have a chance to relax to their heart’s content.

However, Stacey L. Tokunaga also mentions that for people to relieve themselves of stress in casinos and anywhere else, moderation should be practiced at all times.

Getting to know Las Vegas series: The UNLV

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Stacey L. Tokunaga is extremely proud of Las Vegas. It’s her town. As readers of her blogs can see, Las Vegas truly is a place for everybody. There are pleasant surprises at every corner, and there’s something to do for each visitor.

It may surprise some people to know that the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is one of the main tourist attractions in the area. The campus gets visitors regularly who watch home games of their favorite sports teams and who wish to take a gander at a school that they may want to attend.

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Located in a suburb of Las Vegas called Paradise, UNLV is a public research university. Aside from its intensive research programs, UNLV is also known for its topnotch hospitality courses. Famous luminaries have attended many of the school’s major events.

The roots of UNLV can be traced all the way back to 1957. It was founded by the Nevada Board and was called the Southern Division of the University of Nevada. However, it didn’t have a class yet. That would come when the University of Nevada, Reno decided to open a class in Las Vegas High. The first batch of UNLV graduates completed their degrees in 1964. There were 29 students.

Ten years after having its first class, the school was formally named the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, notes Stacey L. Tokunaga.

The biggest wins in Las Vegas history

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The word jackpot is always associated with winning something big. In Las Vegas, winning a jackpot can instantly turn one’s life around. There have been many guests who checked-in at a casino hotel who look forward to trying out their luck at either gambling or the many slot machines. However, only a few have ever won multi-million dollar jackpots. Las Vegas resident Stacey L. Tokunaga claims that this is part of the charm of Las Vegas. Here are some of the biggest wins in Las Vegas history.

The biggest winner so far in terms of luck has been Elmer Sherwin, a World War II veteran who first won $4.6 million during the opening of The Mirage. After winning, Sherwin frequently visited the slots to become the first person to win the jackpot twice. Sixteen years later, he would again win $21 million in the same Megabucks jackpot he had won previously.

The winner of an Excalibur Casino jackpot wanted to remain anonymous after winning $39.7 million while waiting for a basketball game. So far, it had been the biggest payout in Las Vegas history, notes Stacey L. Tokunaga. The man decided that he would collect $1.5 million each year for the next 25 years as his payout method.

Not all of Las Vegas’ biggest winners won from slot machines. Kerry Packer, an Australian billionaire, won somewhere between $20 and 40 million by playing blackjack and baccarat. There was even a rumor circulating in Las Vegas that he tipped his doorman a million dollars. However, it hasn’t always been all wins in the world of gambling. Packer would reportedly lose $28 million in a casino in London.

Lastly, an elderly woman in the Palace Station Hotel won $600,000 in one of the casino’s Wheel of Fortune machines. Seeing if she could try her luck, she stayed in Vegas for several more months until she won $27 million in the Megabucks jackpot. As Stacey L. Tokunaga points out, some people just don’t know when to quit.

What to know when traveling with a group to Las Vegas

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Stacey L. Tokunaga believes that Las Vegas is one of the greatest places in the world for tourists. And while a lot of visitors travel by their lonesome to explore the city, Stacey explains how much more fun it is to visit Las Vegas with friends.

However, one of the sad realities of group vacations is that unless one person in the group has the time and really loves to plan out vacations and all the logistics that come along with it, busy people won’t even bother. Fortunately, there are commercial vacation packages that can be taken by groups.

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Stacey L. Tokunaga recommends this to people planning to visit Las Vegas since it’s easier, safer, and relatively cheaper.

As for Vegas itself, it has everything enjoyable for groups of people. From shows and casinos to theme parks and outdoor adventure trails, Las Vegas has it all. Las Vegas, being a major resort city, more than lives up to its status as the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Even when traveling with a diverse group of people, individuals can still find something to satiate their needs, from massive shopping malls to luxurious hotels to jaw-dropping theater shows to fun swimming pools to the best night clubs and bars to exquisite food establishments, Stacey L. Tokunaga adds.

What are the odds of winning in Las Vegas?

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When people visit Las Vegas, it’s almost mandatory to try their luck out on the many casinos all over the city. And as Las Vegas resident Stacey L. Tokunaga notes, there are so many ways to choose from that some people may find it hard or intimidating to step inside a casino. People always assume that gambling is just a waste of money and that they have to be lucky or highly skilled to win. Just how lucky do a person need to be to win in Las Vegas?

Slot machines

Slot machines are one of the most popular means of gambling in Las Vegas. Because of how little one needs to play, many people get hooked and spend hours sitting in the slots. In order to hit the jackpot, the odds play somewhere between 1 and 4,000 and 1 and 16,000,000 depending on the slot machine. What’s great about slot machines, explains Stacey L. Tokunaga, is that certain combinations give players certain amounts of prizes.

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Blackjack is a simple enough game with very few cards in play. The goal is to have a hand that’s better than the dealer’s. A person’s chance of winning is about 42.22%. There is a small chance for a tie, but the chance of losing is close to 50%. Still, these odds are quite generous.


The chances of winning on a roulette table vary on what the person bets on. If a person is betting on a color, their chances of winning are 50-50. However, the house has a slight edge because of the extra green zero and double zero on the wheel. One can even choose to bet on numbers that can payout 36 to 1, which is also the odds at winning, explains Stacey L. Tokunaga.

Pawn Stars: How a pawn shop became one of Las Vegas’ most famous tourist spot

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The story behind Pawn Stars — Stacey L. Tokunaga

A pawn shop may seem like a normal business in a city like Las Vegas. A lot of people eventually want to sell their old antiques and collectibles for quick cash, while others simply want to pawn their valuables and get them back at a later date. However, one pawn shop in Las Vegas stands out among the rest. And that’s the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, home of History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.” Stacey L. Tokunaga.

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Gold and Silver Pawnshop was opened in 1989 by Richard “Old Man” Harrison as a 24-hour business and was passed on to his son Rick Harrison. What put the business in the map was the show “Pawn Stars,” which first aired in 2009. The show mainly follows the daily operations of the pawnshop, featuring unique items that customers bring in, showing a little history behind the item being sold, as well as the deal the pawnshop tries to offer for the item. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

The show was a great success as it intrigued millions of audiences around the country. And because of their fame, more and more people enter Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, hoping to sell them something special. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

Among the many items the store has bought includes a genuine 2001 Patriots Superbowl Ring, a Dutch East Idea Company ship bell, JFK’s cigar box, a custom Gibson Les Paul owned by Les Paul, Babe Ruth baseball cards, and many more. And because of the show’s popularity, it also attracted several celebrities and high-profile customers such as Dana White, Steve Carrell, Bob Dylan, and Phil Collen. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

Museums to visit in Las Vegas

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A date with arts and history. Stacey L. Tokunaga

People who go to Las Vegas often look forward to a weekend of fun, gambling, and watching premier shows. There are enough tourist spots to go through an entire week, or possibly longer. But a lot of people also go to several museums in the area to further their thirst for knowledge and culture. For those who are planning to visit Las Vegas any time soon, here are some must-see museums to include in the itinerary. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

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Mob Museum: Formally known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, the Mob Museum offers an insightful look into Las Vegas’ past. A lot of people today might not know, but in the past, Las Vegas was run by mobsters, which the police weren’t able to pin down like Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro. The museum also features other infamous mobsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano. The museum lets people learn the many techniques law enforcement used to bring these organized crimes down. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

National Atomic Testing Museum: In the early days, Nevada was known as a test site for nuclear weapons. In fact, people in Las Vegas can visibly see mushroom clouds within the city limits in the past. Between the 1950s and 1990s, there were over 2,000 tests done in the Nevada desert. Today, tourists can learn more about this in the National Atomic Testing Museum. The museum features underground tunnels from the actual testing site, as well as an interactive movie simulating watching an atomic blast from afar. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

Hollywood Cars Museum: Some cars are more famous than others, especially those who have been featured in film or on television. In the Hollywood Cars Museum, tourists can see original and replicated cars from movies, as well as beat up cars used in stunts. Some cars visitors might encounter in the museum includes Kit from Knight Rider, the Batmobile from Batman Returns, and the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. Stacey L. Tokunaga.


Being a tour guide: Surprise tourists with these Las Vegas facts

Stacey L. Tokunaga. Being a tour guide in Las Vegas can be quite a lucrative endeavor. After all, it doesn’t take a psychic to see that the city is indeed America’s favorite playground, and it attracts millions of tourists. However, knowing the city isn’t enough if one were to become a tour guide. Here are a few interesting facts about Las Vegas that may surprise even the most cynical visitors. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

There are approximately 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas.

That number is continuously increasing because of nonstop construction projects. However, the surprising point here is it would take a person over 340 years to spend a day in each of the hotel rooms in Las Vegas. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

In the list of 25 largest hotels in the world, 19 can be found in Las Vegas.

In connection to the previous fact, 19 of the world’s largest hotels are in Las Vegas. In fact, the four mammoth structures at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue have more rooms than all the hotels in San Francisco. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

Mormons, Mormons, and Mormons.

While Utah may have the largest Mormon population in the world, Las Vegas isn’t that far behind. A surprising fact is that Mormons are the employees of choice of the early mobsters who ran Las Vegas casinos since the Mormons never gamble and are mostly trustworthy. So, mobsters never had the need to call the police. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

Baccarat is an extremely big game.

While there are only 250 baccarat tables in Las Vegas, the average amount made per table totals to almost $4,000,000. Baccarat tables are notorious for attracting the highest rollers in town. Stacey L. Tokunaga.

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