Why Las Vegas Is Still the Gambling Capital of the United States

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For many years, Las Vegas was considered to be the gambling capital of the world but has since been surpassed by Macau in China. Even so, there is no city in the United States or anywhere on the North American continent that can compete with Vegas. So why is Las Vegas still the gambling capital of the United States? Some of the reasons may just surprise you.

Gambling Is Not the Only Attraction

When Vegas was in its heyday, many tourist attractions sprouted up to keep families of gamblers amused while their ‘feeling lucky’ relative was at the tables or the slots. With a huge number of venues that are not related to gambling in any way, shape or form, Las Vegas still attracts more visitors than any other ‘legal’ city because of these attractions. Many people bring their kids along to sample and buy world famous Hershey’s chocolate at Hershey’s Chocolate World, Las Vegas. Actually, Hershey’s Chocolate World is well loved by gamblers and non-gamblers alike because, who doesn’t love chocolate? Whether you are in town alone or have the clan along for the ride, this is one stop you certainly must make.

Competition Increasing by the Year

One of the biggest reasons that Vegas was a gambler’s paradise for so many years is the fact that many states simply outlawed gambling in any form. In fact, some even went so far as to prevent church carnivals from taking bets on such things as the dunking booth and the shooting booth. When players would compete against others, bets were taken. Even counting those states where gambling is still a crime, there are more than 24 states now that have gambling on Native American reservations and offshore on riverboats. Some of these actually see bigger numbers than some of the casinos in Vegas so gambling in and of itself is not the same attraction in Las Vegas as it once was.

Hotels and Restaurants a Huge Draw

When Las Vegas was at the height of its popularity, a great number of 5 Star restaurants and hotels made their presence known in Sin City. Just as those attractions such as the adult heavy equipment playground and Hershey’s Chocolate World made their mark on the local economy, so too did these fancy restaurants and hotels earn a place in the tour guides. Many restaurants and casinos are actually part of those hotels and quite often package deals enable players to stay at the hotel for free or at a drastically reduced rate because they want your dollars going to the house tables.

Location Is Everything

Besides the fact that many states don’t allow gambling, the location of Las Vegas is a key consideration. The weather is typically warm to hot and there is no snow ever to contend with. While people do fly into Vegas from every area of North America as well as from every continent around the world to gamble, it should be understood that there is also very little else to do for hundreds and hundreds of miles. South Florida, for example, allows offshore betting where the cruises need to go out a certain number of miles in order to be in international waters. The betting can’t commence until they are a certain distance from shore. But even so, when not on board the cruises, there are literally tens of thousands of other activities that visitors can enjoy so a trip to the area is not limited simply to gambling.

World-Famous Entertainers Appear on the Club Circuit

Many of those amazingly popular restaurants in the grand hotels throughout Las Vegas also have dinner shows for their guests. Some of the biggest names in entertainment make the Vegas circuit so gamblers book their stay in a city where they can place their bets but also spend an evening with their favorite celebs and being served dinner and cocktails. Las Vegas attracts some of the most talented chefs in the world for this very reason.

So then, why is Las Vegas still the gambling capital of the United States? The main reason is probably because Vegas has been synonymous with gambling for generations. Also, there is much to see and do here and it is the only city within a very wide radius that has any major attractions or gaming tables. With all these things considered and the iconic name Vegas has made for itself for the better part of a century, if not longer, there should be no question why it is still the gambling capital of the USA.

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The 7 Best Food and Drink Options in Canada

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Canada is perhaps best known for its mountains, waterfalls, vast open spaces, wildlife, and Justin Bieber. Hockey is also a national obsession with a chain of donut shops named after a famous hockey player. It is also a country of many contrasts. The French-speaking provinces are distinctly French whereas cities such as Calgary and Vancouver are very cosmopolitan in feel.

There is one thing Canada is not so famous for and that is its food and drink. Ask any traveler what their favorite cuisine is and they will probably reply Asian or Italian. Nobody ever says Canadian food, because it is not exactly a well-known global cuisine. Yet there are some amazing specialties in Canada.

Different regions have their own food and drink. Many are simply a unique way of serving up traditional ingredients, but if you look around you will find some wonderfully quirky dishes, great quality wines and awesome craft beers brewed in local microbreweries. Here is a quick guide to some of the best food and drink options you are likely to come across on your travels.


Not a lot of people outside of Canada have heard in poutine, but this is the star attraction on any Canadian menu. Poutine is a simple dish. You take a plate of fries and cover them in gravy and cheese curd. The end result is very fattening and very delicious. Canadians love them and so will you.


Stew is a staple dish in Canada and Canadians consume more stew than any other nation in the world. This should come as no great surprise if you visit Canada in the winter, as nothing keeps the chill off better than a hearty plate of stew.


No, this is not a real toasted beaver’s tail. There may well be beaver’s tails dished up in a restaurant way out in the middle of nowhere, but thankfully, this particular dish is a bit more appetizing.

BeaverTails pastries are a dessert fashioned to look like a beaver’s tail. The dough is stretched out and decorated with sweet treats such as ripe bananas, caramel, crushed Oreo biscuits and chocolate spread. It is delicious and a firm favorite with locals. Probably not the best choice for anyone on a diet, but hey, you only live once.

Montreal Bagels

Montreal is famous for its bagels. In Canada, bagels are served up as a breakfast treat. Montreal bagels are smaller than traditional French bagels, but the hole in the middle is larger. These bagels are super sweet, as they are soaked in honey water, baked in a wood-burning oven, and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

You will find Montreal bagels in coffee shops all over Montreal, so grab a coffee and a bagel, and watch the world go by as your taste buds blast into orbit.

Mini Donuts

Canadians love their sweet things. Maple syrup and waffles anyone?

Donuts are very popular in all parts of Canada and a trip to any branch of Tim Hortons will reveal a wealth of different donuts to tempt you. Timbits are a mini donut, which is best served with lashings of hot coffee. The fact a Timbit is so small means you can eat them with a clear conscience. Just remember that ten or more adds up to a lot of sugar. Tasty!

Montreal Smoked Meats

Montreal is also famous for its smoked meats. Smoked meat Montreal-style is brisket marinated for a long time, so you end up with a thinly sliced meat that is so tender it literally melts in the mouth. Unlike many smoked meats, Montreal meat is not as sweet. I would not go as far as to say it’s good for you, but if you like smoked meat, you could do a lot worse in terms of calorific damage.

Tourtiere Meat Pies

Tourtiere is a Canadian meat pie, but unlike a traditional meat pie served up in an English pub, this version contains spices and all kinds of different flavorings. There are no rules when it comes to making a Canadian Tourtiere. You can use any meat you like, although pork is the most common, and added vegetables are heartily recommended. As long as the filling is contained within a tasty pie crust, your meat pie is a winner.

Maple syrup is a staple ingredient in many Canadian dishes, even the savory ones. Expect to see Maple syrup everywhere, from coffee to tea and bacon. If you have a sweet tooth, you will be in seventh heaven.

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