Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rollin' The Dice

What do authentic Las Vegas dice have to do with Carpenter Avenue Classics?  Well, several of them show up in one of their signature pieces which will be unveiled in the near future.

These particular dice have been in our family for years.  My step-father Frank used to go on gambling junkets from New York back in the early sixties and seventies and brought them back as souvenirs.  Smart Gaming dot come describes junkets as, "Junket programs in those days were pretty straightforward. Casino operators would hire junket reps to fill a plane with qualified gamblers. These players would get free airfare, free hotel accommodations, free meals, free shows (and just about anything else they wanted) in exchange for their commitment to gamble a specific number of hours per day at an explicit average bet size. The casinos of course were gambling that the players would lose more than their out of pocket expenses for bringing, housing and feeding them."

The red dice up front bear the name of the Aladdin hotel.  The Aladdin opened in 1966 and a year later was the location of Elvis and Priscilla Presley's wedding.  The hotel formally closed its doors in 1997 and in 1998 the entire original resort was imploded to make way for a new casino.

Having visited the original hotel in my youth, I feel lucky to still have a little piece of it!

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2014: You Can't Sleep Here But You Can Get A Fruit And Veg Fix
2013: Mommy And Me Kickin' It At The Yacht Club
2012: Dinner At The Diner
2011: My Guitar Hero
2010: The Competition Is Getting Fierce
2009: A Little Smooch Makes Everything Taste Better
2008: The Greatest Spectacle In Racing
2007: Jalapenos Basking In The California Sunshine
2006: Millions Of Miles Of Knowledge
2005: Midnight Snack

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