Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Old keno pamphlet from the Stardust casino in Las Vegas

This foldout pamphlet, which I believe is circa 1970, advertises and explains the popular keno game at the now-vanished Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Much of the 10 pages is taken up by a keno primer and charts indicating ticket costs and payoffs for various wagers.

My favorite part of the pamphlet is the two pages of advertisements for food and shopping within the casino.

They're an interesting snapshot of that time at the iconic casino, which was in operation from 1958 until 2006.

Some fun historical tidbits:
  • The Cafe Continental was a theater-restaurant offering dinner and "the lavish Lido de Paris Revue." The extra Saturday night show began at 2:15 a.m. Reservations were recommended.
  • The Aku Aku restaurant offered Polynesian food and drinks from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (It opened in 1960 and cost $620,000 to build and decorate, according to Classic Las Vegas.)
  • The Moby Dick restaurant had a multitude of seafood options, including live lobsters, Chesapeake Bay oysters, Louisiana frog legs and Lake Superior trout.
  • The buffet brunch cost just $1.99!!!
  • The Platter was an "exciting" but "moderately-price" dining room that featured complete dinners starting at $3.95.
  • The Palm Room was open 24 hours per day for your dining needs and offered a round-the-clock breakfast special for $1.19.

From the pamphlet: "You can play Keno anywhere on the main floor of the Stardust without coming to the Keno counter. Just ask any employee to ring for a Keno Runner. She will pick up and deliver your tickets. Keep in mind that we run games every few minutes, so please get your ticket in early. We are not responsible for runners failing to get tickets written on a particular game."

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