Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Opened April 20, 1955, it was the first high-rise resort (9th resort on the Strip) with nine stories comprising of the casino, shops, and over 2,100 rooms. Expanded (1988-1990), closed in 2015, and imploded on August 16, 2016.

Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Opened April 20, 1955, it was the first high-rise resort (9th resort on the Strip) with nine stories comprising of the casino, shops, and over 2,100 rooms. Expanded (1988-1990), closed in 2015, and imploded on August 16, 2016. submitted by frecklefactor to Lost_Architecture [link] [comments]

Riviera hotel-casino (and possibly Peppermill) next to bite the Vegas dust

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Riviera Hotel and Casino Sold to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Will Be Demolished

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Watch Las Vegas' Infamous Riviera Hotel and Casino Implode in Demolition

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Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise, the Riviera Hotel and Casino, to be imploded tomorrow. Michael Corleone unavailable for comment

Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise, the Riviera Hotel and Casino, to be imploded tomorrow. Michael Corleone unavailable for comment submitted by farklinkbot to fark [link] [comments]

The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is imploded

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A Good One Shot

Be me, Jeremiah Monroe, secretly a bandit named Six Shot Stevens
Have gang of fellow bandits, been banditing since we were kids
Be geriatric as fuck
Not me:
Old lady who is secretly a witch and lives in the forest
Random fortuneteller who is a sham
Magician named Ziggy Stardust who has a voice in his head named Wiggy (voiced by Michael Caine)
British burglar
Blood magic user
Gm is the gamblepriest/doctor from my usual campaign, trying his hand at deadlands
Las Vegas, 1880:
Us all ignoring the fact Las Vegas was founded in 1904
Party waiting at the Lucky 68 hotel and casino for Mr. Grouse so he can give each of us a job interview
Ziggy and the fortune teller get hired as acts for the attached theatre, the witch as housekeeping staff, and myself, the boyz, and the blood mage as security
Burglar meets with his contact in the hotel
Contact has long white hair and is named Gerald Riviera
Mfw it's the witcher
Mfw my promise of breaking up the workers strike gets me made head of security
Assign 2 of the boyz on each new performer
Scope out the place, the only 2 people with access to the vault are the owner and the accountant
Vault has one big box for the casino and smaller boxes for the guests
Fortune teller sets up a palm reading station to get some cash
Gotta respect the hustle
Ziggy does loads of drugs
Michael Caine tries to get him to stop
No such luck
The witch scopes out the place by loudly announcing she needs the bathroom, chilling in there for half an hour, and when the coast is clear sneaking around the hotel
Burglar does burglar things and robs some rooms blind
Have one of my fellow 80-something year old buddies pretend to be homeless, go to the front desk and ask for the accountant
They start shouting at each other, I walk up and ask what the problem is
I start shouting in the lobby "That's enough Mr homeless man I don't know why you're coming in here and are talking to the accountant like he's the secret leader of the people striking but I'm afraid I'll have to throw you out"
The party decides this homeless man is a threat and try to attack him
Somehow grapple them into stopping from killing my best friend
Mfw I tell the owner that the accountant had a meeting with someone who looked like they might be striking
Tfw the witch decides to go around feeding people cookies that makes them transform into chickens
I go find a locksmith, arrange for him to later make copies of keys from wax molds I give him
Go buy industrial amounts of wax
Nightly show begins
Ziggy wants me to be on stage as a volunteer, asks me to pick a card, takes my gun, throws the deck in the air and shoots my card
Address the crowd, telling them there are reports of a thief in the area and we suspect that he might be using a counterfeit key, so we need to inspect everyone's keys as they leave the theatre
Mfw it fucking works
The witch at this point decides it would be a great time to go to the owner's suite
Tfw he is speaking way more ominously, pulls open the curtains to reveal a full moon
Tfw he's been a werewolf this entire time
Tfw the witch has also been a werewolf this entire time
They both run down to the lobby, burst into the theatre, everyone shits themselves
Burglar and Geralt of Rivia Gerald Riviera start shooting at the werewolves
Ziggy decides to shoot the 2 guards I gave him and make a break for it.
Voice in his head: "That's not the proper way Ziggy"
Ziggy: "I don't care man there's 2 fucking werewolves and the security are after me!"
Voice in his head: "No I mean you're going the wrong way, there's a back exit!"
Mfw 2 of my childhood friends have been murdered
The blood mage decides to convince people now would be the optimal time for people to come give me their keys
"It's too late now, the thief has already stolen all of your valuables from the safety deposit vaults! It was Ziggy Stardust!"
Panicked guests decide to swarm after him
Ziggy teleports inside the vault thinking it'll be safe there
In the commotion myself and the boyz decide to go rob the vault
Blood Mage comes with us
Vault is locked
Mfw I remember I never got the key off the accountant
Mfw I remember I have 10 sticks of dynamite
Mfw I see the dude who killed 2 of my buddies standing in the vault
Take everything we can find, have no keys but we still break around 30 safe deposit boxes.
The blood mage was after a book on blood magic, I see it and use my natural charisma to remind him of the tactical error of starting a fight when surrounded by 8 people with guns
Ride into the sunset, try to learn some blood magic to make myself found again
Nat 1
Give the blood mage the book and their share of the shit we stole, wished them farewell
We decide to spend what few years we have left spending all our ill gotten gains in Mexico where nobody has a bounty on us
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What happened to Las Vegas?

Las Vegas as a destination...sucks. It seems like like the hotels nickel and dime people FOR EVERYTHING. Want to use the pool, or the gym, or the concierge? Well, today is your lucky day! The hotels took all of the services and activities that used to be FREE and used them as an excuse to charge a resort fee... If that wans't bad enough, now the hotels are charging for PARKING! But don't worry, they are only charging so they can provide you with new infrastructure and better service... if you believe that I know a Nigerian prince that would like to talk to you.
So you payed to park, you paid for your over priced room, and finally you paid the stupid resort fee. Now it should get better right? I mean, you payed so much the hotels have to offer something right? NOPE! Gone are free buffet vouchers, gone are free drinks, gone is pretty much any sign of value. The drinks at the casino bars are about 4-5x overpriced - NO, I don't want to pay 22 dollars for a real cadallac margarita (patron gold, lime juice, Contreau w/ Grand Marnier. I was told that Vegas is transitioning from a gambling destination to luxery nightclubs and high end pool parties. They wonder why people don't gamble as much, sure the economy plays a part but the main reason is: no one wins anymore!! The slots and other machines have been tightened down to the point where not only do you expect to lose money, it isn't even fun anymore. Put $100 bucks in lose it all before even 1 "bonus game" comes up. Don't get me wrong, you will "win". Ya, you "win" $0.15... too bad the spin cost ya $5. The casinos don't bother to run any worth while promos anymore, the slot and video poker machines have been tightened up, and the casinos don't comp shit anymore. Instead of a free buffet, now you get 10% off a buffet! Instead of a free night, you get a "Super Special Player's Club Rate" (great, 8% off...on the weekdays).
So back to this Luxery night club scene. Here is a Vegas night club explained: Charge guests at least $30 to get in, drinks have to be $20 each and be light on anything that is not RC Cola or cheap sugary syrup, for music - choose between electronic that all sounds the same after 45 minutes or whatever rap songs that everyone heard 1000 times on the radio making the drive, Man... really? Am I the ONLY one here that is sick of nightclubs?
I can't be the only one that is sick of these "cool" hotels. The only guy I know that brags about staying in the [Fancy Pants Hotel] is a 350 fat guy who posts quotes like "It's hard being friends with girls when all they want is sex" on Facebook daily - who although he swears he has "boned a ton of super hot girls, some models even", he has NEVER had a GF. In fact, no one has EVER seen him spit game, touch a girl (the notorious arm gram doesn't count, might even prove my point further), or bring a girl home (Maybe you have met his brother - the guy that is always showing of his bottle of Cristal, the same one he has had for 5 years...) . However, it seems that there are enough of these losers dying to impress women by their baller economy room with view "penthouse" that go to those Luxury nightclubs to make Vegas turn into douche bag central.
Sure, there are still a couple of good values left - but they are dying fast. One can get 4 real Patron Cadillac margaritas for the price of one at [fancy pants hotel] by taking a trip down the strip to Circus Circus or Stratusphere. If you can stomach the smell of regret and cheap hookers. The Hard Rock is still doing the 777 deal, however the cab ride is probably going to cost ya triple that each way. The Casino Royale has Michelobe Ultra's (a type of beer that no one knows exists outside that small casino) and what they call "margaritas" for $1. Plus they have the only 100x odds craps on the strip (which is actually pretty damn good, craps has one of the lowest house edges available). The Magnoila cafe has a descent prime rib dinner that with coupon comes to ~$10. Sure one can go downtown and have some fun for less, but lets be honest. If the fancy lights aren't above you, you have a good chance to getting robbed/mugged/assaulted.
The sad thing is I don't see the last good values lasting too long. Iconic hotels like the Riviera and the Sands is just the beginning, in a couple more years all the values on the strip will be replaced with "luxury hotels" following MGM's lead: Charge for Parking, Charge Resort fees, Charge for what used be complimentary. RAPE people for nightclub entrance, nightclub drinks and Shows (although last time I went I did get a good deal on Blue Man Group and Phantom of the Opera tickets...but only after I spent hours looking). One has to wonder, what the fuck are they going to charge for next? House keeping? Towels? Soap and Shampoo? Is there going to be a curtain over the window next time I go, with a dollar fee to open for 15 minutes? Is the AC going to be p4p?
Sorry for the rant, I just honestly think that resort fees and having to pay for parking in a place like Las Vegas should be criminal. I remember my mom grabbing a handful of my quarters (that I was using at the ARCADE) to play the slots while waiting for my pops to come down from the room and winning 400 in quarters. I remember my neighbor that would get so many free nights he couldn't possibly using them all just from comps from buying in $800 at the poker table. I remember my friends parents going to Vegas every weekend they could, and winning. They used to keep track of their winnings vs. money spent on gambling, room, food, etc. They said they hardly ever had years where they were in the red more than 1k - and most of the time they either didn't spend anything or came home with more than they left with. Those same people not only don't keep track anymore - they have basically stopped gambling. They both played Video Poker, and it has gotten to the point where they don't even enjoy it anymore. Last time I saw them in Vegas we met up at a hotel for dinner. I went to get my friend, her dad and I drinks from the bar (because all they would comp was "mixed drinks", that could best be described as a splash of the lowest of the low plastic bottle rum or vodka - honestly can't tell which its so god awful - combined with "soda" that makes those shitty bargain brand sodas seem like nectar of the gods). I was gone no longer than 5 minutes, and when I returned her dad wanted to leave. He had lost almost $300 dollars in video poker...in less than 5 minutes. He wasn't playing a crazy high roller machine either, he was playing $0.50/credit and 5 credits. He didn't win (not counting pairs) one hand. He didn't even get dealt a 3 of a kind (which anyone who plays video poker knows, is one of the most exciting things because your praying for that 4th one and a nice win!) once!
Tl;Dr: Vegas sucks. With the addition of resort fees and parking fees and the transition from a gambling destination to a luxury night club destination it is quickly turning into tool central.
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Riviera Las Vegas closing this spring (and it's connection to pinball)

Late last month the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas announced it was being purchased by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The hotel will be permanently closed in May and the land will eventually be turned into an extension of the Convention Center...stretching that behemoth all the way to the Strip.
The Riviera, as run-down as it is today, is kind of important in pinball history because it was primarily funded by the Gensburg Brothers. Louis, David, and Meyer Gensburg got their fortune from starting Genco Pinball in the mid 1930s. Genco is an important piece of early pinball history - it's also the company that gave Steve Kordek his first job. Genco eventually merged with Chicago Coin (started by a fourth Gensburg brother) in the 1950s and the entire mess became Stern Pinball (Mark 1) in 1977 when Sam Stern bought the company.
The Riviera was an amazing development in it's day, being the first high-rise hotel on the Strip and the predecessor to the mega-resorts that are commonplace now.
On a secondary note, Tim Arnold runs an extension of the Pinball Hall of Fame at the Riviera and will be kicked out when the hotel closes. That's kind of sad news.
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Where are you staying and what are you paying?

I figured we could make a thread on what everyone is paying for what. Maybe if we could follow a format:
Hotel | Days | Avg per night (incl tax, resort fees) | Room Type | Number of People |
I'll start...
Luxor | Thur-Tue | $252.60 | Pyramid Suite - 2 Queen Beds | 4 |
The price online with taxes and resort fees is $299, but if you call them up you can get them to waive the extra person fees for the third and fourth person.
Adding the resort fees from another thread... Please include these in your per night price!
Hotels in Las Vegas that DO NOT have resort fees:
· Bally's · Bill's · Caesars Palace · Casino Royale · The Cosmopolitan · The California · El Cortez · Elara · The Flamingo · Golden Gate · Golden Nugget · Harrah's · Imperial Palace · LVH · M Resort · Main Street Station · Planet Hollywood · The Platinum Hotel and Spa · Rio Las Vegas · South Point * added - Paris, pretty sure no fees(correct me if I'm wrong)
Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees (Hidden fee charged per day+tax that they do not tell you about in advance):
· ARIA:$25
· HOOTERS: $9.95
· LUXOR: $18
· MGM GRAND: $25
· MIRAGE: $25.
· PALAZZO: $20
· PLAZA: $10
· RAVELLA: $22
· RED ROCK: $24.99
· RIVIERA: $11
· RUMOR RESORT: $11.99
· SILVERTON: $7.50
· THE PALMS: $20
· TROPICANA:$19.99
· TRUMP:$25
· VDARA: $25
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Washington Post Trump Russia history

Opinions A history of Donald Trump’s business dealings in Russia By David Ignatius Opinion writer November 2
President Trump takes questions from reporters before boarding Marine One (Drew AngereGetty Images)
MOSCOW — An ice-blue 14-story office tower called Ducat Place III is the building that President Trump might have constructed here, with help from a business friend named Howard Lorber who came with him to scout the market in 1996. But like so many other Trump adventures in Russia, this one proved a tantalizing but futile dead end.
Trump is angrily dismissive when questions are raised about his Russian contacts. He calls the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III a “witch hunt” and media reports about his Russia connections “fake news” and “fabrication.” He tweeted in January, shortly before his inauguration: “I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA — NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
As the Mueller investigation accelerated this week with the indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the plea deal reached with former campaign foreign-policy aide George Papadopoulos, the context of the probe becomes newly important. How did Trump accumulate his network of Russian business contacts in the years before the 2016 campaign? What’s the prehistory of Trump and Russia?
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The Mueller investigation is still in its opening round, and it’s far too early to make any judgments about Trump’s own actions. A member of Trump’s inner circle told me that he advised the president recently, “This is the most innocent you’ve ever been of any allegation.” But to reach a judgment, you first must understand the history of Trump’s fascination, bordering on obsession, with Russian business deals.
The simple truth is that Trump has been hungry for Russia projects for more than three decades. He has repeatedly touted plans for a Moscow mega-development and has courted a steady stream of investors from the former Soviet Union for ventures in New York, South Florida and other locations. Trump has enjoyed playing the “big guy” in Moscow. As he bragged to a New York real-estate publication after a November 2013 dinner with prominent business leaders: “The Russian market is attracted to me.”
Trump’s Russia connections helped sow the seeds of Mueller’s investigation. The best example is the now-famous June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower organized by Donald Trump Jr. with Russians who had links with the Kremlin. Mueller is investigating whether that meeting was part of a conspiracy to influence the 2016 election. But any potential criminal issues aside, the gathering embodied the Trump family’s 30-year involvement with wealthy tycoons from the former Soviet Union.
What follows is an attempt to explain Trump’s encounter with Russia as a narrative. Most of the details have surfaced before, but it has been hard to see the story whole, as a business saga. With Russia, as with so many other aspects of Trump’s business and political life, he has been more pitchman than builder. What’s clear, reviewing the facts, is that Trump’s claim he had “nothing to do with Russia” over the years is nonsense. 3:06 Inside the plan to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow
The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig and Tom Hamburger explain the Trump Organization's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. (Jenny Starrs, Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)
Trump’s business interest in Russia began in 1986. The flashy young tycoon met Soviet Ambassador Yuri Dubinin at a luncheon and, as he recounted in his 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal,” the two began “talking about building a large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin.”
With Dubinin’s encouragement, Trump flew to Moscow in July 1987 with his Czech-born first wife, Ivana, to check out potential sites. Trump wrote in his book: “It was an extraordinary experience. . . . We stayed in Lenin’s suite at the National Hotel, and I was impressed with the ambition of the Soviet officials to make a deal.”
But Trump was preoccupied with other business projects in the late 1980s, including buying an airline and the Plaza Hotel (which he lost after bankruptcies in 1991 and 1992, respectively), and the Russia hotel deal stalled.
Trump explored the Russian market again in 1996, with help from his friend Lorber, who is chief executive of Vector Group, a holding company that back then owned a Russian cigarette company and now owns Douglas Elliman Realty, one of the leading brokerage firms for super-rich Russians seeking property in the United States.
Lorber is a fascinating, little-noted member of Trump’s inner circle. Trump described him last year as one of his two closest friends; they’ve helped each other’s children in business, and Lorber introduced Trump to David Friedman, who is now U.S. ambassador to Israel; Friedman’s former partner, Marc Kasowitz, became Trump’s lawyer. Lorber even made a cameo appearance in a 2005 episode of “The Apprentice.”
The Trump-Lorber foray in Moscow began with Lorber’s business partner (and close Trump friend) Bennett LeBow, who had acquired the Liggett tobacco company in 1986. One subsidiary, called Liggett-Ducat, marketed the company’s cigarettes in Russia. And Liggett-Ducat had a 98-year lease on a prime development site in central Moscow.
With his usual panache, Trump announced plans for a $250 million investment that would include a “Trump International” complex on the Liggett-Ducat site at a November 1996 news conference in Moscow. “We have an understanding we will be doing it,” he said.
Trump bragged about his plans in January 1997, when he and Lorber met visiting Russian politician Aleksandr Lebed in New York. A 1997 New Yorker profile of Trump captured their exchange and showed the breadth of Trump’s hopes for Moscow investment and business connections.
“We are actually looking at something in Moscow right now, and it would be skyscrapers and hotels, not casinos. Only quality stuff. . . . And we’re working with the local government, the mayor of Moscow, and the mayor’s people. So far, they’ve been very responsive. . . . I always go into the center.”
The Moscow mayor Trump cultivated was Yuri Luzhkov. John Beyrle, then U.S. ambassador to Russia, offered this blunt summary of Luzhkov’s approach in a 2010 cable to Washington: “Corruption in Moscow remains pervasive with Mayor Luzhkov at the top of the pyramid. Luzhkov oversees a system in which it appears that almost everyone at every level is involved in some form of corruption or criminal behavior.” Beyrle’s cable was published by WikiLeaks.
Whatever inside track Trump thought he had with Luzhkov in 1996, the deal petered out. Trump’s business troubles were mounting at home, and financing may not have been available. Handsome towers were built at sites called Ducat Place II and III, but not by Trump.
The Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles. (Angel Valentin/for The Washington Post)
The Russian moneymaker for Trump in the 2000s turned out, instead, to be investment in U.S. properties bearing his name. Russians were eager to move their capital into fancy condo apartments in New York and Florida. Here, again, his friend Lorber was well connected.
Lorber’s real-estate firm Douglas Elliman, hoping to profit from the Russian market, hired a string of Russian-speaking agents who could help rich clients find high-end properties.
“If you didn’t target the Russian billionaires, then you shouldn’t be in the business,” said Dolly Lenz, a former Douglas Elliman broker, in a 2008 article in the New York Observer. Lenz told USA Today last year that she had sold about 65 apartments in Manhattan’s Trump World Tower to Russian buyers. “They all wanted to meet Donald,” she said.
One magnet for Russian money was a private resort called Fisher Island in Biscayne Bay, just off Miami. Lorber has been a director of the Oceanside at Fisher Island Condominium Association since 2000 and is currently a director of the Fisher Island Club.
Among Fisher Island’s many Soviet-born property owners have been Aras Agalarov, a Russian-Azerbaijani magnate who sponsored Trump’s Miss Universe 2013 pageant and whose pop-singer son Emin organized the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower; and Felix Sater, a Russian-born former adviser to Trump who worked with the Bayrock Group that helped develop the Trump SoHo project in New York.
(Lorber declined to comment through Vector’s public-affairs consultant, Emily Claffey of Sard Verbinnen & Co.)
Trump’s business deals in South Florida illustrated his blend of panache and caution, his hunger for Russian cash and his ability to skirt disaster. He sold his name to condo projects in an area called Sunny Isles Beach, helped pump up the market there and walked away unscathed when it crashed.
“The city has earned the nickname ‘Little Russia’ for its high percentage of Russian-speaking residents,” notes the Douglas Elliman website, pitching high-rises there to prospective buyers. The Miami Herald reported that according to U.S. Census data, nine percent of Sunny Isles Beach households have Russian origins, the largest percentage of Russians in Miami-Dade County.
Sunny Isles is a case study in how Trump does business. It was once a decidedly un-chic beachfront north of Miami, “a place where your uncle who lives on Social Security would go on vacation,” says Peter Zalewski, a Florida real-estate consultant. But after it incorporated as a separate jurisdiction within Miami-Dade County, with business-friendly local managers, it became a magnet for investment — and was rebranded as “Florida’s Riviera.”
Trump’s name graces a string of sleek buildings along this strip of coast. First was the Trump International Beach Resort, a complex completed in 2004. Then came Trump Palace in 2006; Trump Towers I, II and III, built in 2007, 2008 and 2009; and Trump Royale in 2008. But Trump’s developer friends plunged into Sunny Isles at the wrong time. According to a 2010 article at SouthFloridaCondos.blogspot.com, unit prices at the three Trump Towers buildings dropped nearly 40 percent from the 2005 pre sales period. As the market crashed, the construction loan for Trump Towers had to be restructured. Trump Hollywood, another glitzy project further north, was driven into foreclosure in 2010.
Trump deftly distanced himself from the developers’ troubles, telling the Sun-Sentinel that he questioned their “timing.” But the condo market gradually improved, thanks in part to Russian buyers. A Reuters investigation found that 63 people with Russian addresses or passports have purchased $98.4 million of property in Trump-branded condos in South Florida.
Trump also had a personal infusion of Russian cash in the liquidity-starved 2008 market. That year he sold for a handsome $95 million a Palm Beach waterfront mansion he bought at auction in 2004 for just $41.35 million — more than doubling his money at a time when much of the South Florida market was underwater. The buyer was Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev.
Dezer Development, the real-estate company that helped attach Trump’s name to six projects in Sunny Isles Beach, saw Trump’s presidential campaign as a promotion opportunity. “It’s a free press release,” Gil Dezer told Bloomberg News in August 2016.
Donald Trump Jr. arrives at Trump Tower in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)
Helping build the Trump-Russia pipeline in the fragile 2008 market was Donald Trump Jr. He was a keynote speaker at the June 2008 Russian Real Estate Summit in Moscow, where he touted the Trump Organization’s plans to build condos and hotels in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi. At a New York real-estate conference in September 2008, Trump Jr. was frank about the tide of Russian money supporting the family business.
“In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. . . . We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia,” said the young Trump, according to a Sept. 15, 2008, article about the conference. He said he had made a half-dozen trips to Russia during the previous 18 months.
A project that had significant financing from former Soviet Union investors was Trump SoHo, a 46-story condo-hotel project in Lower Manhattan that opened in September 2007. One development partner was the Sapir Organization, founded by Tamir Sapir from Georgia. Another partner was Bayrock, founded by Tevfik Arif, a Kazakh-born businessman who brought in Sater. As has been widely reported, Sater went to prison in 1993 after stabbing a man, and later became an FBI informant.
For the elder Trump, these ex-Soviet investors were important assets for the future. He said in a deposition in a Trump SoHo lawsuit: “Bayrock knew the people, knew the investors. . . . And this was going to be Trump International Hotel and Tower Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, etc., Poland, Warsaw.”
Trump Jr. continued traveling to Russia and Eastern Europe, prospecting for business. He was interviewed in May 2012 before giving a speech to a real-estate conference in Riga, Latvia. His comments, captured on YouTube, explain why the Trump Organization saw the former Eastern Bloc as crucial: “It’s a part of the world that now you’re starting to see some amazing architecture, some incredible real estate, you’re seeing a real big boom in wealth. . . . We have something that’s very relevant in that sector.”
Russian businessman Aras Agalarov, Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler and Donald Trumpat the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia. (Irina BujoAP)
The apex of Trump’s personal fascination with Russia may have been 2013, when he brought the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow and talked, yet again, of building a “Trump Tower” there. His business partner in the pageant was Aras Agalarov, president of Crocus Group, a shopping-mall developer. Forbes magazine notes that he has been called “the Trump of Russia” because of his glitzy personal marketing.
Trump and Agalarov formed an ebullient partnership over a dinner in Las Vegas on June 15, 2013, captured on the Internet. As Trump began hyping the pageant, he even tried to draw in Russia’s president himself, tweeting on June 18, 2013: “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow — if so, will he become my new best friend?”
The Miss Universe red carpet was rolled out Nov. 9, 2013. Emin Agalarov sang a song, and Miss Venezuela was crowned the winner. A story published that day by RT touted Trump’s latest business plans for Russia, quoting him: “I have plans for the establishment of business in Russia. Now, I am in talks with several Russian companies to establish this skyscraper.” Aras Agalarov was quoted saying he was participating in talks to be Trump’s partner in the project.
Agalarov hosted a dinner for Trump at the Moscow branch of Nobu, which he owned. The co-host was Herman Gref, the chief executive of Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, and a close adviser of President Vladimir Putin. An ebullient Trump saluted Agalarov in a Nov. 11 tweet: “I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next.”
The Trump-Agalarov contacts continued. Trump’s daughter Ivanka visited Moscow in February 2014 and toured Crocus City Hall. Emin Agalarov performed at a golf tournament the next month at the Trump National Doral, near the family property at Fisher Island. Like so many seemingly imminent Trump-Moscow deals over the years, the skyscraper plan stalled. 4:17 What we know about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting
Here's what we know so far about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during his father's presidential campaign in June 2016. (Video: Elyse Samuels, Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
And then, finally, came an event that Mueller is said to have examined carefully — the meeting in June 2016 where Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Trump’s inner circle. It helps to recall the long history of Trump’s business dealings with Russia when you read this June 3, 2016, email to Trump Jr. from Rob Goldstone, the publicist for Emin Agalarov:
“Emin just called me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high-level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin.”
To which Trump Jr. answered: “I love it.” The meeting took place on June 9 with, among others, Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Manafort and Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with links to the Kremlin. Veselnitskaya says her real goal was to lobby the Trump team to oppose the Magnitsky Act, which she described in a May 31, 2016, memo as “the beginning of a new round of the Cold War,” echoing Putin’s line.
As the new president was taking office, the Trump brand sparkled brighter than ever for Russians. The Miami Herald reported on Jan. 30 that in November 2016, Russians topped the list of foreigners looking for homes in the Miami area.
Oren Alexander, one of the top brokers at Douglas Elliman, explained the post-election trend to the Herald: “There’s no doubt that Russian buyers think America is a good place to be again.” Among the places that attracted Russian purchasers, he said, were Sunny Isles Beach and Fisher Island.
Mueller’s investigation might tell us whether any of these Trump-Russian business connections improperly melded into the 2016 campaign. But at the core of Trump’s interaction with his Russian friends is an insight they have shared ever since Soviet days: Politics may be transitory, but real estate is forever.
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Almost time to book rooms for EDC 2013. Here's a list of hotels with and without resort fees - hidden fees charged each day +tax

Update the list if needed. Hotels in Las Vegas that DO NOT have resort fees:
· Bally's · Bill's · Caesars Palace · Casino Royale · The Cosmopolitan · The California · El Cortez · Elara · The Flamingo · Golden Gate · Golden Nugget · Harrah's · Imperial Palace · LVH · M Resort · Main Street Station · Planet Hollywood · The Platinum Hotel and Spa · Rio Las Vegas · South Point * added - Paris, pretty sure no fees(correct me if I'm wrong)
Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees (Hidden fee charged per day+tax that they do not tell you about in advance):
· ARIA:$25
· HOOTERS: $9.95
· LUXOR: $18
· MGM GRAND: $25
· MIRAGE: $25.
· PALAZZO: $20
· PLAZA: $10
· RAVELLA: $22
· RED ROCK: $24.99
· RIVIERA: $11
· RUMOR RESORT: $11.99
· SILVERTON: $7.50
· THE PALMS: $20
· TROPICANA:$19.99
· TRUMP:$25
· VDARA: $25
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Touring the Mafia’s Havana Hangouts of 1950s Cuba

[OC] Now that restrictions have eased for U.S. travel to Cuba, the former mafia-run restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels of pre-revolution Havana await rediscovery.
There are an amazing number of sites that have survived 55 years of neglect in Havana that give the feeling of a time when mobsters like Meyer Lansky and Santo Trafficante Jr. ran the roulette wheels, crap games, and card tables in posh joints across the city.
By 1958, the Mob had finally completed their fabulous hotels and casinos that were transforming Havana into the Las Vegas of the Caribbean. Take a walk to the corner of 21st and N streets where you’ll find Santo Trafficante’s ultra-mod 1956 Hotel Capri. On the morning of the revolution, casino host George Raft stood atop a craps table and successfully held back the pitchforked mob by offering a free buffet in exchange for not torching the place. Since then the hotel’s been renovated but it continues to evoke a cool midcentury modern vibe.
Wandering down the hill to the bottom of 21st Street you’ll find the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba that overlooks the sea. Built in 1930, the Nacional hosted Lucky Luciano’s infamous 1946 mafia summit attended by the biggest gangsters of the era, including Lansky, Trafficante, Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese, Joe Adonis, Joe and Rocco Fischetti, and Moe Dalitz. On hand to entertain was the young mob-darling Frank Sinatra. Explore the hotel and then relax on the veranda with a frosty mojito and President Kennedy’s favorite Cuban cigar, a Montecristo No. 2.
Just down the seaside highway from the Nacional is Meyer Lansky’s spectacular Havana Riviera, a 21-story midcentury modern masterpiece built in 1957. It’s as over-the-top as the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, yet as sleek and sophisticated as the Rat Pack’s Sands Hotel once was in Las Vegas. In fact, the Havana Riviera is now the best-preserved example of a swank 1950s Vegas/Miami Beach resort hotel in the world. Standing in the lobby you are transported to the height of pre-Castro glamour as it once existed in Havana. Go there before some clown remakes it into yet another sterile Hyatt or Marriott.
Visible from anywhere in the city, the towering, elegant 1958 Habana Hilton at the crest of 23rd street was renamed the Habana Libre when Castro took over on New Year’s Day. Just one year earlier, feared capo Albert Anastasia had been murdered while getting a shave at a New York hotel reportedly because he had pushed too hard in trying to take control of the Habana Hilton’s yet-to-open casino. The hotel also houses a former Trader Vic’s Polynesian barestaurant. Renamed the “Polinesio,” it has been in a Cinderella slumber, remaining an unaltered example of the style. While the food and drinks may have suffered, the Tiki Modern décor is astounding.
Scattered around Havana are other Mob-controlled hotels and upscale restaurants, including the hotels Deauville and St. Johns, and the Louis XIV style Monseigneur restaurant (with Meyer Lansky as part owner) located across from the Hotel Nacional. Check out amazing vintage photos at HavanaBeforeCastro.com that provides addresses for you to explore all of these mob-related sites.
There has never been a better time to immerse yourself in Havana’s mafia-related past. Go now.
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