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Despite Popular Opinion, Las Vegas Fun Takes Place in Paradise

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 04, 2015

Despite Popular Opinion, Las Vegas Fun Takes Place in Paradise

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Whatever happens in Vegas may not actually happen in Vegas.

YouTube’s CGP Grey (h/t Digg) enlightens the masses that gambling and general debauchery in Las Vegas may actually happen in the unincorporated area known as Paradise, depending on where you generally like to do your debauchery.

Delivered in the entertaining and insightful manner that has come to characterize his channel, CGP Grey divulges an amazing truth: that money you blew on craps was in Paradise.

We will pause momentarily for you to pick up the pieces after that truth punch to the gut.

And now here is a brilliant explanation to what it all means:

As the host explains, many of the resorts, including those on the Strip, are actually in the area known as Paradise, which means very little to those of you who are already planning to make it rain shortly at the Bellagio.

Still, it’s a peculiar and rather interesting factoid, especially considering all the boasting we do when coming home from the famed Nevada destination.

Mental Floss had a similar entry back in 2011, adding that: “The Las Vegas Monorail that goes between the MGM Grand and the Sahara (or what was the Sahara until a couple of days ago) never enters Las Vegas at all. In fact, it connects the unincorporated townships of Paradise and Winchester.”

And, as CGP Grey explains, the reason boils down to hotel owners in the 1950s skirting Las Vegas City taxes, which was eventually upheld by the county that officially granted Paradise unincorporated status.

Again, this doesn’t really help you at the poker table. However, it will definitely go a long way to annoying your friends as you once again regale them with this fact upon entering Paradise’s area limits.

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