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Nareed
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March 15th, 2010 at 3:09:20 PM permalink
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Tipping: (1) the person bringing your drink (usually a buck or two).



Thanks. That's covered under tipping cocktail waitresses.

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(2) the person giving you your slot jackpot (though they usually break it into smaller bills so you can tip them).



Hmm. I'd thought you had to get that taken care of at the cage. Apparently you learn something new everyday. Oh, yeah, and I should be so lucky :)
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March 15th, 2010 at 3:12:33 PM permalink
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And for those who want the factoid:

92:In September of 1960, United Airlines began providing the first jetliner service to McCarran Airport.



Interesting. Any idea what airplane they used? Given the time and what I know of United's history, I woulnd't bet on either a B-707 or a DC-8 (those are the only possible choices at the time).
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March 15th, 2010 at 6:07:42 PM permalink
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(2) the person giving you your slot jackpot (though they usually break it into smaller bills so you can tip them).


Hmm. I'd thought you had to get that taken care of at the cage. Apparently you learn something new everyday. Oh, yeah, and I should be so lucky :)

I guess you've never hit a slot jackpot.

Large single spin wins, (I think over $1,200) are 'hand paid' - along with a W2-G.
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March 15th, 2010 at 6:33:29 PM permalink
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Interesting. Any idea what airplane they used? Given the time and what I know of United's history, I woulnd't bet on either a B-707 or a DC-8 (those are the only possible choices at the time).



The two you mentioned are the only choices I can seem to find, as during the early days of Jet flight airlines were fairly patriotic, so all I can say is it probably rules out the Comet, Corsaire and the Tupolev. So ends my limited knowledge of early jet aviation gleaned from wikipedia. Dont even know if I have the name of the French plane right.
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March 15th, 2010 at 7:23:43 PM permalink
There are ads in 1960 that advertise United Airlines jet service (DC-8) to Las Vegas in late 1960. Here.

And, ironically, also in 1960... A United Airlines DC-8 collides with a TWA Super Constellation in the fog over New York December 16, killing 134 persons in the air and on the ground. It is the world's worst aviation disaster to date.

UAL also took delivery of Boeing 720s in 1960. Source: United Airlines.

Also in their fleet: DC4 Mainliners, DC6, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, the Convair 340, and the DC7.

A United fare calendar for Las Vegas in 1963 shows the following one way fares:

Boston $140.90
Chicago $94.05
Los Angeles $20.35 (1959: $15.25)
New York $133.70 (1959: $102.25)
San Francisco $36.70
Seattle 61.75

The same schedule shows flight 747 (a Boeing 720 leaving New York at at 11:30am arriving Chicago 2:12 later at 12:42, then leaving Chicago at 1:25pm for a 2:50 arrival (3:25pm), then on to LAX.

In August 1963, looks like there were only six flights a day from and to Las Vegas, in and out of Denver, Chicago, and Los Angeles on the B720 and DC-6s.

A schedule in 1959 shows service to Las Vegas on a DC-6 Mainliner, DC-6B, and DC-7 Custom Coach from Denver and Los Angeles only. The DC-7 service direct from New York to Los Angeles took nine hours on the "Starlight Hollywood", where as the DC-8 service 4 years later only took 5 1/2 hours.

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March 15th, 2010 at 8:52:35 PM permalink
United's quite eclectic in its choice of fleet. That's the problem. Most airlines stick with one or two manufacturers for decades. Low cost airlines stick with just one model.

Anyway, the Boeing 720 is really a 707. Those sold to United used the model number 720 for some reason (I just read about it last week, but I don't remember why). The 707 and DC-8 were the early successes of the passenger jet age. they were preceded by the de Havilland Comet, however the Comet was quickly removed from service after a series of crashes stemming from metal fatigue.
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March 15th, 2010 at 11:02:29 PM permalink
From the horse's mouth: A number of variants [of the 707] were developed for special use, including shorter-bodied airplanes and the 720 series, which was lighter and faster with better runway performance.

Source: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/707family/index.html
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March 16th, 2010 at 4:20:07 AM permalink
May I just say well done on having the common sense to look in places I didnt even think of. Seems even Google fails sometimes.

Sticking with a (tenuous) aviation theme.

91: Many of you know the story of eccentric aviator Howard Hughes, who in 1967 was asked to leave the Desert Inn, so he bought to avoid further conflict with management. He also owned Castaways, New Frontier, The Landmark Hotel and Casino, and the Sands, as well as purchasing the Silver Slipper to relocate the famous neon sign that was reportedly keeping him awake at night.

He also owned a few local TV stations including KLAS-TV, allegedly so he could arrange the schedule to suit his mood and insomnia.

But did you know he wanted to turn Vegas into something more glamerous and as he said in a note to one of his aides "I like to think of Las Vegas in terms of a well-dressed man in a dinner jacket and a beautifully jeweled and furred female getting out of an expensive car.

The man may have been crazy, but he had class. I would have loved to share a Martini with Howard Hughes.
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March 16th, 2010 at 5:52:36 AM permalink
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1) the ticket cashing machines in all casinos also break bills into smaller denominations. I ahven't tried to get singles out of five-dolalr bills, but breaking a few 20s into fives can work for larger tips.


Not only can you break fives into singles, but Harrah's recently reprogrammed their ticket machines to give out smaller bills automatically. I broke a $20, and instead of four $5, it gave me three $5 and five $1, which I thought was nice. There's slightly more sinister applications, too, like giving four $100 and five $20 instead of five $100 (noticed on a big ticket win).
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March 16th, 2010 at 6:53:09 AM permalink
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Harrah's recently reprogrammed their ticket machines to give out smaller bills automatically. I broke a $20, and instead of four $5, it gave me three $5 and five $1, which I thought was nice.

Hmmmm.....

I suppose if you're breaking a $20, that you're unlikely to be planning on betting in $5 increments. and providing the singles for tips is nice.

Does it similarly give you singles if you break a $100?

The reason I ask is, in A.C., slot machines no longer take singles.
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