For grammar buffs, the name of Caesars Palace deliberately lacks an apostrophe because late co-founder, Jay Sarno – who died of a heart attack, on the premises, in 1984 – wanted to create the impression that the Roman-themed resort was an opulent destination for everyone, not just for Caesar. That said, Caesar – specifically Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome – is very much in evidence, courtesy of a new 15-foot statue in the main entrance. Indeed, Caesars Palace, as a whole, is awash with Roman iconography, albeit heavily influenced by Hollywood.
First opened on August 5, 1966, Caesars Palace occupies prime real estate on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip, sandwiched between The Mirage to the north and Bellagio to the south. Non-gaming amenities at the iconic resort include over 3,500 guest rooms, 22 restaurants, including several which serve authentic Asian cuisine for the benefit of wealthy clientele from the Far East, and ten bars and lounges. The hotel complex also includes a convention centre, covering 300,000 square feet, a spa, covering 50,000 square feet, seven swimming pools and a gargantuan shopping mall.
The modern casino floor accommodates 185 gambling tables, offering a wide selection of table games, including baccarat, blackjack, craps, pai gow and roulette, to name but a handful. Slot machines and video poker machines are plentiful, with over 1,300 available, and the heart of the gaming floor is home to a 4,500-square foot, 24-hour casino poker room. Caesars Palace operates Texas Hold’em tournaments on a daily basis. Sports bettors can place bets in the Caesars Race & Sports Book and follow the action, in comfort, on a huge, high-definition display, complete with state-of-the-art multidirectional sound.