- /BUSINESS WIRE/ - Nearly five decades later, history repeats
itself when photographer Don English, who made Las Vegas famous
with a photo of a floating craps table at the Sands Hotel
in 1953, has recreated this photo at the Stratosphere
Casino Hotel and Tower. The photo commemorates the completion
of a $75 million expansion of Carl Icahn's Las Vegas resort
property, which includes a 1,000-room tower, 67,000 square-foot
pool complex and new restaurants.
new photograph features Stratosphere
hotel guests, employees as well as dancers and principal performers
from the Stratosphere's American Superstars show re-creating
the poses of the 1953 photograph. The photograph will eventually
go on display at the new "vintage Vegas''-themed Lucky's
Cafe alongside hundreds of vintage photographs from Las Vegas'
heyday of the 1950s and 1960s, many of which were taken by
English, an award-winning former Las Vegas News Bureau photographer.
table was lowered into the pool by hand and supported on a
series of plexiglass tubes. The models and the gaming chips
were modeled using the original photo. To recreate the shot,
English used a Super Wide Hasselblad with a 40 mm lens. The
original photo was taken with a 4x5 Speed Graphic camera.
More than 80 shots were taken from various angles to ensure
the closest recreation possible.
the pool and recreation deck and Lucky's Cafe, the $75 million
expansion includes a 1,000-room tower, The Courtyard Buffet,
a casino remodel, The Crazy Armadillo Oyster Bar and 3,606-seat
Outdoor Events Center.
is an integrated casino/hotel/entertainment complex located
at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Highlighted by the
1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free standing observation
tower in the United States, Stratosphere
features 2,444 guest rooms and suites; an expansive 80,000-square-foot
casino offering the best odds in Las Vegas; uniquely themed
restaurants; The Tower Shops at Stratosphere; the destination
Big Shot and High Roller thrill rides; and the popular American
Superstars and Viva Las Vegas productions. Carl Icahn is the
principal owner of the Stratosphere
Casino Hotel and Tower and both Arizona Charlie's gaming
properties in Las Vegas.