Welcome to LVA's FAQ
On these pages, we answer the questions about Las Vegas that we've fielded day in and day out for decades.
We've organized the questions into 10 categories that you can select from the drop-down menu on the top navigation bar. Each question is appropriate to the category. The answer opens in a new window.
If you have a burning question that's not addressed here or elsewhere on our site, please send it in via our Question of the Day feature, where every day we tackle a different topic concerning Las Vegas and/or gambling submitted by our readers.
You can also search the QoD archives, where more likely than not, you'll find at least some discussion about your question, if not the definitive answer.
How do you think Las Vegas casinos pay the light bill?
What does "Las Vegas" mean and who named it?
By what other names has Las Vegas been known?
Is it uncool to say just "Vegas"?
Are 50-dollar bills bad luck?
Why is casino carpeting so garish?
Is it legal to consume alcohol in public in Las Vegas?
Is prostitution legal in Las Vegas?
Does Las Vegas still have ties to the mob?
Was it safer when the mob ran Las Vegas?
Are there really a lot of bodies buried in the desert around Las Vegas?
Am I allowed to take photographs in Las Vegas casinos?
What can and can't be done with a cell phone in the casinos?
What is the least expensive time to visit Las Vegas?
When's the best time not to come to Las Vegas?
What's it like on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas?
What's the story behind the Welcome to Las Vegas sign?
How big is Las Vegas tourism?
When did neon arrive on the scene?
Why was Las Vegas a good place to get divorced?
Why are divorce statistics so high in Las Vegas?
Is Las Vegas a good place to get married?
Where are the most romantic places for Valentine's Day?
What's required to become a resident of Nevada?
Can I obtain a Nevada ID if I'm only a part-time resident?
What are the pros and cons of relocating to Las Vegas?
Is it legal to carry concealed handguns into Las Vegas casinos?
As Nevada is an open-carry state, where can't you openly carry your gun?
Why aren't casino security guards armed?
What's the earthquake situation in southern Nevada?
Can people visit the storm tunnels that run under the Strip?
What are the most daredevil stunts performed in Las Vegas?
Which celebrities have behaved badly in Las Vegas?
Can anything be done about the buskers and street performers downtown?
Can anything be done about the smut peddlers on the Strip?
Could cars ever be banned from the Strip like on Fremont Street?
How many people are employed on the Strip?
Have all the lights on the Strip ever gone dark?
What happens to all the coins thrown into fountains and water features?
Is the tap water in Las Vegas good, just okay, or bad?
Is it legal to spread a loved one's ashes on the Las Vegas Strip?
How many first-time visitors come to Las Vegas every year?
Where is Las Vegas' Chinatown?
Does Las Vegas really have the most churches per capita in the U.S.?
What is the town of Paradise, with its sign on the way to the airport?
Should the capital of Nevada be switched from Carson City to Las Vegas?
Where are the closest supermarkets to the Strip and downtown?
Where are the closest laundromats to the Strip and downtown?
Is there a curfew for those younger than 18?
Where can I find information about AA meetings in Las Vegas?
Where can I find information about GA meetings in Las Vegas?