Oceans 11 Goes To Australia

This blog is mostly focused on casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas with a sprinkle of information about casinos in between those cities. I even cover some gaming news as it relates to those two cities because that’s what most people doing in casinos. Every now and again my interest is peaked by something that happens outside of this geographic area. Last week The Crown Casino in Australia was robbed. Actually they weren’t just robbed…they were robbed in an epic manner – in an Oceans 11 way – for $32 million dollars.

The Herald Sun understands remote access to the venue’s security system was given to an unauthorised person.

Images relayed from cameras were then used to spy on a top-level gaming area where the high roller was playing.

Signals were given to him on how he should bet based on the advice of someone viewing the camera feeds. Sources said the total stolen was $32 million.

I read the headlines that this was an “Ocean’s 11” style robbery and just thought it was internet hyperbole but after reading this specific article and watching the attached video about the robbery I believe that Ocean’s 11 is a perfect comparison. What puzzles me about this is how the thief was allowed to leave the country with the money if he was caught and told to leave.

This person was definitely a thief and I’m curious to hear his or her side of the story. For their sake I hope the stolen money wasn’t deposited in a bank in Cyprus although that would make this story more perfect for a movie.

Photo: CW’s Food and Travel

BOOM: So Long Sands

In light of the pending implosion of The HarmonVegas Inc. decided to list the Top 10 Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. I love implosions and figured this was a good excuse to visit the youtube archives.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll grab video of these 10 Las Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. We go to #3 on the list – The Sands.

Opened: Dec. 15, 1952

Closed: June 30, 1996

Imploded: Nov. 26, 1996

The seventh resort on the Strip opened Dec. 15, 1952. It was designed by architect Wayne McAllister.

The Sands opened with only a few hundred rooms. Through the years, it passed through the hands of several Las Vegas land tycoons, including Howard Hughes, who purchased it in the mid 1960s. Hughes added an iconic 500-room circular tower designed by architect Martin Stern Jr.

Other owners included Howard Hughes, who purchased it in 1988, and, in 1989, the Interface Group, which included Sheldon Adelson.

The original “Oceans 11” movie was filmed at the Sands in 1960. The film — including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford — inspired a meeting, known as the Summit at the Sands, and united the stars, known worldwide as the Rat Pack.

Along with “Oceans 11,” the Sands was featured in “Con Air” and “The Cooler.” In 1996, Adelson closed the famous resort and imploded it to make way for the Venetian.


Destroyed In Seconds
Destroyed In Seconds