Las Vegas is just one of those places where crazy stuff happens. If you just visit for a weekend, maybe you vomit on a bouncer, get married to Britney Spears or win $29,000,000 with one pull on a slot-machine. If you spend a little more time there you might wind up like Howard Hughes, with the huge beard and six inch long fingernails. With such a well-deserved reputation for being home to the shocking it’s not surprising that Las Vegas is the setting for some great urban legends.

A few years ago a website popped up that advertised a service where you could go hunting on the outskirts of Vegas. The prey? Naked women. Granted, the hunting took place with paintball guns, but the whole thing seemed just unsavory enough to be real. The story got picked up by major media outlets everywhere, bringing a huge amount of publicity, all of it bad, to the guy who came up with the whole idea. It turned out to be a hoax, but not before an urban legend was born…and forwarded to inboxes throughout the world.

Another story that’s been whispered around casinos for years involves the so-called chip monks. Since many of Vegas’ residents work in casinos, it’s only natural that casino chips would be dropped on donation plates at churches around the city. According to this legend, the various churches all send the chips they collect to one monastery, where a group of chip monks count and sort them. Then there was the popular story that Axl Rose died of a drug overdose in a lonely Vegas suite back in 2006. Unfortunately for the world, and possibly for him, Axl is alive and well and currently trying to live down the release of Chinese Democracy. And then there’s the tale of the man who won $39.7 million dollars with one lucky pull on a Megabucks slot machine, and died days later…of an overdose at the Palms Hotel…or in a plane crash…or in a gang fight in L.A. Since it wasn’t true, getting the facts right was never a big issue.

You can’t believe everything you read, but you can believe this: you should play some slots or table games right now.

Peter Alexander

With over ten years experience as an online writer and content specialist, Peter has written for a wide variety of clients and industries. At various points, he has helped define the online voice for clients such as Nintendo, Nike’s Jordan brand and Electronic Arts. For the last number of years, he has specialized in writing for the online gaming world, for clients such as Bodog and Silver Oak Casino.