blackout shuts down MAJOR casino in Las Vegas

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  1. JohnS

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    [LAS VEGAS (April 12) - One of the biggest hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip closed Monday and thousands of guests had to check in somewhere else after a main power line failed.



    The 3,000-room Bellagio was hit with the partial blackout about 2 a.m. Sunday. Emergency power to the casino came on, providing only a glimmer of light throughout the building.

    "I guess I'll have to go to another casino to lose money," said Bob Raf, a teacher from Michigan.
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    A power line coming into the resort failed, said Alan Feldman, a spokesman for MGM Mirage, which owns the hotel. "We don't know what happened and probably won't for some time," he said Monday.

    Feldman said thousands of feet of cable would have to be replaced and the hotel would not reopen until Tuesday morning at the earliest.
    "I guess I'll have to go to another casino to lose money."
    -Bob Raf

    The power failure caused surveillance cameras to shut down, but a priceless collection of Monet paintings on display was safe, Feldman said. There were no reports of any injuries or thefts.

    He said 800 guest rooms were occupied Sunday night and 1,100 arrivals were scheduled for Monday. Guests were moved to other hotels.

    Bob Petersen, a 59-year-old retiree from Washington who was paying $350 a night at the Bellagio, said: "Why is there power across the street and there is no power here? I can't understand in this day and age why there wasn't more backup."


    MAYBE it's the work of Ocean[​IMG]
     
  2. James T

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    I don't know about that one. People are dumb enough to steal in broad daylight, with the cameras on and with plenty of witnesses, but once the lights go out and the cameras stop working, no one does a thing?
     
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    Not to mention the most luxurious and high end Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. That really messed up a lot of peoples Easters.
     
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    The Energy consulting company that designed their infrastructure will probably get a mouthful.... (hope it isn't the one I work for !)
     
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    My wife and I went down there Sunday morning for brunch / breakfast. We had no idea the power was out until we got there.

    We walked to the buffet and SOME of the lights were still on. I suppose it was just the emegency lighting. They were still playing blackjack and the other card games that didn't require power. It was funny to see that some of the emergency lighting just happened be be over the blackjack tables.

    It's inpossible to light up and operate a hotel/casino of that size on backup power only.
     
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    What happens if you have a lot of credits in a slot machine when the power goes out?
     
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    House wins! [​IMG]
     

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