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El Cortez in Las Vegas turns 75. (Makes 50-year-old Caesars seem young)

El Cortez in Las Vegas turns 75. (Makes 50-year-old Caesars seem young)

It’s party time for yet another long-standing Las Vegas hotel. Following Caesars Palace’s 50th anniversary this summer, the El Cortez is marking an even-bigger milestone – 75 years – this week.

Built for just $245,000, the El Cortez filled a full city block when it opened on Nov. 7, 1941. Four years later, the Mob sank its claws into the property when Bugsy Siegel and three other gangsters bought it. The hotel-casino has been family-owned since 1963, and its newest addition remembers the past with a 24/7 restaurant named Siegel’s 1941.

The hotel, which has about 350...

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