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The Anti-Bellagio

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 29th June 2004 6:04pm
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LAS VEGAS - On a stretch of despair that tourists seldom see, the Western Hotel-Casino stands out as a beacon for the broke and nearly broken.

With their crumpled dollars and gloomy gait, they stumble in through the wide, doorless entrance, beckoned by the sounds of penny slot machines and cheap table games.

The Western is a poor man's dream, a downtown casino where sad Las Vegas cliches collide.

"This is the underbelly of Vegas," said 28-year-old Byron Hilton, who was playing $2 blackjack on a recent Friday night. "This is not the Strip."



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