Images of Las Vegas

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Portraits of the Sin City life


Las Vegas is a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment and spectacle; a bacchanalia of neon-lit glitz and glamour that assaults the senses and stimulates the fertile imagination. Indeed, this world-famous city in the heart of Nevada could certainly give New York a run for its money as “The City That Never Sleeps”. From combat sports events and Cirque du Soleil productions to stand-up comedy and musical performances, Sin City is home to pretty much every form of recreation known to man. And of course, there’s the plethora of casinos that dot the Las Vegas landscape, offering classic games such as roulette, blackjack, baccarat, craps, and slot machines. The robust vibrancy of Las Vegas’ casinos has a distinct ebb and flow that has attracted several talented photographers to capture images of some prestigious poker tournaments.

With more than two decades of experience, Rob Gracie has shot thousands of photos for online, advertising, and print publications. Gracie is a familiar presence at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) events held annually at Las Vegas. As a matter of fact, Gracie was the official photographer for five consecutive WSOP Main Events (2005-09) as well as the 2010 WSOP Europe tournaments through GreasieWheels, the industry-leading poker and gaming event agency based in Carson City, Nevada. For the 2010 WSOP Europe event, Gracie was accompanied by BJ Nemeth, a poker tournament reporter and photographer who launched the WSOP’s Official Photo Blog. Most recently, the 2013 WSOP Main Event Final Table held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino was covered by veteran photojournalist Joe Giron – a highly acclaimed lensman who has worked closely with Pantera, Nirvana, AC/DC and countless other rock groups in various capacities.

In a city usually associated with attractions of a decadent persuasion, Las Vegas-based comic book and video game conventions are extremely popular amongst the geek and nerd crowd – the Las Vegas Comic Expo, Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, and LVL UP EXPO, just to name a few. Furthermore, iconic franchises like Transformers, Star Trek, and Dungeons and Dragons have been ported over as online slots games on renowned mobile casino along with classics such as Cluedo, Monopoly, and Cleopatra.

The seemingly limitless energy of Las Vegas – filled to the brim with a diverse range of characters – clearly lends itself to striking images in a variety of invigorating settings.

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