Las Vegas--Over The Top: In With The New

Gaming is waning, so the neon city is on the remake. Think luxe, not casino

Sheldon Adelson, son of a Boston cabbie, is strolling down the loggia of the Doges Palace, Venice's famous landmark. Across the way he can see the city's other famous sites--the Clock Tower and the Campanile, the Bridge of Sighs and the Ca D'Oro. He stops to marvel at the craftsmanship of a carved quatrefoil atop one arch. A chiseled demon leers down at him. The 65-year-old Adelson mirrors the expression as he waves his arms at the surroundings. "You feel you're standing in the middle of St. Mark's Square, don't you?" he exclaims. "You are in Italy, in Venice!"

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