I can't go to Laughlin without thinking about Sam Kinison. On the day he died, he was heading up Highway 95 outside Needles, Calif., for a gig at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort when he was hit head-on by a car travelling in the wrong lane, and there's just something wrong about that whole picture.
Larry Flynt's Hustler Casino may be the most elegant place in the world to play poker.
Part European castle, part modern art museum, it greets you with gold-framed Gustav Klimt paintings in the foyer and pampers you with plush wing chairs you would expect to find in a 19th- century French brothel. There's an Alice-in-Wonderland playfulness about it, too, with its checkerboard carpet of red and black and its rich velveted walls.