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|games = [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]
 
|games = [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]
 
|name = Las Venturas
 
|name = Las Venturas
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|pop = 596,424 (2014)
 
|size = 2.2km square
 
|size = 2.2km square
|state = [[State of San Andreas|San Andreas]]
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|state = [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|San Andreas]]
|motto = "The City That Only Cares About Slot Machines" and "The City With More Love Than It Could Handle"|country = United States|caption = From top, left to right: Welcome to Las Venturas sign, the Old Venturas Strip, high view of Las Venturas, The Visage, Las Venturas Airport, Las Venturas strip at night.|Unlocked after = [[Learning to Fly]]}}
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|motto = "The City That Only Cares About Slot Machines" and "The City With More Love Than It Could Handle"
[[File:Welcome-to-las-venturas-1-.jpg|thumb|Welcome to Las Venturas sign]]
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|country = [[United States of America]]
[[Image:LasVenturas-GTASA-map.jpg|thumb|Street map of '''Las Venturas''']]
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|caption = From top, left to right: [[Las Venturas Welcome Sign|Welcome to Las Venturas sign]], the [[Old Venturas Strip]], high view of Las Venturas, [[The Visage]], [[Las Venturas Airport]], Las Venturas strip at night.
[[Image:Las_Venturas_-GTASA-highdetailedmap.jpg|thumb|High detailed map of '''Las Venturas''']]
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|Unlocked after = [[Yay Ka-Boom-Boom]] (accessible without police attention)
'''Las Venturas''' is the second largest city in area and least populous in the [[State of San Andreas]] and the third and final fictional city the player meets in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]. It is based on [[wp:Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas, Nevada]], and like its real-life counterpart, Las Venturas is a gambling city located in a desert region, with casinos such as [[The Camel's Toe]] and [[Caligula's Palace]]. Las Venturas [[File:Gallery_(72).jpg|thumb|300px|Las Venturas]]becomes accessible without police attention following [[Yay Ka-Boom-Boom]]. Everything that can be bought in Las Venturas, except the [[Pay 'n' Spray]] service, is 20% more expensive than in [[Los Santos in GTA III Era|Los Santos]] or [[San Fierro]]. Las Venturas is Spanish for "The Fortunes", whilst Las Vegas translates to "The Meadows" or "The Grasslands".
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[[Learning to Fly]] (safehouses are available for purchase)}}
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[[File:Las_venturas.jpg|thumb|[[Las Venturas Welcome Sign]]]]
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[[Image:LasVenturas-GTASA-map.jpg|thumb|Street map of Las Venturas]]
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[[Image:Las Venturas -GTASA-highdetailedmap.jpg|thumb|High detailed map of Las Venturas]]
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'''Las Venturas''' is the second largest city in area and least populous in the [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|State of San Andreas]] and the third and final fictional city the player meets in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]. It is based on [[wp:Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas, Nevada]], and like its real-life counterpart, Las Venturas is a gambling city located in a desert region, with casinos such as [[The Camel's Toe]] and [[Caligula's Palace]]. Las Venturas [[File:Gallery (72).jpg|thumb|300px|Las Venturas]]becomes accessible without police attention following [[Yay Ka-Boom-Boom]]. Everything that can be bought in Las Venturas, except the [[Pay 'n' Spray]] service, is 20% more expensive than in [[Los Santos (3D Universe)|Los Santos]] or [[San Fierro (3D Universe)|San Fierro]]. Las Venturas is Spanish for "The Fortunes", whilst Las Vegas translates to "The Meadows" or "The Grasslands".
   
 
Las Venturas is home to the famous baseball team, the [[Las Venturas Bandits]], and [[Greenglass College]]. The city is also home to Mafia families. Initially, there were three families: the [[Leone Family]], the [[Forelli Family]] and the [[Sindacco Family]].
 
Las Venturas is home to the famous baseball team, the [[Las Venturas Bandits]], and [[Greenglass College]]. The city is also home to Mafia families. Initially, there were three families: the [[Leone Family]], the [[Forelli Family]] and the [[Sindacco Family]].
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After stopping the sabotage efforts of the Forelli Family and Sindacco Family, who have part ownership of [[Caligula's Palace]], with the Leone Family, Carl and Wu Zi Mu plan to strike back by pulling off a heist on Caligula's. Carl eventually [[Don Peyote|meets]] [[Kent Paul]] and [[Maccer]], a member of the [[Gurning Chimps]]. Paul knows [[Ken Rosenberg]], who is currently the manager of Caligula's.
 
After stopping the sabotage efforts of the Forelli Family and Sindacco Family, who have part ownership of [[Caligula's Palace]], with the Leone Family, Carl and Wu Zi Mu plan to strike back by pulling off a heist on Caligula's. Carl eventually [[Don Peyote|meets]] [[Kent Paul]] and [[Maccer]], a member of the [[Gurning Chimps]]. Paul knows [[Ken Rosenberg]], who is currently the manager of Caligula's.
   
After helping Rosenberg out with his problems, [[Salvatore Leone]] himself arrives from [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]] to take total control of Caligula's. Carl capitalizes on his relationship with Rosenberg to earn Salvatore's trust, and after performing numerous hits for him, is ready to begin the heist. When the heist team successfully [[Breaking the Bank at Caligula's|robs Caligula's]], Salvatore swears revenge against Carl.
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After helping Rosenberg out with his problems, [[Salvatore Leone]] himself arrives from [[Liberty City (3D Universe)|Liberty City]] to take total control of Caligula's. Carl capitalizes on his relationship with Rosenberg to earn Salvatore's trust, and after performing numerous hits for him, is ready to begin the heist. When the heist team successfully [[Breaking the Bank at Caligula's|robs Caligula's]], Salvatore swears revenge against Carl.
   
In a different tempo, Carl also does a task once again for [[Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums|C.R.A.S.H.]], which is to [[Misappropriation|retrieve a dossier]] for [[Frank Tenpenny]]. After some time, C.R.A.S.H. and Carl meet up in [[Las Brujas]], near [[El Castillo del Diablo]] in [[Bone County]], to give Tenpenny the dossier. In this event, Tenpenny knocks out fellow C.R.A.S.H. member [[Jimmy Hernandez]] with a [[Shovel|shovel]], since he was going to turn in evidence against Tenpenny. Later on, [[Eddie Pulaski]] also gets killed, but this time by Carl.
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In a different tempo, Carl also does a task once again for [[Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums|C.R.A.S.H.]], which is to [[Misappropriation|retrieve a dossier]] for [[Frank Tenpenny]]. After some time, C.R.A.S.H. and Carl meet up in [[Las Brujas]], near [[El Castillo del Diablo]] in [[Bone County]], to give Tenpenny the dossier. In this event, Tenpenny knocks out fellow C.R.A.S.H. member [[Jimmy Hernandez]] with a [[shovel]], since he was going to turn in evidence against Tenpenny. Later on, [[Eddie Pulaski]] also gets killed, but this time by Carl.
   
 
Soon after this, CJ saves the life of disgraced rapper [[Madd Dogg]] from [[Madd Dogg (mission)|committing suicide]]. and becomes his new manager. However, Madd Dogg wants to [[A Home in the Hills|return to Los Santos]] to reclaim his [[Madd Dogg's Crib|mansion]] from a drug dealer named [[Big Poppa]]. The story then leaves Las Venturas.
 
Soon after this, CJ saves the life of disgraced rapper [[Madd Dogg]] from [[Madd Dogg (mission)|committing suicide]]. and becomes his new manager. However, Madd Dogg wants to [[A Home in the Hills|return to Los Santos]] to reclaim his [[Madd Dogg's Crib|mansion]] from a drug dealer named [[Big Poppa]]. The story then leaves Las Venturas.
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Three casinos, namely [[The Four Dragons Casino]], [[Caligula's Palace]], and [[Casino Floor]], can be entered by [[Carl Johnson]]. Inside you will find dealers and casino games along with many pedestrians. These pedestrians will be found ordering drinks, playing the table games (except Wheel of Fortune), standing in front of the slot machines, and making comments regarding the drinks they are ordering, about the table games they play, and about [[Carl Johnson]]'s appearance. Casinos along [[The Strip]] include (real-life counterparts in Las Vegas):
 
Three casinos, namely [[The Four Dragons Casino]], [[Caligula's Palace]], and [[Casino Floor]], can be entered by [[Carl Johnson]]. Inside you will find dealers and casino games along with many pedestrians. These pedestrians will be found ordering drinks, playing the table games (except Wheel of Fortune), standing in front of the slot machines, and making comments regarding the drinks they are ordering, about the table games they play, and about [[Carl Johnson]]'s appearance. Casinos along [[The Strip]] include (real-life counterparts in Las Vegas):
   
[[File:Gallery_(60).jpg|thumb|300px|Some of the casinos alongside The Strip]]
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[[File:Gallery (60).jpg|thumb|300px|Some of the casinos alongside The Strip]]
 
* [[The Four Dragons Casino]] ([[wikipedia:Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino|Imperial Palace]])
 
* [[The Four Dragons Casino]] ([[wikipedia:Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino|Imperial Palace]])
 
* [[The Pink Swan]] ([[wikipedia:Flamingo Las Vegas|Flamingo]])
 
* [[The Pink Swan]] ([[wikipedia:Flamingo Las Vegas|Flamingo]])
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==Transport==
 
==Transport==
 
===Road===
 
===Road===
Las Venturas has a large freeway system circling and splitting the city into two. The [[Julius Thruway]] is the freeway system circling the city, and is split into four parts; Julius Thruway North, Julius Thruway South, Julius Thruway East and Julius Thruway West. Julius Thruway North leads to an intersection, before splitting into many paths crossing the desert. Julius Thruway South continues to the west from the [[Blackfield Intersection]] to become a major highway in the south of [[Bone County]], continuing to the [[Garver Bridge]], and to [[Tierra Robada]] and the [[Gant Bridge]]. Thus Las Venturas has easy access to [[San Fierro]] and [[Los Santos in GTA III Era|Los Santos]]. It services numerous areas in the city. The [[Harry Gold Parkway]] is another highway, splitting the whole city into a western half and an eastern half. It services mainly the [[Las Venturas Airport|airport]], some few casinos and the central areas. It also leads to a highway leading to the south, crossing [[The Mako Span]] to reach the [[Montgomery Intersection]] and becomes the major freeway through [[Downtown Los Santos]], and its most southern point is [[Los Santos International Airport]].
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Las Venturas has a large freeway system circling and splitting the city into two. The [[Julius Thruway]] is the freeway system circling the city, and is split into four parts; Julius Thruway North, Julius Thruway South, Julius Thruway East and Julius Thruway West. Julius Thruway North leads to an intersection, before splitting into many paths crossing the desert. Julius Thruway South continues to the west from the [[Blackfield Intersection]] to become a major highway in the south of [[Bone County]], continuing to the [[Garver Bridge]], and to [[Tierra Robada]] and the [[Gant Bridge]]. Thus Las Venturas has easy access to [[San Fierro (3D Universe)|San Fierro]] and [[Los Santos (3D Universe)|Los Santos]]. It services numerous areas in the city. The [[Harry Gold Parkway]] is another highway, splitting the whole city into a western half and an eastern half. It services mainly the [[Las Venturas Airport|airport]], some few casinos and the central areas. It also leads to a highway leading to the south, crossing [[The Mako Span]] to reach the [[Montgomery Intersection]] and becomes the major freeway through [[Downtown Los Santos (3D Universe)|Downtown Los Santos]], and its most southern point is [[Los Santos International Airport (3D Universe)|Los Santos International Airport]].
   
 
===Rail===
 
===Rail===
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===Air===
 
===Air===
 
[[Las Venturas Airport]] is an airport on the south-central part of the city, with two runways and a number of planes. It is serviced by [[Juank Air]], and tickets to Los Santos and San Fierro may be purchased.
 
[[Las Venturas Airport]] is an airport on the south-central part of the city, with two runways and a number of planes. It is serviced by [[Juank Air]], and tickets to Los Santos and San Fierro may be purchased.
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[[File:LVA.jpg|thumb|Las Venturas Airport]]
   
 
==Landmarks==
 
==Landmarks==
 
Las Venturas has references to famous landmarks including: (San Andreas counterparts in parenthesis)
 
Las Venturas has references to famous landmarks including: (San Andreas counterparts in parenthesis)
* [[wp:Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas_sign|Las Vegas Welcome Sign]] ([[Las Venturas Welcome Sign]])
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* [[wp:Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign|Las Vegas Welcome Sign]] ([[Las Venturas Welcome Sign]])
*[[wikipedia:Bonanza Gift Shop|Bonanza Gift Shop]] ([[The Strip]])
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*[[wp:Bonanza Gift Shop|Bonanza Gift Shop]] ([[The Strip]])
* Vegas Vic and Sassy Sally (Old Venturas Strip, portrayed by [[Avery Carrington]] and [[Candy Suxxx]])
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* [[wp:Vegas Vic|Vegas Vic and Sassy Sally]] (Old Venturas Strip, portrayed by [[Avery Carrington]] and [[Candy Suxxx]])
 
* [[wp:Chapel of the Flowers|Chapel of the Flowers]]
 
* [[wp:Chapel of the Flowers|Chapel of the Flowers]]
 
* [[wp:Graceland Wedding Chapel|Graceland Wedding Chapel]]
 
* [[wp:Graceland Wedding Chapel|Graceland Wedding Chapel]]
* La Concha
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* [[wp:La Concha Motel|La Concha Motel]] ([[La Conca]])
* [[wikipedia:Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino|Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino]] ([[The Strip]])
 
 
* [[wp:Thomas & Mack Center|UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center]] ([[Blackfield Stadium]])
 
* [[wp:Thomas & Mack Center|UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center]] ([[Blackfield Stadium]])
 
* [http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=61 Las Vegas Outlet Center] ([[Creek]])
 
* [http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=61 Las Vegas Outlet Center] ([[Creek]])
 
* [http://www.lasvegas-diocese.org/parishes_st_joan.html St. Joan of Ark Church] ([[Blackfield Chapel]])
 
* [http://www.lasvegas-diocese.org/parishes_st_joan.html St. Joan of Ark Church] ([[Blackfield Chapel]])
 
* [http://suncityaliantenlv.com/outside_home.asp Sun City Aliante] ([[Prickle Pine]])
 
* [http://suncityaliantenlv.com/outside_home.asp Sun City Aliante] ([[Prickle Pine]])
* [[wp:U.S._District_Court_for_the_District_of_Nevada#Las_Vegas|Lloyd D. George Federal District]] ([[Roca Escalante]])
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* [[wp:U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada#Las Vegas|Lloyd D. George Federal District]] ([[Roca Escalante]])
 
* [[wp:College of Southern Nevada|College of Southern Nevada]] ([[Greenglass College]])
 
* [[wp:College of Southern Nevada|College of Southern Nevada]] ([[Greenglass College]])
* [[wp:McCarran_International_Airport|McCarran International Airport]] ([[Las Venturas Airport]])
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* [[wp:McCarran International Airport|McCarran International Airport]] ([[Las Venturas Airport]])
 
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=durango+dr+peace+way&mrt=all&sll=36.106641,-115.270572&sspn=0.013661,0.027595&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Durango+Dr+%40+Peace+Way&ll=36.109311,-115.279305&spn=0.007264,0.013797&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A Hunter Quarry]([[Hunter Quarry]])
 
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=durango+dr+peace+way&mrt=all&sll=36.106641,-115.270572&sspn=0.013661,0.027595&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Durango+Dr+%40+Peace+Way&ll=36.109311,-115.279305&spn=0.007264,0.013797&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A Hunter Quarry]([[Hunter Quarry]])
 
* [[wp:Las Vegas Parkway|US95]] ([[Pilson Intersection]])
 
* [[wp:Las Vegas Parkway|US95]] ([[Pilson Intersection]])
 
* [[wp:Las Vegas Parkway|Interstate 15]] ([[Julius Thruway]])
 
* [[wp:Las Vegas Parkway|Interstate 15]] ([[Julius Thruway]])
 
* Showcase Mall (a mall near [[Come-A-Lot]] and [[The Camel's Toe]] features large, 3D billboards similar to a real mall in Las Vegas with 3D Coca-Cola, M&Ms and margarita billboards)
 
* Showcase Mall (a mall near [[Come-A-Lot]] and [[The Camel's Toe]] features large, 3D billboards similar to a real mall in Las Vegas with 3D Coca-Cola, M&Ms and margarita billboards)
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashman_Field Cashman Field] ([[Las Venturas Bandits Stadium]])
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* [[wp:Cashman Field|Cashman Field]] ([[Las Venturas Bandits Stadium]])
   
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[[File:BlackfieldStadium-GTASA-exterior.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Blackfield Stadium]].]]
[[Image:BlackfieldStadium-GTASA-exterior.jpg|thumb|250px|right|[[Blackfield Stadium]]]]
 
   
 
==Other Locations==
 
==Other Locations==
 
===Districts===
 
===Districts===
 
*[[Blackfield]]
 
*[[Blackfield]]
*[[Linden Side|Creek]] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boulevard_Mall The Boulevard Mall])
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*[[Creek]] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boulevard_Mall The Boulevard Mall])
   
 
*[[Linden Side]]
 
*[[Linden Side]]
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*[[Old Venturas Strip]]
 
*[[Old Venturas Strip]]
 
*[[Pilgrim|Pilgrim (]][[wp:Chinatown, Las Vegas|Chinatown Plaza]])[[wp:Las Vegas, Nevada| ]]
 
*[[Pilgrim|Pilgrim (]][[wp:Chinatown, Las Vegas|Chinatown Plaza]])[[wp:Las Vegas, Nevada| ]]
*[[Redsands East|Prickle Pine]] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Valley,_Nevada Spring Valley])
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*[[Prickle Pine]] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Valley,_Nevada Spring Valley])
   
 
*[[Redsands East]]
 
*[[Redsands East]]
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*[[Greenglass College]] (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
 
*[[Greenglass College]] (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
 
*[[K.A.C.C.|K.A.C.C. Military Fuels]]
 
*[[K.A.C.C.|K.A.C.C. Military Fuels]]
*[[Las Venturas Airport]]
 
 
*[[Las Venturas Bandits Stadium]]
 
*[[Las Venturas Bandits Stadium]]
 
*[[Last Dime Motel]]
 
*[[Last Dime Motel]]
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==Sports Teams==
 
==Sports Teams==
 
Las Venturas is home to the [[Las Venturas Bandits]], who aren't based on any real life baseball team, as real world Las Vegas has never held a major league sports team, in any American pro sport. There is a minor league baseball team, the [[wp:Las Vegas 51s|Las Vegas 51s]], but it is likely that the Bandits are not meant to emulate the 51s. The Bandits play at the [[Las Venturas Bandits Stadium]] in the [[Redsands West]] district of Las Venturas.
 
Las Venturas is home to the [[Las Venturas Bandits]], who aren't based on any real life baseball team, as real world Las Vegas has never held a major league sports team, in any American pro sport. There is a minor league baseball team, the [[wp:Las Vegas 51s|Las Vegas 51s]], but it is likely that the Bandits are not meant to emulate the 51s. The Bandits play at the [[Las Venturas Bandits Stadium]] in the [[Redsands West]] district of Las Venturas.
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==Notable residents==
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* [[Carl Johnson]]
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* [[Kendl Johnson]]
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* [[Wu Zi Mu]]
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* [[Guppy]]
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* [[Salvatore Leone]]
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* [[Ken Rosenberg]] (Formerly)
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* [[Kent Paul]] (Formerly)
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* [[Maccer]] (Formerly)
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* [[Johnny Sindacco]] (Formerly)
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* [[Millie Perkins]]
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==Collectibles==
 
==Collectibles==
Las Venturas contains two types of collectibles throughout the city. The first type of collectibles are [[oysters]] which can be found in several bodies of water throughout the state. The second type of collectibles are [[Horseshoes]] which are horseshoe shaped objects found exclusively within the cities boundaries similar to the [[snapshots]] in San Fierro and the [[Tags|spray tags]] in Los Santos. Horsehoes increase the player's gambling luck by increasing the odds of winning. Upon collecting every horseshoe the player will recieve an [[M4]], [[SPAS-12]], [[MP5]], and [[Satchel Charges]] at the Four Dragons Casino entrance.
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[[File:Horseshoe.jpg|thumb|A collectible horseshoe]]
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Las Venturas contains two types of collectibles throughout the city. The first type of collectibles are [[oysters]] which can be found in several bodies of water throughout the state. The second type of collectibles are [[Horseshoes]] which are horseshoe shaped objects found exclusively within the cities boundaries similar to the [[snapshots]] in San Fierro and the [[Tags|spray tags]] in Los Santos. Horsehoes increase the player's gambling luck by increasing the odds of winning. Upon collecting every horseshoe the player will receive an [[M4]], [[SPAS-12]], [[MP5]], and [[Satchel Charges]] at the Four Dragons Casino entrance.
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==Tips==
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Like San Fierro, it is possible for players, without cheating, to enter Las Venturas before it is unlocked by simply swimming across the river from Red County (there are also locations where skillful bike riders can jump from Red County into Las Venturas). Once the player enters the city proper, however, a four-star wanted level is given (though the "Lock Wanted Stars" cheat code will prevent this and allow exploration). Unlike San Fierro, however, there are some small areas along the south side that can be entered safely, namely the dock areas where the player can pick up boats and armor; remain away from the staircases leading up into the city and no Wanted Level is given. It is also possible to safely circumnavigate Las Venturas by water before it's unlocked, though approaching the waterways around San Fierro will activate the Wanted Level penalty, as will approaching too close to the Las Venturas shoreline (or approaching the location of the oyster in the far northeast corner of the map).
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*Las Venturas has the highest concentration and numbers of suburbs of any city in San Andreas.
 
*Las Venturas has the highest concentration and numbers of suburbs of any city in San Andreas.
*Las Venturas has the most [[Burger Shot]] and[[Cluckin' Bell| Cluckin' Bell]] locations of any city/town in all of Grand Theft Auto.
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*Las Venturas has the most [[Burger Shot]] and [[Cluckin' Bell]] locations of any city/town in all of Grand Theft Auto.
 
*Behind [[The Clown's Pocket]] Casino, a large pink dome is under construction. The pink Adventuredome behind the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas was also under construction in 1992.
 
*Behind [[The Clown's Pocket]] Casino, a large pink dome is under construction. The pink Adventuredome behind the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas was also under construction in 1992.
*Las Venturas is one of only two cities in the 3D Universe to be built on flat terrain (the other being [[Vice City in 3D Universe|Vice City]], and the only one in the [[State of San Andreas]].
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*Las Venturas is one of only two cities in the [[3D Universe]] to be built on flat terrain (the other being [[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]]), and the only one in the [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|State of San Andreas]].
 
*In GTA San Andreas, the printed map included with the game implies that The Clown's Pocket Casino was originally named the Ringmaster, which probably means the name was changed during game development.
 
*In GTA San Andreas, the printed map included with the game implies that The Clown's Pocket Casino was originally named the Ringmaster, which probably means the name was changed during game development.
 
*Las Venturas is the only city with no Street Gangs roaming the city. Though it has been implied that most of the city belongs to the Mafia.
 
*Las Venturas is the only city with no Street Gangs roaming the city. Though it has been implied that most of the city belongs to the Mafia.
*The [[Venturas Poker Challenge |Venturas Poker Challenge]] takes place in Las Venturas in the Venturas Dome, during the events of Grand Theft Auto IV in the HD Universe.
 
*In [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], there are a lot of references to Las Venturas (in television, radio, etc.), as it still exists within the [[HD Universe]]. However, as Las Venturas is a city and not a town or area, it is unknown if it still exists within a new universe version of the fictional [[State of San Andreas]], after all San Andreas is a single city in GTA 1.
 
*Despite following an alternate continuity, the 3D Universe rendition of the city (also currently the only rendition) appears in a cameo on the TV in GTA IV.
 
 
*In early screenshots Police Vehicles in Las Venturas were shown to have the letters "LG" emblozned on them, as apposed to the letters "LV" for Las Venturas. This suggests the at one point Las Venturas was named something else. It is unknown what the "LG" would have stood for, it might also had been written different to make players to not confuse LVPD with the actual LVPD of Las Vegas.
 
*In early screenshots Police Vehicles in Las Venturas were shown to have the letters "LG" emblozned on them, as apposed to the letters "LV" for Las Venturas. This suggests the at one point Las Venturas was named something else. It is unknown what the "LG" would have stood for, it might also had been written different to make players to not confuse LVPD with the actual LVPD of Las Vegas.
 
*Unlike the other two major cities, Las Venturas has no area entitled "Downtown". As [[The Strip]] is the 'downtown' area of Las Venturas.
 
*Unlike the other two major cities, Las Venturas has no area entitled "Downtown". As [[The Strip]] is the 'downtown' area of Las Venturas.
 
*Las Venturas is the only city in the 3D Universe where the [[Police Car]] and [[Taxi]] do not share the same chassis.
 
*Las Venturas is the only city in the 3D Universe where the [[Police Car]] and [[Taxi]] do not share the same chassis.
 
*Las Venturas is the least populous city in the 3D Universe with a population of 500,000.
 
*Las Venturas is the least populous city in the 3D Universe with a population of 500,000.
*Like San Fierro, it is possible for players, without cheating, to enter Las Venturas before it is unlocked by simply swimming across the river from [[Red County]] (there are also locations where skillful bike riders can jump from Red County into Las Ventura). Once the player enters the city proper, however, a four-star [[wanted level]] is given (though the "Lock Wanted Stars" [[Cheats in GTA San Andreas|cheat code]] will prevent this and allow exploration). Unlike San Fierro, however, there are some small areas along the south side that can be entered safely, namely the dock areas where the player can pick up boats and armor; remain away from the staircases leading up into the city and no Wanted Level is given. It is also possible to safely circumnavigate Las Venturas by water before it's unlocked, though approaching the waterways around San Fierro will activate the Wanted Level penalty, as will approaching too close to the Las Venturas shoreline (or approaching the location of the [[oyster]] in the far northeast corner of the map).[[File:LasVenturasGuide-GTASA.png|thumb|The Las Venturas tourist guide.]]
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[[File:LasVenturasGuide-GTASA.png|thumb|The Las Venturas tourist guide.]]
 
*In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, after killing Paulie Sindacco, his tombstone in Liberty City cemetery will say ''Viva Las Venturas Baby''.
 
*In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, after killing Paulie Sindacco, his tombstone in Liberty City cemetery will say ''Viva Las Venturas Baby''.
 
*The official strategy guide for the game, published by BradyGames, lists several locations in Las Venturas where [[Adrenaline]] pick-ups are available, however in the game itself no such items exist.
 
*The official strategy guide for the game, published by BradyGames, lists several locations in Las Venturas where [[Adrenaline]] pick-ups are available, however in the game itself no such items exist.
 
*In some safehouses, there are guidebooks for different places, including Las Venturas.
 
*In some safehouses, there are guidebooks for different places, including Las Venturas.
*Las Venturas is the only city in the entire [[3D Universe]] to not include skyscrapers.
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*Strangely or curiously, Harrahs, Tropicana, Sahara, Riviera, New Frontier and Stardust existed in 1992, 2004, and 2005 but doesn't exist in Las Venturas. Both New Frontier and Stardust were imploded in 2007 and Sahara was in renovated to become SLS Las Vegas, as Sahara was closed in 2011, New Frontier closed in 2007, and Stardust closed in 2006.
*Strangely or curiously, Harrahs, Tropicana, Sahara, Riviera, New Frontier, Stardust existed in 1992, 2004, and 2005 but doesn't exist in Las Venturas. Both New Frontier and Stardust were imploded in 2007 and Sahara was in renovated to become SLS Las Vegas, as Sahara was closed in 2011, New Frontier closed in 2007, and Stardust closed in 2006. 
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*Many streets in Las Venturas, mainly the ones in the outskirks of the city, seem to have sand on them, increasing the feeling of the city being on the middle of the desert.
*In TboGT, when [[Monique]] cheats on [[Vic Manzano]] with [[Luis Fernando Lopez]], Vic was supposed to be in Las Venturas.
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*Las Venturas, like its real life counterpart, doesn't have any beaches. However, it's very close to the sea, unlike Las Vegas. This was likely done because of game limitations.
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*It would be possible that at some point Rockstar planned to make Las Venturas in a separate area of San Andreas, since the city has many unique features and its real counterpart is far away from Los Santos and San Fierro's counterparts.
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*Las Venturas is named "Las Venturra" in the main menu background of the mobile version of GTA San Andreas, mostly evident on the save, load, or delete files background. Venturra is the singular term of Venturas.
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*Images of Las Venturas from GTA San Andreas are used in one of the TV broadcasts in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], meaning the city exists in the [[Las Venturas (HD Universe)|HD Universe as well]].
   
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CITY
Las Venturas
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From top, left to right: Welcome to Las Venturas sign, the Old Venturas Strip, high view of Las Venturas, The Visage, Las Venturas Airport, Las Venturas strip at night.
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Population: 596,424 (2014)
Boroughs: 2.2km square
Country: United States of America
State: San Andreas
Motto: "The City That Only Cares About Slot Machines" and "The City With More Love Than It Could Handle"
Unlocked after: Yay Ka-Boom-Boom (accessible without police attention)

Learning to Fly (safehouses are available for purchase)


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Las Venturas Welcome Sign

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Street map of Las Venturas

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High detailed map of Las Venturas

Las Venturas is the second largest city in area and least populous in the State of San Andreas and the third and final fictional city the player meets in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It is based on Las Vegas, Nevada, and like its real-life counterpart, Las Venturas is a gambling city located in a desert region, with casinos such as The Camel's Toe and Caligula's Palace. Las Venturas
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Las Venturas

becomes accessible without police attention following Yay Ka-Boom-Boom. Everything that can be bought in Las Venturas, except the Pay 'n' Spray service, is 20% more expensive than in Los Santos or San Fierro. Las Venturas is Spanish for "The Fortunes", whilst Las Vegas translates to "The Meadows" or "The Grasslands".

Las Venturas is home to the famous baseball team, the Las Venturas Bandits, and Greenglass College. The city is also home to Mafia families. Initially, there were three families: the Leone Family, the Forelli Family and the Sindacco Family.

StorylineEdit

After buying an abandoned desert airstrip under orders from Mike Toreno. Once Carl learns to fly as part of Toreno's plans he receives a phone call from the blind Triad leader Wu Zi Mu, whom Carl worked with in San Fierro. Wu Zi Mu has opened a casino called "The Four Dragons Casino" in Las Venturas, and he offers Carl part ownership in exchange for defending it, since Las Venturas is a Mafia-controlled town.

After stopping the sabotage efforts of the Forelli Family and Sindacco Family, who have part ownership of Caligula's Palace, with the Leone Family, Carl and Wu Zi Mu plan to strike back by pulling off a heist on Caligula's. Carl eventually meets Kent Paul and Maccer, a member of the Gurning Chimps. Paul knows Ken Rosenberg, who is currently the manager of Caligula's.

After helping Rosenberg out with his problems, Salvatore Leone himself arrives from Liberty City to take total control of Caligula's. Carl capitalizes on his relationship with Rosenberg to earn Salvatore's trust, and after performing numerous hits for him, is ready to begin the heist. When the heist team successfully robs Caligula's, Salvatore swears revenge against Carl.

In a different tempo, Carl also does a task once again for C.R.A.S.H., which is to retrieve a dossier for Frank Tenpenny. After some time, C.R.A.S.H. and Carl meet up in Las Brujas, near El Castillo del Diablo in Bone County, to give Tenpenny the dossier. In this event, Tenpenny knocks out fellow C.R.A.S.H. member Jimmy Hernandez with a shovel, since he was going to turn in evidence against Tenpenny. Later on, Eddie Pulaski also gets killed, but this time by Carl.

Soon after this, CJ saves the life of disgraced rapper Madd Dogg from committing suicide. and becomes his new manager. However, Madd Dogg wants to return to Los Santos to reclaim his mansion from a drug dealer named Big Poppa. The story then leaves Las Venturas.

CasinosEdit

Wu Zi Mu (in person) and Julio G (on the radio), among others, talk about how corporations are moving in on the Las Venturas gaming industry and pushing out mobsters. This refers to the real-life trend in Las Vegas, also in the very early 1990s ("corporations" being Steve Wynn and Circus Circus Enterprises).

Most Las Venturas casinos are modeled after real-life locations in Las Vegas. Curiously, counterparts to some noteworthy Las Vegas casinos which existed in 1992 (when the game takes place), but were later demolished, do not appear in Las Venturas - these include the Dunes Hotel, the Desert Inn Hotel and the Sands Hotel. Also, the Luxor Hotel (opened 1993), Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (opened 1995) and Treasure Island Hotel and Casino (opened 1993) had yet to be built.

Three casinos, namely The Four Dragons Casino, Caligula's Palace, and Casino Floor, can be entered by Carl Johnson. Inside you will find dealers and casino games along with many pedestrians. These pedestrians will be found ordering drinks, playing the table games (except Wheel of Fortune), standing in front of the slot machines, and making comments regarding the drinks they are ordering, about the table games they play, and about Carl Johnson's appearance. Casinos along The Strip include (real-life counterparts in Las Vegas):

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Some of the casinos alongside The Strip

Old Venturas StripEdit

The casinos in the Old Venturas Strip district have no names, but are modeled after the largest casinos in downtown Las Vegas: Binion's Horseshoe, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Fremont Hotel and Casino, and The Four Queens Hotel and Casino.

CrimeEdit

In terms of crime, Las Venturas is unique compared to Los Santos and San Fierro. Firstly, Las Venturas is not plagued or controlled by any street gangs. Because of this, crime rate and gang violence is on a much lower rate compared to the other cities in San Andreas. Further, the rate of drugs-trafficking is substantionally lower compared to the other cities and almost non-existent; likewise, crack dealers do not exist in Las Venturas. However, major criminal organizations have influence in Las Venturas; and contribute to the majority of the crime and illegal activities; including murder, corruption, contract killing/assassination and protection/extortion. These organizations include the Triads and three different Italian Mafia families; including the Leone Family, Forelli Family and the Sindacco Family. The main business ventures and influence that these criminal organizations hold in Las Venturas is the gambling industry and associated big-time casinos. This includes Caligula's Palace (Italian Mafia) and the Four Dragons Casino (Triads).

The Triads and the Mafia entered a brief, but violent war during 1992 for control of the gambling industry. The three mafia families in Las Venturas - the Sindaccos, Forelli's and the Leone's were also on rocky terms since they both had a stake at Caligula's Casino, each wanting to muscle each other out for full control of the casino.

TransportEdit

RoadEdit

Las Venturas has a large freeway system circling and splitting the city into two. The Julius Thruway is the freeway system circling the city, and is split into four parts; Julius Thruway North, Julius Thruway South, Julius Thruway East and Julius Thruway West. Julius Thruway North leads to an intersection, before splitting into many paths crossing the desert. Julius Thruway South continues to the west from the Blackfield Intersection to become a major highway in the south of Bone County, continuing to the Garver Bridge, and to Tierra Robada and the Gant Bridge. Thus Las Venturas has easy access to San Fierro and Los Santos. It services numerous areas in the city. The Harry Gold Parkway is another highway, splitting the whole city into a western half and an eastern half. It services mainly the airport, some few casinos and the central areas. It also leads to a highway leading to the south, crossing The Mako Span to reach the Montgomery Intersection and becomes the major freeway through Downtown Los Santos, and its most southern point is Los Santos International Airport.

RailEdit

The Brown Streak Railroad services Las Venturas, with its two stations (Linden Station and Yellow Bell Station) being located in the northern and eastern part of the city. The Sobell Rail Yards are also in the east of the city, though it is not considered a stop for Brown Streak and Freight trains.

AirEdit

Las Venturas Airport is an airport on the south-central part of the city, with two runways and a number of planes. It is serviced by Juank Air, and tickets to Los Santos and San Fierro may be purchased.

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Las Venturas Airport

LandmarksEdit

Las Venturas has references to famous landmarks including: (San Andreas counterparts in parenthesis)

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Blackfield Stadium.

Other LocationsEdit

DistrictsEdit

Other Notable PlacesEdit

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Linden Station

Major Roads and IntersectionsEdit

Sports TeamsEdit

Las Venturas is home to the Las Venturas Bandits, who aren't based on any real life baseball team, as real world Las Vegas has never held a major league sports team, in any American pro sport. There is a minor league baseball team, the Las Vegas 51s, but it is likely that the Bandits are not meant to emulate the 51s. The Bandits play at the Las Venturas Bandits Stadium in the Redsands West district of Las Venturas.

Notable residentsEdit

CollectiblesEdit

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A collectible horseshoe

Las Venturas contains two types of collectibles throughout the city. The first type of collectibles are oysters which can be found in several bodies of water throughout the state. The second type of collectibles are Horseshoes which are horseshoe shaped objects found exclusively within the cities boundaries similar to the snapshots in San Fierro and the spray tags in Los Santos. Horsehoes increase the player's gambling luck by increasing the odds of winning. Upon collecting every horseshoe the player will receive an M4, SPAS-12, MP5, and Satchel Charges at the Four Dragons Casino entrance.

TipsEdit

Like San Fierro, it is possible for players, without cheating, to enter Las Venturas before it is unlocked by simply swimming across the river from Red County (there are also locations where skillful bike riders can jump from Red County into Las Venturas). Once the player enters the city proper, however, a four-star wanted level is given (though the "Lock Wanted Stars" cheat code will prevent this and allow exploration). Unlike San Fierro, however, there are some small areas along the south side that can be entered safely, namely the dock areas where the player can pick up boats and armor; remain away from the staircases leading up into the city and no Wanted Level is given. It is also possible to safely circumnavigate Las Venturas by water before it's unlocked, though approaching the waterways around San Fierro will activate the Wanted Level penalty, as will approaching too close to the Las Venturas shoreline (or approaching the location of the oyster in the far northeast corner of the map).

TriviaEdit

  • Las Venturas has the highest concentration and numbers of suburbs of any city in San Andreas.
  • Las Venturas has the most Burger Shot and Cluckin' Bell locations of any city/town in all of Grand Theft Auto.
  • Behind The Clown's Pocket Casino, a large pink dome is under construction. The pink Adventuredome behind the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas was also under construction in 1992.
  • Las Venturas is one of only two cities in the 3D Universe to be built on flat terrain (the other being Vice City), and the only one in the State of San Andreas.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the printed map included with the game implies that The Clown's Pocket Casino was originally named the Ringmaster, which probably means the name was changed during game development.
  • Las Venturas is the only city with no Street Gangs roaming the city. Though it has been implied that most of the city belongs to the Mafia.
  • In early screenshots Police Vehicles in Las Venturas were shown to have the letters "LG" emblozned on them, as apposed to the letters "LV" for Las Venturas. This suggests the at one point Las Venturas was named something else. It is unknown what the "LG" would have stood for, it might also had been written different to make players to not confuse LVPD with the actual LVPD of Las Vegas.
  • Unlike the other two major cities, Las Venturas has no area entitled "Downtown". As The Strip is the 'downtown' area of Las Venturas.
  • Las Venturas is the only city in the 3D Universe where the Police Car and Taxi do not share the same chassis.
  • Las Venturas is the least populous city in the 3D Universe with a population of 500,000.
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The Las Venturas tourist guide.

  • In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, after killing Paulie Sindacco, his tombstone in Liberty City cemetery will say Viva Las Venturas Baby.
  • The official strategy guide for the game, published by BradyGames, lists several locations in Las Venturas where Adrenaline pick-ups are available, however in the game itself no such items exist.
  • In some safehouses, there are guidebooks for different places, including Las Venturas.
  • Strangely or curiously, Harrahs, Tropicana, Sahara, Riviera, New Frontier and Stardust existed in 1992, 2004, and 2005 but doesn't exist in Las Venturas. Both New Frontier and Stardust were imploded in 2007 and Sahara was in renovated to become SLS Las Vegas, as Sahara was closed in 2011, New Frontier closed in 2007, and Stardust closed in 2006.
  • Many streets in Las Venturas, mainly the ones in the outskirks of the city, seem to have sand on them, increasing the feeling of the city being on the middle of the desert.
  • Las Venturas, like its real life counterpart, doesn't have any beaches. However, it's very close to the sea, unlike Las Vegas. This was likely done because of game limitations.
  • It would be possible that at some point Rockstar planned to make Las Venturas in a separate area of San Andreas, since the city has many unique features and its real counterpart is far away from Los Santos and San Fierro's counterparts.
  • Las Venturas is named "Las Venturra" in the main menu background of the mobile version of GTA San Andreas, mostly evident on the save, load, or delete files background. Venturra is the singular term of Venturas.
  • Images of Las Venturas from GTA San Andreas are used in one of the TV broadcasts in Grand Theft Auto IV, meaning the city exists in the HD Universe as well.

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