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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Las Vegas Smoker of the Week 8/14/20

Location: Pecos and Flamingo, approx. 2:30pm.

Temp: approx 112f.

Car smoker -- enjoying a delicious cig while sitting at a red light.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The "New" Las Vegas -- The New Normal?

This is Green Valley Ranch in Henderson -- part of the Stations Casinos chain or Red Rock Resorts as it is now called.  These photos were taken at approx. 12:00 on a Monday.  Pre-Covid this casino was pretty busy during the weekdays -- lot of locals and retired folks gambling.  Not anymore...

Check out these photos of this deserted casino.  What's problematic is not only is every other seat removed from slots and video poker, but there are not patrons even playing!

This is GVR's new electronic gaming center -- one patron playing, four dealers just standing around...

Casino bars shuttered and deserted...

Keno parlor empty...

Poker room closed until further notice...

Sports book completely deserted with the exception of a few patrons watching soccer...

Is this sustainable for casinos?  In my opinion casinos cannot operate in such an environment and expect to a make a profit.  They really have two options: just shutter the casino or massive layoffs...

Station Casinos has simply chosen to not open their two Fiestas, Texas Station, and The Palms.  That's right, four casinos just closed with thousands of jobs lost...

Casino layoffs starting to mount:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Future of Gaming?

Green Valley Ranch (GVR) has turned part of their table games floor area into an electronic gaming center -- basically like a sports book, except patrons can bet on "live" tables games projected on screens.  Patrons sit at a station, insert their money, and they are ready to play blackjack, roulette, and other table games.  These electronic gaming stations have been on the LV Strip for at least the past 5 years and it was inevitable that they would infiltrate into locals casinos like GVR.

Is this the future of table gaming?  This is a good question.  If people are OK sitting in isolation and mindlessly playing video table games, then the answer is yes.  If people are OK with playing video 6/5 blackjack via a CSM on a video screen, then the answer is yes.  The implications of this gaming setup if it profitable, could change casino table games into something resembling a sports book.

The fact that a locals casino like GVR installed this electronic gaming center is especially compelling.  I can tell you from regular visits to this casino that 4 blackjack tables, one roulette station, and one craps table were removed.  That's approx. 7-10 dealers that have been removed from the labor pool.  If you look at the photo I took, there are now 4 dealers -- one per game.  But what makes this is set up even more lucrative from the casino standpoint is that the dealers don't handle money -- this means their supervision from management is basically reduced to nothing.

Locals casinos usually have to cater the fact that most of their clientele are somewhat more sophisticated in terms of gaming knowledge than your typical LV Strip patron.  Locals know not to play 6/5 blackjack and avoid video poker games with outrageous edges on their pay tables.  GVR is basically saying to locals:  We don't care about locals, our casino will cater more toward tourists and uneducated ploppies to donk off their money.  This is the sad reality of how gaming is being transformed to screw the player out of as much of their money as possible.

The problem I see with this type of gaming set up is that it caters to the gambler who basically just wants to sit alone and mindlessly stare at screens while donking off their money.  Interaction with a dealer is non existent and interaction with a other players is minimal.  Most people who come to Las Vegas to gamble want human interaction -- they want to chat with dealers and other players.  Gambling for many people is not about winning or losing but about having social interaction with like minded people.  This set up destroys that model.  This set up isolates the patron while they piss away their money.  While this experience might appeal to some gamblers, many gamblers will feel uncomfortable and will avoid these set ups.

Is this the future of gaming?  I guess we will see...

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Las Vegas Casino Crime Cover Up #3

Here we go again with the local Las Vegas media failing to report on a major casino crime.  According to the story published in the Las Vegas Review Journal on June 22, 2020, a woman was raped in her LV Strip hotel room on June 8, 2020.  Frankly, I am amazed that the Las Vegas Review Journal even published this story.  Note:  I could not find any other reporting on this story from any of the major media outlets in Las Vegas, so the RJ does deserve some credit for publishing the story.

This is so typical of the Las Vegas media to not report or "under report" major casino crimes in this city.  It is not acceptable nor is it ethical.  Residents of Las Vegas and the millions of people who visit the city have the right to know about major casino crimes.

So, let's take a look at how this story was "under reported" by the RJ reporter, Glenn Puit.  I am sure Mr. Puit considers himself a competent journalist, but leaving out key facts and information is not acceptable.

1.  The article states the victim was "walking on the Las Vegas Strip" when she met alleged rapist,              Terrance Walls.  Not noted in story:  Where on the Las Vegas Strip was she walking and time?
2.  The victim and Mr. Walls then went to the Venetian to gamble.  At least the story mentions the hotel,       but fails to mention a time frame.
3.  The victim and Mr. Walls then returned to the woman's hotel room, where the alleged sexual assault      occurred.  Problem:  Where was the woman's hotel room?  Venetian or another hotel property?               Why is this not mentioned in the story?  Readers should be told at what hotel the alleged crime              happened at.