Which will we see first? in Two Way Hard Three

In case you missed it, I’ve got a slightly-more-serious but still fun piece up on Two Way Hard Three about various longshots on the Las Vegas Strip:

With a renewed push for a casino smoking ban in Nevada, I go to thinking: which would happen first–no smoking in a casino, or a casino dress code? They are both changes that some people think would improve the casino experience, but would probably be fought tooth and nail by most operators. I just can’t see them turning away a player because he’s in a t-shirt instead of a sportcoat, or because he wants to smoke.

Still, I thought it would be interesting to consider which of these following scenarios might happen first.

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It’s just a thought exercise, but I think it’s useful to try to see around the corner and predict what’s going to happen. It’s obvious that the status quo isn’t going to continue forever, so it’s interesting to try to guess what’s going to stay and what’s going to go.

Author: Dave

Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of several books, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gaming. Also Gaming and Hospitality editor for Vegas Seven magazine.

2 thoughts on “Which will we see first? in Two Way Hard Three”

  1. My prediction is that a casino will go entirely non-smoking and that it will be the Westin Casuarina Hotel and Casino at the corner of Flamingo and Koval. It is a small casino that probably does not do much business anyway (I stopped in there on a Thursday night back in 2008 and it was not very crowded) so they really don’t have much to lose anyway. They currently have financial troubles so they might consider going the non-smoking route.

  2. I am on both sides of the fence on this one, being a commonly suit-wearing patron of the casinos, as well as being a smoker. Though from my own perspective, I would choose a dress code over non-smoking policies, I do rather expect that non-smoking casinos will come long before (if ever) dress codes come to pass on the strip.

    Society in general is becoming increasingly critical of public smoking, Not so much of casual dress. While this is very good for the health of the population in general (I make no excuses for the health risks of smoking), it does tend to drive concerns such as modes of dress into relative obscurity.

    Couple that with the highly profitable nature of some of the more commonly casually dressed penny-slot players that patronize the casinos (as opposed to some of the more formal table-game players like myself), and it becomes clear which of the two might be most easily eliminated in the name of political correctness and profitability.

    However, the smoking issue does have a correlation that has (at least in my own research) been not often studied. Both gambling and smoking are addictive behaviours, and gambling addicts (which statistically account for a large percentage of casino profits) are likely to be prone to other addictive behaviours such as smoking. Therefore, the casinos may have a vested interest in welcoming those who may exhibit one form of addictive behaviour (smoking) in the interest of welcoming players whose behaviour at a machine may prove most profitable.

    The trend toward hotels becoming non-smoking is increasing, and I have little doubt that the casinos themselves shall experiment with this in the near future.

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