Party Pits: Yay or Nay?
During our recent excursion to Downtown Vegas, we ran into party pits at both the D and at Golden Gate. Unlike The Strip, the casinos downtown aren't large enough to have separate table pit areas for party and not-party vibes so the entire casinos were essentially a party. That's a big part of their renovations. We know. We like gambling with loud pop music and go-go dancers as much as we like watching TV and listening to mellow adult contemporary jams while we try to add our cards during a session of blacjack.
The smart gambler inside tells us to stay away from the party pit as they usually have higher minimum bets and poor odds. In fact, when we were at Caesars Palace last year, we were faced with the worst blackjack odds we've ever confronted while sitting at the Pussycat Dolls pit. Besides paying out 6/5 on blackjack and having $25 minimums, we were only allowed to double on 10 or 11. Sometimes, the upbeat vibe of the party pits tells us that we should just have a good time. After all, gambling is entertainment. As advertised, the D treated their tables the same during party pit hours as they did when the sun was still up. Blackjack was dealt from a shoe, paid 3/2 for blackjack and had normal casino minimum bets $10-$15. Nice.
The atmosphere at party pits is always fun. People are almost always enjoying themselves regardless if they're playing with good or bad odds. The music and boobs tend to make people forget that they're playing bad odds when on The Strip. Meanwhile in downtown, this is a way to get people to come into the casino and play. No matter how good or bad the odds of a game, they're always with the casino no matter how big or small the house edge is.
Since the casinos on The Strip are so big we have options on where to play, but downtown we were "stuck" with the loud music and hoards of partiers (get off our lawn!) if we wanted to play tables at the D or Golden Gate. On this night, we were in the mood for the party and had a great time. Our next time playing blackjack, we were extremely happy to just have a mellow time. There's nothing wrong with a little variety in our lives.
Different strokes for different days, times and moods. Sometimes we like the party atmosphere, regardless of odds, and sometimes we prefer a more mellow time at the tables. Do you have a preference when you hit the pit to gamble? Let us know in the comments.
[Photo: Caesars Palace on Flickr]