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Cigar smokers get ready.
Cigar Aficionado has announced that its annual Big Smoke Las Vegas Weekend will be November 8-10. This will be the 18th consecutive year that Las Vegas has hosted a Big Smoke event (there's also one in New York City) and the format will be the same with evening parties scheduled for Friday and Saturday night and seminars during the day on Saturday and Sunday. This year, Big Smoke will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cigar Aficionado at The Mirage.
One of our favorite times at G2E is when we can step aside from the celebrity appearances and new slot machines to see what else is possibly coming to the casino floor. The things that look unexciting on the surface can sometimes make a visit to the casino much more pleasant.
This year, we noticed that there were multiple electronic cigarette companies on hand. If casinos become smokeless, like Revel in Atlantic City, electronic cigarettes may find quite a lucrative market in the casinos. Smoke-free casinos? Some friends won't be happy, but we'll take it!
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Even though we spend a lot of time at the tables, we're still relatively new to casino gambling. When we're at the tables, we're usually focused on gambling, drinking and carousing so some things slip past us. We're not experts and we're still learning things. We recently learned something new about casinos that we've never seen in person. It's a practical, old school perk and we figured we'd pass it on.
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Last week, we took a snapshot of this sign at Bally's which reminded visitors of where they can and cannot smoke. And, even though we used to enjoy a good social smoke in our younger days, we were quite relieved to see that there are a bunch of places where smoking is not allowed.
Thought you could sneak in a smoke in the girls' (rest)room? Nope. How about the gift shop? Nein. Ditto for all restaurants, the wedding chapel, hallways, elevators and theaters.
Still, even though the list for non-smoking areas is longer than the smoking areas, no amount of smoke-free space can equal the massive casino floors which are indeed smoke-full. And in a random coincidence, we've learned of two people who have publicly disavowed visiting Vegas because of the smoke.
Last week, we mentioned a possible solution to Las Vegas' smoking problem but it looks like a small casino here is going one step further, by introducing a smoke-free slot room.
Arizona Charlie's, a casino and hotel located off the Strip on Decatur Boulevard, created the room at the request of customers. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the 3,500-sq.ft. room cost the hotel $80,000 to renovate as Arizona Charlie's ripped out the carpet and laid down a fresh one, replaced the wallpaper and ceiling tiles, and even cleaned off smoke residue from the slot machines.
Naturally, if the room cost the casino that much money, we're guessing the slots aren't going to be very loose. But Arizona Charlie's is offering free cookies in the non-smoking room in case your jackpot dreams don't pan out.
We added a little Vegas to this shot. Can you tell?
We've already established that the real Monte Carlo is not as fun as the Vegas one but there was one thing we noticed in a casino there that we think might be of use in Vegas. But again, not as fun. It's this Smoke Away vestibule.
This is essentially a make-shift cube with glass windows where smokers can go and smoke but still see whatever action is going on (The ones we saw had a sliding door so you were completely closed off from the non-smokers.) The cube also has special filters inside so you don't literally smoke your brains out. The only downfall is that these cubes are pretty small, only three or four people can fit inside them at a time.
But maybe Vegas could build a bigger Smoke Away cube? Nah, we know. Smokers would never stand for this sort of cube relegation. But considering that Wynn is being sued by workers who say the casino didn't do enough to protect them against secondhand smoke, these vestibules might not be a bad investment. But like we said, not as fun.
They are going to have to put some slots and card games in there if they want it to work in Vegas.
What are your thoughts on smoking in Vegas? Smoke, er, sound off in comments below!
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Don’t get us wrong, with its “classy” topless shows, strip bars a-go-go and general encouragement of hedonism for the masses, Las Vegas still earns its “Sin City” designation. Smoking, however, is one vice that has been restricted in recent years owing to the 2006 passage of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.