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R.I.P. Free Drinks While Gambling-Update

R.I.P.  Bye-Bye=Adios! Another Las Vegas tradition is slowly biting the dust. It used to be that you could gamble  a little money on a penny slot and get free drinks. Well, not for much longer.

Casinos never stop trying to increase their bottom line and we can’t blame them. They are in business. Now, some casino operators are eliminating those free drinks that we are used to getting while we gamble. You may still be able to get some free drinks, but you will have to spend more gambling money to get them. In other words, you will pay for your drinks, one way or the other. R.I.P. free drinks.

Vitalvegas.com did an article about this developing story. Here are some of the points they make:

Las Vegas observers predicted this was coming, and now its here. Caesars Entertainment, which operates nine Sin City resorts, has rolled out its “Red Light, Green Light” (our term, not theirs) comp drink monitoring system to all its Las Vegas casinos. Las Vegas observers predicted this was coming, and now its here. Caesars Entertainment, which operates nine Sin City resorts, has rolled out its “Red Light, Green Light” (our term, not theirs) comp drink monitoring system to all its Las Vegas casinos.

The move by Caesars Entertainment to implement its comp drink monitoring system is a huge development in Las Vegas because the company owns so many casinos. Drink monitoring systems will now be the norm, and a company-wide roll-out at MGM Resorts are sure to follow.

When you sit down at a video poker machine at a sports book or casino bar in a Caesars Entertainment resort, and put $20 into the machine, a blue light comes on. That signals to the bartender that you’ve “activated” the machine. Yes, there are guests who sit at these machines and put a dollar in and expect free drinks. They’re the ones this system is trying to address.

Read their entire article with photos here.

Las Vegas.com also chimed in on the issue:

“There’s always been this unspoken rule that the bartenders decide who gets what,” said Scott Roeben, a blogger who reported on the issue last week. “They’re watching the play and if you don’t play enough, they say you gotta play more. They’re automating that system … so there’s a very one-to-one correlation between play and the rewards.”

This development is just another part of the “gauging” trend that is taking place in Las Vegas. Parking fees, resort fees, and now clamping down on drink comps are taking more and more money out of visitor’s pockets. But, as long as folks are willing to pony up to the bar and pay, the trend will continue. So for now its bye-bye free drinks.

Read their article here.

As they say, “all good things come to an end.” So. R.I.P. free drinks for some.

 

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