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Old 09-14-2020, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain
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https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/mgm-...125257936.html

Great news for us non-smokers!
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Old 09-14-2020, 01:07 PM
 
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Excerpt: "One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday.

Park MGM will prohibit tobacco smoke inside when it opens Sept. 30, said Anton Nikodemus, president and chief operating officer of the 3,000-room property that many remember as the Monte Carlo casino-hotel.

“We’re making the facility completely non-smoking because of continued guest requests,” he said. The property also includes the upscale NoMad hotel, which will open, and the 5,200-seat Park Theater, which remains closed due to a COVID-19 ban on crowds."


It's about time someone did this.
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Old 09-14-2020, 01:55 PM
 
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I think it's great to have a smoke-free option. Plus, I didn't think their ventilation was as good there as some of their bigger properties so this is a good move. If people don't show up they can always go backwards and add smoking back in. However, I think this will be a plus for business overall not a negative.
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:30 PM
 
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And who telegraphed this move to you all? This is going after the business and high end market, whenever they decide to return to Las Vegas.
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:34 PM
 
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And who telegraphed this move to you all? This is going after the business and high end market, whenever they decide to return to Las Vegas.
They will decide to return eventually! Not there right now! Lol.
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas 89146
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They announced this change back in mid-June.
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:41 PM
 
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They will decide to return eventually! Not there right now! Lol.
It only works because MGM has such a large portfolio of properties. The alternative would be to shutter this one for years because frankly there is little marginal value in having more rooms and yet another casino in the middle of an area you already control. I believe they considered the Mirage initially to be the non-smoking casino because of its proximity to the Sands Convention and LVCC, but they likely decided they would potentially lose too much smoking (let's be frank, Asian) play to Venetian and Wynn. Park makes a lot of sense in that it's been rebranded and has the arena and concert hall next to it, doesn't necessarily need gaming to support itself once the target markets return.
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:50 PM
 
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They announced this change back in mid-June.
Ya, it felt like deja vu. I think there was a thread about this before. Lol.


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It only works because MGM has such a large portfolio of properties. The alternative would be to shutter this one for years because frankly there is little marginal value in having more rooms and yet another casino in the middle of an area you already control. I believe they considered the Mirage initially to be the non-smoking casino because of its proximity to the Sands Convention and LVCC, but they likely decided they would potentially lose too much smoking (let's be frank, Asian) play to Venetian and Wynn. Park makes a lot of sense in that it's been rebranded and has the arena and concert hall next to it, doesn't necessarily need gaming to support itself once the target markets return.
Yup. I hear ya. Right now, of course, it's not the Asian tourist who is there smoking up a storm. It's the tourists, talked about in multiple articles last week in the RJ, there for the cheap prices. Definitely smoky out on the strip. Or should I say, smoke per tourist is high right now! As I say that I should add, I wasn't intending, a double entendre but the smell of weed seemed higher (there I go again) then I remember! Puff Puff Pass!
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Old 09-14-2020, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Madison, NJ
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Whoa this is big news. Revel here in Atlantic City was first opened as a non-smoking casino, the only one of the 12 (at the time) casinos in AC. That ban is said to be one of the several reasons why it ultimately failed and closed. After its bankruptcy and before its closure, it did repeal the smoking ban.

I would love for this to be a permanent change and for Park MGM to remain at its same price point rather than try to become more "high end" due to this change. I don't know a single person my age (30) who smokes and I think there is definitely a market for people who don't want to sit on a smoky casino floor next to the 85 year olds swapping oxygen puffs with cigarette puffs.
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Old 09-14-2020, 04:08 PM
 
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One reason smoking and gambling are linked is that both are obsessive / compulsive disorders (OCDs). You can walk into most any casino and see four active OCDs sitting on one barstool at one slot machine; gambling, smoking, drinking and promiscuity (hitting on the cocktail waitresses). We can add a 5th OCD, lying, if the gambler lies to their spouse about where the rent money went; seen that in my own family many years ago. OCDs often travel in multiples this way.
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