I was tipped off Wednesday night and drove down to Rincon to take a look -- to confirm, take photos of some paytables, and even of the technicians changing the chips.
The full pay games are GONE. My full report: http://alanbestbuys.com/id104.html
as they struggle to service their 19 billion dollar debt....
Dust will settle, time will go by and press releases will be issued about "adjustments" and then later about "upwards adjustments" and their will then be accompanying mouthings about "meeting the needs our customers," "player demand" and "favorite games".
How long will it take for dust to settle? California dust settled at a different rate than Vegas dust does.
Just as casinos are paranoid about card counting they are paranoid about Video Poker. The view "favorable" pay tables most unfavorably. Just as they think one five dollar card counter will bankrupt them they feel one VP addict will drive away all those customers who lose on their shirts on other slot machines.
The pendulum will swing back, be patient.
Im not a $100/coin player or a $25 or $10 player... but I can just imagine what those people are saying.
Usually when I go in there, there are at least two $100 players but no more. Ive been there on nights when all 8 $100 machines are in use. I dont think a $100 player has been there in the past two weeks.
The casino is getting hit hard with complaints. Others have told them they would stop going there.
Usually there are at least two $100 players but no more. Ive been there on nights when all 8 $100 machines are in use. I dont think a $100 player has been there in the past two weeks.
Okay, so the player revolt is immediate and impressively strong... the casino will let things be for awhile and then cave in with appropriate mouthings about restoration of favorite games or something about focus on the customer.
Vegas had some casinos that were great for VP but have now become merely good for VP. The Evil Empire will always find its proper point at which to shear. Barona is an upscale place in the San Diego market, I believe. There is competition, the casino is worried. There will be meetings.... and more meetings. Then there will finally be some action.