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February 5th, 2011 at 10:49:28 AM permalink
Quote: mkl654321

It's debatable whether those casinos were "lower in quality".

Depends what the tourist considers "quality".

>The gambling was definitely BETTER than on the Strip,
Slot machine settings? Better than on the strip only because the casino had to lure customers.
Pace of craps game? Yeah, this is "better" but no one would trek from a Touristy Mega-Resort solely for that reason.
Downtown Odds? Only relevant if you make the applicable bets.
> the food was of good quality if not matching the best that the Strip could offer, but it was decidedly cheaper
In some ways I enjoyed the food Downtown more than the strip. All the Strip really offers is the puffery. That "Visit Your Fine Feathered Friends" billboard in Los Angeles depicting the costumed showgirls in Vegas was the lure of the Strip. People might say they went to Vegas for the weekend to their coworkers, they would never say they had gone to Henderson.

>and the hotel rooms, though not as numerous, were often very nice and very inexpensive.
It was still a smaller hotel room and the other hotel guests were the Downtown type rather than the Strip type.
I don't know if Vegas Visitors really want a cheap room in a cheap area. They want a cheap room in a great area. A bargain.

>The sea change was when the locals' casinos started to market (somewhat tentatively at first) to out-of-towners.
Yes. In the early 70s, most ads and coupons said "Out of State Identification Required". The casinos felt their customers were tourists. Local casinos were aimed at locals but also were taking note of tourists who might enjoy a more modest resort. I'm sure gamblers might not care much, but the wives and kids did. So other things in Vegas became important. Circus Circus had baby strollers all over the place, but families grow and the parents want a break. Not all gamblers stay at the tables all day and night. Vegas was shows, clubs, restaurants, etc. as well as casinos.

Edge has a usual meaning to gamblers, but to tourists the local casinos offered an edge too. Shorter check in lines is an "edge". More personalized service is an edge. Cheaper rooms is an edge. It became okay for a co-worker to say Henderson rather than Vegas.

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