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June 7th, 2020 at 12:31:13 PM permalink
So I have had 3 days to check out many of the casinos in my Las Vegas playing rotation looking for changes. As a player who makes a living playing blackjack, most of my concerns and things I was looking for pertain to blackjack, but I will mention other changes noticed.

I have not yet visited the strip, opting to check out the local type casinos and downtown, where the majority of my best games are.

So most if not all casinos are doing a temperature check at the door, which I believe is required, rather than a recommendation. Some have a medal detector-like archway that you walk through, some a gun that takes temp from a far and some place a gun thermometer right up to your head. No one has attempted to take my temperature anally yet, although I haven't been to South Point....they seem a little anal, but that is a different matter.

A couple unusual procedures: At one Station property on Thursday, they requested ID at the door, then just inside took your temperature (with a gun) AND a photograph. Yikes! However by Saturday at that same property the ID request and picture were no longer part of the process. Not sure what that was about.

Most unusual changes I have encountered: Silver Seven. They too request ID at the door prior to temperature check. They also have reduced hours, opening at 10am until 2am and no tables games are open (at least when I was there). Not surprising, there were about 10 cars total in the parking lot and almost no customers.

Obviously buffets are closed. Not a gaming related thing, but for a player who eats out every day, a definite "change".

Ok, my main interest blackjack conditions. I am going to keep it general because I don't want to reveal specific casinos that may be part of my rotation. 3 seats to a blackjack table. Again, that is a requirement, not recommendation. Some tables have been outfitted with some sort of plastic shield dividers between players and player and dealer. Seems a joke to me. Air flows! A 2 foot plastic divider does not stop the flow of air. lol I think that is about making people feel better but in actuality meaningless.

At least some games that previously allowed players to touch cards are now face up. And some dealer hand-held dealt games are dealt from a show, even double deck. For comparison, this is how El Cortez always has done it so think that as an example.

Some of the lower limit games seem to have a higher minimum, at least right now. games that were normally $5 and $10 games are now $15 and even $25. As a $25 minimum wager this actually helps me. More games available.

And finally, I have discovered a couple casinos that now have "playable" games for me, which previously did not. There may be more. I will have to check all places I don't play to be sure, but for now +2. No one in my previous rotation became unplayable. a couple initially worse penetration, but that may be just temporary (hopefully). so +0 on that. BUT I had 2 casinos that I previously played at that table games are not open right now so that is a -2, for now.

So that is my initial assessment. We'll see how it shakes out.
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June 7th, 2020 at 2:33:45 PM permalink
Kewlj,

Good to hear from you again. Longtime follower, this is my first reply to one of your posts.

So...
Masks?
Smoking?

I'm a low-level player, so without being specific as to location...
$5, any number of decks and rules, but 3-2?
My recollection in the past is that you can usually always find such a game downtown, weekdays.
Vegasrider
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June 7th, 2020 at 2:38:11 PM permalink
Although I'm up in Reno, the casinos that I have visited are following the guidlines that have been put in place by the gaming commission. However they are not ENFORCING social distancing. And they are not keeping track how many guests are inside the casino.
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June 7th, 2020 at 3:27:53 PM permalink
I wanted to ask a couple of things.

1) Smoking bans or not?
2) Are they giving masks out or not?
3) How is seating in places like the coffee shop at the Orleans or TGIF at Gold Coast or other examples? Are they abiding by half capacity or less or not really?

The things I'll be doing differently, assuming I make my usual end-of-July trip, include passing on the Boyd free rooms and staying somewhere with separate apartment type rooms and no elevators like Alexis Park or Tuscany. Also car rental as opposed to using any public transport like shuttles or monorail. If you play video poker or slots, you're gonna have to wear gloves. No guarantee I make the trip, as I expect the virus to blow up starting the third week this month and possibly be really bad by the end of July.

I will miss the buffets, for sure. Given the size of the MSS buffet room, that's one buffet where it would be worthwhile to have servers and keep the place open.
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tringlomane
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June 7th, 2020 at 3:42:13 PM permalink
No Nevada casino has banned smoking in the casino as far as I know.
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June 7th, 2020 at 4:24:48 PM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

No Nevada casino has banned smoking in the casino as far as I know.




isn't it a little bit difficult to smoke while wearing a mask?
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June 7th, 2020 at 4:49:34 PM permalink
Quote: redietz

I wanted to ask a couple of things.

1) Smoking bans or not?
2) Are they giving masks out or not?
3) How is seating in places like the coffee shop at the Orleans or TGIF at Gold Coast or other examples? Are they abiding by half capacity or less or not really?

The things I'll be doing differently, assuming I make my usual end-of-July trip, include passing on the Boyd free rooms and staying somewhere with separate apartment type rooms and no elevators like Alexis Park or Tuscany. Also car rental as opposed to using any public transport like shuttles or monorail. If you play video poker or slots, you're gonna have to wear gloves. No guarantee I make the trip, as I expect the virus to blow up starting the third week this month and possibly be really bad by the end of July.

I will miss the buffets, for sure. Given the size of the MSS buffet room, that's one buffet where it would be worthwhile to have servers and keep the place open.

Smoking as usual. So far, I haven't seen them handing out any masks. I know the D was giving people masks. Of course, I haven't been to all that many places. From what I understand, for best results, everybody must be wearing masks. From what I'm seeing about 1 out of 7 customers are wearing masks downtown. From what I've noticed, and from what other people are saying they are not really wiping down machines all that much. I personally didn't noticed any machine wiping at all.
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June 7th, 2020 at 5:01:25 PM permalink
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No Nevada casino has banned smoking in the casino as far as I know.


There’s a report that Park MGM will go smoke free when it opens. Time will tell.

They dropped the ball. Perfect time to dump smoking in all Nevada casinos. Money over health ruled the day. Governor has no backbone. Casino bosses are hypocrites and the “health experts” ruled on everything except when they were presented with the idea that smoking may spread the disease. Those 2 faced hacks ran and hid on that question as they were obviously on the “payroll”.

Sadly...smoking will continue to be allowed even though all in charge have been banging the drum that health is the only priority. Hypocrites x 1,000.
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June 7th, 2020 at 6:02:50 PM permalink
regarding smoking: First day, Thursday at The D, I saw a woman playing a machine wearing a mask. She had cut a dime size hole in the mask and a cigarette was dangling. I think I may have mumbled idiot to myself.

Silverton is giving out masks to those that want one. At least one other place was doing likewise, but cant remember who right now.

Also at Silverton today, I actually saw several employees wiping down machines. First I have seen that.

I don't know if any casino is adhering to the 50% occupancy rule. At least I haven't seen any people waiting to get in.
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June 7th, 2020 at 6:31:40 PM permalink
When Planet Hollywood re-opens, I think they will be nonsmoking. 1st on the strip to go smokeless.

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