New Concept In Las Vegas: Loose Slots, Cheape Drinks

gambling blackjack tables las vegasLas Vegas visitor numbers are up for the 9’th straight month, but gambling revenue keeps falling. Players aren’t stupid: When a machine (or a 6-5 blackjack table) can suck down $40 before you ever feel like you got going, you start to think about spending it on Las Vegas shows, tours, and restaurants. At least you know what you’ll be getting in return for your dollar!

One hotel owner is taking things back to “old school Las Vegas”: South Point owner Michael Gaughan has been loosening his slot machines and running some intense drink specials. (Wow… people who drink will gamble, and people who will drink more will gamble more… a concept seemingly lost on present-day Las Vegas). Gaughan realizes that he’s going to get that money you stick in the machine. Does it matter to him if it takes him 60 minutes or 90 minutes to get it from you? No… because he’s going to get it. Casinos were not built on winners.

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So, why not let you play a while on that same amount of money? Why not let you have fun and get some bang for your buck, just like you’d do spending money on a movie or anything else? How about letting you win once in a while, so you have good memories and want to come back!

For the past couple of Fridays, Gaughan has also been offering $2 drinks — ANY DRINK –all day long. And over this coming weekend (as I write this, July 16 and 17, 2010), he’s offering $2 drinks from noon to midnight. OK… so he’s going to make very little money on booze (and barely break even on top shelf stuff). So what? He’s got you in the casino. What are you going to be doing here, reading a good book? Hell no… you are going to be gambling! And the more people that gamble, the more money he makes.

Granted, Gaughan isn’t carrying the kind of debt that most of the major Las Vegas properties are carrying (and/or operating out of bankruptcy). And, he’s a very wealthy man who has no one to answer to. He owns the place himself. No stockholders or bankruptcy parties pushing to earn every last nickel.

But let’s hope for Gaughan to succeed. If going back to the loose games and cheap booze that Las Vegas was built on works for him, expect other properties to follow suit.

Unfortunately, you have to go a few minutes out of your way to enjoy the South Point. Their shuttle runs $8 (all day pass – call 702-889-4242 for shuttle info). Perhaps they should make it free so more of you who stay on The Strip would use it. But… the $8 is a drop-in-the-bucket for truly looser slots, the friendliness of a locals casino (a relatively brand new property at that), and if you hit them during one of their $2 drink special times, you’ve paid for the ride with a couple of drinks. (Follow our Access Vegas Twitter feed for drink specials).

If you are looking at how to do better gambling at the table games and slots, we can help you with that as well!

If you’ve been thinking about checking out a local’s Las Vegas property, check out one that is trying to do the right thing for their players and visitors!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

6 thoughts on “New Concept In Las Vegas: Loose Slots, Cheape Drinks”

  1. I AGREE. I AM A LOCAL I GO TO THE CASINOS ALONG BOULDER HWY.THE BIGGER THE CASINO THE WORST. I WAS PLAYING A MACHINE AND PUT IN 10.00 IN IT GOT BACK 1.35 WENT TO THE ONE NEXT TO IT AND PUT 10.00 IN IT GOT BACK 2.38 SO WENT TO ANOTHER GROUP OF MACHINES PUT IN 10.00 GOT BACK .87 IN ALL OUT OF 100.00 I BROUGHT I GOT BACK APROX 23.00 SO I COMPLAINED TO EMPLOYEE HOW BAD THEY PAY . HE SAID DONT PLAY HERE. I HAD PLAYED ABOUT ABOUT A HOUR

  2. Go Ted! Keep promoting old Vegas tried and true strategies that win for everyone. After reading this blog I will now make a stop at South Point during next month’s visit to show support.

  3. Three cheers for Michael Gaughan, like his father before him they know how to run a casino and make people happy. Maybe some of the other casinos will wake up before it is too late.

  4. Now this is what the average visitor wants to experience.Having fun while spending money instead of feeling like it is being sucked out of you.Hats off to M.G for using his brain !!!

  5. This is good news! I usually stay “Downtown” because I find my $$ ususally last longer there. Last trip was over 2 years ago…was planning to come last year, but lost my husband an ended up using my Gambling $$ towards his last expenses. Had to quit my job and haven’t yet found full time Work at decent pay so have not been able to come back yet, lots of stuff to get thru, and worried about the memories…still, Vegas is my favorite Vacation Spot, and I know I’ll return…and once I get that full time job, I’ll probably be there within 3 months of starting it…the first 3 days in a row that I can get off..I’ll be ready for another trip! My budget is always $1000 to $1500 when I come, not a lot by any means, but enough for me to have a great time, and I play the slots hard…Usually come home with 1/3 to 1/2 of my money, and I credit that to staying “Downtown” on Fremont Street. I love to eat Prime Rib at the Golden Gate, get a Shrimp Cocktail or two, have a sidewalk drink, eat a Doughnut for Breakfast or late night snack, and usually get some play out of my buck! I would love to come home a big Winner, but more than anything els, I enjoy the Play! I loved Penny Machines when the maximum bet was 45 cents…I don’t like what’s happening with the new machines! I don’t expect to win, but I do want my money to last while I’m there, and it’s fun to get up a little, even though I ususally put it right back in. If the Casino’s continue to put in the slots that require $100 bets to bet the max, I know I’ll be among those who quit coming to Vegas…because I can’t afford those kind of bets…and I, like everyone else want to play the best odds I can… but I want my Gambling Allowance to take me thru my Vacation….adn if I put $5.00 in a machine, and don’t hit for at least $3.00. I’m on to another machine…if I play $20.00 in a Casino, and lose it…I’m out the door and on to a different Casino…and usually I find one that will pay me to play….I might play back everything I win and also lose $200 of my own money over the course of 8-10 hours, but at least I’ve had fun doing it…and the next day I’ll definitely return to the Casino where I had the most fun and possibility of winning! Food for thought! Granted, my $200 isn’t much of a drop in the bucket, but add that to everyone else’s money and it adds up…..so tell the big Casino Bosses, to put that in their pipes and smoke it! Most folks, like me, are there to have a good time on what they can afford…I pay $300+ to get there, and $150 to $300 for a room to sleep in, so let me have a little thrill once in awhile…Keep me and everyone else happy and the Casino’s will continue to make a profit…probably more than they are now…and they don’t have to buy all those new machines…that would cut some of the overhead…and there are plenty of folks who have their favorite “Oldies” I’d kill for the old .25 cent Elvis Machine, or Elvira, I still like “Jeannie” and the Adam’s Family…and I love a lot of the new machines, but when I see 50 to 100 lines and have to bet $5, especially on a Penny machine..out the door I’ll walk…and if thats all the Casino’s have…I’ve made my last trip to Vegas! I’m sure glad to hear that someone is rethinking a few things….

  6. JUST A NOTE: OWNED CONDO IN LV FROM 2000 – 2010 – HAD TO SELL THIS YEAR AS HUSBAND PASSED AWAY 5 YEARS AGO, WAS NOT FEASIBLE TO KEEP IT, HOWEVER MICHAEL GAUGUIN? USED TO OWN THE ORLEANS WHICH IS WHERE I PLAYED MOST OF THE TIME WHILE THERE EACH YEAR. YOU COULD ACTUALLY HIT SOMETHINGS THERE, WELL SINCE HE SOLD IT THAT NO LONGER HAPPENED. I WILL TRY MY BEST TO GO TO THE SOUTH POINT TO PLAY AND JUST SEE IF IT IS BETTER THERE NOW! REALLY MISS LV AND MY LITTLE HOUSE!

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