11 Ways Las Vegas Casinos Will Change After the Shutdown

The only constant in Vegas is change, and possibly cleavage, but mostly that first thing.

There’s a lot of change in the works as Sin City grapples with the fallout of the coronavirus shutdown.

Here’s a look at some of the changes coming to Las Vegas once the town reopens.

casino social distancing

The new normal, social distancingwise.

1. Deals

Even when Las Vegas resorts open again, it’s going to be a slog until customer demand builds again. That means the casinos will be highly motivated to attract customers, and that means deals. Travelers are already seeing great deals on flights, and rooms will surely follow. Some have suggested Las Vegas resorts will dump their parking and resort fees, but that’s unlikely. They will, however, offer great perks and bargains at a time when many will have less disposable income.

2. Buffets

For better or worse, the era of the Las Vegas buffet is coming to an end. These communal troughs are loved by many, but they’re a holdover from a very different time. Our sources say the buffets at Treasure Island and Golden Nugget are done for good, with other permanent closures in the works. While buffets are a fairly inexpensive player perk for casinos, there’s just too much risk moving forward. Buffets were always weird, and a new awareness and sensibility related to the potential hygienic pitfalls of buffets, and that attitude will mean the end for a time-honored but peculiar Vegas tradition.

El Rancho buffet

Sorry, buckaroo, it was fun while it lasted.

3. Some Resort Businesses Won’t Be Back

There’s a lot more to Las Vegas resorts than rooms and casinos. There are myriad associated businesses, such as bars, restaurants and retail shops, and the reality is a number of these operations won’t survive the economic stresses of the shutdown. We’ve been asked if entire casinos may shutter, but we’re pretty sure none of the existing casinos are going under. The Drew is an exception. It didn’t have funding, and it’s even less likely to get it now, so that one’s tabled, possibly for good.

4. Casino Procedures

Expect unprecedented and lasting changes at Las Vegas hotel-casinos because all of them are updating their procedures to reflect the latest in recommendations from the CDC, Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and other health authorities. Some of the emergency policies will be instituted permanently, including elements of social distancing and capacity limits, as well as much more frequent cleaning of anything humans touch (get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about elevator and slot buttons) with EPA-approved chemicals. There’s even been talk of implementing a stylus for video poker machines as they would be easy to sanitize and replace, for those who aren’t immediately comfortable to using touchscreens.

Slot machine social distancing

Just prior to the shutdown, casinos were turning off every other machine to ensure social distancing. Expect more elbow room when they reopen.

5. The Lottery

All right, so this could just be wishful thinking, but public coffers are being quickly depleted by the shutdown, and tax revenue is being disrupted, so it’s about time Nevada had a damn lottery. Lottery revenue is needed now more than ever, and legislators need to stop treating citizens like children. Read more.

6. Diversification

The coronavirus shutdown has made it clearer than ever Las Vegas is basically a one-trick pony in terms of its tourism-based economy. While lip service has been given to economic diversification, it’s time to pony up and invest in education (Nevada consistently ranks as one of the least educated states in the country), as an educated workforce is essential to draw new businesses to the state.

7. Automation

The big casinos were in the throes of rolling out more automation, but now you’ll see that process accelerated. While primarily a cost-saving measure, replacing humans with machines will now serve as a way to reduce human contact. For example, we hear Caesars Entertainment is moving to dramatically increase the number of kiosks used in departments like hotel registration and players clubs. How dramatic a change will this be? The phrase we were told was “nearly full automation.”

Linq kiosks

Check-in kiosks, like these at Linq resort, aren’t uncommon in Las Vegas. Soon, they’ll be even more uncommoner. Just checking to see if you’re still reading.

8. Theaters, Event Venues, Nightclubs, Pools

Some of the biggest unknowns in post-reopen Las Vegas involve large gatherings of people. When the phased reopen happens, it’s likely theaters, nightclubs and pools (especially dayclubs) will be among the last venues to open. Even if social distancing is implemented, such as reducing audience and attendance capacity, the fear associated with the outbreak will still be on our minds for months or longer. This means even more financial stress on shows, including a likely bankruptcy for even the biggest companies like Cirque du Soleil.

Tournament of Kings eating with hands

Farewell, peculiar practice from a simpler, less germy era.

9. Work Culture

Many of the changes in Las Vegas after the shutdown will be related to casino culture. In the past, when those in low-paying service industry jobs got ill, they sucked it up and worked. That is a thing of the past. People who turn up to work sick will be sent home, temporarily or even permanently. It’s possible temperature checks for employees could be permanent (and possibly temporary for customers, by the way). Expect to see more employees on casino floors using gloves and masks. In the past, casinos prohibited their use by dealers and others on the floor (as they’re not particularly welcoming), but employees and their unions are going demand more control of their own well-being.

10. Hand Shaking and High-Fiving

At long last, these annoying interactions are done. Howie Mandel was right all along. Elbow-bumping will be a thing, and Las Vegas casinos may even take a cue from their Asian visitors and start bowing. On the bright side, Derek Stevens, owner of The D, Golden Gate and the under-construction Circa, won’t have to ice his hands on the drive home after a night of schmoozing. We are not making this up.

Vegas fist bump

It’s about time.

11. We’ll Never Take Vegas for Granted Again

This isn’t so much a change in Las Vegas, but a change in us. And we don’t mean the first person plural “us,” but the collective, all-of-us “us.” While we love Las Vegas, we’ve also taken it for granted, and that’s going to change dramatically. Some things we vow to not take for granted: Bellagio Conservatory, views from the Strat or Eiffel Tower restaurant, drinks with friends, cranky craps dealers, Wheel of Fortune, flair, being approached by sex workers, quads, Guy Fieri, Vegas podcasts, hand pays, cranes, knowing a guy, drunchies, Viva Vision, tacky magic shows, crappy casino social media posts, aquariums at Mirage or Silverton or Golden Nugget, grocery store employees, “Absinthe” and Cirque, lap dances, rideshare, oontz, Sigma Derby, cookies in the high limit room at Cosmo, bill breakers, housekeeping and, yes, even sports.

Missing Vegas

Looking at you, paper straws.

The majority of Las Vegas casino companies are eyeing May 1, 2020 as a reopening date. Others are working with dates later in May. There are a lot of unknowns, but what we do know is Vegas and the world are likely to change forever.

These are surreal and uncertain times, Las Vegas will need to adapt to be able to thrive again.

150 thoughts on “11 Ways Las Vegas Casinos Will Change After the Shutdown

      1. Richey

        A very smart move would be to offer free rooms to medical workers and first responders. We are actually working more hours, have more money, and if I survive this I will have immunity. I think the PR alone will make it a good idea. I believe I will lose my Caesars Rewards status though. I am Diamond and do not see that lasting for next year.

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    1. Donna Coleman

      I believe one seat between slots and table games, I think the end of buffets is probably true. Airlines must get rid of the middle seat, they’ve been shrinking the coach seats for years. The theater also will have seats between ticket buyers, sporting events will be a challenge and I think the days of pack them in concerts without seats is over. Just my opinion.

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      1. Jenn In Las Vegas

        Donna, I hope you’re wrong about everything you wrote.

        Just my opinion:

        This novel coronavirus is yet another pathogen to strike the human race on planet earth. We all wish this pandemic hadn’t happened, but it did. One way or another, China (the Chinese government) is guilty. I had it (I’m all but certain). If I were to tell you all the various symptoms I had, you’d be pretty amazed. It was never totally awful, and I had only one day where I couldn’t function normally and had to lie down. But it was definitely weird and lingering. God only knows how many people I (unknowingly) infected.

        Of course nobody wants it, but for those who get it, the vast majority are NOT going to die or suffer detrimental physical consequences. A glory-hallelujah vaccine is a big maybe in the near term. We definitely need more hard facts about this disease; regardless, it is unlikely to kill or permanently harm 99% of us.

        The reality is that most of us “need” to get this virus and get it over with, though preferably not all of us at once in the same place. Just like a cold, or the flu, or even an STD here and there, so now we have the Wubonic Plague to incorporate into our daily reality. It totally sucks. It’s just another scourge that we have to deal with. Trying to stop it is like trying to stop severe weather or the common cold. We have stopped polio, for example, but thankfully we didn’t shut down the world until we fixed the heartbreaking and devastating polio problem.

        In your comment, you suggest a vision that would remake Las Vegas and transform pretty much all forms of entertainment and commerce throughout the country/the world as we know it because of transmission of this virus. Your suggestions, IMHO, are an overreaction. Maybe these are just your ideas for the short term, maybe until we have a vaccine. I’m not sure what you’re thinking.

        Fear of you and yours catching (and likely surviving) this damned virus should not be your/our deepest, greatest fear. Economic and societal catastrophe should be your biggest fear by far. Economic and societal catastrophe will only happen if we think our highest priority at all costs is to avoid catching the WuFlu. That the world as we knew it would be crumbling right before our eyes, just because of our desperate attempt to prevent ourselves from catching the sickness, is a preposterous proposition.

        I understand precautions to a point, but cutting in half the economic viability of Las Vegas — halving (or eliminating) every sports and entertainment venue, restaurant, transportation mode, etc, is a bad idea, Donna. Doing this everywhere including Las Vegas is drastic, dramatic, and unnecessary. Stark, sanitary lives conducted in small groups only and physically distancing from each other in perpetuity is truly dystopian. Not our best option. No thank you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We cannot kill ourselves while trying to save ourselves.

        We don’t totally freak out and self-destruct over every threat to humankind, and the threats are infinite and real. We cannot function if we are freaking out. Again, fear of catching this virus is the least of our problems by far if we don’t get our Country and our wonderful City open for business asap. We don’t need an entirely new normal. Again, Donna, I hope you are wrong about everything you wrote.

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        1. Joe G

          A very well thought out and long comment…I like that. The short story is and the most worrisome threat is ANARCHY is very possible…if things get worse. (absence or denial of ANY authority or established order)
          See the “stay at home protestors in the news “, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina.

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          1. Jenn In Las Vegas

            Hi, Joe G. So, IMO, “anarchy” is an unlikely threat. You would see martial law before you would see anarchy.

            However, if we stay shut down, here’s some threats that you will see become realities: even more heavy-handed government, civil unrest, personal and business bankruptcies, blight, suicides, domestic abuse, unrelieved depression and despair, shortages of provisions incl foods, permanent high unemployment and poverty, municipal insolvency, juvenile delinquency, untreated medical problems not CV-19 …. The list of serious and catastrophic consequences is literally endless if we stay shut down. Our constant companions will be Bleak and Grim, and that will be on a good day.

            The Federal government has pretty much reached its printing/digitizing fake-money limit. The Federal government won’t be able to bail us out without turning this formerly thriving Country into the Weimar Republic (look it up: mind-blowing currency inflation, among other problems).

            If Gov. Sisolak stays his course and mentality, what we will NEED to see very soon is strong backlash and protest by citizens throughout the Battle Born State. We citizens need to pay attention, get off our butts, and tell Sisolak and his faux doctor Ihsan Azzam (the State of Nevada’s Chief Medical Officer) “No! No more!!”

            The current state of government-imposed affairs is unsustainable. We cannot be passersby and let ourselves be destroyed by “our betters.” No time is a good time for us to be sheeple, and most certainly not now. It’s looking more and more like we’re going to have to “persuade” Sisolak to get his head out of his self-satisfied ass and open up this State for business — and not through endless bit-by-bit B.S. baby steps. Courage and common sense are all we need to get past this mess.

          2. Sacredy Cat

            “The Federal government has pretty much reached its printing/digitizing fake-money limit.”

            What makes you think that, Jenn? I’m certain you know Trump has bankrupted his own companies SIX times. And, I’m sure you know that US banks wrote him off. If there is anything in it for him, whether it be filling his own pockets now or getting re-elected so he can continue filling his own pockets later, he won’t blink at bankrupting this country via the printing press. Those are some pretty easy dots to connect, regardless of what news channel you watch. It’s his MO, and he’s proud of it.

          3. Jenn In Las Vegas

            Scaredy, I cannot defend Pres. Trump for signing every insane piece of spending legislation they put under his nose. They all defend themselves by unanimous consent, but it’s indefensible. We as a Country do not have the money we are spending — crisis or not. We are creating currency out of thin air.

            The overall point I made is that Sisolak needs to open Las Vegas up very soon or we will suffer devastating economic catastrophe in this City (and in this State). The Federal Gov does not have the money to bail us out if we kill ourselves. We need to get our economy back on line. Trump bashing isn’t going to make that happen. Sisolak bashing might.

          4. Scaredy Cat

            I get your point, Jenn. And, it does boil down to two choices. Open things back up pronto and take your chances that it won’t blow up in your face, or play it safe, opening back up in phases and hope the federal bailouts save you from sinking like the Titanic. I would play it safe, erring on the side of safety, because I trust the medical scholars and scientists who have dedicated their lives to education and dealing with situations like these, when and if they surface. The “experts” I don’t trust are the uncultivated lot who show up on the steps of a state capitol with an assault rifle slung over their shoulder. Trump suggested today at his presser that those “protesters” agree with him. If that’s what MAGA looks like, then we’ve finally turned ourselves into a complete comic book.

          5. HornBet

            I agree, the “militia” types showing up with weapons serve no purpose other to embarrass themselves, and reinforce the stereotype of the stupid American. So if these protesters want to meet up in big groups, or pack in to with others at church, or have a hoedown – I say let em. Good luck.
            We’ve seen effective leadership at the statewide level, even if the federal response has been lacking.

          6. Scaredy Cat

            I know, HornBet. It’s so easy to go there, except for taking into account the innocent people who would also be infected by their actions, and the heroes who work tirelessly trying to save the lives of those who wind up in their hospitals. Those doctors and nurses do not discriminate as to whether the person they are treating deserves to be saved or not. I’d be judging right and left if I were making those calls, so thank god I’m not the one deciding.

          7. HornBet

            You’re right, and yes, it’s easy to just have a knee jerk reaction to these people without looking at the big picture and who it affects. In the end, we’re all in this together.
            I do understand that this has got to be REALLY frustrating for a lot of people, and REALLY stressful for those that are out of work. But until we have a mitigation system in place, and widespread testing in place, then we’re playing Russian roulette by “opening up the country”.
            It’s interesting to look back to what FDR did during the Depression. He had one hell of a problem on his hands, and he was able to not only mobilize a large number of experts to help solve these problems, but incredibly, they were able to EXECUTE their plans. Yes, folks, “Big Government” that worked for the people. I guess I’d like to see Mr. Ego in the White House put something together along those lines. We’ve heard enough boasting, now it’s time to see some real results.

      2. Patrick Promen

        Airlines won’t do that, not with how much they’d lose. And speaking of losing seats, it’s not just going to affect those venues but us as well. Want to play blackjack? Well since there’s half the room there’s no point in looking for a decent price table most of the time. Looking forward to seeing the game? Oh, too bad. Half the seats so probably already sold out, and if not then even more expensive to offset the cost. So awesome, everyone but the rich is priced out. I personally hope that most of these changes don’t happen, as it will make everything fun harder to partake in. And (completely serious here) what’s the point in living if all you’re doing is surviving? If you can’t have fun, then why be alive? If you don’t like it, fine, stay away. I won’t force you. But don’t screw everyone else permanently for something that happens like once per century.

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  1. Dean

    Most those casinos were eyeing an April 17th opening until Governor Sisolak put the kaboosh on that date. Expect him to do that again with the May 1st date and I doubt you’ll see any large casino throwing it’s doors open again til after Memorial Day.

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    1. Bill

      Really,?
      Are you claiming all the governments of all colours in the world who have lockdown , are all feeding the population BS?
      Are all the dead human beings actually alive somewhere?
      IMO it’s folk like you who have spread this virus by not obeying the isolation rules
      Sorry but you are unbelievable..

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    2. Michael Kammert

      I agree with you, Fred. I disagree with most everything predicted here. The casinos will be just fine and will find ways to get bodies by slashing room prices, discontinuing the stupid parking fees, lower prices at the restaurants, etc. Of particular humor is the concept that events drawing large crowds like clubs, pool parties, etc. are on the outs. That would be one of the worst idea ever! They’ll do whatever it takes to get more bodies, period.

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  2. FYMYAWF

    Reasonable predictions here, and I would honestly have few if any reservations if they come to pass. I’m a “core” Vegas customer when I’m in town, I like to eat and drink well and gamble poorly.

    Though I understand the periphery businesses like retail and big spectacle shows all feed the resorts’ bottom line, I don’t need those things to have a great Vegas trip. “getting back to basics” might be the trick the resorts need in the short term to get things back to something resembling normal.

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    1. John

      My thoughts exactly. A lot has been said in recent years that gambling in Vegas is no longer the main draw in getting visitors and therefore gamblers have been downgraded in how they’re treated. I think gamblers will at the forefront to resurrecting Vegas after things get back to normal and any resort/casino that recognizes this will have a marked advantage over their competition.

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      1. Michael A. Ellis

        Some of this is Feasible And a Must!! Some of it…..
        Humanness will Always Rule! Do NOT expect At least 25% of this article to Hold True….
        You, And Casinos trying to implement a “plan’
        Can be Vigilant in Keeping Places Clean, and having restrictions in place for such, But Don”t expect
        People to Go to a Casino ( Or ANYWHERE!( And
        Act like Ributs!! It Not only Can”t be this way,
        But it”s Far from Realistic Thinking!
        These Leaders Have to realize a Fear-based
        Approach is as bad as NOT being open!

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        1. Amber

          I agree. Humans love to say they will remember and within an incredibly short time we all fall back into old patterns. I suspect we will be high fiving and shoulder to shoulder at the slots within a few months.

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  3. WILLIAM WINGO

    Poker has been the major Las Vegas attraction for us over the last few years, even though it isn’t mentioned in your eleven points. But consider the typical playing conditions: up to eleven people sitting shoulder-to-shoulder around a table, with everybody constantly handling the cards and chips–do I need to go on? It’s hard to imagine that poker will come back any time soon, in any recognizable or playable form; and I don’t think I’d come to Las Vegas for the Blackjack and marginal Video Poker alone.

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    1. Tony uk

      This is a dark vision of the future and one I hope is way wrong. Won’t the vaccines be along shortly and together with the. herd immunity theory this will mean much less has to change so drastically. Vegas without the things that make Vegas, Vegas (lot of Vegas there) makes it just another town like many others, and maybe not as attractive to the traveller.fingers crossed Vegas strong.

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      1. DJL

        I agree. The reason for the shutdown never was because of the deadlines of the virus, it was the due to how quickly it spread and the fear of overwhelming the health care system. Therapeutics and vaccines will have things back and a lot closer to normal than many are predicting. The total tanking of the economy is a much bigger threat to Vegas than the virus.

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        1. Jerry patey

          Have any of you bothered to check flu stats for 2019and2020. One month ago CDC said 100k deaths from flu. Now they say 60k. Deaths from corona around 20k. You might ask why flu deaths are ignored? Are they not important as corona. Was country ever shut down in any flu season. Americans are expected to not think and reason. I am not saying 20k deaths are not important but important enough to shut country down and destroy our economy? My opinion no. This thing is about people control and demonstrates how people will panic with what is equilevant to a flu epidemic. If you don’t believe stats on flu look them up yourself. They talk nor of digital Id for corona. Flu no. Weird statements for corona certificate to attend public events. This a test from our shadow gov who really runs the country. American people passed test. If one made abor 11 restrictions for flu there would be major revolt. Again check the stats quit watching fake news. Everything on drug rx is false. You won’t see dissent on utube who censors all content. Chaos and panic is what their goal is. They have succeeded.

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          1. HornBet

            For those that don’t understand the logic behind the extreme measures being put in place to keep this pandemic from spreading, it’s simple. COVID-19 is more contagious than the flu, is able to be spread from people without any symptoms, and there is no vaccine for it.

            In times of crisis, people tend to believe conspiracy theories. There is no “shadow” government, although with the idiot in the oval office, that might not be a bad thing right now!

            Follow the facts, follow the science, be safe, and let’s all wait this out.

          2. Nitecaps

            Thank you HornBet…what we don’t need are people in tin foil hats thinking they are the smartest people in the room

          3. Some1FromCA

            Actually the real thing we dont need is rich has beens telling people who need to work to survive that they cant do so. Your short sightedness has failed to take into account what will happen if this virus comes back for a second go around, which it likely will if we take what is currently happening in Asia into account, and we have no built up immunity so it comes back just as, or perhaps even stronger than this current wave. Also, we must consider the fact that any vaccine will only be a temporaey fix as viruses mutate which will render any vaccine useless. Like it or not this virus is here to stay and you can thank China for that.

      2. Lrg

        Vegas poker and casino will come back I can see every other machine larger table 8 to 9 handed poker tables . Stricter rules on cleanliness and the ability to manipulate crowds at least for a while… I dont see it until June at best and slow openings

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        1. Sharon Hidveghy

          What about smoking? I’d rather sit right next to another player with a mask than someone ten feet away with a cigarette. Also how will smokers be masked?

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    2. Sharon

      Aliante Casino 3 years ago when I lived there had 2 tables of poker tables with 6 ir 8 players, a virtual dealer and players had virtual cards, anytime I went there which was fairly frequently had full tables with players waiting for vacant seat, this may be the future of poker in NV.

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      1. WILLIAM WINGO

        There’s also virtual Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps; but somehow they don’t appeal to me any more than virtual poker. Might as well stay home and play online for virtual chips.
        Of course, poker was declining even before the pandemic. Two poker rooms recently closed in Laughlin, including our favorite one, which was the main reason we switched back to Las Vegas.
        We’ve concentrated on certain “off-strip” properties, since I refuse to pay parking fees. One of them was right in the middle of a poker room expansion. I wonder what their plans are now….

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        1. mattbob from Indy

          I suspect casinos don’t make much from table poker anyway. I wonder if they’ll use this as an excuse to close poker rooms and fill the floor with widely-spaced slot machines.

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    3. Scott Roeben Post author

      Good point. Events like WSOP are going to have a tough time of it. I trust fewer chairs at poker tables can still work, but it’s a cultural change.

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      1. Greg Nicholson

        Bigger table…simple, I’m in the Hospitality Furniture Business………you can make very safe and attractive furniture……..I will build you one Scott, and bring it to you (give me a few months, I bugged out to Canada)?
        Think luxury distance, I can see it now……..plush chairs, electronics or any type (think charger,screens, fridges) VIP look and feel…….make the itchy nickel and dimers go elsewhere and smoke their dog rockets!

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    4. Barry Rubinowitz

      Blackjack has the same problem as poker.All it takes is one asymptomatic person handling the cards or chips and everyone is in trouble.
      And all it will take is one person getting the coronavirus in Vegas and they shut things down until there’s a vaccine.

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  4. Tom

    If the future is going to be Vegas “light” with half of the goods eliminated, dealers wearing gloves, no smoking etc,etc…I’ll probably just call it a day.

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      1. Tristan

        I third that! And as a young 24 year old who had been planning to frequent Las Vegas in the comming years I think I will give it a pass if this is how its going to be.

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  5. 20Q

    I don’t go to many buffets, so I won’t miss them. But it will be interesting to see how much the remaining buffets evolve when they reopen. Will we all wear latex gloves while dishing up lukewarm meat and potatoes, or will be quickly forget about the fact that every crotch scratcher in Vegas might have handled the gravy ladle? Will it now be like Subway, where we dictate what we want from behind the sneeze guard?

    The lottery is such a shitty gamble. Yes, I buy a few lottery tickets per year. My annual spending is about $60, and $40 of that goes toward $10 raffle tickets for the once-a-year drawing that offers the best odds of winning $1 million. But I get it, people play that crap, no matter how lousy the odds are, because it’s gambling and convenient.

    There’s no gas station or grocery video poker right now, I get it. And it takes time to run $20 through a machine. A lottery scratcher allows you to take the gamble home to your kitchen table. I get that, too. There’s room for more gambling, but in a town that has just about every other way for you to gamble, will lottery tickets offer that big of a boost to the economy, or will it simply cannibalize the existing market?

    It will be interesting to see how soon people are willing to fill a poker table, jam a blackjack table or lay near people at crowded pools. (Looking at you, Golden Nugget.) Will we all forget about germs as soon as the intoxicating aura of Vegas infiltrates our nostrils?

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    1. Bill

      Nevada foolishly wrote the paltry tax rate of well below 7% for casinos into their constitution.
      The best way to raise gambling tax revenue is with a lottery.
      100% of that money should go to education.

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      1. Pappy

        No doubt the state will get a bigger cut when it controls the entity. I’m among those who thinks that the revenue boost won’t be astronomical with a lottery, regardless of who gets the profits. I’m not going to spend hundreds of bucks on a Powerball ticket just because the state gets a better cut of the profits. It’s still a lousy gamble.

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        1. Boulder Steve

          Others states with a lottery still have lousy public schools. Even if 100% of the lottery proceeds is mandated to education the legislature just cuts funding from other sources so its a wash.

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          1. Jenn In Las Vegas

            Righto, Boulder Steve. It’s call fungibility, fungible. It’s a plain fact, and people who don’t understand it shouldn’t get anywhere near a voting booth.

            BTW, it sure is fun picking out the economically illiterate (tho well-intentioned) and the Leftist operatives/parrots commenting on this page. You can make a drinking game out of spottin’ em. Every time you spot one, insert one well-deserved swig adult beverage of choice. You’ll need it! Cheers!

      2. Gandy Malicorp

        Nope, Education seems to be a bottomless pit in this state. Always crying for more money, I dont need to wait in a line to grab a water behind someone buying scratchers for 2 hours. No lottery, ever.

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        1. Boulder Steven

          It is stunning what a pain in the ass people are who have to do five transactions at the convenience store.

          I need to turn in these four winning tickets for $8. Can I get four new “Double Whammy” tickets, please?

          Now I need to buy 4 new crosswords, please ring that up and allow me to pay for it with this $20.

          Here is a $3 Powerball ticket from Saturday. Can I get five new ones. Here’s $10 to cover the balance.

          Thanks, now I need two packs of smokes. Hang on, I think I have exact change.

          The lottery really is a tax on the stupid.

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          1. WILLIAM WINGO

            The great Mike Caro, “Mad Genius of Poker,” called lotteries “a voluntary tax on people who don’t understand probability.”

      3. B Jay Cobbson

        They sold Recreational Marijuana to the voters with the lie that the taxes would go toward Education. After it was passed they chopped Education’s share into pieces.

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  6. Benjamin Segal

    I hope Derek can complete Circa…. this depression (not a recession) we’re going into now is going to leave a mark in Vegas unlike any other.

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      1. Andrew

        Circa is the only reason I have to revisit downtown as a hotel room destination. Since my first ever visit to Vegas (as an adult) when I stayed at the Golden Nugget for 5 nights then the New Frontier for 6, I have only stayed on the Strip. But the design of Circa with that rooftop pool area has me considering actually spending money on a room!

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  7. John Briggs

    Vegas will certainly be different. Just like Europe was different after WW2.

    One thing that could jump start the reopenings is to get rid of parking fees, advertise it heavily locally and in California and you will see an infusion of steady cash as the disposable money improves.

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    1. Brad

      Automated? I would rather interact with a human who can wash their hands and sanitize their workspace according to standards than use an unwashed touchscreen used by 500 gross people. Come on, casinos.

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  8. Sharon

    Aliante Casino 3 years ago when I lived there had 2 tables of poker tables with 6 ir 8 players, a virtual dealer and players had virtual cards, anytime I went there which was fairly frequently had full tables with players waiting for vacant seat, this may be the future of poker in NV.

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  9. Mitzi stamm

    I THINK THAT VEGAS SHOULD DO AWAY WITH RESIRT FEES & OARKING FEES & THE BUFFETS ARE SI EXPENSIVE SO IT DONT REALLY BOTHER ME IF THEY DONT REOOEN ALOT OF THEM, VEGAS HAS GOTTEN RIDICULOUS ON ALOT OF THAT STUFF

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  10. DJL

    I agree. The reason for the shutdown never was because of the deadlyness of the virus, it was the due to how quickly it spread and the fear of overwhelming the health care system. Therapeutics and vaccines will have things back and a lot closer to normal than many are predicting. The total tanking of the economy is a much bigger threat to Vegas than the virus.

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  11. Josh

    After this is all over these thoughts and changes will fade with time. The clubs and day pools will be packed as soon as they open. The young generation who regularly fill these venues would be there now if they were open. I do believe many buffets will fade, but there are definitely buffets some of the casinos are proud of that will never close, also station casinos will always have theirs. You’ll just see far more sanitizer stations around. I believe you are right about much of this immediately following the pandemic, but most will fade back to “normalcy”.

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  12. Funkhouser

    What no love for the porn slappers? They were on the cutting edge of social distancing, although
    it was legislatively mandated.

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    1. Ron Glennie

      As soon as a vaccine or a drug that is approved to be effective, people will forget and Vegas will be Vegas again AND maybe even stronger if most of the casinos go back to making GUESTS #1 priority instead of fees and no comps. It’s kinda like being sick for a long time with really nothing to do but lying down watching tv and eating soup. As soon as you feel better and the sun is out YOU have to get out and go do anything just to get out. That’s the same thing once people feel safe again VEGAS will be just fine and people do forget QUICK

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  13. Boulder Steve

    When I saw the headline i figured all 11 would be negative changes. Not true over half are good #1,5,6,910,11 are positive IMO

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  14. Kevin Boran

    Until we get a therapy that is 90% effective or a vaccine I believe Vegas is in big trouble. That is sad- but some karma for the big casino companies that have screwed gamblers for a decade ( 6:5, tight slots, crappy VP pay tables) and overcharged for cocktails and meals and added resort and parking fees. Meeting business is going away as large gatherings are off the table , night clubs and day clubs don’t represent social distancing. And people are not going to hurry to be crowded at a blackjack or craps table. To say nothing about the fact that unemployment leaves many people without discretionary income. This will be far far worse than the financial crisis. And many who enjoy Vegas have had the joy sucked out of them in recent years by these bad corporate policies sucking us dry.

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  15. Lisa Kennedy

    I believe change is definitely warranted and for the better due to the circumstances. Now that the casinos and entertainment has been mentioned, what about changes in the real estate market? Lowering Rents? Just because you have the Raiders coming prices were going up ridiculously. Will this also be a change?

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  16. Bob Smith

    I don’t necessarily see all buffets coming to an end, but rather expanding on the model used by Wynn, Bachannal and Wicked Spoon, among others. In short, all offerings will be small plates, rather than the communal spoons and tongs. Most people, I suspect, preferred the small plates prior to the outbreak. They’ll demand it now. This would be a relatively smooth transition for the above-mentioned buffets. As for the old school scoop-out-the-slop method, bye bye!

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    1. Sean paxson

      I believe it is time to make smoking areas, people have changed kids vape and the handful of cigarette smokers make it awful for everyone especially the employees. Billion dollar properties smelling like an ashtray ugh! Smoking areas!

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      1. Sharon Hidveghy

        Agreed! One smoker spoils it for many people besides spreading the virus. They cough more, too. And their dirty ash trays and cigarette packs, leaving unsanitary items everywhere. Touching machines and other equipment after having touched their smokes to their faces. Ugh.

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  17. Leslie Richardson

    With all these positive changes, there is another to finally consider and I know it has come up in the past…cut traffic on the strip or bring it to a minimum by only having the busses . Extend the rail along the strip for access to all casino resorts.
    The air quality has bee soooo much better and it is necessary if we are to do our part with regards to the environment.
    People with cars can access the casino-resorts through the back entrances.
    Also, get rid of or greatly limit the advertising trucks/ vehicles which are the biggest polluters!
    This virus has and will bring major changes to the world and there are many ways we can implement positive change here in Vegas.

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  18. Concerned Local

    good list! I think the best way to look at the future is to divide it into “pre-vaccine” and “post-vaccine”. In the “post-vaccine” era things may get back to what we saw a few weeks ago but with some changes possible, more driven by new business realities than virus response.
    The “pre-vaccine” period, defined by the time Vegas reopens but before a vaccine is available, is interesting and volatile. From what we see in Macau we can expect the things Scott lists above (masks, SD, etc).
    Those changes aren’t the primary problem though. It’s the economy and the very uneven recovery that is coming. No one will travel. That is the very last sector that will recover. No large events will be allowed with crowds. That knocks out sporting events and large conventions.
    The Strip which is the tourist center will struggle massively and even a moderate recovery will not occur until post-vaccine. I expect at least one Chapter 11.

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  19. Concerned Local

    I expect that locals casinos restaurants bars etc will hang in. They will be hurt by the massive local unemployment so I expect some cutbacks and closures but they should survive.
    The Strip casinos should do everything in their power to court locals as the travel is simply not going to come back for a year or so.

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  20. Gandy Malicorp

    One thing is for sure, if the casino employees harass patrons about staying 6 feet apart non stop, you will never see Vegas rebound. Buffets are a waste anyway.. nearly 40 bucks a person for a semi decent meal? No thanks I will hit up whatever cheap place is nearby if I am hungry. There will not be a vaccine for years and most no longer blindly trust them anyway so waiting on a flu shot for this is a fools game. As for “Diversification: that is just a fancy way of saying “Killing off gaming”

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  21. Timothy

    I sent this email to the 2019 Nevada Legislators on March 4, 2019. I said the same thing as the link about lottery proposal (letting casinos handle the lottery).
    Hello Legislators and others, (bcc)
    We need more money for schools, so here in Nevada we have an untapped resource to give more money to schools. I know this has failed many times in the past. But here me out, maybe this is something that the Nevada Resort Association can get behind (I realize we need their support for this to go anywhere).

    Casinos don’t want to pay more in taxes, but they do want to support our educational system. Let me first say that I’m not a gambler (as far as slots and table games) and don’t really patronize casinos. I know the concern would be the lottery would be taking money that would probably go to the casinos. For people like me, that is not the case. I currently drive to California to play their lottery and give money to their schools. I’d rather it would be spent on our schools.

    How about this idea. Foot traffic is vitally important to the casinos. If a proposed lottery ONLY allowed lottery machines in casinos AND give them a small percentage of the take (for supposedly losing out on money, although that can be disputed) it would accomplish a few things. First, it would give them the EXTRA foot traffic that they wouldn’t necessarily get from people like myself. If that was the case, I may eat at some of the restaurants or do some shopping. Remember most of their money nowadays come from things outside of gambling. It would also give them some revenue out of this. Retailers may not like this idea, but the Resort association is the big person on the block.

    Secondly, money that is pouring out of Nevada can be kept in the state and routed (ALL of it) to our schools. We’ve all seen the news when the jackpot rises and see very long lines of Nevada residents in California supporting their schools instead of ours. This would help the environment by cutting down on car traffic, roads would last longer, and just a convenience factor for those of us that travel there.

    This could be WIN / WIN / WIN for schools, casinos and lottery players. I think it’s equitable resolution that can benefit all parties involved, but most importantly for our schools.

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    1. HornBet

      I’m a low tier Mlife member and most of the MGM properties showed “comp” for every night of May. The Bellagio was “comp” for weekday nights, and $75 for weekend rates.

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  22. Michael Malkin

    I have lived in Las Vegas for 25+ yrs and my aunt moved here in 1977. Nobody has ever seen anything shut down in Las Vegas and never thought we would see a casino shut down. They didn’t shut down for the Concert shooting on the strip and didnt shut down for 9/11. What the casinos did do and big corporations did was was blame 9/11 so they could get rid of employees and make major changes. A lot of workers will not be brought back to work. They have been working on getting rid of Free Drinks for awhile. They put lights behind the bar so they will serve you when you played enough the light goes on and bartenders can serve you A drink. I understand change with the times,but what happened to Change People,slot techs, floor people, so many cocktail waitress to a smaller area or even in the middle of the night at all in some casinos. Watch all the changes.

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  23. Ed k

    The biggest change I would want is no smoking. I can see the secondary smoke carrying the virus and spreading into everyone lungs.

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      1. Suzanne Valois

        Uh huh… and they said the casino’s would NEVER close… Watch for the new non-smoking rule for sure!!!

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        1. Jenn In Las Vegas

          Without getting into the smoking debate itself, if “they” do ban smoking, I predict dramatic permanent loss of gaming customers and revenue — not to mention the signature bacchanal allure of our precious Las Vegas. If they (government, casino operators) use this Great Disruption as an opportunity to ban smoking by gamblers, they will regret it. Just my opinion (my crystal ball is on the fritz).

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          1. WILLIAM WINGO

            Smoking has been on the decline across the country for years–replaced somewhat but not completely by vaping and other recently-legalized drugs. It’s partly due to anti-smoking propaganda, but mostly just because people have become more aware of the risks. In another 20 years, cigarette smokers will probably be as rare as cigar smokers today.
            Our two favorite Las Vegas poker rooms mentioned previously, are non-smoking/non-vaping/non-chewing/non-dipping (yuck).

        2. James K

          Look up what happened when Atlantic City tried to ban smoking. I’ll save you the trouble. Revenues were so bad, they lifted the ban after 1 month.

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  24. Jay Abramson

    I am a slot attendant and I am praying we will be back by the end of the summer.
    Without a doubt there will be changes galore when we reopen.
    Until we get a test that can be quickly administered, I don’t see us opening anytime soon.
    It was extremely stressful the last two weeks we worked. I handle large amounts of cash, and have close proximity to the players. When we pay jackpots there are tax forms and other paperwork.
    I see more cashless transactions going forward, such as issuing purchase tickets instead of cash on most jackpots.
    The players clubs need to get apps for the phones to eliminate players cards. This will eliminate a lot of excessive customer contact.

    We will be very lucky to come back to work, and I know I will treat all customers with a newfound enthusiasm, and courtesy.

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  25. Ann Wilson

    Is Las Vegas dying as we know we it? Never to be the exciting, brightly lit, crowded with party- goers and gamblers as we knew it a coupla months ago?

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  26. Chris

    You’ll start to see ATM like pay systems at tables and slots. Cash is going to suffer as noone wants to handle it anymore. Cheques also may be a thing that is going to go. Video screens with a live or electronic dealer. And you sure don’t want to be the next patron to spit on a casino employee. (yes it does happen)

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  27. Scaredy Cat

    Once the “all clear” signal is given, unless airlines arrange passenger seating to a minimum standard of six feet between passengers, and hotels replace the carpet and furniture in each room between guests checking in and out, I’ll drive cross-country to Las Vegas and eat and sleep in my car once I get there. I’m thinking scuba gear, complete with an oxygen tank and diving mask when I enter a casino to gamble. We’ll get through this!

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  28. Michael the Editor, Vegas Travel News

    A couple of quick thoughts:
    – On the Kiosks, is there the ability to communicate with a human via video chat?
    – On social distancing after opening, what about the Fremont St Exp? Will they close off access and only allow “x” number people at a time? What about concerts? What about the Viva Vision shows? Will they draw squares on the floor that each person has to stand in during the show?
    – Please tell me there not going to replace the casino waitresses with robots?

    I know I’ve said, I miss the “old Vegas”. Now am I going to say I miss the “most recent” Vegas….?

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    1. Flu Cop

      Who is going to wipe down the keyboard/pad of the kiosks after every guest checks in. Will we have to do it ourselves?

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  29. Gail

    How foolish this world has become to not see how the people have allowed the government to control us, shut us down and now use a new statement “Social Distancing” over a flu like strain.
    With all the devices creating people to disconnect from each other this is just another way of pushing us further apart.. How inhumane is this.. I myself am not a fan of kiosks, half the time they don’t work and they are slower than a human.. I personally enjoy the human one on one contact and sitting next to people enjoying small talk.
    People get a grip and ask yourself how were we living normal lives all these years and it only took a couple of months to change our future with “Social Distancing “..
    There is a political motive behind all this and the government has put the fear in people..
    Wake up America and take back what is ours!!!

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    1. Suzanne Valois

      I hate conspiracy theory’s. Waste of time. And this stupid idea to take back what is ours. We don’t have anything. so just relax, Gail. You’re too hyped up!

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      1. Gail

        My referral of take back what is our means our freedom to roam about and open places back up and stop with all this New Norm Social Distancing bullshit!
        I am calm I just feel we have a week society.
        I spent 12 years in the Milatry as a Military Police and I have some insight on how the government operates and I have a son in the Military working in Counter Intelligence ..
        I just wish people would stop believing this virus is any worse than last year or all the previous years.

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    2. Kidd

      I understand exactly what youre saying Gail. Most are zombies who just go along with what they are told from TV.

      Have they actually been to their local hospitals? Funny how theres videos of nurses tic toking and line dancing yet we are suppossed to beleive what they say is happening based on what the public is bombarded with on TV?

      If you look at things logically and actually think for yourself you’ll see this whole shutdown is the equivalent of cutting off your nose to spite the face. Why people would rather hid under the covers now bound by fear as their rights get taken away only to come back to a depression where the actions we take today lead to excess joblessness and homelessness or DEBT makes no sense at all.

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  30. JD

    Vegas was gouging and had cranked prices into the stratosphere for YEARS!!
    20.00 drinks, 45.00 resort fees – 15.00 parking – screwing locals…….ITS ALL OVER.

    ALL of it…

    Prepare for a different city and a new attitude. Or die.
    Casinos are EVERYWHERE now….no longer is Vegas a thing….and the prices better be amazing for a YEAR!
    The gouging and drunken pricing are OVER…..

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  31. CFW

    This is the one and only opportunity to put an end to small children in Las Vegas casino/hotels.. No one property will do it voluntarily, all have to do it at the same time and stick with it. So, if ALL would include in their reservation systems something to the effect of “no children under…what…10”? (Actually, I’d say 21, bring back Vegas as an adult playground.) At least old enough to self-soothe and not whine and cry in restaurants and VIP lounges. And at least old enough to actually appreciate the things parents say they bring their kids along to enjoy (wink, wink) like aquariums, the Bel Conservatory. Hoover Dam, Mac King show. But it has to be ALL, or it won’t fly. It would fly if it was mandatory across all properties.

    Do it now at the Great Reopening. NO KIDS!
    The same for no smoking in casinos, but I’m so in the minority on that I won’t even say it…LOL.

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  32. Jenn In Las Vegas

    For a needed dose of perspective and reason, I recommend this opinion article to all: https://www.libertynation.com/shelter-in-place-obedience-school-for-humans/ (by Graham J. Noble).

    Read twice, share with others, and “call me in the morning.”

    Your “friendly” neighborhood HOA aside, this cannot continue indefinitely to be the time for fawning deference to experts and dear leaders, knee-jerk compliance, or apathy. Soon enough, despite the risks, we need to reclaim our God-given rights and dignity. Our economy — not our protection from all risks — is our lifeblood. We are, in effect, being jailed — more arbitrarily and capriciously with each passing day. Las Vegans, and Nevadans in general, are committing collective suicide if we don’t get back to normal (with a few new asterisks) asap.

    I don’t claim to have all the answers (esp in a few brief paragraphs); but, I, for one, would rather eat a bat (at a buffet!) than vote for any Democrat any day. Sorry for getting political here, but — sooner or later — elections do have consequences, and we do reap what we sow. Let’s get our act together — emphasis on “together” — and put these dark days and petty negativity and opportunism behind us as soon as possible. Let’s thrive.

    Life was fraught with peril before the WuFlu, and it will continue to be so. Do you want to cower and comply, or do you want to breathe again? Best regards to ALL as WE rally to get thru this, best we can, without killing ourselves while trying to save ourselves.

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    1. LibertyPete

      Sorry going to have to disagree with you on a few points. The GOP has become the party of big business and corporate personhood. While pretending they are the party of individual rights. The promote the idea of free association and Right to Work, but have no problem passing legislation that restricts personal liberty thru non compete clauses and limiting access to the courts for employees and consumers to sue business. They promote the idea of personal liberty but want to restrict whom a person can marry or what control they have over their bodies. They promote the idea of low taxes but treat people and corporations unevenly on how they recognize and tax income, with payroll income taxed higher than investment income. They promote the idea of patriotism and supporting defense, as long as it means spending money on weapons, but for years underfunding veteran care, disabled vets, and PTSD programs. They only finally started coming around to more funding toward vets post Iraq wars. They promote the idea of religious liberty and personal freedom, as long as it’s white christianity. They don’t like religions in conflict with christian teaching or ideas that conflict with conservative viewpoints. No the GOP has become the party of hypocrisy disguised as personal accountability and small government. BTW the Dems are not much better, but at least they don’t pretend what they are, for these reasons, I am happy to be an independent moderate who becomes a bigger fan of divided government every day. Where have all the public servants in government leadership gone?

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  33. Hornbet

    Come again? You’ve got a Republican (actually pseudo-fascist) president, and a Republican majority in the Senate. So how exactly are the Democrats to blame for this?

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    1. Jenn In Las Vegas

      Hello, Hornbet. I really appreciate your comment.

      I am not blaming Democrats, per se, for everything. But Democrats are in control here in Nevada (except the majority of the LV City Council), and are our Nevada representatives nationally. They are playing political games with virtually every aspect of this pandemic crisis, and it is shameful and shameless.

      I actually strongly disapprove of Pres. Trump for signing the irresponsible and un-Constitutionally-passed Relief Bill in late March. We needed and deserved relief, but that legislation is a fuster-cluck. Despite you calling Trump a pseudo-fascist, please note that he (to my great regret) followed rather than took the lead on this legislation (“New Deal” Mnuchin aside). I am greatly distressed about most of our elected representatives at this point. I do condemn the Republican-controlled Senate. Trump and many of the national government agencies (and their Congressional overseers) really did drop the ball in February by not fast-tracking testing and supplies. It does feel like our choice is between poison A and poison B. We are poorly ruled, to say the least. But it is a two-party game whether we like it or not, and I’m with the party of personal responsibility and liberty.

      My point was that Democrats are the party of big unlimited government control (abortion aside; I can already hear you screaming at me). Democrats are the ones who think that all we need are a few gifted leaders to deliver us our utopia. Democrats are the ones who, with their superior goodness, can protect us from the infinite hazards and injustices of this “cruel” Country. The Democrats are the ones who are generally unconstrained by our “living” Constitution. Yet, it is our revolutionary Constitution that is the only thing standing between us and absolute tyranny. As a student of history and human governance, I am not a fan of government overreach and tyranny. Call me crazy, but I don’t trust government without limiting principles. And I especially don’t trust government right now in this (to-some-extent and increasingly-so, self-inflicted) crisis.

      Let me put it this way: If Nevada had a Republican governor, even a RINO like Sandoval, we likely would still be able to golf, play tennis, go to the skate park, and attend drive-in religious observances (and be prescribed Hydrochloroquine by our family physician). There are hypocrites and transgressions from both sides, but I find it is the Democrats who purport to be our “gifted” supposed betters and who wield their power without any sense of humility or restraint. This is a huge turnoff for good-faith citizens like me. Nancy Pelosi, for example, is no more morally or intellectually qualified to run my life and this Country than is the random HOA Board President or Community Manager. To me, she is not a “pseudo-fascist” — she is a full-blown fascist.

      I don’t want to fight. I am so sorry we cannot get along and that our Country is so philosophically divided. Regardless, for those looking for the radical pandemic shut-down and the police-state proclamations to end as soon as possible, Democrats are not your best bet. Las Vegas has never needed honorable and rational leadership more than we do now. I pray that Gov. Sisolak can get beyond his partisan proclivities and the intoxicating high that comes from exercising power.

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      1. Suzanne Valois

        Hahahaha. You say “I don’t want to fight. I am so sorry we cannot get along and that our Country is so philosophically divided. ” That’s ALL you people want to do is fight. You’re ALL bullies so stop trying to act so goody two-shoes. You don’t even need to take your mask off to show your true colors. We all know what you people are all about. Oh, and PS: You’ll take the unemployment? You two-faced wanna be Socialist!

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      2. HornBet

        Hi Jenn,
        I appreciate your reply, and don’t see it as ‘fighting’, but more just a discussion of opposing viewpoints, as our founders intended. That is what democracy is about.
        I agree that these movement restrictions are frustrating, but the data shows that those communities that have put ‘shelter in place’ orders in effect have indeed slowed the transmission of the virus, and are faring much better than other locales.
        I don’t see it as government overstepping its bounds, so much as a logical response to a global crisis, and I emphasize GLOBAL.

        A couple points of contention though….Hyrdrochloroquine has not yet been deemed safe or reliable as a treatment, despite whatever drug deal Trump’s got cooking on it.
        Also, I’m not sure that you have the correct definition of fascism. Fascism is where the leader or ruler seeks complete power, seeks to eliminate checks and balances on their power, is resistant to all criticism, and regularly emphasizes xenophobia, and often racism. Compare Trump to Pelosi in the regard. Who fits the description more?

        One last thing, it sounds like you’re interested in our constitution, as I am. You might want to check out http://www.lawfareblog.com.
        It’s a bunch of constitutional lawyers writing articles that interpret current events from a strictly constitutional viewpoint. No partisan stuff either, I recommend it.

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        1. Jenn In Las Vegas

          Yes, I hear you. I was just trying to forestall any “fighting” because I know how trashy these things can get. You sound like a thoughtful and analytical guy, which is great. I won’t get into every aspect of what you’ve said above; though do I love a sincere debate, and do I have the time. I’ll just say a few things quick. I have seen many definitions of fascist. I stand by my label for the Speaker. I would also call her a megalomaniac, if you prefer that. I will also tell you that Hydrochloroquine is a 65-year-old drug that is virtually harmless in its well-known side affects. I will also tell you that it just so happens that I have been to LawfareBlog a number of times (small world). They are partisan beyond any shadow of doubt; I have found them to be of the Left and of the Swamp. Their coverage and assessment of the Russia hoax and the ongoing fallout is laughable. Finally, I agree that social-distancing and shut-down measures have flattened the curve and saved our health systems from overload. I’m talking about Vegas’ future and looking and planning ahead. Thanks and Be Well.

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          1. VaRedsFan

            You definitely speak the truth about Pelosi. If anyone the thinks she has the country’s best interest in mind, well, just isn’t of sound mind.

          2. HornBet

            I’m curious, what are your major complaints about Pelosi? No, not just that she’s a liberal woman. Specific policy issues that you find egregious.

          3. James K

            She shoots down every possible policy the POTUS presents, not because of the policy, but because of who is presenting it. The county has never been as strong as it was when the year started. Economy, Jobs, unemployment, lower taxes, minorities thriving. Pelosi’s response….rip up the speech. How did she not see what a great place the country was in? Let’s start a bogus impeachment trial for 8 weeks. So I’ll ask you, what good has she done? Maybe you are a fan of her sticking in pork to the Nation’s stimulus package and delaying it.

          4. Jenn In Las Vegas

            I’m with James K (comment below). Though I am not a fan of wholesale gratuitous ad hominem attacks, here’s a selection of the words used to describe Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the change.org petition to remove her from office: toxic evil crazy vindictive hateful lunatic disgrace dishonest selfish crazed frivolous dangerous corrupt psycho liar poison cancer petty caustic divisive vile tyrannical irrational arrogant. The Speaker’s pathological hatred of Pres. Trump, her puerile denial of the outcome of the 2016 election, and her unabashed betrayal of common good-faith Americans, among other shortcomings, are why many of us just shake our heads trying to comprehend why some of you think “she’s great.”

          5. HornBet

            I think we’ve all seen what happens when she has sat down the president and tried to work on policy. He devolves into a little baby and throws a tantrum.
            She ripped up the speech because more than half of it were lies, untrue boasts, and partisan finger pointing. And on top of it all, a Medal of Freedom awarded to this country’s biggest hate-monger. I guess we should have seen that coming.

            Bogus impeachment? The President of the United States uses the power of his office to strong-arm another country to announce “an investigation” into his political opponent, and withholds needed military aid until they do. Does that not sound like a banana republic?

            As to what good Pelosi has done: Supported climate change initiatives, opposed family separation policy at the border (where are you, evangelicals?), supported gun law reform, equal rights initiatives, marijuana legalization, right to choose, etc. And her stalling on the stimulus package was because the funding was tilted towards large corporations instead of small businesses!
            But I guess if you don’t like all of those things I’ve listed, well, you’re not going to like Nancy Pelosi. And some don’t like her simply because she’s (gasp) a strong woman.

            Some of my friends are Trump supporters. I tell them that more than anything else, I’m just sad for them. Sad that they can be so blind to what’s right in front of them. Not all Trump supporters are racist, but all racists are Trump supporters. Time will not look back on him kindly.

          6. Jenn In Las Vegas

            Scaredy, to be fair, I did also say:
            The Speaker’s pathological hatred of Pres. Trump, her puerile denial of the outcome of the 2016 election, and her unabashed betrayal of common good-faith Americans, among other shortcomings, are why many of us just shake our heads trying to comprehend why some of you think “she’s great.”

            I can get into a meatier debate, but I am with Dave in that I am inclined to think that Scott wouldn’t want his blog totally hijacked by politics. (I don’t know Scott and don’t speak for him.)

            Saying that, we do need competent and honorable leaders more than ever as we make our way thru this crisis, so the well being and future of Las Vegas cannot be separated from the politicians and our politics. I agree with you there.

          7. James K

            So you don’t like a person (Limbaugh) that calls out the left for all of their faults. But it’s fine for the Leftist to call out Trump for his faults. (and he does have faults).
            Hypocrite much?
            I am results oriented. I can see how great the country was doing economically. I can see the job numbers, the lowest unemployment ever…jobs for minorities….highest stock market ever. I not only see it, but it is documented…even by the parts of media that try to chop him down.
            As for powerful women…I’m all for it, if she can produce the numbers the current POTUS has. Pelosi is not that. Google Candice Williams….somebody that understands.

          8. Jenn In Las Vegas

            Yes, THANK YOU, VaRedsFan. Candice, not Candace. Sometimes, it takes a village. –Jenn

          9. Jenn In Las Vegas

            Thanks, Scaredy. You’re not nitpicking and it is indeed Candace Owens. #Blexit

  34. TBONE

    Vegas will be back the way it was or it wont survive! It will be a little iffy at first but they will realize that it needs to be what it was. I will miss it if it doesnt.

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  35. Ben Dover Carson

    I was thinking of a new slogan for Vegas- How about, “What happens here will spread and infect the whole country in weeks”. Too much?

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  36. Jenn In Las Vegas

    Fair enough.

    For a while we’ll have to cater to the locals, the immune, the hardy , and the bold (and to those whose states don’t have incoming quarantine restrictions). And I suppose international travel for the foreseeable future is extremely limited. It’s going to be rough. It’s going to be a lot about locals saving locals. We’ll get herd immunity pretty quick. We can start school as normal in the Fall, etc.

    I realize that “If you don’t want to get infected, don’t come here” isn’t a great message for the LVCVA to promote. But “Decimated Ghost Town of the Desert” doesn’t sound like much of a draw either.

    How bout this slogan:
    Las Vegas — Where Life happens

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  37. Scaredy Cat

    If there is an upside to the “stay at home” demands imposed on people from around the world, it might be the temporary peace god’s more deserving creatures are feeling by the lighter numbers of empty-headed humans they encounter in their daily lives. Sorry, Animal Kingdom, the human species isn’t on its way to extinction like it seems, but I don’t blame you for wishing so.

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  38. Allen

    It will take time but eventually the social distancing will fade. As for myself, when the casinos open I’m going. Maybe a little leary but I’d go and I’d eat at the buffet too.
    I’m also gonna go on an Alaskan cruise early on. It will be dirt cheap and safe.
    As for the lottery, the Nevada population is way too small to generate meaningful income. And is it really the time to divert any gambling dollars away from the casinos as they struggle to hire back locals? Btw, I’m a former $5000 lottery winner many years ago.

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  39. GregM

    For those of you that seem to be blowing this epidemic off like it’s no big deal, ponder this. This “flu” has been with us in the US for about 3 months. This no big deal flu has killed about 22,000 people in less than 90 days. The “average flu” kills about 30,000 to 40,000 annually. Do the math. That 22,000 number was attained even with countermeasures of social distancing and closures of public places. I shudder to think what that number would be if we all just continued our business as usual.

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  40. Dave Rabinowitz

    I think Scott (it’s his bog) should delete any comments pertaining to National Politics. Forget about the Dems/Reps and the POTUS. Let’s just talk about the BUSINESS of Vegas! Thanks

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    1. Scaredy Cat

      Unfortunately, Dave, there is no business going on in Vegas because we are at the mercy of a pandemic virus that has brought the entire world to a screeching halt. The POTUS declared today that he has ‘total’ authority to reopen states under lockdown. (You can catch his presser on youtube if you haven’t seen it yet.) A lot of governors are calling BS on Trump’s claim of absolute power, and so far I haven’t heard anyone say that comments posted in the amazing Vital Vegas blog have any sway whatsoever concerning the reopening of Las Vegas. That is the reality, Dave. We can pretend that our immediate fate is being steered by Lady Luck, but those Dems/Reps and the POTUS we’d love to forget about will ultimately decide who pays rent next month and who doesn’t. I’ve been off work for three weeks and I can only dream about my next trip to Las Vegas. Maybe by tomorrow, a fairy will wave a wand and our biggest concern in the world will once again be resort fees, parking fees, and buffet prices. Keep dreaming, Dave.

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      1. Dave Rabinowitz

        Scott’s original post is “11 Ways Las Vegas Casinos Will Change After The Shutdown” I’m only asking to keep comments about Las Vegas Casinos and leave out politics!!!!

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    2. Scott Roeben Post author

      I agree, but the purpose of social media (and blogs) is to spark conversation. I don’t do politics, and as long as people are being respectful, I appreciate people contributing. I only really dump comments if people are mean to each other or me. Mostly that last thing. “)

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  41. Alan

    Longtime Follower, First time Commenter (Sound like a Radio Station Caller). IMO, I would enjoy watching you post this content also on YouTube. There’s a few popular Vegas Vloggers who cite VitalVegas, or claim to have “sources” for their News vlogs, but you have better credentials.

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  42. Tommy Tutone

    Are those ideas actually effective or is it just “health theater,” the way that the TSA runs “security theater” at the airports? I’m skeptical that things like “sitting at every other slot machine” or “limiting poker tables to 5 people” or “sanitizing the roulette ball every 30 minutes” will actually do anything.

    If you have a crowded environment with people from all over the country and world congregating in a social manner, touching each other and various equipment, I’m not sure if there are any reasonable steps you can take to prevent contagion, short of closing the whole thing down.

    It sucks that people are losing jobs and money due to this but I’d rather lose money than lose lives. And losing lives will cause people to lose more money. It’s not a binary choice. Have these plans been approved by health experts? I’d like to see the evidence that they can open the casinos and implement those politics to prevent further spread. I hope they can, but I’m skeptical.

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