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Vegas No Longer Blackjack and Gambling Sin City but New Disneyland

Mar 28, 2011

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Old vs. New Vegas

The number of tourists to Las Vegas who spend their time gambling is dropping each year as the Sin City is turning into yet another Disneyland clone.

The politicians wanted and dreamed of it for years and they are finally reaping what the sowed.

The dream of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel of a playground for ADULTS, where 24 hour action, excitement, blackjack card games, adult theme cabaret shows, nonstop gambling, boozing, dancing and easy women is dying.

On the bones of the pleasure palaces from where the likes of Sinatra and the Rat Pack painted the town red, now are built poignant politically correct McPalaces more suited for Disney Land or Six Flags Great Adventure.

“Mommy, Mommy can we go see the pirate show at Treasure Island and then the dancing bears at the Mirage,” is now heard on the Vegas Strip instead of the old, “Where the dancing broads, the nearest bar and a one deck blackjack table, because baby, I am feeling lucky tonight!”

Passangers on flights to Vegas no longer read the latest black jack strategy book but prefer articles analyzing if Giuseppina Bozzacchi or Jean-Baptiste Hus would have danced better in the newest Snow White ballet revival on the Vegas Strip.

The numbers don’t lie. The recent report by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority shows that fewer and fewer visitors each year spend their time and money playing craps, slots and blackjack card games.

The new 2010 report shows that 80% of tourists spent $466 each gambling that year, while in 2009, 83% of tourists spent $482 gambling. In 2009 tourists gambled an average of 3.2 hours while in 2010 it was under 3 hours.

The new casino strategy of making Sin City into Disney Vegas is working! A Google search for ‘Fun things to do in Vegas’ reveals the sad fact that the most popular travel sites, considered experts in the industry, only gush about family friendly fun things to do.

The #1 search result (Destination 360 Travel Guide) fails to include on its list of things to do in Vegas: poker, WSOP, slots, craps and roulette. The word ‘gambling’ is mentioned once in passing in a lengthy article meant to describe fun things to do in Vegas. Blackjack is mentioned once. A strategy, some cute trick or the latest blackjack tips were offered perhaps? No, the writer considers blackjack not a fun activity.

A fun family activity is instead set up at the expense of blackjack along with casino dealers – ‘”If the thrill of the blackjack table isn’t your bag, or the dealer at the casino is taking too much of your money’ (than you should have some real Vegas fun at [insert name of family activity highly rated by 6 year olds.]

So what happened? Corporations love sanitized entertainment that caters to lowest common denominator – a 6 year old.

Captain Hook style pirates and the cuddly clown shows happened. It’s probably easier to find dancing Can-Can burlesque girls on the Mickey Mouse Cruise Ship than on the Vegas Strip.

The only woman of ill-repute left on the strip is the Wicked Witch of the West at the Casino Wizard of Oz Show (Ages 3+ Welcome!)

Bugsy Siegel is spinning in his grave.

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