Many of our readers have never been to Las Vegas. Also, quite a few of our readers have been to Las Vegas, but for whatever reason, have never gone for a walk up and down the strip. If you fall into either of those camps, I’m here to show you the view from my perspective as I travel the road and gamble. In that spirit, I hope you enjoy these pics of my midnight stroll through the center part of Las Vegas Boulevard.
This past weekend, I was in Las Vegas and stayed on the strip.
This was the view from my room.
The weather was a little bit windy, but overall, nice enough to go for a stroll before an evening long binge at the tables.
Here are some pics of what Las Vegas Blvd looks like if you walk the center part of it. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too busy for a Saturday night. Maybe the resort fees, ridiculous parking charges and attempts to squeeze tourists have gone too far. Recently, there have been reports that tourism to Las Vegas has been on the decline, and that 2018 marked a four year low for Vegas tourism. Anecdotally, I certainly saw the sparse crowds on Las Vegas Boulevard.
The resorts all claim that the extra fees have boosted tourism and enhanced the experience. When casinos first started charging for parking, they claimed that the parking fees would make the parking experience better. If you consider that a red light green light system is worth the added parking fee, then…sure.
The good news is that the casinos are starting to notice and dial back on some of the outrageous fees. https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/some-las-vegas-resorts-cutting-fees-as-visitation-declines-1624228/
As I was walking the Strip, I decided to detour into the Flamingo to look at their blackjack offerings. Every game I saw was 6-5. It was horrible. The good news is that the go-go party pit dancer was livening the place up.
After my walk, I found a sense of hope because it appears that people are becoming wise with their entertainment dollars. In the end, the casinos will only do what their customers allow them to do. As a business, they have every right to make as much money as possible, but, as customers, we have a right to refuse their fees and bad games.
The sights are beautiful and the atmosphere is energetic. Even with the sparse crowd, it was still fun, and I enjoyed my walk. But it would be great if some of the old Las Vegas gambling deals came back. If we vote with our wallets, the deals may come back to certain degree. Unfortunately, $2 craps may never come back to the strip.
In a future article, I’ll tell you about why some of these mega resorts are bad for gamblers, and why those sweetheart gambling deals of the past may never come back. $1 blackjack that pays 3-2? Roulette with 25 cent chips at Caesars Palace or the Wynn? Forget about it, even if they wanted to offer $2 craps, the mega resorts may never able able to do so. The reason? Mainly debt service and expenses.
If you have any questions, comments, or request, please let me know in the comments below.