VegasTripping Interview With Mark Adams from Vegas Today and Tomorrow

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VT: Do you gamble?

MA: Yeah. I'm a slot guy.

VT: Do you have a favorite flavor of reverse ATM?

MA: I don't have a favorite machine. In fact, I don't have a favorite genre of machine. I like actual physical reel slots and video slots as well. When the video slots first came out I was drawn to them because there was a fun factor with the bonus rounds. Then I started to go back to the reel slots. The new Bally's branded reel slots with the blue lit coin trays, they feel real solid and nice. I like those machines for some reason, they want me to play them. (laughs) I don't know what it is, they've got good marketers at Ballys. I try not to go overboard, I've got a budget and I do a good job not going over it. I know what I can afford to lose on any given trip, and quite often I come home with more. I know when to stop.

VT: Where do you stay?

MA: I have a good reason for where I stay. I haven't paid for a room in Vegas for 10 years. Ten years ago, before I knew what a slot club was, I always stayed at the Flamingo because their pool was open 24-7. When I was done walking around the strip, hot and tired, I'd come back to my hotel at 3 or 4 in the morning it was a little slice of heaven. There's nothing like swimming in 100 degree weather at three a.m. with the whole big pool to yourself.

VT: Smashed?

MA: Well... yeah.... smashed. Then they started closing their pool early to keep you in the casino spending money or eating dinner, they don't want you swimming. The casinos all claim "there's no lifeguard out there." I talked to Wynn's people, 'you've got 9,000 people on staff, why can't you hire one more.' We'll get our dinner, do our gambling then go take a dip.

stardust chip

I didn't want to stay at Flamingo anymore and had stayed at most of the MGM Properties - NY-NY, Luxor, MGM Grand. They're just like big malls, they're very uninteresting actually, I don't really care for them. I wanted some nostalgia and started pouring through photos. I found this photo of the Stardust with this little crummy building sticking up out of the front of it... that's where I want to stay, I want in that old 1958 building with the balcony. I went to book the room and they said 'we'll put you in the tower, they're nicer rooms' I said 'I don't want to be in the tower, I want the crummy little bulding with the balcony. Where God knows who slept and how much history that building has.' So, they booked me in there and it was wonderful. Roomy, doors opened wide, double sliders with a 10 foot opening, sheers blowing in the breeze. That's when I jointed the slot club. I didn't really play that much, maybe a $300 ATM withdrawal throughout the weekend, ended up leaving with $700 more in my pocket on the way home. They invited me back with free rooms, free food, free this, free that. Comps were excellent at the Stardust. It became my home away from home. I would visit all the fancy hotels, marvel at the architecture, then go home to my seedy little Stardust. I loved it. Everybody was lovely there, the cocktail waitresses remembered my name, it was a nice place to call home. When they announced they were going to blow it up, I was a little... misty. (Laughs)

I did a Remembering Stardust page on the site with history of the architecture of the resort, I painted a nice tribute. I've got no fewer than a dozen emails saying 'Where's the Remembering New Frontier page?'... I think I probably should but everyone is happy to see the toilet go.

VT: What happens to Vegas Today and Tomorrow when the building boom is over?

MA: Will the building boom ever be done? invited me to be a blogger and I wrote an article entitled "Will Las Vegas Strip Construction Ever End?" I don't think that it will. Most of the undeveloped land on the strip is under development or in the throes of being developed. We know that Harrah's will be doing something with Bally's and Imperial Palace, but those announcements won't be coming for a while and won't start for a while after that. City Center and Echelon Place will have Phase 2 constructions. As soon as Steve Wynn finishes Encore, the golf course is going to get leveled and his boutique hotel village will go in. Will it ever end? Probably not. Once all those squares are filled in, say 2020, you're going to have MGM Grand with small rooms. And New York-New York, which I wouldn't be surprised to see the wrecking ball hit it. The Flamingo's gotta go then. We still have places like the Riviera, Tropicana and the Sahara, they're all real long in the tooth and they need to come down.

I don't really foresee an end to all of this for the near future. Who knows, by the time it does all end, if it does, I'll be retired by then anyhow. I'm not really worried about it.

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thank you for the interview - i actually found this site thru vegasTAT when they won the trippie award last year, and i go to both sites daily. it was very interesting to see that MGMMirage was against the renderings, but it didn's surprise me. Mr Adams is doing a wonderful job over there.

you're very welcome. mr. adams is smart as a whip and unbelievably creative...

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