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Chicago Tribune Reviews Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 9th March 2009 2:41pm
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Usually, when traditional newspapers post travel reviews of a Vegas trip, they are abound with the usual run down of the sights and sounds du jour - Bellagio's fountains, Cirque du Soleil spectaculars, pint-sized architectural replicas, gullet stuffing buffets and a quick jaunt through the latest and greatest offering on the strip.

If you didn't know better, this review from the Chicago Tribune would make you think that Las Vegas' main attraction is empty slot machines and sad sack dealers.

There were some surviving $25 tables, among them blackjack, pow gai and three-card poker, but they were thinly populated. Dealers dealt their games in many instances with gloomy faces, anticipating a decline in the tips that supplement their modest hourly wages. Players, likewise, for the most part seemed less animated and sanguine, reflecting a faltering Dow, massive job losses and predictions of worse times to come.

On the surface, this is a real downer and will probably do more to discourage Vegas visitation than promote it. We're going to opt to look on the bright side here - less lines at the buffet, no waiting for your favorite slot machines to open up, cheaper minimums at the high end joints, dirt cheap luxury rooms? Sign us up!



Comments & Discussion:

I'm glad those pow gai tiles are still around. It wouldn't be the same without them.

Why am I imagining Adam West shuffling tiles now?

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