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Poker in the Front, Smoker in the Rear

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 15th February 2005 1:01am
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For more than a decade, nonsmoker Sylvia Reiter has played poker through a cloud of cigarette smoke at Palace Station's poker room.

Reiter, whose husband and two sons work in Strip casinos, is used to smoky surroundings. Starting this month, things have been very different for Reiter during her regular poker game. Last week she sat cheek and jowl with other players in a smoke-free room -- the only nonsmoking gambling area in the casino.

"I think it's wonderful," said Reiter, a regular casino visitor since 1961 who has lived in Las Vegas for the past 16 years. "Even the smokers I play with are happy about it."

Palace Station, along with Station Casinos Inc. sister properties Santa Fe Station and Texas Station, this year started following a trend that began in earnest in 2001 when poker rooms at the Mirage and Bellagio resorts banned smoking.

Since then, nearly every major poker room on the Strip has quietly gone smoke-free. Others including the Flamingo, Gold Coast and Aladdin have followed suit in recent months.



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