A Tale of Two Dances


Krystle Lehr entertains gamblers Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Mandalay Bay’s “Party Pit” blackjack table area.

Sometimes the juxtaposition of stories in one newspaper is startling and often very amusing, especially when it occurs seemingly without anyone in the editorial staff noticing.  Today there was just such a juxtaposition in the Las Vegas Sun; the Sun published an update on Caesars and the gambler who danced on the baccarat table a little while back.  According the Sun report, the Nevada Gaming Control Board is recommending a $250, 000 fine; claiming the incident was very serious and a warning must be sent to the entire Nevada gaming industry that such indiscretions will not be tolerated.Of course we all agree, I think Caesars should forced fire all of the employees, and have its license suspended for a month and maybe the state of Nevada or other appropriate authority could execute the dancer.

But wait – there is the other story in Sun one by Richard N. Velotta – it too features dancing and dancers. Velotta’s story does not focus on the dance or the dancers instead it focuses on reduced payouts in blackjack that is becoming a trend in Vegas – actually there are two trends combining – reduced payouts and “party pits.”  The trend is not toward lower payouts, according Velotta, is not a result of the economic downturn, but rather from a necessity to pay for the dancers on the table – in the now famous, but not infamous like the baccarat pit, party pits.  A spokesman for Hard Rock was quoted in the article as saying:

The concept produces the best of all worlds for the Hard Rock — table minimums are $25 and often climb to $100 when demand is high, automatic shuffling machines keep the games moving quickly and players tend to stay longer to admire the eye candy. And the tables pay 6:5. Gore said the company had to invest in a 25-foot stage and three poles for the dancers. After the first year, the drop, or money wagered and lost, at those tables was up 85 percent over the previous year, and in the second year, it was up 45 percent over that.

Not included in either story is the seeming likeness of the activities covered by two separate reporters – that is dancing.  In one there is no mention of regulation and in the other no mention of profits – but the possibility of a conflict between regulation and profit begs to be asked.  The state of Nevada it seems does not want to fine anyone for partying in the pit and is quite willing to silently collect its taxes on the increased revenues.  The moral of the day would seem to be: If you want to dance on a table in Las Vegas, pick the right table and then take off most of your clothes – of course that only counts for young women – and then if it increases the revenue you get to dance.  Now that is a plan around which to build a regulatory structure.


1 Response to “A Tale of Two Dances”

  1. 1 Duncan Winn August 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    That’s a great story Ken. I’m not sure the dancer needs to be executed though. Perhaps ten years of hard labor at one of the strip clubs. Thanks for commenting on my post about Austin. You know that I used to be involved in the gaming industry. I wrote firmware for the Bally GMU’s till I pissed off somebody who was ordering me around while I was down at Viajas in San Diego. The guy wasn’t my boss, but he did get me fired. What a surprise after ten years…. Now I’m running a computer repair business for the local Reno-Sparks area. BlivitDesign.com


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