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If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

Based on my own experiences and comments in the trip reports and posts by others, I think the time is soon coming when -- as is the case in Pennsylvania casinos -- alcoholic beverages are no longer free.

1. If/when that happens, will it be a deal breaker for you?

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1. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

It won't be a deal breaker for me, but it sure will take an adjustment to get used to it. Nothing more fun than sitting at a slot machine with a free drink in hand. At Mohegan Sun casino in Pa. they do give free drinks to people who earn a certain level .My friend just earned that level and she now gets free drinks...........Hopefully nj will do something on this order if it ever comes to that.

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2. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

I don't think it will go over too well, if you think the diamond lounge thread is long wait til you see that one.

It really is in their favor to offer cocktails, firstly people are much more free with their money when they've had a few and don't even get me started on how much I've lost in a machine waiting for a drink. I should just sit there and wait but you know that never happens, at least with me.

I would bring my bottle of Kettle One, spend more time in the room as the kids say "pre-gaming" and also bring my drink down or bring airline bottles to add to my club soda, won't be happy about it but 'ya do what you gotta do".

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3. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

I'd like to say it would be a deal breaker for me (cause it would totally suck!) but I would still probably head down to AC because I like the environment and the extra amenities besides just a casino.

I second MrsHeartRN....just when you thought that Diamond Lounge thread was long.....

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4. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

No not a deal breaker for us I would still go to AC. Locally the casinos charge $4-$8 a drink but we stay away from them due to the VLT slots. Our friends who like to go locally since they won't travel to AC don't stay long to play but if they do an airline bottle is brought in to add to the casino's soda.

If AC went to this which I doubt as the more you drink the more you gamble it would hurt their business. I enjoy a drink while playing cards or sitting at my favorite slot.

A few years ago when we stopped in Showboat and ordered beers the CW asked for our diamond cards....since we don't normally play at CET casinos we got small beers in plastic cups...Bud or Bud Light. YUCK so we didn't stay to play.

I like the new upgrades at GN....back to bottle beer on the casino floor. I am not a beer drinker but my sisters and DH enjoy a Corona while playing.

Can't wait for our next AC trip in a few weeks as finally the summer is over.

Edited: 05 September 2011, 14:45
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5. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

Untrue, its NOT the case in most Pa. Casinos.

As said,Mohegan Sun(Free).

Mt. Airy (Free).

Sands(Free)

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6. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

casinos that charge everybody for drinks generally do so because state law requires it... it's illegal to dispense free alcohol in a casino in those jurisdictions... sometimes diamond players (or above) will get free drinks, but what's really happening there is that the house is "buying" the drink and then turning around and giving the purchased drink to the player. (a minor technicality, but that's the way they get around it.)

in any case, i don't see the law in new jersey ever being changed.

of course, the law doesn't require that all drinks be free! a casino can start charging at any time... i just don't think they will.

as i said in another thread awhile back when this topic came up... as long as you're actively playing, it's doubtful that a casino will start charging you for drinks. they may limit the number or types of beverage... no premium liquor or bottled beer, for instance. or the number of drinks per hour per person.

but no more free drinks?

it ain't gonna happen.

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7. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

I agree with UK!!

But I wont change my habits, I will still go to AC as usual. After all, I am a 7 Star drunk and my drinks will be free!! lol

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8. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

No free drinks would not be a deal breaker for us.

If they ever stopped comping rooms, that would be a deal breaker.

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9. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

Without a doubt, we'd stop going to AC. Despite the comped rooms 24/7, it still cost us $180 in gas and tolls to get there, not to mention a six hour drive. If we have to pay for drinks, there are many other options within an hour drive for us. We'd also just increase our Vegas trips from 2-3 times a year to 5 or 6.

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10. Re: If/When drinks in casinos are no longer free . . .

I'm going to Vegas in Oct. and it's costing us $340 for rooms for 6 days and airfare. We were able to get tickets to good shows, (Justin Timberlake Old School concert, Elvis Cirque and the old standby's Legends etc.) You can't beat that. I would absolutely go to Vegas more often, we're looking into another trip in December.

I think drinks will be free for a long time to come in Vegas, maybe not CET but most of the other casinos especially downtown.