So, thanks to a recently passed referendum , we in the Ft.Lauderdale area have three new - non Indian owned casinos which have "Vegas Style Slots" and poker ( no other table games.) The reason I say "non-Indian" is not to be biased, but because right now the Indian casinos are only permitted to have "bingo style slots" which are far from as good. They are trying to negotiate to get the Vegas style as well, but nothing yet.
At any rate , we decided to go check out the Isle of Capri Casino near us -all three of these casinos are, by law, connected to some sort of race track. We found the parking fairly empty on a Tuesday morning and a courteous employee came up right away to offer us a tram ride over to the casino section of the track Casino is quite pretty inside and they have the latest version of a great variety of slots and video poker as well. We settled in at the slots and started to play - finding the particular ones we chose awfully tight- and noticed there were really few people there- entire banks of machines with no players. We couldn't figure out what it was that made the whole thing seem so boring and different than Vegas - but all of a sudden realized that no cocktail servers were circulating. The regulations do not allow the casinos to comp any drinks and I guess they don't even try to sell drinks at the slots. We found the whole experience "underwhelming" and left after about half an hour. They have a lunch buffet for about $12 ( four people in line at noon)and one other "deli" restaurant , with others slated to open upstairs soon( wonder if they will). Also, they are not allowed to have any ATM machines on premises, so if you run low on cash, you have to leave and find one off site. These are a few of tehe "concessions" made to please the Bible thumpers in the state who opposed any casinos at all.
We don't patronize the cocktail service in the Vegas casinos all that much, but it was such a glaring difference that now I will appreciate it all the more when we go. I fear these three casinos are not going to do very well at the rate things are going- we have two more trips to Vegas planned for this year and having "Vegas style " slots in our own backyard sure hasn't affected our plans.
Thanks, "Sin City"- see you soon!