As a last minute decision, to escape the oppressive heat, we decided to escape to a casino for a few hours in the afternoon. Since the Sands Bethlehem kept advertising that they now had tables and were closer in distance than AC, we decided to give it a try since we were limited in time. What a mistake! They don't have a poker "room" but a sectioned off area on the gaming floor. That didn't really concern us, but we never saw such a long waiting list for 1-2 Texas Hold'em! When we arrived at 3:30, we were told that the wait was an hour to an hour and a half. Of course that is an educated estimate because one never knows how long the players stay at the table. The list did not even fit on the screen! After putting the name down, we walked around looking for $15 blackjack tables, but they were all filled up too. To make a long story short, a hour later, we checked back at poker and still did not make the screen list. By 5:30, we were again told that the wait was another hour. At 6:30, we were told again that it was another hour and our name was on the bottom of the screen. At that point, we gave up and went to dinner. At around 8PM, we decided to check the board and saw that the name was no longer on there so it must have been called while we were dining. That's the other problem--you have to stay around the poker area to hear your name called--it's not announced on the PA system. So we made the "shorter" trip to PA and ended up playing nothing while we could have gone to AC and had a choice of casinos and tables!MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!
At one point we asked the shift manager whether their plans were to expand the poker area and was told that they have the space, but not enough experienced dealers to man the tables. This goes foror the other table games too because we saw alot of unmanned empty tables taking up space and waiting poker players using up the seats. I wonder whether this is the same story at the other new PA casinos--I won't try them until I know for sure. I'm sure the fact that it was a weekend day affected the wait, but never in AC did we ever encounter such a waiting period.
Bad planning will turn people off!