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    I am a non smoker too. I love the Palace in Biloxi. It is so nice not stinking after you play.
    I hope they do not allow people to smoke pot in a casino. That in my oppion would be worse then the cigarette smoke. I remember when I was younger Cruisin a street called Peoria in Tulsa. They called it the restless ribbon. People from all over came out and cruised there old cars. Some of the people would be parked and they were smoking pot. That was the foulest smell ever.

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    Like it or not, smoking and gambling still go hand in hand as of now. While only about 15% of the general population smokes, gamblers seem to have a higher percentage. In casinos, 80% of the revenue comes from 20% of the players. So, it's really about what this 20% prefers. I do think this trend will change over time as less people take up smoking and different parts of the country will change at different rates. But for now, every casino operator fears a smoking ban for good reason.

    In Colorado an indoor smoking ban was passed but the casinos got a 2 year exemption. When it took effect it had immediate ramifications. Many casinos in Black Hawk and Central City were running on razor thin margins due to the amount of competition, the tooth and nail fight for customers, and high operating costs. Where I worked, 20% of our revenue disappeared immediately, literally overnight. Since we were operating on thin margins already it took a toll. As a non-smoker it was kind of nice to be able to work the floor for an extended period of time and not come home smelling like smoke. It was kind of nice for about a year until my job was eliminated. Thankfully during that year we were able to reduce labor due to reduced business by simply not replacing positions when people left rather than having to lay people off.

    (Colorado later made some changes to try to make up for the losses including being open 24 hours a day (instead of 18), increasing the max bet to $100 (from $5) and allowing Craps and Roulette. The revenue did grow, but what would the growth have been if they didn't ban smoking and still made those changes?)

    One interesting trend though... There seem to be a lot of smokers who prefer a non-smoking hotel room. They'd rather step out for a smoke than smoke inside the room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy View Post
    I don't understand why they just don't ban smoking everywhere. I know they have a niche market with smokers, but they turn off the majority of casual gamblers and tourists.


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    Really? is that why Harrahs NOLA claimed $70M in loss after the smoking ban? Warrens post is on the money from what I see all over the place whether you agree or not.

    http://www.casinoair.com/harrahs-cas...s-smoking-ban/

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    Why not do this in reverse? Have enclosed places to gamble for those who smoke and the rest of the casino smoke free? If only 20% of the people smoke, then why not give them a space dedicated to smoking? Non-smoking areas in most casinos are small, have less popular machines, and are open to the main area, so you still get smoke smell, but you do not have to sit next to those who are smoking. Seems like a plan.... I can't remember where I was... Kentucky maybe? They had a casino that had two floors... one was for smokers, one for no smoking. both areas were the same size, and offered pretty much the same machines. I thought that was just a magnificent way to solve the problem!!

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    I can only imagine losing your job of 20 years because you were randomly drug tested, and had spent the weekend at a casino where you could smoke weed.

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