Update April 19, 2020 The Wynn casinos is the first of the Vegas casino companies to reveal its health plan for reopening. The most
significant part of the plan is the installation of thermal cameras at its entrances. If a guest registers as too hot they
will be taken to a private area for a private temperature screening. If they register 100-degrees or higher they will not
be allowed to enter. Wynn will also close alternating table games and will limit the number of players. At craps, for example,
no more than three players on each side and that's significant since larger tables can have as many as eight or ten players
on each side. Blackjack will have three players. There will even be limits on the number of passengers in limos.
It has been about a month since the first casinos were ordered closed as part of the "social
distancing strategy" to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. The feeling now is that the shutdowns have helped
and some are looking forward to businesses including casino gambling reopening.
casinos do reopen I'm expecting some immediate changes and to hear that there are plans for long-term changes. These changes
could be as drastic as an end of cocktail service and an end to the use of gaming chips.
The first change I'm expecting is something that was started just before the shutdown. I'm expecting
that the number of players at table games will be reduced and I'm expecting a reduction in the number of working slot machines
and video poker machines so players have some separation. I'm also expecting that machine minimum bets and table game minimum
bets will be higher than usual at many casinos. The higher prices to play will not only help the casinos to rebuild their
coffers but it will also help to limit the number of gamblers with price rationing of seats.
I'm also expecting casinos to resume handing out disposable gloves and perhaps a return of the cloth
gloves casinos gave to patrons before tickets replaced coins. It is reasonable that casino dealers will be wearing masks and
some casino personnel will wear gloves. There may be an end to shuffling of cards if dealers must wear gloves and automatic
shuffling machines will become the norm.
I wouldn't rule out mandatory masks being given to players. If players
are required to wear masks that also opens the possibility that all smoking will be prohibited. You can't smoke wearing a
mask. And if you must wear a mask how can you drink cocktails? So this might mark the end of cocktail service at tables and
Another immediate change is the end of the
traditional self service casino buffet. I'm expecting to see more servers in the buffets and when a server isn't practical
then I'm expecting to see plates and bowls prepared and ready for each customer. Gone will be the days when you scooped up
all the chicken soup or stuffing you wanted with serving utensils. Many high end buffets already have servers at many food
stops so this practice would be easy to implement.
is also a strong possibility that casino players will have to undergo a temperature check before being allowed to enter. This
might also be practiced at restaurants outside of casinos.
My next expectation is something that will be announced but may take weeks to implement. I'm expecting
casinos to eliminate chips or cheques at table games and instead of chips or cheques players will bet using computer tablets
or computer screens mounted at each player position. Casinos might halt table games until chips can be replaced with computer
systems, and if there's a lack of dealers casinos might reopen for slots and machine games only.
Do we really need chips? No. And with keypads and computers
so widely used now making the transition will be easy. The technology is already in use in casinos at electronic blackjack,
craps and roulette games so adding computer screens to live tables with dealers will be easy.
Frankly, I think both customers and casino companies will welcome the change. When dealers don't
have to sell or color-up chips it will save time and money and manpower. Errors and losses will be cut. In fact, I think craps
games could be run with two people -- a stickman and a boxman to supervise and to record each throw of the dice in the table's
computer set-up. And the jobs of the "base dealers" will actually be
eliminated as players make their own bets on the box numbers.
should also welcome the change. In craps many problems would be eliminated: no longer would cash be thrown on the table
during a roll of the dice; chips would not be placed where the dice are thrown; no hands would be on the table to interfere
with the dice; and late betting and misunderstandings about where chips are placed would be eliminated. It would also be faster
and easier for players to enter and leave the game without delaying play.
Let's face it, casino chips are filthy and are rarely cleaned. So let's get rid of them. We don't need them. We also
don't need resort fees and parking charges but I don't think the casinos will give them up. Yes, we might see a short-term
hiatus but they've become a big part of the industry's math to expect them to be stripped. And don't think the casinos will
offer tons of free play promotions either. The casinos have to make up for millions of dollars of lost revenue so while they
might cut costs including the cost of dealers they are not likely to cut revenue streams.
There is an even bigger question: if the casinis open will they come? I am not sure they will in
the first few months. There has been a lot of economic damage done to family finances and to the convention business and it
will take months for conventions to be rescheduled and for disposable income to recover. Casinos need an economy of scale
to operate efficiently. We might see select properties reopen initially but not full company properties.
And if you think select properties might reopen first you must
consider what games will reopen first? Because of social distancing I am sure the less profitable games and machines will
be dark when the casinos reopen.
your thoughts? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I'll respond.