Remember the days when drinks were complimentary at the casinos? It didn't matter if you were a high roller at a baccarat table or playing penny slots, everyone was entitled to free drinks. Not anymore. The Mirage has incorporated a voucher system for video poker players to earn drinks.
Caesars Palace has taken it a step further in the Race and Sports Book Bar. They've installed three lights on the backs of each poker machine at the bar. A red light, green light and blue light will determine if a player has earned a free drink.
Here's how the penny-pinching bean counters have structured their evil plan.
The blue light comes on when a player has inserted $20 into the machine. This lets the bartender know that money has been inserted, but it doesn't entitle that person to a free drink. Not until the light turns green can the bartender serve a free cocktail. So, blue light or red light means no free beverage.
I haven't been able to find the formula used to determine when a light changes to green. I can only guess that a player must play maximum coins each time and perhaps for a certain length of time.
Here's my opinion: When the mob ran the casinos they gave everything away...drinks, food, rooms, show tickets, parking and anything else a player wanted. The mob didn't try to make money in areas other than gambling. They made money on paper and for real even after everyone and their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and the paper boy skimmed from the top. There was enough money left over for everyone, all from gambling.
So to the penny-pinching bean counters, maybe there's a lesson to be learned...