Vegas casinos try to hide new strange fees to line their pockets
Now that multiple states are going after resort fees, casinos get creative
Casinos in Las Vegas are determined to take every nickel and dime they came, and not just at the tables or the slot machines. Exorbitant resort fees have been a popular gimmick that allowed venues to receive upwards of $20 per night per room, to the tune of millions of dollars a year in free money for the companies. However, that practice has recently come under increased scrutiny, with district attorneys in at least one state and Washington, DC going after companies for the trickery. So, Vegas casinos have done what they do best – twist things around to keep the money flowing. It now costs money just to step inside a casino’s bar or restaurant.
There have been a lot of reports lately about so-called “venue fees” and the casinos aren’t shy about admitting to them. MGM Resorts acknowledged them, explaining on social media, “This charge you’re seeing is a venue fee. It is not only applied for table service, but for bar service as well, and is being applied to every check in the venue.”
It added, “This fee is applied to all things that keep the venue operationally running, like the gaming maintenance for all bar top games, Wi-Fi, and lounge maintenance.”
This last statement is especially interesting. Resort fees, which are still being charged, have been explained as a way for the venue to cover the cost of WI-FI and maintenance. Why, then, would a second charge be needed for the same purpose?
The answer is, it isn’t.
It’s simply a way for casinos to get a few extra dollars out of the pockets of those that keep them in business. Author Habeeb Akande probably explained it best when he said, “The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.”