Poker players who like to smoke have two less places to visit in Las Vegas
By Bob Garcia
Las Vegas is going smoke-free (at least part of it). MGM Resorts has announced that when Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas open once again at the end of September, the casinos will be both smoke-free and vape-free. The property, which has been shuttered since March due to COVID-19, will reopen September 30th.
“While there have been many casinos outside of Las Vegas that have been smoke-free, this is the first time a Las Vegas resort of this size is going smoke-free,” said David G. Schwartz, who has written 11 books about Vegas. “It shows how the casino gaming industry’s position on smoking is evolving.”
While definitely a welcomed move among poker players who prefer not to play among smokers, some gamblers are likely to stay away, and those familiar with Atlantic City will be watching closely.
When Revel opened in the seaside resort town back in 2012, it was Atlantic City’s first smoke-free property. It closed in 2014. The property has since been reopened as Ocean Casino Resort and welcomes smokers.
Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and president, said he remained optimistic and that launching the Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort is a big milestone on the road to recovery.
“The last six months have presented extraordinary challenges,” Hornbuckle said in a statement. “There is much work ahead as we remain focused on the health and safety or our employees and guests, but this is an important moment for us.”