|Slots were once the most democratic of casino pastimes, being open to recreational gamblers, senior citizens with a purse full of coins, tourists - anyone wearing bad slacks, basically. You didn’t need a tux and a martini to look the part parked against a slot. These days however, if you want low limits on slots, you could be better off online – As the Press of Atlantic City reports, nowadays, many casinos are becoming a little more discerning where it comes to their slots punters, with private slots rooms, replete with plush décor. One example is the Grand Salon at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino resort, which has its own cashier cage, bathrooms, and security. Another, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort’s Sultan’s Palace, has a sign declaring “This area for out slot players exclusively. All others are prohibited from entering”. Signs posted at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s high-limit area warns it is for “premium slot players only”. |
The 227 slots inside Harrah’s Diamond Cove are reserved for players with a Diamond or Platinum card, with only the higher limit card holders admitted on the weekends.
'If we did not have those areas, our customers would scream at our hosts, 'I'm playing at a $5 machine, for 20 hours, putting in $20,000 and having riffraff stand behind me while I play,'' said LuAnn Pappas, vice president of casino marketing for the two Harrah's casinos.
'It's a very uncomfortable feeling for high-end slot players, having the world behind you, watching your bets,' she said.
However, such places operate on the fringes of the New Jersey casino commission’s rules, which, although having no written policy, frowns upon the velvet rope approach. Nevada, by contrast, allows private gaming rooms. The casino commission told Harrah's that Diamond Cove can be exclusive only if the games are also available on the main casino floor. If gamblers wants to play a $25 Wheel of Fortune slot and the it is only available in Diamond Cove, Harrah's has to let them in, with or without a Diamond Card.