Luck Be A Lady...
Let’s face it, Las Vegas is about gambling. You can talk about the great shows, the incredible food and the always entertaining attractions but no matter how hard you try you will come in contact with gambling. You don’t have to gamble but it can be a lot of fun if done responsibly.
Gambling facts from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
- In 2006, Clark County's casinos (Clark County includes Las Vegas, Laughlin, Mesquite, Primm and Jean) took in $10.6 billion in gross gaming revenue. Las Vegas casinos accounted for $8.2 billion.
- In 2005, the average gambling budget per trip was approximately $627 per visitor.
- The average visitor gambled 3.6 hours per day.
- Eighty-six percent of visitors said they gambled during their stay.
- Slot machines reign in the casinos - 59 percent of visitors hit the slots during their stay. Blackjack came in a distant second at 18 percent with video poker rounding out the top three with 10 percent.
- The statewide Megabucks games experienced a first in September 2005 when a player hit the progressive jackpot for the second time. The 92-year-old winner took home $4.6 million in 1989 and then hit the jackpot again last year for $21 million.
- Nevada's casino and gaming areas are off-limits to people younger than 21. When Bellagio opened on the Las Vegas Strip in October 1998, the hotel barred patrons from the premises who were under 18 years of age unless they were registered guests of the hotel; this policy was a first, although it is not strictly enforced today.
- Race and sports betting tops $2 billion per year. Some Las Vegas casinos treat gamblers to plush seating, free drinks and buffets in the race and sports book complexes where live racing and athletic events are viewed on giant, satellite-fed screens.