Posted: 1/31/2011 4:14:19 PM
Originally Posted by VegasGourmet
Gotta add my 2 cents here...and will try not to sound like I'm on a soapbox........
I have never, ever, understood the connection between gambling and drinking.
I understand the connection between eating and drinking....but not gambling.
The constant threads in this forum about comping of drinks feeds into an area that I just have never understood.....and, trust me, I have gotten sick drunk many times...learned at any early age how to make myself throwup so I could get some sleep.....So, I am not trying to preach to the crowd....
Just don't understand the connection...booze is booze, regardless of what city you're in....and your hometown bartender can "comp" you just as well as a Vegas bartender..and without betting a dime.
I think you're a local so my comments don't really apply to someone living in LV. But for 90% of visitors, we come to LV to party. I mean, that's what this city is. It's a huge adult playground. No, you don't have to drink and gamble together, but most do. And most people party alll day and all night when they're in this city. Where else can you do you wake up, roll out of your hotel and immediately see a group of four people drinking 5 foot daquaris at 9am in public? This only happens in Vegas and I think most people carry this lifestyle for the time that they're visiting.
Sure I understand how people physically can survive this town for a week's visit. They either pace themselves very well or they fall in the 10% (guessing) of tourists who visit just to see shows, relax, golf, dine, whatever. But knowing myself, and knowing what I beleive to be the dempgraphic on this overall forum, I keep finding it interesting that people have such long visits to LV. That begged me to ask the question how it's possible for so many.
And VG- One other thing...
I've seen numerous times that you comment on how you cannot understand why people connect drinking with gambling and I think I have a very logical answer. These folks that are asking about comps and what not are tourists. They are only in Vegas for a couple days and want of these pleasures to be at their fingertips at once! As a local, you separate these things as you can go bet and enjoy a book whenever you like. As a visitor, and someone who is only in this great playground a handful of days per year, I can;t waste any time. The booze and the wagering must go together- otherwise I feel like I'm not maximizing my time in this great city!... and people ask specifically about comped items just cuz that's what they relate Vegas to - "the city that keep on giving."