It has been announced that theStation Casinos in Las Vegas will be scaling back their offerings for free live entertainment. This is another move in the trend in Las Vegas away from offering daily free entertainment. As a business advisor, and an avid writer on the gambling industry and Las Vegas, I believe that the days of free live entertainment in Las Vegas are truly numbered.
Many of the casinos in Las Vegas have been scaling back their free live entertainment over the last few years. Many of the casinos have realized that the drinks that are sold in the lounges that house these free live entertainment acts do not usually add up to come close to the amount that they are paying for the entertainment. This cost-cutting measure is becoming more and more of a standard across the board in Las Vegas.
The Station Casinos prided themselves on still offering free live entertainment while the others were cutting back. The economy, and the fact that the Station Casinos could see how much money was being saved by their competition finally came to the realization that they too had to jump on this quickly-moving bandwagon. Their announcement has caused many to realize that the days of free live entertainment in Las Vegas are truly numbered.
The loss of free live entertainment in Las Vegas is simply another step in the direction that Las Vegas had been going in over the last seven to ten years. Gone are the decent five dollar buffets. Gone are the days in which you could get a four star room in Las Vegas for the same price as a one star room in any other city. The announcement by the Station Casinos that they will be scaling back the free live entertainment just proves the fact that Las Vegas is offering a lot less for free (or cheap) than it used to.
The continuation of this trend should not discourage Las Vegas travelers, or Las Vegas locals. It is a trend that has made the casinos stronger, and has given them the money for new improvements that we have never though of before. The reduction of free live entertainment in the Station Casinos will give them more money that they can use to focus on other areas of operation and growth.
Since the downturn of the economy took a huge toll on Las Vegas, the reduction of free live entertainment at the Station Casinos should be welcomed. Any measure that they can take to make sure that they are able to deal with the economic downturn should be accepted and applauded. I know that I would miss a casino much more than I would miss free live entertainment in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Sun