Alright, that's a stretch, because the Atlantic City Revel casino has been anything but smoking, but the new bankruptcy plan which was approved and wipes out 80 percent of the company's current debt of about $1.5 billion (down to just $277 million) will do something else besides ease the financial burden. The property was built on the presumption that players on the East Coast couldn't wait to play in an upscale casino, pay high prices for rooms, and eat gourmet meals.
None of those things have been proven to be true. However, since the property also restricted smoking, the management group really took a big chance with the property's success. Now, as I understand it, players will be able to smoke. That alone should bring in many additional players. Personally, I wish they had stuck with a new marketing plan instead of adding smoking, but it is a lot of money at stake, and if the past in this country has shown anything, it's that the health of workers and guests do not always come first.
There are some states that limit smoking on the casino floor, and as far as I'm concerned, the no-smoking ban in Colorado hasn't hurt the casinos there any. If you have to spark up, you go outside! I like Colorado because they have tried more than a few "new" ideas, and new games. That's great.
One game I haven't seen there yet is Wild 52. Playing Wild 52 is pretty easy, it's like World Poker Tour and Pai Gow Poker rolled into one, since the game uses a joker and two community cards. If you have tried it, how did you like it? I don't expect to hit the five-aces bonus, but hitting a full-house isn't that hard and getting a nice bonus payoff goes a long way. Take a peek if you see it!