Who is Coming to Vegas Right Now?

The Unemployment Debit Card Tourist

Nevada Gov. Sisolak’s plan for turning Nevada back into a big cattle ranch appears to be progressing as intended.  Vegas tourism is not only way off in numbers right now, it’s way off from its usual level of clientele.  It’s something I’ve seen myself and have been hearing about from friends.  Now even Vital Vegas has remarked on it.

High-end tourism to Vegas has been decimated by the ban on travel from China, the UK and most of Europe.  And current Bat Plague restrictions that make a visit here much like a stay in a Soviet TB ward appear to be too much of a buzz kill for high-end tourists still allowed to travel here. (The casinos are now forcing people to put their masks back on in between sips of their cocktails.)

But restaurant Groupon coupon use is way up, and high percentages of people are paying at restaurants and hotels using unemployment debit cards.  So Vegas is apparently floating along on the thrifty backs of the unemployed, who may not have jobs again until 2022 or beyond.  Let’s hope those Coronabux keep flowing!

Also, a good number of the customers on the Strip appear not to understand how a sit-down restaurant works.  They try to place their food orders at the hostess podium.

Reportedly, the percentage of customers who tip food servers and cocktail waitresses has collapsed as well.  I will bet these servers are regretting giving up their own unemployment debit cards to return to work.

But there’s hope for them.  Wynn did a “force reduction” this week, with reportedly hundreds laid off, likely because Wynn isn’t an unemployment debit card kind of place.

But Circus Circus has announced layoffs too, and they are most definitely an unemployment debit card kind of place.

Construction is halted again at the Madison Square Garden “Sphere” at Venetian.  The issue is financial — reportedly nobody’s been getting paid since the start of the year and union lawsuits are piling up.

And Carl Icahn is busy turning Caesar’s into a Carl Icahn kind of place now that the merger is completed with Eldorado.  Reportedly, Icahn prefers more of a “meat and potatoes” operation for Caesars, with big cost reductions.  Maybe soon we’ll be able to use our unemployment debit cards at Caesars, but at Circus prices.

At least the new company plans to make job cuts as “compassionately and transparently as possible,” according to Chief Financial Officer Bret Yunker.

If you come, there aren’t many reopened Vegas strip clubs yet, but honestly, they are the best things going here at the moment, especially Palomino Club.  It’s like a trip back to before Bat Plague ever existed.

31 Responses to “Who is Coming to Vegas Right Now?”

  1. Jc

    Why do the Palomino girls have pasties on? Afterward we went to shop at the Dejavu store to shop with the girlfriend and their club bar next door had normal dancing and we got a couples vip room in their back hall there. Why is it any different because there in different cities or something?

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  2. Aaron

    Hey Arnold.. really glad to see you made it through the flu and are posting again. Ive been following a few vegas blogs who predict that there is going to be another shutdown measure this week. Im wondering if the huge budget cut session Gov Sissy presided over is going to prevent that. It seems like he and the state in general are over a barrel and anither hard shutdown of a major income source shouldnt be on the table. Does he have the balls to double down on cutting the budget even further to follow what California is doing? Thoughts?
    Also for what its worth Sapphire turned on thier twitter auto post ads again (they hadnt posted since July 4th.). No idea if they are hoping to reopen soon, or if they just paid their advertiser again.

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Aaron, thanks. I don’t think Sisolak has dealt with budget issues in any kind of realistic way. I think he’s still hoping the feds will bail him out.

      But he’s made it so difficult for anyone to have fun here I almost don’t think it matters for the state budget if we stay open or not (obviously it matters a lot to people still working and businesses squeaking by). We’ve got people coming to town with $100 to spend for a long weekend and a fanny pack full of coupons. That just can’t sustain this place.

      I think layoffs are coming everywhere, and we hadn’t brought that many people back to work in the first place. In Wynn’s layoff letter to employees this week, they said they were disappointed with the huge fall-off in visitors after the initial reopening rush.

      People came and went home and told friends that Vegas wasn’t what it used to be. So people stopped booking.

      The big difference between Sapphire and the clubs that have reopened is that Sapphire is overwhelmingly a lap dance club while the others are private bedroom clubs. And there’s no way right now that high-mileage lap dances on the main floor will fly.

      Plus Sapphire is a huge club that depends on a higher-end clientele and a very large number of dancers. We just don’t have those numbers of those kinds of guests right now. I think Sapphire will protect its brand in hopes of a better future and stay closed for now.

      I honestly believe George Soros thinks he’s carrying out a color revolution in America right now. He said back in January at Davos that he sensed “a revolutionary moment” right now and I think he genuinely believes that destroying American cities is going to lead to his communist triumph. So I think the DNC will keep Antifa and BLM rioting wherever they can and Sisolak will keep discouraging tourism all the way up to the election.

      Or maybe Trump’s October surprise will take care of it. That would be nice.

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      • 808forever

        I work @ the Red Rock, which is a locals joint, and we’d be just like Wynn and CC if we didn’t get the business from our addicts that live here. Yesterday’s occupancy was TWENTY THREE percent, yet the floor was decently busy during the early hours of swing shift (7-10). Two of three dice games were full, and most of the open games in the other pits had action. I have yet to hear if Stations is going to lay off anyone, but I wouldn’t put it past them to do so.

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        • Arnold Snyder

          808, thanks for the report. That’s my impression around town–tourism way way off, but locals still looking to get out and about.

          Hang in there, hoping no further layoffs for you.

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  3. Brian and Christine

    Arnold, we check every day to see when this nonsense is going to end. We had reservations for multiple weekends in July that we cancelled, primarily because the topless pools we enjoy were not going to be topless. Mrs. doesn’t even bring a bikini top to Vegas. We have reservations again for a couple weekends in mid-August and here’s hoping.

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Brian and Christine, best bets for a pool with some topless girls may be the Radius Pool at the Stratosphere or Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay.

      I haven’t heard about them banning topless girls at either place, and I haven’t heard about layoffs at either place.

      Here’s hoping Sapphire is open by then.

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      • Brian and Christine

        Arnold thanks for the reply. We know Moorea is currently tops required, at least through this week, because we called and asked in looking at daybed reservations for this weekend. Radius (now known as WET24) is closed at The Strat. We hope to have a day at Sapphire for our August visits, but they have to be open first.

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  4. Bill

    I heard a rumor that Steve Wynn May be buying back into Vegas, from a business perspective that would be hopeful.

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Bill, I haven’t been over there myself, but their website says they’re open and I haven’t seen anything saying they’re not topless.

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  5. Arnold Snyder

    Are you guys paying attention to this?

    China, through its consulate offices in the U.S., has been funding and training the Antifa/BLM rioters: https://twitter.com/BenKTallmadge/status/1286064384536539142

    So they not only launched a bioweapon against us (albeit an incompetent one), they’re behind the Democrats’ violent insurrection.

    That video says a shipment of arms from China to Antifa was intercepted by law enforcement. Back in the first week of CHAZ, I was told by a source that a shipment of deadly serious arms from China to CHAZ had been intercepted.

    Remember the Antifa/BLM assault on the White House? Agents from the People’s Liberation Army of China were there directing it.

    In the thread through that link, you can also see a video of PLA agents arrested in Santa Monica during the violent Antifa/BLM riots there.

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  6. Bill

    I had my suspicions they were involved with trumps executive order but it was just connecting the dots

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  7. Davehat

    That Demolished Vegas reminds me of a Sci-Fi show that was set in post-apocalypse vegas (Dominion)

    ANYWAY: The governor needs to allow bars and clubs to reopen (50% capacity) or Nevada will be a “failed state” by the time 2021 arrives. Half the local population will leave (due to bankruptcy not choice)

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Davehat, I agree. The big building projects (the Raiders stadium and the Sphere) had been keeping things alive, but now the Sphere will likely go through bankruptcy and the stadium is almost finished.

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    • 808forever

      Yes Dave, half the born-and-raised locals will leave………

      ……..to be replaced by those fleeing CA, thus effectively expanding that states size (I joke about the expansion part, but given how this state is run now, well……)

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  8. Davehat

    Trump appears intent on starting a war with China which is not something I can support. It would be a disaster. During WW2 we had the factories to be strong, but now China has the factories

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    • BennyHill

      Sorry, but we cant kick this can down the road anymore. Go put your pussy hat on somewhere else.

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Davehat, there will be no war with China. China will be busy dealing with the collapse of the Three Gorges Dam and 400 million people standing in water up to their necks.

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  9. BennyHill

    BTW if any stimulus bill passes that includes extending unemployment, more $1200 checks or extending evictions, Trump loses the election. People need to feel the pain. They have been protected from reality like teachers, government workers and liberal shitbags with huge student loan debts. The chips must fall.

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Benny, from what I’m hearing the $1200 checks are coming but the federal unemployment deal is sharply reduced. Instead of $600 a week, the limit will be $400 a month. At least, that’s McConnell’s starting point.

      There will probably be some money for states to get liability protection for businesses, but nothing near what Sisolak is counting on.

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  10. BennyHill

    Less sitting on your fat ass eating take out and playing video games or watching Netflix and more eating out of dumpsters, living in the street. Protest that.

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  11. Arnold Snyder

    Sisolak issuing some new directive today, supposedly by 5 pm.

    Reportedly government buildings will be rolling back to Phase 1.

    God knows whatever other nonsense this fraud will come up with. Will report when I hear.

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  12. Erik d

    My July trip gone, cancelling August, October October is looking almost certainly out, right now looking at January, though wondering if something like the avns can even happen by then. I’d still love to be able to come and spend all this extra money I’ve gotten during the pandemic. I’ll also strangely enough know how to order from a server and tip them properly.

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Erik D., since none of this is based on science or fairness or our rights under the Constitution, I have no idea when things may reopen.

      I’m back to thinking it may take all the way to 2022, if we can kick the tyrant out of office then.

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