Sun, Apr 16, 12:17pm by Staff Writer
According to figures released this week by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, roulette is back in fashion on the casino floors of Las Vegas. Those figures show that roulette volumes are up 58.87 percent in Nevada in February compared to the same month last year.
In fact, the popularity of the game was also climbing steadily for the most of 2016, good news for one of the oldest casino games there is.
In an interview with the the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, Anthony Curties – owner of lasvegasadvisor.com – said that he believes the wheel game has become popular again with the club crowd.
He said “when I’m walking through the casino, there’s always a younger customer and a younger crowd on the roulette wheel.
Roulette seems to be a cool thing to do before you go into the club and when they come out they play. I see them all the time, having a few drinks and powering up on the roulette table.”
Las Vegas Sands senior vice president of casino operations – Rob Cinelli – believes that roulette is a “volume game” and as tourism numbers increase, then so does roulette.
Cinelli said that between five and seven new wheels have been installed at the Venetian and Palazzo casinos due to the increase in popularity of the game. He also went onto say that another reason it’s been popular is that it offers just enough sense of strategy to keep young people interested.
It’s certainly not all good news for the casino industry at the moment though, with Control Board figures showing a decrease in overall gross gaming revenue across all verticals for the month.
Gross gaming revenue dropped 4.48 percent in February in comparison with the previous year, to a total of $945.6 million.
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