Casinotes: Smoking ban continues at Rivers Casino and Joe Rogan experiences Atlantic City

Owners and staff of Rivers Casino Philadelphia can breathe easily: Smoking is not permitted on the casino floor.

Without any public announcement, on April 29, the Fishtown gambling den decided to keep in place the casino smoking ban instituted in July 2020 by executive order of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. That edict was lifted a year later, but Rivers, as well as Bensalem-based Parx and Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains, never backed down from allowing smoking in their gaming spaces. By state law, Pennsylvania gambling halls may attribute up to 50% of casino floor space to smoking.

Nevertheless, those who oppose the carcinogenic coping mechanism have not completely eliminated the activity of the 12-year-old entertainment complex: those who indulge in it can still breathe in peace on the terrace of Jack’s Bar or at the outside designated entrances. If you’re wondering what a total ban looks like, take a look at some hospital campuses where there are no places, indoors or outdoors, where smoking is technically allowed.

Executives from Rivers and its parent company, Chicago’s Rush Street Gaming, were not made available to the media in order to address the ban prosecution. Instead, the casino issued a terse statement:

“Rivers Casino Philadelphia has decided to extend its temporary indoor smoking ban for the time being. An outdoor patio has been designated for smokers, and customers have complied with no issues. Rivers Casino Philadelphia will continue to monitor comments, which have been positive.

Interestingly, the paragraph above suggests that it’s no death padlock that the last stogie was smoked in Rivers’ casino: the phrase “for now” seems to imply that the smoking ban is not is not yet set in stone for all ages; it’s logical to assume that if revenue drops and the cause is determined to be the smoking ban, casino suits will at least discuss a change in direction.

Bucking history and popular perception

The move flies in the face of decades-old wisdom that smoking goes with gambling like peanut butter goes with jelly. For example, it is widely accepted that the failed Atlantic City Revel, now Ocean Casino-Resort, traced its origins in large part to its total ban on smoking throughout the establishment. Today, Ocean allows smoking in designated sections of the casino. As such, it is an article of faith in the legal gambling industry that banning smoking in casinos would negatively impact the bottom line of casinos that do so.

Or so, everyone thought.

However, according to the CDC gaming reportMount Airy and Parx each earned more from in-person gambling (as opposed to online gambling) in the first three months of 2022 than in the corresponding quarter of the pre-COVID year of 2019.

Is AyCee next?

Rivers’ move and the numbers at the other two properties could impact the ongoing campaign to impose a total casino smoking ban at all nine Atlantic City casinos. Currently, these properties can reserve up to 25% of their gaming spaces for smokers.

Operators of beachfront casinos insist that such a ban would have serious revenue implications, potentially costing thousands of employees their jobs. But those pushing for the ban counter that the problem is not the money but the health of the casino workers as well as the customers who are at stake.

Polls have suggested that a solid majority of New Jersey adults favor a total ban.

Hard Rock Rogan Hooks

Tickets are now on sale for the June appearances by controversial comedian/podcast superstar Joe Rogan at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City.

Rogan and his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast have emerged as lightning rods of cultural warfare. Earlier this year, he faced protests from those who objected to him providing a forum for COVID-19 misinformation – leading to several musical acts, including Crosby , Stills & Nash and Neil Young – to remove their music from Spotify, a leader. podcast platform. He also stirred the pot with his use of the N-word which he insisted was used in a specific context and not as a racial slur. Since Rogan said so dozens or even hundreds of times over a decadepeople can decide whether or not there is a specific context justifying the use of the word.

Show time is at 8 p.m. both days. Tickets are available online.

‘Burlesque’ returns to Borgata

The ninth annual edition of “The Burlesque Show” was supposed to debut at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in April 2020. But a little thing called COVID-19 had other ideas, and the popular salute to the classic mid-20s burlesque formatand century was put on ice.

Finally, the show, which mixes “tasteful” stripteases with a torrid comedy, is back on the boards. The new season – billed as a “best of” compilation taken from the previous eight releases – debuted earlier this month at the Music Box theater and continues all summer.

Although admission is limited to those over 21, be aware that the program does not feature full nudity, which is prohibited by New Jersey law in any venue offering alcoholic beverages. As such, the featured performers strip down to pasties and thongs. Most reasonable people think it doesn’t affect the show.

This will be the first untitled “Burlesque Show” by the hilarious Jeff Pirrami. The so-called “fat rat bastard”, who was the heart and soul of the production (on and off stage), died of heart disease in 2020. He was replaced by comedian Chris Morris, who , promises creator-producer Allen Valentine, will follow in the footsteps of Pirrami spitting dirty jokes, but with what he described as a little less “advantageous.”

The review takes place on Thursdays until the end of September. Show time is at 9 p.m. Admission is $17.50.

Danza brings the live act to Live!

sitcom icon Tony Danza Head towards Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia. Dance, who rose to fame in a supporting role in “Taxi and followed that up with a headlining hit on “Who’s the Boss?” will perform at South Philly Gaming Hall on June 11.

In case you were wondering what exactly Danza does in their live, schedule, dubbed “Standards & Stories”, will feature him showing off several talents he’s rarely, if ever, shown on his TV shows: look for him to perform songs in the vein of Frank Sinatra, pull off a few dance moves, and even play the ukulele. Connecting each of these segments will be stories from his life and career.

If anything, it looks like an interesting way to spend an evening. Plus, can you go wrong with a ukulele?

Show time is 8 p.m. Admission is $79-$59.

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