Aria and CityCenter haven’t opened yet, but the casino is taking measures to protects it’s dealers against smokers. Aria blackjack tables will be equipped with an “air curtain.” An air curtain is, essentially, air shooting straight up from the table and will block most second hand smoke from the dealer.
That’s the next-to-best thing Aria could do to protect dealers’ health, aside from not allowing smoking in the casino, said Cindy Ortega, senior vice president of energy and environmental services for MGM Mirage, an owner of CityCenter.
“I can take three matches, light up the matches, blow them out, and I put the match right there and the smoke goes right straight up,” she said. “The air curtain is there to protect the dealer from the smoke. Now, it’s not 100 percent (as good) as a nonsmoker, but I think we’ve taken such giant leaps. I think it’s really great.”
Second hand smoke has long been an issue for dealers, so it’s nice to see MGM-Mirage being proactive. I only wish that I could have an air wall around me so I didn’t stink of smoke after every night I’m in Las Vegas. I hate the smell and now travel with fabreeze.