Drone Bottle Service At Marquee Dayclub

Drone Bottle Service!

I caught this quick video of a drone delivering bottle service to a waitress at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan on the morning news today and was waiting for someone to share the video. Well, it’s finally made its way around the interwebs.

It doesn’t really look cool but it’s a different way for clubs to deliver drinks. New delivery methods of bottle service will be key in keeping the “Look At Me” generation interested in paying 20x+ the retail value for their booze.

It was really only a matter of time until drones were used for bottle service at nightclubs (or dayclubs). What do you think?

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Digital Tables Don’t Mean Better Tables

Planet Hollywood iTables
Planet Hollywood iTables

As a person who loves technology, I’m easily an early adopter (a term for people who are first to buy any new technology). Technology has revolutionized how we do everything and I’m willing to bet that almost everything you do throughout the day would have been done differently 20 years ago. It’s pretty exciting stuff. So when casinos began to introduce more technology into their table games, you would imagine I would be excited, but you would be wrong. (ED: Same here)

The biggest step forward was probably Rapid Roulette. A few years back the casino companies figured out that you could get many more Roulette spins per minute if you eliminate the time it takes to pay people out chips. Furthermore, if you cut out physical chips, you reduce the risk of people cheating and betting way too late. This was accomplished by making the betting digital, while keeping the roulette spin as-is.

The same people who invented Rapid Roulette (Shuffle Master) gave the same thought to Craps and released Rapid Craps at Bills Gamblin Hall. The concept was the same, where you had a betting terminal that basically made the time between rolls faster. Just like roulette, not everything is digital as the player still gets to throw the dice. I don’t think this game has been as successful since I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

Recently a company (ED: Shuffle Master) has started making a digital blackjack table that keeps the cards and chips electronic. The dealer would still be there running the game, but that’s all that would remain the same. Everything else is digital.

So why am I not fond of this? Because part of the fun (especially in Craps) in all that goes in to betting and interacting with the dealer. Rapid Roulette and Rapid Craps takes all of that interaction away. My dislike with the blackjack table only has to do with that I can just see a lot of people thinking the cards are rigged. Anytime a deck of cards becomes electronic, people are going to think that their hands are no longer left to chance, regardless of the truth. I’d rather just play in a real game, with real cards, with a real dealer. However, I do like that Rapid Roulette has lower limits than the full table game. It allows more people to get in on the action. So what do you think, do you like the technology?

iPads Popping Up All Over Vegas

It was inevitable, but we’re finally seeing iPad’s popping up in Las Vegas.  After CES I pointed (on Vegas Chatter) out that tablets would begin their invasion on casinos and gave examples on how they would be used.  As usual, casinos are a little slow to move but they’re starting.  Cosmopolitan is using the iPad little closer to what I imagined at check in for restaurants and such.  Meanwhile,  CUT at Palazzo is now using iPads for their wine lists.

The iPad displays the entire beverage list including wine selections, cocktails and spirits and is delivered to the table when guests arrive.  CUT currently features 10 iPad tablets utilizing the wine application SmartCellar designed by the company Incentient.  The SmartCellar system offers an interactive approach to displaying the wine list and allows sommeliers to modernize their approach to educating and arming their guests with the insight to help guide their selections and maximize enjoyment of their dining experience.

I love to see technology moving my experiences forward and more efficiently and pretty like.  I’m looking forward to seeing them continue to enhance meals and vacations overall.  This is just the beginning.

apple ipad
apple ipad

Ads on Slot Machines

The time has come for advertisers to find another way into your head.  It was only a matter of time before idle slot and video poker machines at your favorite casino had ads running.

Enter Reel-TV, a Henderson company that has patented technology enabling television ads and other marketing messages to appear on slot machine video screens while not in use. Last month, frosty bottles of Bud Light began materializing on video poker screens inside the main entrance of the Palms, like hallucinations induced by the desert heat.

Over the past few years advertisements have popped up in almost every free space marketers can find.  No area is sacred anymore.  This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  Like TV’s in supermarket lines, I expect to see this spread rapidly, so get ready for ads and casino promos everywhere you look in a casino.

Photo: Brandweek