I've been a regular visitor since 1981. I was 18. I've been going to several times a year all my life. Columbus Day weekend was my first trip in 6 months. Question: why do you continue to ruin anything good that your visitors loved about you?
My first major gripe: Every time you revamp your casino floors, you make them worse. You take away the machines people liked and replace them with machines no one wants to play. The few remaining machines that players recognize are always occupied. People literally park themselves at them all day long. I noticed this most specifically at Trop, Pioneer, Aquarius, Riverside and the Nugget. Every time you remodel you make your casinos less desirable. We were literally out at each of these within 1/2 hour whereas we would usually have stayed 1-2 hours, then perhaps had lunch.
The smell. Every casino floor smells like clove cigarettes. Did you all buy the same fragrance from the same salesman? I really noticed it crossing the bridge at Riverside. The smell was being pumped in. Stinks like hell. Another reason not to stay long. I noticed this stink everywhere but Harrahs.
There's nothing to do. The gambling sucks now but there's not much else. My 82 year old father would rather go to downtown Vegas than Laughlin. Why? Because there's so much more to do, he said. DT Vegas is a S hole but he prefers it to you now. What happened to the upstairs at the Belle? Why is you mall a ghost town? The attractions you offer are stagnant and there are never any new ones. Regulars shrug and say to themselves "same old S".
I have so many fond memories: hitting royals while drinking craft beer and eating finger foods and The Boiler Room. Having dinner at Mark Twain's. Taking a helicopter ride before seeing Gallagher at the Riverside. Playing in Video Poker tournaments by invitation. Etc. What great times they were.
Goodbye Laughlin. The glory is gone. Never to return.
Jeff in Redlands, Calif
p.s. I know. "Good riddance", you'll say or "don't let the door hit you in the a**". Whatever. I've been wanting to say these things for a while now. I can't be the only one who feels this way. There are too many multi decade players like myself who have witnessed this decline.