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#1. Some Las Vegas Casinos, Bellagio for
example, do not allow anyone under the age of 21 to enter their casino, unless you are a
hotel guest accompanied with an adult. Do you agree or disagree with this policy, why?
* Agree with their policy. My opinion is that Vegas
is for adults. I never took my children with me. For family vacations we
went to Disneyland. Brenda
* Casinos are no places for children. Just returned
from Vegas and saw more casinos than the Bellagio that did not allow
children in the casino. Even though Vegas is trying to build itself as a
resort family town it is still based on gambling and I for one don't want
to be throwing craps while some kids are hanging around the table or
playing Black Jack and have mothers holding kids on their laps.
* I believe everyone should be 21 years old to be
in a casino. I'm not sure
what the drinking age is in Nevada but if it is 21 then that is even more
reinforcement. It's sad to see all the children in casinos in the evening.
I saw a couple with a baby in a stroller and a little boy about 5 or 6
years old so tired he could barely stand in a casino at 1:00 a.m. and was
very bothered by it. Both should have been tucked in hours earlier. I feel
that it is a place for adults. Stayed at New York New York for two nights
in July and adults were way outnumbered by teen-agers. I guess that
the roller coaster attracts them. Will not stay there again for this
reason. Stayed next two nights at The Orleans and it felt like a more
adult place. Was very comfortable there. Yes - 21 please.
* My husband and I visit Vegas twice a year. Last
summer we actually
witnessed several young children (10-15 years of age) playing slots in
several of the casinos, and I felt very uneasy about that. This summer it
was very different. In several of the major hotel casinos we saw security
guards escorting children out of the casino area, asking where there
parents were, and telling the children where they had to stand. I was
very happy to see the under 21 rule enforced.
Las Vegas is not for children
and the casino areas are especially not for the children. I am in favor of
the hotels enforcing the under 21 rule at all times.
* I agree, but if the age of consent is 18, that
should be the age that you
can be in a casino. I was at The Luxor last August and I felt sorry
of the security guards, they worked their butts of keeping unescorted
children out of the casino.
* Agree, DEFINITELY! However, I didn't appreciate
it when I was a guest at
Bally's and my 19 year old son and his friend weren't allowed in the
casino even though he was with myself and his father.
* I agree 100% John
* I agree. I go to Vegas for a holiday from the
everyday world and crying
babies or whining kids is not what I pay to go for. It is utterly
disgusting to see people out at midnight and later with tiny children in
strollers, etc. in an adult orientated place. That is what Disney World is
* YES, UNDER AGE SHOULD NOT
BE ALLOWED IN CASINOS
* I agree because Las Vegas is for adults. Children
do not belong in any
casino with or without an adult.
* Casinos are no place for kids to be dragged
around. The business that
takes place within a casino is adult oriented and should be restricted to
those who are eligible to participate. The problem of children hanging
around casinos unsupervised is epidemic in some areas and is a sad
reflection on our society. If families wish to engage in a family
vacation, they should give serious
consideration to to the endless array of family destinations in North
America. Thanks. Bill
* Absolutely agree. Nothing like a mob of
ill-behaved youngsters to spoil
the ambience of a place like Bellagio. Keep them at Treasure Island, MGM
Grand amusement park or Circus, Circus - places that cater their
entertainment to kids. Adults should have a few places of refuge. John & Kathie
* I don't think anyone under 21 should be allowed
in casinos. MK
* I agree that patrons under the legal age should
not be part of the gaming
experience. If casino's want families to enjoy their resort they should
offer those items that teenagers want. Video games, swimming pools,
rock bands, etc. Chris & Marcia
* I totally agree with keeping anyone under 21 out
of the casinos. It is no
place for the youngsters as they are not permitted to touch the
machines. It is an adult playground and it should be kept that way,
Thank you, Rosemary
* I completely agree -- gaming areas should
definitely be restricted to gamblers who are of legal gambling age.
* I agree with the policy.
Casinos seem to be lax in allowing children in the gaming areas..
* Agree. Creates a better environment
for the "serious" gamblers in he casino. Saul
* Agree. Top of the line, elegant casinos should
have the right to limit guests to age 21 or older. When I entered the
casino at Bellagio, I felt relaxed due to the lack of noise and the
elegance of the surroundings. Every casino doesn't need to be filled with
the sound of slot machines ringing and people screaming around a crap
* Agree with the no one under 21 rule.
Children have no BUSINESS in Vegas!! It is a place for adults not
children. Go to Disneyland if you have small ones. Go to Vegas with your
adult children. Older teenagers are an "iffy". I mean 19 and 20
year olds..... They, maybe, should be allowed. Thanks. Margaret
* Absolutely agree. Casinos are no place for
children. The casino should be a place where adults can enjoy themselves
freely. The types of activities, costumes worn often by staff and even
behaviors witnessed are often poor modeling for children. Adults paying
for a trip to Vegas to relax and enjoy adult entertainment should be able
to do so without dodging strollers or listening to crying and tired kids.
When my children were young I would never have taken them to such a place,
Vegas should not ever try to promote itself as something it should not be-
a family oriented vacation destination. Take them to Disney
* yes - adult places for adult entertainment. take
the kids to Circus Circus. Bill
* I agree ! Leave your kids
home ! PLEASE!! MN
* It was a distinct pleasure to visit the Bellagio
and not have a thousand screaming kids under foot. Bob
* I do think this is a good idea. When my husband
and I come out, we want to be around adults not teenagers or children,
that is one of the reasons we like Vegas, because it is somewhere that is
for adults. Marlyce
* Yes, I agree. No matter how much the industry
tries, gambling and children are
not a good mix. Casinos and children should not mix and I enjoy the adult
atmosphere in some casinos. Kudos to Bellagio and may others follow.