LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Two Las Vegas casinos are betting they’ll win more customers by ditching the image of cigar-smoking men in visors drinking beer and throwing poker chips.
The Mirage and Bellagio megaresorts, which run two of the Strip’s busiest poker rooms, will ban cigar smoking starting Friday, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Nonsmoking gaming areas have already caught on elsewhere. The famed Trump Taj Mahal poker room in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is smokefree, as is the card room at Foxwoods in Connecticut.
But in high stakes Nevada — where a third of all adults smoke — cigar aficionados have always had the last puff. Nonsmokers have had to settle for nonsmoking table games scattered across casino floors, and the odd nonsmoking seat next to a poker dealer.