Three things we’ve learnt about casinos this week

It’s the little things that matter

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We know that casino gamblers are a superstitious bunch – they have to have their lucky chair, their lucky hat, their lucky drink, whatever it is that helps them convince themselves that they’ve done everything possible to ensure that luck will be on their side.

However it’s been a little surprising to read about the lengths that Borgata casino in Atlantic City are going to give their patrons the best conditions possible for their gambling enjoyment.

After considering a recent complaint, a US court has ruled that the casino is perfectly entitled to regulate the weight of its cocktail waitresses – not the drinks, but the weight of the women who are serving them.

Apparently the weight of their waitresses is part of the casino’s personal appearance standards.

However, while declining to uphold the complaint lodged by 21 of the casino’s cocktail waitresses, the court directed that it was up to a lower court to determine whether the enforcement of the casino’s personal appearance standards was subjecting staff to a hostile work environment.

The casino’s position is that the waitresses knew what they were signing up for when they were hired as Borgata Babes – the charming name used to describe the cocktail waitresses at this casino.

The uniform of the Borgata Babes is a tight fitting corset, high heels, and stockings. If you’re lucky you’ll be selected to appear in the annual Borgata Babes calendar.

A voice for change in New Mexico

An American Indian community in New Mexico are taking their case to the federal court as they seek to be allowed to lowering the legal gambling age from 21 to 18, to allow alcohol to be consumed on the casino floor, and to end revenue-sharing with the state of New Mexico. Under the federal law of the United States, American Indian tribes are able to establish gambling operations, but they must be agreed with the relevant state in which they are located. On this occasion the Pueblo tribe have been unable to reach agreement with the state of New Mexico and so have taken their grievance to court in an attempt to force through the changes that they are seeking.

The tribe operates hundreds of slot machines and gambling tables north of Sante Fe in New Mexico – these can continue to operate while the case is being heard. As a result of these activities, the state of New Mexico receives around USD$6 million in revenue-sharing each year.

The Pentagon doesn’t want its employees to expense casino bills

US military personnel have apparently been trying to expense bills that have been race up at casinos and strip clubs – nights out on the town that have been charged to official travel cards.

A report has revealed that US Defence Department employees have spent over USD$950K at casinos in one 12 month period.

The official statement from the Pentagon is that any expenses claimed that were for personal entertainment will have to be repaid by the personnel concerned.