Just before we went on our Vegas trip last week I had read an article in MSNMoney about how the big casinos in Vegas were changing the payout for a blackjack. The change was small, but the difference added up to millions over the course of a year. Many of the comments were essentially, "bring back the mob!" I have to agree with that! Vegas is now run by a couple of billion-dollar corporations where the bottom line is first and foremost. When the mob ran things, the customer was key. You would still lose your money in the casino, but you had a good time while doing it! The casinos were where the money was. The shows and the buffets got you in the door. Then you dropped the bucks at the tables and slot machines. Things have now turned 180 degrees. The full-price tickets to see Penn and Teller were over $100 each. The "classy" buffets were $30 and up. I don't even want to know what it would have cost to eat in a restaurant owned by one of the "big names" e.g. Ramsey, Puck, Colicchio. I have already written about the fiasco involved with booking a room where "resort fees" and other add-ons quickly double advertised room prices. I basically think that Vegas is pricing itself out of the market. Perhaps that explains the vacant/half-built casinos/resorts we saw all over the place (as well as the vacant lots). It's a nice place to experience...once (or once in a blue moon). Perhaps they are going more for the foreign market. Heavens knows how many Asians, Europeans, and Arabs we saw running around. It's probably because they have money to spend and we look pretty cheap to them. We'll just have to wait and see if Vegas keeps booming or whether it eventually implodes.