The third Singapore experience from “the book” – Singapore has evolved over the decades and is now poised to become the “equatorial Las Vegas.” (quote from the book)
I visited one casino last night. It is NOT Las Vegas. It is an Asian version of Las Vegas. I went to the Sands casino. My first clue that I was not in Vegas – everyone, yes everyone, must show identification to enter. Americans would not accept this in Vegas.
One thing I liked much better here – the layout of the casino floor made it very easy to find my way around. Slot machines were on the outside of the circle, and the tables games were on the inside. Vegas casinos are arranged in such a way that they keep you there because it is difficult to find your way out.
I stopped at a 5 cent machine and put in 5 dollars. I expected this would last me some time, but no. I didn’t notice until I made the first bet that I had to make a minimum of 50 bets with each pull. Not ok! I did the 2 bets and left. Putting “5 cents” on the machine was very misleading. It was really a $2.50 machine. I don’t like being tricked into spending more money than I want.
I like Las Vegas. I do not like the equatorial Las Vegas.
Another similarity to Vegas – a huge attached shopping mall with beautiful, high-end shopping like Rolex and Chanel.