MGM recently began charging as much as $10 per day for parking at their strip properties, prompting the NY Post to publish an article lamenting the new charges as well as those pesky resort fees. However, they also sadly note changes to the free booze that’s normally provided while playing table games and slots:
According to Vegas’ ABC affiliate, bartenders at MGM properties began shortchanging guests on the hooch-to-mixer ratio by “decreasing shot pours.” Now they’re making it so that the bar-top slot and video poker machines decide when you’ve gambled enough to warrant a free drink by spitting out cocktail vouchers. The old, pre-Pavlovian system would have tip-hungry bartenders pouring refills whenever you seemed to be running low.
Covers does a good job breaking down the changes and provides examples of different bars at the same property having varying complimentary policies.
MGM Resorts released a statement about using 1.25-ounce pours and claim that’s the norm in Las Vegas casinos. This insinuates that it’s probably not just MGM who are short pouring drinks. There are ways to avoid this but the simplest is to just drink beer or wine. Last year many of the Las Vegas casinos started tightening complimentary drink offerings at the video poker bars. This used to be a free-for-all where bartenders would give anyone that put any money in a video poker machine complimentary drinks no matter how much they were playing.