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Deal Me In: I stand corrected

19 October 2012

Dear Mark: In your answer about Las Vegas casinos and the rumor that suggested that casinos pump something through their ventilation system, that is actually a fact. The Venetian and the Palazzo do inject aroma/scents into their ventilation system. Several years back I asked if a scent was pumped into the air and the answer was yes, the casino floor worker stated that the gift shop had the scent for sale. I went to the gift shop and bought a bottle of Seduction Aromatic Symphony Blend. As of today, my house has that scent in it, and I use it several times a year. I will be looking for your reply in the paper. Frank K.

Come to find out, Frank, that you are correct, and the company behind the scents supplied to the Venetian and the Palazzo is Aromasys.

My only knowledge of some kind of aroma added to a casino property was when Steve Wynn introduced a distinct scent to the artificial volcanic fountain at the Mirage. To avoid the smell of natural gas, a pina colada fragrance was added into the natural-gas stream. I believe he also added the whiff of suntan oil to the lobby.

As for the Venetian and Palazzo, patrons chose the aromas for both after multiple preference tests, introduced first to several Venezia tower suites, then through the ventilation system of the Palazzo's lobby. The concluding results had two aromas of seven that received the highest ratings for appeal and appropriateness for the property; the one you purchased, Seduction Aromatic Symphony Blend and Arancia. More trials, and once again, Arancia was the winner, with the Seduction Blend a close second.

After three surveys, it was decided that Arancia was the correct fragrance choice for The Venetian and Palazzo, and it has been dispersed through their ventilation system ever since. And what's in that fragrance? Those with a discriminating schnozzola will detect a blend of roses, white jasmine flowers, sandalwood, Italian mandarin oil, and shades of musk and amber, although, for those who desire a true casino smell, they might have to take up smoking.

So, Frank, I stand corrected, in that some casinos do pump scents through the ventilation system, but I will stick by my assertion that they don't sprig the joint "specifically" to induce play.

Dear Mark: A player once told me that if I hesitate to hit the "Bet Max" button between spins, that I stand a better chance of hitting a jackpot. Is what she said believable? Ruth T.

Think, Ruth, of the Bet Max button as nothing more than an on/off switch that has little to do with your delay tactic of pressing a button. When the Bet Max button is pressed, a signal is sent to the program running the slot machine that will initiate a random result by "polling the RNG" to pinpoint its value at that precise moment.

What creates that given moment is some action by the player that causes the program to poll the RNG. It could be when you yank the handle, deposit your first coin, or press either the Spin or the Bet Max buttons.

Gambling Wisdom of the Week: "Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money." — Jonathan Clements
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Mark Pilarski

As a recognized authority on casino gambling, Mark Pilarski survived 18 years in the casino trenches, working for seven different casinos. Mark now writes a nationally syndicated gambling column, is a university lecturer, author, reviewer and contributing editor for numerous gaming periodicals, and is the creator of the best-selling, award-winning audiocassette series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning.
Mark Pilarski
As a recognized authority on casino gambling, Mark Pilarski survived 18 years in the casino trenches, working for seven different casinos. Mark now writes a nationally syndicated gambling column, is a university lecturer, author, reviewer and contributing editor for numerous gaming periodicals, and is the creator of the best-selling, award-winning audiocassette series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning.