Slots with a butler: Venetian’s new high-limit parlor allows you to bet $5K per spin
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 (3:54 p.m.)
Here’s your dilemma: The Dow’s at an all-time high, you have money to burn, but table games aren’t your thing. Blackjack’s hard, craps is complex and baccarat’s boring. The Venetian’s got your hookup. The casino just opened a High-Limit Slot Parlor with machines that’ll let you bet $5,000 a spin.
If you spin the wheel every, let’s say, 15 seconds, you’ll gamble more than a million an hour. Or you can slum at the $5 machine and bet $1,200 an hour. Either way, you’re going to get perks: a butler, a 55-inch plasma TV and access to the Gold Club Lounge.
A Venetian spokesman says high-limit slot parlors are “new to the Las Vegas market. They provide a secluded area for guests to play. We try to include the comforts of home, including for players’ friends to hang out. This area has a sofa and TV. Think of the transformation of a coffee shop in the 1990s—providing areas for friends to sit and have fun, while drinking their coffee. This is a similar phenomenon.”
(The difference: An hour at the slot parlor will cost only slightly more than your afternoon Starbucks run—especially if you get the Trenta.)
Of course, it’s no secret that high-limit slot rooms are generally empty. But maybe the tide is turning. We’ve got a new $2 billion casino in the works, we’ve got ultra-fancy clubs opening at MGM and Mandalay Bay, and we’ve got people eager to buy tickets to a musical adaptation of Honeymoon in Vegas starring Tony Danza. Suddenly, spending $5,000 on a slot spin doesn’t sound so crazy.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.