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xxx Jun 12th, 2002 12:32 AM

Cell phones in Vegas casinos
 
Is it allowed to take a phone call on your cell while playing blackjack?<BR>

a Jun 12th, 2002 04:34 AM

I don't know whether you can or cannot. I would think, however, you might consider the other players. A ringing cell phone and the ensuing conversation would be distracting to the other players. How would you feel if the player next to you was holding a telephone conversastion breaking your concentration?

Ring-Ding Jun 12th, 2002 06:50 AM

I certainly hope not!<BR><BR>Ring-Ding

Carp Jun 12th, 2002 06:55 AM

When we were in Vegas in November, we had our cell phones on and were told they were not allowed to be on while on the gaming floor. The Sports Book areas had the harshest "rules" about cell phone use in the casino though.

Lenore Jun 12th, 2002 09:35 AM

We were just there and saw tons of people talking on their cell phones while wandering through the casinos. However, I don't recall anyone talking while sitting at a table game.

pe Jun 12th, 2002 10:38 AM

gosh, leave it at home. lived for years without them surely you can go for a few hours without it attached to your ear. i certainly don't want to hear it.

Nicol Jun 12th, 2002 10:38 AM

I with the others, not sure. However, we were there last May and had a heck of a time just getting reception in the casinos. Less of problem in the hotel rooms, but on most floors I remember having to run outside or leave the slots to make a call. I remember getting separated from my group one night and trying to find each other through voicemails.

Hemmingway Jun 12th, 2002 11:59 AM

Nicol,<BR><BR>Sounds like a very tragic story.<BR><BR>I'm sorry, but some of you cell phone people need to get a life. How in the world did you survive just 5 or 6 years ago?<BR><BR>Hemmingway

x Jun 12th, 2002 12:12 PM

Hem,<BR><BR>It's not a matter of survival. You buy a cell phone for the convenience and you want to use it, plain and simple. Maybe I want to hang out in the casino while waiting for a friend's flight to get in. His connecting flight gets and cancelled and wants to let me know to go to dinner without him. Why don't I have a life?

Jack Jun 12th, 2002 05:22 PM

I took a call at a poker table at the Mirage and no one complained. I have had my phone with me at many blackjack tables without complaint. But as said before, getting a signal in casinos is hit and miss. I hope the people complaining about cell phones airn't the same ones lighting up and blowing smoke in the dealers face,,if so F off!!!!!

a Jun 12th, 2002 05:30 PM

My husband goes to Vegas frequently and he said the same as Carp above - you were not allowed to use your cell phone in the Sports Book areas, presumably to prevent you from taking bets.

ding-a-ling Jun 12th, 2002 06:08 PM

I take my cell EVERYWHERE--I am so important I cannot be without it.I must try to let everyone else know how important I am. Eating,shopping, having sex,traveling,gambling(of course)--If I go on a cruise, I MUST have it with me on deck so I can impress the poor souls without one.Why, just how did I ever live without it? Please---take my wife--not my cell!!

xxx Jun 13th, 2002 05:25 AM

Hey Jack - casinos have non-smoking tables. maybe they should consider non-cell phone tables to spare everyone who isn't interested in your phone conversations.

Kerry Jun 13th, 2002 07:41 AM

YOu can use cell phones anywhere in the Casino EXCEPT the sports book!!!

xxx Jul 29th, 2002 12:35 PM

I found reception on my cell phone (Voicestream which actually uses Cingular signals in Vegas) was exceptionally surprisingly good. The only place in the casinos that prohibit cell phones are the sports books I guess to keep you from getting inside information.<BR><BR>Considering that some of the hotels have the gall to charge you $1.50 to use your room phone to make an 800 call to access your long distance service, having a cell phone is a virtual necessity.

Pacbell Jul 29th, 2002 03:08 PM

Dear xxx<BR><BR>I have no problem if you want to use your cell phone from your room. That is a good use. From the rest of the hotel and casino........PIA!!!!! Who wants to be distracted by some goofs' cell phone going off when you are trying to concentrate on 1) gambling, )2 ordering a drink, 3)ordering food, or siting and relaxing.<BR><BR>If you are going to be in public places, and INSIST on your little cell phone, please put it on vibration. If you should get a call, show some class and go to an area where there is no one to bother.<BR><BR>I don't think the cell phone crowd has figured it out yet: Using your cell phone in public is not "cool". It is STUPID, and p--ss people off.<BR><BR>Just be considerate. The only person impressed with your cell phone is YOU.<BR><BR>Pacbell

Denver Jim Jul 29th, 2002 04:05 PM

xxx,<BR><BR>I'm afraid I must take exception to many of the above posters answers. Most major casinos will--under no circumstances--allow you to make or take a phone call while sitting at a blackjack table. Blackjack is my game of choice and I often play at the Mirage. If your phone rings and you answer it, the nearest pit boss will immediately request that you leave the table until your call is finished. Likewise if you place a call while sitting.<BR><BR>There are numerous reasons for this but one of the primary ones is fear of cheating. How are they to know you're not getting a call from someone who has seen what the dealer is holding?<BR><BR>If you don't believe me then simply place a call the next time your sitting at a table in the Mirage, Ceasars, the Bellagio, etc.<BR><BR>Good luck and have fun,<BR><BR>DJ

xxx Jul 29th, 2002 04:55 PM

Let me make it perfectly clear...you are absolutely right. It is totally inconsiderate to have your cell phone ring most anywhere in public. I always put mine on vibrate. But I did see many many people using cell phones in the casinos, not at the tables. It is also a virtual necessity for making calls in Vegas as the hotels have the unmitigated gall to charge you $1.50 for making an 800 call on your room phone.


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