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Cigars in Casinos

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J. Bennett Alexander

If you still think that only Las Vegas and Atlantic City are places where you can indulge in casino gambling, you haven’t been paying much attention. Today, there are gambling houses across the nation, on its rivers, on Native American reservations, among other locations. But, can you smoke a cigar in a casino? It’s a mixed bag when it comes to being able to enjoy rolling the dice while also smoking a cigar. Here is a guide, by no means exhaustive, of casinos that also allow cigar smoking in some fashion.

Casinos That Allow Cigars

There are close to a thousand casinos across the United States. As it turns out, most will not be very hospitable if you light a cigar inside. To be clear, a question with respect to casinos that allow cigars is whether you can smoke on the casino floor, while playing roulette, craps, or any other game. Many casinos have designated areas or tables that are non-smoking within an otherwise cigar-friendly gaming area.

Smoke Cigars in Casinos: Las Vegas

Vegas remains the nation’s premier gambling destination. It’s best to call ahead to make sure that you can still light up. Things are always changing. Among the casinos that currently allow smoking on the gaming floor are the following:

The Bellagio has “designated smoking areas throughout the casino, bars, and other areas.” This is the case with several other hotels, including the Palms. In the downtown area, many hotels have designated smoking areas and some no-smoking tables on the casino floor. Interestingly, studies have found that casinos that prohibit smoking have seen declining revenues. Again, check ahead. Several hotels have cigar bars.

Smoke Cigars in Casinos: Across the US

In Atlantic City, perhaps the nation’s second-most popular gambling destination, the Borgata is a very cigar-friendly casino-hotel. The Caesars property in Atlantic City allows smoking in “25 percent” of its property, according to the company. In nearby Philadelphia, the Harrah’s casino is 50 percent smoking with signs indicating where one can light up.

In California, always thought to be a place unfriendly to cigar smokers, there are several casinos – many on Native American land – that allow cigar smoking. Among them is the Cache Creek Casino in Northern California, west of Sacramento. The Graton Casino in Rohnert Park, near Santa Rosa, has a smoking section as does the Hard Rock in Wheatland (north of Sacramento), and Jackson Rancheria in Jackson (southeast of Sacramento). The Jamul Casino, near San Diego, and the Yaamava Resort and Casino in Highland (near Redlands) offer cigar-friendly areas. In the desert, the Morongo Casino allows smoking in half of the gaming area.

In Biloxi, Mississippi, the Beau Rivage, a hotel that takes its style from the Bellagio in Las Vegas, has designated smoking areas. The Hard Rock is very cigar friendly at its casino tables and bars.

In Florida, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino offers a cigar-friendly casino.

Plan Ahead

As mentioned, policies change. While some casinos have allowed cigar smoking in the past, it’s best to call in advance and make sure that’s still the case. Some that allow cigarette smoking DO NOT allow cigar smoking. Several others have cigar bars, like the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. No cigars on the casino floor. You have to go to the Pivat Cigar Lounge, which is quite nice, but not the same as being at the tables. You get the idea.

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