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Red Rock hotel-casino in Las Vegas welcomes back casino-goers

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 06:18:22-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On Thursday, guests strolled through the casino, gambled, drank cocktails, and appreciated the fact that Las Vegas is back open.

Vegas casinos have been closed for 78 days, and a lot of people didn't want to wait for one more day.

"We haven't been able to come for three months, and this is a staple of our community. We love coming here," said Louis Turner.

Turner and his friend Matthew Smith are Vegas locals, living in Summerlin.

For them, Red Rock isn't just a casino - it's home base.

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"When you come here so often, you build a rapport with the people that work here. So, it was a good reunion. Say hi to the pit bosses, say hi to the bartenders. It was a good time," Turner said.

And while things may feel like they did before the shutdown, they look a little different.

"As soon as you walk in at all of our entrances, there's thermal imaging scanning - which is the least invasive way to check your temperature. So, the physical distancing starts right from the beginning," said Joe Yalda, vice president of guest experience at Red Rock Resort and Casino.

The new protocols carry onto the casino floor with the electrostatic disinfecting of machines and surfaces, employees wearing masks, and more space between slots and table games.

And while the house is doing everything it can do to win when it comes to health, guests seem to be having a little during the reopening.

"I just won $200 real quick on the drums, which is my favorite slot," Smith said.

Turner also told 13 Action News about winning $60 during his visit.