INSIDE THE CASINO “PARTY PITS” OF LAS VEGAS

Sin City just got a little saucier with the advent of new wave of casino “party pits” boasting scantily-clad dealers who are giving Vegas strippers a run for their money.

The dishy dealers at Vegas hotspots The D, Binion’s Gambling Hall and the Golden Gate are the main draw at the so-called party pits, where the deejay’s tunes are cranked to 11 and showing skin is definitely in.

Unsurprisingly, these decadent hot spots aren’t meant for deadly serious high-rollers who sweat every turn of a card, or for the craft cocktail aficionados who’ve been flocking to the upscale “ultra lounges” cropping up in Vegas casinos.

Party Pits have a sexier, rock n’ roll vibe aimed at gamblers lured in by fetching lady dealers who flirt up a storm while divvying out cards and advising you to double down with your 11.

Though the concept seems like a no-brainer – a glorious marriage of strip-clubs and casinos – the party pit concept has been evolving for decades, but only recently has become a full-blown trend. The downtown casino magnate Derek Stevens (he owns the D and Golden Gate) has amped things up by hiring bikini-wearing dancers to shimmy on stages alongside the tables.

An early pioneer of the party pit is Dennis Conrad, who helped create the concept for a string of Vegas casinos back in the late 1980s. “The idea was to establish a place that it would be fun and we could draw a crowd of people who are casual gamblers,” says Conrad, now the CEO of the casino consulting company Raven Gaming. “We did a rock ‘n’ roll party and things took off from there. Now you see some real foxes working these places.”

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