MKRA wrote:And how different, frankly, will tax revenues be accross the board? Same number of machinges, presumably. Is it the operator? The overall surroundings? Why, in theory, should one generate far more than the other? All of this I don't really understand.
You've never been to Las Vegas have you? (I don't mean that dismissively).
LV is great lesson in marketing. You'll see properties on the Strip that are new and ostentatious, but offer lousy odds. They pull in patrons like there's no tomorrow. Then you'll find run down properties that are hidden on backstreets with great odds that are nearly empty.
It's all about entertainment and enjoying yourself. Nicer, accessable properties with amenities will likely draw more patrons than those that are smaller and offer less of an overall experience.
Slots aren't about gambling... You're going to get the worst odds you can imagine. What you will get is entertainment value that makes you feel you took a vacation somewhere different for a day.
My feeling is that I'd be less apt to make a special trip to a Station Square based property with slots as the sole purpose, and I'd be more apt to swing by an 'Uptown' slots parlor for 15-30 minutes to kill time before an Arena event and make it a rendevous place to meet up with friends.