Have some won ton
with your pai gow

Dec 19, 2006 3:30 AM

It’s been a long tradition of casinos to offer freebies to table game customers.

Drinks, of course, come to mind as a free inducement, but years ago the casinos also put out free cigarettes on the felt table tops.

Now, one casino is offering free food to help keep their players from straying too far from the action.

Palace Station recently started offering free dinners to its players, specifically those in the Asian game section of the pit.

Those games include pai gow, and pai gow poker.

Palace Station general manager Steve Schutte says the Asian customers are important to his casino, and keeping them happy sometimes requires using special measures.

With the new menu, those measures now include serving a range of noodle, rice and soup selections such as beef noodle soup, yang chow fried rice, seafood noodle soup, chicken congee and Singapore pan fried rice noodles.

The notion of serving food at the tables originated in Asian casinos such as those in Macau and elsewhere.

So far the bill of fare for Station customers is mostly Asian cuisine, but a more varied menu could be in the works.

At Palace Station, dinner is served to pit customers between 6 p.m. and midnight. Casino officials said breakfast and lunch could be added if there were enough participating players.

Other casinos in Las Vegas — specifically their poker rooms — have been known to offer food items.

Poker players at Bellagio, for instance, can order food items — sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and more — from a hostess.

But the service is more of a courtesy to the casino’s VIP customers and not available to every player.