The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and GLS Research has compiled data regarding leisure activities of Clark County residents (better known as Las Vegas locals) with an emphasis on gaming and other casino – related activities. The 2010 Clark County Residents Report lays out local’s attitudes, opinions, and behaviors regarding those activities.
The study involved 1200 random sample phone interviews of Clark County households. Results highlights of this most currently available study follows.
– Gaming (19% of all activities ) ranked a close second behind attending a movie (20%) for Vegas locals. Gaming came in first among ” favorite” activities.
– 62% of Clark County residents said they gamble at least occasionally. Of those who gamble, 46% do so at least once per week. Forty – five percent said they budget $50 or more per day.
– Slots (36%) are the most popular casino game, followed by video poker (33%). Those locals playing slots or video poker play quarter machines most often (38%), followed by penny machines (29%), nickel machines (21%), and 12% for all other denominations.
– Fifty – seven percent of table game players said they played games with $5 minimum bets, while 25% played minimums of more than $5. The average bet for all table game players was $14.24. Seventy – two percent of casino gamers consider themselves very light or light bettors, with 22% claiming to be moderate bettors, and 5% claiming to be heavy bettors. Twenty – nine percent of resident gamblers maintain casino credit.
– Among gambling residents, 19% ( the most )play in the Boulder Strip/ Green Valley area; 15% of respondents each gamble in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, and on the Strip. Only 4% of respondents gamble in the downtown Fremont Street area.
– Forty – four percent of locals who don’t gamble on the famed Strip say it’s due to crowds, tourists, traffic, or difficulty in locating convenient parking. Twenty – three percent of local non-Strip gamblers claimed other places were closer to home or more convenient versus the Strip.
– Seventy – two percent of locals who gamble claimed they did so in a Las Vegas area casino. Sixteen percent who gamble said they played at least occasionally in convenience stores, grocery stores, or gas stations. More than 82% of residents who gamble claimed membership in casino slot clubs or players clubs. Twenty – two percent of local residents said they have gambled outside the Las Vegas area.
– Locals average 6.5 dinners eaten out in a typical month. More than 72% who gamble in local area casinos usually eat in a casino restaurant when they gamble. Thirty – nine percent ( the most of all dining venues ) dine at a hotel casino buffet.
– Sixty – three percent said they’ve attended a hotel – casino show (16% attend shows once a month or more often). Over 74% have been to a headliner show, 72% to a large scale production show, 52% to a comedy show, and 41% to a lounge act.
LVCVA and GLS Research are the same entities that produce the annual Las Vegas Visitors Profile reports ( see previous LVE articles linked below). Access the above Clark County Residents Report link to see complete results of the study.