Prior to a year or two ago, I was strictly a table games player. And when I would read a gripe about drink service, I never quite understood it. Someone would be complaining that drink service in Casino X was “non-existent” and I’d be thinking to myself that I was just in Casino X and had to turn down more drinks than I actually ordered – and I’m a [STRIKE]problem drinker[/STRIKE] guy who enjoys a cocktail or two! Then I started to incorporate video poker into my gambling repertoire and I began to understand what these folks were complaining about. There is a marked difference in the drink service you get at the tables and that which you get on the machines. Certainly, the big tip (but just the tip) right off the bat helps matters if one is really thirsty. But even tipping $5-10 a drink at a machine isn’t enough to get you the kind of service you routinely get on the tables – at least not in my experience. I get it. There are far more machines than there are tables. The tables are all concentrated in just a few areas of the casino whereas the machines are spread far and wide throughout the joint. And people are probably more apt to move from slot to slot than they are to play a few hands at one table and then move on to the next one. So it is certainly harder for the CWs to provide service to the slot/VP players than it is the table games players. But wouldn’t you think the casinos would do a better job at fixing this “problem”? If slots are their biggest money makers and the whole reason for free booze is to keep people gambling longer and at higher stakes than they would while sober, then wouldn’t it logically follow that the slot players are the ones that they need to keep lubricated? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that an inability to keep patrons sufficiently wasted is a major failing of Las Vegas casinos. They are pros at that without a doubt! And I can’t remember a time that I haven’t been able to get my fill of the free booze. I’m just curious as to why they haven’t been able to figure out a cost effective way to balance out the debauchery a little better. Any thoughts, ideas, gripes? Are my experiences consistent with what you’ve encountered?