Posted on: March 24, 2023, 08:24h.
Last updated on: March 24, 2023, 08:24h.
A new sign at Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel is causing confusion and even outrage. It says the downtown Las Vegas property has a “No color policy.”
Some visitors to the Fremont Street property thought the warning refers to restrictions on the colors of clothes worn by players going to a gaming floor.
A couple of visitors even wondered if it relates to the race of a casino visitor, Las Vegas TV station KSNV reported.
That’s up-front racists,” a man named Bryan who lives in Chicago told the TV station.
“Is that about people not being allowed to wear color shirts or colored skin, what is that about?” an unnamed woman from Canada also asked.
Could it relate to casino games? A North Carolinian named Jim, told KSNV, “Let’s say I’ve got $200 of red; they’ll give me to [sic] blacks and you say, ‘color in.’ I don’t know what this means though.”
Sign Relates to Bikers, Gangs
But a more careful reading of the sign, beyond the large print words “No color policy,” reveals it relates to clothes or decals worn by gangs or motorcycle clubs.
“No person while on the Fremont Street Experience properties shall exhibit apparel, accessories, or decal or endorsement of any motorcycle club, gang, association or organization,” the sign stated in smaller print.
But even that policy concerned an unnamed visitor from Idaho.
If you’re in a motorcycle club and you wear your colors. You can wear them anywhere. You should be able to,” the man said.
There was another man who was somewhat supportive of the sign.
Josh, a motorcycle enthusiast, told KSNV, “They don’t want the club colors there because it’s like a gang. You don’t want Bloods and Crips in the same vicinity with one another.”
He explains that no color policy signs sometime are seen in bars. They are shown to try to lower tension among rival motorcycle clubs, Josh said.
But he’s opposed to the sign in other ways. It can lead to stereotypes of bikers.
There’s always going to be that stigma of anybody that rides a motorcycle is in that group and that’s not true,” Josh said. “It’s just grouping us all together.”
Last year, Memorial Day weekend saw shootings in a confrontation between the Hells Angels and Vagos Motorcycle club. Seven people were injured in the US 95 incident in Henderson, Nev.
Two of the wounded were critically injured. Seven victims went to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.
In recent years, Fremont Street also has seen shootings and other violent crime. Steps were taken to reduce the risk for violence.
FSE Not Responsible for Sign
When asked for comment about the sign, the Fremont Street Experience (FSE) said in a statement, “Fremont Street Experience does not influence or dictate policies for individual private properties.
“Each property has its policies in place. Fremont Street Experience does not have a restriction on ‘colors’ today.”
Casino.org reached out to Binion’s for a comment. No statement was released immediately.