This collection of entries is from the Category "Gambling".
Saturday, January 10, 2004
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Deputy U.S. marshals entered Binion's Horseshoe late Friday armed with two court orders authorizing them to seize up to $1.9 million in cash from the casino, an action that forced the closure of the 52-year-old property's casino. That place is a keynote place downtown and home to the World Series of Poker every year.
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
It's poker night at our house. Unfortunately, we don't play - we watch. We've got ourselves hooked on the World Poker Tour on The Travel Channel. Two-hours every Wednesday night and they package the action so that it really sucks you in. Tonight was the PartyPoker.com Million II Tournament hosted by Card Player Cruises - a $25 Buy-In Single Table event (they're already qualifying people for PartyPoker.com Million III in March 2004 here with Super Satellites every Tuesday Night). I'm feeling a strong urge to learn Texas Holdem.
Thursday, January 23, 2003
A casino - in my town???
Wisconsin's Ho-Chunk Indian tribe wants to develop a casino-hotel complex in my town of Hoffman Estates (at the northwest corner of the I-90 Northwest Tollway and Beverly Road)! I'm not sure how I feel about this... my first, knee-jerk" reaction is "Wooooo Hooooo!!!! YES!!!!!!", but there's an awful lot of hurdles to clear for this to happen. No sense in getting excited over it...
Friday, September 27, 2002
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Gambling, shopping, snoozing and eating
This morning, we made breakfast. Buffy wound up doing the eggs (good omelette). Eventually we got ready and went to Falatic's Meat Market. Spent over $100 on meat (though Barry & Buffy spent about $42 and looks like the have more meat than we do). The quality of meat at this place is wonderful. We dashed back to my sister's and put the meat in the fridge for later. Then, it was off down Red Arrow Highway, to Michigan City, Indiana. First stop - the Blue Chip Casino. Buffy put a $20 in a $1 Read White and Blue Wheel of Fortune and won $300. She cashed out. The rest of us did diddly. The boat is OK, but I think we got spoiled by going to the MGM Grand in Detroit. Next stop - Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets mall where much walking and shopping ensued. Getting tired, so drove all the way up to Stevensville to go to Cracker Barrel for lunch. Went back to D&W's to buy Brie and bread for dinner tonight. Crashed back at my sister's. I decided to drive up to St. Joseph to go to Best Buy to buy Monsters, Inc. on DVD for tonight's entertainment. On the way back, stopped at A&W on Red Arrow Highway to get a half gallon of root beer. When I got back, everyone was vaccu-sealing their meat that was bought this morning (we brought our FoodSaver with us to vaccu-seal the meat). Barry cooked pork chops and steaks (that we got at the butcher this morning). Watched last season's finale of the West Wing and then Monsters, Inc., and off to bed.
Monday, September 16, 2002
Back at the hotel from the MGM Grand Casino. The buffet had a nice, wide selection of items, but - WORST. PRIME-RIB. EVER. Dry. Over-cooked. The meat shredded like in a pot roast. Blech. Put a $20 bill in a quarter Five Times Pay Wheel of Fortune slot and walked away with $100. The casino is much bigger than I anticipated. Wasn't crazy about the look of the clientele. Barry sounds really bad. Hopefully the drugs we got him at CVS this afternoon will help.
Friday, August 16, 2002
Bringing Down the House
Some of you may know that I love Las Vegas. This will be the first year since 1994 that I haven't been able to get there (you know, the unemployment thing...). I'm sure that my friend Barry would love this article in Wired Magazine about going to Vegas with the infamous MIT Blackjack Team. Oh, another odd little thing I like about Las Vegas? Right on Industrial Road and Tropicana - In-N-Out Burger. They just opened their 166th store in Inglewood CA.
Friday, June 14, 2002
Carol had a great idea that actually crossed my mind two days ago - let's go to the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin to eat at the buffet. We haven't been there in a long time, and it'll feel good to be near a casino again, now that we're not going to Las Vegas this year. So, we had the buffet - and had to endure this one member of the wait staff that stood around, chewing gum and popping bubble wrap. The entire time. I wanted to go over to the bastard a just give him a quick knee to the groin. Don't know why (other than the utter annoyance of the noise), but he just looked like the kind of guy that needed a knee to the groin. Go figure.
We took a quick lap around the casino to see what changes they had made since the last time we were there (there actually were quite a few). We didn't play a quarter - just one lap and out. Though I felt a strong breeze in there, like the air handling was changed, I just couldn't handle the smoke. And there was a lot of it.
I miss the place.
Saturday, April 27, 2002
Trouble in Laughlin
A little digression... last September Carol & I along with our Friends Barry & Buffy were in Las Vegas for our annual (or last year - our semi-annual) trip. After spending 4 days at the Rio, we were off driving about 80 miles to a little town called Laughlin (population 8,000) on the Colorado River, next to Bullhead City Arizona. It's a very small gambling town. We stayed at Harrah's, right on the river, where we had tickets to see Patricia Yearwood at the amphitheater. Well, it was hot. Our room faced an asphalt parking lot. We found the rooms small, almost motel-like. The air conditioning just couldn't keep up with the heat. Then we find out that the amphitheater is outside and it was 105°. Well, after being really spoiled in a Rio suite for 4 nights, we decide that we're not going to stay in Laughlin the second night and we make reservations back at Rio. We also return our Yearwood tickets (the concert was oversold, so they were happy to get them back). We just didn't enjoy being in Laughlin - I guess it wasn't our "style". We're out of there at 8:30 in the morning and are back in our rooms at the Rio by 10:30.
Flash forward to today.
At 2:15 am this morning, 3 people were killed and 13 others injured when members of Hell's Angels and The Mongols started fighting in the Harrah's Laughlin casino, escalating into gunfire. The gangs were in town for the 20th annual "River Run," an event which annually draws 50,000 to 80,000 motorcycle enthusiasts. Police, who said it was the worst shooting incident in the history of Nevada casinos, actually locked-down the town while they searched for possible combatants. Las Vegas SWAT even went room-to-room in the hotel itself.
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
Sorry. Not a winner.
7 10 25 26 27 +23... OK, time to look... since I have a bunch of old tickets, I went to the local White Hen and used their scanner (they have a scanner that scans the bar code on the ticket and looks up the numbers for you. Nuts. No winners. Not even a buck or two. The Big Game is being replaced by Mega Millions, with tickets going on sale May 15 and the first drawing on May 17. Hmmm... Mega Millions? Let's see... In Big Game you choose five numbers from 1 to 50 and select one Big Money Ball number from 1 to 3. Odds of winning: 1 in 76,275,360. In Mega Millions you choose five numbers from 1 to 52 and select one Gold Mega Ball number from 1 to 52. Odds of winning: 1 in 135,145,920. So, you have larger jackpots because they are harder to win so they rollover more often!