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Keeneone
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April 15th, 2017 at 12:22:16 PM permalink
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Also the French toast caused me no issues. Except maybe wanting more lol.


Good to hear. I hope you enjoyed Friday night in Reno Nevada. Please keep up the road trip TR postings.

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April 15th, 2017 at 8:06:06 PM permalink
Sorry yesterday's update didn't happen thanks to me degenning on VP until almost 2 am last night. It's funny I don't touch table games or slots when I'm grinding at home or when I'm on a purely poker trip but if I play any sides I tend to degen pretty hard lol.

I drove a much shorter distance yesterday, only 351 miles. I drove from Elko to Reno, Reno to Incline Village and then Incline Village to Carson City.

I already mentioned that I lost $50 at the Red Lion in Elko before breakfast. Next up was The Nugget in Sparks where I needed to stop for a new chip since they changed their name. Well it was a very expensive chip! I lost on craps with 7 out after 7 out and then just for good measure I left some money in their VP machines as well. All told I lost $164, oh well it's only money and the day was going to get worse before it got better.

My next stop was at the Grand Lodge Casino to get a new chip after their name change. (Sensing a pattern here?) I got a club card and the $10 FP and $10 MP plus I had a coupon from the American Casino Guide for another $10 FP. MP paid me $5 and the FP gave me $23.25. Then I proceeded to lose every hand playing BJ. I was down as much $150 before I won 4 hands in a row. My next bet was $50 because I add a unit ($10 table) to my bet with every win. I got 88 into a dealer A, shit. Dealer checks, no BJ. I split, first hand I get a 2 and double, I get an A. Other 8 I get a 3 and so I put some more money up and get a Q! Wow! Splits and doubles never work like that lol. Dealer flips a 9 for 20 and I realize I needed perfect cards to win. I tipped the dealer on the next hand which we both won and I cashed out. Left there up just over $200 altogether.

I then drove to Cactus Jack's Casino in Carson City. They don't have table games but they run a dealers choice 2-6 spread game. I sat with 3 60 year olds, an older women sat for about 30 minutes and a drugged up guy donated $95 to the table since he had no idea how to play Omaha Hi-LO which was what we all decided to play instead of DC. I felt bad that the dealers let him play, he thought it was BJ no matter what we said. He just kept calling every bet with no idea what he was trying to do. Eventually he ran out of money and left. I was up about $30 at one point but ended up down $6 after keeping 4 chips. It was actually a really fun game, good company and I don't play Omaha too often so it was a fun change.

The game died just before 10 and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. I had Parmesan Garlic and Spicy Garlic boneless wings. I wasn't a huge fan of the Parmesan but the spicy ones were pretty good. After that I drove across the street and played VP at Casino Fandango for a few hours eventually losing $120. I couldn't find that elusive royal.

Chips collected - 21 (6 for my collection)
Total miles - 1782
Gas - $152.70
Hotel - $0
Food - $82.45
Shopping - N/A
Gambling -$79.15
Poker -$130
FP - $25 FP = $27.25
Match play - $10 = $5
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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April 15th, 2017 at 8:57:49 PM permalink
Today was a bit boring since I had to kill a bunch of time (not much to do other than gamble in Carson City) until about 3 when I planned on going to Jackpot Crossing casino for the poker tournament and cash games after.

I went to the Carson Nugget after checking out of my hotel. I played some old VP machines and won $10. I still love playing those coin dispensing machines when I find them, I'm not really sure why but they amuse me. I then played $5 BJ and won every double... I repeat I WON EVERY DOUBLE! It's been a long time since I ran that good on doubles lol. I ended up winning $114 after tips. I cashed out and went to Red'a 395 which is a BBQ joint that I was told to check out.

I got there and sat at the bar. They have those table top games but I didn't want to play. I ordered a Thai chicken pizza, basically spicy peanut sauce with chicken, peanuts and grated carrots on a wood fire cooked pizza. I also got to watch them make it since the wood fire was attached to the bar. The waitress told me if I signed up for a club card I get $10 FP, well I'm a sucker for FP so I signed up. I played Black Rhino and hit 5 K's for $25. I played it down until my food came and then cashed out up $23, thanks for the free food Red's. I almost forgot, the pizza was amazing! One of the best pizzas I've ever had. I'm a sucker for a good peanut sauce.

I still had a few hours to kill so I went to Max casino and played penny slots. I got bored after about 20 minutes (I don't enjoy slots very much) and left up $8. I decided to go get some soft drinks at Walmart and on the way stopped at Bodines Casino. I've never been there because they have no tables but I figured what the hell lets check it out. I played a few really cheap poker games on the penny denomination and won $10. That's tough to do betting so little.

Diet Mountain Dew was on sale, 6 500 ml bottles for $2 so I picked up 3 sets. As I was leaving the parking lot I saw a Trader Joes and got excited. Trader Joes has the best snacks. I grabbed 2 bags of kettle corn and a bag of peanut butter stuffed pretzels and was on my way.

I got to Jackpot Crossing just before 3 and talked to the dealer who was dealing last night at Cactus Jacks. She said the cash games wouldn't run but they had a $18 tournament with one table. Blech not worth my time. I got the cage to sell me $1 chips and then I played VP so that I played at the casino. I hit quad fours (I have hit an insane amount of quads this week, why am I down so much on VP lol?) for $40 as I was betting 20 nickels which was a max bet for that denomination. I left there up $26 after buying the chips.

I then drove 132 miles to Hawthorne, NV where I am staying the night. My hotel is owned by the casino so I got $10 FP and 2 $2 off coupons for the restaurant. I visited El Capitan across the street from my hotel and won $19.25 off $15 FP ($5 FP for signing up for a card) and lost $40 playing BJ which is really technically $31 since I kept 4 $1 tokens and a $5 chip from my buy in.

I ate at the cafe for dinner and had the special, a roast beef stuffed burger wrapped in bacon. It was actually pretty solid for $10 minus one coupon. Not Gordon Ramsey quality but it sufficed.

Tomorrow I am visiting Paiute Palace in California, then Mizpah for the afternoon poker game before driving to Las Vegas.

Happy Easter everyone!

Chips collected - 30 (8 for my collection)
Total miles - 1914
Gas - $152.70
Hotel - $60.05
Food - $119.55
Shopping - N/And
Gambling +$92.35
Poker -$130
FP - $50 FP = $55.50
Match play - $10 = $5
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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April 16th, 2017 at 7:35:10 AM permalink
Ok I might be on a French toast kick. I'm eating it again at El Capitan Casino for breakfast today. It was a lot better the other day though.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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April 17th, 2017 at 9:30:19 AM permalink
I just want to start by saying I am extremely saddened to hear about Doc's tragedy. It puts everything we do on this forum in perspective and I think it's safe to say that all of our hearts go out to him and his wife during this tough time.

Yesterday I drove 445 miles stopping at 2 casinos on my way to Las Vegas. In the morning I drove to Paiute Palace Casino which is a California casino that is really out of the way to visit while collecting in California so I thought this made the most sense. I got to the casino too early for table games so I gassed up and then signed up for a club card. I got $10 FP plus another $10 FP for gassing up with them. They give you half up to $10 in FP. I turned that $20 FP into $34 playing nickel VP. I hit quad aces for $20, I'm amazed at how many quads I have hit lately.

Next I drove to the Mizpah Club in Tonopah to collect a chip. They hold a poker game on Sundays but because of Easter nobody showed up to play. I played nickel VP for about a hour while talking to the bartender and manager who were really kind. I won $4 which I used to buy chips since the game wasn't going to run. They told me to go to the BBQ restaurant for dinner so I did. I had the pulled pork sandwich and beans. The pork wasn't the tastiest but with sauce it was fine. I couldn't believe how much meat was on the sandwich though, easily enough for two people.

I then drove to Vegas. I stopped for gas and a stretch at the Stagecoach casino in Beatty and boy am I glad I did. I was watching the end of the Bulls/Celtics game when I hit a royal in quarters. I will upload a photo later as imgur won't let me right now. I won $1020 there and then drove the last two hours to Vegas.

I stayed at Arizona Charlie's last night and lost $101 in their casino. I then grabbed a chicken Caesar salad and went to my room for the night.

I'm currently having breakfast at Denny's before I head down to San Diego collecting chips at a bunch of places over the next couple days.

Chips collected - 38 (10 for my collection)
Total miles - 2359
Gas - $201.20
Hotel - $68.55
Food - $150.95
Shopping - N/A
Gambling +$1049.35
Poker -$130
FP - $70 FP = $89.50
Match play - $10 = $5
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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April 17th, 2017 at 9:37:51 AM permalink
I didn't realize the Mizpah had gambling. I am guessing it is relatively a new thing because I stayed there two or three years ago and I don't remember it. I enjoyed sitting at the bar at Mizpah and having a few too many beverages. We stayed in the "haunted" room where the hooker was killed.
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April 17th, 2017 at 9:41:56 AM permalink
It is a new thing. I've been to Tonapah a few times. Mizpah deals BJ Thursday to Saturday and poker on Sundays.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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April 19th, 2017 at 12:20:31 AM permalink
Yesterday I drove 562 miles from Las Vegas to San Diego while stopping at 10 casinos in Arizona and California. The day started well gambling wise but ended on a bad steak of consecutive losses.

My first stop was at Havasu Landing casino where I played a couple hands of BJ and won $25. The dealer seemed confused that I was only playing 3 hands but I had a long way to drive and didn't want to get behind early.

My next four stops were at Bluewater, Cocopah, Quechan and Golden Acorn. I got lucky at Golden Acorn and Quechan as I almost lost my $100 buy in before spinning it back up to just above even and leaving instead of being down $100 at both. After these casinos and Havasu Landing I was down about $2 for the day. I was quite pleased and thought maybe I could keep that up for the rest of the day... I was wrong.

Sadly Golden Acorn was my last positive trip into a casino for the rest of the day. Viejas got me for $60 playing card craps. The game is basically the same since you still throw dice but I wasn't a fan of the card craps variation of the normal game. I then lost a couple bucks at Barona, almost fifty bucks at the BJ table at Sycuan and Pai Gow at Hollywood got me for $35 too. My last stop of the night was right next to my hotel at Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista. I got down $100 quick but managed to leave down less than $50. The house pays the player fee to play but pays 6-5 BJ. I didn't realize this until I got a BJ and that was when I coloured up and left.

All told I stopped at 10 casinos and I was down $207 for the day. Not good but not terrible for how many places I stopped.

Chips collected - 78 (20 for my collection)
Total miles - 2921
Gas - $262.20
Hotel - $68.55
Food - $176.85
Shopping - N/A
Gambling +$841.95
Poker -$130
FP - $110 FP = $112.45
Match play - $10 = $5
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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April 19th, 2017 at 12:45:25 AM permalink
Today was a short driving distance but with 9 casino stops it ends up being a long day. I drove 257 miles on a very indirect route from San Diego to Twentynine Palms near Palm Springs.

I started my driving up the coast to Ocean's Eleven Casino where I booked a small $20 win, but after the way that yesterday ended any win is a big win. I played a very up and down (more down as I was never up) BJ session at Saboba. I eventually called it quits down $60. Morongo was basically a brake even before the sister properties of Agua Caliente and Spa Casino beat me up for $130 between them. I made a little comeback at Augustine where I won $80 after again being down for most of my visit. It feels like I never just walk into a casino and have them hand me a giant sack of money. Why is that?

Spotlight 29 gave me FP and MP for signing up for a club card, along with winning both BJ hands I played I won $30 altogether. Fantasy Springs has an intersting sign up bonus where if you run through $20 on a slot machine (no keno or poker) they give you $60 FP. I figured even on a bad slot I should get 85% of the value. I didn't sadly as I only got a 67% payback on my $80 of play at 30 cents a spin. I still profited $33 from the sign up promo even if it should have been closer to $48. I then lost almost every hand of BJ leaving down $50 at tables but up on the slot promo.

My last stop for the night was Tortoise Rock Casino where I played Pai Gow and lost $45. The dealer's worst hand of 8 hands was JJ with AK up, tough to win if the dealer hand is always that strong.

Tomorrow I have 6 stops to make where hopefully I will win $1000 at each stop. Am I dreaming too big? 😅

Chips collected - 114 (29 for my collection)
Total miles - 3178
Gas - $282.20
Hotel - $71.55
Food - $206.90
Shopping - N/A
Gambling +$722.45
Poker -$130
FP - $190 FP = $173.45
Match play - $20 = $15
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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April 19th, 2017 at 8:15:17 AM permalink
I think Seven Mile might be the most southern casino in California, as you are only a few minutes from the border with Mexico.

Thanks for keeping the log up PG. It's good that you hit a royal earlier so that you have some cushion. You mention stopping at Hollywood, so I'm surprised you didn't stop in at the "Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady" (which used to be the Normandie).
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