EvenBob
EvenBob
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May 12th, 2013 at 3:49:48 PM permalink
Yup, been here 3 years and never filed a report. There will
be no details on how I arrived, where and what I ate, what
I drank. Does anybody really care about that stuff?

Ap 29th to May 9th
Stayed Downtown at the Plaza. Best rooms Downtown other
than GN. They've completely redone the rooms, everything
is new. Even the bathrooms are all new. For $26 a night during
the week, well worth it. 32" LG flatscreen, best pic I've ever
seen on a TV, period. Even at 6" away from the screen, it looked
like a 35mm photo. Its amazing how a little thing like a good TV
can improve the quality of a long stay.

The ongoing deterioration of Fremont St. The freakimazation, if
you will, of the Fremont St Experience. Too much overall lameness
by far. It has the feel of a cheezy boardwalk in some 1940's
tourist town. Can we see enough Kiss impersonators or Elvis's or
short people in Papa Smurf costumes? And the skinny young girls
dancing in bikinis are everywhere now, in almost every casino, or
out front up and down the street. Enough already. The bands
in the bandstands are so LOUD I have to wear earplugs just to walk
outside. If you can't be good, you can at least be loud is the old
rock and roll saying. And the homeless are back in force under the
canopy, with their crude cardboard signs that say I'm Hungry or
I Haven't Eaten Today or I'm a Feces Smeared Degenerate Can You
Spare a Dollar. I like the practiced look of dejection and pathos they
have, like they're professional actors. I was there for 10 days and you
see the same guys and the same signs and the same expressions every
day, its really quite a performance.

I was in Binions one night and a kid comes up to me with a tumbler of
vodka, at least 9oz I'd guess. In the bar biz we call that glass a 'bucket'.
He just turned 21 and says somebody bought it for him and he's too
drunk and I can have it. I say sure and take it outside to the first beggar
with a sign I find (took about 40 seconds) and offered it to him. His eyes
literally bugged and popped out of his head, I almost laughed out loud.
He took it from me like it was a Faberge Egg and drank a third of it right
down. He felt good, I felt good, the kid who gave it to me felt good. The
universe was in perfect harmony.

The roulette conditions all over town have generally deteriorated to such a
degree its not worth going anymore. I depend on games that go uninterrupted
for at least an hour, because I don't bet every spin. I also like fast games, so
it was my intent to check out the Rapid Roulette's at Paris, Rio, Flamingo, Bally's,
Luxor, Trop, etc. My conclusion is, why are they even still offering this game?
During the week it was a joke in the afternoon, nobody was playing them. In
the evening it was hit and miss. A few people buy in for $20, lose and move on.
Even on Saturday night, Sat fricking night, I couldn't find an active RR wheel.
I was forced to play mini bac at the Rio and win money that way. How embarrassing,
how beneath my station in life. The RR dealers told me its really gone downhill,
the $100 buy in's just aren't happening at RR anymore. Very sad.

The roulette action Downtown was pathetic. In my anchor hotel, the Plaza, neither
wheel has a tote board. Cheap bastards won't invest in a couple lousy electronic
marquee's. This makes playing impossible for me. No board at the Lady Luck
across the street. Golden gate had one table, always crowded, and always super
LOUD with the party pit crappola and the dancing bimbo's everywhere. No thanks.

This brings us to Binions, GN, 4 Queens, Fremont, and D. Binions was probably the
best, 3 tables and 2 going most of the time at night. GN was hit and miss, busy one
minute, 20 min later all the low buy in people had left the table. Queens has one table
now, always busy, always hard to get a seat. Fremont was OK, except the dealers
are as slow as my grandma using the bathroom at 3am. You go to sleep in between
spins. D was so fricking LOUD its insanity, how did Nick stand working there. Both
GG and D downtown are extremely loud, the people who work there are in real danger
of doing permanent hearing damage.

Bottom line, roulette Downtown now sucks. During the week during the day, its almost
impossible to find a good game for me in any of the casinos. I don't bet every spin, and
a dead table is worthless. Night isn't much better, even on weekends. GN has OK action,
but the old dealers are slow as molassas and are more interested in running their mouths
than spinning the wheel. I was sitting at a vacant table tracking numbers at GN one night
and this cute little girl of about 23 comes up and sticks out her hand and says she's
Jennifer and I look just like so and so character from Harry Potter. Her boyfriend was beside
her and she so much wanted to have her pic taken with me by her boyfriend, and who am
I to say no to my adoring public. She gets behind me as I'm sitting there and crushes her
boobs into my side as she gets in real close and he takes the pic. Ah, the things the famous
must endure to please the fans..

I ended up playing as much bac on the Strip as I did roulette Downtown. I'm very good at
bac, but better at roulette. I get tired of all the drama at the bac tables, it wears me down.
I only have maybe 5 hours a day to play where I'm at my best, I don't want to waste it on
players who can't decide where to place a bet.

So did I have a good time in Vegas? Not really. Too much walking, too much driving looking
for good conditions. The dealers said it best, the medium players are gone for the most part,
in roulette. The dependable $100 buy in people who would keep digging out the Benjamins.
Now its one $100 loss and they're gone. Its all $20 and $40 buy in people now, and they never
dig for more. I was glad when it was time to go home.

And yes, I know I can advance the wheel on an empty table by placing a cancellation bet. Like
betting red and black at the same time. Except they won't let you do that, the pit will say 'sorry,
no free spins'. How its free is a mystery, I still lose when the zero shows up. So I can bet
$12 on 19-36, and $4 each on the low double streets, and a dollar on the zero split on a $10 min table.
This means I lose a dollar on every spin, and $7 when the zero hits. They won't let you do this
for long either. The never-to-be-fooled-for-long pit will notice you get payed on every single
spin and their rusty little brains will start churning, and they will eventually figure out that betting
the low streets is exactly the opposite of betting the high numbers and they'll put a stop to it.
No making their $10 table into a $1 table, no sir.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
JohnnyQ
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May 12th, 2013 at 5:01:01 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

In the bar biz we call that glass a 'bucket'.
He just turned 21 and says somebody bought it for him and he's too
drunk and I can have it. I say sure and take it outside to the first beggar
with a sign I find (took about 40 seconds) and offered it to him. His eyes
literally bugged and popped out of his head, I almost laughed out loud.
He took it from me like it was a Faberge Egg and drank a third of it right
down. He felt good, I felt good, the kid who gave it to me felt good. The
universe was in perfect harmony.



Step 7 in the AA program ?
All around me are familiar faces / Worn out places, worn out faces / Bright and early for their daily races / Going nowhere, going nowhere - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdCLnwIkkps
EvenBob
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May 12th, 2013 at 5:05:05 PM permalink
Step 13, waste not, want not. I wasn't about to allow
9oz of straight vodka to go down the drain. I don't
drink when I play, so I did the Christian thing. I found
somebody who was wanting.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
aceofspades
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May 12th, 2013 at 5:06:11 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

...There will
be no details on how I arrived, where and what I ate, what
I drank. Does anybody really care about that stuff?...

I was in Binions one night and a kid comes up to me with a tumbler of
vodka, at least 9oz I'd guess. In the bar biz we call that glass a 'bucket'.
He just turned 21 and says somebody bought it for him and he's too
drunk and I can have it. I say sure and take it outside to the first beggar
with a sign I find (took about 40 seconds) and offered it to him. His eyes
literally bugged and popped out of his head, I almost laughed out loud.
He took it from me like it was a Faberge Egg and drank a third of it right
down. He felt good, I felt good, the kid who gave it to me felt good. The
universe was in perfect harmony...




But apparently we do care about what a homeless person drinks??? LOL
JohnnyQ
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May 12th, 2013 at 5:09:49 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Step 13, waste not, want not. I wasn't about to allow
9oz of straight vodka to go down the drain. I don't
drink when I play, so I did the Christian thing. I found
somebody who was wanting.



My post was just an attempt at a little humor. I don't think a glass of vodka is going to help or hurt that guy's situation much either way, and if it helped pass the day, then it is a good thing.
All around me are familiar faces / Worn out places, worn out faces / Bright and early for their daily races / Going nowhere, going nowhere - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdCLnwIkkps
sodawater
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May 12th, 2013 at 5:14:08 PM permalink
I do not understand why you require an active roulette game for you to play. Are you not aware of fallacy of the maturity of chances for games with independent trials? Should be basic stuff for a WoV poster with 1 billion posts.

It pains me to read that you actually drove around to find wheels where you could "track" the prior winning numbers... adding traffic and carbon emissions and wasting precious life all for, what, exactly?

Seems to me that if you must play roulette, the very best conditions would be a totally dead game where you had the luxury of having the table to yourself.
EvenBob
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May 12th, 2013 at 5:32:39 PM permalink
Quote: sodawater



Seems to me that if you must play roulette, the very best conditions would be a totally dead game where you had the luxury of having the table to yourself.



You're right, to you it would. Please hold that thought..
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
bigfoot66
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May 12th, 2013 at 5:40:08 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

The roulette action Downtown was pathetic. In my anchor hotel, the Plaza, neither
wheel has a tote board. Cheap bastards won't invest in a couple lousy electronic
marquee's. This makes playing impossible for me. No board at the Lady Luck
across the street.



They are missing a lot more than a tote board at the Lady Luck. But otherwise a great report thanks for sharing.
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treetopbuddy
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May 12th, 2013 at 6:15:23 PM permalink
Dammit EvenBob, your blowing my mind with comments like..."I'm very good at Bac, but better at Roulette" Does that mean your very, very good at Roulette? Is that possible? "Neither wheel had a tote board......This makes playing impossible for me"..........what's happened to you? Are you just trying to draw out suckers like me? Enjoyed your trip report.
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silversonic2006
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May 12th, 2013 at 6:24:22 PM permalink
Nice report. It's a shame about downtown. There's always been something about downtown that makes it feel much more like authentic Las Vegas than the Strip does. Too bad they can't make Fremont Street a nice, non-deafening experience for everyone. The wife loves penny video slots and they are definitely much looser downtown than they are on the Strip. Looks like I'll save my $40 in cab fare and not bother venturing down there when I'm out later this year.

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