PokerGrinder
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January 13th, 2016 at 4:55:52 PM permalink
Today is day one of my 11 day chip collecting trip. I drove 205 miles from Winnipeg, MB to Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. I have been here 3 or 4 times before so no chip collecting here but good offers to take advantage of. I got my hotel free, $30 FP and $5 food credit.

After checking in to the hotel and picking up powerball tickets for a friend I headed to the casino. I turned the $30 FP into $30.25 playing 7/5 JoB. No good VP here. I then attempted to take advantage of a promotion where if you earn 50 points ($350 coin in) you can exchange $100 Canadian into American at par. About a $30 value as $100 Cdn will get you $70 Usd. Variance went the wrong way and I ended up losing $60 to use the promotion so I lost $30 on the promotion. Oh well. I then played some -EV games for about a hour and came out ahead $10.

I used the dining credit for dinner in the cafe because the buffet here is not for the faint of heart. I found that out a couple years ago the hard way. Had a turkey wrap and chicken soup which came to under $3 after the credit. Not sure if I will gamble again tonight, got a headache from the smoking in the casino. I don't understand how in 2016 there are casinos that allow smoking.

Tomorrow I drive to Chicago, no casino plans but I do plan on eating at Smoque which is an amazing BBQ joint I found by watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I have eaten there every time I am in the area.

Chips collected - 0 (chips collected will be roughly 4 per casino as I grab for 3 friends as long as they haven't been to the casino)
Gas - $11.00
Hotel - $0
Food - $5
Gambling - +10.25
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Boz
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January 13th, 2016 at 5:08:19 PM permalink
Maybe you can have a Meet and Greet with EvenBob
GWAE
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January 13th, 2016 at 5:48:45 PM permalink
+1 for m&g
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TwoFeathersATL
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January 13th, 2016 at 7:33:15 PM permalink
We loves dem trip reports.
Can't wait till you update tomorrow.
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PokerGrinder
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January 13th, 2016 at 7:43:11 PM permalink
Quote: GWAE

+1 for m&g


Haha I can't say I have ever had a conversation with EB, does he live in Chicago?

I decided to go back to the casino and after losing $300 playing VP in the high stakes room I thought maybe I should have just gone to bed. One upside to my VP play was that I had enough points to use the exchange at par promotion 2 more times which netted me a $60 rebate.

At that point I wanted to try and get my money back so I sat down at a $25 BJ table and in one shoe won $425. End of the shoe came and I used that as a reason to call it a night. I grabbed 2 $1 chips for friends that don't have Shooting Star chips yet.

Since I am leaving in the morning I went to empty any FP off my card, I had $8 which netted me $9, yay! Overall won $192. Grabbed some late night snacks and a drink for $6 and hoping to fall asleep now.

Chips collected - 2
Gas - $11
Hotel - $0
Food - $11
Gambling - +202.25
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
PokerGrinder
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January 13th, 2016 at 10:05:09 PM permalink
Couldn't sleep made another return trip to casino, played $5 BJ. First shoe won every double and 70% of hands 3/4 of way into shoe, dealer change they burn a card and I don't win a hand for the rest of the shoe lol. Still up a bit, next shoe was back and forth still making doubles amazingly when needed finish the shoe up 135. 3rd shoe lost 6 of first 7 hands including a double so I ran away up $100.

Gambling - +302.25
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
Gabes22
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January 14th, 2016 at 5:41:04 AM permalink
If I would have know a fellow WoV poster was coming in to eat at Smoque, I would have bought you lunch. I work like 6 blocks from that place, although I was displeased that about a year to year and a half ago, they wouldn't allow me to count the Peach Cobbler as one of my sides anymore, I have to now get that as a dessert
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Romes
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January 14th, 2016 at 8:03:29 AM permalink
Phenomenal trip report thus far PG! Lots of action and good reporting =). How many times would they have let you do the exchange promotion?

Keep the trip a comin! =p
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GWAE
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January 14th, 2016 at 8:28:30 AM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

Haha I can't say I have ever had a conversation with EB, does he live in Chicago?

I decided to go back to the casino and after losing $300 playing VP in the high stakes room I thought maybe I should have just gone to bed. One upside to my VP play was that I had enough points to use the exchange at par promotion 2 more times which netted me a $60 rebate.

At that point I wanted to try and get my money back so I sat down at a $25 BJ table and in one shoe won $425. End of the shoe came and I used that as a reason to call it a night. I grabbed 2 $1 chips for friends that don't have Shooting Star chips yet.

Since I am leaving in the morning I went to empty any FP off my card, I had $8 which netted me $9, yay! Overall won $192. Grabbed some late night snacks and a drink for $6 and hoping to fall asleep now.

Chips collected - 2
Gas - $11
Hotel - $0
Food - $11
Gambling - +202.25



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Ayecarumba
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January 14th, 2016 at 9:03:38 AM permalink
We should get a map and start putting pins in it.

Great report PG! I am glad to hear that you are up on your gaming BR. Hopefully, the trend continues...

Any pictures?
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