speedycrap
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September 6th, 2018 at 9:28:53 AM permalink
I think it's about 10 minutes walk.
speedycrap
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September 6th, 2018 at 9:31:51 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

im going to nova scotia next week on cruise ship.
didn't know they have a casino there.
if its easy to get to the casino from port, i'll get a chip

I think it's about 10 minutes walk.
Doc
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September 6th, 2018 at 9:45:34 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

im going to nova scotia next week on cruise ship.
didn't know they have a casino there.
if its easy to get to the casino from port, i'll get a chip

Where is your cruise port? In the Casino Chip of the Day thread, I have posted chips from two installations of Casino Nova Scotia, one in Halifax and one in Sydney.
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September 10th, 2018 at 10:29:43 AM permalink
I'm late to this thread but I live in London (full-time AP) and if you want to meet up on your way back out to grab a quick coffee and chat about casinos then drop me a PM!
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September 10th, 2018 at 3:02:24 PM permalink
Quote: Tree

I'm late to this thread but I live in London (full-time AP) and if you want to meet up on your way back out to grab a quick coffee and chat about casinos then drop me a PM!



I will be back in London the 30th and I leave on the 2nd so we could do that if our schedules work.
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September 10th, 2018 at 4:23:29 PM permalink
Ok! London!

I arrived in London around 11 am on Thursday morning completely exhausted. After I picked up my bag, I bought a SIM card (pretty terrible service), an Oyster card and loaded it up. I headed to the tube so I could get to Soho where I was staying. I stopped at a food stand and grabbed the big breakfast as I was starving. It was a spiral sausage (yes like a poop emoji), 2 pieces of bacon and a hash brown in a soft bun, I was very happy with this.

I rode the tube for about 35 minutes and then walked the 5 minutes to my hostel which was easy with Google Maps even if the service is slow. I checked in and slept for the next 5 hours.

I didn't have much energy when I woke up so I walked around checking out the area and collecting casino chips. I started with Grosvenor Rialto where I would win for the first and only time on the day. I won £20, I had to play roulette to get a £1 chip. Next up was Horizons where they smacked me around pretty good for £100 but they gave me a £5 FP chip for liking them on Facebook so that is like breaking even. I then played poker for about a hour at Casino at the Empire, I lost £135 and then I left cause the game was crap. I was on the waitlist for 2/5 but the list hadn't moved since I walked in. Interestingly enough this casino is a Caesars Total Rewards casino, I didn't know they owned it. I found a few Hippodrome chips in the £1 stacks which is odd. Leicester Square Casino doesn't exist unless it is invisible. I asked and they said Horizons and Empire were the only ones in Leicester Square. The Leicester website on Google goes to the Hippodrome site, figure that one out?!? Next up was Hippodrome and I lost playing war which was the only thing with a spot open, it's hard to win that game when you get 5 high for that many hands in a row. Next up was Genting Chinatown where I played for about 8 minutes and left down £50 again. I visited Grosvenor Russell Square and St Giles but they both use the same chips as Rialto sadly. I did find out at Genting that I would be able to get into a couple of their private clubs as they are less private than the super privates like Crockfords. I called it a night and went to sleep.
I got rained on.


The next day I walked for 11 miles around London, exploring and seeing what I could find. I walked to Hyde Park and explored that general area and then I ended up in Kensington Garden and purposely skipped going into the palace.
Fish and chips for lunch, the fish had bones for some reason.

I also ended up at a street with a whole bunch of food tents set up later on, I settled on the Cuban sandwich.

I stopped at Palm Beach and Colony Club which are semi private but not really as they let me in without a membership. I broke even at Palm Beach and lost £100 at Colony. At Palm Beach I had to play £2 roulette to get chips. I broke even at Park tower, I kept a £5 chip because the ones were too faded to even see anything on them. Cromwell Mint took me for £100 and Grosvenor The Gloucester did the same. They had different Grosvenor chips so I kept one. This is the point where I walked through the gardens I believe, it was quite peaceful and the weather was great.

The Golden Horseshoe had the same Grosvenor chips so I couldn't get anything from there. I then played poker at the Vic while I charged my phone in their charge box, I paid £2 because I was at 3% and no idea how to walk the 50 minutes back to my hostel. I lost £500 playing poker in the hour after I got it in with the nuts and the guy makes a boat on the river. Oh well I don't like money on this trip lol. My next stop was The Sportsman which is also a Total Rewards property, who new? I lost £60 playing BJ and walked out with my head down lol. My last stop of the day was another Grosvenor casino but I knew they had chips but they weren't what I thought... They didn't have the £1 or £5 that are on MoGH so I kept a £25 chip like a baller who was down a ton of money and said f**k it. They were using the generic Grosvenor chips for the smaller denominations for some reason.

I was totally beat from the travel and all the exploring I did so my plan was to take it easy and sleep decently early. I grabbed food at this Turkish chain where they sell Simits which are Turkish bagels. I had one with huge chunks of feta and tomato which was great, I also had the chocolate one which wasn't.

I also got oreo cheesecake

I also had a headache so I thought that was the plan until this cute American-Vietnamese girl in my dorm convinced me to go to a EDM club with her, truthfully she didn't have to try too hard. Btw I will answer Romes question now, no I didn't, I struck out. A 19 kid from the dorm joined us and we went out around midnight. The line wasn't terrible and we were in in less than 45 minutes. The cover charge of £25 was bit steep but the night was fun. We grabbed drinks, checked out the different floors before joining the mosh pit like dance floor. By the time we left my head was pounding from the strobe lights and the loud music. We took the tube to Chinatown and grabbed a late night snack. I had the seafood noodles which were very good. It was a fun night and I'm glad that I went even if it meant the next day would be a rest day.




I got to sleep around 5:30 am with a splitting headache, I took Tylenol a few times through the night and woke up around. It took me a while to drag myself out of bed but I managed to do it. I went and found steak and ale pie, I want to try as many local dishes as possible. It was served with peas and mash, everything was good but the gravy was too salty for my liking.

I didn't do a whole lot the rest of the day, I went to bed a bit earlier but still too late.

I woke up and headed out around noon. My head still hurt a bit but it wasn't pounding anymore. I stopped at fancy café for breakfast and has the English breakfast. It is a weird combo of foods but everything was very tasty.

After breakfast I walked along Westminster where they were having some sort of bike thing going on. It wasn't a race because they stopped the bikers every so often to let people cross the street. I walked through Green Park I think, not totally sure. I ended up at Buckingham Palace where I spent some time taking pictures and just taking in the area. I was more amused by all the funny pictures the tourists were taking.

Btw the phone booths are everywhere!

Then today I decided to take the mandatory tourist picture in the phone booth.

After Buckingham I headed to Big Ben which I was excited about as I love clock towers. I got there and found out that it is under construction until 2021 so this is all I got to see.

After Big Ben or the lack thereof I took the tube to the last casino I hadn't visited in London which is Aspers. I played poker and won $55 over a very swingy 6 hour session. The reason that I went to the casino was mostly because I wanted to watch the NFL kickoff and I figured that was my best option. Around 9 I took the tube back to Soho (it's pretty easy to use) and watched Netflix in bed for too long. I was then woken up at 9 am by two girls having the loudest conversation which woke me. I glared at them but they didn't seem to care which is why I am very tired right now. That is my excuse if this rambling post makes no sense.

Today I got roped into going for breakfast with this woman in my dorm because she was chatty and I was too nice apparently. She wanted to talk about travelling in Asia and I had to get breakfast anyways. I had poached eggs with smoked salmon on toast with hollandaise sauce on top. The whole creation was too rich for my liking but it did the job of filling me up. We talked about random things for a hour (I couldn't understand half of what she said between her New Zealand accent and the noise level in the café. I did a lot of nodding and laughing which worked.


After breakfast I took the tube to St Paul's Cathedral, it's nice but I really didn't care to go, especially for 18 quid. (I'm British now :P)

I then walked to the Borough Market where I ate everything! I bought so much food and I sampled a lot more. I started with fresh lemonade and calamari.

I then sampled some cheeses and dried meats eventually buying some really nice chilli dried sausage? I don't think they call it sausage but I am blanking.

Next up was the bread and I made a terrible mistake. I like sourdough so I bought a mini loaf of sourdough with grains and seeds in it (truthfully there was more of those than bread) which tastes awful so I gave the rest away. Then I sampled almonds and bought cayenne garlic almonds that were odd but tasty. I sampled some more cheese, some more meat and finally a brownie, I bought the brownie.

I left the market before I bought anything more and headed to the Tower of London. I crossed the London Bridge and took some pictures of the Shard building, including this one of me using it as a hat.

Next up was the Tower of London which I would call a castle but hey I am just a silly tourist. I then took the mandatory selfies with the Tower bridge which is nicer than the London bridge.

At this point I found the tube and headed back to Soho. I ate my market purchases and packed for my train tomorrow morning to Liverpool. Beatlestown here I come!

I didn't keep great notes so some of this might be jumbled or said twice. I plan on keeping notes like I did for Asia for here on out because this is too hard to do completely from memory.
Last edited by: PokerGrinder on Sep 10, 2018
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speedycrap
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September 10th, 2018 at 5:22:53 PM permalink
So many casinos? Any craps? NL hold them??
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September 10th, 2018 at 5:48:07 PM permalink
Just spotted this thread so it's a bit late to offer advice on London casinos. I haven't been to Liverpool for a while but it has a few small-medium casinos. I assume if you've been to Grosvenor and Genting then you have a list of theirs.
^ The UK doesn't have many Craps tables - the Hippodrome and Victoria come to mind and there may be a few others I've not seen. Outside London they are few and far between, there used to some in Manchester but most have now closed.
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September 10th, 2018 at 6:31:05 PM permalink
There are 4 casinos in Liverpool that Iíll be visiting. Technically one is not in Liverpool, itís just on the other side of the water. I didnít notice craps anywhere except for the Vic.

Btw all poker that I play is no limit Holdem.
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Doc
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September 10th, 2018 at 6:52:04 PM permalink
PG, there are a couple of things I want to comment on regarding your very nice post. First, in case you didn't notice, you made two typos that kept two photos from appearing in the post. One was the use of a { instead of a [, which blocked your photo of the rainy street scene. The other was a case of a few repeated characters that blocked the image of your steak and ale pie. If it is too late for you to make those edits, you might ask a friendly admin for some help.

Second, I found something rather weird in your first photo from the EDM club, the one with the red light backdrop. Maybe it's just something associated with my monitor, but if I view that photo from an angle looking downward at it, your face is (dimly) evident in front of the crowd. However, if I look at the photo at an upward angle, it's as if your face completely disappears into darkness. I have no idea how that works, and I just noticed it because of the angle change while scrolling through the post.

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