Since we live about 2 hours from AC, my wife and I usually limit our visits to day trips. Drive down in the AM, have lunch when we get there, spend a few hours playing craps, a drink at one of the bars, then head home The only problem is that we never stick around in AC for dinner because I don't want to drive a couple hours after a good meal and a bottle of wine. So when I got an offer from Borgota for a comped room I figured it was an opportunity to stay over-night and have dinner at a restaurant I have being wanting to try for a while: Dock's Oyster Bar. I made reservations at Borgota for last Wednesday with a dinner reservation at Dock's for 6:00 PM that night
We got to Borgota around 3:30. This was the first time we had been there on a weekday. Compared to the weekend scene, the table games seemed to have about 60% of the action we normally saw. The slots however were almost entirely deserted. After checking in we decided to put off any gambling for the moment and instead go straight to Dock's for Happy Hour before having dinner. Got a couple seats at the bar and ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell (only $1 each for Happy hour) and some drinks. Somehow I got into a conversation with the bartender (Dimitri) about various bourbons, gins, and vodkas. Next thing i know, he's pouring us samples of 4 bourbons and 1 gin to try. All on the house. Needless to say we left him a big tip. We were definitely feeling no pain when we finally moved from the bar to a table for a lobster dinner. The lobsters were good but next time we go back we'll skip the big dinner and just hang out at the bar for Happy Hour, pigging out on the oysters.
After dinner it was back to the Borgota and I hit the craps table. I was a little bit up at first but after about 40 minutes I was down $20. Since I just wasn't feeling any positive energy at the tables I decided quit for the night, get some Ben & Jerry's, and then go to bed.
The next morning we decided to head back home right after breakfast. After all, our primary goal for this particular trip was visiting the restaurant rather than gambling. We checked out around 8:30 and were home by 10:30 AM. And it was about 15 minutes after that when I realized that we had left my laptop in the hotel room. Apparently we each thought that the other had packed it. I immediately called the hotel and somebody from Lost and Found was sent up to the room and retrieved the laptop. They called me back to let me know that they had found it and to ask if I wanted them to Fed-Ex it to me or if they should hold it until I could come by to get it. I told them I would be down Saturday to pick it up.
On Saturday we drove back down to AC with the primary goal being to pick-up the laptop. Gambling wasn't a big priority but my wife figured that as long as we were there I might as well play some craps, even if it was just for a short break before turning around and driving back. We got to the casino around noon, retrieved the laptop from security, and by about 12:30 I was at a $10 table. My wife wasn't in the mood to do any gambling so she figured she would just hang out near by while I played craps for 20 minutes or so.
I bought in for $260 and about 5 minutes later it was my turn to shoot. After about 15 rolls I started to get the feeling something unusual was going on. After I had been shooting for about 45 minutes I was damn sure something memorable was happening. I was standing right by the spot where the Borgota's craps tables have a blurb commemorating Pat Demauro's 4 hour and 18 minute streak and after I had been going an hour I started thinking of that and wondering if I could last that long without having to pee. In then end, it was 90 minutes before I finally sevened out! I would love to say I won a ton of money but I'm not a big better. Mainly it was $10 on pass with 1X or 2x odds. Occasionally I made come bets with similar odds or placed 6 & 8 for $12 each. In the end I was $120 up. I've had sessions were I've won a lot more but even though it wasn't a big payday, I got a real rush from the streak. Prior to this the longest I've ever gone was about 12 rolls. Forgetting that laptop turned out to be one of the best mistakes I've ever made.
Thanks for the story, you write very well. Lucky you got the laptop back because there is no guarantee with hotels. I love the idea of lobster but although I enjoy it I always walk away thinking I would have rather had crab legs or a good steak for the same price. I think itís the allure of lobster that gets me.
I used to be the same way but now if I want a special meal it is always crab. To me a good steak dinner is nice but it is a lot more common than me getting crab. Sadly, my wife is so allergic to shellfish that she can't even sit at the table if I am eating it.
As to crab legs, I ate a lot of those when I lived in Alaska in the late 70s. Another favourite when I was there was the pink shrimp. I remember there was a restaurant we used to go to that served as a shrimp cocktail what was just a big bowl stuffed with the little buggers. Wasn't too expensive either since it was local and didn't have to be shipped in from the Lower 48 like pretty much everything else you ate up there.
Thanks for the story, you write very well. Lucky you got the laptop back because there is no guarantee with hotels.
I gotta say I was really impressed by the staff at the Borgota. They followed up ASAP and then called me back. We were thinking that the next time we did an overnight in AC we might check out Hard Rock or Ocean but now I'm not so sure. Good service like that is hard to come by.
I love all seafood and fish but Iíve never understood the draw to oysters. Iíve tried them a couple times and they are just slimy creatures to me.
This from a guy who travels all over the world eating all sorts of street food of dubious provenance? You should give them a try. Oysters are sort of like single malt scotch... depending on where they are from the taste can really vary. Next time you stop by AC we'll go to Dock's, get an assortment, and you'll see what I mean.
Iím down to try them again with you TB. I have had them multiple times though and didnít see the attraction.
The rare time (did so recently) I order the seafood tower I do eat the oysters, but they are not the main attraction. Some spicy cocktail sauce and you forget they are slimy filter feeders.