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August 3rd, 2022 at 10:55:04 AM permalink
I discovered that I never wrote a trip report for my February Reno trip, but here are my notes. I've had a macabre desire to visit the Reno Ramada for years, and I finally had a chance — fortunately I made it back to my family unscathed.

Sunday, February 20

Circus Circus
On Presidents Day Weekend, the Midway was packed. But some of the Midway games were closed, and at the upstairs XP arcade, only one girl was handling all the prize redemptions.

Ramada Casino
Thick cloud of smoke
Elderly, blue collar, possible recovered addicts?
Eye contact — A look like: you ain’t from around these parts are ya?
Plenty of IGT 039 games
Still have a bunch of coin droppers; most take bills, but one machine said “coins only”
Cashier sold me a $1 slot token and they looked like they had racks of chips in the back room, but no table games.
I asked employee stationed at two tables (covered) if it was possible they’d bring table games back in the foreseeable future, and he shook his head.

Penny JoB 7-5
10cent JoB 8-5

IGT 039 games:
Monster Mansion
Ghost Island
Kenny Rogers The Gambler
Benny Big Game
Hoot Loot
Jackpot Jewels
Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania
Money Storm
Mystical Mermaid
Texas Tea
Wild Taxi

Silver Legacy
9-6 JOB bar top

Ocean Magic Deluxe
Won $0.50

Silver Legacy
$1/$3 limit
Lost $30

Silver Legacy
9-6 JoB bartop
Won $2.50
Rodney Strong Pinot Noir 2018

$1/$3 no-limit
Lost $100
A-10 diamonds raised $15 in late position, 2 callers
Flop A + 2 diamonds
Early position bet $20
Turn black 8
Early position bet $120
I thought and called all-in
River blank
He showed A-2 for two pair
Showed my hand, others agreed I made the right play

Monday, February 21

Circus Circus
Catch a Wave
Won $0.29

Circus Circus
Table games still there but not running on Sunday or Monday of Presidents Day weekend
Stadium gaming
Rigged crane game for Among Us plushies
Now $1.75 for small crane game
Strong wi-fi in room for WebEx meeting

Silver Legacy
Free dice at players club desk
$50 pai gow tiles on Monday; pit boss said it gets down to $10 midweek; said on Sunday they had 10 tables running all with $100 minimums

50 play JoB

Cash in $22.79
9-6 JoB
Pinot noir

Catch a Wave
Big Kahuna Bonus 148
Win $1.33

Tuesday, February 22
Pai Gow Tiles
Won $14.25

Seven Virtues cocktail
Johnnie Walker Black

Wednesday, February 23
Cash in $20
Won $21.25
bloody mary

Last edited by: smoothgrh on Aug 3, 2022
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August 3rd, 2022 at 1:03:57 PM permalink
I do not remember a Ramada Casino in Reno. Did it used to be something else?
At my age, a "Life In Prison" sentence is not much of a deterrent.
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August 3rd, 2022 at 1:11:28 PM permalink
It is (or at least was) Diamond’s Casino with the hotel above being a Ramada Inn. Off of 4th St., it’s visible from I-80 between Virginia St and the 580 (formerly Hwy 395) interchange.
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