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November 22nd, 2022 at 12:23:34 AM permalink
With tickets to the 6 p.m. Tournament of Kings show and dinner ($320 for 4 Austria section seats at the left corner facing the "stage") at the Excalibur Casino, we left our Bellagio hotel room at 5:10ish – good timing, as it took a 45-minute slow walk to get to the theater.

The Tournament of Kings show has been around since the opening of the Excalibur, but I never had much desire to see it until now, thinking that it’s a good first Vegas show for the kids. There’s the usual medieval characters: a jester, Merlin, King Arthur, knights, fair lasses, and a bad guy with a maniacal laugh. The kids had a good time, and even the Mrs. said she enjoyed the show (I had worried that she’d be bored). If you really want to get the full effect of the show, expect to cheer, boo, and raise your tankard often. The dinner portion is part of the entertainment, as you’re supposed to eat an entire cornish hen, roasted potatoes, corn on cob, and a huge roll without utensils. Dessert is an apple pastry. The food was pretty good, though at first I wondered whether the hen was dry or juicy – ultimately I decided it was more juicy than dry. Get there early if you want tableside alcohol service — I had thought about getting a beer, but the cocktail wench never stopped by. The show started promptly at 6.

The show is on the lower level, within the arcade. We gave the kids $45 each in game cards and turned them loose. (I just looked at an Inflation Calculator – the Mrs. and I got $20 from our respective parents in 1982 at Reno Circus Circus, which supposedly is now equivalent to $62. Tough luck, kids!)

We walked around the casino but didn’t play anything until I noticed a Cashman Bingo slot machine with three in a row (including the wheel) on one board. I had looked at the WoV’s thread about this slot, but it’s a good thing I didn’t read it carefully, because I decided this machine was worthy of playing. I put in $100 and played the 2x level ($1.50/spin). I was down $29.30 when I hit a bingo for $42.30, finishing ahead $13.

Almost immediately, the Mrs. saw a Cashman Bingo slot with four to a bingo on the Wheel line with a Minor prize square ($26). She put in $100 and also played 2x ($1.50/spin), getting lots of coins added to the board. She eventually had all but six squares on the board covered, and any of them would give her a bingo. She kept getting coins added to the board, and only a few small wins here and there kept her hopes alive as the credit meter decreased. I was thinking I might have to put my voucher in soon, but fortunately when only $7 remained, she got a coin in the bottom right corner – the one we were hoping for! It was a $30 x 2 square that won a double-bingo including the mini ($17), minor ($27), and wheel ($24) prizes for a total of $158.98 – and she finished ahead $66! Thanks, Wizard, for writing about this game!
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November 22nd, 2022 at 4:28:00 AM permalink
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OJ and coffee each $7! I told the cashier "Welcome to Vegas."



I recently ordered a large OJ at a local breakfast place and it was $8. This was not a tourist joint, apparently the small OJ is $5 and the large is $8. I just shook my head.
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from what I have read,even the casino's in Florida have fairly elevated minimums. Everything has gone up since the pandemic.
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That could be but I wouldn't know. Today is my one year anniversary of moving to Florida and I haven't been to a casino here yet.
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November 22nd, 2022 at 5:01:26 AM permalink
Happy Anniversary ( ? ).
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November 22nd, 2022 at 6:11:53 AM permalink
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OJ and coffee each $7! I told the cashier "Welcome to Vegas."



I recently ordered a large OJ at a local breakfast place and it was $8. This was not a tourist joint, apparently the small OJ is $5 and the large is $8. I just shook my head.
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from what I have read,even the casino's in Florida have fairly elevated minimums. Everything has gone up since the pandemic.
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That could be but I wouldn't know. Today is my one year anniversary of moving to Florida and I haven't been to a casino here yet.
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Just take it one day at a time.
Have you been attending meetings? Did you get a one-year chip?
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November 22nd, 2022 at 6:22:11 AM permalink
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OJ and coffee each $7! I told the cashier "Welcome to Vegas."



I recently ordered a large OJ at a local breakfast place and it was $8. This was not a tourist joint, apparently the small OJ is $5 and the large is $8. I just shook my head.
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from what I have read,even the casino's in Florida have fairly elevated minimums. Everything has gone up since the pandemic.
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That could be but I wouldn't know. Today is my one year anniversary of moving to Florida and I haven't been to a casino here yet.
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Just take it one day at a time.
Have you been attending meetings? Did you get a one-year chip?
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They rescinded my chip when I bet them I could go another year.
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November 22nd, 2022 at 6:33:07 AM permalink
Nice report, SmoothGR!

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The show is on the lower level, within the arcade. We gave the kids $45 each in game cards and turned them loose. (I just looked at an Inflation Calculator – the Mrs. and I got $20 from our respective parents in 1982 at Reno Circus Circus, which supposedly is now equivalent to $62. Tough luck, kids!)

Ha! This reminded me of my first trip out west, although I think it was 1983. And my $20 was used in the arcade at Harrah's Tahoe in the basement near the tunnel to Harvey's. We did a day trip through Reno, but I didn't get to spend too much time in the Circus Circus midway.

Many firsts for me on that trip -- first time flying, first time west of the Mississippi River, first time in a casino. And even my first AP move... we were at some tiny hotel/casino in Carson City, I think considering having a meal there. My Mom, my sister and I were waiting in the lobby, but within view of the machines nearby. My sister and I noticed a VP machine that had been abandoned mid-hand. When my Dad returned, we told him to draw out the hand, and he hit two pair! My sister and I netted 10c apiece!

I wonder whether I should be more proud or more concerned that I had such knowledge of video poker at the age of 10!
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November 22nd, 2022 at 11:10:52 AM permalink
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Today is my one year anniversary of moving to Florida and I haven't been to a casino here yet.
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Congrats on the anniversary! Hope it has been generally pleasant.
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November 22nd, 2022 at 11:14:16 AM permalink
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Nice report, SmoothGR!
... This reminded me of my first trip out west, although I think it was 1983. And my $20 was used in the arcade at Harrah's Tahoe in the basement near the tunnel to Harvey's. We did a day trip through Reno, but I didn't get to spend too much time in the Circus Circus midway.

Many firsts for me on that trip -- first time flying, first time west of the Mississippi River, first time in a casino. And even my first AP move... we were at some tiny hotel/casino in Carson City, I think considering having a meal there. My Mom, my sister and I were waiting in the lobby, but within view of the machines nearby. My sister and I noticed a VP machine that had been abandoned mid-hand. When my Dad returned, we told him to draw out the hand, and he hit two pair! My sister and I netted 10c apiece!

I wonder whether I should be more proud or more concerned that I had such knowledge of video poker at the age of 10!
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Ha! I had no clue about video poker back then — though 5-card draw was the only poker game I knew.

1982-83 was a great time for casino arcades because they always had the newest or most unusual games. Reno was the only place I could play a game like Crazy Climber, Time Pilot, or Super Punch-Out!!
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November 22nd, 2022 at 11:30:00 AM permalink
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Today is my one year anniversary of moving to Florida and I haven't been to a casino here yet.
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Congrats on the anniversary! Hope it has been generally pleasant.
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Thank you. Other than the 10 days with no electricity after hurricane Ian it has been fine.
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November 22nd, 2022 at 11:36:18 AM permalink
Tuesday morning, the Mrs. and I got up early and found ourselves at the Bellagio sportsbook at the start of the Mexico-Poland World Cup match. She had a coffee and I ordered an Irish coffee. I walked over to the players club desk, which wasn’t open at 7:57, but there were only three people waiting in front of me. Ten minutes later, the first two people in line required the host to be on the phone for some reason, so I got out of there!

Back at the sportsbook, I played Buffalo slots at 40 cents/spin. On the 54th spin, I got the free spins bonus, and after 18 free spins, I won $12.98 to finish up $9.23! Unfortunately, the Mrs. lost $50 playing 5x$0x25 video poker. Mexico and Poland entered the half scoreless. We got two comped Fiji water bottles before leaving, which makes me feel much better about buying a bottle two days ago!

We went to the MIracle Mile shops to get souvenirs at the ABC store and to look for breakfast. Nothing good around, so we went to the Cosmopolitan for Eggslut, which the boy had expressed interest in. Bad move! The Mrs. reported 80 people in line, so we made the brilliant move of going back to Chick-Fil-A at the Miracle Mile shops right before it opened. I was first in line 10 minutes before their 10 a.m. opening. Being the first order of food for the day also felt like a win!

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