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May 6th, 2012 at 1:43:55 PM permalink
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Alright, it's been four days since the event. Can we please move the complaints to the "Gripes" forum and off of here or at least back onto the original focus group thread. This thread is supposed to be about the second focus group on June 12.

Ceb, this was your original post. The reponses were for the most part, fully on topic and perfectly fine, although passionate at times.

If we all or anyone were to move our Internet forum threads to the "gripes" section at any hint of discord in search of resolution to be worked out, then 99% of threads would be listed under "gripes" and off-topic. In fact, griping about gripes in any thread is a gripe itself, and is a non-salient and off-topic point; it's simply like yelling at others to be quiet.

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With that in mind, is there anything that game developers/presenters from the first focus group learned that could be shared with the second focus group, other future focus groups, or just inventors/game developers in general. This entire forum is designed to assist each other.

For instance, were there problems with:
1 - the ease or difficulty of the game? (Did it take too long to learn......
8 - the layout of the game? (any comments on this issue?)
9 - anything else?

1. These suggestions and recommendations were previously covered my myself to Pacman, in my "similar short handbook" on fixes earlier in this thread, like I have the right to give him instruction. I did so because I do have 60+ casino table games out in 16 states as a designer, and I work in a similar capacity for a competitor of Shufflemaster reviewing new casino games as my job.
2. Pacman (Roger S.) knows what to look for in a new game, trust me. He's been in table game design for a while, and he has something like 2,500 (twenty-five hundred) table games out under his design and patents, or about 41 times the number that I have out.

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Was there a common problem among all of the new games?

Yeah, as a matter of fact there was... They sucked ass, for the most part, with a couple of stand-outs that did well, and were polished. More seriously...
Specific game-related problems, answers, solutions, and suggestions are kind of proprietary and patented material that is yet to be commercially presented, and wouldn't be discussed as a post-mortem analysis in the game result "tally room" with competing game inventors - no less on an Internet forum, aside from a recommendations that I had recieved on Hong Kong Poker, which I was willing to share. We got feedback and reactions by dealing our games to the judges present, if there were problems, and we took detailed notes very quietly if we were smart.

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I like the idea of only a handful of games at one focus group...I also like the idea that the people who are...I was concerned after reading... the other posts from the first focus group that...Perhaps a delayed payment to the judges until after they perform their duties...yada, yada, yada...

I presented these same recommendations and concerns earlier in this thread. You did expand upon them though, I grant you that. I think Roger is a very quick study in response to any sort of field trial issue, either with a new game, or a new procedure, which this was.

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WITHOUT CONDEMING the judges from the first focus group, what else could they have done to ensure that they are not wore [sic: worn] out from the overwhelming number of games and still make an honest and accurate assessment of each game, and make sure that they give the game developer the courtesy of getting involved with and playing the game so that they understand the ins and outs of the game PRIOR to critiquing it?

This event was a three-hour new game expo and review for your new game assessment and their assessment of your new game, which probably sent you back to the drawing board. It was not a full-semester college course for you on "how to be a successful game designer, and achieve fame and glory in three easy steps."

I can assure you now that ANY issues related to "Corporate Public Relations" by not doing this - as it related to table game distributors, - as well as technical problem solving on new game design, - were brought to the attention and discussed in the R & D rooms of Shufflemaster, Inc., Galaxy Gaming, Boyd Gaming, MGM Resorts International, Station Casinos, DEQ systems, et al, as a direct result of "this event" without this forum being a part of that quick response, though a part of the follow-up. And Shufflemaster proudly stood as the Industry "Ice-Breaker" - fearless avant-garde - on this one, problems aside and all. All internet forums are playing catch-up in its wake, including this one.

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Did anyone have a problem with the signed waivers before presenting at the first focus group? As I understand it, the attendees sign waivers - there are no Non-Disclosure Agreements. How did everyone feel about that?

No one's feeling were hurt from it. I had my gaming industry patent lawyer review it as simple a business matter weeks before the event, - as a matter of course.
If your feelings would somehow be hurt by signing the needed waivers and legal documents, and paying a few fees, or think that this would be somehow out of the norm or out-of-line, - considering the required legal paperwork, where Shufflemasters requirements were fair and easy - then you don't have a rat's chance in hell of surving the gaming business as a game designer, - as this is mere formalities, lke turning an ignition key to start your car on the way to work. Forget about getting approved as a supplier to a distributoe in the State of Washington - you pay hundreds of dollar to have all members of your immediate family fingerprinted and "backgrounded" - just to supply your Pai Gow Poker game design to the distributor who MIGHT have a shot of placing a few tables in Spokane.

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Also, what is meant by emergency math for those that need it for the second focus group?

Wow... Basically this means that if you do NOT have a gaming math report on a thoroughly hashed-out game design to be presented, and at least a provisional patent protecting your game design, then Shufflemaster will give you the consideration of telling you (if you do not know...) what the projected House edge is, Table Hold is, the Element of risk on your game (if you have "raise bet" type options where a player may increase his bet if he finds himself in a strong playing position mid-round..), etc.
Then...If you have an absolutely GREAT and novel game design, then Shufflemaster will do the premilinary mathematical review on your game on your behalf, as a courtesy to you if they are interested in your game, in the sense that it has sales potential.
That's all.

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I have all of my numbers except a couple. (I think I am right on them - I know I am close on them - but I think I need a couple checked out for sure) However, to get the emergency math offered by Roger in this post would require me to disclose my game prior to the event in order to get that. Anyone have any ideas on this issue?

You absolutely - and fearlessly - have to fully disclose and present your idea without fear or reservation, to Roger Snow at Shufflemaster, (or Steve Jones at DEQ systems, or Dean Barnett at Galaxy Gaming) for it to be considered and review. How can you present your game idea for consideration - if you refuse to fully present your game idea to them? A Reasobable Math Analsysis cannot be done on your game spec without providing them your games specifications. Duh. Wow. You have to show them a bit of stocking, and give them your Hotel room key, to get a few things consumated. Now, you have to:
1. work out your game idea very well;
2. Have at least a provisional patent on it;
3. have an understanding of the house edge math on it (very rudimentary), if not a math report, and;
4. Be fearless in showing and pitching your game idea to these executives. If you are bashful, you are out. you are wasting thie time as well as yours.

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No COMPLAINERS need reply.

No shit!
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I am looking at moving my game forward and the incessant complaints distract from what is otherwise a very valuable forum, thread post, and event by Shuffle Master.

You must be a crybaby, - and flag me if you want.
If some little Internet sword-crossing on this topic scares you to the point of complaint and gripe over here it, - you do not stand a chance wearing out of leather shoes, going from casino to casino on the Las Vegas Strip, to show some Casino Tables Director your game, your precious baby, only to hear: "I'll install it for $20 a month royalty - IF you can get 200 other casinos to install it first as guinea pigs, with the backing of a MAJOR distributor like Shufflemaster, DEQ, or Galaxy. Sorry to hear you mortgaged your house to pay for the math reports and patent lawyers, but I think you game sucks. good luck to you.

A lot is involved, and it is a Long Road...
Good luck to you.
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May 6th, 2012 at 2:13:50 PM permalink
If you are easily bored, or don't like reading incoherent rambling, you might want to skip this one.

I have given up all aspirations of winning the Pulitzer prize in literature. I have been properly chastised by an expert in the field. And I did take it as constructive criticism. I will not name the evaluator, but if it takes you 2 guesses to know he is, you must have forgotten to take your meds today !

Before I got into gaming, I was a journalist. I wrote for newspapers, radio stations and television stations. As this pedigree might suggest, I appreciate clear and concise communication.

I have read your e-mail four times and I can稚 make heads or tails out of it.

Do you have a game you want in the upcoming focus group? If so, what is the name and what are the rules of that game?


Consider yourself fairly warned. Here goes nothing fella.

****************************************** THE DINNER *****************************************************

As I walked into Steak House at 5 to 7 I was still wondering whether this would be a Focus group or a Dog and Pony show. I have been paid to attend 40 to 40 focus groups in Denver. It is a big marketing trial area. Usually pays $40 to $60 for 2 hour session about things as diverse as
Stouffers Lasagna frozen dinners to Would you pay for a shingles vaccination shot ? Was on 3 pre-trial jury evaluations at $200 a pop for
4 hours on Saturday mornings. In all cases the people paying for the groups wanted to know what you think about their product, how to improve it, etc. Usually the sponsors were behind one way mirrors.

Now dog and pony shows can best be described as shooting an arrow into the wall and drawing a bulls-eye around it afterwards. Saw lots of them

in 30+ years at AT&T. Last one was in 1996. True Voice project headed by Joe Nacchio. I was lead tech at the Denver switching center and it
was a complete disaster. Dale Robertson was the corporate spokesman for AT&T at the time. He was getting a little long in the tooth, so they had
signed a squeaky clean image young lady. Signed her to a 10 year contact worth 20 or 30 million. Her name was Whitney Houston SIGH

In 1997 Joe Nacchio went to Qwest as it's CEO. And crunched the numbers for 5 years. When the real numbers came out Qwest stock went from
$38 to less than $2. But our boy Joe had made 52 million dumping his stock when the stock was riding high. In 2006 he was found guilty of
insider trading , sentenced to 6 years , 17 million fine, and please give back the 52 million sir. He started serving time at Club Fed in 2009 and is now suing the lawyers that represented him at trial.

Now you know more about focus groups versus dog and pony shows than you ever wanted to know. Just setting my frame of mind as I entered
the Steakhouse. The hostess was chatting with a senior couple and it was obvious here and the lady were old friends. After a few minutes, I cleared my throat and told the Hostess I was here for the Shufflemaster . She asked me if I would mind following her as she showed the elderly couple to their table. I said " As long as I can join them for dessert later :" The classy lady turned around, gave me a wink and said " As long as you pick up the check, darling " Damn, what a howdydo. But it gets even better. Finally follow the hostess thru the maze and to the SMI cave. My eyes are still adjusting to the dark and I can not tell if name signs are on the table or not. So I said " I'm Buzz Paff ." And someone says, " you don't look 72 "
Now I really feel at home. Always nice to know you are not the only liar in the room.. LOL

Roger points to a seat on the far side and I go the long way around. Looking for a familiar face I can not find Mike and somebody does look like Dan Lubin, but I am unsure. I do spot DJteddybear. Never set eyes on the man before, be he had to be DJ. You could drag 100 strangers of the street, mix in DJ and I still would have spotted him. Hell, you could fly Mr. Casino games into the US and he would spot DJ. This man is his name !

Now, I an seated and Dan Lubin starts to talk and from Utube I recognize the voice. Find out later he has health issues, lost some weight, and can not enjoy Prime Rib on doctor's orders. Now, no matter who I am talking to, my peripheral vision is focused on Roger and his minions. I have been around enough tin men, repo guys, estimators, hustlers, etc to spot a phony at 100 paces.

Roger has us go around the table, give a 30 seconds bio, before dinner starts. I order the prime rib ($39 ) and request it medium well. It comes medium rare. I do NOT send it back. I worked with a guy at at&t who had been a cook at the Millionaire's Club in the basement of the Brown
Palace Hotel. And sometimes the Chef can be a little temperamental, to say the least. Actually the Prime Rib was delicious.

Shortly before dessert Roger goes over the scoring system and the whole layout. By now I have made my evaluation of Roger. Sometimes I miss out on thinking somebody is a good guy or not, but I am dead on with bad actors. Never Miss. Get no bad vibes on Roger and decided to
categorize him as the Shufflemaster Sheriff. Not the kind of citified sheriff who got his job thru political patronage. But more of the old town tamer type. You know, might have ridden the outlaw trail at some time in his past. His deputies are there. I also suspect, with no valid reason to, that he
sometimes forgets he is wearing a badge now and has to let the other guy draw first.

Well, that's how my sick mind works, OK

As long as I am being honest, there was an uncomfortable moment for me. Roger asked if everybody was Ok with dealing their game. He said " Is that Ok, Buzz, is that Ok ? I have that same feeling when on campus some sweet young thing rushes ahead to hold a door open for me .
It's really nice, but I wish you hadn't done that !

I finished desert, diamond shaped banana slices above the rim of an ice cream filled dish, complete with some sort of Brandy sauce.

Left the cave really looking forward to the Focus Group. Roger suggested we arrive by 8:15, and certainly no later than 8:30

I was there at 7:10 . With absolutely no idea of the scenery I was about to be treated too at SMI
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May 6th, 2012 at 3:03:33 PM permalink
OK. Now that I'm hone, and using a real computer, here's some more of my thoughts.

I can't thank Roger enough for the chance to get genuine feedback I received both at the event, as well as at the meeting I had on Friday with Roger. Thanks again, Roger.

I found some of the side conversations at the Tuesday dinner disrespectful. (FYI: Roger invited us to dinner at The Steakhouse in Circus Circus.) The purpose was somewhat social, but also to go over some of the rules and procedures. I was seated just to the left of center, Roger was on the end to my right. There were multiple times at dinner where I wanted to turn to my left and tell those guys that Roger was speaking. Or to be more blunt and tell them to shut the F up. I mean, seriously. Where were their manners? Not only was Roger telling us some important information about the event, but he was gracious enough to buy us all dinner, at a somewhat pricey restaurant, and you can't give him the respect he deserves? What the hell!?!?!

While I think I could have done a better job on my presentation had there been more time, I doubt that would have helped improve my score. As such, I would not have suggested that the demo time be extended. If the presenters that were showing and actually playing the games feel they could use more time, so be it. On the other hand, if you need more time to explain your game to the kind of audience assembled, what chance does Johnny Gambler have? It reminds me of the time I stepped up to a new game and asked the dealer how it works. His response was, "You put your money down, and the casino makes it go away."

I agree with Dan that the judges should have stayed thru the scoring as well as Q&A afterwards. On the other hand, I think Dan was WAY out of line in mentioning how much they were paid. Frankly, seeing Roger pull cash out of his pocket to pay someone, it was hard to divert my eyes. Yeah, I can confirm the amount Dan mentioned in the other thread. But it's really none of anyone's business. Whether you or the judges themselves think the judges were overpaid, underpaid, or otherwise, once the judges agreed to do this for the amount offered, they should have been committed to staying until the very end. The actual dollar amount is irrelevant.

I think the overall format was fine. I.E. There were three groups of judges, and three games being shown at the same time. We all had to show our game to three different groups of judges. As such, it was impossible for us to see all of our competition's presentations. However, this three group format was the only logical way to overcome the advantage or disadvantage of being first or last. Kudos to Roger for coming up with that format.

The only major thing I would consider changing would be the venue itself. It seemed to me that we were somewhat cramped. (FYI: This was done in a game demo room at ShuffleMaster's office.) The room had, I believe, 9 casino game tables, along with chairs. I think it would have gone easier if some of the tables and chairs had been removed.

For the record, I made my own "Placemat." These were used to simulate what the betting circles would look like, etc. All the other presenters had placemats made by ShuffleMaster. I don't know if I missed the memo or what. but I made my own. It only cost me a couple bucks, so no big deal. However, I designed mine as if it were being used on a traditional felt roulette table. My demo was on the iTable. I do not know if that made any difference in the opinions or scoring of my game.

Here's what my placemat looked like. Click it to download a PDF version. Page 1 looks like this. Page 2 includes some notes, intended as a handout. I ended up NOT handing it out.

Thanks to my experiences, I now know the changes I need to make to the game to overcome one of the primary objections. And thanks to advice I got early on from Dan, the changes are covered by my patent. And I know that I should probably build a mock-up of my sensor and lights betting position, so that the judges will have a better chance to "get it" as well as not take points off for fear of additional/difficult dealer procedures.
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May 6th, 2012 at 3:19:28 PM permalink
DJ As soon as I got home I checked all my emails for any such memo. I think maybe they made the placemats from the materials submitted along with NDA. One idiot, who shall remain nameless, but was the only guy without a real placemat, mailed the NDA
priority mail with tracking. Now is only he had included his PPA, game drawings, etc along with the NDA.

Now you know why my placemat just had ACTION BLACKJACK and a white circle on it.

I AM SO F****** DUMB.

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May 6th, 2012 at 3:21:22 PM permalink
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Now you know why my placemat just had ACTION BLACKJACK and a white circle on it.

I AM SO F****** DUMB.


LOL! You live, you learn. What do you think everybody else did the first time they presented a game? :-)
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May 6th, 2012 at 4:03:03 PM permalink
Hey, I am the classic example of not how to do a presentation. I am usual a slow starter at anything, but I was embarrassed
for the Deputy assigned to me even.
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May 6th, 2012 at 5:17:37 PM permalink
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I also like the idea that the people who are testing each game MUST PLAY the game for 20 minutes each.

As I previously mentioned, while I was at SM on Friday, I participated in a layout / logo design meeting. The entire meeting was less than 10 minutes long. Long enough to give the two artists a feel for the games. One was a game Roger had shown at the Focus Group. The other was completely new. In that 10 minutes, I got the gist of those two games, enough to form a "like it" opinion of the game shown to the group, and a "f-ing love it, why didn't he show this at the focus group" opinion of the other one.

I kid you not. He played that game for maybe three hands. Total time including the explanation was 3 or 4 minutes. And in that very short time, he has me ready to bust a gasket keeping the game secret.

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Did anyone have a problem with the signed waivers before presenting at the first focus group? As I understand it, the attendees sign waivers - there are no Non-Disclosure Agreements. How did everyone feel about that?

Although Buzz referred to them as a "NDA", they were most certainly NOT NDAs.

They were Idea Waivers - similar to the form that they will request you sign prior to submitting any game idea to them. Note that when I originally submitted my idea in Oct. 2010, there was a requirement that the game be patented, or be covered by a preliminary patent, before they would even send you the waiver.

As I recall, the waiver basically stated that, if ShuffleMaster happens to be developing something similar, they are under no obligation to tell you, or to compensate you.

And, yeah, my lawyer, Rich Newman, said it was OK to sign, and to show my idea at the event.
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May 6th, 2012 at 5:21:01 PM permalink
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DJ As soon as I got home I checked all my emails for any such memo. I think maybe they made the placemats from the materials submitted along with NDA. One idiot, who shall remain nameless, but was the only guy without a real placemat, mailed the NDA
priority mail with tracking. Now is only he had included his PPA, game drawings, etc along with the NDA.

Now you know why my placemat just had ACTION BLACKJACK and a white circle on it.

I AM SO F****** DUMB.


For the record, when I submitted my waiver, I included Mike's math report, as well as some of my marketing materials. I did NOT submit a copy of my patent - which DOES have an early mockup of the betting station pictured above.

Then again, I had always planned on creating my own placemats - even before I learned that's what they are called.
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May 6th, 2012 at 5:33:13 PM permalink
This Agreement applies to SMI and You, and our respective employees, agents,
advisors and affiliated companies. This Agreement also applies to any additional
disclosures which might be made, whether made before now, at the same time as this
submission, or at a later date

Close enough to a NDA for me. I had no problem signing it.
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May 8th, 2012 at 6:11:16 PM permalink
Please be aware before reading this that the opinions expressed are mine and mind alone.

++++++++++++++++++++++++ FOCUS GROUP ++++++++++++++++++++++

I arrived at SMI headquarters at 7:10 am. SHIT has a way of happening to me sometimes and I
decided to not take any chances. There is some sort of electrical box near the side door and I
sat there. Going over my game in my head one more time. And enjoying the scenery. 4 young
ladies drove up and parked. I noticed all 4 were blondes and wearing high heels. 2 males arrived
next, paid little attention as I was never a switch hitter, even in baseball.

And then a black corvette pulled up and i happened to be in the cat-bird seat as a leggy young
lady exited the passenger door. Her heels were in the 4-5 inch range complete with leg wraps.
Need I say she was also a blonde of the traffic stopping variety,

2 brunettes and a redhead were the next variety of female workers. So I knew there was not a
blonde requirement to work at SMI, but wonder if there was an unwritten rule about high heels.
I mean with two palm trees at the front entrance, this seemed to be sandal territory..

At about 8 am I spied DJ and his brother drive into the parking lot and go around the side of the building.
I walked there and discovered those parking spots were reserved. Found DJ still in his car at rear of the
building. Also there was the nice lady who was to deal for Dan Lubin. We all walked up to the front
entrance and went inside. We filled out a Guest name tag, handed the part that had our info on to
the receptionist. And stuck GUEST on my shirt. I would have preferred Buzz, but I do not complain.
It was much better than the numbers I have worn on a state provided orange shirt in the past LOL

The area where the games were to be dealt was SMI's showcase of table game, digital and otherwise.
There was a wait for an evaluator to show up, and the wise was not there yet. I got a ruling from
Judge ( short for judge-mental ) Dan that if he did not show, Mike would owe me 80 pushups
instead of 40 on our double-or-nothing bet on high score.

The last evaluator showed up to a round of applause orchestrated in advance by Sheriff Roger.
Mike showed up immediately afterwards and the games began. I was second up to bat. To say I
struck out would be a gross understand. More like on strike 3 I lost the bat and it sailed into the
President's box and killed the First Lady

I rambled on about the rules, house edge, SD BJ, and God only knows what else for 4 or 5
minutes. The only thing worse that my pitch was my miserable attempt at dealing Pitch BJ.
In my own defense I will say that none of the 52 cards wound up on the floor.

I watched Mike deliver a pitch that surpassed any of his Utube video's. No ummms , ahhhs, just
a concise explanation of what a mulligan is and how it applied to his game. I also watched moneysuit 31
and though if anyone was penalized by the 10 minute time limit it was him. I know I know, same rules
for everybody is fair. But fairer for some than others. Think World Series and everyone must bat
left-handed. Or a Super Bowl with no passhing the rusher.

My second time up to bat was worse. My pitch was only a minute and almost explained the rules.
yes I said ALMOST. The Deputy was not used to watching such a massacre and suggested I
deal the cards face up. All stayed on the table again is the only positive thing I can add. On the
3rd hand I actually dealt someone AA. Of course I also dealt 2 other Aces face up. So much for the WOW factor.
Plus on the last deal a evaluator asked about the push 22. He had read on the felt. See, I said ALMOST.

Naturally i was looking forward to my 3rd at bat. I mean just another 26 or 28 more at bats and I am sure I
could improve to mediocre. The Deputy asked if I had considered multi-deck application. I mumble something and
spit out the rules and once again keep the cards on the table, but 2 do go under the place mats.It is at this point
in time that my keen observations skills notice that almost everybody is betting $10 on both spots. Because a
dummy forgot to tell them you could bet 2 spots without having to bet twice the table minimum. I asked the Deputy
to please tell me only 14 seconds are left. Just my luck, an honest lawman. he says i have 40 seconds. I said
" Close enough " Would have said that is he had said ' 4 minutes and 40 seconds."

As Roger announces he will post the scores now I said aloud, " Please do not do it alphabetically " I should have named my game
Zebra BJ instead of Action BJ. My first two scores are -10 and -10 and my mental over bet on my line of over/under -80 is looking good.
I wind up at -20 and upon reflection, I under-estimated the " he seems' like a nice old man" or " he reminds me of my grandfather, Gee I miss him"
element. If you have a better explanation, I'd like to hear it.

I am not shocked at DJ's score. His static display was too static. I can only imagine trying to explain SWITCH Bj without a deck of cards. It can be done but loses a lot in the process. Was surprised at Switch's game being +5. Expected better. Was floored by moneysuit -35 WTF.

If you read my post about the Dinner you know I thought Sheriff Roger might occasionally forget he was wearing a badge now
and draw first. This time he drew boyh guns and aimed then at innocent townspeople. He was well within his rights to see feedback
for the game inventors. But " Come on Now! Come on. You voted this game -35. Tell me why " Sort of like having the judges
of a beauty contest, face proud parents, and make them say why their daughter was not pretty enough to be in the top 10.

I got a +10 from a grey haired gentleman who remembered the good old days of SD BJ. Pretty sure one of my -10's was from an
Asian dealer who said " He did not even have the rules on the place mat "

I was pretty sure Roger was not gonna offer me $5,000. My wife had suggested I get it in a cashier's check or casino chips LOL
Walked outside with Mike, called wife and daughter to come get me. Bought a burger from food wagon and sayt on a rock across the street
and 200 feet past the front entrance to SMI. While sitting there saw 2 young ladies dropped off with take out lunches in white plastic bags.
High heels once more. Just before I got picked up a young black girl, 20's parked near me. Not on parking lot, on either side of the street
in front SMI, but near where I was. She had the same type of carryout food and walked over to SMI. Black blouse, slacks a and FLAT
shoes. Wondered id she worked there or joining someone for lunch.

I will never know because daughter pulled up, wife wound down window and asked " How did it go ? " And you can quote me anytime.
I replied " Pretty good. I learned a lot " josie said , " Get In. We are going to Treasure Island . " And we did !

This is all over the places but I have been taking finals exams i begged out of to go to Las Vegas. One course is taught by a retired Navy
Commander who is super strict. Had i not been a Vietnam Vet, I would have flunked for sure..

I would like to say a good time was had by all. But I know that was not true. As for me , the $39 prime Rib, dessert, and tip easily
recover more than 30% of my invest in Pro Se PPa, math analysis etc. Plus it gave me an excuse to go to Vegas.

Just wanted to post now, just in case Roger is unlucky enough to draw my name out of the hat.
And if he does not, don't want to make this appear as sour games.

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