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March 18th, 2017 at 7:35:00 PM permalink
Greetings!

We have decided to change the date of WoVCON East to one off the following, please vote on a date in this thread if you think you would have more than a 50% chance of attending on said date:

May 13-14
May 20-21
May 27-28

Pursuant to the voting in that thread, the winner for the location of the event was Rivers Casino (Pittsburgh), but what I would like to do is to have two different dates take place at two different casinos, so I would like everyone to vote on a casino with it ending up being a different casino each day.

Depending on the schedule of my ex-wife, I may or may not be able to be present for the entire event on both days, and depending on the venue, there may be a day upon which I cannot make it at all. That really doesn't matter, though, the purpose of doing two different days is so that as many of us as possible can get together.

I will say that if my ex-wife is off both days (which means I wouldn't have the kids) then I would be probably willing to do both days even if it meant driving a few hours.

Unless it is overwhelmingly unpopular, I think that the consensus location from the previous thread for the Saturday was Rivers Casino (Pittsburgh) which I think is a horrible location for this for several reasons. However, if that is what everyone wants to do, then that is what everyone wants to do. Here are some other casinos within six hours, or so:

As an aside, if Rocky Gap still has the Stay & Play promotion then, we would be able to get rooms for $99 + Tax and would get $99 Free Play, so those that would want to stay can do it pretty cheap.

Meadows Casino (Washington, PA)
Lady Luck Nemacolin (Farmington, PA)
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack (Wheeling, WV)
Mountaineer Casino (Chester, WV)
Rocky Gap Casino (Flintstone, MD)
Mardi Gras Casino (Cross Lanes, WV)
Hollywood Casino (Ranson, WV)
JACK Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
Hollywood Grantville (Grantville, PA)
SugarHouse Casino (Philadelphia, PA)
Maryland LIVE! (Hanover, MD)
PARX Casino (Bensalem, PA)
Harrah's Chester (Chester PA)
Valley Forge Casino (King of Prussia, PA)
Resorts (Atlantic City, NJ)
Tropicana (Atlantic City, NJ)
Golden Nugget (Atlantic City, NJ)
Harrah's (Atlantic City, NJ)
Caesars Palace (Atlantic City, NJ)
Bally's (Atlantic City, NJ)
Borgata (Atlantic City, NJ)

There are certainly others within six hours, but most of them are West, and I think the primary problem is that Pittsburgh was too far West for several people.
Last edited by: Mission146 on Mar 19, 2017
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March 19th, 2017 at 12:36:55 AM permalink
Interested in a future event, this one is too close in time, keep me posted.
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March 19th, 2017 at 1:35:56 AM permalink
Regretfully, Fleastiff declines the invitation and therefore abstains from voting.

Poverty, the infirmities of age and The Gout insure that Fleastiff will have neither transportation funds nor gambling funds. Fleastiff may well be in jail at the time, if he strangles a quack in the interim, but Fleastiff wishes you all well and hopes that you have a merry ol' time.
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March 19th, 2017 at 3:52:40 AM permalink
My April calendar is in flux right now, but I will try to make it for Sunday at least, likely coming from Fredericksburg VA area.

Rocky Gap does not have the 'stay and play' listed on their website now - and my guess is they won't as long as the golf course is open. It would still work pretty well for me*, but frankly this means what they are offering isn't all that hot now, not as far as games/promotions. A friendly but small casino.

Charles Town also works well for me, but wouldn't be my first choice, never been there. A question remains as to how they are reacting to MGM National Harbor undoubtedly taking some of their business. One of these days I have to check it out so I would be OK with the choice.

I would be OK in fact for Sunday to be at any of the below, none of which I feel like vouching for too much. Since I know it is a pain in the butt if people won't vote, I have listed them in order of my own preference.

In order of preference:
Rocky Gap Casino (Flintstone, MD)
Hollywood Casino (Ranson, WV) [Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races]
Hollywood Grantville (Grantville, PA)
Lady Luck Nemacolin (Farmington, PA)
Maryland LIVE! (Hanover, MD)
I'd consider other places, except Phil. and NJ trips seem unlikely.

*by coincidence I have a room offer, subject to availability, so for selfish reasons ....
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March 19th, 2017 at 4:56:24 AM permalink
Sadly I am working Saturday and Sunday that weekend. So I'm out.
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March 19th, 2017 at 7:09:25 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

My April calendar is in flux right now, but I will try to make it for Sunday at least, likely coming from Fredericksburg VA area.



I was hoping you'd be able to make both days, but either way, good that we made this a two-day affair!

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In order of preference:
Rocky Gap Casino (Flintstone, MD)
Hollywood Casino (Ranson, WV) [Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races]
Hollywood Grantville (Grantville, PA)
Lady Luck Nemacolin (Farmington, PA)
Maryland LIVE! (Hanover, MD)
I'd consider other places, except Phil. and NJ trips seem unlikely.

*by coincidence I have a room offer, subject to availability, so for selfish reasons ....



I would actually go as far as to endorse Lady Luck Nemacolin of those simply because I think we could get our own $5 Craps Table just by virtue of being there at 11:00a.m. on a Sunday when Craps opens. They do have the slightly smaller tables, as I recall, so we might want to actually take a head count and maybe I could get them to open an extra one like I did at Meadows that one year if we're going to have enough people to justify it.

The casino itself is really nice and the staff are extremely friendly. The Video Poker blew last time I was there and probably still does. They have a little restaurant called Otis & Henry's which is not the worst food I've ever had in my life, but is nothing special, either.

We would have to purchase a $10 Gift Card to get in due to PA's idiotic law that they still have not managed to rescind on that. Alternatively, a person can purchase a one-year, "Membership," for $45 which would get themselves and another person in, but no $10 Gift Card if you do that. I suppose the value depends on how many times you think you will be there.

The reason I recommend it is that I figure we could just all eat at the restaurant there, there's a brunch from 10:00-1:00 and then dinner service runs 1:00-9:00 on Sundays. The restaurant is only moderately overpriced when it comes to the food, here's a menu:

https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/blueprint-cdn.searchoptics.com/5602c7a56a07c5812a93a61294ac1d70/2234_nm_sept16_fall_menu_8.5x11_r7_min.pdf

I'm only endorsing LLN because we would easily get a Craps Table to ourselves, it's small, well-lit and quite nice inside. The service is phenomenal. It's basically an oversize Dotty's.

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As far as OG's list goes, here's what I have to say about the other casinos:

Rocky Gap: Small, nice inside, good service. I wasn't there long, OG, what can we expect in terms of Craps minimums?

Hollywood Charlestown: Don't know, never been.

Hollywood Grantville: I actually really like this casino, and the buffet is pretty good. Dare I say I consider $16.99 for a Sunday buffet there...more or less reasonable. My concern with this location is that I don't see a $5 Craps Table happening in our future. In fact, over several visits, I've only ever seen a $5 Table of anything once, I think it was MS, but in fairness, I didn't really look that hard because that is not why I was there. I would find out what the New Member signup offer is before we go, compared to some other Hollywoods, it could be a waste of a signup, so you might not want to do it there.

Maryland LIVE!: I was there for about three hours once, other than the making money part, it was about three hours too long. That place is LOUD! Any word on what the Craps minimums might be on a Sunday?
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March 19th, 2017 at 7:20:29 AM permalink
Quote: Mission146

I was hoping you'd be able to make both days

Things could change, that'd be a good time! But odds are ....

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Rocky Gap: Small, nice inside, good service. I wasn't there long, OG, what can we expect in terms of Craps minimums?

never been there on a weekend, during the week it is an unchanging $5. $15 would shock me but $10 is possible on a weekend I suppose.

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Maryland LIVE!: I was there for about three hours once, other than the making money part, it was about three hours too long. That place is LOUD! Any word on what the Craps minimums might be on a Sunday?

Prior to MGM/NH opening nothing below $15, which you wouldn't count on either, although somebody else might have a better idea. They currently seem to be claiming they are unfazed much by the new competition, sooooo .....

didn't have anything to add to your other comments
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March 19th, 2017 at 8:56:15 AM permalink
Thanks for the P.M. reminder on this, Mission. Although I have posted in the threads about these gatherings, I have never yet attended a WoV gathering in the northeastern quadrant of the country. It appears that I must miss this one, too, since it will happen just four days after I return home from the Spring Fling in Las Vegas. I don't think my wife and I will be up to getting back on the road that quickly.
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March 19th, 2017 at 9:08:27 AM permalink
Quote: Doc

Thanks for the P.M. reminder on this, Mission. Although I have posted in the threads about these gatherings, I have never yet attended a WoV gathering in the northeastern quadrant of the country. It appears that I must miss this one, too, since it will happen just four days after I return home from the Spring Fling in Las Vegas. I don't think my wife and I will be up to getting back on the road that quickly.



Is that in April? I thought it was May. If you want, we can probably postpone it until May. So far, myself, OG and ONM are the only ones who have really indicated that weekend is still good anyway.
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March 19th, 2017 at 11:11:06 AM permalink
Vegas is April 20th or something. Honestly for me May is better. We will be getting back from Vegas on th 16th.

Obviously rivers is good for me on any date as I can walk there, well maybe bike.

Nem would be fun too but I don't think I could make it in April. If it was in May then that may get my vote.

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