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June 28th, 2021 at 8:58:47 AM permalink
I probably should expand on my previous post for those that may not be familiar. Because Canada has these tight travel restrictions, the 6 Canadian teams only played against each other all season long. No travel to the U.S. No U.S. teams traveled to Canada.

First two rounds of playoffs were played within each division meaning the 4 Canadian teams in the playoffs only played against each other.

It was this recently completed 3rd round of playoffs that would require a Canadian team to travel to the U.S to play. So Montreal traveling to and playing in Las vegas was the first time a Canadian team played outside of Canada since Covid began and these tight restrictions that the team would remain isolated in a "bubble" consisting of the hotel ONLY. This was not a policy, this was an agreement between the Canadian government and NHL.

So Montreal players gambling at the Wynn is a good story...but, the writer seems full of good "stories". :/
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:11:06 AM permalink
Quote: kewlj

I probably should expand on my previous post for those that may not be familiar. Because Canada has these tight travel restrictions, the 6 Canadian teams only played against each other all season long. No travel to the U.S. No U.S. teams traveled to Canada.

First two rounds of playoffs were played within each division meaning the 4 Canadian teams in the playoffs only played against each other.

It was this recently completed 3rd round of playoffs that would require a Canadian team to travel to the U.S to play. So Montreal traveling to and playing in Las vegas was the first time a Canadian team played outside of Canada since Covid began and these tight restrictions that the team would remain isolated in a "bubble" consisting of the hotel ONLY. This was not a policy, this was an agreement between the Canadian government and NHL.

So Montreal players gambling at the Wynn is a good story...but, the writer seems full of good "stories". :/


I mean I guess itís possibleÖ.but Iím with you. I think the story is in error. They beat the Golden Knights in Montreal on Thursday. They are flying down to Tampa to start their series tonight. In between, these playersÖ.under gargantuan restrictions, flew off to Vegas in between the series, violating all protocols?

They would have been back on the practice rink on Friday and Saturday.
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:16:07 AM permalink
Another celebrity I've experienced during this past trip, is a Baccarat celebrity (of sorts).

This guy is allowed to move freely between four Baccarat tables at the same time, and is given access to the pit area where normally only pit bosses, dealers and other staff are allowed. I mean Ė yes! he walks right there between the tables just like casino staff. He introduced himself to me at some point after the portion of his session I observed, so I know his name, but I won't put him on blast because even Googling his name reveals nothing about his Vegas antics, so I assume he would rather remain private as to his gambling habits.

The way this works is:
1. He plays with a line of around $2M minimum, and up to $13M at a time.
2. His bets range from $25K to $100K (that I observed) PER TABLE. (And - he plays FOUR tables at a time.)
2. As he plays, the guy never touches his chips. When he wins, a pit boss at each table picks up his winnings and holds them for him until he designates what is to be done with them (typically, applied to losing call bets).
3. When he loses, a plastic lammer is placed into the tray to indicate that he owes for what is usually known as a "Call Bet." With most if not all players, only one losing "Call Bet" is allowed before a marker must be printed. With this guy, he is allowed to rack up hundreds of thousands in lammers and no marker is printed.
4. He often asks a given table to "wait for him," which slows down the game. The day I experienced this, I was playing a public table, which was one of the four he was playing simultaneously. I actually didnít appreciate his presence, novelty or not, as it slowed down the game.
5. I was playing at a regular midi-Bacc table that day, where the cards are opened and viewed by the players. As background information, at a midi-Bacc table the high bettor is the one who is allowed to view the cards. This guy sometimes sits down to view the hand himself, sometimes just asks the dealer to open the entire hand mini-Bacc table, and sometimes designates someone at the table to view the hand, someone that he considers "lucky" and has been winning. He does not play every hand at every table, and rarely bets against anyone, although he does place contrary bets on occasion.
6. After a while, as he observed that my stack of chips was rising monstrously, he told the pit boss at my table, "Only he can open," and I was allowed to open (view) the cards on any bet I placed when he was also betting the same side.
7. I was playing pretty nonstop that day myself, but even after I won and left and came back just to see what was happening, he was still there, standing the whole time, and a pit boss I talked to told me that the guy hadn't eaten, hadn't taken a drink of any liquids, hadn't taken a bathroom break, hadn't left the tables (for something like TWELVE hours straight).
8. At my table, while I was there, and after he started following my bet choices, he WON, but everywhere else, I noticed (and later was told) that the plastic lammers indicating losing call bets were stacking up against him.

I talked to him for a bit, and that is how I got to know his name, but he was so busy that he didn't have time for much chit chat.

Later, I talked to some of the casino insiders I know, and the guy is well known in the casino circuit as someone whom I am told has dumped hundreds of millions of dollars, and apparently during the week he was playing, ended up owing over twenty million around town (that I assume he paid off, haven't followed up to check on that yet). From what I was told, he always loses, and never stops until the money (what he has been allowed in credit) is gone.

From what I am told, he doesn't play that often, but when he does, it's until the wheels come off.

This is the craziest, highest level of Baccarat play I have ever experienced. Considering that he bet up to $100K per hand at ONE table, and played four at a time, that means $400K max, per hand, effectively. It reminded me of chess grandmasters who play against multiple players at once in exhibition games - one came to our high school once and played 12 of us simultaneously, and beat 11 of us in a televised match (I managed to get a draw against him, not because I was anywhere near as good as he was, but just because, I suppose, he was tapped out from playing 11 other games at the same time. I was though, at the time, the countywide school chess champion.).

So if you're talking high end celebrity Baccarat play, this was it, no holds barred.
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:16:39 AM permalink
Quote: TDVegas

I mean I guess itís possibleÖ.but Iím with you. I think the story is in error. They beat the Golden Knights in Montreal on Thursday. They are flying down to Tampa to start their series tonight. In between, these playersÖ.under gargantuan restrictions, flew off to Vegas in between the series, violating all protocols?

They would have been back on the practice rink on Friday and Saturday.



I assume Mdawgs post was in reference to while they were in town playing the Golden Knights. Flying back to US and Las Vegas after the series would require each player to be in quarantine for 14 days.

So if it was during their stay here in Vegas, under the agreement the Montreal Canadians were restricted to their hotel rooms and a private meeting room. They even had their meals served in their rooms.
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:26:30 AM permalink
I saw Telly Savalas playing poker at the Riviera many many many many years ago. Had to be early 90s since he died in '94.
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:26:47 AM permalink
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:28:22 AM permalink
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Mdawg, as I understand the agreement that I agreed to back in April, I am allowed to respond to you in threads other than the now hidden thread, so I will do just that. :)



Yes, you are allowed to post in new threads mdawg may create. However, such posts must be on topic. You are charged with rehashing old stuff and not on topic at all to celebrity sightings in casinos.

For another truce violation and personal insults -- another month.
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:36:46 AM permalink
My wife ran into Louis Rukeyser (if you remember him) at the Bellagio around 20 years ago. This was a few years before he died so he was practically deaf.

She made a big fuss over him since I watched his show every week and got his newsletter. She said his son was with him and seemed pleased that his dad was getting celebrity recognition.
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:40:19 AM permalink
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The Montreal Canadians, who beat the Golden Knights on Thursday and advanced to the Stanley Cup, flew all the way back to Vegas to gamble this weekend?


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Absolutely not. They played in Montreal on Thursday night and are in Tampa today. They wouldn't come to Vegas before the Stanley Cup. If he changes his story to Tuesday night it might be believable.
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June 28th, 2021 at 9:43:52 AM permalink
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