odiousgambit
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January 4th, 2013 at 11:29:06 AM permalink
oops, deleted, I forgot it was about the place near Ft. LoiterDale/LiquorDale or whatever it is [g].
the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
FleaStiff
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January 20th, 2013 at 6:27:37 AM permalink
Its okay.
The casino has a large draw... well beyond its co-existent hotel which is rather high priced.

Some of the hotels in Lauderdale By The Sea are bargains and one hotel there even has its electronic key cards be discount cards at the casino (but it is a different casino, one that is largely slot machines).

I'm well beyond the age of the Holy Ship crowd of revelers but I hope your trip was enjoyable.
FleaStiff
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March 26th, 2014 at 6:44:52 PM permalink
Paid another visit.

Fort Lauderdale (Hollywood) Hard Rock is crowded and noisy! Most dealers were friendly and helped me when they could since I was generally playing games I was unfamiliar with such as poker variants.

I also did some Blackjack and Baccarat. Even finding on my last day there a dealer who actually talked through the card drawing process and announced the results at each step.

Card limits were fairly low which was good but I did play more than the minimum fairly often.

Comps: I guess I've adopted the squeaky wheel policy and have started to ask for comps, perhaps unwisely.
When a suit says you've got a comp, it should mean something but what it seems to mean is maybe there will be a comp in the computer when you get there. Some comps seem to evaporate including my Valet Parking Comp which I had specifically asked for. Not really a big deal but I just don't like it much when a "Suit" says something and it is not lived up to.

The craps machine (all 8 stations) was closed pending a visit from a vendor-supplied technician. That was a disappointment since I was looking forward to a craps fix the way most people look forward to their morning coffee.

A tremendous amount of money was moving across some of those tables. When I was at a ten dollar blackjack table the guy in the spot next to me was betting one hundred dollars a hand and up. Once, a guy a few spots away was betting five and ten blacks at a time. One BJ dealer told his relief "take care of my friend, he takes care of us" since I had been making dealer bets everytime I got those pink 2.50 chips. I swear I was offered insurance but always declined it.

I still can't figure out the layout of the casino. Everything seems to be "in the very next pit" or "not far". Magic sidewalks were often the talk of the Geritol Set as we traipsed all over the place.

Twice a guy with a large and foul smelling cigar walked up to the table and then put the cigar out when told to by the dealer, but by then it was too late not to have effected me. MOST dealers were okay with reserving a person's place when they took short breaks, but I saw some
bahdbwoy
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March 26th, 2014 at 7:24:31 PM permalink
how far are you from hardrock? i would be bummed if I drove and no craps but what can you do..

too bad they took out the shoot 2 win machine but I imagine they get more money outofthe virtual blackjack.
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March 26th, 2014 at 10:17:09 PM permalink
I was there once in a drunken haze in 2004 I believe but only on the bar/restaurant/hhipster side. I never even saw the inside of the place.

It sounds pretty grim though or am I just imagining Flea stumbling through the place with cigar smoke, unfriendly dealers, bad games and the like?

Perhaps spring break is the time to be at the beaches in Florida, not the casino? :)
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FleaStiff
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March 27th, 2014 at 3:46:42 AM permalink
Quote: bahdbwoy

how far are you from hardrock? i would be bummed if I drove and no craps but what can you do..


For a live craps table, you have to get on a boat and sail beyond the international border. The Victory Cruise ship out of Port Canaveral is best but the lesser boats are adequate in limits, odds and crew competence.

>too bad they took out the shoot 2 win machine but I imagine they get more money outofthe virtual blackjack.
I don't know. The electron craps was simply awaiting a repairman. The virtual blackjack was working but I didn't play the virtual blackjack.
FleaStiff
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March 27th, 2014 at 4:01:35 AM permalink
Quote: Tomspur

It sounds pretty grim though or am I just imagining Flea stumbling through the place with cigar smoke, unfriendly dealers, bad games and the like?

Oh, please do NOT let me make you think the place was grim. Not at all. I just think that any trip review should mention the negative aspects so people get a valid impression of what it is like.

There is no question that it is a fun and festive casino, albeit a bit on the loud music side. There is an entire non smoking room that I went to twice for breaks. The cigarette smoke at the tables seemed to bother some dealers more than it bothered me and many smokers were courteous about the direction their smoke was drifting. Its just that that pre-breakfast cigar incident was memorable for both me and the dealer.

>Perhaps spring break is the time to be at the beaches in Florida, not the casino?
Oh no... any time is fine. The sweet young things walking around were dressed in a generously revealing manner. No need to wait for Spring Break.

I would say most dealers were friendly but a few were not. I do prefer it when a Baccarat dealer "talks the game" and announces each hand's progression rather than just silently dealing the cards and then pushing one hand forward to indicate it was a winner.

The food service choices have increased and quite frankly I'd not recommend the coffee shop known as Blue Plate as highly as I would in other casinos.

The main problem is that the place is huge and it is easy to get disoriented.
odiousgambit
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March 27th, 2014 at 5:16:12 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

I swear I was offered insurance but always declined it.



Sounds like you believe this might be unusual. Which makes me think you mean to say "surrender"
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FleaStiff
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March 27th, 2014 at 6:26:44 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

Sounds like you believe this might be unusual. Which makes me think you mean to say "surrender"


No, I was offer insurance over and over again but about a dozen times I should have taken it. I once had a twenty but declined insurance and lost. Pretty much all the time I declined insurance ... I should have taken it.
FleaStiff
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March 27th, 2014 at 7:47:45 AM permalink
Oh, by the way....
I'm now have this nearly invisible gray card that The Hard Rock refers to as Platinum. Don't know if it gets me anything though.

I'm finally going to swallow my pride and search around the internet for kiddie-like arithmetic drills so as learn to add correctly. In the privacy of my own home, no one will know its not a six year old looking at the flash cards.

Time to learn the rudiments of poker though... in doing these poker variants I keep thinking of a "hand" as being a minimum of a pair of Jacks. I just can't think of a "9,8" as a hand at all. So its hard for me to do Pai Gow Poker.

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