Posted by FinsRule
May 15, 2014

Leaving today!

Ok, I'm departing in about 3 hours from Chicago to Las Vegas.

I'll be on the strip if you want to come hang out. I'll be the one clumsily vulturing Ultimate X!


Buzzard May 15, 2014

Oh No What odds will you get on CC in the Preakness ?

Buzzard May 17, 2014

1/2 is less than 3/5

odiousgambit May 21, 2014

nothing else to report?

Posted by FinsRule
Apr 08, 2014

Future wager trifecta

I am headed back to Vegas next month. My first trip since May 2012.

During that 2012 trip, I accomplished a feat that you would think would be impossible.

I bet on Tony Kanaan to win Indy 500
I bet on Justin Rose to win the US Open
I bet on Mucho Macho Man to win the Breeders Cup (that bet was made online)

They all lost in 2012.

However, all 3 won those events in 2013!

So, as I'm headed to Vegas next month, I'll make some more future wagers. And if they don't win, at least I'll have a few good 2015 picks!

Posted by FinsRule
Mar 17, 2013

As close to a rant as I get

I'm sick of all this dice influence / dice control / biased dice / craps betting system shit. It's like 7 of the last 10 most recent threads and it has to stop.

2 threads on this should be the max, and that's me being generous, because the casinos don't put biased dice that are more likely to roll 12s out on PURPOSE. I'm not going to list all the reasons why this is insane, but it is.

I'm sick of craps players. The game is ok, but there's nothing really to talk about besides fun trip report stories. Bet pass or don't with odds or come or don't come with odds and I wish good variance on everyone.


FleaStiff Mar 17, 2013

Hear!! Hear!!

Its become enough. It became enough a long time ago.

I play craps. I enjoy it. The casino plays craps, they do it for money. They ain't gonna sneak in no loaded dice and they sure ain't gonna let no worn or overly nicked dice stay in the game, any more than a casino will sneak in a marked deck of cards or a roulette wheel with a brake. Its Las Vegas not Tombstone Territory.

Face Mar 17, 2013

It's the tick of the month.

Last month it was guns. A few before that it was the election. Before that, I dunno, probably god or something. And before that, Singer on VP.

It seems we have come full circle ;)

MonkeyMonkey Mar 18, 2013

Just block the threads you're tired of and they'll disappear off the "Recent Threads" list.

I have to admit I get a bit of a kick out of how self-absorbed the conspiracy theorists can get. It's kinda like our own personal Jerry Springer show.

Wizard Mar 18, 2013

I don't like it either, but I think we're almost at the point where the topic has been beaten to death, and interest will drop off.

Buzzard Mar 18, 2013

I hope Mike is right, but I doubt it. Dice setters and people who lose at poker only because the RNG is programmed to let you win at first, then give you bad beat time and again. LOL

Buzzard Mar 18, 2013

How long before Pacman saves us all by announcing another Focus Group ? Just wondering.

MakingBook Mar 18, 2013

The dice control threads are ridiculous! I took a one-month break from the forum since all the threads seemed to be about dice control. I returned yesterday, and there seems to be more of them! I hope Wizard is right, but I think it will get worse before it gets better. The people that start all these threads are just plain crazy, and that ain't changing.

odiousgambit Mar 19, 2013

Yeah, but I like Craps so much I gotta follow them. I did just finally block the Biased dice one though. Even Ahigh is tired of it.

SOOPOO Mar 19, 2013

I find it amazing that someone will complain about ANY thread. If you do not like it, and for some reason are offended by it, then simply block it and you will NEVER be subject to that thread again. If Ahigh wants to keep starting a new sort of different thread, then block that, too. My guess is total time needed to block ALL the craps threads you are not interested in will take around ONE MINUTE per month. I of course will keep posting on those threads to expose the bullshit, just in case any newbie member joins and for a second is considering that there is any worth in 'dice influence'.

MakingBook Mar 19, 2013

SOOPOO- you are correct, but after blocking all the dice control threads, you realize there isn't much else going on around here. One month ago I visited the forum and 9 of 11 threads in the "recent column" were dice control.

Ibeatyouraces Mar 19, 2013

I'm not a craps player one iota but I like reading the debates about it.

Buzzard Mar 19, 2013

Any thread that is around any real time will at the very minimum expose you to alternative ways of thinking. Painful quite often , but always enlightening as to human logic, or lack of same.

FinsRule Mar 20, 2013

Sure, I can block the thread, but not everyone does. If I have a question I need help with, it quickly gets swallowed up by other threads if other people don't have them blocked.

vendman1 Mar 26, 2013

Couldn't agree more; I've tried talking sense to some of these people to no avail. Also the "casino is cheating" thread drove me so crazy I had to stop reading it for my health. People should really apply logic to their arguments. Too much too ask I know.

Tomspur Apr 08, 2014

Here we are 1 year on and nothing has changed :)

Posted by FinsRule
Sep 19, 2012

Crazy scene at Arlington Park

I was at Arlington Park on Saturday to catch races 8-11. I was doing okay, and put about $20-$25 on Race 9. Anyway, during the race, a horse (it was 2 year old fillies) crashed into the rail, and the rail sprang back onto the turf course.

Horses were jumping over and avoiding the rail.

My bets lost, so I threw them on the ground.

I'm sure you know where this story is headed.

After about a 10 minute steward's inquiry, the race was declared a "No Contest". All of my losing bets were refunded, and actually one became a winner because I hit the first leg of the daily double.

So I ran back to where I was sitting, and looked for the $50 worth of tickets I had thrown on the ground. Frantic, I asked people where my tickets had gone, they said that people were running around picking up tickets all around the track. I look out onto the track, and yes, it's a crazy scene of people running around looking for now non-losing tickets.

I couldn't find mine, and was upset as you'd imagine. Then I looked in my wallet for a 2nd time, and sure enough, the tickets were all there. I hadn't thrown them out like I thought.

I cashed my tickets, and learned a valuable lesson - "KEEP YOUR TICKETS UNTIL THE RACE IS OFFICIAL!"

But seeing hundreds of grown men looking through trash for tickets was quite an interesting thing to see...


buzzpaff Sep 19, 2012


Sometimes even later than that. Years ago, a Florida track put up the results of the photo finish, made the race official.

This was before all the enhanced TV images. 2 races later, people complained when the dry photo was posted in frames at 3

places in the grandstand. Sure enough wrong horse had been declared the winner. Second place horse was moved up and paid $37 and change. Everybody was a stooper that day. LOL

Mission146 Sep 19, 2012

Pics or it didn't happen!

That would have been hilarious to watch!!!

FleaStiff Sep 20, 2012

Definitely keep them... why litter and then suffer the indignity of someone else cashing one that has value for some reason.

And remember the age old con game ... someone who always has a two dollar winning ticket. He knows which horse will win but only bets two dollars so that "The Mafia" won't discover him and get mad at him. (Yeah, he keeps his tickets in different pockets... and always is able to reach in and get a winning ticket for every race.)

Posted by FinsRule
Jun 26, 2012

5/28 Vegas

Monday 5/28 was a simple day. We started at the cabana at Mandalay Bay. It was $525 for a 6 person cabana. That was more than twice what our 1500 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath room cost for one night. Besides that, a cabana is the big splurge I do when I go to Vegas. The service was great, and if you want to spend a whole day at Mandalay's pool (which was a lot of fun), you need a cabana. Everything about the cabana was nice, and the lazy river, wave pool, and regular pool was great.

We stayed until around 4:00 at the pool, and then went upstairs to get ready for the Bellagio Buffet.

The Bellagio Buffet is my favorite buffet, and it was delicious as always. My favorite things there are the sesame tofu, the creamed spinach, the vegetable rolls, and the spinach/feta pizza. I probably ate more at that meal then I had ever had before, and I was literally sick from eating for the next two hours.

So I rolled over to the fountains and we watched 3 showings, including my favorite, the Andrea Bocelli "Time to say goodbye".

I then rolled over to the Cosmopolitan for the first time. It was fun to see I guess, but nothing crazy special. We then headed back to Mandalay, where I proceeded to lose about $200 at $25 Pai Gow Poker. Stayed awake until around 3. A good day.

I broke even at horse betting - it was a big stakes day at Belmont.

Sports was the same - I won a baseball parlay, lost the NBA conference finals over, won a decent sized baseball bet.


Wupper Jun 27, 2012

I spent Met Mile day at the Bellagio Race Book this year. Probably my favorite race day of the year. Shackleford is tougher that a $2 steak.

Gotta agree with you about the Bellagio buffet. Awesome.