Saddest / Most pathetic thing I've seen in a casino
Not sure which one wins as being more sad/pathetic:
1. Old lady playing 1 hand, 1 cent video poker.
2. When the slot machines went down at Lumiere Place for 2-3 hours, and people kept trying them every 30 seconds to see if they would work. And, they would have this angry look when the button didn't work. Really made me think about how I never want to be like that ever.
I have to vote for #2 being worse, but 1 cent video poker is pretty bad too.
Given free money - What to do?
I was watching some Derby prep race this past weekend. One "lucky" patron, was given $10,000 to make a bet with. The rules were not completely shown, but I'm pretty sure she had to bet $1000 on a horse to win. She bet the favorite.
The favorite comes in 3rd, she gets nothing. Then, I started thinking about optimal strategy. It reminded me of how we would give my niece $2 each race to make a bet. Every race she would pick the favorite to show. She won 8 out of 10 races, giving her around $22. When I tried to make her use her winnings to make the bet, she said that wasn't fair.
I guess the point is, when you're given free money that you have to gamble, you probably want to make the choice that gives you the best chance of getting something, which is betting on the favorite.
During the Derby, someone will be getting $100,000 to make a bet with. I'm guessing the post-time favorite will be getting the action, but I will be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't happen!!!
Ok, so this brings me to my next point. As I mentioned in my last post, Lumiere Place will give me $10 (At least between 4/15 - 4/30) whenever the Cardinals win a home game. It's $10 freeplay, and my goal is to convert the $10 into actual cash, so I can use it to either buy something or play poker with.
My feeling is that the best way to convert it into the most cash possible is to play 100 play Jacks or Better video poker - 1c a hand. I play 10 hands, and whatever money I end up with after 10 hands, is the cash I get.
Any responses are welcome. Thanks for reading!
Casino Promotion - Too good to be true?
I was going to talk about this great promotion going on at Lumiere Place in St. Louis.
The promotion I received in the mail said that everytime the Cardinals win, everyone gets $10 free play the next day. $10 doesn't sound like a lot, but I work less than a mile from the casino, and have plenty of time to grab the $10 during lunch.
I looked up the promotion online to see the details. Now, the promotion starts 4/15 and is good for a limited time.
So, they send out an appealing promotion, and they change it.
My next post will talk about how to gamble the $10 to get the most actual cash from it.
Hockey - Not Gambling or Vegas related
I love spending money. But I hate spending more than I have to. Today the wife was out of town, so I decided to go to the Blackhawks @ Blues game. I'm a huge Blues fan.
I had already sold my pair of season tickets for $60 (because the wife was out of town).
So what I do when I want to go to a game by myself is, show up at 7:20 (puck drops at 7:05), and bring only a 20 dollar bill. I go to the scalpers and say "I have $20, I want the best seat you have" Usually they start out offering me a crappy seat, but eventually one of them will give me a ticket I'm interested in.
Today, it was Row 1, directly to the goalies left. A $247 seat for $20! And, it came with all you can drink and eat. As you can tell by the rambling nature of the post, I took advantage.
Basically, my point is, that there are ways to get a lot, without spending a lot.
I'm staying at the Mirage for my Vegas trip in May. I got a great rate, $44 a night. I don't gamble for high stakes, so I'll definitely take Mirage for $44.
However, the resort fee at Mirage is $15, plus tax. That means that the resort fee is 1/3 the cost of the room. That is crazy.
Even crazier is the offer they sent for $22 any night in November and December. But that means that the resort fee of $15 is almost 70% of the room rate!!!!
I understand MGM Mirage wanting to make more money. But it's an insult that they don't think I'm capable of adding a resort fee to their rates, and comparing it to Harrah's properties rates that don't have that. Regardless, my point is that there should be a cap.
As President of Gambling/Travel, I would make it a law that resort fees can not be more than 10% of the rate of the room. That is all.