Saturday, August 19, 2017

Royal Flusher's Las Vegas Pic of the Day

Pic of the Day for Saturday August 19, 2017

The Fremont Street Experience is an unqualified success as of 2017. It wasn't always so.
Las Vegas Showgirl at Four Queens

It's been about 20 years since the canopy was put in to try to breathe life into the worn out downtown properties. This brought marginal improvement over the next 13 or 14 years.

Three things have happened that have made the difference in the last 5 or 6 years.

The first thing is the bands. Live music on a regular basis made being on the FSE a cool thing to do, and brought in a younger crowd.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

No Bills No Contracts No Evil -or- May I Call You Royal?

Summer Reruns! This is one of my first blog posts, but its worth another look, since hardly anybody saw it the first time. Hope you enjoy!


With our next Vegas trip starting very, very soon - tomorrow! - I took a moment to congratulate myself on finding the best deal on the best cell phones in all of America, rather than getting skinned with multi-dollars per minute on my Canada-based cell service.

Last trip I ordered a couple of basic phones from Net10 - got them for less than $30 each, which included 200 minutes lasting 60 days. I'm not sure how a minute lasts 60 days, but I think it has something to do with dentistry.
If this were Chippy, she'd look a lot like I did after an hour of call center escapades.
I slid over to the computer today to do a quick top up to make our cell phones ready for tomorrow's trip. Went to the Net10 site. Entered some basic information and - credit card not accepted. I repeated the process, figuring I must have slipped a digit and voila! - credit card not accepted. Must be because I'm in Canada. I'll use American Express. Retype all the info and voila! - credit card not accepted.

Fine, I will simply call their extremely convenient 1-877 number and purchase my minutes that way.

After a very brief period of wading through 17 phone system prompts, I reached Emilio, who would be very glad to help me. He was so glad to help me that he would have me repeat everything two or three times, as if I was speaking Martian or something.

"Sir, is there a first name that you can give me that I can address you by to serve you better?"

"You can call me Royal."

"Okay, I heard you say that your first name is 'Royal' - may I address you as Royal?"

What the fuck.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Royal Flusher Vegas What's New!

It's fun getting Las Vegas casino offers! And it's interesting to see how my screwing certain properties play adjustments have affected the offers.

The last time I reported on places where I used to play and get sweet, juicy offers, last April, I was Flushera non grata at:
  • Wynn
  • Mandalay Bay and all of MGM
  • CET
  • Golden Nugget
  • Downtown Grand
  • Four Queens
It's amazing how things change in the comp world. Take the Golden Nugget. (Please!).

"But I've burned this to the ground, dropping in, playing the freeplay on my and Mrs. Flusher's cards, and walking with the proceeds.

Well, it's caught up to me. The offers have dried up in the last 2 months for both of us. So it looks like the Smug Nugget is off the table."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Songs from the Purple Microphone

Day 11, Friday May 26, 2017 - continued

For my quadruple or bust Strict Rules of Parlay attempt I decided on pure, old fashioned Jacks or Better on a beat up old upright machine with a nice view overlooking the craps tables at the California.

I popped the donated $20 in and got busy. I plugged along for quite a little while and dropped all the way down to $2.50. Uh-oh. Don't go out!!!

I worked my way up to about the $35 mark, within spitting distance of the $40 needed to parlay.

And then it was back to the $20 mark, where I hovered until...

Hey, nailed a quad! The third set of Queens of the evening. I haven't seen that many queens in one night since Mardi Gras.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Beast Never Stops

Day 11, Friday May 26, 2017 - continued

I met up with a number of blog readers this trip, probably more than usual, and today it was Texas Steph who wanted a handshake, a limited edition Flusher business card (with official Strict Rules of Parlay on the back), a drink, and four of a kind.

The other main thing on my list was to do a Strict Rules of Parlay attempt on a very generous donation by T.H. The guidance on this was to parlay the hell out of it or bust. Good enough for me!

Again, the Four Queens seemed like a good place to meet, and that's where I headed.

Steph recognized me before I could even try to pick her out - by my fatbit. She'd seen a picture that included my left arm and made the connection.

Steph and Hubs, as she fondly calls him, were very nice folks, and they did not either rob me or make fun of me (which is always a danger in Las Vegas).

Commensurately, I didn't rob them, or make fun of them, but I did rob the Four Queens for one progressive set of Pointies.