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Monday, September 2, 2013

Roll Over, Wallow, and Win

I love that feeling when I wake up and kind of roll over and wallow a bit and try to decide whether I want to get up and them I remember - I'm in Vegas! Another adventurous day stretches out in front of me like a mountain road full up daily ups and downs with pullover view points displaying meals centered around beef, mostly.

The Flusher Frame was in Fine Form even though yesterday had been a debacle. I put it behind me, did my ablutions, and headed down to start today's bright, fresh, sparkly, clean, all-natural lightly scented debacle.

Having learned some sort of lesson the past few days, I crunched a $100 bill into twenties and spread the love around 5 different machines, netting exactly zero, but netting it less quickly than I might have.

No worries - I had plans, and I had a financial windfall in the form of freeplay from the Four Queens - for today was the first day of September (fall, I feel first starts Sept. 1). (What the F?)

But first - Vegas power walk time. I did a full 30 minutes cruising through various casinos and up and down Fremont. The Golden Gate has unveiled their reworked entrance. Looks like someone had a stroke of genious and came up with the innovative idea of putting... another bar under the canopy! Well played, boys!

The Downtown Grand starting to look like something
I greeted the Mikes with my new tradition - yelling loudly "Great kid!!!... Don't get cocky!", something which they hear 8274 times a day courtesy of the nearby Star Wars slots.

Cold water was in order - I was sweating up a storm, and had a two day stubble. At least my shirt was clean, if not sweaty damp. What better time than to meet a reader for the first time? Lyn said a quick hello and we shared a few tips. I pressed a couple of hundred of my 20,000 Flusher business cards into her hand.

Sadly, the freeplay was not going well for me. Not well indeed. Drain, drain, drain.

Having done my body some good, I decided to do it some bad and enjoy a fresh, lucky Vato cigar. And, I thought, I might as well go up to the cigar lounge to do it. With the last of my freeplay loaded, I played on and it wasn't going well at all. As you know, the Royal Flusher Way is all about strategy, technique, practice, mathematics, statistics, the best paytables, and expected return, unless I get a hunch. And on a hunch, I punched cash out and got a ticket for my freeplay remainders.

And then I promptly pumped the ticket back into the machine. (I think I heard it give a little machine burp.)

And I played onward and in a few hands, was dealt four Aces!

Man that was a lucky casino cigar!!!

 SWEET!!!

And then the next part... realized that I didn't have the kicker, and I had a chance to draw for it, which is always fun, unless you don't get it. Then, you feel like you've lost even though you've won. That one little card was the difference between a $200 hand and a $570 hand (the value of the Aces Kicker progressive at the time.)

I took a deep breath, and thought about all the loyal readers that read this blog and tell all their friends to read it as well so they can tell their friends and relatives and people they might just bump into on the street. Yes, those loyal readers...

And that's when I remembered the noise reducing half-off Audio Technica headphones that Stapleses was bringing in for me.

I gave them a call and finally connected with someone who knew about it.... and yes they were in the store.

So, I thought, yeah, I'll grab a quick lunch at the Cal counter and head down there. The daily lunch special was a sirloin steak and fries and am I ever glad that I went ahead and had it. A reasonable portion of beef, and some really tasty fried onion and pepper gravy with it, some fries... heaven on a plate, if heaven served comped steaks.

I find the I-15 500 always an exciting white-knuckle challenge and I finally perfected the route to Fry's, Stapleses, Whole Foods and more. It's actually incredibly simple - take I-15 south, take the 215 East exit, get off at the Car Rental Return exit, turn left, over the "I designed this on Acid" bridge and boom - you are there. Coming out, exit by the same bridge, take a right south onto LVBLD, and another right onto the 215 entrance and back you go. Now you know.

Got the headphones and did some shopping at Whole Foods. I swear, showgirls shop here. Yowza. I bought some fresh fruit and tubs of mango and fruit salad and best of all a bag of 479 degree popcorn.

Drove back to the Cal and on a stroke of near-genius, realized that it would be far easier to valet park at MSS than to navigate the Cal's horrible munchkin parking garage.

I bought the Famous 500-Game Lucky Keno Ticket.

I dumped my stuff, posted the Keno blog, showered up, shaved, changed and headed over to Main Street. At the bar, had a beer and a shot of Maker's and lost $80 in full pay JoB. I never seem to win there...
Tried my slant tops - The Loose Deuce... $20 in and halfway through it I panicked. I just didn't want to hit more natural quads on the Loose Deuce, so I switched to Double Double. I had the feeling a quad was due.

And I was right.

I proceeded to go on one of those great runs, playing for a long time on 50 cent, and a long time on dollars, going up, going down, hitting quads... twice I was down to 15 credits on 50 cents and worked my way back up over $100. I had five quads in all, including back to back quads. One quad is missing, not sure how that happened. Maybe I just forgot to take a picture.

So, I generated lots of action and points for future offers, and cashed out $200 plus five $2 scratch-cards.



Grabbed dinner at the Triple 7 Brewpub - a BBQ bacon burger with cheese - and it was absolutely delicious. Good enough to have again today, I think. And, it fits the Las Vegas Diet, because you can eat only half the bun!
Regrouping a bit, I took a break in the room, and then headed down to the Cal casino for some blackjack. I bought in for a hundy and pushed hard. Got hurt on a $20 bet that I had to double on, but recovered and made it up to $265. I put $250 in the vault and played three $5 hands which I lost.

And I cashed out after half an hours play for a $150 win. Why push it, right?
So, the day was a good one.

Oh, did I forget something???
Savvy kicker draw!
Yeah, I got the kicker!!!! A $570 win.

This was my biggest winning day of the trip so far.

And, even bigger news - I'm actually up on the trip by $40!!!!!


    9 comments:

    1. Waytago, Flusher. I knew you could do it.

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    2. Spectacular Vegas dream day. Very Savvy!

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    3. RF-

      Obviously you have learned that the Gambling Gods require a periodic sacrifice before they act upon your requests.

      I find that donating a small portion of your liver gets their attention. The shot of Maker's Mark probably did it, hence the kicker.

      Good luck and keep posting- we enjoy your trip reports and it helps hold us over until we get into town on the 19th.

      Paul

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    4. Damn Flusher! I thought you had left us hanging with the kicker draw! Now you are practicing suspense journalism on us!!!!

      Did Gordie H. accompany you this trip?

      Keep pushing it!!

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    5. Where the hell-o is Hello Kitty? Your fans need HK/GH action shots, Flushiepants!! Your internet pal, BlueSkaDooZie

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    6. Jeez...I thought my reading comprehension was going.....

      Congrats!!!

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    7. I agree with BlueSkaDoo; are you going all commercialie on us? ;-)

      You are quite an anomaly, Mr. RF....all the $hit you've been eating, smoking and drinking, then you stop at Whole Foods? HA!

      Congrats on "eveness" and a big thanks for the entertainment.

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    8. If you're at MSS, why for you not playing FULL PAY 10/7 DB? They give you them scratch cards...and free beer...and the game's a winner to boot! It's also kinda silly to play .50 denoms when the scratch cards are the same for .25. I know DDB kickerization is a big thrill, but when you play DB you get 10 for a full house, not 9...7 for a flush, not 6...5 for a straight, not 4...If you're at some vampire property like CET, you may be forced to play crap games, but MSS...??? Play the great games that they offer, and the bacon cheeseburger will not only taste just as good, but it'll be FREE! Kick that DDB habit, Flusher, or at least play only the 10/6 version. (falling on deaf ears)

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      1. Believe the 10/7 DB gives only 1/3 points.

        But primarily, I haven't mastered the game - not even close - so I don't play it. It's been on my list to learn and I did put some time into it before the trip, but not enough.

        All my meals for the current Cal stay are already comped with the meal book and I use the points for upgrades and extras.

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